Dolphins vs. Octopuses: Showdown in the sea!

Two of our planet’s most amazing animals go head to head in our latest debate.

We’re asking you to decide which animal reigns supreme. Is it the eight-armed, three hearted, shape-shifting octopus? Or the speed-swimming, echolocating, super-jumping dolphin?

Listen along as Marc argues for #TeamOctopus and Sanden fights for #TeamDolphin. We’ll learn amazing facts about both sides along the way.

Which side are you on? Vote here!

Plus an aquatic Mystery Sound, some deep-sea stand up comedy and a Moment of Um answering why flamingos are pink featuring Flora Lichtman from Gimlet Media’s Every Little Thing.

You can also share your opinions and your drawings of dolphins and octopuses in the workplace by emailing them to hello at brainson dot org.

Can’t wait to see your drawings and hear your thoughts!

#47: Children and Anxiety (with guest Dr. Sander Weckstein)

With almost 1 in 5 people in the United States affected with an anxiety disorder, there is a good chance that either you or one of your children could be affected. Knowing how to recognize the signs that your children are struggling with anxiety will allow you to get them help quicker and learn how to overcome the problems associated with anxiety. Also, if you as a parent are dealing with anxiety, in this episode Dr. Meg has help for you as well! Dr. Meg talks with Dr. Sander Weckstein (board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience) about how parents can better attend to anxiety issues in their children and what to do if the parent struggles as well. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder to begin using right away, and she answers a question from a mom struggling with behavioral issues in her gifted 10-year-old daughter. Do you have a question for Dr. Meg? If so, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.com and she could answer your question in an upcoming episode!


From Slate in collaboration with Ford comes a new podcast called Life On The Fast Track. Cheer on three girl scouts as they design, build and race wooden cars in the Ford Girls Fast Track Races. You’ll meet their families, use power tools, and hear what happens when girls are empowered to put STEAM principles to the test. Download and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! 


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1:36 – WELCOME

Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Children and Anxiety”. She also teases her conversation with Dr. Sander Weckstein, her three points to ponder, and a question from a mom struggling with behavioral issues in her gifted 10-year-old daughter.


Dr. Meg gives you three points to ponder as you learn more about your children and anxiety.


Dr. Meg understands that talking to your kids about sex is uncomfortable and wants you to have the tools you need to make this conversation easier and more effective. Check out Dr. Meg’s digital toolkit, “How To Have The Talk With Your Child” to get ready for the initial conversation. Go to megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources” to find out more!


Dr. Meg sits down with Dr. Sander Weckstein to talk about children and anxiety issues. With almost 1 in every 5 people dealing with an anxiety issue, knowing how to handle yourself or your children dealing with anxiety can be very important!

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Dr. Meg sits down with Dr. Sander Weckstein to talk about children and anxiety issues. With almost 1 in every 5 people dealing with an anxiety issue, knowing how to handle yourself or your children dealing with anxiety can be very important!


Email Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.com or tweet your question to her @MegMeekerMD. In this segment, Dr. Meg answers a question from Diane, a mom who is dealing with behavioral issues in her gifted 10-year-old daughter.



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The Total Solar Eclipse (When the Moon Photobombs the Sun)

What in the world is a Total Solar Eclipse? Why in the world is it so rare? When and Where in the world can we watch it happen? And how in the world can we view it without hurting our eyeballs? That’s a lot of questions! And we’ve got answers. Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow, of the Total Solar Eclipse! Originally aired August 14th, 2017.

62: What if paper airplanes stayed in the air forever?

The Observatorium gets a new student, Parsha Parchment-Paper from the esteemed school of Wentbridge! She’s none too happy with her new, underfunded school, and she let’s Abacus know it. Will the wizard’s paper airplane lesson win her over or will it nearly destroy the school… again… 

Lessons include: you can only make new friends if you give them a chance; where you’re from doesn’t make you better or worse than anyone else

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The Secret Senses of Plants

“Do plants feel pain?” Jude’s question leads us to stunning discoveries about what plants feel, what they hear, and even what they talk about! Biologist Heidi Appel reveals how scientists learned about plants’ inner lives, and tells us the story of how she discovered “listening” plants. You’ll never look at plants the same way again.

What can YOU observe about your houseplants? How do they react to changes in light, water, or other variables? Tell us — and send in your science questions — at tumblepodcast@gmail.com.

Want to learn more about plant communication? Check out our blog at www.sciencepodcastforkids.com.

Tumble is brought to you with help from our sponsor, GoGoSqueeZ! Find these yummy, healthy snacks in the applesauce aisle.

Tumble’s Teacher Store is coming! We’re getting NGSS-aligned materials ready for your homes and classrooms! Science activities, graphic organizers, lessons, transcripts, and more will be available starting February 1st. Patrons who pledge $5 or more will have access for FREE! Pledge today at www.patreon.com/tumblepodcast, or www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/materials to visit the store.

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Dogs: What’s the secret of their sense of smell?

If you’ve ever seen a dog, you know they like to sniff — the ground, people, each other’s butts. They like to smell just about everything. But why? We’re digging into the science of smell and how dogs are able to decode things we can’t even begin to imagine.

Recess 101

How in the world does recess make us smarter? Where in the world do kids enjoy the most of it? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an expedition to better understand the science of taking a break! It’s the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of RECESS! Originally aired August 21, 2017.

61: What if Abacus and JFKat drank a potion at the same time and switched minds?

Two of your favorite characters team up this week… or at least they would if they could learn to get along. After a classic magic milkshake mix-up, the kitty president and hapless wizard will have to learn to listen if they ever want to change back. 

Lessons include: you shouldn’t have to mistreat one friend in order to make another happy; good listening doesn’t mean tuning the rest of the world out.

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What If World is made by Eric O’Keeffe with help from Karen O’Keeffe. Our theme song is by Craig Martinson and our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe. Additional songs and sound effects from audioblocks.com.

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56: Circle Round: ‘The Lion’s Whisker’

Instead of an episode of But Why, we’re going to check out an episode of one of our other favorite podcasts. Circle Round is a storytelling show from WBUR, a public radio station in Boston. On Circle Round, they find stories from all around the world and then get really interesting people to act them out. This week we’re sharing one of their episodes with you! This is one of our favorites. And it’s actually about sharing. It’s called ‘The Lion’s Whisker.’