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.


60 Pieces

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Might it be possible to teach a pigeon how to "read" a label for a person who can't read? Is there the possibility of a future where pigeon service...

  • Added: May 20, 2020
  • Length: 04:15
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Bees like sugary nectar. Turns out, it might just be their own buzzing that makes flowers sweeter.

  • Added: May 14, 2020
  • Length: 03:26
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You've probably seen a dog sleeping soundly with their legs pedaling. Is Fido really dreaming of chasing a tennis ball? Let's find out.

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 04:49
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Necco Wafers and Jelly Beans were candies citizens were urged to "send to the troops" during the Civil War. Easy to transport and not likely to mel...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 04:05
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From 1920 to 1933, the United States had a ban against the sale and import of alcohol. Almost immediately the whole nation began to find innovative...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 03:27
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It's freezing but that flock of ducks is standing barefoot on an icy pond. Why don't they have frostbite? Turns out, ducks (any many other birds) h...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2020
  • Length: 04:37
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The term Jimmy Legs describes both a syndrome and the restless leg bumping up and down that some of us do when nervous or full of energy. Let's fin...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 03:36
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What happens when you cross a intestinal invading fungus or bacteria with carbohydrates? You get very very drunk. Trace explores the weird world of...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 04:13
  • Purchases: 1
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If you're thinking, wait, I thought it was tenderhooks, you're not alone. Amy explains this early 18th century idiom that describes having a sense ...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 03:13
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On Feb 3rd, 1945, The all women of color, Six-Triple-Eight, was sent overseas to clear a two year backlog of mail. They were told it would take six...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 04:25
  • Purchases: 1
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Can living in a more enriching environment increase your ability to learn and make you more relaxed? Dr. Kelly Lambert set out to answer this quest...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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During the 1960s when we were racing to the moon, computing tech made a huge leap. Computers had to be small to fit in the Apollo capsules and it w...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2020
  • Length: 04:51
  • Purchases: 1
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Welcome to our funniest episode yet. Scientists avert international tension between Sweden and Russia, learn something we didn't know about herring...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 04:37
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Barn owls come in three colors, a tawny brown, a mix of brown a white, and all white. It didn't make sense to researchers how a white owl could be ...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 06:15
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That's right. Way back in the early 1900s, when women were protesting for the right to vote, there was a four-foot eleven-inch woman teaching the S...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 09:26
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Who is the brightest, the most likely to crush the SAT, the one pet who has the brains to out think them all? Is it your cat or your dog?

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 04:44
  • Purchases: 1
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Either way you spell it, you either love that black candy or can't get away fast enough. Amy dives into why.

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 06:27
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In the late 19th century, London had the beginnings of homeless shelters. They weren't always comfortable (try sleeping in a four-penny coffin), bu...

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  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:42
  • Purchases: 1
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Trend setting science from 1975. We can't tell you anything else, it would spoil the surprise!

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  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:11
  • Purchases: 1
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Before they even hatch, Yellow Legged Gull chicks seem to be communication to their nest mates. Amy dives into the how and why.

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  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:58
  • Purchases: 1