Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Canada

A podcast featuring science for kids and curious adults.

Episodes

How do you catch a cold? (Encore)  

We've been catching colds for millennia - but it wasn't until fairly recently that we actually understood how and why we get sneezy, coughy, and achy. In this episode, we find out more about the common cold: Does standing outside in the cold actually make it easier to get sick? Is there a cure that really works? Could there be a benefit to catching the rhinovirus? Listen for all the answers + the mystery sound! Do you have a question you want answered? Send it to brainson [at] mpr [dot] org. We love hearing your mystery sounds and checking out your amazing drawings and stories too.

How do you catch a cold? (Encore)  

We've been catching colds for millennia - but it wasn't until fairly recently that we actually understood how and why we get sneezy, coughy, and achy. In this episode, we find out more about the common cold: Does standing outside in the cold actually make it easier to get sick? Is there a cure that really works? Could there be a benefit to catching the rhinovirus? Listen for all the answers + the mystery sound! Do you have a question you want answered? Send it to brainson [at] mpr [dot] org. We love hearing your mystery sounds and checking out your amazing drawings and stories too.

Is there life on other planets? (Encore)  

Is there anybody out there? Like, WAAAAY out there? In this episode we hear from astronomer Laura Danly about the search for life on other planets. We'll also learn what that search has in common with a fairy tale (HINT: it involves three bears). And prepare to be wowed by an original story about aliens from an 11-year-old sci-fi writer. All that plus the Mystery Sound and a song about one of Jupiter's moons.

Is there life on other planets? (Encore)  

Is there anybody out there? Like, WAAAAY out there? In this episode we hear from astronomer Laura Danly about the search for life on other planets. We'll also learn what that search has in common with a fairy tale (HINT: it involves three bears). And prepare to be wowed by an original story about aliens from an 11-year-old sci-fi writer. All that plus the Mystery Sound and a song about one of Jupiter's moons.

Brains On: Extinction (Encore)  

This is an encore presentation of our Extinction episode. In this episode, co-host Kate Wexler joins us to ask and answers some questions related to extinction: Did dinosaurs have feathers? What is extinction anyway? Could you bring back species that have gone extinct? Plus, Sam Keenan sings a song about our long-lost pal Australopithecus. And of course, there's the mystery sound.

Brains On: Extinction (Encore)  

This is an encore presentation of our Extinction episode. In this episode, co-host Kate Wexler joins us to ask and answers some questions related to extinction: Did dinosaurs have feathers? What is extinction anyway? Could you bring back species that have gone extinct? Plus, Sam Keenan sings a song about our long-lost pal Australopithecus. And of course, there's the mystery sound.

Brains On! Besties  

We hear from a lot of kids and parents saying they love Brains On! and they want more. We hear you, and we are hard at work trying to ramp up production. In the meantime, we thought we'd introduce you to some of our BFFs - our audio buddies. In this episode we'll get to know a few other kid-friendly audio makers and bring you snippets from their shows. Check out cool science, amazing kids and made up shenanigans from shows like Tumble, The Show About Science and Story Pirates. They're all right here in this episode. Plus, we added a few extra Mystery Sounds too, so listen closely and share them with your besties.

Brains On! Besties  

We hear from a lot of kids and parents saying they love Brains On! and they want more. We hear you, and we are hard at work trying to ramp up production. In the meantime, we thought we'd introduce you to some of our BFFs - our audio buddies. In this episode we'll get to know a few other kid-friendly audio makers and bring you snippets from their shows. Check out cool science, amazing kids and made up shenanigans from shows like Tumble, The Show About Science and Story Pirates. They're all right here in this episode. Plus, we added a few extra Mystery Sounds too, so listen closely and share them with your besties.

Living large with the International Space Station  

The International Space Station sits 250 miles above Earth, but how did it get there? Astronaut Don Pettit tells us about what it's like to live on the ISS, and he should know. He's spent over a year of his life on various space missions. We'll also visit a high school science class preparing to send an experiment to the space station. We'll hear a doozy of a Mystery Sound. And we'll get up close and personal with Canadarm. What's a Canadarm?!!? find out on this episode of Brains On!

Living large with the International Space Station  

The International Space Station sits 250 miles above Earth, but how did it get there? Astronaut Don Pettit tells us about what it's like to live on the ISS, and he should know. He's spent over a year of his life on various space missions. We'll also visit a high school science class preparing to send an experiment to the space station. We'll hear a doozy of a Mystery Sound. And we'll get up close and personal with Canadarm. What's a Canadarm?!!? find out on this episode of Brains On!

Mystery Sound extravaganza!  

OMG, this is the episode you've been waiting for... an all-out, wall-to-wall, super-duper Mystery Sound show. Guess the sounds sent in from listeners and scientists alike. Plus, if you like having fun (and dancing), stick around to the end of the episode. An extra-special audio treat awaits. Shhhhhhhhhh!

Mystery Sound extravaganza!  

OMG, this is the episode you've been waiting for... an all-out, wall-to-wall, super-duper Mystery Sound show. Guess the sounds sent in from listeners and scientists alike. Plus, if you like having fun (and dancing), stick around to the end of the episode. An extra-special audio treat awaits. Shhhhhhhhhh!

Spider sense: The amazing world of spiders  

Do spiders give you the heebie-jeebies? If so, we want to change your mind about our eight-legged buddies! In this episode we'll explain how spiders weave those amazing webs and stick to walls. We'll also hear how spider venom is being used to find new medicines for humans. Plus, did you know some spiders can fly and others can live underwater? All this and a Mystery Sound!

Spider sense: The amazing world of spiders  

Do spiders give you the heebie-jeebies? If so, we want to change your mind about our eight-legged buddies! In this episode we'll explain how spiders weave those amazing webs and stick to walls. We'll also hear how spider venom is being used to find new medicines for humans. Plus, did you know some spiders can fly and others can live underwater? All this and a Mystery Sound!

Why are no two snowflakes the same?  

From a distance, snowflakes may all look the same, but they are not. In fact, there are lots of different shapes of snowflakes -- not just those classic shapes you might try to replicate with paper cut-outs. Dr. Ken Libbrecht answers all of our snowflake questions: How are snowflakes made? Why are they different shapes? How is it that they're all unique? And how does a scientist who lives in southern California study snow? And, he also lets us in on his brush with a couple Arendelle princesses. Music in this episode by Podington Bear.

Why are no two snowflakes the same?  

From a distance, snowflakes may all look the same, but they are not. In fact, there are lots of different shapes of snowflakes -- not just those classic shapes you might try to replicate with paper cut-outs. Dr. Ken Libbrecht answers all of our snowflake questions: How are snowflakes made? Why are they different shapes? How is it that they're all unique? And how does a scientist who lives in southern California study snow? And, he also lets us in on his brush with a couple Arendelle princesses. Music in this episode by Podington Bear.

Why are no two snowflakes the same?  

From a distance, snowflakes may all look the same, but they are not. In fact, there are lots of different shapes of snowflakes -- not just those classic shapes you might try to replicate with paper cut-outs. Dr. Ken Libbrecht answers all of our snowflake questions: How are snowflakes made? Why are they different shapes? How is it that they're all unique? And how does a scientist who lives in southern California study snow? And, he also lets us in on his brush with a couple Arendelle princesses. Music in this episode by Podington Bear.

Science of baking  

Baking can seem kind of magical. You take a bunch of ingredients, mix them all together, put them in the oven, and then a little time passes -- and you have cake! Or cookies! Or bread! But there's no magic wand involved in the process -- it's chemistry! Every ingredient has a role to play and we'll learn how heat helps turn them into tasty treats. We'll also find out how leavening makes baked goods rise. It's a gas! Plus: Two mystery sounds!

Science of baking  

Baking can seem kind of magical. You take a bunch of ingredients, mix them all together, put them in the oven, and then a little time passes -- and you have cake! Or cookies! Or bread! But there's no magic wand involved in the process -- it's chemistry! Every ingredient has a role to play and we'll learn how heat helps turn them into tasty treats. We'll also find out how leavening makes baked goods rise. It's a gas! Plus: Two mystery sounds!

Science of baking  

Baking can seem kind of magical. You take a bunch of ingredients, mix them all together, put them in the oven, and then a little time passes -- and you have cake! Or cookies! Or bread! But there's no magic wand involved in the process -- it's chemistry! Every ingredient has a role to play and we'll learn how heat helps turn them into tasty treats. We'll also find out how leavening makes baked goods rise. It's a gas! Plus: Two mystery sounds!

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