Podcast

Wow in the World

Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. Hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz and Mindy Thomas @AbsolutelyMindy. Follow the show @Wowinth...more

Episodes

  • Totally Spiced Out!

    Dec 11 2017

    What in the world makes chili peppers hot? How in the world do we measure their spiciness? And where in the world are kids least likely to get spiced out? Get ready to be SPICED OUT with Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz in our hottest episode of Wow in the World yet!

  • Oh My Bleach! Save Our Reef!

    Dec 04 2017

    What in the world is coral bleaching? Where in the world is it happening? And how the world are starfish involved? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an underwater adventure to Australia's Great Barrier Reef as they set out to explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of coral bleaching!

  • WANTED: Giant Rat For Cracking Coconuts

    Nov 27 2017

    Why in the world are coconuts so tough to crack? Where in the world can you find a giant rodent to do it for you? And what in the world did scientists finally discover after 90 years of waiting? Join Guy Raz and Mindy as they travel far and wide, to search for the elusive "coconut cracker!" It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow In the World of coconut cracking rats!

  • Why Horses Can't Wear Flip Flops

    Nov 20 2017

    How in the world did horses get their hooves? What in the world is the difference between their feet and ours? And when in the world did tiny dog-sized horses roam the earth? Join Guy Raz and Mindy for a little trot through the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the world of horse hooves! *And be sure to check out this episodes conversation starters at www.wowintheworld.com !

  • That's NUTS!

    Nov 13 2017

    Where in the world do squirrels hide their nuts? And how in the world do they remember where to find them again? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they get up close and personal with the organizational habits of SQUIRRELS! Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World, It's our nuttiest episode yet!

  • Hey Onion! You're Makin' Me Cry!

    Nov 06 2017

    *NEW EPISODE!* Why in the world do onions make us cry? How in the world does it even work? And what in the world would happen if onions were to lose this special power? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they pull back the layers on your breath's best frenemy, and take you on an stinky adventure that cuts so deep, it might just leave you with a tear in your eye. Grab your tissues, friends! It's our Boo Hoo-iest episode of Wow in the World yet! Find this episode's conversation starters at www.wowin...more

  • Stick it Right Here, Sluggo!

    Oct 30 2017

    How in the world could a slug help doctors to perform surgery on humans? Where in the world can you find the slug with the stickiest slime? Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz on their the slimiest and "tiniest" adventure yet! It's all the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World! Originally aired August 17th 2017 *ALL NEW EPISODES OF WOW IN THE WORLD BEGIN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH!

  • A Case FOR The Giggles

    Oct 23 2017

    Why in the world do they say that "laughter is the best medicine?" How in the world do you catch a case of the giggles? And what in the world is a Laughing Yogi?! Try not to LOL, as Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas guffaw their way through the science of laughter, on this seriously silly episode of Wow in the World! Originally aired August 7th 2017

  • Kidcast Sampler (Bonus Episode)

    Oct 17 2017

    Did you hear!? Wow in the World Season 2 will begin on Monday, November 6th! YAYAYAYAYA! In the meantime, we hope you'll enjoy this little snack plate smorgasbord of some of OUR favorite podcasts for kids and fams! To find any of the shows sampled here, check out www.applepodcasts.com/kids !

  • Brain Freeze!

    Oct 16 2017

    What in the world is Brain Freeze? Why in the world does it happen when we're enjoying a cold, tasty treat? And how in the world do we get rid of it?! Grab an ice-cold refreshing drink, and get ready to explore the who, what, and WOW in the world of BRAIN FREEZE! Originally aired July 20th 2017

  • Hot Buttered Popcorn...PEE?!?

    Oct 09 2017

    How in the world does hot buttered popcorn smell so good? Where in the world can we find that smell in the wild? And what in the world does PEE have to do with it? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an epic adventure to Southeast Asia for the latest WOW in the world! Originally aired July 24th 2017

  • Let's Flamingle!

    Oct 02 2017

    How in the world can studying flamingos help humans? And Why in the world are flamingos pink anyway? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for the Who, What, When, Where Why, How and Wow in the world of fancy flamingos! Originally Aired June 22nd 2017

  • Bag O' Worms & The Velocity Of Poop

    Sep 25 2017

    What in the world do wax worms eat? How in the world has it taken us this long to talk about poop science? Join Guy Raz and Mindy as they wax-poetic about waxworms and referee the stinkiest race imaginable! It's all happening in this week's Wow in the World! Originally aired June 19, 2017

  • A Hermit Crab Housing Crisis And The Great Human Vs. Rabbit Race

    Sep 18 2017

    What in the world motivates hermit crabs to fight for the ultimate dream shell? How in the world would the fastest runner in the universe fare in a running race with a rabbit? Join Mindy and Guy Raz for hermit crab wrestlemania and a race through history to find out why we humans walk differently than other animals! It's all happening in this week's who, what, when, where, why, how and Wow in the World. Originally aired June 5, 2017

  • Thank You! Thank You!

    Sep 11 2017

    Welp, that's a wrap on the first season of Wow in the World! Thank you so much for joining us on this big adventure! We're giving Reggie a short break to rest his wings while we search the globe for more Wow in the World! In the meantime, be sure to sign up for our newsletter at wowintheworld.com so you can be the first to hear about Season 2 and other exciting stuff we've got cookin'! We'll be back in your ears before you know it. #Grateful Mindy and Guy

  • Mucus Mansions & Pooping Plastic

    Sep 07 2017

    What the the world can be done about the plastic junking up our oceans? How in the world can a tiny pooping sea creature help to solve the problem? And how in the world can you get a good deal on a four-story "Mucus Mansion?" (Hint: You can't. But we'll tell you what it is!) Join Guy and Mindy for a wild underwater adventure to the depths of the deep blue sea, as they uncover the plastic-pooping truth of the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW in the World of the Giant Larvacean!

  • It's Raining Diamonds!

    Sep 04 2017

    Where in the world is it raining diamonds? What in the world are diamonds made of anyway? And how in the world can we forecast the "weather" on Neptune and Uranus? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for our most most sparkly episode yet! It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW in the World of DIAMOND RAIN!

  • Where Did We Come From?

    Aug 31 2017

    Where in in the world did we come from? How in the world did we get here? Who in the world were our ancient ancestors? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they travel back in time to discover the history of our big Homo sapien family! Also, how in the world can we help our human family affected by Hurricane Harvey? What in the world is a hurricane, and how does it form? It's the latest in Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World!

  • Invasion Of The Sea Pickles

    Aug 28 2017

    What in the world is a Sea Pickle? Where in the world can you find them? And Why in the world do scientists refer to them as the 'Unicorn of the Sea?' Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz for latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW in the world of Sea Pickles!

  • Two-Headed Space Worms

    Aug 24 2017

    What in the world are Planarian Flatworms? Why in the world did scientists send them on a mission to outer space? And where in the world are their mouths if not on their heads?! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for a tale of two worms....in one body. It's the latest who, what, when, where, why, how, and WOW in the world of WORMSTRONAUTS!

  • Back-To-School: Recess 101

    Aug 21 2017

    How in the world does recess make us smarter? Where in the world do kids enjoy the most of it? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an expedition to better understand the science of taking a break! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of RECESS!

  • Stick It Right Here, Sluggo!

    Aug 17 2017

    How in the world could a slug help doctors to perform surgery on humans? Where in the world can you find the slug with the stickiest slime? Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz on their the slimiest and "tiniest" adventure yet! It's all the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World!

  • The Total Solar Eclipse (When the Moon Photobombs the Sun)

    Aug 14 2017

    What in the world is a Total Solar Eclipse? Why in the world is it so rare? When and Where in the world can we watch it happen? And how in the world can we view it without hurting our eyeballs? That's a lot of questions! And we've got answers. Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow, of the Total Solar Eclipse!

  • If You're Happy & You Know It...

    Aug 10 2017

    Where in the world can you find a Museum of Happiness!? What in the world is the happiest place on Earth? How in the world can we pump up the jam on our own happiness? Happiness Week continues as Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz discover big joy in the latest who, what, when, where, why, how, and Wow in the World!

  • A Case FOR The Giggles

    Aug 07 2017

    Why in the world do they say that "laughter is the best medicine?" How in the world do you catch a case of the giggles? And what in the world is a Laughing Yogi?! Try not to LOL, as Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas guffaw their way through the science of laughter, on this seriously silly episode of Wow in the World!

  • Chill Out(side)!

    Aug 03 2017

    Where in the world can we find sounds that will help us chill out? Why in the world do our brains react differently to noises in nature versus noises made by humans? And how in the world can we add a little peace and quiet to our loud and busy communities? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for the latest who, what, when, where, why how, and WOW in the World!

  • Astronauts, Clean Up Your Outer Space!

    Jul 31 2017

    What in the world is all that junk floating around in Low Earth Orbit? And how in the world can gecko feet possibly help to clean it up? Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz as they take us on an out-of-this-world quest, to solve one of the messiest problems in our solar system! It's the latest who, what, when, where, why, how, and WOW in the World!

  • Cuckoo For Cocoa: Journey To The Chocolate Forests Of South America

    Jul 27 2017

    Where in the world does chocolate come from? And what in the world does eating it have to do with memory? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they go cuckoo for cocoa on a wild expedition to a "chocolate forest" in South America! It's the latest in who, what, when, where, why, how and WOW in the World!

  • Brain Freeze!

    Jul 24 2017

    What in the world is Brain Freeze? Why in the world does it happen when we're enjoying a cold, tasty treat? And how in the world do we get rid of it?! Grab an ice-cold refreshing drink, and get ready to explore the who, what, when, where, why how and WOW in the world of BRAIN FREEZE!

  • Hot Buttered Popcorn...PEE?!?

    Jul 20 2017

    How in the world does hot buttered popcorn smell so good? Where in the world can we find that smell in the wild? And what in the world does PEE have to do with it? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an epic adventure to Southeast Asia for the latest who, what, when, where, why, how, and WOW in the world!

  • Mosquitoes, Stinky Socks, And Bread....Oh MY!

    Jul 17 2017

    What in the world is up with mosquitoes attacking some people but not others? And how in the world could stinky socks hold the clue? Also why in the world should we stop feeding bread to the ducks? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for the latest who, what, when, where, why, how, and WOW in the World!

  • It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's A....FLYING TAXI?!

    Jul 13 2017

    Where in the world will we see the first flying taxis? What in the world will they look like? Who in the world will operate them? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and WOW on the world's first flying taxi cabs!

  • A Tasty Looking Moon And Sharing Caring Chimpanzees

    Jul 10 2017

    Why in the world does Saturn have a moon that looks good enough to eat? What in the world can chimpanzees teach us about kindness? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW in the World!

  • The Fish With The Killer Kiss

    Jul 06 2017

    How in the world does a fish attack its prey with a deadly kiss? Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz as they explore the grosser than gross fishy business of this killer underwater smooch! It's all happening in this week's Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW in the World!

  • Invite Yourself To Dinner And How Pandas Got Their Spots

    Jul 03 2017

    What in the world happens when you eat in front of a mirror? How in the world did pandas get their spots? Join Mindy, Mindy, AND Guy Raz as they take on this week's Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW in the World!

  • Comets, Ice Age, And Human Civilization

    Jun 29 2017

    Why was North America once covered in ice? How could a comet strike have helped to shape our planet as we know it? And What did stone carvings teach us about our early human ancestors? Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas as they take you on a time traveling adventure through the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and WOW in the World!

  • Dogs Vs. Two-Year Olds, Tooting Cows, And Crickets For Breakfast

    Jun 26 2017

    What in the world do dogs and two-year olds have in common? Why in the world are tooting, burping cows harming the planet, and How in the world can eating insects help the solve the problem? Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas as they take you on an adventure through the world's latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and WOW in the World!

  • Let's Flamingle!

    Jun 22 2017

    How in the world can studying flamingos help humans? What in YOUR world is wowing you? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for this week's Thursday Edition of Wow in the World!

  • Bag O' Worms & The Velocity Of Poop

    Jun 19 2017

    What in the world do wax worms eat? How in the world has it taken us six episodes to talk about poop? Join Guy Raz and Mindy as they wax-poetic about waxworms and referee the stinkiest race imaginable! It's all happening in this week's who, what, when, where, why, how and Wow in the World - Episode 6!

  • Dinosaurs' Puzzling Backbones

    Jun 15 2017

    How in the world did 170,000 pound dinosaurs walk around without collapsing under their own weight? What in YOUR world is wowing you? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for our first ever Thursday Edition of Wow in the World!

  • Pokemon Go Make Some Friends & The Noisy Sounds of Silence

    Jun 12 2017

    How in the world can playing Pokémon Go can help us make new friends? What in the world is up with all of that noise polluting our wildlife habitats? Join Guy Raz and Mindy as they capture Pokémon, battle shyness, and take you on the noisiest nature hike on earth! It's all happening in this week's who, what, when, where, why, how and Wow in the World- Episode 5!

  • A Hermit Crab Housing Crisis And The Great Human Vs. Rabbit Race

    Jun 05 2017

    What motivates hermit crabs to fight for the ultimate dream shell? How would the fastest runner in the universe fare in a running race with a rabbit? Join Mindy and Guy Raz for hermit crab wrestlemania and a race through history to find out why we humans walk differently than other animals! It's all happening in this week's who, what, when, where, why, how and Wow in the World!

  • Your Shoelaces On G-Force And Bubble Gulpies of the Future?

    May 29 2017

    Why in the world do our shoelaces always come untied? How in the world do we solve the problem of all those disposable water bottles we toss? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas for a wild roller coaster ride and a unusual water balloon fight as they set out to discover this week's who, what, when, where, why, how and Wow in the World - Episode 3!

  • Corn Your Toes And Blast-Off To The Moon!

    May 22 2017

    Why in the world would we wear corn on our feet? When in the world will humans vacation in space? Join Guy and Mindy for this week's who, what, when, where, why, how, and Wow in the World - Episode 2!

  • The Search For Planet 9 And Our Sushi-Powered Brains

    May 15 2017

    Where in the world is the mysterious ninth planet? What in the world did early humans eat to make them so smart? How in the world does saying "thank you" make you healthier? Find out this week's who, what, where, when and how on Wow in the World Episode 1!

  • Welcome to Wow in the World

    May 05 2017

    On May 15, NPR launches its first podcast for kids and families, Wow in the World, hosted by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas. This weekly show invites curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey away from their screens, inside their brains and into the most amazing stories in science, technology, and new discoveries.