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[MUSIC PLAYING] JOY DOLO: Hi there. Joy Dolo here. I'm coming to you with some exciting news. Starting now, we're offering a new way to engage with Forever Ago and get some fun extra perks. It's called Smarty Pass, and it's your ticket to ad-free episodes of Forever Ago, Brains On, Smash Boom Best, and Moment of Um, plus a bonus episode of one of our shows every month, and you get to listen to it all right here in your favorite podcast listening app, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Pretty cool, huh? I don't think I've heard of anything that cool in a long time.

If you don't subscribe to Smarty Pass, your original free feeds will still be going strong just as they are now. But if you do choose to subscribe, you'll get an ad-free feed for each of our shows and some awesome bonus episodes on top of it. What you're about to hear is a little taste of our first bonus episode for Smarty Pass holders, and it's a creep-tacular story.

Subscribe now to get your Smarty Pass at That's It's just $4 a month or $36 for a whole year. (WHISPERS) Psst, that's three months for free. That's the math of it.

Thank you for helping us make this show, and now, check out the sneak peek.


ROBOT: Now entering Brains On headquarters.






MOLLY: Oh my gosh, hi. Welcome to Brains On! headquarters. We're so glad you're here today. That Smarty Pass you're holding gets you access to all sorts of behind the scenes goodies, including visits to headquarters. Ruby said she had a story she wanted to share with you. I think she's waiting for us in the lab or kitchen. It's just a short walk and an elevator ride away. Follow me.

So this is where we make Brains On!, Smash Boom Best, Forever Ago, Moment of Um. We're cooking up some new stuff, too. We can't wait to tell you all about it. Oh, here comes Gungador. Hey, Gungador. Oh, he has his headphones in. (YELLS) Gungador.


MOLLY: Hi, just taking our friend here to go meet Ruby.

GUNGADOR: Gungador just came from dance class with Ruby. Gungador show Ruby how to do split kick, side slinky, and backwards leapfrog. Gungador exhausted and sweaty.

MOLLY: You sure are. See you later. OK, through there is the Taco Farm if you're hungry later, and behind that door is the Tree Hall of Fame. Oh, and that's our saber tooth fact checker.


He's awesome, a real stickler for bibliographies though. Oh, and here is Elevator.



ELEVATOR: You called?

MOLLY: To the lab or kitchen please, Elevator.

ELEVATOR: Lab or kitchen coming up.


You're new here. So here's a joke I wrote especially for you. What do you call a broken escalator? Stairs, get it? Tough crowd. Anyway, here's the lab or kitchen.

MOLLY: Thanks, Elevator, and here's our pal, Ruby Guthrie.

RUBY GUTHRIE: Hi, Molly, and ooh, look at you with that shiny new Smarty Pass. Welcome.

MOLLY: I hear you have a story for us.

RUBY GUTHRIE: Indeed I do. It's spooky season around here with Halloween right around the corner, so I thought I would tell you about the teenage girl who invented the genre of science fiction.

MOLLY: Ooh, I can't wait.


JOY DOLO: For the rest, head to to subscribe now. Whether you choose to subscribe or keep listening in our free feeds, we so appreciate you listening to our shows and being a part of the Brains On! universe. Thank you so much for your support.

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