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These Pumpkins Sure Can Kick!
Patricia Cuff discusses a young girls’ soccer team in Namibia, Africa.
Peter McDonnell discusses the land of Africa and the people that live throughout the continent.
How a Flamingo Balances on One Leg
These extreme bird balancers stay upright with little muscle effort
Explainer: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Lillian Steenblik Hwang
Lillian Steenblik Hwang discusses how hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons form.
Protest Music is as American as Apple Pie
Thomas Pool discusses the history of protest music in America.
The Hero's Journey
Jessica McBirney discusses a common structure in stories known as the Hero’s Journey.
The Golden Ratio
Pamela Huber describes a special mathematical formula.
Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself
Robert McMillan discusses Margaret Hamilton, a software engineer who helped man land on the moon.
Math Isn’t Just for Boys
Rachel Crowell discusses why girls pursue math-related activities and careers less often than boys.
Zombies are real!
Kathryn Hulick discusses real-life zombies and the organisms that control them.
For Teens, A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep
Meenaskshi Prabhune discusses the amount of sleep teenagers should be get to be at their best.
On the Roof of the World
Benjamin Koch discusses his experiences staying with nomads in Tibet.
This Father's Day, Remembering a Time When Dads Weren't Welcome in Delivery Rooms
Deena Prichep discusses a time when fathers were discouraged from being present for the birth of their children.
Ghosts in Your Head
Kirsten Weir discusses how healthy brains can sometimes imagine certain sensations.
Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing
Elissa Nadworny discusses why teenagers are drawn to the genre of dystopian fiction.
Cool Jobs: Unearthing the Secrets of Soil
Lindsey Konkel discusses scientists who study soil and what their work can reveal.
This Tiny Animal Is Apocalypse-Proof
Maria Temming describes a creature that can survive in unforgiving environments.
Immigration to the United States
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the history of immigration to the United States.