Brain Junk

Series produced by Trace Kerr

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Everything you never knew you wanted to know. We guarantee, you won't be bored.

Amy Barton and Trace Kerr shake up science, history & culture in this once a week show. We hunt for off the wall, totally unexpected answers to questions and bring them to you in two to five minute short, "Brain Storms" or longer ten to thirty minute episodes.
We dive into questions like: What are Supernumerary teeth? Do ants pass the Mirror Test? Why do kids in Denmark murder their birthday cakes?
Brain Junk is a fun ride for adults and kids who want to know.


18 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Jumping out of an airplane without a parachute?! We explore a study that explains how sometimes, if you look at the data in just the right way, bac...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2019
  • Length: 02:40
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Not the big yawn that you'd think. These 100,000 or so codes are used to determine your bill. Some of those codes are hilarious. Bit by cow and str...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 04:09
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The rings of icy dust around Saturn are so much younger than the planet. Where did they come from and why are they going away?

  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:29
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Amy and Trace went on an epic field trip around our home town of Spokane and found all sorts of canned gems, like a whole chicken, silkworms and ch...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2019
  • Length: 07:53
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African Wild Dogs appear to vote on pack activities by sneezing.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 02:54
  • Purchases: 1
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Dr. Margoliash at the University of Chicago has been studying the brains of Zebra Finches for years. Today we dive into some of his lab's result --...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2019
  • Length: 03:22
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Neuroscientists have found that dogs might actually love their people.

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 02:40
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Learn a bit about the women and men of the IIP who monitor icebergs in the northern reaches of our Atlantic ocean.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 02:59
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Two shorter episodes we call Brain Storms smash cut together. We explore the history of a Cretaceous frog and live births in some species of skink.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 03:57
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Where we talk about Dr. Nathalie Stroeymeyt and her foraging, black garden ants. Infected ants seem to stay away from other ants. Find out why.

  • Added: Jan 09, 2019
  • Length: 02:49
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A bonded pair of male penguins make for unexpectedly great foster parents!

  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 02:48
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The unsinkable Violet. 3 ships, one woman who survived them all.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 03:05
  • Purchases: 1
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Cougars are beautiful and stealthy solitary hunters. Until they want to mate. Then they sound like a person being run through a garbage compactor. ...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 02:06
  • Purchases: 2
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Amy Barton has an eye for dangerous and innovative doctors and Dr. Robert Liston is no exception. FYI This episode has some up-close discussions of...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 03:09
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It's there and it's square. And now we know why.

  • Added: Jan 14, 2019
  • Length: 02:47
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Brain Storms. Short, funny and TO THE POINT. Today is brought to you by those people who make you crazy and why y...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2019
  • Length: 02:06
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We fell down a Pinterest hole and found a whole bunch of women who we'd NEVER heard about in history classes. Ching Shih, an infamous Chinese pirat...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 20:09
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Why do we do the things we do while in public? Simple actions like using the restroom or riding the bus get a lot more complicated when thinking ab...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 20:19