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Flush! Where does our poo and pee go?
Every time you flush, your poo and pee start an epic journey. From the toilet, to the sewers, to a treatment plant, our waste travels quite a distance only to end up cleaner by the end. We'll hear from a "PooTube" star about her experience with "the flush." We'll also hear about ancient sewers, a "fatberg" under London and a toilet that cleans waste on site. Plus, our Moment of Um answers why you can feel your heart beating in your neck of all places.
Creative Cars: a mindful story and meditation for kids
Creative cars Bozz and Rozz make a new friend, Mozz. The toy cars share the story of how their friends, the blocks helped them get back on their track.
Horsefly Don't Bother Me! - The Dazzling Mystery Of Zebra Stripes
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 days ago
Guy Raz and his horse Bucky just got back from a frustrating riding lesson. Mindy is on the roof of her gingerbread mansion dressed as a horsefly. And Dennis is, well .just being Dennis. And before this episode is over, YOU will know the newly discovered reason behind why Zebras have stripes! Prepare to be DAZZLED as Guy Raz and Mindy explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Zebra Stripes!
The Druid's Harp of Ireland
Today is part one of a special St. Patrick's Day story all about an epic Irish battle and the amazing power of music! Stay tuned for part two, coming very soon! If you would like to support Stories Podcast, you can subscribe and give us a five star review on iTunes, head to patreon.com/stories and pledge to make a monthly donation, or just tell your friends about us! You can also check out this episode's sponsor, Mercari, the selling app! Visit mercari.com for more details, or look for it in the app store!Now you can find new episodes of Stories, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium! For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code 'WONDERY'.Thank you!!
14: How to talk to your kids about sex
How should you approach the sex talk with your kids, depending on what age they are? How do you broach topics of masturbation and consent? How can you respect their boundaries when it comes to social interactions? If you know your teenager has had sex, how do you discuss it with them? In this episode, Tanu Shree Singh talks you through topics of sex and sexuality, how to arm your teenagers to make their own decisions and resist pressure and more.
Black Holes, Wormholes and Donut Holes
Black holes happen when you have a super huge, mega-giant amount of stuff --- crammed into a super-tiny, infinitely-small amount of space. AND THEY ARE SUPER COOL! In this episode, we learn all about what black holes are and how we found out they were real. We talk to a black hole hunter who has discovered supermassive black holes. And we find out what a wormhole is and why it might really, be really, really hard to ever find one -- or travel through it. Plus: The Moment of Um answers the question: "Why do goat pupils look like slits?" This episode is sponsored by Panama City Beach (VisitPanamaCityBeach.com), Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The Podcast, and Madison Reed (madison-reed.com and offer code BRAINSON). You can support the show at brainson.org/donate
Runaway Cats!
This week's episode is based on a traditional Japanese folktale and it's all about two cats named Gon and Koma! Listen in so you can join them on their adventures and see what kind of trouble they get into!If you would like to support Stories Podcast, you can subscribe and give us a five star review on iTunes, head to patreon.com/stories and pledge to make a monthly donation, or just tell your friends about us! You can also check out this episode's sponsor, Mathnasium, the leading math-only learning center for grades K - 12! Visit mathnasium.com/STORIES for more information, or call 855-910-MATH!Now you can find new episodes of Stories, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium! For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code 'WONDERY'.Thank you!!
Sand Surfing: A kid's short story and meditiation Sand Surfing: A kid’s short story and meditation
It's a sunny day and Bodhi the beach buggy is excited! He hopes for a beautiful day at the beach. It's time for some sand surfing!
Bored Out Of Your Bonkerballs? - Why Having Nothing To Do Can Be Good For You!
Wow in the World NPR
access_time9 days ago
Bored out of your bonkerballs with nothing to do? Turns out, being bored can be good for you! A new study from the United Kingdom suggests that periods of boredom are crucial for anyone looking to get their creativity on! Join Mindy and Guy Raz for the Paint Drying World Championships, and a mind-numbing fact-finding visit to the "Institute of Boredom!" It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of BOREDOM!
#358 Writing Social Stories for Language Delayed Toddlers
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses guidelines for writing social stories for toddlers with language delays. Read the full summary here.
13: How to tell your child that their parent has a serious illness
Do you or your partner have a serious illness? How do you tell your children? First you have to figure out when to tell them- after you have a clear diagnosis? After you’ve told other family members? What are the questions one should prepare for? How do you help your child understand the illness is not their fault and that they don't have to assume the role of an adult at home? Do you take them along when you visit the doctor? On this episode, parent and psychologist Tanu Shree Singh helps you navigate this tricky topic.
Walking on walls: How ants and spiders do it
Ants and spiders are able to defy gravity -- but how do they do it? We'll learn about how awesome their feet are and how one predator takes advantage of these powers. Plus: A very challenging mystery sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question, "How do bananas ripen other fruit?" Today’s episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson), Bona (bona.com/brainson) and Panama City Beach (VisitPanamaCityBeach.com). You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate.
Witch, Wizard, Winter.
This week's episode is based on a Bulgarian myth about what happens when Father Frost is nowhere to be found and an entire village is buried in snow! Listen in to this longer story to hear all about the brave little girl that saves the day.If you would like to support Stories Podcast, you can subscribe and give us a five star review on iTunes, head to patreon.com/stories and pledge to make a monthly donation, or just tell your friends about us! You can also check out this episode's sponsor, Molekule, an innovative new air purifier! Visit molekule.com for more information!Now you can find new episodes of Stories, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium! For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code 'WONDERY'.Thank you!!
Double Dump Trucks: kids short story and meditation
Danny the Dump Truck proudly works on his own, but today's task will require some help. Will Danny recognize the value of teamwork with double dump trucks?
1+2=3? Just Ask A BEE! - The Scientific Buzz On Bees & Math
Wow in the World NPR
access_time16 days ago
What in the world is a Fibonacci Sequence? Where in the world can you spot one in the wild? And why in the world is that BEE adding and subtracting at the lightening speed of a child?! Join Guy Raz and Mindy as they explore the latest scientific buzz on bees and their newly discovered ability to do MATH! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of BEE BRAINS!
12: How to talk to your children about adoption
When should you tell your child that they're adopted? How should you go about it? If you don’t have other kids, what is the answer to the question, “Did you get me because you couldn’t have your own?” What if the child wants to know about their birth parents? How do you deal with feelings of abandonment? On today's episode parent and psychologist Tanu Shree Singh helps you broach the topic of adoption and how to normalise it.
Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 2
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time21 days ago
A scarier story than usual - part two of Lapis and the Ghost Cats takes our feline heroes on a journey into the Land of the Dead to meet the ancient Egyptian gods, Osiris and Isis and Anubis. Lots of music and sound fx add to the spooky atmosphere ! Read the full text of Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 2 and see our illustration on Storynory.
My air came from where?! How oxygen gets around
Oxygen is quite the savvy traveler. We explore how this gas travels all around the world and ends up pretty much everywhere for us to breathe. Plus we'll look at how plants and others make the stuff. And we learn how oxygen ended up on Earth in the first place (hint: it involves super space explosions!). We'll make friends with some molecules, hear about a tiny fart that changed the world and guess an all new mystery sound. Oh, and this week's Moment of Um asks: "if a poisonous snake bit itself, would it die?" This episode is sponsored by Visit Panama City Beach (VisitPanamaCityBeach.com), KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson), Quip (getquip.com/brainson) and Calm (calm.com/brainson). You can support the show at brainson.org/donate
Dandelion Fun: a kid’s bedtime story and relaxation
Anora notices bright yellow flowers in the field next to her house. It’s a day for dandelion fun! What will Anora do with these friendly flowers?
Honey Bear
Honey Bear is bulking up for hibernation, but a bee gets in his way. Will he let it go and stay focused on his goal? Or will his anger get the best of him? Tune in to find out!If you would like to support Stories Podcast, you can subscribe and give us a five star review on iTunes, head to patreon.com/stories and pledge to make a monthly donation, or just tell your friends about us! You can also check out this episode's sponsor, Mercari, the selling app! Find it in the app store!Now you can find new episodes of Stories, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium! For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code 'WONDERY'.Thank you!!
So Cute You Can't Even! - The Science Of Cute Aggression
Wow in the World NPR
access_time23 days ago
Do you have a face so cute that people want to pinch your cheeks? Does the sight of a baby piglet snuggling up to a newborn baby make you want to kick down a door and run away screaming? Have you ever uttered the words, "You're so cute I could EAT YOU UP!?" Well then you may suffer from a scientific phenomenon known as "Cute Aggression." And in this episode, Mindy and Guy Raz take you through a recent scientific study that explores what causes it, and why? It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of an overwhelming overload of CUTENESS!
11: How to talk to your kids about Screen Time
Are you worried that your children are spending too much time watching TV or on the internet? Before you have the talk with them, Tanu Shree Singh tells you things to keep in mind. Is all screen time bad? How much time should be allowed daily, if at all? What content should you be wary of? How do you get kids off their screens, without them hating you? This episode covers everything you need to know about screen time.
Buffy Bunny’s Icy Adventure written by Jess Judd
Written by Jess Judd and narrated by Rob Griffiths and Nicole Esquino. Where in the World is Buffy Bunny? Somewhere cold, icy. Have a guess and see if you're right. This story is suitable for children aged 5-12.
Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 1.
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time29 days ago
Lapis, the ancient Egyptian Cat, and her friend Chloe come face to face with spooky ghost cats from the Land of the Dead Read the full text of Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 1. and see our illustration on Storynory.
Curious Baby Whale: A calming bedtime and nap time story for children
A little beluga whale busily explores his surroundings. The curious baby whale wants to see everything! What do you think he'll see?
Heeeere Foodie Foodie Foodie! - Edible Insects Are On The Menu!
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
It's that time of year! The annual public radio food truck festival! Mindy has slapped a new logo on her dilapidated ice cream truck and joins in the festivities with a new twist on Gramma G-Force's famous "Sloppy G's!" But what is this new twist? And why does it have Guy Raz feeling squeamish and squirming? Find out as these two explore the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of EDIBLE INSECTS!
The Hugging Contest
Scales the snake wants to win the hugging contest, but nobody will let him enter! Are arms really THAT important for a good hug? Tune in to find out!If you would like to support Stories Podcast, you can subscribe and give us a five-star review on iTunes, head to patreon.com/stories and pledge to make a monthly donation, or just tell your friends about us! You can also check out our sponsor, Monica + Andy at monicaandandy.com!Now you can find new episodes of Stories, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium! For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.
10: How to talk to children about body image
What do you tell your child if they're getting teased about being dark, fair, skinny, big? What do you tell your child if they are the bully? How do you talk to them about different body sizes and what they're seeing on the media? What is healthy and what is not?  On this episode, parent and psychologist Tanu Shree Singh leads you through how to talk to your kids about positive body image, teasing, insensitivity, acceptable behaviour and more.
THE RED BANDITS OF MONTGOMERY
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time1 month ago
A story from Wales that is a little like Rumplestiltskin Read the full text of THE RED BANDITS OF MONTGOMERY and see our illustration on Storynory.
Memory and deja vu
In this episode, we take a trip down memory lane. We visit a campus full of hippos to learn how memories are stored, and drop in on a badger trainer to see how she recalls the “the great badger blunder.” We also explore how many memories can our brains store. Hint: way more than you probably think. You may have heard of deja vu, but did you know there are other vus too? We found a lost game show where these vus are contestants. All this plus a new Mystery Sound and Moment of Um that answers the question: do fish have allergies? Tune in to find out! You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate This episode of Brains On is sponsored by: Kiwico, a monthly STEAM project kit for kids. Visit kiwico.com/brainson for a chance to try them out for free. Madison Reed, ammonia-free, multi-tonal hair color. Go to madison-reed.com and use promo code: BRAINS for 10% your first order. Pre meat delivery. Go to eatpre.com and use promo code: BRAINSON for a 15% discount.
Octopus Adventure: Children’s story and guided relaxation
Ready for an octopus adventure? Odette the octopus explores her corner of the sea. Her colors change with her feelings. What will she find?
Long Live Lonesome George! - The Mysterious Genome Of A Giant Tortoise
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
80 years old? 100 years old? 400 years old?! Some animals live for a really long time, which means that things are getting pretty crowded at Reggie's parent's retirement farm! Join Guy Raz, Mindy, and Reggie, as they fly on down to Florida, to investigate how some of these wild octogenarians are able to keep on kickin' for so long! It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of aging in the animal kingdom!
#357 7 Key Principles for Success When Working with Toddlers and Preschoolers
Hi! I'm pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com  and in this show, I'm sharing 7 key principles for successfully working with toddlers and preschoolers. These 7 nuggets of advice will help you no matter what communication skill you're trying to teach - whether you're focused on helping a young child learn to use more words, follow directions, begin with an AAC device, or improve speech intelligibility. Actually, these principles work when you're trying to teach a toddler ANYTHING. Listen and read the full post here.
The Little Rescue
Ms. Beakman thinks that kindness for kindness sake is important, and Mr. Pecks is not so sure. Who will win this argument? You'll have to listen to find out!If you would like to support Stories Podcast, you could leave us a five star review on iTunes, make a monthly donation at patreon.com/stories, or tell a friend about us!Thank you to today's sponsor, Monica + Andy. Visit monicaandandy.com to check out their amazing selection of baby and toddler organic essentials!Also, thank you to Stitcher Premium! We're excited to announce that you can now find our episodes ad-free on Stitcher Premium, and we're even offering your first month free! Just go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use code WONDERY.
9: How to talk to your child about crushes
When should you talk to kids about crushes? For the teen or preteens, their feelings are very real and important. How do you talk to them about heartbreak? How do you broach topics of toxicity and sexuality? Psychologist Tanu Shree Singh talks about creating an open environment for children to talk about crushes, not forcing labels and how to be empathetic and non-judgmental.
8: Difficult Conversations With Your Kids: Season 2 Trailer
Our parenting podcast, in which parent and professor of psychology Tanu Shree Singh helps you navigate tough conversations with your children, is back with a new season.  Hosted by Anuradha Varma, Season 2 deals with screen time, adoption, body image, infidelity and more. Tune in every Thursday at 3pm. Listen to the trailer now.
Are we still evolving?
In this episode, we climb up, down and all around our evolutionary family tree. When did we branch off from our more ape-like ancestors? And will we evolve one day into a different species altogether? We'll meet a bearded scientist from 160 years ago (no, not Charles Darwin) and eat some sundaes (thanks lactase persistence!). Plus a brand new Moment of Um answers the question: Do insects have the same blood as humans? This episode is sponsored by Calm (calm.com/brainson), Quip (getquip.com/brainson) and the podcast Josie and Jonny are Having a Baby With You. You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate
Chinese Year of the Pig
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time1 month ago
2019 is the Chinese year of the Pig. We tell you a famous pig story to celebrate ! Dedicated to Penny who supports us on Patreon. Read the full text of Chinese Year of the Pig and see our illustration on Storynory.
Spring Flowers: bedtime story and guided meditation for kids
Lalita the lilac is eager to bloom and display her spring flowers. Once her buds open Lalita can share her sweet fragrance with everyone!
Duck Duck Poop - A Tale Of Symbiosis
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
It's time for the regional library Story Slam Potluck & Pajama Party, and the gang's all here! First up, it's Mindy, with a non-fiction story involving a duck, a copycat plant, and some scientifically magical POOP? What could these three things possibly have in common? Join Mindy and Guy Raz for the scoop on Duck Duck Poop, and a tale spinning of symbiosis!
Brains On: Behind the scenes
This is a special fundraising episode, where we peek behind the curtain of Brains On!
The Love Potion
In this story, based on a traditional Ethiopian fable, a very nervous young man named Abel seeks a magical solution to his struggles, but he needs to retrieve a very special ingredient first! Will he be able to do it? Listen in and find out! And parents, see if you recognize the fun oldie that inspired this episode's song!If you would like to support Stories Podcast, consider checking out one of today's sponsor, Monica + Andy, at monicaandandy.com! You could also leave us a five star review, make a monthly donation at patreon.com/stories, or just tell a friend about us!
Playful Dragon: a kid’s bedtime, nap time story and relaxation
The playful Dragon joins Ballet and Bobby bunny in their mimicking game. All the commotion in the forest attracts the attention of kids nearby. Will the kids spot Dragon?
Back-To-School: Recess 101
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
How in the world does recess make us smarter? Where in the world do kids enjoy the most of it? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an expedition to better understand the science of taking a break! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of RECESS! (Originally aired 8/24/17.)
The Princess and the Dragon 👸🏽🐲 written by Jess Judd
The queen desperately wanted a baby, so when she hears about a magical dragon who might be able to give her one she is overjoyed. Will the dragon give her a baby? What will the baby be like? You’d best take a listen and see…. 👸🏽🐲 This story is appropriate for children aged 5+
#356 Selecting Goals for Minimally Verbal Kids
Join pediatric speech-language pathogist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she talks with a mom (who is also an SLP) about setting goals for her minimally verbal preschooler. This mom was on the show #322 last year if you'd like to listen for background info and then more recommendations (especially for working on initiation) in follow up show #323.
Ancient Babylon
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time2 months ago
The largest and most splendid city in the ancient world was captured by King Cyrus of Persia in 539 BC. The story is entwined with the history of the Jews in the Bible who were exiled to the rivers of Babylon. Read the full text of Ancient Babylon and see our illustration on Storynory.
A Hercules Fable
This week's story is an adaptation of the classic Greek myth about the famous, superstrong demigod, Hercules! Enjoy!!If you would like to support Stories Podcast, you can leave us a five-star review on iTunes, make a monthly donation at patreon.com/stories, or tell your friends to check us out! Thanks!!
Dad to the Rescue Dad to the Rescue:a kid’s bedtime, nap time story and relaxation
Owen is inspired and begins to write a story but gets stuck. Dad to the rescue! He helps Owen learn the importance of taking a break to feel refreshed.
Two-Headed Space Worms
Wow in the World NPR
access_time2 months ago
What in the world are Planarian Flatworms? Why in the world did scientists send them on a mission to outer space? And where in the world are their mouths if not on their heads?! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for a tale of two worms .in one body. It's the latest who, what, when, where, why, how, and WOW in the world of WORMSTRONAUTS! (Originally aired 8/28/17.)

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