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The Quest for the Edge of the Universe with Katie Mack

Does the universe go on forever? Or does it have an edge? Jack and Kate have a few ideas about how to find out, involving a GoPro and a rocket. We ask astrophysicist Katie Mack if the universe is infinite and if a robot explorer will ever send us a selfie from the very edge of its expansion. Her answer will boggle your mind. Visit tumblepodcast.com to learn more! Subscribe on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tumble-podcast/id984771479, and leave us a review. Music by Marshall Escamilla and Podington Bear. Photo of a distant galaxy cluster courtesy of NASA, ESA, CXC, NRAO/AUI/NSF, STScI, and R. van Weeren (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics).

The Birthday That Wasn’t: A Fun Story for Kids

The Birthday That Wasn’t is a fun, silly story about a little girl who excitedly counts down to her 6th birthday, only to discover that no one else seems to remember it’s her birthday at all! Listen as Avery comes to terms with her disappointment and later sees her family come through for her in a big way.

Story themes include the importance of celebrations; patience; and family togetherness. Enjoy!

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You have no idea where camels really come from | Latif Nasser

https://download.ted.com/talks/LatifNasser_2015P-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Camels are so well adapted to the desert that it’s hard to imagine them living anywhere else. But what if we have them pegged all wrong? What if those big humps, feet and eyes were evolved for a different climate and a different time? In this talk, join Radiolab’s Latif Nasser as he tells the surprising story of how a very tiny, very strange fossil upended the way he sees camels, and the world. This talk comes from the PBS special “TED Talks: Science & Wonder.”

The Puzzle of the Friendly Dog with Mia Cobb and Krista Macpherson

What makes dogs loyal? This question comes from Amalia, a sixth grade student. We ask two different dog scientists, and their answers will surprise you. We learn about an experiment that tests dogs’ loyalty – or does it? Get ready to get inside the head of a dog! We want to hear about your dogs! Email us at tumblepodcast@gmail.com, visit us at tumblepodcast.com, and like us on Facebook. Photo courtesy of Mia Cobb.

Jamir Stands to the Side: A Story for Quiet Kids

Jamir Stands to the Side is a hopeful, rhyming story about a little boy who is just a little bit quiet. It takes him a bit longer to feel comfortable playing with other children. The story follows him as he discovers a way that he can play with other kids without feeling limited by or hiding his quiet nature. This story is perfect for children who tend toward introversion, as well as children who may need help understanding why some friends (or siblings!) don’92t feel comfortable jumping right in to social situations.

Story themes include friendship; nurturing self-worth in children; the importance of empathy; and the power of art as self-expression.

Please take a moment to share this story with a friend who may have an introverted/quiet child! And make sure you are subscribed to the podcast so you never miss a new episode! I love to hear your feedback and your ideas for future stories! You can email me at rhea@littlestoriestinypeople.com, find our page on Facebook, or on Twitter @littletinystory.

The Cave of the Upside Down Bat with Micaela Jemison

Why do bats hang upside down? That’s what fifth graders living in the Bat Capital of the World – Austin, Texas – want to know. We visit Micaela Jemison at the world headquarters of Bat Conservation International to figure out why bats have such weird sleep habits. Plus, why would bats walk on treadmills? They’re mysterious creatures. This is the first in a series of shows featuring kids’ questions. We want to hear what you think! Email us at tumblepodcast@gmail.com, message us on Facebook, and tweet us on Twitter. Send us your bat t-shirt designs and we’ll share them!