Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Meet Gitanjali Rao, Time Magazine's first-ever Kid of the Year

Today we have a special episode featuring an old friend of ours -- scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao. Time...

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How do synthesizers work?

Synthesizers are a very recent invention, especially when you compare them to acoustic instruments, like pianos and...

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Why is it so hard to break a habit?

If habits are really stuck, we don't think much about them -- we just do them! Some habits are good (like...

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Smash Boom Best: Flowers vs Rainbows

We’ll be back with new episodes in January. But we wanted to share another show with you that we’ve been...

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Bones from the inside out

Bones! They’re spooky. They’re creepy. They’re utterly fascinating! This episode we dig up the...

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Why do siblings annoy each other?

Having a sibling is a special thing -- but, wow, can they be annoying! In this episode we’ll look at why our...

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How do flu vaccines work?

The flu shot changes every year. But why is the flu special, if other illnesses have much longer-lasting vaccines?...

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Past, present and future: Using time to understand this pandemic

If time feels weird to you lately, you’re not alone. The pandemic has changed the pace of life for people...

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Smash: When continents collide!

How are mountains made? What causes an earthquake? How does hot lava come bubbling up? The answer in each case...

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Behind the scenes: See how we make the show

A listener asked how making  Brains On is different during the pandemic. So with this episode we're giving you a...

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The buzz on bees, pt. 2

In this second episode on bees (a bee-quel, you might say!) we’re taking a look at pollination: the many...

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The buzz on bees, pt. 1

We’re making a big buzz about bees! Our pollen-collecting friends get so much done, and we’re taking a...

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Stars: Twinkling, glowing, giant balls of gas

Those tiny pinpoints of light glittering in the night sky are actually incredibly distant, giant, churning balls of...

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What makes gross things gross?

Fair warning: Today we’re gonna get gross! We’re talking sounds, smells, and tastes that some people...

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Poop Party: Answers to your poo questions

Warning! This episode is all about the fascinating and gross world of doo doo. We know you have a lot of poo...

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Introducing: Million Bazillion

We’re thrilled to share a brand new show with you. It’s called Million Bazillion and it’s all about...

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Masks and mouth mist: What we know about the coronavirus now

Since the world first learned about this new coronavirus at the end of 2019, we’ve been watching science happen...

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The world of tiny robots

We’re talking all about teeny, tiny robots in today’s episode. You know, the ones that are as light as a...

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Why do kids have more energy than adults?

We’re taking on an age-old question today: Do kids have more energy than adults? Breakfast tacos, caffeine, an...

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Why does green mean go? And other color conundrums

The world is full of color, but how do our eyes see it? In this episode we’ll explain how color vision works,...

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