ABC Imagine This: Big ideas for little ones

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 Dec 11, 2018

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Imagine a world where it’s all right to ask questions and have your voice heard. In each episode of Imagine This, we delve into a puzzling question from an inquisitive mind, examining the science behind it in a fun and engaging way. This podcast is suited to kids aged 4 and up, though all members of the family are sure to learn something! Our host, Brianna Peterson, chats to kids and Australia’s leading academics, taking you on an adventure to learn about the world around you. Imagine This is a coproduction between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation.

Episode Date
Why do shooting stars fall out of the sky?
10:14
Do you ever look up at the stars for long enough to see a shooting star fall from the sky? What makes them fall, and are they really stars that come down to Earth or are they something else? In this episode Bri and Dr Lisa-Harvey Smith are looking up into the night sky to see what they can find.
Jun 18, 2019
Why did the dinosaurs die?
10:00
Long, long ago, the world was ruled by the dinosaurs. Today, we see them by looking at their bones in a museum, or reading about them in books. So what happened to these ancient creatures? In this episode, Bri and Dr Caitlin Syme go looking for dino-clues to uncover the story of the dinosaurs.
Jun 11, 2019
Why do we lose our baby teeth?
09:17
When we’re babies, our teeth come through so we can start chomping on solid foods. Then something strange happens and we start to get wobbly teeth. In this episode Jack wants to know why our baby teeth come out, so dentist Dr Mihiri Silva and host Bri investigate why this happens.
Jun 04, 2019
Why are there waves?
09:12
Pack your bucket and spade, we’re taking a trip to the beach! Evie has noticed that there are lots of waves at the beach, and she wants to know what makes all those waves happen. Join our host Bri and wave expert Mark Hemer as we investigate what makes those waves crash onto our shore.
May 28, 2019
How was the Earth made?
08:06
Everything we see today, all the animals and trees and houses, are all part of our planet Earth. But where do you think the Earth came from? In this episode, physicist Dr Niraj Lal tells us a story that started a long, long, long time ago.
May 21, 2019
How does our heart beat?
09:00
We all have a heart beating in our chest. Sometimes our hearts beat fast, and sometimes they beat slow, but how do they work? In this episode, Louis wants to know what makes our hearts beat. Join our host Bri and Dr Shane Nanayakkara as they listen close to find out what our hearts are doing.
May 14, 2019
Why do leaves fall off trees?
08:31
Have you ever noticed that some trees change in the Autumn? Their leaves can turn from green to red and yellow, and fall to the ground. In this episode Emma wants to know why trees lose their leaves, so tree scientist Matilda Brown helps us to solve the mystery of the falling leaves.
May 07, 2019
How do we smell?
09:00
Did you know that smell is one of the first senses we develop? We can smell before we’re even born. Smells are so powerful they can bring back memories and even make us hungry! In this episode, Dr Rodrigo Suarez helps us sniff out some good and bad smells to find out where they're coming from. 
Apr 30, 2019
Why do volcanoes erupt?
09:07
Volcanoes are one of the most powerful forces on Earth. This week we go right up close with volcanologist Heather Handley and peek inside a volcano to see how they work. Turns out here’s a lot going on underground!
Apr 23, 2019
Why do birds sing?
09:00
When birds sing, what do you think they’re saying? In this episode we head to the park with Simon Griffith to listen to the birds. Put your listening ears on and get ready to hear some amazing singers.
Apr 16, 2019
Where do dreams come from?
08:00
In this episode Winifred wants to know where our dreams come from, so psychologist Dr Shane Rogers and host Bri go on an adventure inside the mind to explore the incredible world of dreams.
Apr 09, 2019
The new season of Imagine This is coming!
08:18
Good news Imagine This fans, your favourite science based podcast will be returning in April. In the meantime, here's a tantalising teaser revealing some of the topics, Bri and her team of experts will unpack in Season 3. For bonus Imagine This content from Season 2 watch Bri and her friends answer some tricky questions about hiccups, clouds, mosquitos and more in 6 animated videos.
Mar 11, 2019
Is there life in other galaxies?
10:00
Here on Imagine This, we get lots of questions about SPACE. In this episode, our good friend Professor Jonti Horner, from the University of Southern Queensland, is back to help us answer a big mystery... is there life in other galaxies? We go looking for Alien life in other parts of the Universe to see who or what, is out there.
Nov 06, 2018
Why do we have bones?
09:16
Underneath your skin and muscle, you might be able to feel your bones. But why are they there?  Join us as we find out more about the human skeleton and what it does. Dr Emma Duncan from the University of Queensland explains what’s going on under our skin.
Oct 31, 2018
What are spiderwebs made from?
09:01
Did you know that spiders have a secret superpower? They can spin their own homes in the form of strong and sticky spider webs. But how do they do it? Dr Andrew Walker from the University of Queensland, is our expert on creepy crawlies, and he swings in to tell us why spiderwebs are so strong.
Oct 23, 2018
Why do we need food?
08:46
Why do we have to eat vegetables and fruits? How come we can’t just have ice-cream and lollies for every meal? Every time we eat, our food goes on an amazing journey through our body. Dr Amanda Devine from Edith Cowan University chats with us about what happens when we eat and why we need food to survive.
Oct 16, 2018
How do echidnas breathe underground?
09:47
Have you ever seen a spikey echidna? They love to dig into the ground with their strong claws, but Isabella wants to know how they can breathe when their little faces are under the ground. So we chat with Echidna expert Dr Christine Cooper from Curtin University to uncover the secrets of these spikey little creatures.
Oct 09, 2018
Where do our recycled items go?
07:57
When you put your recycling in the bin where do you think it goes? Into the rubbish truck? But then what happens to it? We find out what happens with the help of rubbish expert Dr Trevor Thornton from Deakin University.
Oct 02, 2018
Why does rain only come from grey clouds?
08:02
Have you ever noticed that rain comes from grey clouds and not white clouds? Fiona has been looking up into the sky and wants to know why the rain only comes from grey clouds. Join Bri and Robyn Duell from the Bureau of Meteorology, as they do some serious cloud watching.
Sep 25, 2018
Why is the Earth Round?
08:18
It might not look like it from where you stand, but the Earth is actually shaped like a giant ball. So how do we stand on it and not fall off? Dr Jacinta Den Besten from the University of Melbourne helps us learn all about gravity.
Sep 18, 2018
Why are mosquito bites itchy?
08:27
If you’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito, you might know how hard it is not to itch it! In this episode, our question comes from James who is traveling around Australia with his family. They get bitten by mozzies all the time and he wants to know why these bites are so itchy. Dr Emily Flies from the University of Tasmania joins us to investigate those irritating little bites.
Sep 10, 2018
Why do we get the hiccups?
08:24
Have you ever had hiccups? In this episode, we go on an adventure to find out where the hiccups come from and why they happen. Join Bri and Dr Emma Beckett from the University of Newcastle as they go on a hiccup hunt.
Sep 04, 2018
Do animals sleep like people?
07:42
If you sleep in a cozy bed, with a soft blanket and your favourite toy, how do you think other animals sleep? Do they have beds like us? This week 5-year-old Lucinda wants to find out more about the sleeping habits of snails, birds and whales, so we chat to sleep scientist Dr.John Lesku from La Trobe University to get the low down on how other animals sleep.
May 29, 2018
Does space go on forever?
09:25
Space is so big that it's big enough to contain the Earth, all the other planets, the Sun and all the stars we see at night. Conrad has always wondered if space goes on forever.
May 22, 2018
How does a tiny seed grow into a huge tree?
09:03
All the trees and plants we see have come from tiny, weeny seeds. So how does something so tiny grow into something so big?
May 15, 2018
Why can I sometimes see the moon in daytime?
07:29
Sometimes we see it, sometimes we don't. That elusive moon of ours is always moving through the sky. Sometimes we can even see it in the daytime.
May 08, 2018
Why does a snake go “ssss” with its tongue poking out?
08:06
Find out where the "ssss" sound is coming from and what a snake might be trying to say with "ssss".
May 01, 2018
Where does money come from?
07:12
Millie is interested in money. She wants to know who makes it and how you get it. Is there a secret cave where all the money hides? 
Apr 24, 2018
Why do tears come out of our eyes when we cry?
07:57
Grace wants to know where tears come from and why they drip out of our eyes?
Apr 17, 2018
Why do stars twinkle?
07:08
When you look up into the night sky, do you see the stars twinkle back at you? Three-year-old Max really wants to know why the stars twinkle, so our Imagine This host Bri has teamed up with astrophysicist Jonti Horner, from the University of Southern Queensland, and a bunch of inquisitive kids to investigate the night sky and find out what makes the twinkle happen.
Apr 08, 2018
Why don’t cats wear shoes?
07:08
Three-year-old Molly has noticed that cats don’t wear shoes… but why don’t they? We talk to cat expert Dr. Joanne Righetti to find out why cats are missing out on sneakers and sparkly ballet flats. 
Apr 08, 2018
Where does poo go when I flush it down the toilet?
08:17
Every time you flush the toilet, where do you think your waste water goes? This is an important question from four-year-old Clancy, so we found a water scientist, Dr Ian Wright from Western Sydney University, who was game enough to go on a massive waterslide adventure... to find out where our poo goes!
Apr 08, 2018
Welcome to Imagine This, a podcast with big ideas for little ones
02:00
Imagine a world where it’s alright to ask questions and have your voice heard. Each episode we delve into a puzzling question from an inquisitive mind, examining the science behind it in a fun and engaging way.
Apr 02, 2018