Podcast

Wow in the World

Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We'll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.

Episodes

  • Two-Headed Space Worms

    Jan 21 2019

    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! (Originally aired 8/28/17.)

  • Now Watch Me Drip Drip: The Science Of Slower Melting Ice Cream!

    Jan 14 2019

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! But what's up with all the melting on hot summer days? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they scour the globe in search of a special new ingredient, that's said to prevent ice cream from turning into a sticky situation! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of slower melting ice cream! (Originally aired 7/30/18.)

  • Exploding Ants!

    Jan 07 2019

    You ANT gonna believe this! A new ant species has been discovered in the jungles of Southeast Asia! And while these tiny insects may look similar to the ants we know, they are literally BURSTING surprises! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they get up close - too close - to explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Exploding Ants! Originally aired July 16th 2018.

  • The Zen of Video Games

    Dec 31 2018

    Stressed? Anxious? Is your life going bonkerballs?! May we suggest ... video games! A recent study has shown that certain video games may help alleviate stress in times of high anxiety. To test out this theory Mindy and Guy Raz attend a very special kind of meditation retreat.

  • The Cubic Scoop on Wombat Poop!

    Dec 24 2018

    Poop to the power of 3? Rubik's Poop? Poop cubed?! We're talking wombats and the unusually shaped blocks of scat they leave behind! But HOW? And WHY? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they travel to an Australian "Pooseum" to explore this stinky, squared, scientific mystery! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Wombat poop!

  • An Elevator To The Stars!

    Dec 17 2018

    Welcome to another toe tapping episode of Wow in the World! Guy Raz is off to listen to the latest and greatest in world of elevator music and Mindy tags along for the ride! But this music isn't just for any elevator. Oh no! This elevator is going from here ... to the stars! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the who, what, when, where, why and wow in the world of Space Elevators!

  • The Karate Kickin' Cockroach

    Dec 10 2018

    Mindy signs Guy Raz and herself up for a karate lesson! But when she starts talking about cockroaches, jewel wasps, and zombies, Guy Raz quickly realizes that this is not going to be your typical karate class. What in the Wow does Mindy have Up her sleeves this time? Listen in for The Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of the Karate Kickin' Cockroach!

  • Extreme Makeover: Spider Edition

    Dec 03 2018

    Lights, Camera and Action! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they go behind the scenes on the hottest new matchmaking show in the animal kingdom; "Date or Bait!" Follow along as they learn all about the carnivorous habits of the female Jumping Spider and the flashy ways these bachelor male spiders try to keep themselves from ending up on the menu! It's Date or Bait: proudly brought to you by Wow in the World!

  • A Dog's Nose Always Knows

    Nov 26 2018

    What in the world is a dog's secret sniffing power? How in the world do their noses know more than ours? And why are we putting these noses to work? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they explore latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of super sniffing canines! (originally aired December 25th)

  • The Very Hungry Black Hole

    Nov 19 2018

    Mindy's going to need a few tips if she's going to win the local eating competition, lucky for her, Guy Raz knows the best eater in the universe! The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of black holes! (originally aired May 7th)

  • Exploding Ants!

    Nov 12 2018

    You ant gonna believe this! A new ant species has been discovered in the jungles of Southeast Asia! And while these tiny insects may look similar to the ants we know, they are literally BURSTING surprises! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they get up close -too close- to explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Exploding Ants! (originally aired July 16th)

  • Why Horses Can't Wear Flip Flops

    Nov 05 2018

    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! (originally aired November 20th)

  • Ladies & Germs, Meet The Supervillain Superbugs!

    Oct 29 2018

    Almost 100 years ago, Alexander Fleming discovered what would go on to become the world's first antibiotic. Nearly a century later, the bacterial infections and diseases these antibiotics once treated are making a comeback! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they delve into the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of battling SUPERBUGS! (Originally aired April 23rd)

  • EAR YE! EAR YE! How The Shape Of Our Ears Affects The Way We Hear!

    Oct 22 2018

    Get ready and prepare those two fleshy little sea shells on the side of your head for the science of sound! That's right, we're talking ear science! Join Guy and Mindy as they explore the who, what, when, where, why, how, and Wow in the World of auditory awesomeness! (originally aired June 11th)

  • Your Crabby Pee Is Scaring Me!

    Oct 15 2018

    What's that scent wafting through the murky waters off the coast of Georgia? Well if you're a mud crab, you'll know that it's the smell of fear. But where does it come from? And how do we know? Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas for Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of secret signals of the animal world. (And stick around as they potty-train a Blue crab. Trust us on this one.) (Originally aired April 13th 2018)

  • BANG! Where'd this universe come from?!

    Oct 08 2018

    What in the world can you create with a 3D printer? How in the world does it work? Where in the world is it being used OUT of this world? And WHY in the world is Mindy pouring pancake batter into a laser printer?! Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas as they share the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of 3D printing...the future! (Originally aired December 18th 2018)

  • 3D Printing the Future!

    Oct 01 2018

    What in the world can you create with a 3D printer? How in the world does it work? Where in the world is it being used OUT of this world? And WHY in the world is Mindy pouring pancake batter into a laser printer?! Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas as they share the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of 3D printing...the future! (Originally aired December 18th 2018)

  • Totally Spiced Out!

    Sep 24 2018

    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! (Originally Aired December 11th 2018)

  • WAIT...WAIT...ARE THOSE MARSHMALLOWS? Why Kids Are Better At Waiting Than Adults

    Sep 17 2018

    New scientific research suggests that kids these days are better than grownups when it comes to waiting. WHAT?! Join Mindy and Guy Raz in the waiting room of the dentist's office, as they explore how scientists used MARSHMALLOWS in the scientific experiment that lead to this discovery! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Waiting!

  • Spit-Take! The Science Of Saliva And Those Bitter Bites

    Sep 10 2018

    Having trouble breaking through the bitter bites of nature's leafiest greens and cocoa beans? Well before you do that spit-take, you may want to chew on this nature's candy just a little longer! New research suggests that the key savoring the bitter flavors of Brussels sprouts, kale, and even coffee, can be found in your spit! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of SALIVA!

  • How To Sleep Your Way to Victory

    Sep 03 2018

    We all know a good night's sleep is good for our bodies, but did you know it could also increase your odds of winning the big race? Join Guy Raz and Mindy as they snooze, snore, and put this new scientific discovery to the test! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of sleep science!

  • The Dinosaur With Dandruff

    Aug 27 2018

    Don't scritch scratch that itchy, flaky scalp! Take it from the Beipiaosaurus, it doesn't help! Join Mindy and Guy Raz, and a tiny T-Rex as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of the oldest ever case of dandruff!

  • An Intergalactic Interloper!

    Aug 20 2018

    It came from another solar system! No, it's not the latest sci-fi summer blockbuster; it's science! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of alien asteroids!

  • An Eyebrow Evolution!

    Aug 13 2018

    Once upon a time, our earliest human ancestors all had a permanent case of 'angry face' due to the big bony ridges on their foreheads. Over time we've evolved flexible brows that can communicate our complex emotions. Evolutionary anthropologists are trying to figure out why. Join Mindy and Guy Raz for an ancient family reunion, and discover the who, what, when, where, why, how and WOW in the world of eyebrows!

  • An Aurora Named Steve

    Aug 06 2018

    There's a new natural phenomenon in town and he's putting on a light show! Scientists are learning more and more about this mysterious new aurora and have even given it a name! So join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the who, what, when, where, why, how and wow in the world of Steve!

  • Now Watch Me Drip Drip: The Science Of Slower Melting Ice Cream!

    Jul 30 2018

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! But what's up with all the melting on hot summer days? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they scour the globe in search of a special new ingredient, that's said to prevent ice cream from turning into a sticky situation! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of slower melting ice cream!

  • The Curious Case of the Everlasting Storm

    Jul 23 2018

    Crash! Crack! Boom! No need to duck and cover during this incredible thunderstorm! It's been going on for hundreds of years! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they make there way out to Venezuela to hunt down the mysterious and electrifying Catatumbo Bay Lighting Storm and in the process uncover the Who, What, When Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of this electrifying scientific phenomenon!

  • Exploding Ants!

    Jul 16 2018

    You ant gonna believe this! A new ant species has been discovered in the jungles of Southeast Asia! And while these tiny insects may look similar to the ants we know, they are literally BURSTING surprises! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they get up close -too close- to explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Exploding Ants!

  • Un-BEE-lievable Bees!

    Jul 06 2018

    You won't bee-lieve your ears! Join Detective Mindy and Inspector Raz, an un-bee-table crime fighting duo, as they try to crack the case of the missing bees! It's all in this episode as we explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of buzzing bees!

  • Do Birds Of A Feather Flock Together?

    Jul 02 2018

    Reggie is away on his migration vacation! He's been all over the place; China, Hawaii, New Zealand! But how in the world do our avian friends pull of such feats of endurance? Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the world of bird migration!

  • Samurai Vs. The Stink: The Science of Invasive Wildlife Species

    Jun 25 2018

    Where in the world did all of these hungry stink bugs come from? How in the world can we stop the invasion in time to save our crops? And why in the world are scientists looking at the Samurai Wasp for the answer? Join Mindy and Guy Raz for The Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of invasive wildlife species!

  • Oh Knuck-Crackers! The Science of Poppin' Knuckles

    Jun 18 2018

    It's finger poppin' time on Wow in the World, and this week, Mindy and Guy explore the science behind the SNAP, CRACKLE, AND POP of our knuckles! Where in the world is that sound coming from?! Why in the world does it make some people so uncomfortable? And how in the world is it even made? Join in on an interesting quest for the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of KNUCKLE CRACKING!

  • EAR YE! EAR YE! How The Shape Of Our Ears Affects The Way We Hear!

    Jun 11 2018

    Get ready and prepare those two fleshy little sea shells on the side of your head for the science of sound! That's right, we're talking ear science! Join Guy and Mindy as they explore the who, what, when, where, why, how, and Wow in the World of auditory awesomeness!

  • How To Talk To A Dog

    Jun 04 2018

    Is that dog wearing glasses?! Guy Raz has a new four-legged friend, but he's having trouble bonding with him. Good thing Mindy knows the scientifically-proven very best way to talk to dogs! This week learn HOW in the world scientists figured out how to speak to dogs and WHAT in the world is the best way to say "Who's a good boy"? Join Mindy and Guy Raz to learn the Who, What, When Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of canine communication!

  • Wow in the World + The Story Pirates in Do You SEE What I HEAR?

    May 28 2018

    This week, it's a double scoop of our first ever, Wow in the World Podcast Scrambler! In this episode, Guy Raz and Mindy team up with the Story Pirates Podcast to explore the latest science behind SYNESTHESIA!

  • Somefin Smells Fishy In Here! (How Fish Oil Makes Us Smarter) Part 2

    May 21 2018

    After discovering on last week's episode that fish oil contains offishoily fintastic benefits for our brains, Guy Raz and Mindy decide to take the plunge on a wild aquatic adventure to experience HOW in the world fish oil is made! Join us, as Guy and Mindy explore the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of squeezing the smarts out of sardines!

  • Somefin Smells Fishy In Here! (How Fish Oil Makes Us Smarter) Part 1

    May 14 2018

    What in the World is that fishy smell coming from Guy Raz's refrigerator? And how in the world could it's contents help us to learn and sleep better? And who in the world was the first to discover this? Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz for the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Fintastic Fish Oil!

  • The Very Hungry Black Hole

    May 07 2018

    Mindy's going to need a few tips if she's going to win the local eating competition. Lucky for her, Guy Raz knows the best eater in the universe! The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they explore the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of black holes!

  • Your Crabby Pee Is Scaring Me!

    Apr 30 2018

    What's that scent wafting through the murky waters off the coast of Georgia? Well if you're a mud crab, you'll know that it's the smell of fear. But where does it come from? And how do we know? Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas for Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of secret signals of the animal world. (And stick around as they potty-train a Blue crab. Trust us on this one)

  • Ladies & Germs, Meet The Supervillain Superbugs!

    Apr 23 2018

    Almost 100 years ago Alexander Fleming discovered what would go on to become the world's first antibiotic. Nearly a century later, the bacterial infections and diseases these antibiotics once treated are making a comeback. Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they delve into the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of battling SUPERBUGS!

  • Operation Earth: How To Be Cool To A Planet That's Hot

    Apr 16 2018

    We've all heard of Climate Change, but what is it, and why is it bad news for planet Earth? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they go back in time in an effort to protect our future! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of Climate Change Heroes!

  • All-Natural Superheroes Part 2

    Apr 09 2018

    Forget Spiderman, The Hulk and Captain America, there are already thousands of real superheroes already lurking among us; in nature. From heat vision to the immortality join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on their superhero recruitment drive as they discover the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of nature's all natural superpowers!

  • All-Natural Superheroes Part 1

    Apr 02 2018

    Forget Spiderman, The Hulk and Captain America, there are already thousands of real superheroes already lurking among us; in nature. From heat vision to the immortality join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on their superhero recruitment drive as they discover the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of nature's all natural superpowers!

  • Smart-Bots

    Mar 26 2018

    From self-driving cars to chess-playing robots, oh my! Artificial intelligence is all around us, and it's only getting smarter. Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on a computational quest to discover the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of AI!

  • Anti-Social Animals

    Mar 19 2018

    Guy Raz and Mindy look at the social structures of different animal species and see how being antisocial might be a good thing ... if you're a marmot! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they go hike the Alps all in an effort to understand the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of social biology!

  • Spaced Out Pen Pal - Part 2

    Mar 12 2018

    So you're going to visit your pen pal on the the International Space Station. You've got your spacesuit, and now, all you need now is a way to get there! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an out of this world adventure in the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of reusable rockets and humanoid robots!

  • Spaced Out Pen Pal - Part 1

    Mar 05 2018

    E-mail is great, but nothing beats a nice, old fashioned, hand written letter. But what do you do when your pen pal lives on the International Space Station?! You suit up of course! Spacesuit up! Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an out of this world adventure in the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of spacesuit technology!

  • Hey Mars! Put A Ring On It!

    Feb 26 2018

    One of Mars' moons is on a collision course with the red planet! But don't worry, it won't happen for another 5 million years or so. Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on an extraterrestrial adventure, as they learn all about gravity, orbits and all the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World science behind celestial physics!

  • Two-Headed Space Worms

    Feb 19 2018

    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! Originally aired August 24th, 2017.

  • Where Did We Come From?

    Feb 12 2018

    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! Originally aired August 31st, 2017.

  • Invasion of the Sea Pickles

    Feb 05 2018

    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! Originally aired August 28, 2017.

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

    Jan 29 2018

    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! Originally aired August 14th, 2017.

  • Recess 101

    Jan 22 2018

    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! Originally aired August 21, 2017.

  • Stick it Right Here, Sluggo!

    Jan 15 2018

    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 Aug. 17, 2017. New episode Feb. 26, 2018.

  • BANG! Where'd This Universe Come From?!

    Jan 08 2018

    Where in the world did our universe come from? How in the world was it formed? And what in the world happened to ALL of us on August 17th 2017 without any of us even realizing? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on a time traveling adventure through the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of gravitational waves, neutron stars, and the history of our universe!

  • Homegrown Genome

    Jan 01 2018

    What in the world is gene editing technology? How in the world could it help certain humans? And why in the world would we use it to bring the past to the future? Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas as they explore the technology that could change the modern medical world as we know it! It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World!

  • A Dog's Nose Always Knows

    Dec 25 2017

    What in the world is a dog's secret sniffing power? How in the world do their noses know more than ours? And why are we putting these noses to work? Join Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas as they explore latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the world of super sniffing canines

  • 3D Printing the Future!

    Dec 18 2017

    What in the world can you create with a 3D printer? How in the world does it work? Where in the world is it being used OUT of this world? And WHY in the world is Mindy pouring pancake batter into a laser printer?! Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas as they share the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of 3D printing...the future!

  • 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.