Welcome to Brains On! We’re an award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults from American Public Media.
Brains On! is an award-winning audio show for kids and families. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world. Our mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history…but there’s no age limit on curiosity and episodes of Brains On can be enjoyed by anyone.
With over 100 episodes, you may be wondering “where do I start?” Check out our listeners’ favorite episodes here.
Listen to Brains On here on our website or on one of these podcast apps.
We love hearing from listeners. Adults can submit questions, ideas, mystery sounds, and Brains On inspired art from their kids through our submission form here or send snail mail to:
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Brains On is produced by a listener-supported non-profit organization called American Public Media. Donations by people like you make Brains On! possible. If you would like to support Brains On! please consider donating.
Brains On is also supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, where discoveries begin.
Molly Bloom is the host of Brains On! She also hosts our spin-off show, Smash Boom Best. Molly loves finding out about the way things work — whether it’s a glass factory or our brains or molecular bonds. She likes playing piano, sings in a choir and wishes that people would break into song and dance like they do in the musicals that she loves. She was always the shortest one in her class and has worn glasses since the third grade.
Marc Sanchez is a Brains On producer. He gets a kick out of music, technology, and writing. If he’s not playing drums or concocting noises for Brains On!, you might see him in ridiculous, Day-Glo clothing, running around the lakes and rivers of Minnesota or scouring the city in search of the world’s best burrito. You have his permission to sneak up behind him and scream, “Brains On!” if you ever see him in a taqueria.
Sanden Totten writes and reports for Brains On! His favorite subjects are obviously dinosaurs and space, but he really enjoys studying the brain and the environment too. He has a rad collection of comic books, he can jump a curb on a skateboard and his favorite food is sushi. If you see him around, say hi and ask for a high five.
Menaka Wilhelm is a Brains On producer. She's super into exploring the biology and technology that shape our world. Some of her favorite things are wacky jokes, fun socks, and ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles. When she's not reading or writing, she's cooking, hiking, or working on a crafty project.
Kristina is the Audience Engagement Editor for Brains On, Julie’s Library, Smash Boom Best, and more. In 2017, she was an AIR New Voices scholar and in 2019, Kristina participated in Poynter's Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. And yes, she’s still as mischievous as she looks in this photo.