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  • What is the cleverest thing hippos can do? This week we’re answering seven quirky questions about animals! Why do elephants like peanuts? Why do cows put their tongues up their noses? Has anyone ever ridden a tiger? How do woodpeckers cling to trees? Why is some bird poop black and some is white? Why do people make animals like sharks and bears sound way scarier than they are? Answers from Keenan Stears of the University of California Santa Barbara. Christine Scales of Billings Farm & Museum, shark researcher Kady Lyons, and the Bird Diva Bridget Butler.
  • How are fireworks made? What are fireworks made of? How do they set off? Why are fireworks bright? Why are they loud? And why do we celebrate with fireworks on the fourth of July? We learn about pyrotechnics with Dr. John Steinberg, a physician and licensed fireworks professional. And we’ll hear from David Chavez, an explosives expert at Los Alamos National Laboratory about how changes to the materials used in fireworks can make them better for the environment and unleash new, more vibrant colors in the night sky.
  • This week, we're revisiting one of our favorite older episodes from the past. We’re going to learn a little bit about the history of noodles--and how to…
  • Are seeds alive? What are they made of? Here in Vermont it's planting time, and we've been getting a lot of questions about seeds from kids around the…
  • Our show just turned 5 and we've seen a lot of growth year over year in the number of listeners and questions you've been sending us. But we'd like to…
  • Our guest this week is a lexicographer. That's someone who studies words and, in this case, edits dictionaries. Emily Brewster is a senior editor at…
  • How do people whistle? How does whistling make a sound? Why does your tongue change a whistle higher or lower? Can you get a trophy for whistling? Can…
  • How are rocks made? Why are some rocks hard and others soft? How do rocks shine? How are geodes and crystals made? Why do some rocks have gems in them?…
  • Is it OK to do something that you were told not to do and then never tell anybody? In this episode we tackle that thorny question from 10-year-old Finn…
  • Have you ever felt competitive with a friend or a sibling? Competition comes up in a lot of different ways in life. Maybe you're running a race with a…