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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.

Latest Episodes:

  • Is mold alive? A look at fascinating fungus
    Fungus deserves a party because it’s everywhere and super important to life on this planet. The kingdom of fungus includes mushrooms and molds, but also yeasts, like the kinds that... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-04
  • Is time travel Possible?
    Will we ever get to rewind time, or fast forward through it? Sanden stops by to tell us all about how time works. He also has a couple ideas about... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-30
  • Mystery Sound Extravaganza 2021
    What's that you hear? That's right, It's an episode of nothing but mystery sounds! Are your ears up to the challenge? Plus, we'll hear an answer to the question: "How... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-23
  • Why are smartphones so hard to put down?
    Screens are everywhere these days! We’re taking a look at why smartphones are so addictive, and how our devices affect us. Our co-hosts took on a bold challenge for this... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-16
  • What did dinosaurs sound like?
    Did dinosaurs roar? Or meow? And how do we know? Paleontologist Julia Clarke stops by to talk about sounds T-Rex might’ve made. We know a bit more about other dino... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-09
  • Dino Edition: How do we know what dinosaurs looked like?
    20 years ago, we pictured dinosaurs as green, scaly animals. But times have changed! Now, we know some dinosaurs had feathers. And who knows — maybe some even had stripes.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-02
  • What's in the COVID vaccine?
    In this episode, we're using our zoom ray to zoom way in and answer your questions about the COVID vaccine. What's in the COVID vaccine? How does it work? And... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-23
  • What's behind the waves and tides?
    In this encore episode, we answer the questions: How does the moon control the tides? Where do waves come from? And what’s it like to live in a tide pool?Sir... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-16