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Why do we like getting scared?

Spooky stuff may make you cover your eyes in fright, but many of us find ourselves peeking through our fingers to get another glimpse. Why are we drawn to things that make us jump? In this episode, we'll find out how fear can actually be fun. We visit a scientist who helps design haunted houses for ultimate scares, chat with an author who writes ghost stories about how he crafts the creepy crawlies, and play a rousing game of Name That Phobia! Plus we help Gungador get rid of his hiccups and answer the Moment of Um question: “Why do raspberries have little hairs?”

Spoiler alert! To learn more about the mystery sound, click here.

This episode is sponsored by Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner (bona.com/brainson), Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, and MEL Science (text BRAINS to 64-000).

The Boggart

Rosa, Amy, and Jake are convinced they saw something in the weird little room in the back of the library, but they just can’t agree on what it is! Check out this semi-scary* Halloween story to find out what is lurking in the back of the library on Elm Street!

*If you have really little kids or ones that get spooked easily, this is a good story to have a grown up listen to first!

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141: What if a witch turned a hamster into a unicorn?

Sarah Zwinklis is our special guest for this Halloween special, playing a witch who takes care of a rather troublesome hamster.

Lessons: Growing up isn’t just about being big! It takes time to learn all the things we need to go out into the world.

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Extreme Makeover: Spider Edition

Lights, Camera and Action! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they go behind the scenes on the hottest new matchmaking show in the animal kingdom; “Date or Bait!” Follow along as they learn all about the carnivorous habits of the female Jumping Spider and the flashy ways these bachelor male spiders try to keep themselves from ending up on the menu! It’s Date or Bait: proudly brought to you by Wow in the World! Originally Aired 12/3/18.

The Moon Rabbit

The monkey, the otter, and the rabbit all want to make an offering to the Moon Spirit, but one animal is more generous than the rest. Find out who in this adaptation of a traditional Asian folktale!

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103: Are Unicorns Real?

Are unicorns real? Who made them up? Where do they come from? What do they eat, how big are they, and do they have rainbow manes? We’re answering all of your questions about unicorns-and learning about other mythical creatures as well with Adam Gidwitz, creator of The Unicorn Rescue Society and Dana Simpson cartoonist and author of Phoebe and Her Unicorn.

Wonderful Wool: The secrets of this amazing fluff

Wool is warm, absorbs water and odors, plus it’s flame resistant. In short, wool is amazing!

In this episode we explore how wool is different from hair. We go on a sheep safari at Cuyama Lamb in California, meet expert wool weaver Zefren Anderson and catch up with our favorite wooly hero Alpaca Jack.

Plus a wool-worthy mystery sound and an Moment of Um that answer the question: If Earth had rings like Saturn would we be able to see them through our windows?

This episode is sponsored by Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner (bona.com/brainson), Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Quip (getquip.com/brainson) and Stitch Fix Kids (StitchFix.com/KIDS/brains).

#92: Unaccountable – What Hospitals Won’t Tell You Part 1 (with guest Dr. Marty Makary)

One of the biggest issues people in America face today is how the healthcare system hides pricing from its customers, the patients. In no other industry do you blindly hire someone for a service and agree to pay whatever price they deem appropriate after the service is completed. If you were to hire a person to build a fence, there’s no way to know how many nails or screws he or she will use or break, but what if there was a service fee for each one? This is how the healthcare system works. Surprises at every turn are ensuring that the only person that isn’t doing well financially in this process is the patent. This is where Dr. Marty Makary can help you become a much more savvy consumer of healthcare services. He and Dr. Meeker talk about how you as a patient, or parent of a patient, can be sure you aren’t being unnecessarily overcharged when you visit a hospital. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder and answers a question from a mother about how to help her four year old daughter deal with her divorce. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode, email them to askmeg@megmeekermd.comand listen to see if your question is featured next!

 

0:00 – AD – GREENLIGHT

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00:45 – AD – KIWI CO

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1:52 – WELCOME

Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You.” She also teases her conversation with Dr. Daniel Amen, her points to ponder, as well as a question from a divorced mom asking about how to help her daughter deal with the divorce.

 

4:00 – A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MARTY MAKARY (PART 1)

Dr. Meg talks with Dr. Marty Makary about how confusing and hidden hospital pricing can be and how you can be a smarter patient when you have to deal with hospital billing.

 

15:53 – AD – ROTHY’S

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17:41 – AD – THIRD LOVE

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18:58 – A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MARTY MAKARY (PART 2)

Dr. Meg talks with Dr. Marty Makary about how confusing and hidden hospital pricing can be and how you can be a smarter patient when you have to deal with hospital billing.

 

36:58 – POINTS TO PONDER

Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about holding hospitals accountable for their billing.

 

38:51 – LET’S GET SOCIAL

Dr. Meeker answers a question from Elizabeth who after her divorce is concerned with how to help her four year old daughter deal with bouncing back and forth between her house and the father’s house.

 

43:51 – PARENT PEP RALLY

 

45:01 – FROM THE PRODUCER

Thanks for listening to Episode 92, Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FOUR MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes!

 

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Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at askmeg@megmeekermd.comand she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode!

 

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45:20 – END

140: What if ninjago LEGOs came to life?

Abacus P. Grumbler gets to host his own cooking show this week, and the whole Jamma-Loo Family will learn the great secrets of cooking magic… That is, if they can keep Zach’s Ninjagoos under control.

Lessons: It’s fun to forget ourselves while playing, but we still need to remember our friends’ feelings; throwing an egg in its shell is painful!

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What If World is made by Eric O’Keeffe with help from Karen Marshall 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. This week’s art was adapted from pieces by OCAL.

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