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Podcast

Ask Dr. Universe

Join Dr. Universe and her friends at Washington State University as they investigate science questions from kids around the world. Know a kid with a curious science question? Help them submit it at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu for a chance to be featured on a future episode.

Episodes

  • Episode 15: Meet a Cell Scientist | Why do we have hair?

    Mar 01 2022

    Welcome back, young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you’re anything like me you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. This special edition episode features an interview with a scientist from our video series, Ask Dr. Universe, Meet the Scientists. If you like what you hear, you can watch the whole video interview with Dr. Ryan Driskell under the videos tab at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu. Let’s get started. 

  • Episode 14: Meet a Veterinarian | How do lungs work?

    Jan 31 2022

    Welcome back, young scientists. On this episode, we meet Dr. Kim Chiok, a veterinarian at Washington State University who enjoys writing, doing experiments, and who is curious about viruses, especially those that affect the lungs and other parts of the respiratory system. Plus, we explore a question about how our lungs work. The adventures continue at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu.

  • Episode 13: Meet a Sleep Scientist | Why does sleep feel so short?

    Dec 17 2021

    On this podcast, we'll talk to some curious people, hear their stories, and investigate some fun science questions along the way. Today's guest is someone who is really curious about sleep. Let's give a warm welcome to Ashley Ingiosi. She'll help us explore a science question about why sleep sometimes feels so short. Keep exploring at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu. 

  • Episode 12: Meet a Plant Doctor | Pumpkins

    Oct 19 2021

    Hello young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you are anything like me, you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. Today’s special guest is someone who is really curious about plants and why they get sick—yes, you heard that right, plants can get sick, too.  We'll also investigate some questions about pumpkins along the way. As always, kids can submit a question for a chance to be featured on a future episode at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu/ask

  • Episode 11: Meet a Planetary Scientist | Mountains

    Sep 30 2021

    On this episode, we meet with Julie Menard, a planetary scientist and geoscience education professional from Washington State University. Plus, we investigate a big kid question about how mountains form. Featured Music: "Geology Rocks" by Mikey the Rad Scientist 

  • Episode 10: Ice Cream, Berries, Learning Hard Stuff

    Jul 29 2021

    Welcome back, young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you’re anything like me you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. On this episode, we’ll investigate great questions from young scientists like, Why does ice cream melt? Why are some berries poisonous? And how do we learn things that are really, really hard?   A big thanks to the scientists at Washington State University and our kid narrator from Regional Theatre of the Palouse. Ask a question at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu/ask

  • Episode 9: Handedness, Weighing Planets, Worms

    Jun 15 2021

    Welcome back, young scientists. Have you ever wondered why most people are right-handed? How we learned to weigh a whole planet? How worms help the soil?  Join Dr. Universe and Washington State University researchers as we investigate these great kid questions. Submit a question of your own at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu

  • Episode 8: Toothpaste, Sunburns, Saturn's Rings

    Apr 30 2021

    Welcome back, young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you’re anything like me you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. On this episode, we investigate questions about toothpaste, sunburns, and Saturn. A big thanks to our kid narrator from Regional Theatre of the Palouse and to the scientists at Washington State University. 

  • Episode 7: Bird Migration, Touch Screens, Goosebumps

    Mar 25 2021

    Welcome back, young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you’re anything like me you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. On this episode, we are talking birds, touch screen technology, and goosebumps. A big thanks to our narrator Natalie from Regional Theatre of the Palouse and to WSU researchers Heather Watts, Praveen Sekhar and Ryan Driskell for helping with the science on this episode. Kids can submit a question of their own for a chance to be featured at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu/ask

  • Episode 6: Flying Squirrels, Curious Pets, Frosty Patterns, Stinky Cheeses

    Feb 23 2021

    On this episode, we'll explore questions about flying squirrels, our curious pets, frost, and stinky cheese. A big thanks to our kid narrator from Regional Theater of the Palouse. Thanks to everyone who helped with the science on this episode: Todd Wilson, Dr. Jessica Bell, Kai Carter, and Minto Michael.Submit a science question at askDrUniverse.wsu.edu/ask for a chance to be featured on a future episode. 

  • Episode 5: Seasons, Black Holes, Ponds, Shadows

    Jan 27 2021

    Welcome back, young scientists. On this episode, our questions take us to outer space the bottom of the pond and into the fascinating world of light and shadows. A big thanks to our kid narrator from Regional Theatre of the Palouse. Thanks to our friends at Washington State University for helping with the science: Vivienne Baldassare, Sukanta Bose, Joan Wu and Anya Rasmussen.  And thanks to you for listening. If you enjoy the podcast, leave a review for Dr. Universe on your favorite podcast app....more

  • Episode 4: Mushroom Rings, Apple Cider, Tree Sap, Glass Colors, Lost Connections

    Dec 23 2020

    Hello young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you are anything like me, you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. On this episode, we will investigate questions about why mushrooms grow in rings, how to make apple cider, the art of stained glass, why trees have sap, and finally, investigate why the internet goes down.  Thanks to our friends  Washington State University who helped with the answers: David Wheeler, Bri Valliere, Nadia Valverdi, Dustin Regul, and Dingwen Tao. And a big tha...more

  • Episode 3: Knuckle-Walking Apes, Yawning Tears, Best Exercises, A Pandemic Mystery

    Nov 24 2020

    Have you ever wondered why apes walk on their knuckles? Why we make tears when we yawn? Why and how exercise helps our bodies? What's the best exercise? (5:17) How the COVID-19 pandemic started? On this episode, we’ll dig into these great kid science questions with help from researchers at Washington State University. Thanks to Parker for helping read the questions on this episode. If you would like to help read questions on a future episode send an e-mail to Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.Thanks to W...more

  • Episode 2: Ants, Face Masks, Pins and Needles, Gummies, Spider Webs

    Oct 21 2020

    Have you ever wondered why ants build hills? Why face masks are effective? Why we sometimes get that pins and needles feeling when we sit too long? How gummies are made? Why spiders hang upside down in their webs? On this episode, we’ll dig into these great kid science questions with help from researchers at Washington State University. Thanks to Asher and Natalie for helping read the questions on this episode. If you would like to help read questions on a future episode send an e-mail to Dr.Uni...more

  • Episode 1: Coins, Robots, Bees, Food, Dogs, Microbes

    Sep 09 2020

    Hello, young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you’re anything like me, you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. On this episode, we’ll talk with researchers at Washington State University about how coins are made, robot languages, bee wings, how food gives us energy, if dogs can tell time, and explore a tiny world of microbes.  A big thanks to our friends Natalie and Sierra who helped read the questions on this episode. Thank you to Elizabeth Reilly Gurocak, Manoj Karkee, Melanie Kir...more