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 ten minute short, "Brain Storms" or longer twenty 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.


130 Pieces

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In 1948, Idaho Fish and Game got the bright idea to transport beavers into the back country with PARACHUTES. It was a wild and wacky compromise to ...

  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 05:06
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It's 1789 and the beginning of bureaucracy in the United States. James Madison is writing letters to smooth the path of George Washington's disorga...

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  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 05:06
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While baby Egyptian fruit bats start life getting carried around, once they get too heavy, their mothers leave them in a cave while they forage. It...

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  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 04:59
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The first roller skates were patented by John Joseph Merlin in 1760. He showed off his new fangled wheeled shoes with an epic entrance to a party t...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2022
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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With enough pressure and heat, just about anything with enough carbon in it could become a diamond. And thankfully for us, when a scientist was ask...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2022
  • Length: 04:56
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In 2007, a woman's 5,000 year old skeleton was found in Burnt City, Iran. She was at least six feet tall and had what researchers think may be the ...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2022
  • Length: 05:05
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In cases of emergency, lizards pop off their tails to get away. Evolution made it possible for that tail to stay on when tugged but not twisted. It...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2022
  • Length: 05:00
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Anything that scatters when you turn on the light...does it have a personality? Is the cockroach urge to run an indicator of a bold or timid world ...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2022
  • Length: 05:33
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Sure, Archerfish can use a squirt of water to knock prey into the water to be eaten. But researchers wanted to know, could they count?

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2022
  • Length: 04:53
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You've heard of an ROV, a remotely operated vehicle. But did you ever think you'd see an FOV, a fish operated vehicle? Israeli scientists have atte...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2022
  • Length: 04:56
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Amy pulled out all the stops for this shenanigan filled episode. Don't be an April's Fool like Trace.

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2022
  • Length: 05:33
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In 1978, Dr. Alexander Schauss and a research assistant mixed 1 gallon of white latex paint with a pint of shiny red and created P-618 aka Baker Mi...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2022
  • Length: 05:06
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Imagine you're an ant living in an arid climate. There's no grocery stores! How do you keep enough food on hand for when things are scarce? You won...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:48
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What happens when you are the Emperor of France and your hunting party plans go completely wrong? You get attacked by rabbits. This isn't a Monty P...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:47
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Mary McLeod Bethune was the daughter of former slaves and a founder of Bethune-Cookman University. She was often the only woman of color with a sea...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2022
  • Length: 05:02
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Give a captive gorilla tasty food, they often vocalize in ways that sound a lot like singing. It's so charming! But scientists thought this "singin...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2022
  • Length: 05:08
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You might think you're special because you can flex your nostrils or flap your ears--but it turns out that there's a person out there who can volun...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2022
  • Length: 11:34
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The US military uses more than boats to protect our Naval bases. This episode brings a whole new meaning to "Navy seals".

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2022
  • Length: 09:30
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Those of you with a thick beard, that hair does more than make you look suave or rugged. Turns out, a beard might be protecting your face. There's ...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2022
  • Length: 05:03
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Forget raccoons digging into your trash cans, Australia has giant parrots snacking out of trash bins. Some family groups of Sulfur-crested cockatoo...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 05:27
  • Purchases: 1