Imagine a world where it’s all right to ask questions and have your voice heard. In each episode of Imagine This, we delve into a puzzling question from an inquisitive mind, examining the science behind it in a fun and engaging way. This podcast is suited to kids aged 4 and up, though all members of the family are sure to learn something! Our host, Brianna Peterson, chats to kids and Australia’s leading academics, taking you on an adventure to learn about the world around you. Imagine This is a coproduction between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation.
While you wait for brand new episodes of Imagine This, we have a wonderful podcast for you to listen to. It's called Noisy by Nature, and it takes your ears outside to listen to all the weird and wonderful sounds that nature makes!
Today on Imagine This, we're being visited by our friend Ruby from News Time. Together we're going to ask a big question that's on a lot of people's minds: What is coronavirus and what can we all do to help keep everyone safe?
Do you ever look up at the stars for long enough to see a shooting star fall from the sky? What makes them fall, and are they really stars that come down to Earth or are they something else? In this episode Bri and Dr Lisa-Harvey Smith are looking up into the night sky to see what they can find.
Long, long ago, the world was ruled by the dinosaurs. Today, we see them by looking at their bones in a museum, or reading about them in books. So what happened to these ancient creatures? In this episode, Bri and Dr Caitlin Syme go looking for dino-clues to uncover the story of the dinosaurs.
When we’re babies, our teeth come through so we can start chomping on solid foods. Then something strange happens and we start to get wobbly teeth. In this episode Jack wants to know why our baby teeth come out, so dentist Dr Mihiri Silva and host Bri investigate why this happens.
Pack your bucket and spade, we’re taking a trip to the beach! Evie has noticed that there are lots of waves at the beach, and she wants to know what makes all those waves happen. Join our host Bri and wave expert Mark Hemer as we investigate what makes those waves crash onto our shore.
Everything we see today, all the animals and trees and houses, are all part of our planet Earth. But where do you think the Earth came from? In this episode, physicist Dr Niraj Lal tells us a story that started a long, long, long time ago.
We all have a heart beating in our chest. Sometimes our hearts beat fast, and sometimes they beat slow, but how do they work? In this episode, Louis wants to know what makes our hearts beat. Join our host Bri and Dr Shane Nanayakkara as they listen close to find out what our hearts are doing.
Have you ever noticed that some trees change in the Autumn? Their leaves can turn from green to red and yellow, and fall to the ground. In this episode Emma wants to know why trees lose their leaves, so tree scientist Matilda Brown helps us to solve the mystery of the falling leaves.
Did you know that smell is one of the first senses we develop? We can smell before we’re even born. Smells are so powerful they can bring back memories and even make us hungry! In this episode, Dr Rodrigo Suarez helps us sniff out some good and bad smells to find out where they're coming from.
Volcanoes are one of the most powerful forces on Earth. This week we go right up close with volcanologist Heather Handley and peek inside a volcano to see how they work. Turns out here’s a lot going on underground!
When birds sing, what do you think they’re saying? In this episode we head to the park with Simon Griffith to listen to the birds. Put your listening ears on and get ready to hear some amazing singers.
Good news Imagine This fans, your favourite science based podcast will be returning in April.
In the meantime, here's a tantalising teaser revealing some of the topics, Bri and her team of experts will unpack in Season 3.
For bonus Imagine This content from Season 2 watch Bri and her friends answer some tricky questions about hiccups, clouds, mosquitos and more in 6 animated videos.
Here on Imagine This, we get lots of questions about SPACE. In this episode, our good friend Professor Jonti Horner, from the University of Southern Queensland, is back to help us answer a big mystery... is there life in other galaxies? We go looking for Alien life in other parts of the Universe to see who or what, is out there.
Underneath your skin and muscle, you might be able to feel your bones. But why are they there? Join us as we find out more about the human skeleton and what it does. Dr Emma Duncan from the University of Queensland explains what’s going on under our skin.
Did you know that spiders have a secret superpower? They can spin their own homes in the form of strong and sticky spider webs. But how do they do it? Dr Andrew Walker from the University of Queensland, is our expert on creepy crawlies, and he swings in to tell us why spiderwebs are so strong.
Why do we have to eat vegetables and fruits? How come we can’t just have ice-cream and lollies for every meal? Every time we eat, our food goes on an amazing journey through our body. Dr Amanda Devine from Edith Cowan University chats with us about what happens when we eat and why we need food to survive.
Have you ever seen a spikey echidna? They love to dig into the ground with their strong claws, but Isabella wants to know how they can breathe when their little faces are under the ground. So we chat with Echidna expert Dr Christine Cooper from Curtin University to uncover the secrets of these spikey little creatures.
When you put your recycling in the bin where do you think it goes? Into the rubbish truck? But then what happens to it? We find out what happens with the help of rubbish expert Dr Trevor Thornton from Deakin University.
Have you ever noticed that rain comes from grey clouds and not white clouds? Fiona has been looking up into the sky and wants to know why the rain only comes from grey clouds. Join Bri and Robyn Duell from the Bureau of Meteorology, as they do some serious cloud watching.
It might not look like it from where you stand, but the Earth is actually shaped like a giant ball. So how do we stand on it and not fall off? Dr Jacinta Den Besten from the University of Melbourne helps us learn all about gravity.
If you’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito, you might know how hard it is not to itch it! In this episode, our question comes from James who is traveling around Australia with his family. They get bitten by mozzies all the time and he wants to know why these bites are so itchy. Dr Emily Flies from the University of Tasmania joins us to investigate those irritating little bites.
Have you ever had hiccups? In this episode, we go on an adventure to find out where the hiccups come from and why they happen. Join Bri and Dr Emma Beckett from the University of Newcastle as they go on a hiccup hunt.
If you sleep in a cozy bed, with a soft blanket and your favourite toy, how do you think other animals sleep? Do they have beds like us? This week 5-year-old Lucinda wants to find out more about the sleeping habits of snails, birds and whales, so we chat to sleep scientist Dr.John Lesku from La Trobe University to get the low down on how other animals sleep.
When you look up into the night sky, do you see the stars twinkle back at you? Three-year-old Max really wants to know why the stars twinkle, so our Imagine This host Bri has teamed up with astrophysicist Jonti Horner, from the University of Southern Queensland, and a bunch of inquisitive kids to investigate the night sky and find out what makes the twinkle happen.
Every time you flush the toilet, where do you think your waste water goes? This is an important question from four-year-old Clancy, so we found a water scientist, Dr Ian Wright from Western Sydney University, who was game enough to go on a massive waterslide adventure... to find out where our poo goes!
Imagine a world where it’s alright to ask questions and have your voice heard. Each episode we delve into a puzzling question from an inquisitive mind, examining the science behind it in a fun and engaging way.