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Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world sent in by listeners. Like, do dogs know they?re dogs? Or, why do feet stink? Plus, we have mystery sounds for you to guess, songs for you to dance to, and lots of facts -- all checked by experts.

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Is hypnosis real?

Hypnosis. You?ve seen it in movies, cartoons, and maybe even on stage! But is it real? And if so, what is it?


Join Molly and co-host Jasmine as they uncover the truth about hypnosis and its power to heal. They?ll hear from pediatrician and hypnosis expert, Dr. Daniel Kohen, about what it is and isn?t. (Spoiler alert ? it isn?t mind control!) They?ll also chat with 13-year-old Joshua who uses hypnosis to overcome anxiety! Plus, a special appearance from the ghost of Franz Mesmer, a famous practitioner and the man behind the word mesmerizing. Entranced? Stick around for a new and puzzling mystery sound!


Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!


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This episode was sponsored by


Sitka Seafood Market - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order. 


Indeed - Use promo code brainson to receive a $75 sponsored job credit

2024-02-13
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Why do we get cavities?

Your teeth are like a squad of superheroes inside your mouth. They help you crunch on carrot sticks, nibble popcorn and chew bubblegum. You?ve probably heard it?s important to brush your teeth to prevent cavities. But what is a cavity? And how do dentists fix them?


Join Molly and cohost Aya on a terrifically toothy adventure, as they explore what causes these pesky little holes in our teeth. They?ll meet a group of rowdy, party-loving bacteria and find out how sometimes, troublemaker bacteria in our mouths can cause cavities. Plus, dentist Dr. Jean Star will help explain how to fix cavities. All that, plus a brand new Mystery Sound!


Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!


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This episode was sponsored by


Sitka Seafood Market - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order.

2024-02-06
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Baby Mystery Sound: A Smarty Pass Sneak Peek

Producers Rosie duPont and Aron Woldeslassie are at the Brains On petting zoo checking out some of the cutest baby animals in the world. It?s there that Rosie realizes that they should play a round of Baby Mystery Sounds! It?s the classic Brains On game Mystery Sound with an adorable twist!


2024-02-02
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How did ferns survive the dinosaur extinction?

Listener Gideon sent in this brilliant question: ?How did ferns survive the dinosaur extinction and are they the same ferns we see now?? Our search for the answer will introduce us to James Frond, international fern of mystery, and take us flying through the air on an airplane?s wing. We?ll also meet a scientist who?s trying to understand how ferns are such strong survivors ? by recreating the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs! All that, plus a fern-tastic new mystery sound!


Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!


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Today?s episode is sponsored by:



 Sitka Seafood Market - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order.



2024-01-30
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What happened to the Neanderthals?

Dig in with Molly and co-host Audrey as they learn about our extinct ancient relatives, the Neanderthals! With archaeologist and Brains On producer Anna Goldfield as their guide, they?ll learn how Neanderthals were once misunderstood, and how scientists are learning more about them. Explore the wondrous NeanderHALL at Brains On HQ and unearth the truth about these prehistoric humans with Anna and her talkative NeanderDOLL, Paul! Plus, discover the origins of a tricky new mystery sound



Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2024-01-23
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Taxonomic Ticklers: A Smarty Pass sneak peek

Sparklemuffin, turdus maximus, and sarcastic fringehead. These are the names of some of Marc?s favorite animals! Will Molly be able to guess what kind of animals they are?

2024-01-19
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Where does lightning come from?

Grab your raincoat, and join Molly and co-host Lily as they float into the clouds to learn about lightning! They?ll explore how lightning is made and what it takes to stay safe during thunderstorms. To close with a bang, Molly will slip on her Thunderpants and host an electrifying lightning-themed game show. But don?t bolt too soon. We?ve got a mystery sound reveal that promises to shock!

Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2024-01-16
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Brains On presents Forever Ago - Superman: An immigrant's story

The Brains On crew is hard at work on our next batch of episodes, and we'll be back in your feed on January 16, with an electrifying episode about lightning.


Until then, check out our history show: Forever Ago. It's hosted by our friend Joy Dolo, and it looks into the fascinating past of things we take for granted.


In this episode, Joy invites Molly on to the show to share the origin story of Superman that you've probably never heard. Take a listen!


To hear the entire episode, search for ?Forever Ago? wherever you listen to podcasts or head to foreverago.org.

2023-12-05
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Why do our bodies take so long to grow?

Join Molly Bloom and co-host Ishalo as they learn about the ingredients we need to grow ? and why sometimes the growing seems slow! They?ll chat with Dr. Diva de León Crutchlow about sleep and hormones and help Sanden take care of Dwayne the 5-year-old brain. Is your excitement growing by the minute? Ours too! And we?ve got another tricky mystery sound, just for you.


This episode was sponsored by:


Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS) - Claim your $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.


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2023-11-07
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How and why do chameleons change color?

Join Molly and co-host Arjun on a reptilian romp, where they learn all about chameleons? color-changing abilities, powerful eyes, and super sticky saliva. Along the way, they?ll be joined by a pair of chatty chameleon cabaret performers ? Kiki and Paul ? and chameleon expert Chris Anderson! Color yourself excited for this awesome creature feature, and an all-new mystery sound!


If you want to learn more about chameleons, check out co-host Arjun?s own podcast, Animals Rule! He has an episode all about these loungey lizards, plus a ton of other amazing animals: https://spotify.link/KZrepYscSDb


This episode was sponsored by:


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-10-31
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Why are we afraid of the dark?

Explore the dark with Molly and co-host Sasha! They?ll chat with psychologist Dr. Sandy Pimentel about why it?s totally normal to be afraid of the dark and hear from Mr. Bonejangles about why it?s the bone-a-fide best! To round out their adventure, producer Nico Gonzalez-Wisler will whisk them off on a starry, overnight field trip. The light at the end of the tunnel? An all-new mystery sound!


This episode was sponsored by:


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Don?t miss our virtual events! Our next one, ?What?s That Smell?? is happening Oct. 26 ? Oct. 28, and our third and final, ?Snacktacular Road Trip,? is Nov. 30 ? Dec. 2. Join your favorite hosts from Brains On!, Smash Boom Best and Forever Ago LIVE on YouTube for just $19.99 per family. Join the fun, and ask them questions! Plus, Smarty Pass holders get 20% off (sign up today to get yours and the discount). It all starts on September 21, so go to brainson.org/fieldtrips to get your tickets!


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-10-24
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Why isn?t Pluto a planet anymore?

Pluto is tiny, icy, and used to be the ninth planet in the solar system. Used to be. So why isn?t Pluto a planet anymore?


Join Molly and co-host Momo as they learn Pluto?s history, talk to planetary scientist Kelsi Singer about NASA?s New Horizons mission, and even hear from the planet itself. All that plus a nifty new mystery sound!


This episode was sponsored by:


Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS) - Claim your $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-10-17
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What is ADHD?

Millions of kids and adults across the world have ADHD, which stands for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD doesn?t affect everyone in the same way, though. Some people might have trouble focusing, while others might get really fidgety or take risks without thinking about them. But what is ADHD and what is happening in the brain of someone with ADHD?


In this episode, Molly and cohost Julianne (who also has ADHD) learn from Dr. Julie Schweitzer of the MIND Institute at UC Davis about how a brain with ADHD can feel a little bit like an orchestra without a conductor.  Plus, Julianne talks with Daniel Kwan, director of the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once, about what it's like to live with ADHD, and how people with ADHD have some superpowers when it comes to creativity.


This episode was sponsored by:


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2023-10-10
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Going Viral: What is a Computer Virus?

Ah-CHOO! We know viruses make us sick, but what happens when a virus infects your computer? This episode, go digital with Molly and co-host Chloe as they track down a pesky computer virus infecting Brains On Headquarters. Catch our special guests, podcasting viruses Kara and Gilly, and meet a mysterious hacker named Shark Manchez. Plus, a brand new mystery sound!



This episode is sponsored by:


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2023-10-03
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Ancient beasts: A prehistoric game show!

Prehistoric animals rock! How much do you know about these unusual beasts? Join Brains On! host Molly Bloom as she tests the prehistoric animal knowledge of co-hosts Samaya, Roscoe, Zana, and Arjun! The games begin in the Permian Era, almost 300 million years ago, when giant dragonflies buzzed through the skies. Play along and you?ll wind up in the most recent Ice Age, when saber-toothed cats prowled the California coasts! Plus, you?ll get to hear prehistoric animal haikus and a not-so-prehistoric mystery sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your SEVENTY FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-09-26
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How do animals build their homes?

People are really good at building homes out of everything from wood and concrete to mud and ice. But when it comes to animal homes, creatures can be more inventive than humans!


In this creatively constructed episode, Molly and cohost Marama renovate Brains On HQ with the help of some clever critter contractors. They talk to animal experts and navigate demolition disasters to build a delicious new food hall for Brains On. Plus, a super spiffy Mystery Sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your SEVENTY FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)


Paw Patrol Movie (Pawpatrol.movie - Catch PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE in theaters on September 29th!)


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-09-19
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How do apples grow?

Apples are a delicious treat! These crispy crunchy sweet snacks are everywhere: in our school lunches, at the farmers market, even covered in caramel at the fair. But as Molly and cohosts Jack and Penelope find out, growing an apple is a lot harder than it sounds. In this episode, we?ll learn how bears and horses helped the first wild apples grow (in their poop!) and meet the world?s biggest apple fan, Johnny Appleseed. Plus, even an apple a day can?t keep a brand new Mystery Sound away!


This episode was sponsored by:



Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your SEVENTY FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)


Paw Patrol Movie (Pawpatrol.movie - Catch PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE in theaters on September 29th!)


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IXL (IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get a 20% off an IXL membership.)


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-09-12
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Where does all our energy come from?

Everything in our world is powered by energy. We need it to drive our cars, bake cupcakes and even jump up and down on the bed! All of this energy comes from different sources, like gasoline and wind power. Even the food that powers our bodies is a source of energy. But almost all of the energy on Earth first came from the same place: the sun!


In this episode, we?ll find out how the sun powers so much of our lives. Plus, we?ll learn how the amount of energy in the universe has stayed the same since the very beginning of time, which scientists call the Big Bang. Mind-blowing, right? All that, plus a brand new mystery sound and a look at some really cool possible future sources of energy!


This episode was sponsored by:



Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your SEVENTY FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)


Paw Patrol Movie (Pawpatrol.movie - Catch PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE in theaters on September 29th!)


Factor Meals (Factormeals.com/brainson50 - To get 50% off.)


IXL (IXL.COM/FIELDTRIP - To get a 20% off an IXL membership.)


Greenlight (Greenlight.com - The banking and investing app for kids and teens.)





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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-09-05
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What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence has been all over the news lately ? but how does it even work? In this episode, Molly and co-host Sydney explore the how and why of A.I. with researcher Avital Balwit. Together, they imagine possible futures with A.I. and talk about how we might use these powerful tools in thoughtful ways.


As a bonus, you?ll get a tricky new mystery sound and a hot track from Sanden?s band, Loudly With A Chance of Screamballs! 


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Don?t miss our next virtual events! In September, your favorite hosts from Brains On!, Smash Boom Best and Forever Ago are going on virtual field trips, and you can join them LIVE for just $19.99 per family. Your ticket gets you one of our limited spots to an online live-action adventure, complete with a live chat and a chance to talk with Molly, Marc, or Sanden after the show. 



Plus, Smarty Pass holders get 20% off (sign up today to get yours and the discount). It all starts on September 21, so go to brainson.org/fieldtrips to get your tickets!
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Today?s episode is sponsored by:



Toyota (Visit BuyAToyota.com to explore Toyota SUVs)






Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your $100 SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)



2023-08-22
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How do our eyes, skin and hair get their colors?

All the different colors in our eyes, hair and skin are made by a super special substance called melanin! In this episode, we?ll meet a melanocyte, the artistic cell that makes melanin. Plus, Molly and cohost Jeremy talk with Dr. Tina Lasisi to learn why humans have so many different colors of skin in the first place. And a scientist goes undercover to try to solve the many mysteries surrounding melanin. All that, plus a brand new mystery sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



Didn?t I Just Feed You (Didntijustfeedyou.com/ - A podcast to help busy home cooks feed their families.)


Buy a Toyota (BuyAToyota.com - To explore Toyota SUVs.)


Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)





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Don?t miss our next virtual events! In September, your favorite hosts from Brains On!, Smash Boom Best and Forever Ago are going on virtual field trips, and you can join them LIVE for just $19.99 per family. Your ticket gets you one of our limited spots to an online live-action adventure, complete with a live chat and a chance to talk with Molly, Marc, or Sanden after the show. 


Plus, Smarty Pass holders get 20% off (sign up today to get yours and the discount). It all starts on September 21, so go to brainson.org/fieldtrips to get your tickets!

2023-08-15
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How much can your brain hold?

Your brain does so much stuff! It makes sure your heart is always pumping and your lungs are breathing ? plus it stores all kinds of important information, like your best friend?s birthday or your pet?s favorite kind of treat. But could your brain ever run out of storage space?



In this episode, Molly and cohosts Corinne and Suriya learn all about our mighty memories. They crack the code on brain storage and figure out the science of forgetting! Plus, an unforgettable new mystery sound.


This episode was sponsored by:



Didn?t I Just Feed You (Didntijustfeedyou.com/ - A podcast to help busy home cooks feed their families.)


Buy a Toyota (BuyAToyota.com - To explore Toyota SUVs.)


Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)





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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-08-08
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Can boredom be good for you?

Boredom is something we all feel sometimes, when nothing seems fun or interesting. But have you ever wondered what?s actually going on in your brain when you feel that way? Can it ever be good for you to be bored? 


Molly and co-host Maisie explore how boredom can lead to creativity, and how our brain can work past that blah feeling. Plus, a boredom-blasting brain workout from Sanden and his pal Pete the wombat, and a brand new Mystery Sound!

This episode was sponsored by:



Didn?t I Just Feed You (Didntijustfeedyou.com/ - A podcast to help busy home cooks feed their families.)


Buy a Toyota (BuyAToyota.com - To explore Toyota SUVs.)


Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINS - To claim your ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post. Terms and conditions apply.)


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!



2023-08-01
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What?s inside a jellyfish?

Jellyfish are some of the most unique creatures on the planet. They?ve been around longer than the dinosaurs. They don?t have brains, bones or blood. And they?re not even fish! So what are they?


Float along with Molly and cohost Rosie as they learn about the different parts of a jellyfish, hear from a jellyfish superhero, and talk to scientist Dr. Rebecca Helm about how jellyfish have babies. Plus, a tantalizing new Mystery Sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



Buy a Toyota (BuyAToyota.com - To explore Toyota SUVs.)


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-07-25
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Hip hip hooray! Why are parties so fun?

Happy birthday to us! Brains On is celebrating its tenth birthday and we?re throwing a big party. Molly is putting up decorations, Sanden has made his special Super Salty Party Punch and Gungador is ready to dance his pants off! But why is Marc hiding out in a closet?


Join Molly and co-host Olive as they explore what makes parties so fun ? and why they make some of us nervous sometimes. Plus a snazzy new Mystery Sound! 


This episode was sponsored by:



Buy a Toyota (BuyAToyota.com - To explore Toyota SUVs.)


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Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-07-18
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Smarty Pass Bonus: Gungador Hosts a Dinner Party!

Hey, Smarty Pal, want more Brains On? Check out this sneak peek of Gungador Hosts a Dinner Party! Gungador is having a party at Brains On! HQ, and everyone?s invited! He?s whipping up special dishes for all of his guests: a tater tot hot dish, caramel coated honey gummies, even a cheese board! But he forgot to call Barbara Toddes from the Philadelphia Zoo before he started prepping meals for his animal friends... and some of his assumptions about what animals eat aren?t exactly right. Will Gungador pull off his festive feast AND keep his cool?! Grab your SmartyPass and listen to find out!

2023-06-27
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Come see Brains On live!!!

Molly, Marc and Sanden are hitting the road to perform the show Your Brain is Magic in Portland on June 17th and Seattle on June 18th. Plus, we'll be in Pasadena on June 25th celebrating our 10th birthday. Tickets for all events are at brainson.org/events - hope to see you there!

2023-06-02
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How do birds communicate?

Chirp chirp, y?all! Ever wondered what birds mean when they?re singing their little birdy hearts out? This week, Molly and cohost Bessie explore the kinds of sounds birds can make, and how those sounds are used. Birdsong researcher Kristin Brunk breaks down some sweet tweet science, and we learn how human noise has affected our feathery friends. Plus, a groovy new Mystery Sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



Liquid I.V. (LiquidIV.com - Use code BRAINS at checkout to receive 20% off anything you order when you order.)


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Bird sounds in this episode came from Xeno-Canto:



Emily Brhel, XC760144. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/760144


Manuel Grosselet, XC663795. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/663795


Elias A. Ryberg, XC791170. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/791170.


Sunny Tseng, XC749764. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/749764


Sunny Tseng, XC753147. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/753147


Russ Wigh, XC573211. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/573211


Russ Wigh, XC692169. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/692169.





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2023-05-16
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How would life evolve in space?

Humans and every other living thing on Earth are perfectly suited to our wonderful planet. There?s life everywhere, from boiling-hot ocean vents to chilly mountain peaks. But what would life look like in other parts of the galaxy, or beyond? What would happen to our bodies if we lived in space?


In an out-of-this-world episode, Molly and cohost Jaxson moonwalk through the possibilities of life in outer space. They learn what scientists look for when they want to know if a planet or moon could support life. And they explore how science fiction can help actual scientists think about what alien life might look like. Plus, a spiffy new Mystery Sound!  


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2023-05-09
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Do video games really rot your brain?

Video games are fun, challenging and sometimes hard to put down. But are they good for you? Or do they rot your brain, like some people say? In this episode, Molly and cohost Colden (along with sassy alien hero Fuzzbutt Picklestar) explore how video games affect your brain, for better or worse. Plus, we look at other technologies that adults used to think were bad for kids, like novels and radio. And an extra mysterious Mystery Sound!


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Brains On! is hitting the road to celebrate the show?s 10th birthday! Hosts, Molly Bloom, Marc Sanchez and Sanden Totten will be performing in person to take you on an adventure through our brains. Get your tickets now to see Brains On! live at brainson.org/events

Our Smarty Pass subscribers get a special discount to see our live show! Get your Smarty Pass today for just $4/month (or $36/year) to receive bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago and special ticket discounts. Visit www.smartypass.org to get your Smarty Pass today!

2023-05-02
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Flies on a bus, space elevators, and other brain benders!

If you love big thoughts, this is the episode for you. We?ll ponder what would happen if a fly flew into the window of a moving bus. Would it have to keep flying forward to avoid crashing into the back window? Or could it just hover inside the bus? Plus we?ll unpack one of the most important ideas in science, the Theory of General Relativity. You?ll learn how creative thinking helped Albert Einstein change the world and get a little creative yourself guessing an all-new Mystery Sound!


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2023-04-25
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Why do we like some foods, but not others?

Do you have a favorite food that your friend doesn't like at all? Do you look at what your parents are eating and say, "No, thank you!" Well, you?re not alone! Lots of people have different food preferences. But why do some people like certain foods and others don?t? And what?s a supertaster? In this tasty treat of an episode, Molly and cohost Nishka visit a cooking class for kids and talk with food expert Jennifer Anderson from Kids Eat in Color (https://kidseatincolor.com/) to learn how to make it easier to try new foods. Plus a brand-new mystery sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



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2023-04-18
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How do we learn to read - and why is it hard?

Reading is your one-way ticket to adventure! You can ride fire-breathing dragons, explore outer space, or even save the world ? all within the pages of a book. But have you ever wondered how we learn to read? And why it can sometimes feel hard to do? Molly and co-host Anna talk to American Public Media reporter Emily Hanford, host of the podcast Sold a Story (https://features.apmreports.org/sold-a-story/) about how some teaching techniques make it harder to learn how to read. Plus tips on how to become a rockstar reader and a brand-new Mystery Sound!


Listen to our episode about dyslexia here: https://www.brainson.org/episode/2019/08/20/what-is-dyslexia-and-how-do-our-brains-read


This episode was sponsored by:



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2023-04-11
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Million Bazillion: Why are there so many of the same stores?

We?re super-jazzed to share this episode of Million Bazillion, a podcast for kids and families that helps you understand money.



In this episode, hosts Bridget and Ryan get a question from Will in Ohio and are taking a cross-country road trip to answer it. Will wants to know why there are so many of the same stores. From Starbucks to Home Depot and all the McDonald?s in between, we?ll break down the reason why.

2023-04-07
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The Trash Trail: Why is there so much plastic in the ocean?

We use plastic for all kinds of things, from shampoo bottles to glitter. It?s useful but also a danger, because a lot of plastic is ending up in our oceans, where it?s sucked into swirly twirly whirlpools of garbage. The biggest of these is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Hop into the ExPLORERR with Molly and cohost Ana-Victoria to learn more about this plasticy problem and find out what you can do to help solve it! Plus a brand new mystery sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



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2023-04-04
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Why do we need bugs?

Insects can live almost anywhere: backyards, mountaintops, scorching hot deserts, underwater, even on Antarctica! There are more than a million different species out there, from speedy dragonflies that zip through the air as fast as a car to rainbow-colored beetles living in tropical rainforests. Plus, scientists are discovering new ones all the time! But why does the world need bugs? And why do they make us feel a little icky sometimes? In this super buggy episode, Molly and co-host Lorna meet bug scientist Meredith Cenzer and learn more about what we can do to protect our tiny friends.


This episode was sponsored by:



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2023-03-28
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Why do dogs wag their tails?

Have you heard the expression ?dogs are people?s best friend?? Where did it come from? And why are dogs and humans such great pals? Molly and co-host Kha-ai jump back in time to learn how dogs became humans? best friends, and answer the question why do dogs wag their tails? Plus, we?ll also explore how dogs help humans and even other animals like cheetahs. And keep your ears perked for a brand new Mystery Sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



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2023-03-21
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Why do we have friends?

Friendship rules! Friends help us work through problems, keep us company and bring joy to our lives. Making friends might have also helped our prehistoric ancestors survive and thrive! Still, friendship can be tough sometimes. In this episode, we?ll answer your friendship questions with Eileen Kennedy-Moore (a.k.a Dr. Friendtastic!) and hear some advice from a filmmaker with autism about making friends. Plus an all-new Mystery Sound!



This episode was sponsored by:


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2023-03-14
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Do plants sleep?

Humans need sleep to survive, but do plants doze off too? In this episode, we?ll look into how plants rest. Turns out humans and plants aren?t all that different! We?ll hear about how we share a common ancestor, way, way back in history. We?ll also learn how plants and people have little built-in clocks that tell us when it?s day and night! Oh, and Sanden parties with his plant pals and we guess an all-new Mystery Sound.


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2023-03-07
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How heavy is the sky?

Our big, beautiful sky stretches all the way from the ground beneath our feet to about sixty miles above the Earth. It?s made up of countless air molecules, pinging around like tiny, invisible pinballs. And even though we can?t feel the weight of each individual air molecule, all together they weigh a lot! But how much does the sky actually weigh? (spoiler alert: it involves lots and lots of farting cats?) Molly and co-host Felix learn more by talking with a band of singing walruses and a pretty wacky weatherwoman. And don?t miss this week?s extra mysterious Mystery Sound!


This episode was sponsored by:



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2023-02-28
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Glow for it! How do creatures make light?

Lots of creatures are able to glow, like fish, mushrooms, fireflies and even some bacteria! This special ability is called bioluminescence and it looks like magic, but it?s actually chemistry. In this episode, we?ll travel to the bottom of the ocean in the ExPLORERR to meet some super spectacular, bioluminescent friends and find out why so many animals make their own light. And we?ll hear from a scientist who uses bioluminescence in cancer research. Plus a brand new mystery sound!


This episode is sponsored by:



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2023-02-21
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How do hearing aids work?

Xuan June?s hearing aids have kept her company for pretty much her entire life. They go with her to school, tag along for a ride while she skateboards and sit snugly while she draws and dreams up goth-cute fashion designs.


In this episode, Xuan June is getting fitted for a new pair of hearing aids ? and she?s invited Molly to come with her! Together they learn all about how these cool superpowered devices work. Plus, we find out how sound travels and get a chance to guess TWO mystery sounds.


This episode was sponsored by:



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2023-02-14
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Do scientists have superpowers?

It's just a normal day at Brains On headquarters, until Molly and co-host Aaliyah find Forever Ago host Joy Dolo in the midst of a full-blown stress attack. She has a lot on her agenda: it's her birthday month and Black History Month, she's producing a one-woman show, she's got episodes to host, parades to plan and a self-portrait made entirely out of found objects due for her art class! Joy isn't sure which way is up, if tacos are sandwiches and if she should re-think her entire life. Luckily, there are all sorts of amazing scientists who just happen to be hanging out at Brains On HQ happy to help. Chemist Joya Cooley, urban ecologist Jasmin Green, roboticist Randi Williams, entomologist Jessica Ware and space suit technician Sharon McDougle are on the case, ready to share their wisdom and superpowers with Joy.



This episode is sponsored by Disney Channel and Disney+. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur premieres Friday, February 10 at 8p on Disney Channel and available on Disney+ Wednesday, February 15. Visit disneyplusoriginals.disney.com for more info.


2023-02-07
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Is it possible to clone yourself?

Imagine an exact copy of you, someone with the same hair, eyes and DNA. That?s a clone. Scientists have been able to make clones of some animals. In this episode, we?ll hear the story of Dolly the sheep, the most famous clone ever! We?ll also talk about why people think it would be ethically wrong to clone humans. But natural human clones DO exist! They?re called identical twins and even though they share the same DNA, they can be quite different. We?ll meet two identical twins to talk about their differences, plus an all new Mystery Sound for your ears!


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2022-12-27
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How is concrete made? And why does it matter?

Concrete is so much more than just a sidewalk. We use it to build playgrounds and skateparks and even musical instruments! But how does it go from a powder to a sludge to the strong building material that we use all over the world? And can we come up with new recipes that are better for the environment?


To celebrate this superlative substance, Molly and cohost Mark are joined by special guest Concreature, a being from the concrete dimension! Tune in for a dose of history, some magnificent moss, and some hot, hot science.

2022-12-13
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How were people mummified?

Ancient Egyptians did lots of amazing things, from building pyramids to inventing a form of writing called hieroglyphics. They also mummified important people after they died. In this episode, we?ll explain how that process was done and why. We?ll also meet a museum curator who thinks it might be time to rethink how we study mummified people.


Plus, we?ll find out why so many things from ancient Egypt are still around, meet a biker club that loves respecting other cultures and hear an all new Mystery Sound.

2022-11-29
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Do insects see the world in slow motion? Looking through animal eyes

Do insects see the world in slow motion? Do animals see the same rainbow we do? How do eagles see so far away?

Our listeners have a lot of questions about the way animals see the world, and this episode tackles lots of them. We'll visit a lab where scientists are observing predatory insects to find out how their brains work, we'll drop in on the Eyes Open Wider support group for animals, and give you a catchy melody that will help you remember the electromagnetic spectrum -- that's all the light that's both visible and invisible to us.



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2022-11-22
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Space: The ultimate intergalactic game show

Do you like games? Do you like space? Then this is the episode for you! We?ve got five space-inspired games for you: Cosmic Couplets, Infini-Trivia, First Things First, Stars in Space or Pasta Shapes and, of course, Mystery Sounds! Plus we?ll hear some of the super catchy, dance-your-pants-off space jingles you?ve been sending to us! Get your astronaut gear on, gaze up at the cosmos and get ready to play along!



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2022-11-15
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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.



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2022-11-08
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Why are we so sweaty?

When most bodies get hot, sweat starts pouring out. Why? In this episode, we'll hop in the Amazing Truck of Minimization (ATOM) to see how sweat glands work from the inside out, take a peek back in time to figure out how we evolved to be so sweaty, and we'll find out if there are any other animals as sweaty as we are. All that plus a brand new mystery sound!



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2022-11-01
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Become a Smarty Pass subscriber today to access bonus episodes and ad-free episodes of Brains On!, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago -- all right here in your favorite podcast player.


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2022-10-29
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