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REACH A Space Podcast for Kids

REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a weekly, family friendly exploration of our galaxy (and beyond!) with hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien. Built for kids and based on questions from kids, REACH educates with entertaining segments, fun at-home experiments, and interviews with subject matter experts & thought partners from leading institutions like the Adler Planetarium, Cosmosphere, Exploration Place, and more. Subscribe today, and get knowledge...within your Reach. A co-production betwee...more

Episodes

  • LIVE with NASA Astronauts Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei on the International Space Station

    Sep 14 2021

    On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids was given the distinct honor of interviewing NASA Astronauts Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei onboard the International Space Station LIVE via NASA TV. We discussed what it's like to live in space, work on the ISS, and asked questions from REACH’s middle-grade listeners. We are thrilled to present this conversation in its entirety on today's episode. If you like the conversation, don't forget to give it a share and drop us a revi...more

  • A Very Special Announcement from REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids

    Aug 10 2021

    Mark your calendars:..  REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids will be broadcasting LIVE with the crew orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station!NASA Astronauts Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei will join hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien from the ISS for a truly interstellar conversation. They'll discuss what it's like to live in space, work on the ISS, and answer questions from our amazing listeners.The broadcast is targeting Wednesday, September 1st via NASA TV (stay tuned for ...more

  • The REACH Summer Break Special: Life in Zero-G! with Dr. Kjell Lindgren and Niki Lindgren Moran

    Jun 08 2021

    The school year and this season of REACH may be over, but that doesn't mean we're not still excited to talk about space! This week we bring you the REACH Summer Break Special featuring an amazing conversation with NASA Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren and a visit from the classiest of moons, Callisto ( Niki Lindgren Moran)  - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Joalda Morancy, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Create...more

  • REACHing Out: What is the Big Bang?

    May 04 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from James and Eli in California who ask "What is the Big Bang?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Phil Korngut, Instrument Scientist on NASA's SPHEREx Mission and R...more

  • To the Moon and Beyond! with Michael Staab and Lamorne Morris

    Apr 27 2021

    Humans first landed on the moon in 1969. As we prepare to return for the first time in almost fifty years, we have some questions about the technology that will get us there for returning special guest Michael Staab. Then we are lucky enough to be visited by the star Proxima Centauri  (Woke, New Girl's  Lamorne Morris) and hear a new audio essay from our own Joalda Morancy - all on this episode of REACH. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Joalda...more

  • REACHing Out Earth Day Special: What is Climate Change?

    Apr 20 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week we are celebrating  Earth Day and what NASA is doing to study global climate change with some help from Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, Chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Nate DuFort, with Sandy Marshall, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic com...more

  • Smart Whales! with Steve Iris, Alex Goldman, and Tawny Newsome

    Apr 13 2021

    What can satellites teach us about preserving life on Earth? What can whales teach us about climate change? On this episode of REACH we talk to  Steve Iris at the Canadian Space Agency to find out more. Then we get some special visits from a black hole (Reply All's Alex Goldman) and  Saturn's largest moon Titan (Star Trek: Lower Decks and Space Force's Tawny Newsome) - all on this episode of REACH.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith St...more

  • REACHing Out: What Causes the Seasons?

    Apr 06 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Ella who asks "What causes the seasons?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Josh Fisher, Science Lead, ECOSTRESS Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion LaboratoryNASA ...more

  • Training for Space! with Teresa Sindelar, Kylee Evans and Sandy Jobin-Bevans

    Mar 30 2021

    How do you prepare for space travel? Have you ever thought about what happens if you have an emergency in space?  Today's guest, Teresa Sindelar, Medical Operations Crew Training Instructor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. helps astronauts train for just that. Then special contributor Joalda Morancy has some thoughts on space settlements. And we receive a visit from the Gemini Twins on an all new "Did You Know...?"  - all on this episode of REACH.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written...more

  • REACHing Out: Why Does Saturn Have Rings?

    Mar 23 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Miriam in Waterloo, Ontario who asks "Why does Saturn have rings?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons All about Saturn’s Ringshttps://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/saturn/in-depth/#:~:...more

  • Calling Deep Space! with Germaine Aziz and Rachel Dratch

    Mar 16 2021

    We talk to each other via technology, our phones, computers, and tablets, almost every day.  Do you ever wonder how our voices and information actually get transmitted through our devices and to their intended destinations?  Well, what if we wanted to send information to the other side of the solar system?  We talk to special guest Germaine Aziz about just that.  Then the center of the solar system stops by for an all new "Did You Know...?"  AND we talk about the importance of PI - all on this e...more

  • REACHing Out: What is Gravity?

    Mar 09 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Brooklyn in Illinois who asks "What is gravity?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to Dr. Felix Landerer, Project Scientist of NASA’s GRACE Follow-On satellite mission...more

  • The WHY of Space! with Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz and Ithamar Enriquez

    Mar 02 2021

    We all have a lot of questions when it comes to space exploration:  Where should we go? What should we pack? What are the ethical questions we should be considering? Wait..what? This week special guest  Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz walks us through some of the questions we should be asking  in regards to space exploration. Then we're lucky enough to get a surprise drop in from the seventh planet from the sun - all on this episode of REACH.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Ma...more

  • REACHing Out: How Can I Become an Astronomer?

    Feb 23 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Dee in Arkansas who asks "How Can I Become an Astronomer?"  For an answer, we turn to REACH Special Contributor Joalda Morancy . Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to t...more

  • Landing on Mars! with Gregory Villar and Randy Havens

    Feb 16 2021

    We've learned about the Mars Perseverance Rover, but how will the rover actually get to the surface of the red planet?  Guest Gregory Villar, EDL Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, walks us through the landing before we have a return visit from the red planet itself on this episode of REACH.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by:...more

  • REACHing Out: What is a Light-Year?

    Feb 09 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Owen in Michigan who asks "What is a light-year?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven LyonsSpecial thanks to Dr. Doug Hudgins, Program Scientist for NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program at N...more

  • Life On Other Worlds! with Dr. Cynthia B. Phillips and Jaime Moyer

    Feb 02 2021

    Could life exist on other worlds? What if the answer could be found on an ice covered moon of Jupiter? If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go? We discuss all of this and more and have a visit with a very popular moon on this episode of REACH.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseCa...more

  • REACHing Out: Is Time Travel Possible?

    Jan 26 2021

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Hunter and Greta in Minnesota who ask "Is Time Travel Possible?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven LyonsSpecial thanks to Dr. Alina Kiessling, Astrophysicist and Dr. Jason Rhodes, Senior R...more

  • Telescopes in Space! with Dr. Eric Smith and Jack McBrayer

    Jan 19 2021

    What makes a space telescope different from a telescope here on Earth? If you could take a picture of anything in space, what would you photograph?  We discuss all of this and more and have a visit with our favorite former planet on this episode of REACH.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseCasting Consult...more

  • Season 2 Trailer

    Jan 05 2021

    The next season of REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is launching into your ears January 19th, 2021. Make sure you're subscribed wherever you get podcasts. Reach: A Space Podcast for Kids is a weekly, family friendly exploration of our galaxy (and beyond!) with hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien. Built for kids and based on questions from kids, Reach educates with entertaining segments, fun at-home experiments, and interviews presented in association with subject matter experts & thought part...more

  • REACH presents Unspookable

    Oct 06 2020

    This week on REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids we present the first episode of the new season of fellow Soundsington Media show Unspookable entitled "Book of the Dead.".  (Recommended for ages 8+) Unspookable is a family friendly look at the histories and mysteries behind your favorite scary stories, myths and urban legends. Each week host Elise Parisian discusses such topics as Bloody Mary, Charlie Charlie, and Ouija Boards to find the stories behind the scares.   Unspookable - Book of the Dead W...more

  • REACHing Out: What Are Neutron Stars?

    Sep 29 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Alin in Romania who asks "What Are Neutron Stars?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Do you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your parents permission a...more

  • A Day in the Life of an Astronaut with NASA Astronaut Matthew Dominick, Darren Criss, & Sean Astin

    Sep 22 2020

    On this episode of REACH, Brian and Meredith learn what it takes to be an astronaut from a very special guest, we hear some space related jokes from the REACH Learning Community, and we have a visit from TWO planets in our segment "Did You Know...?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons ...more

  • REACHing Out: How are solar systems formed?

    Sep 15 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Megan in Perth Australia who asks "How are solar systems formed?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Do you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your paren...more

  • Working Together as a Team...In Space! with Shannon Whetzel & Dan Saks of Noodle Loaf

    Sep 08 2020

    On this episode of REACH, Brian and Meredith learn the importance of teamwork when problem solving in space, what it means to curate a museum collection, we have a visit from the fastest planet, and then try to make a telescope at home.  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special than...more

  • REACHing Out: What is a shooting star?

    Sep 01 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Ryan in Philadelphia who asks "What is a shooting star?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Do you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your parents permis...more

  • Eyes on the Sky with Nick Lake & Eric O'Keeffe

    Aug 25 2020

    On this episode of REACH, Brian and Meredith learn about skywatching with a little help from some friends, we have a visit from the coolest planet,  and a fun activity you can do day or night!  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks to our great friend Nick Lake, Manager of...more

  • REACHing Out: Why is our sky blue?

    Aug 18 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Millie in Canada (via her big brother Abi) who asks "Why is our sky blue, but space is black?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith StepienWritten by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden.Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy MarshallEdited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Geza Gyuk quote via www.livescience.com  Do you have ...more

  • Exploring the Red Planet with Christina Hernandez, Gary Jones, & Daniel Bateman

    Aug 11 2020

    On this episode of REACH , Brian and Meredith learn more about the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover from a very special guest, we have an activity that will make you want to suit up, and we get a visit from the sixth planet from the sun. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Special thanks t...more

  • REACHing Out: How many Earths fit in the Sun?

    Aug 04 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Will and Jack from Charlotte who ask "How many Earths fit in the Sun?"Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven LyonsDo you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your...more

  • To Mars! with Michael Staab, Randy Havens, & Sarah Smail

    Jul 28 2020

    On this episode of REACH , Brian and Meredith learn about NASA's Mars 2020 Mission and more as we are joined by an expert in launching these missions and receive a very special visit from the red planet itself on our segment "Did You Know...?"Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Thanks ...more

  • REACHing Out: Is Pluto a planet? What is the biggest star?

    Jul 21 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's questions comes from Addison in Canada and Alex in Utah who have questions about Pluto and about stars which we answer with a little help from Dr. Aaron Geller. Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven LyonsDo yo...more

  • Exoplanets with Ashley Walker & Marc Evan Jackson

    Jul 14 2020

    On this episode of REACH  Brian and Meredith ask the questions "What is an Exoplanet?," "What does the hashtag #BlackinAstro mean?," and more before we are joined by an expert Astrochemist and Planetary Scientist and a very special visit from our closest celestial neighbor  on a segment entitled "Did You Know...?"This week's Activity from Ashley Walker:We want to see your Exoplanet! Using materials around the house make your own planet and give it a name. Get creative!Then take a photo of your E...more

  • REACHing Out: Why is Mars Red?

    Jul 07 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from Zoë from Toronto who asks "Why is Mars red?"Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven LyonsDo you have a question for a future edition of “Reaching Out?” Just get your parents permission and gi...more

  • All About Black Holes with Dr. Geza Gyuk & Janet Varney

    Jun 30 2020

    On the second episode of REACH  Brian and Meredith ask the questions "What are Black Holes?," "Will we ever get sucked into one?," and more before we are joined by an expert from Adler Planetarium and a very special guest star on a segment entitled "Did You Know...?"This week's Activities:To learn more about our closest star, visit adlerplanetarium.org and read “The Secret Life of the Sun.”Learn more about “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L'Engle, as mentioned by Nikki the StarDraw a picture of ...more

  • REACHing Out: How hot is the Sun?

    Jun 23 2020

    REACHing Out are bi-weekly mini-episodes where we answer YOUR Questions. This week's question comes from James and Charlie from Minnesota who ask "How hot is the Sun? And why?" Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien Written by: Sandy Marshall with Nate DuFort, Meredith Stepien and Brian Holden. Co-Created, Produced by: Nate DuFort and Sandy Marshall Edited by: Nate DuFortMusic composed by: Jesse CaseLogo by: Steven Lyons Do you have a question for a future edition of“Reaching Out?” Just get yo...more

  • What IS Space? with Dr. Aaron M. Geller & Dania Ramos

    Jun 16 2020

    On the first episode of REACH  Brian and Meredith ask the questions "What IS space?," "Is Pluto a planet?," and more before we are joined by an expert from Adler Planetarium and a very special guest on a segment entitled "Did You Know...?"  This week's Activities:“Life of the Pleiades” movie from AdlerSVL and todays guest Aaron GellerAdler Planetarium's  "Aquarius Project” interactive websiteOnline interactive about exoplanets and the future of our Solar System  Hosts: Brian Holden and Meredith ...more

  • Introducing REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids

    Jun 01 2020

    Reach: A Space Podcast for Kids is a weekly, family friendly exploration of our galaxy (and beyond!) with hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien. Built for kids and based on questions from kids, Reach educates with entertaining segments, fun at-home experiments, and interviews presented in association with subject matter experts & thought partners from leading institutions like the Adler Planetarium (and many more). Subscribe today, and get knowledge...within your Reach. Launching June 16th, 20...more