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A Common Sense Selection! Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.tumblepodcast.com for educational content.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 โ€ข 2.2K Ratings

A Common Sense Selection! Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.tumblepodcast.com for educational content.

    Why Do Cats Purr? (ENCORE)

    Why Do Cats Purr? (ENCORE)

    We're working on a special project that we'll announce in our next episode! Enjoy one of our favorite episodes while we make it ready for you. ย ย 

    Why and how do cats purr? Thatโ€™s what Reid wants to know. It sounds like a simple question, but it leads us to a deep challenge: Can we ever understand cats? To find out, we launch a full-scale cat purr investigation. Youโ€™ll hear from a puzzled veterinarian, a scientist who studied her catโ€™s annoying purr, and the author of purring.org, the premier cat purr research website. Itโ€™s a purr-fect episode for everyone whoโ€™s curious about cats.

    • 21 min
    Why Are Sloths Slow?

    Why Are Sloths Slow?

    Why are sloths so slow? Weโ€™ll find out how one sloth scientist got crafty and discovered why slowness is a slothโ€™s secret to survival. Rebecca Cliffe, founder of the Sloth Conservation Foundation, shares the story of her quest to study these sneakily stealthy creatures, with the help of a special backpack. What she finds will definitely surprise and delight you! If you're like Marshall, you might even laugh/cry.ย 


    To hear more about Rebeccaโ€™s slothsome adventures, listen to our bonus interview episode! Itโ€™s available to Patrons who pledge just $1 or more a month on patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    Learn more about sloth research and conservation with the free resources on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com - where youโ€™ll also find a free transcript for the episode.

    • 22 min
    The Science of Ocean Sounds

    The Science of Ocean Sounds

    Explore the sounds of ocean science on a sound scavenger hunt! Tune in as oceanographer Amy Bower takes us to the sea, to show us how she uses sound to study ocean currents and make ocean science accessible for blind and visually impaired people. Listen up and help us search for clues beneath the waves to reveal the secrets of the underwater realm!

    Ocean data sonifications courtesy of Dr. Jon Bellona at the University of Oregon, and the Accessible Oceans project.

    Learn more about Dr. Amy Bower in our bonus interview episode, available to Patrons who pledge just $1 or more a month to support Tumble, at patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    We have free resources to keep exploring the world of ocean science and data sonification with Amy Bower. Theyโ€™re on the blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com, along with a free transcript.

    This episode is the first in a series featuring blind scientists. The material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number # 2148711 - Engaging Blind, Visually Impaired, and Sighted Students in STEM with Storytelling through Podcasts. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

    • 20 min
    The Hidden Histories of Plant Science

    The Hidden Histories of Plant Science

    A Black botanist is on a mission to discover the hidden stories of Black plant scientists throughout history. Shawn Abrahams shares how Black people are responsible for vanilla cupcakes, and the microscopes you use in science class! Plus, hear how Shawn started their own journey to becoming a botanist and historian, with the help of Wikipedia.

    Hear more stories from Black scientists featured on Tumble! Check out our blog post for a list of episodes.

    Learn more about how Shawn became a botanist on our bonus interview episode, available to Patrons who pledge $1/month on Patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    Dig deeper into the stories of Black botanists on the blog on our website at sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    Want to hear science stories in Spanish? Listen to our Spanish show, Tumble en Espaรฑol! Hosted by Nuria Net and Alvaro Ramos.

    • 19 min
    The Polar Bear Adventure

    The Polar Bear Adventure

    Join us on an Arctic adventure as we head out onto the sea ice with a polar bear scientist! Andrew Derocher shares exciting stories of flying in helicopters, getting bit by a polar bear cub, and discovering how polar bears are surviving in a warming world.

    Andrew explains what happens when polar bears move into human towns, in the bonus interview episode. Itโ€™s available to Patrons who pledge just a dollar or more a month on patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    Teachers! Find a toolkit to share polar bear science with students, on the World Wildlife Fundโ€™s WildClassroom.org. A transcript for this episode and other resources are available on our website, sciencepodcast.com

    • 18 min
    The Science of Butts [ENCORE]

    The Science of Butts [ENCORE]

    This is a re-broadcast of one of our most popular episodes of season 7, The Science of Butts!ย 

    What is a butt? Thatโ€™s what science journalist Katherine Wu wanted to know. Her quest for an answer leads her into a web of big butt questions, and a search to find the top butt scientists in the world. She discovers a debate over where butts come from, and a very strange butt that could rewrite the annals of butt history.

    This episode features an original song called, โ€œSometimes Butt.โ€ Trust us, itโ€™s a fun one! (And yes, we say the word โ€œbuttโ€ and other butt-related words a lot.)

    Canโ€™t get enough of butt science? Thereโ€™s plenty more! Listen to a bonus interview episode with Katherine Wu, available to Patrons who support Tumble at a level of $1 a month or more. Youโ€™ll get access to an ad-free feed with all our bonus episodes, at patreon.com/tumblepodcast

    This episode is based on Katherineโ€™s article, โ€œThe Bodyโ€™s Most Embarrassing Organ is an Evolutionary Marvel.โ€ Find more butt science resources on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    Tumble en Espaรฑol, our Spanish-language show, has new episodes starting January 27th! Check out that feed at here.ย 

    • 18 min

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