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Created by: American Public Media


Started: October 24th, 2018

Status: Active, 53 episodes

Kind: Episodic

Language: English

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Heartwords: A Smarty Pass Sneak Peek
00:01:48 | February 19th, 2024

It’s a time-honored Valentine’s Day tradition to hand out conversation hearts – those candies with phrases like “be mine” and “love always” written on them. In this episode, we play a game where contestants come up with conversation candies for made up holidays.

Want more Forever Ago fun? Join Smarty Pass today!
00:01:01 | February 13th, 2024

Forever Ago won’t be back for a few months, but never fear! You can catch up on tons of Forever Ago fun today by signing up for Smarty Pass and accessing a back catalog of bonus episodes. You’ll also get ad-free episodes, discounts on merchandise and event tickets, and an exclusive thank you gift mailed straight to your home!

SnowZone Bowl: A Smarty Pass sneak peek
00:01:38 | January 22nd, 2024

Joy hosts the timeless classic Snow Zone Bowl– the game where you guess the rules to odd Winter Olympic sports from history. Join Joy, Sanden Totten and Anna Weggel for some frosty fun you won’t want to miss!

Chew on this! The surprising history of gum
00:24:01 | December 27th, 2023

Who doesn’t love gum? It’s fun, sticky, and sweet! But did you know people have been chewing on stuff for centuries? Come explore the surprising history of gum with Joy, co-host Aliyah, and their new friend Gumpy (who may or may not be a sculpture made of old gum who magically came alive). Learn how several happy accidents led to the invention of modern chewing gum and why bubble gum is pink. And be sure to stick around for a new First Things First!

How the synthesizer changed music forever
00:27:42 | December 20th, 2023

Synthesizers are revolutionary instruments. These electronic devices use knobs, buttons and sliders to make different sounds — and you can hear them in all sorts of music, from pop to hip-hop. But that wasn’t always the case. Join Joy and co-host Lilike as they explore the history of the synthesizer and learn one album transformed it from an experimental instrument to an essential hitmaker. We’ll also hear from Switched On Pop producer Reanna Cruz about the legacy of these groovy instruments. All that, plus a new game of First Things First! 

Check it Out! The History of Children’s Libraries
00:28:54 | December 13th, 2023

Libraries are popular with everyone, but they're especially beloved by kids and their families. They’re places where you can listen to stories, check out books, play with toys — all for free! What's not to love? But, it wasn't so long ago that kids weren't welcome at all. In this episode, Joy and her cohost Lillike meet a very special wooden doll named Nicholas Knickerbocker, who helps tell the story of the country's first libraries that actually wanted kids there.

Operation ozone: how the world patched up the hole in the sky
00:27:29 | December 6th, 2023

Climate change can feel like an overwhelming problem, so it’s important to shine a light on environmental success stories. One such tale? How the world came together to save the ozone! 

Babies on the Boardwalk: History of the NICU
00:33:40 | November 29th, 2023

Babies who are born too early often get extra care in the hospital at the NICU, or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. But the NICU didn’t always exist – and it took doctors a long time to figure out how to care for these babies. 

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Created by: American Public Media
Started: October 24th, 2018
Status: Active, 53 episodes
Kind: Episodic
Language: English

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