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Can stress be helpful?

Can stress be helpful?

2022-08-1631:542

We've all had to deal with stress. It can feel bad and overwhelming, but it’s actually really important. In this episode, we'll hear why our bodies evolved to deal with danger in this way and how it still affects us today. We'll climb a metaphorical mountain to find out how stress can help us sometimes. Oh, and there are lots of monsters that suddenly showed up a Brains On headquarters and maybe they were released by an ancient artifact and no one can find the instruction manual and ohmigoodness the monsters have gotten into the kitchen and what is that smell and oh no what just crashed and why isn't anyone helping deal with these monsters???? This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool (Outschool.com/brains - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas (Bombas.com/brainson - get 20% off your first purchase) Little Passports (Littlepassports.com/BRAINS – 20% off for new customers)
The ocean is huge and full of wonders, so it's no surprise our listeners have lots of question about it. In this episode we'll travel to the bottom of the ocean to find out what the ocean floor is made of, and learn how geologist Marie Tharp helped us understand how amazing it is. We'll also delve into why the ocean is salty but lakes and rivers aren't, and sing along with the Salty Sea Shanty. Plus a brand new mystery sound! BrainsOnSaltySeaShanty Our Salty Sea Shanty complete with sea creature drawings sent in by our listeners! This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (indeed.com/BRAINSON - to receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features)
You've probably seen photos from your first birthday. Or maybe you heard about the time you got spaghetti sauce all over the walls when you were two. The grown ups around you remember these things, so why can't you? In this episode, we'll find out how our brains store memories and why we can't hang on to those early ones. Plus: a brand new mystery sound and a preview of everyone's favorite soap opera, The Young and the Toothless. This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - Receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - Free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features)
We’re thrilled to share an episode from our pals at Million Bazillion. Take a peek at the fascinating world of online video makers and the role money plays. A listener wants to know how the creators of his favorite online videos get paid. It’s a surprisingly complicated question, and Ryan and Bridget have to go viral themselves to find out the answer. Accompanied by their new dog and a bunch of influencers, we’ll learn all about the wild economics of online videos. Put on your tap-dancing shoes, we’re making content! https://www.marketplace.org/shows/million-bazillion/ What role do you play in getting video makers paid?
The Mosties!

The Mosties!

2022-05-2438:386

Raise a curtain. Cue the lights. It’s the most most-tacular night. It’s The Mosties! The Brains Brains On favorites, Bob, Gungador, Elevator and HARVEY have all made it out to celebrate superlatives. The Mosties is an awards show of the extreme. Tonight’s categories include: Biggest Plant, Fastest Organism, Strongest Glue, Oldest Animal and Oldest Music. And don’t forget to stick around for a Mystery Mostie (aka Mystery Sound). And the winner is… ??? This is our last episode of this season but we’ll be back in August with more new episodes. Until then, Forever Ago is coming back June 1st and Smash Boom Best will be back July 7th. Remember, you can listen to Moment of Um every weekday too! Plus, the Brains On books are always around to keep you company -- you can buy them at brainson.org/books This episode was sponsored by: Outschool (Outschool.com/brains for $15 off your child’s first class) Insect Lore (Insectlore.com) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson for a 14 day free trial) Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp) Pinna (Pinna.fm/brainson promo code: BRAINSON for 50% off your first payment of full access) Mathnasium (Mathnasium.com)
We are so excited to share that our podcast, Forever Ago, is returning for a brand new season! If you didn’t get a chance to hear the first season, Forever Ago is a history show for the whole family hosted by Joy Dolo - where every episode looks into the surprising and fascinating history of things we think are ordinary but they’re not - like ice cream flavors, video games, baths and umbrellas. We think you’ll really like it and we have the trailer of the new season for you to check out! Make sure to subscribe to Forever Ago wherever you get your podcasts and listen to all the episodes from season 1 to get ready. New episodes come out on June 1st! 
You dream every night, even if you don't remember them. But why? We'll hop on a wild ride to go inside the brain and see which parts help create these often fantastical images and storylines. We'll also learn how to take control of our dreams and how they make us more creative. Plus: a new mystery sound and a Moment of Um answers the question "How do octopuses make ink?" Today’s episode is sponsored by Insectlore.com Shopify.ca/brainson – for a free 14 day trial and full access to Shopify’s entire suite of features Galileo-camps.com – use code FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp PINNA.FM/BRAINSON and use promo code BRAINSON for 50% off your first payment when you sign up for Pinna full access You can support the show at brainson.org/donate, check out our merch at brainson.org/shop or buy our books at brainson.org/books. You can also join our free fan club at brainson.org/fanclub
Why is it so hard to say sentences like: she sells sea shells at the sea shore? This episode cracks the code of tongue twisters. Check out the role mouth shapes and vocal folds play in tongue twisters. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel will share her research into tongue twisters and how she came up with some of the hardest sentences for people to say. We also have a report on “the late eight,” a group of sounds that can be tough to say — and quite confounding when combined. Also, be sure to check out our listener-submitted tongue twisters — some you may have heard before, others are brand new to the world! Stick around for a stumper of a Mystery Sound too! This episode was sponsored by: Insect Lore (insectlore.com) Shopify (shopify.com/brainson for a free 14 day trial) Galileo Camps (galileo-camps.com promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp) Pinna (pinna.fm/brainson promo code: BRAINSON for 50% off your first full-access payment)
Caterpillars go through a striking transformation from a crawly, tube-like creature into a soaring, beautifully-winged butterfly. This process is called metamorphosis and it’s no wonder our listeners have lots of questions about it. We’ll find out exactly how a caterpillar transforms (spoiler alert: it doesn’t just grow a pair of wings), and we’ll go on a house-hunting journey with two caterpillars searching for their pupation stations. Plus, a pretty tricky mystery sound for you to guess! This episode was sponsored by: Insect Lore (insectlore.com)Shopify (shopify.com/brainson for a 14 day trial)Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com - promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp)Pinna (Pinna.fm/BrainsOn - promo code: BRAINSON for 50% off your first payment when you sign up for Pinna full access)
You can find micro-animals just about everywhere. They’re on your face and in your hair. They’re in puddles and in soil. One of the most famous of these microscopic creatures is the tardigrade. This episode zooms in on these adorable little animals, also known as moss piglets and water bears. The biggest tardigrade is about the size of the tip of a sharpened pencil, but most are smaller. More like the width of a hair. They’re kinda like a squishy pillow with eight legs, four on each side, with finger-like little claws at the end of each leg. And a round, snout-like opening on its face. Jasmine Nirody tells us what she’s learned about these cuties through her research. She’s watched hundreds of hours of tardigrade videos. Way better than YouTube, right? We’ll also hear about where you can find tardigrades, how they live and why we’ve sent them to space. Don’t forget to check out the brand new Mystery Sound too. If you’re near Los Angeles or St. Paul, you still have time to check out Brains On Live: Your Brain Is Magic. Molly, Marc and Sanden will wow you with magic, jokes and dancing. Ticket info is at brainson.org/events. This episode was sponsored by:   Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON) Novo (Novo.co/BRAINS) Insect Lore (Insectlore.com) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson) Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com – promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp) Little Passports (Littlepassports.com/BRAINS – 20% off for new customers) Pinna (Pinna.fm/BRAINSON - promo code BRAINSON) Mathnasium (Mathnasium.com)
How do hurricanes form? This episode dives into the eye of the hurricane to track down that answer and so much more. We also talk to hurricane hunter Major Joyce Hirai, who flies airplanes into hurricanes as part of the Air Force’s Weather Reconnaissance team. Also, we learn how humans have figured out how to be resilient in the face of increasing hurricanes (and hear from our friend Manuel the Mangrove). And get your dancing shoes on, because we’ve got a catchy tune that explains how hurricanes are named. All that plus a new Mystery Sound to tickle your ears. Don’t forget to record your favorite tongue twister for an upcoming episode. Upload it to our contact page by May 1, 2022 for a chance to be included in the episode. Sponsors for this episode include: Insect Lore (Insectlore.com) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson) Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com promo code: FUNSUMMER2022)
Is mind-reading real?

Is mind-reading real?

2022-04-1233:2910

Can people actually read minds? Can we move objects with our brains like in the movies? We're exploring the history of shady psychics, sketchy seances, and secret superpower studies. Plus, hear from a scientist who is helping people regain the ability to pick up and move objects through the combined power of their brains and a special computer! You can support our show by donating, buying our book or telling your friends about us! Head to brainson.org If you’re in Los Angeles or the Twin Cities and want to see us live, you can get tickets here: brainson.org/events Today’s episode was sponsored by:Indeed (indeed.com/BRAINSON) – to claim $75 dollar sponsored job credit before April 30thLittle Passports (littlepassports.com/BRAINS) Insect Lore (insectlore.com)Shopify (shopify.com/brainson)
Owl about Owls

Owl about Owls

2022-04-0528:054

We’re headed off to an owl sanctuary to meet up with Nolan the know-it-owl for a special night owl Tour. We hear the sound of owl wings and check out some super-tubular owl eye facts. Find out how owls can swivel their heads 270 degrees and why their ears are at uneven spots on their heads. We’ll meet a poetry-loving barn owl named Olive, who fills us in on why owls are considered wise. Fun fact: owls are sometimes classified by their sounds -- bigger owls are hooters and smaller owls are tooters! Special Thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for the owl sounds used in this episode: Jian Diego Fernández / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML420855751)Paul Marvin / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML97928071)Bob McGuire / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML188805)Wil Hershberger / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML100707)Gerrit Vyn / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML140258)Thomas G. Sander / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML125346)William R. Fish / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML22874) This episode was sponsored by: Insect Lore (Insectlore.com) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson)
Forget those fancy awards shows. This episode of Brains On is exploding with the stars. Find out how each of us is related to these beautifully bright beacons. Plus, we’ll consider what happens when gravity weighs down on a star over millions, and even billions, of years. We’ll also meet a star detective, who was able to witness an exploding star (aka supernova). All that and a stellar, new Mystery Sound to tickle your ears. Now, let’s blast off!!! This episode was sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON) Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen.org/brainson Promo code: SAVE10) Staples (Staplesconnect.com/printbig) Insect Lore (Insectlore.com) Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson)
This episode is a real stinker, but it had to happen. We go behind the scenes on what makes butts and poop so funny. Why does the mere mention of them make us laugh? We all have butts and we all poop. Those are the facts. But human butts are different than almost any other animal. We look into the evolution of butts, and find out how our senses of humor develop when we're kids. And we hear from comic Tim Platt on why he thinks butts and poop will always be funny. Plus, we’ll check in with Channel 2’s Bowel Action News team for some fast feces facts. Don’t forget to tune up your ears with the Mystery Sound. One more thing… who farted? This episode is sponsored by: Indeed (Indeed.com/ BRAINSON) Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen.org/brainson promo code: SAVE10) Staples (Staplesconnect.com/printbig) Little Passports (Littlepassports.com/BRAINS) Novo business banking (novo.co/brains) Insect Lore (insectlore.com)
The immune system is so cool and so important but it largely goes about its business without us knowing it. In this episode you'll get a front row seat as our immune cells (aka friendly monsters) fight off bacteria and viruses (aka bad robots). We'll also find out how vaccines provide important training for our immune cells. Plus, co-host Colin quizzes Molly on immune system facts and there's a brand new mystery sound! This episode was brought to you by Indeed (indeed.com/BRAINSON) Interlochen Center for the Arts (interlochen.org/brainson Code: SAVE10) Staples Connect (staplesconnect.com/printbig) Little Passports (littlepassports.com/BRAINS)
What's up with worms?

What's up with worms?

2022-03-0824:526

What’s up with worms? How do they sleep? Why are they slimy? How do they move? Here at Brains On, the only way to find out is to embark on an EPIC QUEST! Join co-host Ezra and the worm adventurer extraordinaire Sir Wormus on a journey to find the Golden Worm, a magical artifact! On the way, they’ll learn all about the noble earthworm from the Tome of Worms, a magic book containing all the knowledge of worm expert Emma Sherlock from the Natural History Museum in London! Will our heroes find the Golden Worm? Will they select a squirrel’s perfect snack? Will they solve the riddle of the Mystery Sound? There’s only one way to find out. Come on, friends, it’s time to go a-questing!You can support our show by donating (brainson.org/donate), buying our books (brainson.org/books), or telling your friends about the show! This episode was sponsored by: Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen.org/BrainsOn Code: Save10)Staples (Staples.com/printbig)
The ExPLORERR was built to go everywhere. That’s why this vehicle’s full name is: the Extremely Practical Land and Ocean Rover Exploring Remote Realms. And guess what? It has a recording studio built on-board! Good thing, because this episode was recorded while traveling up, up, up a mountain! We discover some wildlife that lives at great heights as well as a rhyming ice cream salesman. Our pal and atmospheric scientist, Dr. Deanna Hence checks in to answer a popular question: if hot air rises, why is it so cold in the mountains? BRRRR! We also hear from NASA’s Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, who has mountains of information about how mountains form. Of course, there’s a fun Mystery Sound for you’re ears to explore! And lastly, but not leastly, our two new books came out today. Head to our books page to find out more about Road Trip Earth and Earth Friend Forever. This episode was sponsored by: Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen.org/BrainsOn) Staples (Staples.com)
Chilling out with snow

Chilling out with snow

2022-02-2233:047

There are many different types of snow. From the fluffy to the slushy, this slippery frozen stuff comes in all different shapes and sizes.  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. In this episode, 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. Plus our pal Ruby Guthrie pays her local ski slope to visit a snow-making machine called “Kevin.” And of course, there’s a new Mystery Sound to warm your ears. If you’re looking for some fun snowflake activities to do at home, Ken’s provided this great list — and you don’t need to live in a cold climate for all of them: http://www.snowcrystals.com/activities/activities.html This episode was sponsored by: Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson) Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON) Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen.org/brainson)
It might sound impossible, but you can walk around the world! Rosie Swale-Pope has done it, and we get a chance to hear about her adventures in this episode. She tells us how she survives, and remains upbeat, on the road. Guess how many shoes she went through on her trip? Listen and find out. We also hear from D’Wayne Edwards, who helped design some of the most iconic shoes ever (Air Jordan anyone?). And see if you can guess the Mystery Sound. It’s a doozy! Plus, Molly, Marc and Sanden begin their own journey as they travel through the planet for their new book Road Trip Earth! Pre-order the Brains On books at brainson.org/books This episode was sponsored by: Mathnasium (mathnasium.com) Truebill (Truebill.com/BRAINSON) Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen.org/BrainsOn)
Comments (382)

L Repko

I have a question. when there's a t storm why does it thunder

Jul 18th
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Delilah Seng

me and my sister loved this one

Jul 11th
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Samare Maleki

awesome!!

Jul 6th
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Eeemoootional daamaaage

it's EVILE MAN, EVILE. MY CAT COULD MAKE A BETTER PODCAST!

Jun 19th
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Eeemoootional daamaaage

Y DIS SO BORING?!?!?

Jun 19th
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Montu Mastan

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Jun 14th
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Montu Mastan

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Jun 13th
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Dalanie saenz

Such a great episode,it is so fun learning about stuff on this podcast but this one is so entertaining.🧠🔛

Jun 3rd
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Dalanie saenz

I have 4 siblings,so I use to wonder why I annoyed them and they annoy me,so this episode answered my question.

Apr 23rd
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Montu Mastan

immune system

Apr 7th
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a cute cat(say aww)

meow🐈

Feb 13th
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a cute cat(say aww)

that's obvious I make things cute 😘

Feb 13th
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a cute cat(say aww)

I think I can see any color

Feb 13th
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a cute cat(say aww)

I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed Get along with the voices inside of my head You're tryin' to save me, stop holdin' your breath And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy IM FRIENDS WITH THE MONSTER THATS UNDER MY 🛌 BED I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed Get along with the voices inside of my head You're tryin' to save me, stop holdin' your breath And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy OOOOOH

Feb 7th
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a cute cat(say aww)

is there a poop episode

Feb 6th
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a cute cat(say aww)

amazing make more Pls

Dec 19th
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Rena Mercado

BRAINS ON???? MORE LIKE BRAINS OFF!!!

Dec 14th
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Lexy_444

What???

Dec 13th
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cartoon cat

i love this song

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