add_circle Create Playlist
Wow in the World - Raaga.com - A World of Music

Wow in the World

NPR

Description

<em>Wow in the World</em><em> </em>is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. Hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz and Mindy Thomas @AbsolutelyMindy. Follow the show @WowintheWorld and WowintheWorld.com
676 Episodes Play All Episodes
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Creature+Feature+Talent+Show
access_time3 days ago
Why does Mindy have so many bugs? And how are they rehearsing for a talent show?! We’ve got questions AND answers on this creepy crawly round of Two Whats!? And a Wow! We’re challenging you to find the facts from fiction about INSECTS!
Needs+More+Seashell%21+An+Ancient+Seashell+Sings+A+New+Song
access_time7 days ago
Mindy and Guy Raz are facing the music and forming band! All they need is just a little more seashell? Join Mindy, Guy Raz, and the rest of WOW crew on an adventure back to Stone Age to track down an 18,000 year old instrument! It's the who, what, when, where, why, how, and wow of SEASHELLS!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+What%27s+Buzzin%27%3F%21
access_time10 days ago
Why is Mindy listening for quacks and searching for butt breathers? And what does this have to do with insects?! We’ve got questions AND answers in this round of Two Whats!? And a Wow! We’re challenging you to find the facts from fiction about BUGS!
ZooTube+Famous%3A+Life+Hacks+From+A+Professional+Cricket
access_time14 days ago
Mindy wants to take the internet by storm with her ZooTube animal life hack videos. For this video demonstration, Mindy is showing off how crickets use tools to find their one true love! When Guy Raz steps up to help her film, will they be able to create the next big viral video?!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Are+You+Smarter+Than+a+Goldfish%3F
access_time17 days ago
Mindy and Guy Raz are filming a fake commercial to show Mindy’s groundbreaking way of opening pickle jars… but what does this have to do with an octopus? We’ve got questions AND answers in this round Two Whats!? & A Wow! We’re challenging you to find facts from fiction about SMART ANIMALS!
The+Mysterious+Case+of+the+Missing+Salmon
access_time21 days ago
There's a mysterious salmon killer on the loose, and who better to crack the case than Detectives Guy Raz and Mindy!? Join Mindy, Guy Raz, and the whole crew as they uncover once and for all why in the world the salmon are disappearing after rainstorms! Is there something in the water? It's the who, what, when, where, why, how, and wow of CHEMICALS!
WeWow+Earth+Week+Day+5%3A+Reflect+%26+Share
access_time24 days ago
It's day 5 of WeWow--Time to reflect and share our Earth Week Podject
WeWow+Earth+Week+Day+4%3A+Improve+%26+Retest
access_time25 days ago
It's day 4 of WeWow--Time to improve and retest our Earth Week Podject
WeWow+Earth+Week+Day+3%3A+Create+%26+Test
access_time26 days ago
It's day 3 of WeWow--Time to create and experiment our Earth Week Podject
WeWow+Earth+Week+Day+2%3A+Explore+%26+Plan
access_time26 days ago
It's day 2 of WeWow--Time to explore and plan our Earth Week Podject
WeWow+Earth+Week+Day+1%3A+A+Sunbrella+For+The+Planet
access_time28 days ago
It's time for WeWow! Join Guy and Mindy on a staycation to the beach and explore the who, what, where, why, how and wow of Geo-Solar-Engineering, a nifty new way to keep our planet cool!  Then come back every day this week to WOW with us as we plan, research, experiment and tinker with an Earth Week podject of our own!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Astounding+Sounding
access_time1 month ago
What’s Mindy doing lying on the floor? And how does she think that’s going to help her hear anything?! We’ve got questions AND answers on this ear-resistible round of Two Whats?! & a Wow! We’re challenging you to find the facts from fiction about NOISE!
Painting+the+Town+Cool
access_time1 month ago
You might have heard of the phrase ‘Paint the Town Red’ but how about ‘Paint the Town Cool’?! Join Mindy and Guy as they attend an art exhibition showcasing the whitest paint ever created. It might not sound like much, but this paint is set to fight climate change and help us all keep our cool! It’s the who, what, where, why, how and wow of PAINT SCIENCE!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+What%27s+in+an+Age%3F
access_time1 month ago
How is Mindy going to guess Guy Raz’s age just by looking at his teeth and toenails? We’ve got the answers you need on this age defying round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We’re challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about AGE!
Rat-A-Tat+Tickle+Attack%3A+Do+Rats+Even+Like+Being+Tickled%3F
access_time1 month ago
Mindy and Reggie are on the top of the Gingerbread Mansion fishing for rats!? But will they be tickled pink when the rats come to tickle them?! Learn with Mindy and Guy Raz all about a recent study that suggests that, just like us, some rats giggle when they get tickled! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and WOW in the world of RAT TICKLIN'!



Want to learn more about the science behind how rats react to tickling? Click here to see some of the resources we used to help write this episode!



Click here for a printable "Wowsheet" to help turn this episode of Wow in the World into a scientific learning adventure!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Lightning+Bug+Lighting
access_time1 month ago
Mindy and Guy Raz are trying to be more eco-friendly, so Guy is showing off his compost bin. Mindy also had a BRIGHT idea of how she can conserve energy… but what does this have to do with INSECTS?! We’ve got questions AND answers on the Season 3 premiere of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We’re challenging you to find facts from fiction about INSECTS!
Constructing+Creativity%3A+How+Science+And+Art+Aren%27t+So+Far+Apart
access_time2 months ago
After months of hard work, sweat, and cake tiers, Mindy is now ready to unveil her newly remodeled Gingerbread Palace! But when creativity leads to catastophe, it's up to Mindy, Guy, and their friends to fix this dessert designed disaster! So where do they even begin? By using creative problem solving skills from scientists AND artists! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of CREATIVITY!



Want to learn more about the science behind creativity? Click here to see some of the resources we used to help write this episode!

Click here for a printable "Wowsheet" to help turn this episode of Wow in the World into a scientific learning adventure!
G-Force+Vs.+Wasabi%3A+How+The+Brain+Registers+Pain+%28encore%29
access_time2 months ago
It's time for another spicy smack down in the world of Wow, and this time Gramma G-Force and a Naked Mole Rat go head to head in a battle of Wasabi?! How will our fearless competitors handle the heat? And what does their brain have to do with it? A new scientific study just might have what it takes to predict the results before the competition even begins! It's The Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of the brain on pain! (originally aired 6/17/19)
An+Eyebrow+Evolution%21+%28encore%29
access_time2 months ago
Once upon a time, our earliest human ancestors all had a permanent case of 'angry face' due to the big bony ridges on their foreheads. Over time we've evolved flexible brows that can communicate our complex emotions. Evolutionary anthropologists are trying to figure out why. Join Mindy and Guy Raz for an ancient family reunion, and discover the who, what, when, where, why, how and WOW in the world of eyebrows! (originally aired 8/13/18)
Spit-Take%21+The+Science+Of+Saliva+And+Those+Bitter+Bites+%28encore%29
access_time2 months ago
Having trouble breaking through the bitter bites of nature's leafiest greens and cocoa beans? Well before you do that spit-take, you may want to chew on this nature's candy just a little longer! New research suggests that the key savoring the bitter flavors of brussel sprouts, kale, and even coffee, can be found in your spit! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of SALIVA! (originally aired 9/10/18)
Are+You+Smarter+Than+A+Toilet%3F+%28encore%29
access_time3 months ago
Are you tired of the same old toilet? Mindy is! And thanks to a team of engineers at Stanford University, a newer, smarter, toilet is on the horizon! Join Mindy, Guy Raz, and Dennis at the Bathroom Showcase, as they learn the latest in new toilet technology! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of SMART TOILETS! (Originally aired 5/4/20)
What%27s+Slower+Than+Slow%3F+%28encore%29
access_time3 months ago
Sloths, snails and salamanders, when it comes to slow animals there's a bunch of different animals to choose from. But there's one animal that stands out above all the rest when it comes to being very very slow. But what animal is it? Mindy and Guy make their way down to the Snoozefest Arena for the annual 100m Not-A-Dash to find out! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of epic slow pokes! (originally aired 4/27/20)
Ah%2C+BATS%21+%28encore%29
access_time3 months ago
What in the world does Guy Raz's new micro house have in common with a tree hollow for vampire bats? And how in the world can humans learn about sharing from these blood slurping, flying mammals? And why in the world are they barfing into each other's mouths?! Join Mindy, Guy Raz, and the rest of their "colony" as they uncover these answers and more! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Vampire Bats! Originally aired 4/20/20
Nice-Off%21+Cats+Vs+Dogs+%28encore%29
access_time3 months ago
It's a rivalry that goes back as far as time itself; Cats vs Dogs! For the past 10,000 years dogs have held the title of 'Man's Best Friend', but scientifically speaking, are dogs any more friendlier than your average feline? Well, luckily that's the topic of this years' "Nice-Off!"! Listen as Guy and Mindy face give play by play coverage as cats and dogs go head to head to settle this question once and for all! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of furry four-legged behavior! Originally aired 4/13/20
Laughter+In+A+Can%3A+How+Our+Brains+Interpret+Funny+Business+%28encore%29
access_time3 months ago
What in the wow is "canned laughter" and how in the world does it work? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the funny business of our brains on canned laughs! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of LAUGHTER! Originally aired, 3/30/20
Listen+To+Your+Mummy%21+%28encore%29
access_time4 months ago
A voice is calling from beyond the grave! Scientists from England have used computer modeling, a couple of CAT scans and a 3D printer to recreate the voice of a 3000 year old mummified priest! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they travel back in time to see how close these scientists got to the real thing! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of ancient human voices! Originally aired 2/23/20
The+Buzz+on+Bee+Barf%21+%28encore%29
access_time4 months ago
Once upon a time, scientists believed that bees chose plants with the sweetest nectar. But new research shows that there's actually more to the story. Join Mindy and Guy Raz for an epic tale of one Gramma BEE-Force, and a bunch of barf - for SCIENCE! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW of bumblebee vomit. Originally aired 3/16/20
Underwater+Nit-Pickin%27%3A+Cleaner+Shrimp+And+Why+Big+Fish+Won%27t+Eat+Them+%28Encore%29
access_time4 months ago
Mindy is feeling the entrepreneurial spirit as she opens up a "Nit-Pickin'" stand to pluck the lice from her neighbors' heads. When Guy Raz asks her about her business model for this new enterprise, she replies by taking him on a wild under the sea adventure to explore the inspiration behind her nit-pickin' station. It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow of cleaner shrimp and their clientele. Originally Aired 3/2/20
A+Scientific+Songtacular+%28Encore%29
access_time4 months ago
From pop to hip-hop and from disco to techno, humans love music! Monkey's on the other hand well that's a completely different question! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they experiment with their new invention that turns speech into song, and quickly learn that not all animals have an appreciation for the musical arts! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of monkey brains on music, in this 100th episode SONGTACULAR! Originally aired 12/23/19
Tinkerclass+%28Week+2+Day+5%29%3A+Reflect+%26+Share+%28encore%29
access_time5 months ago
It's day 5 of TINKERCLASS--the reflect and share phase. Today we share your reflections from this week's project inspired from the episode, Rat Race!
Tinkerclass+%28Week+2+Day+4%29%3A+Improve+%26+Retest+%28encore%29
access_time5 months ago
It's day 4 of TINKERCLASS--the improve and retest phase. See what you need to improve your speed! Then, test it again, and again and again and share your results with us! This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Rat Race!
Tinkerclass+%28Week+2+Day+3%29%3A+Create+%26+Test+%28encore%29
access_time5 months ago
It's day 3 of TINKERCLASS--the create and test phase. Using your plan from yesterday, it's time to bring your idea to life! This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Rat Race!
Tinkerclass+%28Week+2+Day+2%29%3A+Explore+%26+Plan+%28encore%29
access_time5 months ago
It's day 2 of TINKERCLASS--Explore & Plan. You won't need to collect your own mischief of rats to explore and plan your project. Just your favorite stuffed animal or action figure and stuff you have around your house to build a car. This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Rat Race!
Tinkerclass+%28Week+2+Day+1%29%3A+Rat+Race%21+%28encore%29
access_time5 months ago
Lab rats, start your engines! What in the world happened when scientists created tiny rodent-sized cars and taught rats how to drive? And why in the world are these four-legged creatures using their newfound freedom to pick up Froot Loops? And how in the world can all of this benefit us humans?! The rat race is on, and Mindy and Guy Raz are taking you for a ride! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of rat brains behind the wheel! (originally aired 12/9/19).
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Holiday+Wrap+Battle
access_time5 months ago
Why does Guy Raz think Mindy wants to throw a rap battle? And what does this have to do with the HOLIDAYS?! We've got questions AND answers on this special, jolly round of Two Whats?! & A Wow! We're challenging you to separate the fact from the fiction about the HOLIDAYS!
Chugga+Chugga+CHEW+CHEW%21+The+Science+of+Misophonia
access_time5 months ago
It's game night at Mindy's gingerbread mansion, and a rip roaring round of "What's that Sound" is on the menu. All goes well until Guy Raz begs to end the game as the "sounds" are more than his ears can handle! Why is it that certain sounds cause some people's brains to go bonkerballs? It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of misophonia!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Oldie+But+a+Goodie
access_time5 months ago
Why is Gramma G-Force donating some of her old items to the Unnatural History Museum? And what does this have to do with ANCIENT INNOVATIONS? We've got questions AND answers on another ol' episode of Two Whats?! & A Wow! We're challenging you to separate the fact from the fiction about ANCIENT INNOVATIONS!
Masking+For+A+Friend%3A+The+Science+of+How+Wearing+A+Mask+Helps+Us+And+Our+Neighbors
access_time5 months ago
It's 2020's hottest fashion statement! But it's not just a great looking addition to your face, it's also a vitally important tool for keeping you and your loved ones safe during this weird and wacky time. Join Guy and Mindy as they explore the who, what, where, why, how and wow in the world of mask wearing!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Sleep+On+It
access_time5 months ago
Guy Raz is making a schedule for the perfect slumber, and while Mindy might find his color-coded snoozing chart unusual, it's not half as unusual as the sleeping habits of some animals. On this round of Two Whats?! & A Wow, we challenge you to separate the fact from fiction on the science of animal sleeping behaviors!
This+Or+That%3F+How+Babies%27+Picks+Become+Preferences
access_time5 months ago
Things are getting out of control as Mindy offers free babysitting in the Laboratory of Bad Ideas! Little does Guy Raz know that she's babysitting for science!! What could possibly go wrong?! Join Mindy, Guy Raz, and a group of tiny decision makers as they recreate a scientific study that shows how random choices we make as babies become our preferences! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the world of why we like what we like!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Bugging+Out
access_time5 months ago
Mindy's new game show, Are You Smarter Than a Dung Beetle, will help us find out if Guy Raz is the strongest animal on this planet or if the dung beetle will reign supreme! And on our real game show, Two What?! & A Wow!, we challenge you to separate fact from fiction about some of the coolest bugs on the planet!
The+Trouble+With+Pterosaur
access_time6 months ago
After taking Reggie to the mall for a sleek new feather-cut, Guy and Mindy start to reminisce about other ancient creatures that also had feathers and those that didn't! A trip to the cinemas reveals a heated debate amongst the paleontological community about whether or not the largest creature to ever take to the skies was a feathered friend or a bald bird! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of TERRIFYING PTEROSAURS!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+The+Cat%27s+Meow%21
access_time6 months ago
Why is Mindy's new album up for a Grammy G-Force Award? And what does that have to do with CATS?! We've got questions AND answers on this purrfect round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We're challenging you to find facts from fiction about CATS!
Eyes+On+The+Behind%3A+The+Science+of+Optical+Illusions+and+Ambush+Predators
access_time6 months ago
Just when you thought the world of wow couldn't get any weirder, Mindy and Dennis are painting eyes on cows' butts for science! But WHY? Join Guy Raz, Mindy, and the gang as they uncover the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of optical illusions and ambush predators!
Two+Whats%3F%21+And+a+Wow%21+-+Some+Body+To+Love
access_time6 months ago
Why are Mindy and Guy so excited to stare at their fingers and toes?! And isn't it what's on the inside that counts?! We've got questions AND answers on today's SKINcredible round of Two Whats?! & A Wow! We're challenging you to find facts from fiction about the human body! And don't forget to preorder Wow in the World's new book, The How & Wow of the Human Body! Coming to you March 2nd, 2021.
Is+There+Life+on+Venus%3F
access_time6 months ago
Sci-Fi Drive-in movie night has Guy Raz and Mindy dreaming about life on other planets. And it just so happens that a team of researchers may (or may not) have discovered evidence of life on VENUS? Join Mindy, Guy Raz, and Reggie as they visit their favorite solar system spotting site on Earth, and explore this potential breakthrough discovery. It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of life on other planets!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Animal+Talent+Show
access_time6 months ago
Why is Mindy hosting an animal talent show? And which animal has a talent for sweating? We've got questions AND answers on today's wild round of Two Whats?! & A Wow! We're challenging YOU to find the fact from the fiction of animal adaptations! And don't forget to check out the Two Whats!? And a Wow Think & Tinker Playbook!
Need+to+Settle+A+Dispute%3F+Try+Venom%21
access_time6 months ago
A new toy craze has taken over the neighborhood, with friends turning into foes over rare "Boo Boo Beanie Boppers." Mindy is reminded of a new study that explores the interesting dispute settling tactic of slow lorises. Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they head to the wild forests of Indonesia in search of the world's most adorable and venomous primates! Can they use what they discover to stop their friends from tearing each other apart over Boo Boo Beanie Boppers? It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of the SLOW LORIS!
Two+Whats%21%3F+And+a+Wow%21+-+Species+Feces%21
access_time6 months ago
What is Guy Raz's Elephant book made from? And what does it have to do with animal poop?! We've got questions AND answers on this smelly round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We're challenging you to find facts from fiction about SPECIES FECES!
Slingshot+Spider
access_time7 months ago
The carnivals in town! But this is a carnival with a special twist; each ride is based on a special animal ability! There's Bombardier Beetle Blasters, The Mantis Shrimp Punching Bag and, the scariest ride of them all, the Slingshot Spider Catapult! Based off the Slingshot Spider's ability to accelerate itself 100 times faster than a cheetah, will Guy and Mindy be able to handle the g-forces!?
Comments