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Do plants have feelings?

There’s more to plants than meets the eye. They detect sounds, they defend themselves against insect attacks and they can even send each other secret messages through the wind! Our leafy, green friends sense and interact with the world in their own, planty way. We’ll learn all about it in this episode, plus we’ll find out why some plants like to grow in spots where other plants have died. We’ve also got a Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question: why do bats sleep upside down?

This episode is sponsored by Khan Academy (khan.com/freekidsapp)

Two Whats!? And A Wow! – Colorful Wows

Why is Mindy squeezing beets into her frosting for her gingerbread walls? And what does this have to do with the science of COLORS? We’ve got questions AND answers on today’s colorful round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We’re challenging you to find facts from fiction about colors!

158: What if everyone wore the same color clothes?

Author and illustrator Niki Smith helps Mr. Eric tell a story where a Purple & Green striped horse has to save her school and friend from Ragged the Dragon. 

Lessons include: Wearing different colors helps us express ourselves; no one is “supposed” to be mean or nice, but we can always choose to treat other people well. 

Check out Niki Smith’s “The Deep and Dark Blue”! You can get your copy at Bookshop to support your local bookstore, or on Amazon. 

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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. This episode’s artwork is from the cover of Niki Smith’s The Deep and Dark Blue.

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Laughter In A Can: How Our Brains Interpret Funny Business

What in the wow is “canned laughter” and how in the world does it work? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the funny business of our brains on canned laughs! It’s the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of LAUGHTER!

The Bee’s Sting

Billy the bee is having a very hard time defending his hive’s honey, until Mother Nature gives him a stinger! Now he can defend the honey really well. Maybe too well…

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The Incredible Singing Tortoise

Zane is walking home from school one day and makes an incredible discovery! A singing tortoise named Alicia! He can’t wait to show her off to everyone he knows. But does Alicia want to be shown off?

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Nervous: All about feelings, pt. 4

This is a special re-release of an episode from our series on emotions. It’s all about how to handle big feelings like anxiety, nervousness and fear.

There have been so many unexpected changes in all of our lives and a lot of us have big feelings right now. And that’s good — we should feel those feelings. We also think having facts and information can help you feel more in control. This episode should help you with that.

(This is the final installment in our series about feelings. Check out the first three if you haven't yet.) You know that feeling when you have butterflies in your stomach? Or maybe you get sweaty and hot? Or maybe you get fidgety and your heart beats really fast? Yeah, we know those feelings too. Today we're finding out why being anxious can make our bodies feel that way. We'll find out why fear has been really useful to our survival as a species and what you can do if that fear and anxiety is too much to handle. Plus: Mallika Chopra, the author of Just Breathe, shares a meditation to try when you're feeling nervous. And we'll finally get to hear Sanden's debut in the new Alpaca Jack musical, Fleece of Mind!

Today’s episode is sponsored by New Cloud Control Cat Litter by Arm & Hammer, Aunt Fannie’s (auntfannies.com/summer and coupon code BRAINS), and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls the Podcast (rebelgirls.co/podcast). You can support the show at brainson.org/donate

115: ‘Are Llamas Ticklish?’ And Other Silly Questions

We’re answering 9 questions that put a smile on our faces, and we hope they make you chuckle, too. Plus, you might actually learn something from some of the answers!

Are llamas ticklish? Why do pickles and cacti look alike? What are boogers made out of? How do fish see underwater without goggles? Do skunks like their smell? Do pigs poop? Are elephants afraid of mice? Are jellyfish made of jelly? Why are yawns contagious?

Guests include Jo Blasi from the New England Aqarium, naturalist Marry Holland, therapy llama-handler Shannon Joy, and Elephant Listening Project researcher Peter Wrege.

Two Whats!? And A Wow!: Crustacean Station

Why is Mindy using her lobster claw machine to try to get a plush crayfish? And what can this possibly have to do with the science of CRUSTACEANS? We’ve got questions AND answers on today’s fishy round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We’re challenging you to find the fact from the fiction about crustaceans!

Two Whats!? And A Wow!: Out Of This World

Why are Mindy and Guy Raz throwing the Solar System a tea party? And why won’t Mercury sit still!? Find out what in the world this has to do with the science of the solar system in today’s sonic round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We’ve got questions AND answers, and it’s up to you to find the fact from the fiction about the Solar System!