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Wow in the World

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Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. Hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz and Mindy Thomas @AbsolutelyMindy. Follow the show @WowintheWorld and WowintheWorld.com

Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. Hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz and Mindy Thomas @AbsolutelyMindy. Follow the show @WowintheWorld and WowintheWorld.com
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Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. Hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz and Mindy Thomas @AbsolutelyMindy. Follow the show @WowintheWorld and WowintheWorld.com

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Episodes

Bored Out Of Your Bonkerballs? - Why Having Nothing To Do Can Be Good For You!

1/20/2020
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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.

Duration:00:29:36

Duck Duck Poop! - A Tale Of Symbiosis (encore)

1/13/2020
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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.

Duration:00:28:13

Totally Spiced Out! (encore)

1/6/2020
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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.

Duration:00:26:56

The Rise And Fall of Static Man

12/30/2019
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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?

Duration:00:29:38

100th Episode! A Scientific Songtacular

12/23/2019
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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!

Duration:00:33:47

Hugomatic 3000 And The Future of Soft Robotics

12/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:26:22

Rat Race!

12/9/2019
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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!

Duration:00:27:24

Growling Ghost-Crabs

12/2/2019
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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!

Duration:00:25:41

Drop That Beat and Cut The Cheese...For Science!

11/25/2019
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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.

Duration:00:28:42

Horsefly Don't Bother Me! - The Dazzling Mystery Of Zebra Stripes

11/18/2019
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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.

Duration:00:28:06

So Cute You Can't Even! - The Science Of Cute Aggression

11/11/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:30:08

The Cubic Scoop on Wombat Poop!

11/4/2019
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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.

Duration:00:29:29

Wow in the World Presents: 'Circle Round: The Chattering Clams'

11/1/2019
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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.

Duration:00:16:38

Extreme Makeover: Spider Edition

10/28/2019
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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.

Duration:00:27:31

Two-Headed Space Worms

10/21/2019
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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!

Duration:00:25:15

Hey Onion! You're Makin' Me Cry!

10/14/2019
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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.

Duration:00:20:20

An Elevator to the Stars!

10/7/2019
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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.

Duration:00:28:11

The Karate Kickin' Cockroach

9/30/2019
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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.

Duration:00:24:53

Operation Earth: How to Be Cool To A Planet That's Hot

9/23/2019
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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

Duration:00:31:34

Back-To-School: Recess 101

9/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:22:26