Brains On! Science podcast for kids
By Minnesota Public Radio
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A podcast featuring science for kids and curious adults.
||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.||4/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jellyfish: How -- and why -- do they sting?||All jellyfish sting - but not all jellyfish sting people. In this episode, we learn about how jellyfish sting and how they eat. Plus: stro-bi-la-tion (how jellyfish grow up).||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How do animals breathe underwater?||Our lungs are great at getting oxygen out of the air, but if we needed to do that underwater, we'd be sunk. So how do fish, shrimp, jellyfish and other marine animals breathe underwater? And what happens when there is no oxygen in the water for them to breathe?||3/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Volcanoes in space!||The biggest volcano in our solar system is not on Earth -- and its footprint is as big as the entire state of Arizona.||3/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How do volcanoes erupt?||There are all kinds of volcanoes all over the world, but how are they formed? And how do they erupt? To find out, we'll travel to the center of the Earth, and we'll meet a NASA robot that's going on a very special volcano mission.||2/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Attack of the parasitoids!||After a caterpillar goes into its chrysalis, you would expect a beautiful butterfly to emerge. But when this parasitoid attacks, the results are very different.||2/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What makes paint stick?||Paint goes on wet, then it dries -- and it's stuck there. But how does it stick? We're going to zoom way in to find out. We'll visit a forensic chemist, a painter who makes his own paint and a party happening at the molecular level.||1/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The mystery of gravity||Gravity is a very familiar force to us here on Earth. We know how it behaves and how it affects us. But where does it come from? We'll also talk to a NASA astronaut about what it's like to experience micro-gravity.||1/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Roller coasters: From dream to extreme||Up the hill and down the drop, hop aboard this episode of Brains On! How do roller coaster designers go from dream to reality? Brothers Ezra and Ottar interview world-renowned roller coaster designer Alan Schilke to find out how he does it. Also -- why do some people feel sick or dizzy after riding them? How do coasters make you feel like you're floating? And don't forget the mystery sound -- it's a real stumper. Even if you're not tall enough for every ride, you're definitely tall enough for this episode.||12/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||A brief history of roller coasters||Roller coasters keep getting taller, faster and steeper. But how did they get their start? We have the answer right here.||12/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dogs: What's the secret of their sense of smell?||If you've ever seen a dog, you know they like to sniff -- the ground, people, each other's butts. They like to smell just about everything. But why? We're digging into the science of smell and how dogs are able to decode things we can't even begin to imagine.||11/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||From 8-bit to orchestras: How does video game music affect you?||You know how important music can be when it comes to gaming. But what if you choose to play without music? Or, what if you replace the music with your own soundtrack? How does that affect your playing? In this episode, we're digging into the psychology of video game music, explain how the interactivity of video game music works and figure out what "8-bit" means.||10/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||How do monarch butterflies travel so far?||Monarch butterflies are unique -- they're the only butterfly to travel thousands of miles when the seasons change. They travel from as far north as Canada all the way down to a few very specific mountaintops in central Mexico. They don't have a car, or an airplane ticket. They just have their two little wings. So we're asking: How do they do it? How do they migrate thousands of miles? And why? We'll also look at why other insects don't have to travel south for the winter -- hint: it has to do with something in their blood. Of course, we have a mystery sound for you to decipher, too.||9/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Soil: Can you dig it?||We're ready to get our hands dirty as we explore the stuff beneath our feet. Clay, sand, mud -- soil is everywhere. And it's alive! We'll find out how it helps plants grow and learn about all the little organisms that are invaluable in the process (hint: it involves something called the "poop loop").||8/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Water, water everywhere -- but how does it get there?||It's easy to take water for granted. After all, you just turn a faucet and it pours right out. But how does it get to our faucet? We'll explore the water cycle from rain to your drain. And did you know that space is full of water? It's one of the most common features of the universe. We'll also look at all the important things our bodies do with water -- and how that's a cycle too. Caution: this episode may make you very thirsty.||7/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||How do you catch a cold?||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!||6/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is there life on other planets?||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.||5/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Minisode: Can football fans create an earthquake?||If you've ever been tackled, it may feel like an earthquake to you. But in reality, even when a group of linebackers pile on another player, it doesn't shake the earth much. But can fans create enough noise to cause an earthquake? Give a listen to find out.||12/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Numbers!||The questions we have about numbers are uncountable -- but here are a few of them: Where does zero come from? How is there more than one kind of infinity? What is it like to do math when numbers have different colors -- and personalities? (All of these questions) + (a few more) = (this episode!) Find out more at brainson.org||12/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Minisode: Talking to computers||Everything a computer -- or tablet or phone or website or video game -- is able to do is because someone somehwere told it what to do and how to do it.||10/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Secrets!||If you look a little closer, listen a little harder, you'll notice the secret life of things all around you. Want to know about the secret lives of bees, crickets, coral -- and your own backyard? Give a listen!||10/13/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Extinction!||Extinction!||9/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dinosaurs had feathers?||Dinosaurs had feathers?||8/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sleeping!||Sleeping!||3/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Music!||Music!||2/28/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Growing!||Growing!||10/31/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Eating!||Eating!||9/30/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Ingeniously solves the problem of making a sound only show compelling to a young audience. Witty, clever and so much fun that my kids (and I) are don't notice that we're learning something. Molly Bloom and company have a gift for communicating in a way that strikes a perfect balance between entertainment and education. Wow!
What a great podcast!
Fun, Interesting, and everything it should be.
So glad this was featured, thanks iTunes! This mission lines up with ours, just targeted at a slightly younger demographic. Molly Bloom does a great job hosting and their assorted experts are engaging and delivering the information at the right level of detail/complexity. There is even some fun interaction with the listener occasionally. Hope to see many more of these being produced!