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Katie’s Grandma at School
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time2 days 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
#349 Top Strategies to Target Receptive Language During Everyday Routines
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares top strategies for helping toddlers learn to understand words and follow directions during daily routines. Resources mentioned during the show can be found at this link:
061: CryptoKitties with Dieter Shirley
The Show About Science Nate
access_time13 days ago
CryptoKitties is a game centered around breedable, collectible, and oh-so-adorable creatures called CryptoKitties! CryptoKitties is one of the world’s first games to be built on blockchain technology—the same breakthrough that makes things like Bitcoin and Ethereum possible. The creator of CryptoKitties, Dieter Shirley, joins Nate on this episode to talk about creating games on the blockchain.Find out more about CryptoKitties at: https://www.cryptokitties.co/
Science under the microscope (Prove It: Part 2)
Science is a powerful fact-finding tool -- but how does it work? In this second installment in our series "Prove It: How to find the facts," we look to the past for answers. We find out how a snake heart helped get rid of an old idea about blood and how failed experiments are just as important as successful ones (bye bye, luminiferous ether). And we'll hear from scientists working today about how curiosity is at the heart of science. All this plus a new Mystery Sound and snail-rific Moment of Um. Today’s episode is sponsored by Build-a-Bear Workshop (buildabear.com), Ozobot (ozobot.com/brains) and Bombas (bombas.com/brains) and you can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate.
Song: How doth the crocodile?
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time17 days ago
Jana sings a mystical and up tempo song based on the crazy poem by Lewis Carroll - How Doth the Crocodile? - a thank you to Olivia for supporting us on Patreon Read the full text of Song: How doth the crocodile? and see our illustration on Storynory.
A Brief History of Facts (Prove It: Part 1)
We’d be nothing without facts. They ground us in reality, help us make new discoveries and allowed us to build the modern world. In this episode we explain how we developed two of our most powerful fact finding tools: science and journalism! Plus, we’ll fact-check some conventional wisdom about ladybug spots and explain how surgeons operate on fish in our Moment of Um. All that and a Mystery Sound! Today’s episode is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop (buildabear.com). You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate
#347 Strengthening Social Connections in Everyday Routines
In this week's show, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com we're continuing the topic from last show #346 for using my hierarchy for treating toddlers with speech-language delays/disorders. This week we're discussing ways to improve a toddler's social connectedness with other people - especially his parents at home during everyday routines. First, we'll review red flags for differences in social interaction. Many times parents miss these characteristics in their own children. Many times therapists don't point these out because we either don't recognize them as red flags or we're too afraid of a parent's reaction. We'll talk about that on the show too! Our overall strategies for improving a child's ability to respond to you are: Consistently respond to him. Don’t let a toddler “check out” or be alone for long periods of time. Get eye to eye and face to face! Don’t force eye contact and interaction – invite it! Sound fun… less like an adult and more like a kid! Do what a toddler likes. Play, play, play…and then play some more! Limit distractions when you’re working on responding. Be the toy! Avoid power struggles. Lavish love! Be persistent in your attempts to join him. Reward a child’s efforts to respond to you. Final review… what “counts” as responding? Remember - Your #1 goal is INTERACTION! Listen for ways to work on social skills in everyday routines! Try activities that involve Movement, Music, Sensory Experiences, Social Games
060: Organic Farming with Verd Nolan
The Show About Science Nate
access_time27 days ago
Verd has been growing food for as long as he can remember, beginning in his family’s backyard garden in Oak Park, Illinois. At age sixteen, he left home to live and work on a communal farm in Austin, Texas, where he stayed for ten years and met his future wife, Jeanne. In 2005, Verd and Jeanne started The Organic Gardener Ltd., a company that creates beautiful and productive organic edible gardens throughout the Midwest. Today, Verd lives on a little farm called Middlefork with Jeanne and family. On this episode, Nate traveled to Middlefork to learn all about organic farming and how kids can grow their own food.Learn more about Verd and Jeanne at http://www.theorganicgardener.net/
#346 Teaching a Child To Connect and Respond During Everyday Activities
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she walks through goals during everyday routines. Today we'll be discussing the first part of "I Need a Plan" for social skills with ideas forhow to help a child learn to respond and connect in lots of ways throughout the day.
059: Manatee Research with Sheri Barton
The Show About Science Nate
access_time1 month ago
Manatees are large marine mammals found in shallow coastal waters near Florida, Brazil, and the west coast of Africa. Manatees are occasionally called sea cows, because, like cows, they are slow, peaceful, and graze on plants. Sheri Barton is a Senior Biologist at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Florida, where she studies these fascinating creatures. On this episode of The Show About Science, Sheri joins Nate to talk about her research. 
Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part 1
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time1 month ago
Lapis and Cleo are shocked when their master, Amon the Priest, is arrested on charges of stealing a scared statue. Another story from Ancient Egypt ! Read the full text of Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part 1 and see our illustration on Storynory.
058: The Microbiome with Stefan Green
The Show About Science Nate
access_time2 months ago
Did you know that there are tiny microbes that call our bodies home? These microorganisms live on and inside of us. You can even take a test to learn which ones make up your microbiome. Stefan Green is a microbial ecologist who runs the DNA Sequencing Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Stefan joins Nate to talk about what the microbiome is and why these tiny little microbes are so important for our health.
Brains On! + The Story Pirates: What makes fun things fun?
We're teaming up with our pals The Story Pirates to learn about science of having fun! Our experts tell us what makes something fun and why we're so geared toward seeking a good time. Plus, the Story Pirates share their song "Pizza Revenge." We've also got a fun-tastic Mystery Sound and a Moment Of Um all about pirates. How fun is that?
Ice Cream Interview
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time2 months ago
You know that ice cream is cold and delicious, but do you know how it's made and what goes into it? Jana talks to Lewis Alfonso, an Italian gelato maker, to find out fascinating facts about ice cream. Read the full text of Ice Cream Interview and see our illustration on Storynory.
Ready for School: a children’s story and guided relaxation  - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Bobby the school bus is ready for school! As he practices his route Bobby notices some big changes. What will the school bus do?
A New Path: a nap time story and relaxation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Today's story for kids from Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast: Daisy the Beagle goes for a walk and ventures out on a new path hoping to make new friends.
What makes gross things gross?
Fair warning: Today we’re gonna get gross! We’re talking sounds, smells, and tastes that some people might find repulsive. But we're asking: why? What's the purpose of disgust? Is it something we're born knowing or do we learn to dislike things? When will entomophagy (the eating of insects) catch on everywhere? Plus: A brand new Moment of Um answers the question "Why do worms come out when it rains?"
Dough Art: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Today's bedtime story on Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast: Liam's mom helps him make some dough. Liam plays and makes some amazing dough art!
Young Cyrus
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time2 months ago
A poor young Persian boy is a natural leader. In a game, his friends choose him to play their king. He gets into trouble when he orders the son of an aristocrat to be punished. Read the full text of Young Cyrus and see our illustration on Storynory.
Time Travels: an original short story for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Clever kids turn Chance the Cardboard box into a time machine and visit some dinosaurs.  Will their time travels bring them back in time for lunch?
057: Happy Atoms with Jesse Schell
The Show About Science Nate
access_time2 months ago
Jesse Schell is a video game designer and a professor of entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the creator of “Happy Atoms,” a game that helps kids learn how atoms bond to form new molecules. Jesse joins Nate on this episode to talk about how “Happy Atoms” uses technology like augmented reality to teach kids about chemistry.
Keeping water healthy, one clue at a time
Last week, we heard about the tale of the Cuyahoga River -- a river in Ohio that caught on fire multiple times because it was so polluted. The river is now doing much better, but beyond the fact that it’s not on currently fire -- how do we actually know it’s healthier today? That’s when being a water detective really comes in handy. Plus: Our Moment of Um answers the question: "Why do dogs wag their tails?" Today’s episode is sponsored by Vamousse Lice (vamousselice.com) and Roshambo Baby (roshambobaby.com and offer code BRAINS).
Chipmunk Chase: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Chelsea the chipmunk loves to play with her friend Darcy the dog.  Darcy comes outside to play chipmunk chase.
Magical Chair: a bedtime story and relaxation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
After moving to a new home, Winfield the wheelchair decides to help Brian find new friends.  Will the magical chair find them at a colorful park?
Another Home: a calming, original children’s story - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Lexie Lemming is tired of being squished. Her home is too crowded. Can she find another home?
Burning rivers of fire
Rivers are known for being wet. So how did a river in Ohio suddenly catch fire, not once, but several times last century? In part three of our water series, we'll explore the shocking tale of the Cuyahoga River. We'll look at how pollution led to this environmental tragedy and what's been done to address the problem. Plus, our Moment of Um explains why we say "ow!" when we're hurt.
A New Family: a bedtime story with guided meditation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Horace, the house is empty waiting for a new family to move in.  He is excited to see the for sale sign come down and meet his new family.
Dragon Float: a short story for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Dragon visits the boats at the dock. While swimming around them Dragon discovers the boats are floating.  Can Dragon float too?
Wicked Uncle and the Scottish Shark
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time3 months ago
Is it safe to go in the Scottish Loch? Uncle Jeff takes the kids on a kayaking holiday. There are no sharks in Scotland, right? Read the full text of Wicked Uncle and the Scottish Shark and see our illustration on Storynory.
Superhero Time: a calming bedtime and nap time story for children - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
It's superhero time! Owen set up a training course for his friend Allie.  Will they make it all the way through before lunch?
056: 3D Printed Organs with Anthony Atala
The Show About Science Nate
access_time3 months ago
When organs like kidneys and livers fail, it can be scary—especially for kids. But the science of regenerative medicine, where new organs are created from a patient's own cells and tissue, is a promising new field in medicine. Dr. Anthony Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and he joins Nate on this episode to talk about how new organs can be created in the lab using 3D printers.
How does GPS know where you are?
Without GPS, we’d be lost. Literally. Thanks to these radio transmissions from space though, we’re able to pinpoint our location and find our way home. Join us as we learn all about satellites, how the robot voice of GPS is created and how atomic clocks hold it all together. Plus a mystery sound and a brand new Moment of Um answers the question: "What is light made of?" Today's episode is sponsored by Kind Snacks (KindSnacks.com/BRAINS), Vamousse (vamousselice.com) and Roshambo Baby (roshambobaby.com and offer code BRAINS).
TV Drama: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Tala the TV likes to keep the people happy. She pays attention as their emotions change. There's some TV drama as she tries different shows.
#345 Water Play... Using the Framework for Treating for Late Talking Toddlers
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses how to use a framework for treating late talking toddlers during a fun activity for toddlers - water play! Here's the written summary from last week's show if this framework is new for you or scroll back and listen to show #344!  We'll also begin with a question from a mom that's fantastic - what to do when your child isnt' getting along with his therapist!
Toy Box Cinderella: a bedtime story and relaxation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Alyssa the Doll feels a bit lonely when the others dolls leave her out of their fun.  Will anyone notice how special she is at the toy's party?
Jana’s Studio:  Interview with Richard Scott
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time3 months ago
Jana catches up with Richard Scott, our narrator best known for his voice for Astropup, the space travelling hound. Listen to this hilarious chit chat to find out some inside secrets, favourite sonnets and shared tongue twisters! Read the full text of Jana’s Studio: Interview with Richard Scott and see our illustration on Storynory.
Mystery Jug: a calming bedtime and nap time story with a positive message - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Terry and Charlie truck carefully drive at the edge of the forest.  Charlie gets hot and needs water. What will Terry Truck do to help his friend?
Salty snack science: Popcorn, nachos and the origins of salt
We're having a snack attack in this episode and we're using it as an excuse to delve into the facts and history of some of our favorite snacks. How does popcorn pop? Who invented nachos? And where does salt come from? Plus, our Moment of Um tells us all about salt's buddy: pepper! If you want to hear more from our pals at Every Little Thing, you can check them out wherever you listen to podcasts or at https://www.gimletmedia.com/every-little-thing And you can find more Ear Snacks on your favorite podcast device or right here: https://www.earsnacks.org/
Something New: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Ian goes to his friend Mike's house and they play with different toys than they usually do.  Mike helps Ian with the change.
The Curious Case of the Everlasting Storm
Wow in the World NPR
access_time3 months ago
Crash! Crack! Boom! No need to duck and cover during this incredible thunderstorm! It's been going on for hundreds of years! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they make there way out to Venezuela to hunt down the mysterious and electrifying Catatumbo Bay Lighting Storm and in the process uncover the Who, What, When Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of this electrifying scientific phenomenon!
The Lucky Drum
An old folktale from Uganda finds a Lizard and a Python performing together and then arguing over their lucky drum! Ad-free Stories Podcast feed at patreon.com/stories
#344 I Need A Plan! Using a Framework to Determine Priorities for Late Talkers
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discussed the framework she uses to design treatment plans for toddlers with speech-language delays.
Forest Discovery: a bedtime story and relaxation for kids  - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
Daisy Beagle catches a new scent on the breeze and follows it into the enchanted forest.  What forest discovery will the curious dog make?
055: Cicada Killer Wasps with Blake Newton
The Show About Science Nate
access_time3 months ago
Last summer, Nate was walking to the train when he spotted a giant wasp carrying a cicada. Later he discovered that the insect he saw was a cicada killer wasp. These insects will paralyze cicadas with their venomous sting, but luckily rarely sting humans. Blake Newton is an entomologist at the University of Kentucky. He joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about these fascinating creatures.
Captain Dragon: a calming bedtime and nap time story for children - Be Calm on Ahway Island Bedtime Stories
On a hot night, Dragon flies over to the beach and finds the boat docks.  Will Dragon make some new friends?
Astropup and the Parrot in Love
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time3 months ago
The Parrot is looking for a wife. He finds a suitable parrot who lives on the planet Lizardia - but unfortunately he is suffering from a bad cold and is unusually short of words. Read the full text of Astropup and the Parrot in Love and see our illustration on Storynory.
Astropup and the Parrot in Love
Storynory - Stories for Kids Storynory
access_time3 months ago
The Parrot is looking for a wife. He finds a suitable parrot who lives on the planet Lizardia - but unfortunately he is suffering from a bad cold and is unusually short of words. Read the full text of Astropup and the Parrot in Love and see our illustration on Storynory.
Wanna see Mars' close approach? Just look up!
The Red Planet is putting on a show this July. It'll be closer to Earth than its been in 15 years and that means at night it'll appear bigger and brighter than average. In fact, you should be able to see it easily without a telescope! In this episode we'll tell you how to spot Mars plus, you'll hear the planet itself answer your questions. Plus a mystery sound and, in our Moment of Um, we'll explain why lava moves slowly even though it's a liquid. Brains On is sponsored today by Build-A-Bear Workshop (buildabear.com), Kind Snacks (KindSnacks.com/BRAINS), P.volve (Pvolve.com/brainson) and Plated (plated.com/reddem and promo code BRAINS). Find more episodes of Brains On at brainson.org