Brains On! Science podcast for kids

American Public Media

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. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Brains On! Science podcast for kids is awesome family fun. The show is an entertaining and educational way to learn about various scientific concepts. The public radio podcast has an engaging and interesting format. So it is good for curious children who want to explore the world around them.

Molly Bloom hosts the show. She excels at making hard concepts easy to understand. One of the key things that sets the Brains On! Science podcast for kids apart from other science podcasts is its unique approach to each episode's topic. It features games, interviews, songs, and storytelling. The show also has what it calls "brand new mystery sounds" for kids to guess. These fun things make scientific concepts more accessible and entertaining. Not only will children enjoy the show. But parents may find the lighthearted program compelling as well.

Brains On! Science podcast for kids has many family-friendly discussions. Examples of topics include everything from "Why is the ocean salty?" to "Why are we so sweaty?" Topics like "Flush! Where does our poo and pee go?" may fluster parents but amuse their children. The show also encourages kids to send in their own questions. It is possible that a future show episode may include one of these questions.

The podcast also features kid cohosts. They bring their own unique perspectives and questions to each episode. These young hosts also add an extra layer of relatability for young listeners. Children may enjoy hearing such content presented by peers around their age. Parents may appreciate that the show is fun, yet filled with scientific knowledge.

Brains On! Science podcast for kids is informative and educational. The podcast also helps promote critical thinking skills. It is a good choice for children (and parents) looking for a fun yet informative way to learn about science. New episodes come out each week. Fans of the program may also like Smash Boom Best: A funny, smart debate show for kids and family. That's Bloom's other family podcast.

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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!Featured expert:Dr. Moriba Jah, space environmentalist and professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. Find him on Instagram at @moribajah and Facebook @Moriba Kemessia JahSpecial thanks to:Dr. David “Goldy” Goldstein, principal engineer, SpaceX; Colonel., U.S. Air Force, Ret.Resources:If you want to hear more about GPS, check out the Brains On episode How does GPS know where you are?And if you’re curious to learn more about space junk, check out Satellite uses giant net to practice capturing space junk and the video Tracking space junk, both written and hosted by Loren Grush and produced by The Verge.Do you have your Smarty Pass yet?? Get yours today for just $4/month (or $36/year) and get bonus episodes every month, and ad-free versions of every episode of Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago. Visit to get your Smarty Pass today!____________This episode was sponsored by:Sitka Seafood Market - Use promo code Molly35 to receive $35 off your first order. Indeed - Use promo code brainson to receive a $75 sponsored job credit