Brains On! Science podcast for kids
Brains On! Science podcast for kids
American Public Media
Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world sent in by listeners. Like, do dogs know they’re dogs? Or, why do feet stink? Plus, we have mystery sounds for you to guess, songs for you to dance to, and lots of facts -- all checked by experts.
Where does your imagination come from?
Picture this: a pickle with a cowboy hat. It has cute little arms and legs -- let’s make them orange. And this pickle is riding a horse on the beach as the sun sets. #PickleLife, am I right? Now think about this: you just imagined that whole scene in your head!   Imagination can engage every one of our senses. It sprouts from the things we’ve experienced in life, then collages itself into new thoughts… like a pickle on a horse. This episode goes into the far reaches of the brain and examines how imagination works and what role it plays in our lives. If you want a fun game to play with friends, try an Imagine Off. That’s when you take turns trying to come up with something that nobody else can imagine. We’ll also meet some of our listeners’ imaginary friends and learn why some people have these companions. U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón also stops by and tells us how she puts her imagination to use. Plus, there’s a brand new Mystery Sound to guess.   We always love hearing from you. Keep sending in your questions, drawings and Mystery Sounds. We’re currently looking for your best jingle about space. If you have an out-of-this-world tune about space, record it and send it to us at www.brainson.org/contact. This episode is sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to start hiring now. Terms and conditions apply. Cost per application pricing not available for everyone.) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool (Outschool.com/brains - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas (Bombas.com/brainson - get 20% off your first purchase)
Sep 20
36 min
Where do accents come from?
Today we're looking at why there are so many different ways to pronounce the same words and where our accents come from. How did British and American accents become different? Why do some kids have different accents than their parents? We're going to answer these questions and find out how our accents tell the stories of our communities and our ancestors. Plus: A brand new mystery sound! This episode is sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to start hiring now. Terms and conditions apply. Cost per application pricing not available for everyone.) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool (Outschool.com/brains - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas (Bombas.com/brainson - get 20% off your first purchase) Love Ur Self (LUSBrands.com - use promo code BRAINS to get 15% off your first purchase of $50 or more)
Sep 13
29 min
Get a whiff of that: Why you smell like you
Have you ever noticed that different people have different scents? Go on, sniff your friend, we’ll wait. Today’s episode dives nose-first into what makes up our personal scents. With the help of Candace, a one-of-a-kind candle maker interested in making podcast-scented candles, we get the lowdown on body odor. We’ll also hear about super-sniffing animals and some other creatures that thrive on stink. And there’s a new Mystery Sound -- this one is definitely not a stinker! This episode is sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to start hiring now. Terms and conditions apply. Cost per application pricing not available for everyone.) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool (Outschool.com/brains - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas (Bombas.com/brainson - get 20% off your first purchase) Love Ur Self (LUSBrands.com - use promo code BRAINS to get 15% off your first purchase of $50 or more of their products for curly hair)
Sep 6
27 min
Why is glass see-through?
Glass is a magic thing that is both solid as a wall and clear as the air. It starts out as sand and with tons of heat, and a few key ingredients, it becomes the super useful material we know and love. In this episode we look at how glass is made, why it's clear and how nature  makes glass too. Plus, hear about Sanden's latest invention and guess the all new Mystery Sound. This episode is sponsored by Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to start hiring now. Terms and conditions apply. Cost per application pricing not available for everyone.) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool (Outschool.com/brains - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas (Bombas.com/brainson - Get 20% off your first purchase.)
Aug 30
28 min
Body Bonanza 2.0 - Your body questions answered
Today’s episode has something for everyBODY. It's the Body Bonanza where we answer a ton of your questions about our human bodies! This time around, we’ll hear from some of our favorite body parts: the heart beats, the stomach rumbles, the appendix writes a poem. The ear brings us a new Mystery Sound, a foot gives us the lowdown on how it falls asleep, the tongue sings a song… and there’s even an appearance from the “anti-mouth.” Wow! This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Shopify (Outschool.com/brains - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas (Bombas.com/brainson - get 20% off your first purchase)
Aug 23
26 min
Can stress be helpful?
We've all had to deal with stress. It can feel bad and overwhelming, but it’s actually really important. In this episode, we'll hear why our bodies evolved to deal with danger in this way and how it still affects us today. We'll climb a metaphorical mountain to find out how stress can help us sometimes. Oh, and there are lots of monsters that suddenly showed up a Brains On headquarters and maybe they were released by an ancient artifact and no one can find the instruction manual and ohmigoodness the monsters have gotten into the kitchen and what is that smell and oh no what just crashed and why isn't anyone helping deal with these monsters???? This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool (Outschool.com/brains - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas (Bombas.com/brainson - get 20% off your first purchase) Little Passports (Littlepassports.com/BRAINS – 20% off for new customers)
Aug 16
29 min
Underwater volcanoes and lots of salt: A deep dive into the ocean
The ocean is huge and full of wonders, so it's no surprise our listeners have lots of question about it. In this episode we'll travel to the bottom of the ocean to find out what the ocean floor is made of, and learn how geologist Marie Tharp helped us understand how amazing it is. We'll also delve into why the ocean is salty but lakes and rivers aren't, and sing along with the Salty Sea Shanty. Plus a brand new mystery sound! BrainsOnSaltySeaShanty Our Salty Sea Shanty complete with sea creature drawings sent in by our listeners! This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (indeed.com/BRAINSON - to receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features)
Aug 9
33 min
Why can't we remember when we were babies?
You've probably seen photos from your first birthday. Or maybe you heard about the time you got spaghetti sauce all over the walls when you were two. The grown ups around you remember these things, so why can't you? In this episode, we'll find out how our brains store memories and why we can't hang on to those early ones. Plus: a brand new mystery sound and a preview of everyone's favorite soap opera, The Young and the Toothless. This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - Receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - Free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features)
Aug 2
27 min
Million Bazillion: How do big video platforms make money?
We’re thrilled to share an episode from our pals at Million Bazillion. Take a peek at the fascinating world of online video makers and the role money plays. A listener wants to know how the creators of his favorite online videos get paid. It’s a surprisingly complicated question, and Ryan and Bridget have to go viral themselves to find out the answer. Accompanied by their new dog and a bunch of influencers, we’ll learn all about the wild economics of online videos. Put on your tap-dancing shoes, we’re making content! https://www.marketplace.org/shows/million-bazillion/ What role do you play in getting video makers paid?
Jul 21
27 min
The Mosties!
Raise a curtain. Cue the lights. It’s the most most-tacular night. It’s The Mosties! The Brains Brains On favorites, Bob, Gungador, Elevator and HARVEY have all made it out to celebrate superlatives. The Mosties is an awards show of the extreme. Tonight’s categories include: Biggest Plant, Fastest Organism, Strongest Glue, Oldest Animal and Oldest Music. And don’t forget to stick around for a Mystery Mostie (aka Mystery Sound). And the winner is… ??? This is our last episode of this season but we’ll be back in August with more new episodes. Until then, Forever Ago is coming back June 1st and Smash Boom Best will be back July 7th. Remember, you can listen to Moment of Um every weekday too! Plus, the Brains On books are always around to keep you company -- you can buy them at brainson.org/books This episode was sponsored by: Outschool (Outschool.com/brains for $15 off your child’s first class) Insect Lore (Insectlore.com) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson for a 14 day free trial) Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp) Pinna (Pinna.fm/brainson promo code: BRAINSON for 50% off your first payment of full access) Mathnasium (Mathnasium.com)
May 24
37 min
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