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11 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Primary Elections, Coronavirus, and Leap Day Babies
Have you been wondering when we'll find out who will run against President Donald Trump? And what is this new disease in China that people have been talking about? We find out the answers, and we talk to kids who were born on Leap Day, Feb. 29. That means they only have a birthday once every four years!To learn more about the topics from our episode:-You can read lots about the Democratic primary on any news site you follow. If you want to keep up with Tom LoBianco, follow him on Twitter. Parents, you should also check out his biography of Vice President Mike Pence, called Piety and Power.-Dr. Amira Roess has discussed her views on coronavirus in more detail here.-For more about Leap Day Babies, check out this site.Credits: -Our theme song is Vacation by Joakim Karud. -Transition music is Funkorama and Miami Viceroy by Kevin MacLeod. License: CC BY.
11 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Girl Scout Cookies, Lemonade, and Kids at Work
In this episode, we learn about all the ways kids are thinking about business, from opening lemonade stands to starting their own companies. We speak with a star Girl Scout cookie seller about how she's showing off a new flavor this year, and we hear from kids about what kinds of businesses they want to open. For more information:-There's a ton of interesting detail about cookies on the Girl Scouts of America website.-Tom Foster of Inc. Magazine has written a lot about how kids are learning about entrepreneurship. Here's a list of programs that you might find interesting. -You can read more about bird discoveries in Indonesia in Science and in Science News. -The Santa Cruz Sentinel has more on electric fire trucks.-The Palm Beach Post offers a scoop on the parrot whose strange impressions led the police to its owner's house. Credits: -Our theme song is Vacation by Joakim Karud. -Transition music is Funkorama and Fuzzball Parade by Kevin MacLeod. License: CC BY.
14 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Foul shots, Deep Breaths, and Guts
In this episode, we learn about the silly ways that professional basketball players try to distract each other at the free throw line. We hear from kids who read the hit book "Guts" by Raina Telgemeier. And we get some advice about how to keep your cool.If you want to learn more about the subjects we talked about in the episode, please check out the links below. And don't forget to support us on Patreon.-You should read Royce Young's amazing piece on ESPN.com on how basketball teams try to stop opponents from hitting foul shots. -If you're interested in reading the graphic novel "Guts," you can find it here. And here is Amalie's blog, with her own review of the book -Here's the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's findings on the mysterious holes in the California sea floor. And here's an interesting article by Newsweek on the subject.-If you want to learn about why Wakanda was on a US government trade website, read this article by NBC News. Credits: -Our theme song is Vacation by Joakim Karud. -Transition music is Funkorama and Fuzzball Parade by Kevin MacLeod. License: CC BY.
12 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Gingerbread Houses, Robot Dogs, and Christmas Eve
We visit with some kids who are learning from professional architects how to make the sturdiest, most impressive holiday cookie structures around. We also read about why some police officers are excited about using robot dogs to help with their jobs. And we hear a story about how some families open all their presents on the day before Christmas.What does it take to make a world-class gingerbread house? We visit with some kids who are learning from professional architects how to make the sturdiest, most impressive holiday cookie structures around. We also read about why some police officers are excited about using robot dogs to help with their jobs. And we hear a story about how some families open all their presents on the day before Christmas.If you want to know more about the stories we discussed, check out the links below. -Vice wrote about microbes that seem to love meteorites. And here is a link to the study behind the story. -WBUR described how Massachusetts State Police used robot dogs as part of their work.-Artnet and the Miami Herald had good stories about the art installation that involved the world’s most expensive banana.-The Boston Society for Architecture has more information about its gingerbread contest on its website. And there are great pictures on its Instagram account. -Hector Becerra at the Los Angeles Times wrote a great article about how his family celebrates Christmas Eve. Credits: -Our theme song is Vacation by Joakim Karud. -Transition music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod. License: CC BY.
12 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
Turkey Calls, Impeachment, and Frozen 2
What would you do if you came across a wild turkey in the woods? We speak to two brothers who are champion turkey callers, who explain everything. We also discuss why grownups are so worked up about what's happening in Washington, and we get a kid's review of Frozen 2.
14 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
Guitars, Video Games, and Headphones at School
Why does a guitar have a hole in the middle, and why is it shaped like a sideways number 8? We find out on this musical episode. We also visit with a new friend who makes the sounds and music for video games, and we hear from kids about why they love wearing headphones in school.
14 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
Beaches, Vacation, and Ice Cream Flavors
On this episode, we unravel some of the mysteries of the beach and hear from kids on how they like their school breaks. We also talk with an ice cream man, who reveals the most important thing about inventing new flavors.
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