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Created by: American Public Media

USA 11+6-10

Started: July 25th, 2013

Status: Active, 318 episodes

Kind: Episodic

Language: English

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How does ibuprofen help stop pain?
00:24:02 | April 9th, 2024

Ouch! If you’ve ever stubbed your toe, gotten a paper cut or fallen off your bike, you know that getting hurt is no fun. Sometimes we can take medicine to help feel better, like ibuprofen. But how does that medicine know where to go in our bodies to stop the pain?

Smarty Pass Sneak Peek: Mystery Sound Investigation
00:01:22 | April 5th, 2024

Oh no! It looks like Brains On host Molly Bloom and producer Marc Sanchez are in some deep trouble, and the only way to get out of it is with an extra special game of Mystery Sound. Will either of them be able to guess the right sound? Grab your Smarty Pass to find out!

Everything you need to know before the 2024 solar eclipse
00:26:17 | April 2nd, 2024

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will be visible on a path that crosses North America, from the west coast of Mexico to the east coast of Canada. In this episode, Molly and co-host Aminah cover all your eclipse essentials: What causes an eclipse? What’s it like to experience one? How do you watch one safely? (Spoiler alert: Don’t stare at the sun without special eyewear. Really. Please. Don’t do it.) Plus, indigenous science educator Nancy Maryboy tells us about Navajo and Cherokee traditions during an eclipse and we’ll meet Dr. Ralph Chou, a scientist who has seen 29 total solar eclipses. And, of course, a stellar new mystery sound!

Join us for Brains On live in April!
00:01:01 | March 19th, 2024

Hello friends! We're so excited to announce that Brains On is coming to the east coast!

How do satellites work?
00:24:45 | March 5th, 2024

Satellites are like robots in the sky: they monitor the weather, make GPS possible, and take stunning pictures of outer space! But how exactly do they work? When a satellite named Meep Moop gets delivered to Brains On HQ by mistake, Molly and co-hosts Tessa and Fallyn learn all about satellite solar panels, thrusters, and radio waves! Then, they chat with Dr. Moriba Jah about satellite space junk and the importance of keeping space pristine. Plus, a stumper of a mystery sound!

Tooth or Dare: A Smarty Pass Sneak Peek
00:01:50 | March 1st, 2024

What’s that alluring flute music and what does it have to do with Molly Bloom’s biting new game? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Grab your Smarty Pass to hear Anna and Rosie play Molly’s latest game: Tooth or Dare!

How does a match make fire?
00:26:14 | February 27th, 2024

Have you ever seen someone strike a match? The match rubs against a scratchy strip and a split second later – poof! It makes fire! But how does a match work, anyway?

How deep does the sand go on the beach?
00:25:27 | February 20th, 2024

Sand! We use it to make all kinds of things, from spectacular sandcastles to roads and bridges. But where does it come from? And why is the sand on so many beaches disappearing?

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Created by: American Public Media
Started: July 25th, 2013
Status: Active, 318 episodes
Kind: Episodic
Language: English

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