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Tinkerclass (Week 3 Day 3): Create & Test
Wow in the World NPR
access_time22 hours ago
It's day 3 of TINKERCLASS--the create and test phase. Using your imaginary creature from yesterday, it's time to design a habitat for it! This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Good Habitat Keeping!
Behind the scenes: See how we make the show
A listener asked how making  Brains On is different during the pandemic. So with this episode we're giving you a peek into how we're making the show while staying safe. Spoiler alert: we're doing it all from our homes! What's the best way to record crystal clear sound at home? (Hint: Lots of soft surfaces!) How do we make sound effects? How do we get all the animals, humans and machines in our homes to keep it down while we tape? Plus: We asked our co-hosts to share what it was like for them to record and episode from home. All that, plus a brand new mystery sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question: how do rocks form? This episode is sponsored by: Purple.com (https://purple.com/brainson10 Promo code: brainson10) Daily Harvest (https://dailyharvest.com Promo code: brainson) PayPal - you can download the PayPal app at https://paypal.com
The Fuzzy Apocalypse
Hi! This is a very, very, very special episode for us. Today we’ll be reading the first chapter of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: The Fuzzy Apocalypse. That’s the first book in the new Finn Caspian series! We’re also giving away stickers to anyone who buys the book. You can find links to the book at finncaspian.com/books. I hope you like it!
Tinkerclass (Week 3 Day 2): Explore & Plan
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 days ago
It's day 2 of TINKERCLASS--Explore & Plan. This week we're building habitats, but not for spittlebugs. Explore your imagination for a creature of your own design. What does it look like? How big or small? What does it eat? This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Good Habitat Keeping!
extra! - Woke - poems about justice with poet Mahogany Browne
Buttons & Figs Buttons & Figs
access_time3 days ago
Before Buttons & Figs heads back into the school year with more wacky wordplay we have an extra! episode about social justice. On this episode you'll hear three amazing poems read by Mahogany Browne from the new poetry picture book titled, "Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice." You'll also get to hear from some Buttons & Figs kids sharing their thoughts about justice. We hope hearing these poems and conversations will prompt you to talk about social justice with your family. The poems in "Woke" also feature poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, with a forward by Jason Reynolds. This picture book is filled with hope and joy and the poems will help grownups open up conversations with kids about justice. The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and published by Roaring Brook Press. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled wacky wordplay next time. Till then, may your head turn green and your hands turn blue. Thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. audio sound by Blaise Collins sound FX from Zapsplat produced by Buttons & Figs
Tinkerclass (Week 3 Day 1): Good Habitat Keeping
Wow in the World NPR
access_time3 days ago
Guy and Mindy go on a home tour of some of the scientifically strangest homes and habitats in the animal kingdom. But the one that stops them in their tracks, was built with pee bubbles and butt breathing?! What creature would call such a place a home? Find out, as we dive deep into one of the weirdest nesting habitats and homes in the natural world! (originally aired 2/17/20)
Tinkerclass (Week 2 Day 5): Reflect & Share
Wow in the World NPR
access_time6 days 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 (Week 2 Day 4): Improve & Retest
Wow in the World NPR
access_time7 days ago
It's day 4 of TINKERCLASS--the improve and retest phase. See if you can improve your invention from yesterday, test it again, and then share your results with us! This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Rat Race!
Tinkerclass (Week 2 Day 3): Create & Test
Wow in the World NPR
access_time8 days ago
It's day 3 of TINKERCLASS--the create and test phase. Look around your home to build out your plan from yesterday. This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Rat Race!
The buzz on bees, pt. 2
In this second episode on bees (a bee-quel, you might say!) we’re taking a look at pollination: the many pollination talents of different bees, why pollination is so important, and what you can do to help wild bees!  The tables are turned in the Mystery Sound department: our beekeeping cohosts have a sound for Menaka and Sanden to guess! And the Moment of Um answers an age-old stumper: how are alligators and crocodiles different? Want to hear more about bees? Listen to The buzz about bees, pt. 1 (https://www.brainson.org/episode/2020/09/08/the-buzz-on-bees-pt-1) This episode is sponsored by: Ancestory.com (http://ancestry.com/brainson), General Mills Pillsbury (https://www.pillsbury.com/products/cinnamon-rolls) and Varsity Tutors (http://varsitytutors.com/brainson)
Tinkerclass (Week 2 Day 2): Explore & Plan
Wow in the World NPR
access_time9 days ago
It's day 2 of TINKERCLASS--Explore & Plan. Look around your home for a problem you'd like to solve. This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Rat Race!
Herodotus: The Egyptians and the Greeks
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time10 days ago
Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis made friends with powerful Greeks of his time. We include a famous story about the Greek ruler, Polycrates of Samos, and his golden ring. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
The Little Raindrop written by Ghost Sung
Story Time Bedtime FM
access_time10 days ago
Written and narrated by Ghost Sung. The little raindrop goes on a big adventure.
Tinkerclass (Week 2 Day 1): Rat Race!
Wow in the World NPR
access_time10 days 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)
Tinkerclass (Week 1 Day 5): Reflect & Share
Wow in the World NPR
access_time13 days 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, Hugomatic 3000!
Tinkerclass (Week 1 Day 4): Improve & Retest
Wow in the World NPR
access_time14 days ago
It's day 4 of TINKERCLASS--the improve and retest phase. See if you can improve your invention from yesterday, test it again, and then share your results with us! This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Hugomatic 3000!
Tinkerclass (Week 1 Day 3): Create & Test
Wow in the World NPR
access_time15 days ago
It's day 3 of TINKERCLASS--the create and test phase. Look around your home for to build out your plan from yesterday. This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Hugomatic 3000!
Thank you from the Jifflings written by Charly Conquest and Ben Mullins
Story Time Bedtime FM
access_time15 days ago
Written and narrated by Charly Conquest and Ben Mullins. Thank you for listening to Bottle Ship on Story Time. We hope you have enjoyed it. Bottle Ship now has its own podcast on Bedtime.FM! https://bedtime.fm/bottleship or search for Bottle Ship in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
The buzz on bees, pt. 1
We’re making a big buzz about bees! Our pollen-collecting friends get so much done, and we’re taking a look at how they live. We’ll bust some bee myths and meet some honeybees for a look at life inside the hive. Our mystery sound is from a listener (here’s a hint: they recorded the sound in Alaska!), and our Moment of Um answers a buzzworthy question: Why do beehives look like hexagons? And! One episode on bees just isn’t enough. We’ll be back next week with more buzz on pollination. Today’s episode is sponsored by Native (https://native.com/brainson | Promo code: brainson), Laurel Springs (http://laurelsprings.com/brainson) and Daily Harvest (http://dailyharvest.com Promo code: brainson)
Tinkerclass (Week 1 Day 2): Explore & Plan
Wow in the World NPR
access_time16 days ago
It's day 2 of TINKERCLASS--the explore and plan phase. Look around your home for a problem you'd like to solve. This week's project features the Wow in the World episode, Hugomatic 3000!
Tinkerclass (Week 1 Day 1): Hugomatic 3000 And The Future of Soft Robotics
Wow in the World NPR
access_time17 days ago
Sometimes, the cold, metallic touch of a robot doesn't quite cut it; whether that be when studying small, delicate jellyfish in the wild or building the world's most advanced huggable robot! After Mindy learns all about the science of soft robotics and their use in helping researchers handle delicate deep sea creatures, she sets out to use this cutting edge technology to make an all new kind of huggable robot that squeezes but never crushes. Originally aired 12-16-19
Summertime Zone - Frosty Pops
Buttons & Figs Buttons & Figs
access_time17 days ago
Two kids, two ideas. One song contest. On the back of a cereal box. Should these kids enter? Can they work together? Will they win? What is a lunar launcher? This is the last stop in the Summertime Zone. You are now leaving the Summertime Zone. We don’t understand why you entered this kid dimension, but we are grateful you found your way into this middle ground between stupidity and wisdom, between make-believe and absurdity. May the kid dimension of stories always find its way to you. Be well. Summertime Zone sketch comedy written and performed by Pamela Rogers and Mark Pena. Frosty Pops written, performed and produced by Mark Pena and Pamela Rogers Audio mastering by Blaise Collins We now return you to our regularly scheduled program of wordplay, poetry and episodes written by Buttons & Figs kids.
Astropup and the  Seven Mountains of Genius Part 2
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time20 days ago
In part two of our space adventure, Astropup puts on the Virtual Reality Goggles and climbs the seventh mountain of Genius which is dedicated to food. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Stars: Twinkling, glowing, giant balls of gas
Those tiny pinpoints of light glittering in the night sky are actually incredibly distant, giant, churning balls of gas. They produce huge quantities of light and heat. In this episode, Mars interviews the biggest star in his eyes: the sun! We also ask astronomer Moiya McTier to help us count all the stars in the universe. And we'll hear a couple of the stories that people here on earth tell about the stars. Plus, a brand new mystery sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question: how do whales drink? This episode is sponsored by Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com/brains) and School Mask Pack (http://schoolmaskpack.com/brainson). You can support the show at brainson.org/fans. Find out more about our book at bit.ly/brainsonbook and our book events at brainson.org/events
Summertime Zone - The Incident
Buttons & Figs Buttons & Figs
access_time23 days ago
School day. The past. The seasons were about to change, when a moment happened. An incident that caused time to stand still, a moment where you question reality. This incident could only happen in the summertime zone. written by pamela rogers and mark pena voices by mark pena music includes pieces by mark pena & pamela rogers and turbosol https://www.youtube.com/c/95TurboSol produced by pamela rogers audio mastered by blaise collins
A Sunbrella For The Planet (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time24 days ago
Summer days are getting hotter and hotter! For us humans, it's as easy as drinking a cool glass of water, lathering ourselves in sunscreen and putting up a parasol! But what about the planet? How do we keep planet earth cool! On a summer staycation to the beach, Guy and Mindy explore who, what, where, why, how and wow of Geo-Solar-Engineering a nifty new way to keep our planet cool! Originally aired 6-10-19
Robot Competition Answers
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time27 days ago
Here they are! The three winners to our 'How to Spot a Robot' Competition, and we read out all of your replies. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Hey Baby Island, How'd You Get Here? - When Underwater Volcanoes Grow UP! (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
If you could take one item to a desert island what would it be? A pacifier? A rattle? How about a diaper? Well that might be just what you need if you're visiting an itty bitty baby island! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they take the Wow Machine out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to visit the youngest volcanic island on the planet! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of VOLCANIC ISLANDS! Originally aired 3-25-19.
Summertime Zone - Y.U.T.
Buttons & Figs Buttons & Figs
access_time1 month ago
You are traveling through to the kid dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but great indecision. A time when deciding on what game to play became a game in and of itself get ready to play in the Summertime Zone! Was this fun? Next time you’re faced with indecision, try our choosing rhyme, it always works when you’re….in the Summertime Zone. written and voiced by pamela rogers and mark pena
Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time1 month ago
Astropup is Back! The Parrot normally disdains video games, but when he hears about one called The Seven Mountains of Genius he tries it and is soon hooked. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory
Summertime Zone - Candy Eyes
Buttons & Figs Buttons & Figs
access_time1 month ago
You are about to journey into the past, when kids took turn telling stories after a long day of play but sometimes it landed on that kid. The kid who likes candy and slurpees. Next stop, the Summertime Zone.
Scaredy Sharks & The Science of Fear (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
Heights? Darkness? Orcas? Turns out, everyone's afraid of something! Even the Great White Shark, the most fearsome predator in the seven seas! But afraid of what? And why? And how can this fear impact the rest of the ocean? Join Guy and Mindy as they head off to the season premiere of the Bruni Soto show to explore the Who, What, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of fears! Originally aired 5-27-19.
Scaredy Sharks & The Science of Fear (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
Heights? Darkness? Orcas? Turns out, everyone's afraid of something! Even the Great White Shark, the most fearsome predator in the seven seas! But afraid of what? And why? And how can this fear impact the rest of the ocean? Join Guy and Mindy as they head off to the season premiere of the Bruni Soto show to explore the Who, What, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of fears! Originally aired 5-27-19.
Poop Party: Answers to your poo questions
Warning! This episode is all about the fascinating and gross world of doo doo. We know you have a lot of poo questions because you’ve sent many, many of them to us. So we’re finally bringing you the poo answers! It’s a poop party!We’ve invited scientists to tell us about weird animal feces. (It’s true! Wombats have cube-shaped poop!)We tune into a news channel all about dookie (see the Bristol Stool Chart here: https://www.bladderandbowel.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BBC002_Bristol-Stool-Chart-Jan-2016.pdf).We hear from our favorite “poo-tuber” Taylor the Turd about how some poops are helping fight serious illnesses. (Remember Taylor? Here’s her first appearance: https://www.brainson.org/shows/2019/03/19/flush-where-does-our-poo-and-pee-go)Plus, a sorta stinky Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um answering a question: why is pee yellow?This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson) and Laurel Springs (laurelsprings.com/brainson). Fill out a quick survey to tell us more about yourself: podsurvey.com/brains
Summertime Zone - First Day of School
Buttons & Figs Buttons & Figs
access_time1 month ago
The time is Summer, yet it is time for school to begin. Meet Ms. Fredrickson, Occupation: 3rd grade teacher. It is her first day of school. It is 8:00 a.m….online. The journey you are about to hear could be our journey. Next stop will be….in the summertime zone.
Getting Nosey About the Science of Smell  (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
Scientists have long known that different people experience different smells, well differently! But Why? And How? Join Mindy and Guy Raz in their new backyard Ol'Factory of bottled up odors, as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of SMELL! Originally aired 5-20-19
Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Peanut Butter Diamonds (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
In the season finale of Two Whats?! and A Wow! Mindy and Guy Raz are trying to turn peanut butter into diamonds?! We've got answers AND challenges for you on today's sparkly round of Two Whats!? And A Wow!
Two Whats!? And A Wow! - What's That Smell? (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
Why are Mindy and Guy Raz investigating Mindy's Gingerbread Mansion? And what does this have to do with smells?! We've got the questions AND the answers on today's smelly round of Two Whats!? And A Wow! We're challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about the sense of smell!
Episode 10: The Donkey’s Bucket written by Charly Conquest and Ben Mullins
Story Time Bedtime FM
access_time2 months ago
Written and narrated by Charly Conquest and Ben Mullins. In this episode Friedaline finds a bucket and the Jifflings find a new use for it that helps Albert to be less stubborn.
Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Sweat Like A Pig (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
Why is Guy Raz confused about Mindy's latest opinion piece for Reggie's newsletter? And what does this have to do with pigs?! We've got the questions AND the answers on today's oinking round of Two Whats!? And A Wow! We're challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about pigs!
Introducing: Million Bazillion
We’re thrilled to share a brand new show with you. It’s called Million Bazillion and it’s all about money -- how we earn it, how we save it and how we spend it.In the first episode you’ll travel back thousands of years to learn the ways people got what they needed before money was invented. Back then some people traded goods, others made pacts to share what they had. We’ll also meet the king who came up with the idea for coins. Plus, Kristen Bell designs her own money!This show is a collaboration between Brains On and Marketplace. It’s hosted by Jed Kim with Bridget Bodnar. You can listen to more episodes here, or subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Butt Bubble Breathing (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
Why does Mindy want Guy Raz to model his scuba gear after aquatic beetles? And what does this have to do with the science of breathing?! We've got the questions AND the answers on today's breath-taking round of Two Whats!? And A Wow! We're challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about breathing!
The Summertime Zone - The Shadow House
Buttons & Figs Buttons & Figs
access_time2 months ago
The Summertime Zone is a dimension of stories told by kids in Summertime. You are about to enter that dimension, a journey into the shadows of The Shadow House. We all know a house like The Shadow House. A house on our block where things go on, scary things, shadowy things, familiar things?! Next stop, the Summertime Zone.
Here Comes The Sun-Powered Energy! (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
It's Cyber Funday on Wow in the World, and Mindy is taking full advantage of all the good deals! Sales on everything thing she's ever wanted and everything she never even knew she wanted! But is her online shopping spree a good deal for the planet? Guy Raz takes Mindy on a little time traveling fossil-fueled trip to the past to see how we can best protect the Earth for the future! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of Fossil Fuels and the future health of planet Earth! Originally aired 4-22-19
Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Cry-Thru (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
Why is Mindy selling puppy dog calendars from her window? And what does this have to do with the science of tears?! We've got the questions AND the answers on today's tearful round of Two Whats!? And A Wow! We're challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about tears!
Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Kangaroo, How Do You Do? (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
Why is Guy Raz worried that Mindy's ice cream will melt in her jeans?! And what does this have to do with kangaroos?! We've got the questions AND the answers on today's hopping round of Two Whats!? And A Wow! We're challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about kangaroos!
Episode 9: The Tug of War Rope written by Charly Conquest and Ben Mullins
Story Time Bedtime FM
access_time2 months ago
Written and narrated by Charly Conquest and Ben Mullins. In this episode The Hedge finds a rope and the Jifflings find a new use for it that helps Freidaline to enjoy taking part just as much as winning
Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Wildest Dreams (encore)
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
Why was Mindy a maple syrup donut last night?! And what does this have to do with the science of dreams?! We've got the questions AND the answers on today's dreamy round of Two Whats!? And A Wow! We're challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about dreams!