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Dreams: The science of a sleeping brain
You dream every night, even if you don't remember them. But why? We'll hop on a wild ride to go inside the brain and see which parts help create these often fantastical images and storylines. We'll also learn how to take control of our dreams and how they make us more creative. Plus: a new mystery sound and a Moment of Um answers the question "How do octopuses make ink?" This episode is sponsored by Thoughtfully (thoughtfully.com/brains), Pre (eatpre.com offer code BRAINSON), and Little Passports (littlepassports.com/brains).
Waiting for Santa 🎅 written by M.E.Ryan
Why is Santa Claus also called Chris Kringle and Saint Nick? How does he get to all of the houses in one night? What are the laws of physics regarding reindeer flight? These are just some of the questions Timmy is going to get answered, by hiding under the Christmas tree and sneaking into Santa's bag of toys. But when his house is the LAST house he visits that year, Timmy is accidentally (or maybe not) brought to the North Pole. There he discovers that all of the elves in Santa's Workshop were once curious kids like him, who wanted to know more about Santa Claus! So Timmy helps lead an elf uprising against Christmas, although, the three Santa's have different ideas. This story is suitable for children aged 5-12
Toy Party: a bedtime story and relaxation for kids
Dylan the firefighter doll feels disappointed he is staying home from the sleepover until Trevor the train invites him to a toy party.
The Karate Kickkn' Cockroach
Wow in the World NPR
access_time3 days ago
Mindy signs Guy Raz and herself up for a karate lesson! But when she starts talking about cockroaches, jewel wasps, and zombies, Guy Raz quickly realizes that this is not going to be your typical karate class. What in the Wow does Mindy have Up her sleeves this time? Listen in for The Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of the Karate Kickin' Cockroach!
065: Parasites and Viruses with Shannon Bennett
The Show About Science Nate
access_time8 days ago
Shannon Bennett is the Chief of Science and the Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Dean of Science and Research Collections at the California Academy of Sciences. When Shannon Bennett traveled to Liberia in college, she never guessed the experience would launch her lifelong fascination with microbiology. She shares that story with Nate on the first ever live episode of The Show About Science. This episode was recorded at the Apple Store in San Francisco on September 12th, 2018 as part of Coal+Ice, an event aimed at inspiring climate action through art and ideas. Special thanks to Laura Sydell, Tom Corwin, Marlene Saritzky and everyone at the Apple Store in Union Square.
Voices: How do we make sound?
We are very vocal about this episode, and that’s because it’s all about voices. We look into how our bodies produce sound and talk to a voice recognition expert. And we find out what’s happening when helium enters the equation. Plus, humans don’t have the voice market cornered -- what about other animals? We’ll drop in on a few creatures and find out how they make sounds too. All that plus a brand new Mystery Sound and berry delicious Moment of Um. Today’s episode is sponsored by Quip (getquip.com/brainson), KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson), and Bombas (bombas.com/brains). You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate
The Two Witch Cats
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time8 days ago
A welsh story about a magician who catches thieves. Read the full text of The Two Witch Cats and see our illustration on Storynory.
The Cat Bride
Two Greek gods get into an argument and make a bet. Does changing the way something looks change what it truly is? Tune in and find out!If you would like to support our podcast, you can visit patreon.com/stories and make a pledge. AND don't forget that you can vote for us for Best Kids and Family podcast in the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards! You can go to storiespodcast.com/vote and that will take you to the right page. Thank you!!
Magic in The Sky: a short story and guided meditation for kids
After the rain Allie goes outside to splash in puddles. Then she notices some magic in the sky as the sun shines through the clouds. What did she see?
Extreme Makeover: Spider Edition
Wow in the World NPR
access_time10 days ago
Lights, Camera and Action! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they go behind the scenes on the hottest new matchmaking show in the animal kingdom; "Date or Bait!" Follow along as they learn all about the carnivorous habits of the female Jumping Spider and the flashy ways these bachelor male spiders try to keep themselves from ending up on the menu! It's Date or Bait: proudly brought to you by Wow in the World!
Taffy Morgan’s Harp
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time15 days ago
An amusing Welsh story about a lad who thinks he is a musical genius - but few agree. Read the full text of Taffy Morgan’s Harp and see our illustration on Storynory.
Magical Marlow’s Marvellous Mutt Munchies 🐶 written by Jess Judd
Lilly and Dean love their dog, David. Lilly enjoys looking after him and feeding him, even if it isn't a very exciting job. At least it wasn't, until one day when Lilly found a special bag of dog food in the cupboard. What happens when she feeds it to David? This story is appropriate for children aged 4-12. 🐶
A Dog's Nose Always Knows
Wow in the World NPR
access_time17 days ago
What in the world is a dog's secret sniffing power? How in the world do their noses know more than ours? And why are we putting these noses to work? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they explore latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of super sniffing canines! (originally aired December 25th)
Beautiful Butterfly: a calming bedtime and nap time story
Rosie the beautiful butterfly plays a game of hide and seek with her friend Rabi. She notices how much she has to feel grateful for.
Song: Ba Ba Black Sheep
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time20 days ago
Not just for little kids! Jana sings this famous rhyme so sweetly we think all ages will feel soothed and un-jangled by it. Read the full text of Song: Ba Ba Black Sheep and see our illustration on Storynory.
A Dog King Thanksgiving!
It's Thanksgiving! Dog King, King of the Dogs is throwing a festive, silly celebration in the alley, and everyone's coming! Pickles, Rex, Other Rex, Other OTHER Rex, and a cat? Find out what happens when an uninvited feline guest crashes this bow wow bash!If you would like to support our podcast, you can visit patreon.com/stories and make a pledge. AND don't forget that you can vote for us for Best Kids and Family podcast in the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards! You can go to storiespodcast.com/vote and that will take you to the right page. Thank you!!
064: Space Junk with John Crassidis
The Show About Science Nate
access_time22 days ago
After graduating with his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, John Crassidis went to work at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Now he's a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he builds satellites and researches the massive amount of man-made space junk. He joins Nate on this episode to talk about the trash orbiting the earth, and what might be done to clean it up.
Finding your way without a map
If your GPS suddenly stopped working, would you still be able to find your way? In this episode we'll teach you tricks and tips to navigate on your own. We'll explain how compasses work and we'll tell you who helped move north to the top of the map. Plus, we'll meet a navigator who goes on long journeys using only traditional Hawaiian navigational techniques and we'll stop by a pitstop for some amazing animal migrators. All that and a Moment of Um on why diamonds are so rare and so valuable. Today’s episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson), Little Passports (littlepassports.com/brains), Bombas (bombas.com/brains), and Ozobot (ozobot.com/shop).
Colorful Chameleon: children’s short story and guided relaxation
Caden, the colorful chameleon, is tired of blending in and wants to be different.  Friends show him he's cool the way he is.
The Very Hungry Black Hole
Wow in the World NPR
access_time24 days ago
Mindy's going to need a few tips if she's going to win the local eating competition, lucky for her, Guy Raz knows the best eater in the universe! The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of black holes! (originally aired May 7th)
#352 Speech Intelligibility in Toddlers
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss speech intelligibility in toddlers including what's normal, red flags that indicate a toddler's speech issues need intervention, diagnoses related to decreased speech intelligibility, and six priority patterns to target to improve a young child's ability to be understood. Today's show is an overview of my newest therapy manual FUNctional Phonology.  Get yourself a copy of this book to learn how to treat toddlers who are difficult to understand.
Video Games: A Tale of Two Pongs
Introducing our brand new history show, Forever Ago! Join host Joy Dolo and kid co-host Kai on an epic quest through history to figure out how video games began. With help from intrepid reporter Cari Spivack, they’ll visit the age of dinosaur computers, hear the sounds of early arcades and befriend some talking cows. This episode is sponsored by Little Passports (LittlePassports.com/BRAINS), Thoughtfully (thoughtfully.com/BRAINS) and Quip (GetQuip.com/brainson). You can support Brains On and Forever Ago at brainson.org/donate.
The Narrow Bridge
This story is about two VERY stubborn goats as they battle it out to see who gets to cross a VERY narrow bridge first. Who will it be?? You'll have to listen to find out!!If you'd like to support our podcast, you can visit patreon.com/stories and make a pledge. AND don't forget that you can vote for us for Best Kids and Family podcast in the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards! You can go to storiespodcast.com/vote and that will take you to the right page.Thank you!!!!
A Curious Cave: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids
Daisy the beagle leads her friends to the curious cave in the forest, unaware that some kids are following.  Will Daisy and the other dogs be able to keep the dragon undiscovered?
Exploding Ants!
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
You ant gonna believe this! A new ant species has been discovered in the jungles of Southeast Asia! And while these tiny insects may look similar to the ants we know, they are literally BURSTING surprises! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they get up close -too close- to explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Exploding Ants! (originally aired July 16th)
The Cretan Bull
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time1 month ago
Bertie is on the Greek Island of Crete and relates two famous legends from the time of King Minos - and how they blend into History with the Historian Herodotus. Read the full text of The Cretan Bull and see our illustration on Storynory.
Forest School 🌲🌲🌲 written by Hannah Erikson
Luna and Geo escape into the forest behind their Aunt’s house. They already knew the forest was a magical place, but then they find the treehouse… just sitting there. This story is recommended for children ages 5+
#351 More Expressive Language Strategies
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses effective techniques to treat expressive language delays in toddlers. This is a continuation from show #350 when we talked about the imitation hierarchy I use to address language delays in toddlers. Now we're going to  "sandwich" that information with what to try when a child is not ready for that protocol AND how to move on to phrases. Listen for some fantastic strategies!! Read the post here.
Introducing Imagined Life
What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life. Subscribe today at www.wondery.fm/imaginedlife
063: Be Straw Free with Milo Cress
The Show About Science Nate
access_time1 month ago
Milo Cress was 9 when he started the Be Straw Free project. Now 17, Milo's research and activism have convinced organizations like Starbucks and the Shedd Aquarium to stop offering customers plastic straws. Milo joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about his interests in the environment and conservation, and explains how kids can act to change the world.
Do dogs know they're dogs?
We treat dogs like they're part of the family. But do they know they are a different species, or do they think they're just short, four-legged people? In this episode, canine cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz helps us puzzle out this question. We’ll also find out what happens (or doesn’t) when a dog looks in the mirror. Dogs are always dozing, and we’ll check in to see if they are dreaming too. And, we take a quick trip around the world in the language of barks. All that, plus a brand new Mystery Sound and moon-filled Moment of Um! Today’s episode is sponsored by Ozobot (ozobot.com/brains), KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson), and the book Horse Meets Dog. You can support Brains On with a contribution at brainson.org/donate
A Busy Reef: a kid’s bedtime, nap time story and relaxation
Raina, the radiant and busy reef, enjoys watching all the colorful sea life play around her. Many friends visit the coral reef for the day. What will happen?
Why Horses Can't Wear Flip Flops
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
How in the world did horses get their hooves? What in the world is the difference between their feet and ours? And when in the world did tiny dog-sized horses roam the earth? Join Guy Raz and Mindy for a little trot through the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the world of horse hooves! *And be sure to check out this episodes conversation starters at www.wowintheworld.com! (originally aired November 20th)
Ghost Cave 👻 written by Jess Judd
Ethern is a ghost. He lives in a cave. But he’s not a scary ghost, and his cave isn’t a scary cave. Ethern loves jokes, and all he wants to do is tell people his jokes. It doesn’t always go very well, however. Poor Ethern. Will he ever find someone who will stay and listen to his jokes? This story is appropriate for children aged 5 - 10.
The Brilliant Firefly: Revolt, Finale Part 2
Part two of the exciting finale of The Brilliant Firefly: Revolt! It's finally here!!If you'd like to support our podcast, you can visit patreon.com/stories and make a pledge. OR you can support this week's sponsor: Bombas! When you support our sponsors, you're helping us continue to create new content for you and your family to enjoy! Thank you!Here are the offer details:BOMBAS: Get 20% off your order by visiting Bombas.com/stories with code STORIES at checkout!AND don't forget that you can vote for us for Best Kids and Family podcast in the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards! You can go to storiespodcast.com/vote and that will take you to the right page.Thank you!!!!
Monster Masks: a kid’s bedtime, nap time story and relaxation
Our dragon hears a lot of commotion and peeks out of the forest. Lots of strange monsters and creatures are out wandering through the streets. Dragon feels a little frightened until the creatures begin to laugh and Dragon realizes it just the kids trick or treating.
Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part Two
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time1 month ago
Amon the Egyptian priest has been arrested for stealing a stolen statue. His cats Lapis and Cleo travel up the River Nile to prove his innocence. Read the full text of Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part Two and see our illustration on Storynory.
Ladies & Germs, Meet The Supervillain Superbugs!
Wow in the World NPR
access_time1 month ago
Almost 100 years ago, Alexander Fleming discovered what would go on to become the world's first antibiotic. Nearly a century later, the virus' these antibiotics once treated are making a comeback! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they delve into the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of battling SUPERBUGS! (Originally aired April 23rd)
Bobs' & Tweets Trick-or-Treat 🎃 written by Pepper Springfield
Lou Tweet and Dean Bob can't wait to go trick-or-treating on Bonefish Street on Halloween. This year, they're entering the Best Halloween Block contest, which means they need to visit every house and mark down each delicious treat that they receive.
#350 Effective Strategies for Jumpstarting Expressive Language in Toddlers
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses effective techniques to treat expressive language delays in toddlers. When there are no other developmental red flags (like decreased interest in social interaction, increased activity level and super short attention span, won't play with toys, does not follow directions), here's the method I use. Teach Imitation! Begin with actions with objects Introduce gestures Analyze nonverbal actions a child might imitate Get noisy Begin exclamatory words/play sounds Try automatic speech Teach FUNCTIONAL single words Move on to phrases. Listen to the show for this hierarchy it works!! Read the entire post at teachmetotalk.com:
062: Black Holes with Bob McNees
The Show About Science Nate
access_time2 months ago
In outer space, there are objects so powerful that nothing can escape their gravitational pull. They're called black holes. Bob McNees is a physicist at Loyola University who studies gravity, general relativity, and the physics of black holes. Bob joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about quantum mechanics, the work of Stephen Hawking, and of course, black holes.
How to find the facts (Prove It: Part 4)
Today information is everywhere, but what should you trust? Can you spot the difference between well researched articles and stories full of opinion, errors or even lies? In our final chapter of “Prove It: How to find the facts,” we’ll find out how to think like a fact checker. Plus we’ll share clues on how to spot warning signs of bogus information. We also look into the claim that coffee stunts your growth and for our Moment of Um we explore the world of freckles. Today’s episode is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop (buildabear.com), Vamousse (VamousseLice.com), Bombas (bombas.com/brains) and Ozobot (ozobot.com/brains). You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate
Katie’s Grandma at School
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time2 months ago
In time for Halloween, Katie's Grandma is 100 years old ! She tells Katie the story of how she sent to English boarding school back in the 1930s and made a best friend from the USA, Amy. Read the full text of Katie’s Grandma at School and see our illustration on Storynory.
The scoop on journalism (Prove It: Part 3)
Fair and fact-based news helps people make good decisions. That's why journalists work hard to get their facts straight. In the third installment of our series "Prove It: How to find the facts," we'll hear how one daring reporter got herself locked in a mental hospital to uncover injustice. We'll meet an 11-year old publishing her own paper and Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold tell us how he makes sure his stories are accurate. And we'll find out if the claim that fish have no memory holds water. All that plus a fresh new Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um tackling the question: why do humans have a tailbone but no tail? Today’s episode is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop (buildabear.com), Vamousse (VamousseLice.com) and Quip (getquip.com/brainson). You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate