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Ear Snacks Podcast for Kids

Andrew & Polly mashup jokes, songs and interviews with experts in an award-winning podcast that The New York Times calls "packed with earworms and made with heart" and Common Sense Media rates as one of the best podcasts for kids. Explore the absurdity and wonder of everyday life in this lovable podcast where kids learn about music, art, science and culture - one topic at a time. Best for kids aged 2-7 and anyone young at heart.


  • Gut Friends with Charlie Mgee (Formidable Vegetable)

    Mar 15 2023

    Are you human?Meet the 90 trillion non-human friends that each one of us carries around every day (plus a couple of goats) with one of our new music friends from down under, Formidable Vegetable's Charlie Mgee. Charlie's music and ideas take us on a journey to consider our relationship to the environment and think about how to be a good friend to the whole world.100 trillion thanks to Charlie Mgee for popping back on the grid to speak with us and sharing 3 songs from their most recent album "Gar...more

  • You Are Not Alone with Alphabet Rockers

    Feb 15 2023

    GRAMMY-Award-Winning Artists, Alphabet Rockers, join us in a heart-centering conversation about feeling alone. Along with friends Harlow, Alex, Miles, Maya, Jacob & Isabel we think a more about friendship and the vocabulary around sharing and noticing alone feelings.Many many thanks to Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd of Alphabet Rockers. On this episode you heard two of their songs - "You are Not Alone" which is a song AND NOW A BOOK! Their song "Get You a Friend" is on their new GRAMMY-Awa...more

  • 2023 GRAMMY Awards for Kids: Know Your Noms!

    Jan 26 2023

    Get to know some of the family music artists nominated for a 2023 GRAMMY Award for Best Children’s Album: Divinity Roxx from NYC (@diviroxx and @diviroxxkids) plays bass for Beyoncé, writes children’s books, and loves mini-kayaking adventures. She shared “Be Yourself” from her GRAMMY-nominated album “Ready, Set, Go!” Justin Roberts from Evanston, IL (@justiroberts) plays pinball, complex faming-based board games, writes children’s books illustrated by Christian Robinson, and advocates for musi...more

  • Making Friends by Singing with Helena Ku Rhee

    Jan 11 2023

    Who are your friends? How do people become friends? Can *we* be friends? On this episode of Ear Snacks, Andrew & Polly and their friends contemplate the nature of friendship. We also squawk on our parrot phone to call children’s author Helena Ku Rhee (The Paper Kingdom) about her experience making friends as she grew up in a multilingual apartment complex in Los Angeles, the basis of her 2022 picture book Rosa’s Song illustrated by Pascal Campion.Many thanks to our friends Harlow, Elijah, Ma...more

  • Happy Warm and Wishy Holidays

    Dec 14 2022

    Andrew & Polly think about how to stay warm in the winter with some of our favorite family holiday tunes. For more great episodes on the holidays, check out these episodes about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, our most favoritest family holiday music playlist and lights in the ocean! Thanks to Sara Louise Callaway from The Music Box and the one and only Mista Cookie Jar. Thanks to Arlo, Molly, Poppy, Opal, Sam, and Thiri (and their parents) for sharing what they know about lights and how their families u...more

  • What do you do when something breaks?

    Nov 09 2022

    Some things crack by design - like eggs! But it can be really surprising for kids when something breaks, especially if that thing can't be repaired. In this episode, we think about what to do about the unpredictable. Everett (from South Africa), Henry & Saul, Jackson & Beanie and Ainsley tell Andrew & Polly about things that break. Elizabeth Cochran (aka Dr. Earthquakes!) from the USGS talks earthquake science (aka seismology) & L.A. Everett shares about how he cracked the bones ...more

  • What are you going to be for Halloween?

    Oct 12 2022

    Andrew & Polly receive an urgent voice message from their friends Kevin & Louise. We learned A LOT about disguises from marine biologist Rebecca Johnson from the California Academy of Sciences and voice actor and composer Greg Chun. Thanks to our pals Sadie A, Sadie E, Grey, Georgia, Zoey, Gavin, Gavin, Devorah, Elliot, Ainsley, Tanner, Luke & Ace for making Ear Snacks so delicious!Ear Snacks is a free interactive experience centered around children’s voices & ideas. To support t...more

  • The Steps to Making Great Art with John Baldessari

    Sep 07 2022

    Andrew & Polly and their friends think about STEPS - the kinds you take with your feet, like when you go on a walk with mom, or when you have an idea for a sandwich, paper airplane - or amazing art project. We interview an alien, our friends, and art legend John Baldessari who died in January, 2020 at the age of 88.Many thanks to Malcolm, Jonas, Milena, Sady, Ella, and to Patrick Pardo for arranging our interview with Mr. Baldessari. You can learn more about John Baldessari at

  • A Visit to the Dentist

    Aug 17 2022

    It's important to keep your teeth healthy! Andrew & Polly learn what to expect when visiting the dentist and get some official teeth info from one of the friendliest pediatric dentists around, Dr. Jessie Schwarz. Plus, a song about a Saw & Zipper (who both have teeth).

  • Bubbles! (It's ephemeral, kid.)

    Aug 03 2022

    Pop! Welcome to a very floaty episode of Ear Snacks in which Andrew & Polly (literally) get into bubbles. Come ponder the nature of glistening spheres, learn the science of surface tension and explore the wonders of Bubble Planet at Kidspace Children’s Museum, and wax poetic about the joy of sharing bubbles with our effortlessly effervescent pal, Mista Cookie Jar -- who helps us make a brand new song, “Like a Bubble!"Thanks to Kaya, Kali, Kieran, Vada & Shai (who made some bubble art for...more

  • Is it going to rain?

    Jul 13 2022

    Forget weather apps -- by looking and listening outside, how can you tell if it's going to rain? Perfect for staring out of car windows or finding a cozy space to draw, Andrew & Polly ask their friends from New Zealand to Arkansas all about the weather where they live.We learn about how the water cycle works by imagining ourselves as rain drops with Carie Fallwell from the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa, Florida. We compose a storm of voices by sampling our incredible audience. We think a...more

  • What should we pack? (Camping with kids + helping refugee families with Miry's List)

    Jun 22 2022

    Kevin & Louise Giraffe attempt to pack for a camping trip while Andrew & Polly ask kids what they know about tents. Miry's List founder Miry Whitehill helps kids and families imagine what makes a home feel safe and cozy and helps us think about ways we can welcome refugee families resettling in our neighborhoods.We're figuring out what to pack for our July mini-tour in Colorado! Visit to find out more or reach out to us directly -- we'd love to connect with you IRL! To...more

  • Celebrating Juneteenth!

    Jun 08 2022

    In this episode of Ear Snacks we celebrate Juneteenth by sharing songs from "All One Tribe," a compilation celebrating the rich culture and diversity that Black voices bring to family music.All One Tribe / Juneteenth Mixtape For All by The Wise Channel Family Reunion by Fyütch (feat. Divinity Roxx) I Believe by Shine & the Moonbeams Clap Your Hands by The Magic Jones Shine (Melanin Remix) by Alphabet Rockers Nothing Wrong With The Black Crayon by DJ Willy Wow! |  We All Live by Melani...more

  • Here's one thing you'll need for summer travel!

    May 25 2022

    What is a hat!?!? Andrew & Polly are determined to find out.Thanks for listening! Ear Snacks is centered around children’s voices & ideas. To support the work we’re doing or to be on the show, visit or become a supporter on Patreon.Need more snacks? Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok!Thanks to NOVO for supporting Ear Snacks. Go to and get your FREE business banking account

  • Time Travel Experiments with Letter Writing!

    May 11 2022

    H-E-L-L-O! What's a letter? How old is the invention of type? How does a ballpoint pen work? Andrew & Polly investigate. Ana Gomez-Bernaus explains the art of typography and designing your own letters, and The Pen Addict's Brad Dowdy muses on drawing miniature cities and writing letters to baseball players to get their autographs.We first published this episode in 2017 with an incorrect mention that Gutenberg's printing press was the first development in moveable type in 1400. The episode yo...more

  • Back on Stage this Weekend - Gotta Get Ready!

    Apr 21 2022

    We are so excited to be back on stage this weekend at the LA Times Festival of Books *and* the grand opening of CAMP West LA! But first we have to get ready. What do *you* do to get ready before you leave home? Hint hint - this episode, full of fun-facts all about teeth, will give you a clue!Join us this weekend in LA! We'll be emceeing the kids stage at the LATimes Festival of Books on Saturday and Sunday 4/23 & 4/24, introducing some of your favorite authors, some friends and even some leg...more

  • Seeds & Ideas: How do they grow?

    Apr 06 2022

    What does a seed need to grow? A kid? An idea? Andrew & Polly ask many different people about growing many different things.How does bird poop bring the world together? With peppers, of course! Uncle Fred tells us about germination, the first World's Hottest Pepper (Bhut Jolokia), and... BIRD POOP. If you aren't a dragon and like spicy stuff, you can check out the Sparkling River Pepper Company's smoke dried peppers, sauces and spice blends at sparking-river.comOur neighbor Miriam takes us t...more

  • What's a Prank?

    Mar 30 2022

    What's a prank? What makes a *good* prank? And how do you know when you're over The Line?Andrew & his kids contemplate the nature of surprises, the intention behind jokes, and scheme up some wholesome pranks on their walk to school.Thanks to musical guests Story Pirates for their song “Cat Sit on You” & New Zealand’s Captain Fectus McBoyle for his new single “Just Breathe” – and “Mom’s Name” by us and the hilarious and gregarious Mike Phirman (performing a rare live show in Colorado this...more

  • Our World is a Family with Miry Whitehill & Jennifer Jackson

    Mar 16 2022

    When we see someone new in our neighborhood, how can we make them feel safe and loved and important?We visit again with Miry’s List founder Miry Whitehill and co-author Jennifer Jackson about their new book Our World is a Family. We learn new words of welcome, think about ways to talk to children about migration and refugees, and even inspire Louise Giraffe to undertake a creative welcoming project. With so much in the news about war and migration, this episode and amazing book can be a resource...more

  • Fan Faves: Pajamas & The Incredible Edible Bed with Mindy Thomas from Wow in the World!

    Mar 02 2022

    Do you wish you could wake up on a bed of delicious toast? Do restaurants in your neighborhood sound like song lyrics? Our friend Katara from Brooklyn, NY, shares two ways our episode about Pajamas (with Wow in the World’s Mindy Thomas!) connects with her life. Let’s get cozy!In Pajamas II, we explore: Pajama Day! The Science of Sleep (why our bodies need rest) The idea of the “Sleepunder” (instead of sleepover) Trippy Dreams How different families say goodnight Thanks to Shopify for supporting ...more

  • Fan Faves: Bad Guys!

    Feb 16 2022

    Our friend Monk from Oakland, CA loves when Andrew tries to scare Polly in our episode about Bad Guys! So we’re replaying it here – play along with us!We explore: What are the parts of a story? How can you play “bad guys” and keep everyone safe? How to sound “like a bad guy” with voice actress Morla Gorondona! To Play or Not To Play: Making Agreements! Wondering why we don't have any pretend jails in this episode (or our house)? Check out and donate to the non-profit The Sentencing Project. Bla...more

  • Fan Faves: Fruit!

    Feb 02 2022

    If you haven’t heard the very first episode of Ear Snacks, our friend Maeve from Madison, WI super-duper loves it. So she's sharing about it here – AND we're talking about one of Polly’s favorite fruit books: Grapefruit by Yoko Ono.In this episode, you'll hear Polly read: PAINTING FOR THE WIND (1961, summer) PAINTING TO SEE THE ROOM (1961, autumn) PAINTING TO ENLARGE AND SEE (1961, summer) TUNAFISH SANDWICH PIECE (1964, spring) So - what's your kiddo's favorite episode of Ear Snacks? We'd love t...more

  • Smaller than Small: The Discovery of Quarks with Dr. Martin Breidenbach

    Jan 19 2022

    What is the smallest thing you can think of? What’s smaller than that? For World Quark Day, experimental physicist Dr. Martin Breidenbach takes Andrew & Polly on a trip through the 70’s into subatomic space to recount his use of a gigantic device to discover how small the universe can get. Innovations such as radiation oncology and the World Wide Web can trace their origins to the pioneering experiments of physicists like Marty asking the same questions we ask on Ear Snacks – What’s that mad...more

  • Play this Great Grammy-Nominated Music for Kids!

    Jan 05 2022

    New Year, New Tunes! Feast your ears on 5 delicious tracks representing the work of 30+ incredible family music artists nominated for Best Children’s Album in the 64th GRAMMY Awards! Ven Conmigo a Jugar from Actívate by 123 Andrés feat. Juan Miguel and YoelKeys Rainbow from A Colorful World by Falu Another Day from Crayon Kids by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band Family Reunion from All One Tribe by Fyütch feat. Divinity Roxx Attitude of Gratitude from Black to the Future by Pierce Fre...more

  • How Marine Animals Communicate with Lights

    Dec 22 2021

    An interview with a mermaid scientist!!! This episode of Ear Snacks features the bright light of science communicator and mermaid, Danni Washington. Check out her amazing book, Bold Women in Science, and her podcast for kids, Genius Generation.Thanks again to our friends Arlo, Molly, Poppy, Opal, Sam, and Thiri (and their parents) for sharing what they know about lights! And thank you to all our listeners for your beautiful inner lights and for using them to help others see something new.Please ...more

  • Light Up Your Holidays with this Holiday Mixtape!

    Dec 16 2021

    Happy Happy Holidays! Let these completely original family-music tunes light up your holidays and upcoming home days. Thanks to these incredibly talented and generous musicians who fill our ears and hearts all year long - a great way to support their work is by sharing their music, adding their songs to your playlists and following them on social media! Happy Happy Holidays by Aaron Nigel Smith All I Want for Christmas is Used by Formidable Vegetable Coniferous Trees by Molly Ledford & Bil...more

  • Songs of Light + Celebrating Kwanzaa with Fyütch!

    Dec 09 2021

    What do the bright lights of Time Square, the dancing lights of Nashville’s Opryland Hotel, and the seven candles of Kwanzaa have in common? Ask social justice artist Fyütch! This episode of Ear Snacks features Fyütch’s love of various lights, his family’s new tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa, and his song This Kwanzaa (feat. Pierce Freelon) from his album Family Tree (Songs about Black history, culture & love). We encourage families to do the work of learning about Kwanzaa and talking about...more

  • Fireflies, Glow-sticks & The Lights of Hanukkah

    Nov 25 2021

    Sundown, lights up! Andrew & Polly ask their friends about sources of illumination, human-made and natural. Lori Hoch Stiefel from PJ Library shares her Hanukkah story and we begin to wonder...why do candlelight and winter celebrations go hand-in-hand? Thanks to Arlo, Molly, Poppy, Opal, Sam, and Thiri (and their parents) for sharing what they know about lights and how their families use lights to celebrate. As the nights get longer, we’ll dive deeper into how lights work, bioluminescence, a...more

  • 24,000 Keys: The Music of "Vivo" from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sony Pictures Animation + the art of Paul Ramirez Jonas

    Nov 19 2021

    Kevin & Louise Giraffe continue cracking gate codes, Andrew & Polly think more about why things are locked, and two special guests share about 24,001 special keys!Martina Castro (Adonde Media founder and host of The Vivo Songbook, the podcast about that awesome Lin-Mauel Miranda / Sony Pictures Animation movie) shares what she learned from Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan de Marcos about the key to Cuban music -- la Clave! Renowned sculptor and social practice artist Paul Ramirez Jonas ope...more

  • Keys: Unlocking What Makes Us Who We Are

    Nov 11 2021

    Andrew & Polly explore keys -- the jingly kind and the genetic. Meanwhile, sneaky gift-giving giraffes Kevin & Louise have to crack Andrew & Polly’s new gate code to deliver some leftover Halloween candy.Our friend Jack shares about his brother’s very unique chromosomes and how he thinks genetic codes and kindness go together. And we get another house call from pediatric surgeon Dr. Willie Moses who explains more of the science behind genetic codes and how learning to focus as a choi...more

  • When Kids Have to Get Shots - For Parents & Caregivers

    Nov 08 2021

    Andrew & Polly have a frank conversation for parents about getting kids ready for the COVID-19 vaccine as well as routine pediatric vaccinations. We share some interesting stuff that didn't make the episode for kids, why Polly doesn't like to use the word "shots," our own parenting practice around pediatric vaccination appointments and the extended interview with Child Life Specialist Rose Tandeta with tips and tricks for making these appointments go as smoothly as possible.This is a compani...more

  • Getting Kids Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine

    Nov 04 2021

    In this special episode of Ear Snacks, Andrew & Polly explore what kids know (and don’t know) about the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine now available in the U.S. for children age 5-11. We prepare for the experience of getting a shot with Child Life Specialist Rose Tandeta (UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland) and explain how an mRNA vaccine works by sharing a hilarious pie analogy from Laurel Bristow (​​MSc, Control of Infectious Diseases).Here at Ear Snacks we love learning and sharing, and...more

  • Mustaches!

    Oct 27 2021

    Handlebar. Caterpillar. Pencil. Walrus. Andrew & Polly ponder the preponderance of upper-lip hair style choices and wonder -- can only men like Tom Selleck and Ron Swanson grow mustaches? Why aren't eyebrows called eye mustaches? Sally Rubin shares about her mustache and her film Mama Has a Mustache that encourages families to talk openly and listen curiously to what kids have to say about gender identity.We mustache you to consider supporting the work we do at -- subsc...more

  • Tissues: How to Sneeze and Cellular Lego Kits

    Oct 13 2021

    Andrew & Polly investigate the science of sneezing, how tissues are made, how the amazing human body protects itself, and how we can all protect each other when we...ah...ah...achoo!Thanks to Wow in the World’s Mindy Thomas for playing “Should I Pick It?” and communicating so much gooey science from her New York Times best-selling book The How and The Wow of the Human Body. And thanks to pediatric surgeon Dr. Willie Moses from UCSF for using his imaginary laparoscope to reveal the secrets of...more

  • Raisins: Are They Great or Gross?

    Sep 24 2021

    Andrew knows two people who have a real problem with raisins: Polly and visitor-from-the-Sun Gustafer Yellowgold. Musician/cartoonist Morgan Taylor was kind enough to facilitate this summit of Earthlings and Sunlings in our continuing series about what Treats are (and aren’t.)You can find all of Morgan’s multimedia Gustafer chronicling at or listen to his latest audiobook A Cooler World on Audible.Thanks to Morgan, Gustafer, Slim the eel and Stephanie Meyers the publicist ...more

  • Great Music for Kids: A Playlist of Our Favorite New Awesome Songs!

    Sep 10 2021

    We are so excited to share these new tunes with you! Join us for the best day ever in our backyard with words of kindness, barbecue, vaccinated grandma's, lessons on money, friendship, unique and amazing people, bubbles & joy and a sweet look at the night sky. This episode features the following songs: Best Day Ever - SaulPaul Please Excuse Me Thank You - Ziggy Marley (feat. Alanis Morrisette) There’s a Party in My Backyard - DJ Willy Wow The Moon & the Stars & Me - The Bright Side...more

  • Treats: What's the best treat of all time?

    Sep 03 2021

    What makes a treat a treat? Andrew & Polly ask kids on 3 continents, neighbor and food scientist Sara Yang, and treat-inspired multimedia Minnesotans Bryan and Neil of Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Andrew also unveils the Treat Song 3000 and, deliciousness ensues!Thank you to Elias, Bodhin, JoJo, Madelynn, and Monk for treating us to your thoughts on treats. Thanks to Sara Yang for helping us think about sensory science as it relates to food and for giving us a nose-pinching jelly bean taste-testing ex...more

  • Tents: Everyone Needs Shelter (Talking to Kids about Refugees)

    Aug 20 2021

    If two giraffes went camping, what would they bring? While Kevin & Louise try to figure out what they need to bring on their camping trip, Miry from Miry’s List helps Andrew & Polly meditate on the sounds and smells of home, and offers ideas about how we can help families seeking refuge in our communities feel at home.Thanks to our friends Sabo, Reuben, Tess, Fritz, Kalin & Millie who asked to be on the show by having a grownup visit A special shoutout to our newest Pa...more

  • Making Soap + Thought Bubbles!

    Aug 04 2021

    Explore the science & joy of soap making with Claudia Zanes, a wonderful family musician and soap maker! Then take a deep breath with authors Mags DeRoma & Christine Peck whose book “Too Many Bubbles” helps kids navigate the anxiety of grumpy thoughts that won’t go away. Andrew practices Polly’s game of turning thought bubbles into word bubbles! (Golly, that does take practice!)Check out Dan + Claudia Zanes’ newest single Reparations is a Must, Claudia's handmade CLEO Soaps as well as th...more

  • Bubbles: The Science Inside Those Floaty Poppy Sudsy Happy Spheres!

    Jul 28 2021

    Pop! Welcome to a very floaty episode of Ear Snacks in which Andrew & Polly (literally) get into bubbles. Come ponder the nature of glistening spheres, learn the science of surface tension and explore the wonders of Bubble Planet at Kidspace Children’s Museum, and wax poetic about the joy of sharing bubbles with our effortlessly effervescent pal, Mista Cookie Jar -- who helps us make a brand new song, “Like a Bubble!"Thanks to Kaya, Kali, Kieran, Vada & Shai (who made some bubble art for...more

  • Jars: What Do You Keep in a Jar? Jam? Pickles? Jelly Beans?

    Jul 08 2021

    We talk to Andrew’s mom about making blueberry jam, Amy Dickens from Salt + Sage Catering about keeping foods separate and pickling turnips. Plus, we count all the jelly beans in Polly’s giant jar of jelly beans and reveal the four closest guessers!What are *you* up to with jars this summer? We want to see your jar projects! If you need some ideas, check out these fun links - and share them with us on on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok.Thanks to Anika, Aarys, Rala, and Liv (who made the a...more

  • Jars: are they the perfect containers or what!?!

    Jun 30 2021

    Salt and Sage's Amy Dickens -- who has at least 110 jars -- talks about sharing food and jar mishaps. Plus, food science and scaring away micropes with Harry Rosenblum and Hannah Fordin from the Time for Lunch podcast. And we start a jar band. Obviously.Can you guess how many jellybeans are in Polly’s giant 1-gallon jar? Give it a try! Comment with your kiddo's guess by following us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok.Thanks to Anika, Liv Rala, and Aarys (who made the art for this episode...more

  • Great Music for Kids: All One Tribe - Juneteenth Mixtape

    Jun 18 2021

    In this brand new episode of Ear Snacks, we share songs from "All One Tribe," a compilation celebrating the rich culture and diversity that Black voices bring to family music. We also discuss the meaning of Juneteenth, the years between the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in Texas, and how recognizing this holiday can help make the United States a better place for all.All One Tribe / Juneteenth Mixtape For All by The Wise Channel Family Reunion by Fyütch (feat. Divinity Roxx) ...more

  • For Parents: On Children & Advertising and How Kids Listen to Podcasts

    Jun 11 2021

    We are excited to announce that Season 3 is on its way, and with it a new format! In this episode *for parents* we discuss advertising on kids podcasts, data on kids listening habits from the non-profit organization Kids Listen, express heartfelt appreciation for our audience and announce upcoming Patreon requests. To kick things off, we could really use your help to better understand our audience! Please share some anonymous information with us by taking this three-minute survey:

  • Trailer: What even is Ear Snacks?

    Jun 10 2021

    Whether you're brand new to Ear Snacks or an old friend of the show, here's a treat for your ears! What happens on Ear Snacks? Kids and grownups share what they know and are curious about what they don't know… yet. You might sing, giggle or want a hug. If you'd like to be on the show or to find out more, visit earsnacks.orgEar Snacks is a free interactive experience centered around children’s voices & ideas. To support the work we’re doing for your kids (and all kids), become a supporter on ...more

  • Great Music for Kids: Family Music Forward Mixtape

    Feb 09 2021

    This year's Grammy-nominees for Best Children's Album are all artists who are white, but young ears can and should hear a rainbow of identities represented in music. Black and brown children deserve access to music that welcomes, reflects, and celebrates them. In this special episode of Ear Snacks, Andrew & Polly celebrate diverse voices in family music and highlight the work of Family Music Forward, an organization dedicated to equity and racial justice in children's music.

  • For Parents: Anti-Racist Parenting with Alphabet Rockers

    Nov 01 2020

    How can we practice anti-racism as a family? We feel a special responsibility to address this topic thoughtfully with you and your children beginning with this episode of Ear Snacks for Parents. In conversation with Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd of Alphabet Rockers, we think aloud about advocacy, parenting, and so much more - including their anti-racist course for families: We Got Work to Do. Please check out their amazing work at and thanks for listening!

  • Celebrating Halloween with Spooky Sounds, Music & Jokes!

    Oct 19 2020

    Halloween can be fun and full of surprises, but it can also be a bit scary for young kids. Join Andrew & Polly for an exploration of spooky musical sounds, jokes and songs to help make the best of the season's BOO's (and keep them from becoming boo-hoo's)! Parents, educators and caregivers may also want to check out this great article from the ADL to prepare for an inclusive and safe-feeling holiday. Subscribe to Ear Snacks on your mobile device, Apple Podcasts or Spotify! To be on the show ...more

  • Little Bitta Joy

    Mar 20 2020

    You know what we did at our house this week? We had a dance party. We turned on some of our favorite music and we jumped around our house, all together. And we smiled. So this week on Ear Snacks we want to play some moments and music from the show that might bring a smile to your face. Today is different than yesterday. And tomorrow is going to be different than today. But we wanted to let you know that we're here today, and we know you are too.Ear Snacks is a free interactive experience centere...more

  • The Notorious RBG

    Mar 15 2020

    Dissenters everywhere! Join us in wishing Ruth Bader Ginsburg a very happy 87th birthday! Andrew & Polly find some exceptionally aware kids to go on at length about the Supreme Court and it’s most Notorious justice, along with a new single from the Joanie Leeds joint All the Ladies entitled (you guessed it) “RBG” To find out more or to be on the show, visit www.earsnacks.orgEar Snacks is a free interactive experience centered around children’s voices & ideas. To support the work we’re do...more

  • Pi + Pie with America's Test Kitchen Kids

    Mar 13 2020

    WHAT IS PIE? What about pi? Can I have 3.1415 pieces, please? Pre-heat your International Pi Day festivities! Andrew & Polly get granular with Molly Birnbaum from America’s Test Kitchen Kids who does all kinds of fascinating kitchen experiments and games on her new kids podcast, Mystery Recipe. Find more at and — we hope family time can be filled with fun and learning and good food as we weather social distancing together!

  • The U.S. Census (it's a party, and you're invited!)

    Feb 28 2020

    What's a census? Andrew & Polly dig in with special guests Vicki Glazer from the U.S. Census Bureau and Emily McMillan with the Statistics in Schools program that's hitting classrooms across America next week. Next month, everyone will get a postcard in the mail -- it's your invitation to the party that is the next decade of America...RSVP so they bring enough forks! Visit to help your school support democracy!

  • Musical Time - It's called Tempo!

    Feb 06 2020

    Come play around with the speed of music! This episode is designed for kids to experiment with the playback speed function on most podcast players, inviting them to adjust the speed of the our music & conversation from 1x to 2x to 1/2x. We introduce the basics of musical tempo, figure out how to tap along to Parry Gripp’s pleasantly danceable 136 bpm tune Pancake Robot, and wonder why super-slow-moving things always find themselves in a molasses analogy. Find out more at

  • Time: How Time Feels with Story Pirates & The Pop Ups

    Jan 30 2020

    Do you want 5 more minutes? In our third episode about clocks, Andrew & Polly ask kids how rushing and waiting feel different, challenge Jason Rabinowitz of The Pop Ups to a clock scavenger hunt around Brooklyn, and spin some yarns with Story Pirates co-founder Lee Overtree about how time feels when you're in a story. Thanks to Gimlete Media, The Story Piates, and The Pop Ups for sharing their rad music and ideas. To find out more, visit: www.earsnacks....more

  • Grammy Nominated Kids' Music: Alphabet Rockers (62nd Grammy Awards)

    Jan 18 2020

    Alphabet Rockers make music to make change. Their 2nd Grammy-nominated album "The Love" addresses issues of identity, world news, and politics — the conversation and music you’re about to hear will include those topics. Thanks to Alphabet Rockers for sharing their music and ideas with your family. You can find more about their podcast So Get Me, The Butterfly Effect at

  • For Parents: The Benefits of Music Therapy (62nd Grammy Award Winner John Samson)

    Jan 16 2020

    In this special episode designed for parents (though PG for kids), Andrew & Polly discuss Jon Samson’s music therapy practice, the therapeutic benefits of musical improvisation, and how we as parents can approach creating a supportive mental health environment for our kids. Thanks to Jon for sharing his intricately crafted and emotive music with us. You can find more about his music therapy practice and more of his music at or on his YouTube channel - share music, support...more

  • Grammy Nominated Kids' Music: The Okee Dokee Brothers (62nd Grammy Awards)

    Jan 16 2020

    The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! We’re delighted to share this series of 5 Ear Snacks mini-episodes featuring each of the 5 Grammy-nominated artists for Best Children’s Album. Brrrr! Andrew & Polly brave the frigid Santa Monica winter to hear from Joe Mallander of family folk duo The OKee Dokee Brothers about the art of coziness and their fourth Grammy-nominated album “Winterland” Find more at and

  • Grammy Nominated Kids' Music: Daniel Tashian (62nd Grammy Awards)

    Jan 14 2020

    The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! Andrew & Polly spend a rainy day getting to know Tigerlily, Tilda, Tinkerbell, and Nashville-based singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Daniel Tashian. Daniel and his daughters wax poetic about pistachio ice cream, working with Kacey Musgraves, and share some lovely songs off his Grammy-nominated album “I Love Rainy Days” You can find more about Daniel and his music at - share music, support musicians!

  • Grammy Nominated Kids' Music: Caspar Babypants (62nd Grammy Awards)

    Jan 13 2020

    The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! Andrew & Polly attend a deliciously eclectic picnic hosted by Caspar Babypants! Caspar feeds us millions of peaches, introduces us to some bodacious bugs, and plays some rad tunes off his Grammy-nominated album “Flying High!” Thanks to Chris Ballew for taking the time to goof around with us and let us share his music with your family. You can find Chris’ art on Instagram and more about Caspar at - share music, support musici...more

  • How & Why Do We Tell Time?

    Jan 08 2020

    Clock field trip! Three intrepid Ear Snacks foreign correspondents bring us to jolly old England to find out what makes clocks tick! Eilis has tea in John Kendall’s Number Four clock repair shop. Andrew’s parents visit Johnny Flower, a regulator clock expert who lives in a house full of clocks. And Eliza pokes around the oldest collection of clocks and watches in the world in the Clockmakers’ Museum. And HEY - please fill out the Kids Listen Survey!

  • Clocks: An Epic Exploration of Timekeeping

    Dec 12 2019

    What is a clock? How long is a minute? Are all clocks and all minutes the same? In the first episode of our epic exploration of timekeeping, Andrew & Polly examine Reggio Emilia-educator Maria/Julita’s oddly shaped Salvador Dali-designed watch. Thanks to Matteo, Malcolm, Cadence, Adelyn, Keira, and Izzy (and their parents!) for taking the time to think about where we keep time, how we keep time, what has happened - and what might.

  • Our Family Doesn't Do Sleepovers

    Nov 01 2019

    Our special coverage of Pajamas continues! We ask our friends Gavin, Zoey, Luke, Lucy, Alexander, Sara Chana, Temima, Miriam, and Yitzy Zev about getting good rest for your mind and body, bedtime routines and we sing a song about our favorite pajamas. Special guest Mindy Thomas from Wow in the World and SiriusXM Kids Place Live shares about how her family does "sleep-unders" instead of sleepovers, her invention "The Incredible Edible Bread Bed," and how important it is to share your dreams.

  • Happy Halloween! Disguises [Encore]

    Oct 18 2019

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Andrew & Polly receive an urgent voice message from their friends Kevin & Louise. We learned A LOT about disguises from marine biologist Rebecca Johnson from the California Academy of Sciences and voice actor and composer Greg Chun. Thanks to our pals Sadie A, Sadie E, Grey, Georgia, Zoey, Gavin, Gavin, Devorah, Elliot, Ainsley, Tanner, Luke & Ace for making Ear Snacks so delicious!

  • A New Album of Our Music: Go for the Moon

    Sep 27 2019

    Our brand new album, “Go for the Moon” is here!!! Listen on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, our shop & CDBaby - all the places! You can even listen to some of it in a special episode of Ear Snacks, hosted by some (not-so-random) giraffes. We’re super excited about these songs and we hope you are too. We’re so excited, in fact, that we are giving away some Moon Swag! Head over to to find out more

  • Lullabies Musicians Sing

    Sep 14 2019

    This month on Ear Snacks, we're talking about Pajamas and everything that comes with them. Rest, snuggles and coziness - and lullabies! Our awesome music pals Lucy Kalantari, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Christopher Tin, Tatiana DeMaria, Kaitlin McGaw share the sweet, soft and special songs they sing to their loved ones - and yours! This is a great episode for helping little ones in calming their bodies down and getting ready for rest.

  • Great Music for Kids: Summer Roadtrip Mixtape 2019

    Jul 24 2019

    There is just too much good music out there right now! We're back with a second installment of this summer's Ear Snacks Roadtrip Mixtape. Featuring music from us, Lucy Kalantari, Vered, Renee & Friends, Ants Ants Ants, Alina Celeste, Lucky Diaz , Dan Sacks of Noodleloaf and Elizabeth Mitchell & Suni Paz.

  • Road Trip Mixtape 2019!

    Jul 18 2019

    We're back to share some of our favorite music this summer in an all-new road-trip mixtape. Featuring songs from Walter Martin, Steven Steven, The Pop Ups, Mista Cookie Jar, Little Miss Ann, Michael Hearst, Saskia Lane, Alphabet Rockers, Story Pirates, Mike Phirman, Howie D - and two new tunes from us of our upcoming album, "Go for the Moon."

  • Coding for Kids & Decoding Bugs

    Mar 21 2019

    Fungus farming ants, digital bees, composting worms, metamorphic caterpillars -- how can these all be bugs? In this episode, Avery talks about bugs in computer code and how she built a pollination video game with a Raspberry Pi. Izaiah updates us about the worms in the compost pile on his farm. And our friends at Valle de Niños in San Francisco take us on a tour of the life cycle of caterpillars.

  • Celebrate International Pi Day on 3/14 with Some Pie!

    Mar 14 2019

    Happy International Pi Day! We talk Pi, Pie & Mud Pies with our pals. So get out there and get cooking!

  • Bug Science & The Bugg Family

    Mar 06 2019

    What’s a bug? Who are The Buggs? Can I be a Bugg? These are the hard-hitting questions Andrew & Polly ask in this exposé on all things buggy. Thanks to entomologist (Entimen-ologist?) Dr. Chris Wheeler for teaching us about moth pheromones and artist, photographer & vegan cookie fan Peter Bugg ( for introducing us to his awesome extended family!

  • President's Day, Hamilton & More, with our pal Lucy!

    Feb 19 2019

    Happy President's Day! School's out and our friend Lucy came by the studio to talk about stuff she knows - mostly Hamilton.

  • Best Kids Music from the 61st GRAMMY Awards!

    Jan 31 2019

    Andrew & Polly are thrilled to be joined by all five fabulous artists nominated for Best Children's Album in the 61st GRAMMY Awards.

  • A Visit to the Dentist to Learn How to Take Care of Teeth!

    Nov 19 2018

    It's important to keep your teeth healthy! Andrew & Polly learn what to expect when visiting the dentist and get some official teeth info from one of the friendliest pediatric dentists around, Dr. Jessie Schwarz. Plus, a song about a Saw & Zipper (who both have teeth).

  • When You Have a Loose a Tooth

    Nov 15 2018

    How many teeth do you have? Will you always have that number of teeth? Andrew & Polly ask Izzy, Ainsley, Desmond, Frankie, Jad & Kai about the teeth in their mouths and Frankie shares a song she wrote about her loose tooth.

  • The Lion's Whisker from Circle Round

    Oct 24 2018

    We are delighted to share an episode of WBUR's Circle Round called "The Lion's Whisker" about overcoming frustration and impatience with courage, understanding, and a little magic. Andrew & Polly and Cory the Crocodile encounter some frustration of their own. Blackish stars Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, and NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton voice this enchanting tale narrated by Rebecca Scheer produced by our Kids Listen colleague Jessica Alpert. To find out more, visit or earsna...more

  • Animal Teeth!

    Oct 17 2018

    Which animal has a tooth that comes out of its forehead and what does thinking like a beaver mean? Andrew & Polly call on podcast pals Chompers & Cool Facts About Animals as well as film pal Sarah Koenigsberg to learn about animal teeth.

  • Art Legend John Baldessari on The Steps in Making Art

    Sep 28 2018

    In which Andrew & Polly interview four kids, an alien, and art legend John Baldessari about the steps involved in making art, sandwiches, and paper airplanes. Many thanks to Malcolm, Jonas, Milena, Sady, Ella, and to Patrick Pardo for arranging our interview with Mr. Baldessari. You can learn more about John Baldessari at or at most modern art museums. All music in this episode was composed by Andrew & Polly. To find more about our music or how to be on this podcast, visit...more

  • What's a Muppet?

    Sep 24 2018

    Happy Birthday, Jim Henson! Our pals Zoey, Luke, Gavin & Izzy talk to us about the muppets. Why? Just because we like 'em.

  • How to Talk Like a Pirate!

    Sep 19 2018

    Learnnnnn ye how to talk like a pirate from arrrrrrr friends! Thanks to Heidi, Kieran, Lilah, Frankie, Liliana, Bodhin, Izzy & Nano and their parents for this thorrrrrough extra!

  • Episode 14: Steps

    Sep 13 2018

    Andrew & Polly and their friends think about STEPS - the kind your feet take, like when you go on a walk with mom... or when you get up and dance! Special guest Sarah Reich tells us all about tap dancing, the Tap Music Project and her awesome new album of collaborations, "New Change." To learn more about Sarah visit and or check out her Instagram @sourtaps. For more about Ear Snacks or to learn how to be on the show, visit

  • Gabes at McCabe's & "Hold Tight, Shine Bright"

    Sep 07 2018

    We're at McCabe's Guitar Shop with our band The Gabes at 10:30a this Sunday! Hope to sing with you soon! And if you have two ears and a heart, you should probably check out "Hold Tight, Shine Bright" - a 27-track compilation album of family songs to benefit families separated at the border. All proceeds from "Hold Tight, Shine Bright" go to RAICES Texas, an organization seeking to #reuniteeverychild

  • Roadtrip Mixtape

    Jun 27 2018

    01 Trail of Hearts by Underbirds 02 Lighten Your Load by The Okee Dokee Brothers 03 Sunshine Family by Mista Cookie Jar and Aaron Nigel Smith 04 Camp Songs by KB Whirly 05 Mr. Spaceman by Randy Kaplan 06 Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (and us!) 07 In Your Biz by Mike Phirman 08 City of Hills by Frances England 09 Hey, Hat by Andrew & Polly Find out more at

  • Episode 13: Seeds (II)

    Jun 08 2018

    Andrew & Polly ask many different people about growing many different things. How does bird poop bring the world together? With peppers, duh! And no one knows more about peppers than Uncle Fred. Our neighbor Miriam takes us to the Peace Garden at Peace4Kids in South Central Los Angeles. Links in show notes! Many thanks to Fred Gray, Miriam Cortez, Alex Zalder, Zaid Gayle, Amelia, Bennett, Charlie, Sam & Kalinga. If you'd like to know more or be on the show, visit

  • All the Powers! (Bonus)

    Jun 08 2018

    Summer's heating up, and so is Ear Snacks! We're cooking up a bunch of new episodes that pick back up this week and will take you through your summer adventures, whether they are home or away! In this bonus, we (finally) reveal Polly's superhero name (hint: it involves lasers) and share your birthday wishes! Thank you to Sady, Betula, Sammy & JJ, Riley, Ainsley, Lucy, Savannah, Adeline, Bela & Izzy. If your child would like to send us something or be on an episode, visit

  • Polly's Birthday Wish?

    Apr 04 2018's Polly's birthday! What should her birthday wish be? She'd love to hear your ideas via voice memo or see your ideas in a drawing! Let her know at !

  • Episode 12: Seeds

    Mar 29 2018

    What do YOU know about seeds? Andrew & Polly's friends from Austria, Australia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts invite you into their homes and gardens to discover what kinds of seeds there are where they live. Canadian Chanel Tsang from the Peace Out podcast invites listeners to move their bodies and imagine what it might be like to be a seed. "Ready, Set, Grow!" Find more mindful listening at, and if your child has something to say about seeds, visit

  • Bonus Episode: Super (Hero) Suggestions!

    Mar 21 2018

    When we last left our heroes, Super George was saving the feet fish from Lima Bean Lunch with Super Polly, ahem, Super-Hero-Waiting-for-a-Name! Thank you so much to Ainsley, Lucy, Savannah, Adeline, Bela & Izzy for their suggestions for Polly's superhero name. So... what should Polly's super-hero name be? Let us know at

  • Episode 11: More Bad Guys (Part II)

    Mar 15 2018

    Andrew & Polly's Bad Guys game continues. When they can't figure out WHY they are having fun scaring fish and serving them their least favorite foods, they call up a Bad Doctor to find out! Dr. Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas from UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center tells us about what brains have to do with Bad Guys & Superheroes. If your kid wants to share their idea for Polly's superhero name and super-powers, visit this link:

  • Episode 10: Bad Guys (Part I)

    Mar 07 2018

    Andrew & Polly play an imaginary space game that evolves into a game of Bad Guys. Sadie, William, Wesley, Adalyn, Grey, Amelia, Kohler, Roland, Betula & Orion share what they know about Bad Guys and learn how to make Bad Guy voices from voice actor Morla Gorrondona. When Andrew gets a little too carried away with his Bad Andrew voice, the two try to figure out - how can they keep playing together?

  • For Parents: Pretend Gun Play and Actual Bad Guys with Jane Lindholm

    Feb 21 2018

    We know playing “Bad Guys” is an integral part of early childhood development — but, as some older kids who are more exposed to the media know, real people can do bad things, too. Last year, But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids released “How Do You Talk to Kids About Violence in the News?” We asked Jane Lindholm about creating this episode and about her own experience as a parent of two young children. For more information on this episode, visit:

  • Dogs & Caterpillars! (Happy Chinese New Year!)

    Feb 17 2018

    Happy Chinese New Year! It's the Year of the Dog and Andrew's thinking about the word "metamorphosis" - what a perfect time to sing some dog songs and take a closer look at caterpillars with our friends at Valle de Ninos in San Francisco!

  • 💛 Let My Love Open the Door 💛

    Feb 14 2018

    It's a song valentine from Andrew & Polly! Polly plays a funny trick on Andrew in this special secret bonus episode and she shares their brand new song - a cover of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." We hope you like the new tune - if you do, we hope you'll share it with a pal! You can get it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube & Google Play.

  • #AllKindsOfLove (a little valentine)

    Feb 08 2018

    Happy Valentine's Day! Next week, we'll be celebrating by releasing a new song - but this week you can hear some of our favorite Ear Snacks segments about all kinds of love. So... what do you love? Let us know! Connect with us on and social media. This episode is a part of Kids Listen sweeps. Kids Listen is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the community of people creating and enjoying podcasts for kids. Check out more great podcasts for kids at kidslisten.or...more

  • 2018 Kids Grammys!

    Jan 24 2018

    All five of this year’s Grammy-nominated kids artists dropped by Ear Snacks to share their awesome music with you. NYC friends - catch all five acts live at Symphony Space this Saturday 1/27 at 11am or right here on Ear Snacks! Check out more from these artists - links in the show-notes. Lisa Loeb, Feel What U Feel Gustafer Yellowgold, Brighter Side Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Songs of Peace and Love for Kids and Families Around the World Justin Roberts, Lemonade Alphabet Rockers, Rise, Shine, #Wok...more

  • Happy Holidays - and pizza - from Andrew & Polly

    Dec 22 2017

    May your days be merry and bright! Happy Holidays from Andrew & Polly - and pizza, too!

  • Holiday Glasses!

    Dec 22 2017

    Did you make an instrument out of glass? We did - and here are some songs we played with the glass instruments we made! Happy Holidays - from Andrew & Polly

  • Episode 9: Musical Glass with Sara Louise Callaway

    Dec 20 2017

    Sara Louise Callaway from The Music Box, a podcast for kids about classical music from WUOL teaches Andrew & Polly how to make music with glasses. Andrew, who is legally blind, talks about his magnifying glass and how he sees differently. We love The Music Box! Check out the first two episodes here: For more info about Stargardt's disease or to support research on blindness, visit: To be on the show, visit

  • Episode 8: Glasses (with Guy Raz & Juli Berwald)

    Dec 15 2017

    Andrew & Polly talk to Guy Raz about his glasses and one thing that all the guests on his podcasts have in common. We learn about how jellyfish sense the world from Juli Berwald and Blythe, Adeline, Hadley, Victor & Robbie help think about why we all see the world a little differently. For more information or to be on the show, visit

  • Episode 7: Kintsugi as a Family & a Visit to Noah's Ark (Snacktivity)

    Dec 07 2017

    We know that things crack and break, but what can we do after that? Andrew & Polly talk to Paul, James & Allison Pulstelnik about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. Then we visit Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center and talk with Executive Director Nina Silver about Noah's Ark & why it's important for us to share stories about our problems. For more on the Pustelnik's art, visit - for more about Noah's Ark or to plan a visit, check out ski...more

  • Ear Snacks Bytes: Toenails!

    Nov 29 2017

    Andrew & Polly talk a little bit about toenails. Like, do we need a reason? But here it is... we have been thinking about toenails a lot since Dr. Earthquakes (Elizabeth Cochran) shared a super-fun fact with us: the San Andreas Fault moves about 2-inches per year, which is the same rate as your nails grow. WHA!?!? For more information about Ear Snacks or to be on the show, visit

  • Episode 6: Cracks

    Nov 22 2017

    What do you do when something cracks? Everett (from South Africa), Henry & Saul, Jackson & Beanie and Ainsley tell Andrew & Polly about things that break. Elizabeth Cochran (aka Dr. Earthquakes!) from the USGS talks seismology & L.A. Everett shares about how he cracked the bones in his arm. Some things crack by design - like eggs! But it can be really surprising for kids when something breaks, especially if that thing can't be repaired. In this episode, we think about what to do ...more

  • Wild Turkeys

    Nov 20 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. And watch out for those WILD TURKEYS!!!

  • Episode 5: Dinovember!

    Nov 15 2017

    Andrew & Polly talk to Refe & Susan Tuma, authors of "What the Dinosaurs Did" picture book series about how the toy dinosaurs came to life in their house during the month of DINOVEMBER. Bella and her dad share their song about puzzles. For more information on the "What the Dinosaurs Did" picture book series or how to pull off a Dinovember in your house, visit - and for more about Ear Snacks or how to be on the show, visit And that's a puzzles wrap!Ear Snacks ...more

  • Episode 4: The Great Puzzle Exchange with Danny Weinkauf and Surprise Guests (Snacktivity)

    Nov 08 2017

    Andrew & Polly pretend to be paleontologists with Danny Weinkauf from They Might Be Giants and pull off a great caper - a puzzle exchange! Danny has to guess who has the other half of his puzzle (spoiler alert, it's Kenny Curtis & Tori Kerr from SiriusXM Kids Place Live) and what is even on that puzzle?!? It's a specially awesome dinosaur! To participate in the Ear Snacks Puzzle Exchange, visit For Danny's music visit & check out what's up at Kids Pla...more

  • Episode 3: Puzzles

    Nov 02 2017

    Andrew & Polly talk to some real puzzlemasters - Devin, Westley, Bela, Lane & Lucy - about what it feels like to be puzzled. Matthew Inabinett, paleontologist-in-training at the Beneski Museum of Natural History, helps us piece together how dinosaurs, birds and continental drift are all part of the same puzzle. Kids can go bananas when there's not enough for them to do but meltdown in an entirely different way when they are overwhelmed. Confusion is a really natural thing for kids to enc...more

  • Hand-Clapping Games with Jazzy Ash

    Oct 25 2017

    Lilah gives us a lesson in how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors and Jazzy Ash visits Andrew & Polly in the studio to share some hand-clapping games and songs from her new record, Swing Set. E-mail pics of your funny review to to win that dope hand puppet craft. For more information about Ear Snacks, visit For more information about Jazzy Ash and her music, visit

  • Episode 1: Hands

    Oct 18 2017

    Andrew & Polly ask Frankie, Ellie, Matteo and Palmer all about those wriggly things at the end of their arms and talk to Jessica Erin Bennet, a professional stunt woman, about what it feels like when you get hurt. For more information about Ear Snacks, visit Curriculum: this episode asks kids what to do when you hurt someone or someone hurts you. Also, fun games for hands to play. For more info about Jessica, grown-ups can visit

  • Season 2 Trailer

    Oct 11 2017

    People keep asking us, what is Ear Snacks? If you don't already know, this should help. Get excited! Thanks to Lucy & her mom, Frankie & her dad and Alex & his dad for reminding us why we do what we do. Thanks to all the Ear Snacks kids and guests who have participated so far... If you want to be on the show, visit to find out how. Ear Snacks is a radical podcast for kids making car rides more awesome one episode at a time.

  • For Parents: How Does This Get Made

    Oct 11 2017

    Eliza Gregory interviews Andrew & Polly about how and why they make Ear Snacks, a radical podcast for kids. We discuss media from our childhood, how our parenting style plays a role in the design of the show and our plans for season 2. For more information or to find out how to be on the show, visit Eliza Gregory is an artist and educator. For more about Eliza, visit: || For more awesome podcasts for kids, check out the Kids Listen app:

  • Extra: Eclipse! (Part II - Time Capsule)

    Sep 26 2017

    Herein lies an audio time capsule! Andrew & Polly asked their friends to collect audio of their expectations for, experience of, and reflections on The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017. If you listen to Ear Snacks, please take our quick survey: We heard from three kids who were in the Path of Totality (Morgan in Oregon, Anika in Wyoming, and Elion in Nebraska) as well as kids in Southern California (Alex, Izzy, Lilah, Griffin and Gertie)who saw about 62% and ...more

  • Ear Snacks... Feedback?

    Sep 18 2017

    Hey! What do you think of Ear Snacks? We need to know! We're gearing up for Season 2 and want to make our episodes even better. Let us know - how are you listening? Why are you listening? When are you listening? Where are you listening? How many grapes have you eaten today? If you have a few minutes to answer some questions for us, we would GRAPELY appreciate it. The survey is here: Thank you! Andrew & Polly

  • Extra: Eclipse! (Part I)

    Aug 05 2017

    Are you ready? Are you excited? Because we TOTALLY ARE. The Great American Eclipse is almost here, and we’ve been thinking about it for a whole year…but some people have known about it MUCH LONGER. Mat Kaplan from the Planetary Society told us about it last year, Molly Bloom from Brains On tells us about total eclipse science, and Mick Sullivan from The Past & The Curious talks total eclipse history through the ages. Oh, and our friend Kimmy? She tells us about her eclipse viewing plans. Tha...more

  • Extra: Ice Cream & Paletas!

    Jul 22 2017

    Oye my friends! Can you hear the sound of the weekend? Andrew & Polly discuss ice cream, paletas, and "Paletero Man" - a song they wrote with Lucky Diaz featured on his new record, "Made in L.A." Billboard magazine says "Lucky Diaz's Bilingual Summer Song 'Paletero Man' Is an Immigrant Anthem For Kids" so, that's cool! Lyric video here:

  • Roadtrip Soundtrack! (Vol. 2)

    Jul 12 2017

    Music for staring out windows. Andrew & Polly have spent the past two years writing original underscores for their interviews with scientists, artists, and kids. We thought removing the interviews and just leaving the instrumentals would leave a lot to the imagination. We find the window panes of planes, trains, and automobiles to merit their own soundtrack, so here it is.

  • Road Trip Soundtrack! (Vol. 1)

    Jul 06 2017

    Hit the Road! An awesome playlist of songs (from our friends!) about traveling around town, around the world, or around the solar system in your imagination. Buckle up, tune in, rock and roll! "Trail of Hearts" by Underbirds (Gustafer Yellowgold & Todd McHatton) ; "Lighten Your Load" by The Okee Dokee Brothers ; "Sunshine Family" by Mista Cookie Jar & Aaron Nigel Smith ; "Camp Songs" by KB Whirly ; "Mr. Spaceman" by Randy Kaplan ; "City of Hills" by Frances England ; and "Hey Hat" by us,...more

  • Extra: Appreciate Aquariums!

    Jun 30 2017

    June is Aquarium Appreciation Month! Do YOU appreciate aquariums? We do! Andrew & Polly talk biodiversity with 7-year-old Nate from The Show About Science, marine camouflage with nudibranch aficionado Rebecca Johnson from Cal Academy, and seahorses with Jenn (who just likes them a lot.) We appreciate The Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Shedd, Aquarium of the Bay and The California Academy of Science, and so many more. Plus aquarium joke.

  • Extra: Dad Day!

    Jun 16 2017

    We have dads. And they know some stuff. So we asked them about it! Andrew & Polly celebrate Father's Day by asking their dads to dadsplain two of their favorite topics: hats and The Galapagos. (Plus why it's an extra special Father's Day for Andrew!)

  • Extra: Facts! (Steven Drozd)

    May 10 2017

    Fact: Steve Burns (Blues Clues) and Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips) formed a kids band called STEVENSTEVEN. Fact: Andrew & Polly interviewed Steven Drozd. About facts. Opinion: It was awesome. Discussion topics include: his socks, Brian Eno, the six wives of Henry VIII, naming bands, other Stevens, infinite beats, the speed of light, and snacks. For more about Ear Snacks:

  • Extra: Tree Family (Happy Earth Day!)

    Apr 18 2017

    To celebrate Earth Day, we're talking about TREES with a TREE FAMILY!!! Thanks to Betula, Phoebe, Jacob & Grandpa John for being part of this Ear Snacks Extra. This episode is part of the Kids Listen Family Tree Sweeps! For more information about Kids Listen and the other great kids podcasts out there check out -- Sparkle Stories, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, The Past and The Curious, Book Club for Kids, Book Power for Kids, Tumble and Brains On all did Family Tree ep...more

  • Extra: Pi(e)!

    Mar 14 2017

    How much pie can YOU eat? 3.14159 slices?

  • Extra: Who are The Beatles?

    Feb 25 2017

    Are they a football team? No, they're a SONG TEAM! (Happy Birthday, George Harrison!) Thanks to Ainsley, Ella, Westley, Devin, Grey, Georgia, Emi and Izzy (and their parents) for explaining who The Beatles are (Andrew & Polly have no idea) and wishing George a Happy Birthday!

  • Extra : A Little Valentine

    Feb 13 2017

    Some songs for love day! Sing-a-long to catchy and whimsical Little Bitta You and Please Be Mine, from our 2015 album "Odds & Ends." Plus, a few of our friends talking about their very special friends,

  • Extra: Love Your Robot Day!

    Feb 07 2017

    It's National Love Your Robot Day! What's YOUR favorite robot? Ever built a robot? Ever seen a robot make toast? Ever heard a robot SING? ROBOTS! Andrew & Polly ask their friends Beebop and Jonathan from The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian ( and Kurt from the Thacher School ( what they love about robots, as well as revisiting robots from Ear Snacks past (Disguises, Beeps, Boxes) and we threw in a computer-MC-ed Fur Elise just for kicks. Beep boop!

  • Extra: 2017 Kids Grammys!

    Feb 05 2017

    In this Ear Snacks Extra: Brady, Frances, Joe, Jack, and Skidoo share some of their Grammy-nominated tunes with our listeners. We are so so so excited that all of the Grammy-nominated Children's Music Albums this year are by independent artists. If you dig the tunes you hear in this episode, please support their work and spread the word! (And if you're looking for more information about our music or how to be on the show, visit “Chain Reaction” from PRESS PLAY by Brady Rymer ...more

  • Extra: Roosters & Caterpillars!

    Feb 01 2017

    Gung Hay Fat Choy! Andrew & Polly kick off the Year of the Rooster by learning all about caterpillars. Go figure! Last fall, we got to sing at a lovely school in San Francisco called Valle de Niños, and our friends Ainsley, Dominic, Ada and Teacher Zoe gave us a private tour of their temporary pet caterpillars! We also learned some songs in Spanish, and our friends Aoife and Sajan wish us Happy New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese.

  • Extra: Nate on Ellen!

    Jan 23 2017

    DNA, RNA! Tune in to The Ellen Show this Tuesday to see our pal Nate from The Show About Science! In honor of Nate's big news, we're re-broadcasting our interview with him about the Periodic Table of Elements from Letters! (Part II)

  • Episode 20: Moves! (Part II - Season Finale)

    Jan 12 2017

    Andrew & Polly make a top five list of their favorite moves and wonder - what's it like to move your home to a new place? They ask Ruby, Lilana and Gavin about their experiences moving and talk about zip lines in Costa Rica with their director pal, Kat. Maria shares about her favorite movements - capoeira, sign language and political protests. Thanks also to Mista Cookie Jar ( dropping hot sriracha knowledge in our song, "Dancing Pants." And that's it from us for a whil...more

  • Extra: Happy New Year! / Other Days

    Dec 31 2016

    Happy 2017! We share a song about jumping into the New Year after sniffly Andrew mentions some other fantastic Kids Listen podcasts about "Moves!"

  • Extra: Happy Holidays from Andrew & Polly

    Dec 23 2016

    Andrew & Polly share a holiday message and finally print a retraction regarding patatas bravas. Thanks to Betula for announcing the show! If you like the music you heard in this Ear Snacks Extra, you can find "A Mapmaker's Song" on our holiday EP - Other Days. Check it out here:

  • Episode 19: Moves! (Part I)

    Dec 16 2016

    Andrew & Polly talk to their friends about moves! Andrew shows off his tap-dancing moves, Polly explains stereophonic sound, and Ramona, Bela, Colon John Wagner, Desmond, Hank, Willa & Charlie tell Andrew & Polly about things that move and how they do it. Plus, Bruce Perelman tells us about his amusement park rides and driving a big rig all around the country. Honk honk! We give a special shout out to Winona & the Conner family for supporting Ear Snacks and a hello to Al, who is ...more

  • Episode 18: Letters (Part III)

    Nov 15 2016

    Andrew & Polly receive letters from their friends and find out what they have to say about letters. Andrew's dad, John, talks about Post Office Bay in the Galapagos Islands. Plus, we write a letter to our listeners. Dear You, Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing: we are glad to know you. We feel lucky and thankful to know you. You are special. You’re special to us and everyone who knows you. We love to hear what you’re thinking about! Whether you’re thinking about where you are, what you’...more

  • Episode 17: Letters (Part II)

    Nov 04 2016

    Andrew & Polly decide to write letters to their friends and enlist some help from Nate, host of a great podcast called The Show About Science, kindie music pal Mike Phirman and Amy Kuhn, Deputy Director of Correspondence at Hillary for America. The Show About Science - Mike Phirman - If your child wants to write to Hillary Clinton, you can find information at

  • Ear Snacks Special Episode: Halloween Spook-tacular!

    Oct 26 2016

    MOO! A cow ghost.

  • Episode 16: Letters! (Part I)

    Oct 13 2016

    H-E-L-L-O! What's a letter? How old is the invention of type? How does a ballpoint pen work? Andrew & Polly investigate... Ana Gomez-Bernaus explains the art of typography and designing your own letters, and The Pen Addict's Brad Dowdy muses on drawing miniature cities and writing letters to baseball players to get their autographs. Parts of this episode were recorded live at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center in North Bethesda, MD. For more information, check out: Ana Gomez-Bernaus's let...more

  • Album Release Party on Kids Place Live

    Sep 30 2016

    Did we just make the first soundtrack album for a podcast? Um, maybe? "Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast" drops TODAY! To celebrate, we threw an album release party on SIRIUS XM Kids Place Live, and we're re-broadcasting that for you right here. Andrew & Polly run late to their release party and call in some special guests to kick things off. They finally arrive at the studio and sing thank you to all 100 people (kids & grownups) who helped with Ear Snacks: Season 1. Thank you for your ...more

  • Extra: Streaming Concert Announcement

    Sep 22 2016

    Andrew & Polly are excited to announce a streaming concert! Tune in on October 1 at 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST as they perform songs from their new record, talk to some special guests, and even give away some t-shirts. You can find us on Facebook:

  • Extra: Expo Line

    Sep 12 2016

    Andrew & Polly make an exciting announcement from the side of a road somewhere in Arkansas... Their new album, Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast, releases on September 30th! We hope you'll check it out - or even pre-order it! (On iTunes - - or from our website But until then, you can listen to our new song - "Expo Line" - right here, right now.

  • Episode 15: Strings (Part V)

    Sep 04 2016

    The dramatic conclusion of the five part series all about Strings! Andrew & Polly talk to Banjo Man Eddie, about Polly's trip to fiddle camp and her new fiddle pal Katy. Plus take a sneak peak inside one of their new songs, "Expo Line..." We've strung it out long enough! To hear Eddie's music, visit, to learn more about Katy Buckbee visit and check out her band at For more about Ear Snacks, visit

  • Episode 14: Strings (Part IV)

    Aug 29 2016

    When will it end!?!?!? Not this week! Andrew & Polly investigate non-musical strings. We make a tin-can phone, talk to Pops, Ainsley & Darby and then call up Nigel, Mista Cookie Jar's friend in Thailand, who has a particular stringed thing... but you'll have to guess what it is. Ainsley & her parents go tide-pooling to see if there are any stringy things in the ocean. And shout-out to Bela, who loves Ear Snacks! For more information about Ear Snacks, please visit:

  • Episode 13: Strings (Part III)

    Aug 13 2016

    Andrew & Polly talk about OLD strings with Polly's dad, Pops, and Marshall Escamilla from Tumble, a great science podcast for kids ( Please subscribe & review Ear Snacks in iTunes!!!

  • Episode 12: Strings (Part II)

    Aug 03 2016

    Andrew & Polly try to learn about more than just guitars and feelings on the second installment of Ear Snacks: Strings. Thanks to Lucky Diaz from Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band ( for talking about his Gretsch electric guitar, Archer Buckbee and his mom, Katy, in Boulder for telling us about fiddling, and to our favorite upright bass player, Gabe Davis ( Thanks also to our past Strings experts, Frances England, Quentin & Mista Cookie Jar.

  • Episode 11: Strings (Part I)

    Jul 27 2016

    In the first episode of a multi-part series all about Strings, Andrew & Polly talk to awesome friends of theirs who all play strings - strings on GUITARS! Frances England (, Quentin & Mista Cookie Jar ( all tell us why it is they like their strings. For more information about Ear Snacks, visit

  • Ear Snacks Extra: Dancing Pants & Next Episode Announcement

    Jul 20 2016

    We know, it's been a while. But have you heard our new summer song? Get it here: We'll have an all-new, star-studded episode for you very soon. In the meantime, check out the archives and let us know your favorite episode from this season! For more about Ear Snacks, visit

  • Ear Snacks Extra: Space Shadows with Mat Kaplan

    Jun 09 2016

    Ad Astra: To the Stars! If you love thinking about space, you'll love this extended interview with Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan. Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity - what do all those things have in common? They're all hanging out on Mars... with the MARSDIALS! But first - we need your help! We've teamed up with some great other kids podcasts to form Kids Listen. Our first project is a survey for parents of kids who listen to podcasts - please, please, please check it out! Head over to kidslisten...more

  • Episode 10: Shadows!

    May 31 2016

    Did you know a tiny dinosaur can have a FIERCE SHADOW? Andrew & Polly investigate these sneaky silhouettes. We discuss space shadows with Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan and think about interactive light sculptures with artist Johannes Girardoni.

  • Episode 9: Rain!

    Apr 21 2016

    How do you know if it's going to rain? Does anybody know? Andrew & Polly talk gumboots and galoshes with their friends. Thanks to Kerry Falwell from the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa Forida and our friend Jesse, a real-life water expert! Thanks also to our special panel of Rain Experts: William, Marea, Capella, Alex, Gavin, Ellis, Lane, Johnny, Penny, Kalinga, Chloe, Zoey, Luke, Charlie, Leigh, Lindsay, Kalinga, Izzy, Logan & Arlo (PHEW!). Subscribe to Ear Snacks here:

  • Episode 8: Beeps!

    Mar 12 2016

    A series of dots and dashes! Andrew & Polly dive deep (via SUBMARINE) into the world of BEEPS! Topics include Morse code, robot toast, traffic feelings, the Pony Express, submarines, and some nonsense about beets. Experts include Polly's dad, Pops and Eric Morrill, PhD in visual studies. Thanks to Grey and Georgia the Greats, Ace the Ace, Darby the Delightful, Phenomenal Palmer, Cool Cool Collin, Darlin' Devon, and the incomparable Izzy Robbins. Special thanks to Steven C. Phillips who creat...more

  • Extra: Trio of Pairs!

    Mar 12 2016

    More pairs! A trio of families from North Carolina, Australia, and New Zealand tell us about their special someones & YOU have a pair?

  • Extra: Back & Forth

    Mar 02 2016

    Andrew & Polly talk in pairs of words. If you or your family wants to be on Ear Snacks - or support it - visit

  • Extra: Dragons, Harbor Seals, and Bears - Oh My!

    Feb 19 2016

    Dragons, Harbor Seals, and Bears - Oh My! A pair of kids describe some very special friends named Akshagah, Violet, and Rosie.

  • Extra: Please Be Mine

    Feb 14 2016

    A little ditty we wrote for Valentine's Day last year - hope you like it, and the ADORABLE video-mashup Polly made on Youtube!:

  • Extra: Sea Horses (Extended Interview)

    Feb 14 2016

    Our friend Jenn (who LOVES sea horses) just got engaged! Here's a little Valentine's Day extra, her extended interview with even more fun facts about the amazing underwater world of sea horses.

  • Episode 7: Pairs!

    Feb 11 2016

    As it turns out, there are many different kinds of pairs. In this episode, Jenn Salcido drops some seahorse knowledge, Kevin & Louise return to Ear Snacks to share what they know about each other. Thanks to Palmer, Sadie A, Sadie D, Capella, Marea, Tanner, Hunter, Ruslan, Manny, Kalinga, Westley, Devon, Gavin & Lane (and their parents) for participating in this delicious episode of Ear Snacks! Subscribe to Ear Snacks here: // If you or your family wants to be on E...more

  • Episode 6: Boxes!

    Dec 22 2015

    Andrew & Polly talk about BOXES in a special interview with Antoinette Portis, author of Not a Box. This episode also highlights The Box Project with Eliza Gregory - and, of course, thanks to our kid experts: Ruslan, Gavin, Manny, Charlie, Penny, Ainsley, Liliana, Lane, Guy, Grey, Sadie & William. Subscribe to Ear Snacks here: // To support Ear Snacks, visit

  • Extra: Ponderosa Pine

    Dec 04 2015

    "Ponderosa Pine", a story about critters and homes by our friend percussionist Cory Hills!

  • Episode 5: Critters!

    Nov 24 2015

    What IS a CRITTER? Andrew & Polly ask some friends around the world about the different critters that live in their neighborhoods.Ear Snacks is a free interactive experience centered around children’s voices & ideas. To support the work we’re doing for your kids (and all kids), become a supporter on Patreon or through Apple Podcasts Premium Subscription feature. Thanks for listening!Need more snacks? Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok!

  • Extra: Dem Bones

    Oct 28 2015

    Happy Halloween! Andrew & Polly get very specific about skeletons. Subscribe to Ear Snacks here:

  • Episode 4: Disguises!

    Oct 24 2015

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Andrew & Polly receive an urgent voice message from their friends Kevin & Louise.. We learned A LOT about disguises from marine biologist Rebecca Johnson from the California Academy of Sciences and voice actor and composer Greg Chun. Thanks to our pals Sadie A, Sadie E, Grey, Georgia, Zoey, Gavin, Gavin, Devorah, Elliot, Ainsley, Tanner, Luke & Ace for making Ear Snacks so delicious!Ear Snacks is a free interactive experience centered around children’s voices &...more

  • Extra: Bouncity Bounce

    Sep 23 2015

    If a ball had a song, what would it sound like?

  • Extra: Ballphabet Karaoke!

    Sep 18 2015

    Check out this music video for Ballphabet and then try it out yourself in Ballphabet Karaoke! Can you remember all the words? And Andrew tries to remember an important announcement...

  • Extra: My Very Elegant Mother (and TENNIS)

    Sep 15 2015

    A little ditty about the balls in our solar system...and Polly challenges Andrew to a duel...

  • Extra: Hat Jokes!

    Sep 07 2015

    It's time for the voicemail bag! Andrew & Polly make a couple of announcements and Lil' J calls in from Burlingame with some hilarious hat jokes.

  • Extra: I Want My Hat Back

    Sep 02 2015

    Know any books about #HATS? We do! And we made a little soundtrack for one of our favorites, "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen. Read along, and let us know your favorite books about hats!

  • Extra: Famous Hats!

    Aug 27 2015

    Wherein Amos ("Pops") ponders the most famous hats.

  • Extra: Hickory Dickory...Dat?

    Aug 19 2015

    Hickory Dickory...Dat? In this week's Ear Snacks Extra, Andrew invents some #limericks about #hats!

  • Extra: The FINAL Word on Mulberries

    Aug 10 2015

    In this roundtable with Addie, Ella, Grant & Izzy - Andrew & Polly give mulberries ONE MORE TRY.

  • Episode 2: Hats!

    Aug 10 2015

    What is a hat!?!? Andrew & Polly are determined to find out.Ear Snacks is a free interactive experience centered around children’s voices & ideas. To support the work we’re doing for your kids (and all kids), become a supporter on Patreon or through Apple Podcasts Premium Subscription feature. Thanks for listening!Need more snacks? Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok!

  • Extra: In Defense of Mulberries

    Jul 21 2015

    Andrew & Polly take listener calls in defense of mulberries. Polly considers reversing her position on mulberries.

  • Extra: Fruit Facts

    Jul 15 2015

    We dug up some fun facts for this week's Ear Snacks Extra! How many seeds do you think are in a pomegranate? SPOILER ALERT: We'll tell you.

  • For Parents: Fruit

    Jul 08 2015

    Our first episode of Ear Snacks for Parents! Check it out to get to know us a little bit, hear why we started Ear Snacks, get some ideas of Fruit Activities you can do with your kids.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Jul 08 2015

    Here's an Ear Snacks Extra - grab your copy of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and read along to our original music.

  • Episode 1: Fruit!

    Jul 07 2015

    Let's talk about... Fruit! We'll cover the ABC's of fruit, take a trip to the farmer's market and ask some fruit experts some fruit questions. Big thanks to our friends who helped us with this episode - Jasmin, Sadie, Oden, Gavin, Chloe, Ainsley, Betula, Palmer and their parents. Also a shoutout to Farmer Mike and Grandma Joan!Ear Snacks is a free interactive experience centered around children’s voices & ideas. To support the work we’re doing for your kids (and all kids), become a supporter...more