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The Code of the Flashing Firefly with Sara Lewis

Why do fireflies flash their lights on and off, on and off? That’s what four curious kids want to know. Biologist Sara Lewis has studied fireflies for decades, and she’s cracked the code of their spectacular light displays. She explains why fireflies light up at night with a story of an undercover experiment. Sara tells us how she “spoke firefly” and learned that female fireflies are surprisingly hard to please. To learn more about fireflies, see Sara’s website and book at www.silentsparks.com. We’re proud that Tumble is a free podcast! But we need your support to keep it going and growing. We’ve launched a Patreon campaign to offer you awesome rewards in exchange for a monthly pledge! Find out what our next episode is about in advance, get notified of opportunities to be on the show, receive exclusive educational content and so much more. Find the link on our website, www.tumblepodcast.com. Subscribe and review Tumble on iTunes, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. We want to hear from you at tumblepodcast@gmail.com. Firefly photo by Terry Priest used with permission from Sara Lewis.

A New Baby: A Sibling Story for Kids

Today’s story is about welcoming a new baby into the family! Big brothers, sisters, and cousins will relate to Raymond’s gradual acceptance and excitement about becoming a big brother in this sweet story.

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The Tale of Darwin and the Beagle with Áki Jarl Láruson

We have a short and sweet summer episode for you! Charles Darwin is known as the father of evolution, but he got his start as a naturalist as a young man. He took an ambitious five year journey around the year, studying thousands of species of plants and animals. Many years after his return to England, he wrote The Origin of Species, one of the most famous and influential scientific books ever written.  Áki Jarl Láruson tells the story, at a meeting of evolutionary biologists in Austin, Texas.   Learn more at tumblepodcast.com   Have you answered our listener survey? Help shape the future of Tumble at bit.ly/tumblesurvey    Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher! Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

Nature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see it | Emma Marris

https://download.ted.com/talks/EmmaMarris_2016T-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature — one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces — and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect it.

The Mouse Who Hung the Bell


The mice have gathered and need a plan to stop the cat! One mouse has a plan, but is anyone brave enough to pull it off? Based on the fable, this original story/poem will brighten up your day! Support the show and get our ad-free archive at Patreon.com/stories