Explore with Your Ears

September 13, 2019
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How does a new ingredient stop ice cream from melting? How should you talk to a dog? Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas explore the answers to these and other questions on Wow in the World. It’s a science and technology podcast for kids that airs on National Public Radio.

Raz told TIME for Kids that he and Thomas started the podcast because they “wanted to engage kids with their ears.” The two craft fictitious story lines as a way to explore science and technology. They include made-up characters in their stories. “These characters trigger kids’ imaginations,” Thomas says.

How do the cohosts decide what topics to address? “We follow our curiosity,” Raz says. They also discuss scientific research in a way that’s easy to understand. Which episodes have been most popular? “Anything involving animals!” says Thomas.