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 the senior post production manager for kids podcasts at APM Studios. 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 is the senior editor for kids podcasts at APM Studios. 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.
Rosie is a kids podcast producer for APM Studios. She helms the production of Smash Boom Best and contributes to Brains On!, Moment of Um, and other kids podcasts from APM Studios. When she’s not writing and producing, Rosie loves wiggling at the disco, voicing wacky characters, and flying around New York City on her bicycle, which is covered in gold stars. If you spot her around town, she hopes you’ll say hey!
Anna Weggel feels so lucky to be a producer on the fascinating podcasts Brains On!, Smash Boom Best, Forever Ago and her #1 pod-child Moment of Um. She loves hearing awesome questions from curious kids, and when she's not interviewing experts and sound designing episodes, she loves to play music, perform improv comedy and have dance parties with her husband, doggie and little baby Luna!
Joy Dolo is the Host of Forever Ago! She is an Actor, Teacher, Writer, and really good at word search puzzles. Joy loves when education and comedy are mashed together because learning shouldn’t be boring! Joy’s curiosity and imagination makes her a big kid at heart. Joy loves a lot of things, but here are the tops; swimming, cooking, driving and singing really loud in the car, eating cookies, traveling, hanging out with friends, hiking, and smothering her dog DD with kisses and doggy treats.
Anna Goldfield is the Science Fellow for Brains On! She loves nerding out about the lives of people in the past, and learning all about how the world works. Anna is an archaeologist who has traveled all over the world to dig a series of very careful holes. Anna also hosts The Dirt, a weekly podcast all about archaeology and human stories! When she’s not noodling on the guitar or sitting with her nose in a book, Anna loves hiking, drawing, and making elaborate, delicious meals (and giant kitchen messes).
Menaka Wilhelm was a Brains On producer from 2019-2022. 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. She’s now communicating science at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and is a forever friend of the show.
Kristina was the Audience Engagement Editor for Brains On, Julie’s Library, Smash Boom Best, and more until September 2021. 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.