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Ear Snacks

Add some fun to your day with refreshing meditations on topics such as pickles, tickets and teeth. Experts young and old know that even the little things are “more than” - more funny, more meaningful and more connecting. Join Andrew & Polly and explore the absurdity and wonder of everyday life in this lovable and award-winning podcast that’ll be a hit for everyone in your family.

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Episode 1: Hands

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 earsnacks.org. 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 jessicaerinbennett.com

17mins

18 Oct 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 2: Hats!

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!

25mins

10 Aug 2015

Rank #2

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Episode 9: Rain!

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: http://bit.ly/earsnacks // For more information or to support Ear Snacks (or get a LA LA LA LA T-Shirt), visit http://andrewandpolly.com

20mins

21 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 12: Seeds

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 bedtime.fm, and if your child has something to say about seeds, visit earsnacks.org

23mins

29 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 5: Critters!

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!

23mins

24 Nov 2015

Rank #5

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Episode 20: Decoding Bugs

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.

25mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 4: Disguises!

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 & 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!

34mins

24 Oct 2015

Rank #7

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Episode 16: Letters! (Part I)

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 lettering art: http://anenocena.com/ The Pen Addict Website: http://www.penaddict.com/ The Pen Addict Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pen-addict/id909109717?mt=2 Strathmore Performing Arts Center: https://www.strathmore.org/

20mins

13 Oct 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 25: How Time Feels with Story Pirates & The Pop Ups

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.storypirates.com www.thepopups.com www.earsnacks.org

28mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 22: Pajamas with Mindy Thomas! Dreams, Rest, Sleepovers and The Incredible Edible Bread Bed (TM)

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 NPR's "Wow in the World" and SiriusXM Kids Place Live shares about sleepovers, her invention "The Incredible Edible Bread Bed," and how important it is to share your dreams.

25mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 10: Shadows!

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.

22mins

31 May 2016

Rank #11

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Episode 26: Tempo!

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 www.earsnacks.org

19mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 11: Strings (Part I)

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 (http://francesengland.com), Quentin & Mista Cookie Jar (mistacookiejar.com) all tell us why it is they like their strings. For more information about Ear Snacks, visit http://andrewandpolly.com

18mins

27 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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Roadtrip Mixtape

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 www.earsnacks.org

32mins

27 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 8: Beeps!

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 created the free Morse Code generator we used. Try it yourself at scphillips.com! Subscribe to Ear Snacks here: http://bit.ly/earsnacks // To support Ear Snacks, visit andrewandpolly.com. That's also a good place to purchase a LA LA LA LA T-shirt!

19mins

12 Mar 2016

Rank #15

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Extra: Facts! (Steven Drozd)

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: andrewandpolly.com

18mins

10 May 2017

Rank #16

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Ear Snacks Special Episode: Halloween Spook-tacular!

MOO! A cow ghost.

27mins

26 Oct 2016

Rank #17

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How to Talk Like a Pirate!

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!

14mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 6: Boxes!

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: http://bit.ly/earsnacks // To support Ear Snacks, visit andrewandpolly.com

19mins

22 Dec 2015

Rank #19