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.


73 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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At the age of 42, Bridget Mason won a court case in California that freed her and her daughters from slavery. She went on to become a California re...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2019
  • Length: 05:14
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Ants hunt for food, but how do they know how to get back? Content warning: Science is messy. Some ants were harmed and we talk about it. Not in gre...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 08:50
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Like a scaly cheetah, galloping crocs were a terror both on land and in the water. Good thing they lived 100 million years ago.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and KSFR


  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 04:15
  • Purchases: 2
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Sending a little love to our listeners in the Southern Hemisphere. It might be summer here, but it's the middle of winter down south. Turn on some ...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Big word for a genetic mutation where an animal is split with one side being entirely female and the other male. This can happen in some species of...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 04, 2019
  • Length: 05:14
  • Purchases: 1
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Medical science on the fly. Turns out you only need to pull a few G's to loosen that stubborn kidney stone.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 26, 2019
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 1
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In 1804 Dr. Troxler discovered he could make pastel dots on paper disappear if he stared at them for long enough. Blink, and they would reappear. T...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:24
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Need to string some wire through your house or clean a particle accelerator? You might need a science ferret.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 03:09
  • Purchases: 1
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It's our one year podcast-aversary! We thank you for listening with an episode on accidental swallowings and some...not so accidental. Trace also ...

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 05:50
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Can Flatworms remember how to find food after re-growing their heads? Science rolled up its sleeves and found out.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 04:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Why do we want to crush-hug cute things like babies and young animals? It may have something to do with adorableness overload and how our brains co...

  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:50
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Born in 1832, Mary Fields was the first African-American female Star Route mail carrier in the United States. Wearing two guns that she sometimes b...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:32
  • Purchases: 1
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Two percent of the population has the almost uncanny ability to recognize and remember faces from chance meetings even years before. We talk about ...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2019
  • Length: 05:15
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Meet C. explodens; worker ants who rupture their own abdomens--filled with toxic goo--to protect the colony from predators.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 1
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One more example of how farmers MacGyver everything. No phone lines? Use the fence.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 1
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The internet claims lobsters are immortal. Amy pulls a Dana Scully and debunks the heck out of that idea.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 04:35
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 04:09
  • Purchases: 1
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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?

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 1
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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