Brain Junk

Series produced by Trace Kerr

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Everything you never knew you wanted to know. We guarantee, you won't be bored.

Amy Barton and Trace Kerr shake up science, history & culture in this once a week show. We hunt for off the wall, totally unexpected answers to questions and bring them to you in two to five minute short, "Brain Storms" or longer ten to thirty minute episodes.
We dive into questions like: What are Supernumerary teeth? Do ants pass the Mirror Test? Why do kids in Denmark murder their birthday cakes?
Brain Junk is a fun ride for adults and kids who want to know.


28 Pieces

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In 1804 Dr. Troxler discovered he could make pastel dots on paper disappear if he stared at them for long enough. Blink, and they would reappear. T...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:24
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Need to string some wire through your house or clean a particle accelerator? You might need a science ferret.

  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 03:09
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It's our one year podcast-aversary! We thank you for listening with an episode on accidental swallowings and some...not so accidental. Trace also ...

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 05:50
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Can Flatworms remember how to find food after re-growing their heads? Science rolled up its sleeves and found out.

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 04:47
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Why do we want to crush-hug cute things like babies and young animals? It may have something to do with adorableness overload and how our brains co...

  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:50
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Born in 1832, Mary Fields was the first African-American female Star Route mail carrier in the United States. Wearing two guns that she sometimes b...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:32
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Two percent of the population has the almost uncanny ability to recognize and remember faces from chance meetings even years before. We talk about ...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2019
  • Length: 05:15
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Meet C. explodens; worker ants who rupture their own abdomens--filled with toxic goo--to protect the colony from predators.

  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:59
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One more example of how farmers MacGyver everything. No phone lines? Use the fence.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:42
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The internet claims lobsters are immortal. Amy pulls a Dana Scully and debunks the heck out of that idea.

  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 04:35
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Jumping out of an airplane without a parachute?! We explore a study that explains how sometimes, if you look at the data in just the right way, bac...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2019
  • Length: 02:40
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Not the big yawn that you'd think. These 100,000 or so codes are used to determine your bill. Some of those codes are hilarious. Bit by cow and str...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 04:09
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The rings of icy dust around Saturn are so much younger than the planet. Where did they come from and why are they going away?

  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:29
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Amy and Trace went on an epic field trip around our home town of Spokane and found all sorts of canned gems, like a whole chicken, silkworms and ch...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2019
  • Length: 07:53
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African Wild Dogs appear to vote on pack activities by sneezing.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 02:54
  • Purchases: 1
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Dr. Margoliash at the University of Chicago has been studying the brains of Zebra Finches for years. Today we dive into some of his lab's result --...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2019
  • Length: 03:22
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Neuroscientists have found that dogs might actually love their people.

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 02:40
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Learn a bit about the women and men of the IIP who monitor icebergs in the northern reaches of our Atlantic ocean.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 02:59
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Two shorter episodes we call Brain Storms smash cut together. We explore the history of a Cretaceous frog and live births in some species of skink.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 03:57
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Where we talk about Dr. Nathalie Stroeymeyt and her foraging, black garden ants. Infected ants seem to stay away from other ants. Find out why.

  • Added: Jan 09, 2019
  • Length: 02:49