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Wow in the World

Wow in the World

Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We'll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.

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Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Inventoritos

Why does Mindy have toenail clipping shoes? And what does this have to do with the science of INVENTIONS? We've got questions AND answers on today's inventive round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We're challenging you to find facts from fiction about inventions!
2020-04-03
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Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Save It For A Rainy Day

Why is Guy Raz's meteorologist audition disrupted by a rainstorm inside Mindy's gingerbread mansion? And what does this have to do with the science about WEATHER? We've got questions AND answers on today's sunny round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We're challenging you to find facts from fiction about weather!
2020-04-02
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Two Whats!? And A Wow! - Hair We Go!

Why is Mindy playing basketball with a ball covered in hair? And what does that have to do with the science of HAIR? We've got questions AND answers on today's hair-raising round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! We're challenging you to find facts from fiction about hair!
2020-04-01
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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!
2020-03-31
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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!
2020-03-30
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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!
2020-03-27
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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!
2020-03-26
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Two Whats!? And A Wow!: Ear, There, And Everywhere

Why is there an ear-wax statue of Guy Raz hanging out in Mindy's Gingerbread house? And what does this have to do with pigeon and grasshopper EARS? We've got questions AND answers on today's ear-riffic round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! It's your turn to spot the fact from the fiction!
2020-03-25
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Two Whats!? And A Wow! Freezing Factoids

Why is Mindy's Gingerbread Mansion covered in an anti-dandruff hair conditioner? And what does this have to do with ANTARCTICA? We've got questions and AND answers on today's chilly round of Two Whats!? & A Wow! It's all up to you to find the fact from the fiction!
2020-03-24
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Listen To Your Mummy!

A voice is calling from beyond the grave! Scientists from England have used computer modeling, a couple of CAT scans and a 3D printer to recreate the voice of a 3000 year old mummified priest! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they travel back in time to see how close these scientists got to the real thing! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of ancient human voices!
2020-03-23
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INTRODUCING Two Whats!? And A Wow!

Why is Mindy stacking on ALL of her sweaters at the same time? And what does it have to do with GIRAFFES? We've got questions AND answers on this brand new game show, where we challenge YOU to spot the fact from the fiction! Welcome to the premiere episode of Two Whats!? & A Wow!
2020-03-23
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The Buzz on Bee Barf! Sticky Science Behind Bumblebee Vomit

Once upon a time, scientists believed that bees chose plants with the sweetest nectar. But new research shows that there's actually more to the story. Join Mindy and Guy Raz for an epic tale of one Gramma BEE-Force, and a bunch of barf - for SCIENCE! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW of bumblebee vomit.
2020-03-16
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OLD Blue Eyes

While trimming the family tree in the backyard one afternoon, Mindy learns that she might have one very special ancestor that relates her to almost 18% of the earth's population! Mindy, Guy and Reggie hop in the Wow machine to travel back along Mindy's family tree to find this common ancestor and the first person to ever be called baby blue! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow of blue eyes!
2020-03-09
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Underwater Nit-Pickin': Cleaner Shrimp And Why Big Fish Won't Eat Them

Mindy is feeling the entrepreneurial spirit as she opens up a "Nit-Pickin'" stand to pluck the lice from her neighbors' heads. When Guy Raz asks her about her business model for this new enterprise, she replies by taking him on a wild under the sea adventure to explore the inspiration behind her nit-pickin' station. It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow of cleaner shrimp and their clientele.
2020-03-02
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Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! An Outer Space SUPERNOVA

One of the brightest stars in the sky, Betelgeuse, has been getting dimmer and dimmer. Could this be a sign that the young star is about to explode? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they travel light years into the future to see for themselves! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of a SUPERNOVA!
2020-02-24
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Good Habitat Keeping

Guy and Mindy go on a home tour of some of the strangest homes and habitats in the animal kingdom. And the one that stops them in their tracks was built with pee bubbles and butt breathing?! What creature would call such a place a home? Find out, as we dive deep into one of the weirdest nesting habitats in the natural world!
2020-02-17
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An UnFROGettable Day At the Museum of Wow! (encore)

The Museum of Wow just opened its new amphibian exhibit and everyone from pollywogs to old croaks agree that the new discoveries featured there are positively ribbeting! Join Mindy, Guy Raz, Reggie and friends for a fact-filled tour of miniature frogs, a toddler with glow-in-the-dark bones, and a few surprises along the way! It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of fantastic FROGS! Originally Aired May 13, 2019
2020-02-10
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MY ASTEROID IS BLOWING UP! (encore)

Imagine a giant asteroid is out in space and headed on a collision course with planet Earth. Your mission, is to annihilate this giant mass of space rock before it can even get close. What do you do? How do you do it? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they travel through time and space to the asteroid belt for a little experiment of their own! An experiment modeled after the work or some asteroid annihilating scientists from NASA. It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Planetary Defense! Originally aired April 15th, 2019.
2020-02-03
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Song Of The Singing Mouse (encore)

What do humans, bottlenose dolphins, and the singing mice of the Costa Rican cloud forests have in common? Well according to a new scientific study, we all share the power of singing...in duets! But why?! And how?! Join Mindy, Guy Raz, and Reggie, as they visit these singing mice on their live concert tour, and witness this vocal turn taking with their eyes and ears! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of Singing Mice and the brains behind musical conversation! Originally Aired April 1, 2019
2020-01-27
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Bored Out Of Your Bonkerballs? (encore)

Bored out of your bonkerballs with nothing to do? Turns out, being bored can be good for you! A new study from the United Kingdom suggests that periods of boredom are crucial for anyone looking to get their creativity on! Join Mindy and Guy Raz for the Paint Drying World Championships, and a mind-numbing fact-finding visit to the "Institute of Boredom!" It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of BOREDOM! Originally Aired March 11, 2019.
2020-01-20
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Duck Duck Poop! - A Tale Of Symbiosis (encore)

It's time for the regional library Story Slam Potluck & Pajama Party, and the gang's all here! First up, it's Mindy, with a non-fiction story involving a duck, a copycat plant, and some scientifically magical POOP? What could these three things possibly have in common? Join Mindy and Guy Raz for the scoop on Duck Duck Poop, and a tale spinning of symbiosis! Originally aired February 4, 2019.
2020-01-13
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Totally Spiced Out! (encore)

What in the world makes chili peppers hot? How in the world do we measure their spiciness? And where in the world are kids least likely to get spiced out? Get ready to be SPICED OUT with Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz in our hottest episode of Wow in the World yet! Originally Aired December 11, 2017.
2020-01-06
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The Rise And Fall of Static Man

A 2,500 year old mystery solved! Scientists have finally answered the age-old question of how friction leads to static electricity. But it's not all hip hips and hoorays ... this new information leads the rise of an all new super-villain; Static-man! Will Mindy and Guy Raz be able to thwart this footsie clad static shocker before he annoyingly zaps everyone in the neighbourhood?
2019-12-30
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100th Episode! A Scientific Songtacular

From pop to hip-hop and from disco to techno, humans love music! Monkeys on the other hand...well, that's a completely different question! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they experiment with their new invention that turns speech into song, and quickly learn that not all animals have an appreciation for the musical arts! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of monkey brains on music, in this 100th episode SONGTACULAR!
2019-12-23
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Hugomatic 3000 And The Future of Soft Robotics

Sometimes, the cold, metallic touch of a robot doesn't quite cut it; whether that be when studying small, delicate jellyfish in the wild ... or building the world's most advanced huggable robot! After Mindy learns all about the science of soft robotics and their use in helping researchers handle delicate deep sea creatures, she sets out to use this cutting edge technology to make an all new kind of huggable robot that squeezes ... but never crushes.
2019-12-16
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Rat Race!

Lab rats, start your engines! What in the world happened when scientists created tiny rodent-sized cars and taught rats how to drive? And why in the world are these four-legged creatures using their newfound freedom to pick up Froot Loops? And how in the world can all of this benefit us humans?! The rat race is on, and Mindy and Guy Raz are taking you for a ride! It's The Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of rat brains behind the wheel!
2019-12-09
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Growling Ghost-Crabs

Are you spooked by things that go bump, eeek and growl in the middle of the night? Have no fear! Mindy and the 'Ghost-Catchers' are here! What starts out as a paranormal phenomenon slowly turns into a scientific sensation as Guy and Mindy learn all about the ghoulish ghost crab and their growling stomachs!
2019-12-02
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Drop That Beat and Cut The Cheese...For Science!

Would you care for a little brie marinated in hip hop? How about some cheddar dipped in rock and roll? Swiss serenaded by an up-beat pop classic! Turns out that cheese have preferences when it comes to music, and those preferences determine everything from their taste to their smell! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they discover the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How and Wow in the World of the musical taste of cheese! Originally Aired April 29th 2019.
2019-11-25
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Horsefly Don't Bother Me! - The Dazzling Mystery Of Zebra Stripes

Guy Raz and his horse Bucky just got back from a frustrating riding lesson. Mindy is on the roof of her gingerbread mansion dressed as a horsefly. And Dennis is, well....just being Dennis. And before this episode is over, YOU will know the newly discovered reason behind why Zebras have stripes! Prepare to be DAZZLED as Guy Raz and Mindy explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Zebra Stripes! Originally Aired March 18th 2019.
2019-11-18
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So Cute You Can't Even! - The Science Of Cute Aggression

Do you have a face so cute that people want to pinch your cheeks? Does the sight of a baby piglet snuggling up to a newborn baby make you want to kick down a door and run away screaming? Have you ever uttered the words, "You're so cute I could EAT YOU UP!?" Well then you may suffer from a scientific phenomenon known as "Cute Aggression." And in this episode, Mindy and Guy Raz take you through a recent scientific study that explores what causes it, and why? It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of an overwhelming overload of CUTENESS! Originally Aired 2/25/19.
2019-11-11
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The Cubic Scoop on Wombat Poop!

Poop to the power of 3? Rubik's Poop? Poop cubed?! We're talking wombats and the unusually shaped blocks of scat they leave behind! But HOW? And WHY? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they travel to an Australian "Pooseum" to explore this stinky, squared, scientific mystery! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Wombat poop! Orignally Aired 12/14/18.
2019-11-04
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Wow in the World Presents: 'Circle Round: The Chattering Clams'

Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz as they come out of their shells on WBUR's Circle Round, a podcast hosted by Rebecca Sheir that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. "The Chattering Clams" is based on a Native American legend from the area we now know as Washington state, in the northwestern United States. You can find more Circle Round wherever you get your podcasts.
2019-11-01
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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.
2019-10-28
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Two-Headed Space Worms

What in the world are Planarian Flatworms? Why in the world did scientists send them on a mission to outer space? And where in the world are their mouths if not on their heads?! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for a tale of two worms....in one body. It's the latest who, what, when, where, why, how, and WOW in the world of WORMSTRONAUTS!
2019-10-21
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Hey Onion! You're Makin' Me Cry!

Why in the world do onions make us cry? How in the world does it even work? And what in the world would happen if onions were to lose this special power? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they pull back the layers on your breath's best frenemy, and take you on a stinky adventure that cuts so deep, it might just leave you with a tear in your eye. Grab your tissues, friends! It's our Boo Hoo-iest episode of Wow in the World yet! Originally Aired November 6th 2017.
2019-10-14
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An Elevator to the Stars!

Welcome to another toe tapping episode of Wow in the World! Guy Raz is off to listen to the latest and greatest in world of elevator music and Mindy tags along for the ride! But this music isn't just for any elevator. Oh no! This elevator is going from here...to the stars! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the who, what, when, where, why and wow in the world of Space Elevators! Originally Aired 12/17/18.
2019-10-07
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The Karate Kickin' Cockroach

Mindy signs Guy Raz and herself up for a karate lesson! But when she starts talking about cockroaches, jewel wasps, and zombies, Guy Raz quickly realizes that this is not going to be your typical karate class. What in the Wow does Mindy have Up her sleeves this time? Listen in for The Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of the Karate Kickin' Cockroach! Originally Aired 12/10/18.
2019-09-30
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Operation Earth: How to Be Cool To A Planet That's Hot

We've all heard of Climate Change, but what is it, and why is it bad news for planet Earth? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they go back in time in an effort to protect our future! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Climate Change Heroes! Originally Aired April 15th 2018
2019-09-23
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Back-To-School: 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 8/24/17.
2019-09-16
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The Very Hungry Black Hole

Mindy's going to need a few tips if she's going to win the local eating competition, lucky for her, Guy Raz knows the best eater in the universe! The supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of black holes! Originally aired May 7th 2018.
2019-09-09
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Heeeere Foodie Foodie Foodie! - Edible Insects Are On The Menu!

It's that time of year! The annual public radio food truck festival! Mindy has slapped a new logo on her dilapidated ice cream truck and joins in the festivities with a new twist on Gramma G-Force's famous "Sloppy G's!" But what is this new twist? And why does it have Guy Raz feeling squeamish and squirming? Find out as these two explore the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why ,How, and Wow in the World of EDIBLE INSECTS! Originally Aired 2/18/19.
2019-09-02
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Smart-Bots

From self-driving cars to chess playing robots, oh my! Artificial intelligence is all around us, and it's only getting smarter. Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on a computational quest to discover the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of AI!
2019-08-26
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Wow in the World + The Story Pirates in Do You SEE What I HEAR?

This week, it's a double scoop of our first ever, Wow in the World Podcast Scrambler! In this episode, Guy Raz and Mindy team up with the Story Pirates Podcast to explore the latest science behind SYNESTHESIA! Taste words, hear colors, feel sounds? What in the world is happening in the brain when senses are scrambled? How in the world did the story pirates find a Wowzer with this amazing condition? And where in the world is that new music coming from? Join Guy, Mindy, The Story Pirates, and an amazing new invention, as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Synesthesia! Originally aired May 28th 2018.
2019-08-19
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Spit-Take! The Science Of Saliva And Those Bitter Bites

Having trouble breaking through the bitter bites of nature's leafiest greens and cocoa beans? Well before you do that spit-take, you may want to chew on this nature's candy just a little longer! New research suggests that the key savoring the bitter flavors of Brussels sprouts, kale, and even coffee, can be found in your spit! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of SALIVA! Originally Aired September 10th 2018.
2019-08-12
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How To Talk To A Dog

Is that dog wearing glasses?! Guy Raz has a new four-legged friend, but he's having trouble bonding with him. Good thing Mindy knows the scientifically-proven very best way to talk to dogs! This week learn HOW in the world scientists figured out how to speak to dogs and WHAT in the world is the best way to say "Who's a good boy"? Join Mindy and Guy Raz to learn the Who, What, When Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of canine communication! Originally aired June 4th, 2018.
2019-08-05
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WAIT...WAIT...ARE THOSE MARSHMALLOWS? Why Kids Are Better At Waiting Than Adults

New scientific research suggests that kids these days are better than grownups when it comes to waiting. WHAT?! Join Mindy and Guy Raz in the waiting room of the dentist's office, as they explore how scientists used MARSHMALLOWS in the scientific experiment that lead to this discovery! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Waiting! Originally Aired September 17th 2018.
2019-07-29
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Your Crabby Pee Is Scaring Me!

What's that scent wafting through the murky waters off the coast of Georgia? Well if you're a mud crab, you'll know that it's the smell of fear. But where does it come from? And how do we know? Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas for Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of secret signals of the animal world. (And stick around as they potty-train a Blue crab. Trust us on this one.) Originally Aired April 30th 2018.
2019-07-22
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Now Watch Me Drip Drip: The Science Of Slower Melting Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! But what's up with all the melting on hot summer days? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they scour the globe in search of a special new ingredient, that's said to prevent ice cream from turning into a sticky situation! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of slower melting ice cream! Originally aired July 30th, 2018.
2019-07-15
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Un-BEE-lievable Bees!

You won't bee-lieve your ears! Join Detective Mindy and Inspector Raz, an un-bee-table crime fighting duo, as they try to crack the case of the missing bees! It's all in this episode as we explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of buzzing bees! Originally Aired July 9th 2018.
2019-07-08
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Brain Freeze!

What in the world is Brain Freeze? Why in the world does it happen when we're enjoying a cold, tasty treat? And how in the world do we get rid of it?! Grab an ice-cold refreshing drink, and get ready to explore the who, what, when, where, why how and WOW in the world of BRAIN FREEZE! Originally Aired July 24th 2017.
2019-07-01
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