Ear Snacks

By Andrew & Polly

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Ear Snacks is a musical podcast for kids about the world. Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled podcast that parents enjoy and younger kids eat right up. www.earsnacks.org

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Ear Snacks Family Music Mixtape

This year's Grammy-nominated Best Children's Albums are all from artists who are white, but young ears can and should hear a rainbow of identities represented in the music that is made specifically for them. Black and brown children deserve access to music that welcomes, reflects, and celebrates them.

In this special episode of Ear Snacks, we're thrilled to share songs by 10 excellent artists making exciting family music today. Three of these artists -- SaulPaul, Pierce Freelon, and Shawana Kemp -- introduce themselves and share the work of Family Music Forward, a grassroots organization dedicated to equity and racial justice in children's music founded by Devin Walker, Lolita Walker, Aaron Nigel Smith, SaulPaul, Pierce Freelon, Tommy Shepherd, Ann Torralba, Christina Sanabria, Andrés Salguero, Kaitlin McGaw, Karen Kalafatas, Amelia Robinson, and Alastair Moock.

So turn it up for these great family tunes by some amazing artists :

If you enjoyed these songs, we hope you’ll find more music from these artists, follow their work, and share what you love. And if one of these tunes becomes part of your family vocabulary, let them know!

Feb 09, 2021
Ear Snacks for Parents: Anti-Racist Parenting with Alphabet Rockers' Kaitlin McGaw & Tommy Shepherd

It’s been a while, but as we said in our last episode -- we’re still here. We miss you all.

As parents and people in this world, we are thinking a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement and racial injustice. As makers of some of the sounds and ideas that go into your kids’ ears, we feel a special connection to your family and a responsibility to address this topic -- anti-racism --  thoughtfully with you and your children on Ear Snacks.

Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd of Alphabet Rockers generously offered to have a conversation with us about anti-racism, anti-racist parenting, making progressive media for kids and their ongoing Grammy-nominated musical work about identity, race, gender and so much more including their anti-racism course for families: We Got Work to Do.

We hope this episode designed for parents (though not inappropriate for kids, we'll release a separate episode intended for young listeners) can help open or enhance conversations that you're having to further the dismantling of racism in our homes, our media, and our communities. There's lots of work to do, and it isn't easy -- but you are not alone.

We plan to follow this conversation up with episodes design for children - and we would love your involvement! If you or your children participated in a Black Lives Matter protest, conversation about race, or other form of activism this summer, we would love to have you on the show.  Please let us know if your family would like to get involved with these kinds of episodes and we’ll reach out to you as soon as we can. Know someone doing work in this area who we should talk to? Please introduce us!

We believe the most impactful way we (Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall, the humans) can affect change is to empower children to think deeply, in an age-appropriate way, about what is happening in society at this moment. We are thankful to connect with parents like you - parents who are raising thoughtful, open, and brave kids. We can be the change we want to see in this world.

Nov 01, 2020
Little Bitta Joy

You know what we did at our house this week? We had a dance party. We turned on some of our favorite music and we jumped around our house, all together. And we smiled.

So this week on Ear Snacks we want to play some moments and music from the show that might bring a smile to your face.

Today is different than yesterday. And tomorrow is going to be different than today. But we wanted to let you know that we're here today, and we know you are too.

Mar 20, 2020
The Notorious RBG

Dissenters everywhere! Join us in wishing Ruth Bader Ginsburg a very happy 87th birthday!

Andrew & Polly find some exceptionally aware kids to go on at length about the Supreme Court and it’s most Notorious justice, along with a new single from the Joanie Leeds joint All the Ladies entitled (you guessed it) “RBG”

Thanks to Darius, Lucy, and young podcast mogul Nate (who also made an episode about the supreme court with NPR’s Nina Totenberg) for joining the celebration and sharing what they know about our justice system. Thanks to the ineffable Lucy Kalantari, producer of the RBG song, and songwriter/performer Joanie Leeds for creating an ode to such a swell lady. The two children’s books mentioned in this episode are pictured below.

To find out more or to be on the show, visit www.earsnacks.org

Mar 15, 2020
Pi + Pie with America's Test Kitchen Kids

WHAT IS PIE? What about pi? Can I have 3.1415 pieces, please?

Andrew & Polly get granular and investigate the ingredients in both with Palmer, Sadie, William, Izzy, and Molly Birnbaum from America’s Test Kitchen Kids! Molly does all kinds of fascinating kitchen experiments and games on her new kids podcast, Mystery Recipe. Pre-heat your International Pi Day festivities right here!

We hope your family will check out the Mystery Recipe podcast for more food science deliciousness! ATK Kids has lots of interactive experiences set up for families to try and home, and here]s some Pi Day Art Activities wee found — we hope this weekend and beyond can be filled with fun and learning and good food as we weather social distancing together!

To find out more or to be on the show, visit www.earsnacks.org

Mar 13, 2020
The U.S. Census (it's a party, and you're invited!)

What's a census? Andrew & Polly dig in with special guests Vicki Glazer from the U.S. Census Bureau and Emily McMillan with the Statistics in Schools program that's hitting classrooms across America next week. Next month, everyone will get a postcard in the mail -- it's your invitation to the party that is the next decade of America...RSVP so they bring enough forks!

To help your school support this important civic work, you can find out more at census.gov and here's some handy materials from the NEA. To reach us or be on the show, visit earsnacks.org - and thanks for supporting democracy!

Feb 28, 2020
Episode 26: Tempo!

Come in, come in! We’re playing around with the speed of music!

In the fourth episode about clocks, we give our metronomes a workout — 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.

Thanks to Parry Gripp for contributing Pancake Robot to our family’s dance playlist, to regulator clock expert Johnny Flower for chiming in about the speed of clocks, to Izzy for not being bored very often, and to all you parents and siblings out there willing to let a small human mess with the speed of this podcast.

We’re putting out a final call to kids who want to share their thoughts about The Future. To find out more or to be on the show, visit www.earsnacks.org

Feb 06, 2020
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 Gimlet Media & The Story Pirates for sharing some time with us. You can find their podcast, Cement Dude and other ridiculous tunes on their album Backstroke Raptor, and you can submit stories you've written at www.storypirates.com

Thanks to Team Rabinowitz for taking minutes out of their busy morning commute to scavenge the streets of Brooklyn for clocks! You can find Time and other dance-y science-y songs at www.thepopups.com

To find out more or to be on the show, visit www.earsnacks.org

Jan 30, 2020
Alphabet Rockers (Best Kids Music from the 62nd Grammy Awards)

Kaitlin, Tommy, and an incredible team of young artist/activists invite us to a live session in New York City to relate how the Alphabet Rockers make music to make change, as is crystal clear in their second Grammy-nominated album “The Love”

Thanks to Kaitlin McGaw, Tommy Soulati Shepherd, Kali de Jesus,Lillian Ellis, Maya Fleming, Tommy T3Po Shepherd, and Malik a.k.a. Mahawam for joining us and sharing their music and ideas with your family. If you’re in the LA area for Grammy weekend, check out their free showcase concert (reservations recommended) at 2p on Saturday, January 25th.  You can find more about the music of Alphabet Rockers, their podcast So Get Me, their art movement The Butterfly Effect, and more at alphabetrockers.com - share music, support musicians!

Quick disclaimer: Alphabet Rockers’ music addresses issues of identity, world news, and politics — the conversation and music you’re about to hear will include those topics.

Jan 18, 2020
Ear Snacks for Parents: Music Therapy with Jon Samson (Best Kids Music from The 62nd GRAMMY Awards)

In this special episode designed for parents (though PG for kids), Andrew & Polly discuss Jon Samson’s music therapy practice, the therapeutic benefits of musical improvisation, and how we as parents can approach creating a supportive mental health environment for our kids.

Thanks to Jon for sharing his intricately crafted and emotive music with us. You can find more about his music therapy practice and more of his music at cocreativemusic.com or on his YouTube channel - share music, support musicians!

This interview and exploration of the work #behindthealbum is one of five Ear Snacks mini-episodes featuring each of the 5 Grammy-nominated artists for Best Children’s Album in the 62nd Grammy Awards.

Jan 16, 2020
The Okee Dokee Brothers (Best Kids Music from The 62nd GRAMMY Awards)

The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! We’re delighted to share this series of 5 Ear Snacks mini-episodes featuring each of the 5 Grammy-nominated artists for Best Children’s Album.

Brrrr! Andrew & Polly brave the frigid Santa Monica winter to hear from Joe Mallander of family folk duo The OKee Dokee Brothers about the art of coziness and their fourth Grammy-nominated album “Winterland”

Thanks to Joe and Justin for sharing their heart-warming music with your family. You can find more about The Okee Dokee Brothers and their nature adventure albums at okeedokee.org - share music, support musicians!

And hey - since you obviously like podcasts, help us out by taking the Kids Listen Parent Survey at www.kidslisten.org - thanks!

Jan 16, 2020
Daniel Tashian (Best Kids Music from The 62nd GRAMMY Awards)

The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! We’re delighted to share this series of 5 Ear Snacks mini-episodes featuring each of the 5 Grammy-nominated artists for Best Children’s Album.

Andrew & Polly spend a rainy day getting to know Tigerlily, Tilda, Tinkerbell, and Nashville-based singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Daniel Tashian. Daniel and his daughters wax poetic about pistachio ice cream, how recording with his family compares to working with Kacey Musgraves, and share some lovely songs off his Grammy-nominated album “I Love Rainy Days”

Thanks to the whole Tashian crew for joining us and sharing their music with your family. You can find more about Daniel and his music at www.bigyellowdogmusic.com - share music, support musicians!

To find out more or how to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org

Jan 14, 2020
Caspar Babypants (Best Kids Music from The 62nd GRAMMY Awards)

The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! We’re delighted to share this series of 5 Ear Snacks mini-episodes featuring each of the 5 Grammy-nominated artists for Best Children’s Album.

Andrew & Polly attend a deliciously eclectic picnic hosted by prolific, artistic, Seattle-based kindie rock maestro Caspar Babypants! Caspar feeds us millions of peaches, introduces us to some bodacious bugs, and plays some rad tunes off his Grammy-nominated album “Flying High!”

Thanks to Chris Ballew for taking the time to goof around with us and let us share his music with your family. You can find Chris’ art on Instagram and more about Caspar at www.babypantsmusic.com - share music, support musicians!

To support kids podcasts, take the survey at kidslisten.org! And to learn more about us or to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org. Thanks!

Jan 13, 2020
Episode 24: The Clockmakers of London

Why do some clocks tick and tock? Why doesn’t Polly’s watch sound like Maria’s watch?

In our second Clocks episode, three intrepid Ear Snacks foreign correspondents invite us on a journey to jolly old England to find out what makes clocks tick! We learn the story of the word “clock”, how pendulums and other parts move inside a clock, and how the invention of clocks that work on boats changed the world.

Our pal Eilis Cahill has tea and steps INTO a clock in John Kendall’s Number Four clock repair shop. Andrew’s parents travel to the English countryside to visit Johnny Flower, a regulator clock expert who lives in a house full of clocks. And our pal Eliza Gregory pokes around the oldest collection of clocks and watches in the world in the Clockmakers’ Museum inside of London’s Science Museum.

Please take a minute to fill out the Kids Listen Listener Survey! For more information or to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org

Jan 08, 2020
Episode 23: Clocks

What is a clock? How long is a minute? Are all clocks and all minutes the same?

In the first episode of our epic exploration of timekeeping, Andrew & Polly examine Reggio Emilia-educator Maria/Julita’s oddly shaped Salvador Dali-designed watch. Why are most clocks round? Why would someone make a watch that is not round?

Thanks to Matteo, Malcolm, Cadence, Adelyn, Keira, and Izzy (and their parents!) for taking the time to tell us what they know about time, the insides of clocks, ways to tell time, and how different amounts of time can feel. In the near future, we’ll be joined by these same friends along with a wide range of other “experts” to think about where we keep time, how we keep time, what has happened - and what might.

Dec 12, 2019
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.

Nov 01, 2019
Happy Halloween! Disguises [Encore]

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!

Oct 18, 2019
A New Album of Our Music: Go for the Moon

It’s today!!!

Our brand new album, “Go for the Moon” is here!!!

Hear it on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, our shop & CDBaby - all the places! You can even listen to some of it in a special episode of Ear Snacks, hosted by some not-so-random giraffes.

We’re super excited about these songs  and we hope you are too. We’re so excited, in fact, that we are giving away some Moon Swag like a geographically accurate Moon Beach Ball and a lovely little Moon Night Light to a few randomly selected friends who review the record!.

Enter to win by Friday October 4th. Here’s how!

  1. Listen to the music (and/or get your own copy for maximum support :).

  2. Post your family’s words about #goforthemoon anywhere other people can see them! (iTunes review, Apple Music, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... even leaving a review about the record as a review of our podcast works!)

  3. Let us know you did it with an e-mail or at earsnacks.org.

  4. We’ll be announcing the recipients on our show - thanks so much for listening and sharing the music!

Sep 27, 2019
Episode 21: Pajamas Part One - Lullabies Musicians Sing

This month on Ear Snacks, we're talking about Pajamas and everything that comes with them. Rest, snuggles and coziness - and lullabies! Our awesome music pals Lucy Kalantari, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Christopher Tin, Tatiana DeMaria, Kaitlin McGaw share the sweet, soft and special songs they sing to their loved ones - and yours! This is a great episode for helping little ones in calming their bodies down and getting ready for rest.

Sep 14, 2019
More (More!) Roadtrip Mixtape Summer 2019

There is just too much good music out there right now! We're back with a second installment of this summer's Ear Snacks Roadtrip Mixtape.


Jul 24, 2019
Road Trip Mixtape 2019!

It's summer! We're super happy to share some of our family's favorite music this summer in an all-new road-trip mixtape. And stay tuned for more tunes - there was just too much music to share in this episode, so a second installment is coming your way next week.

So turn it up for these great summer tunes by some amazing artists (and a few - NEW SONGS - from yours trulies):

"The Wishing Well" - Walter Martin

"A Fact is a Gift that you Give Your Brain" - Steven Steven

"Time" - The Pop Ups

"Halo-Halo" by Mista Cookie Jar featuring Little Miss Ann

"Finca Bellavista" by Michael Hearst featuring Saskia Lane

"Not Alone" - Alphabet Rockers

"Cement Dude" - Story Pirates

"Mom's Name" - Andrew & Polly featuring Mike Phirman

"Monsters in my Head" - Howie D

"All Star" - Andrew & Polly

Jul 18, 2019
Episode 20: Decoding Bugs

Fungus farming ants, digital bees, composting worms, metamorphic caterpillars -- how can these all be bugs? In this episode, Andrew & Polly dive deeper into the world of the squiggly and the wriggly, parsing out the differences between insects and other things that crawl around a garden.


Avery talks to us 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.

Thanks to Christina Foust of the Raspberry Pi Foundation (www.raspberrypi.org) for connecting us with young coders participating in Coolest Projects USA, a technology science fair celebrating digital making. Thanks again to entomologist Chris Wheeler, conservation scientist Sergio Avila from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and friends Izaiah, Avery, Ada, Ainsley, Dominic, Teacher Zoe, Nathan, Harrison, Alex, Zoe and Luke for deep diving into so many bugs!

Mar 21, 2019
March 14 is International Pi Day!

Happy International Pi Day! We talk Pi, Pie & Mud Pies with our pals. So get out there and get cooking!

Mar 14, 2019
Episode 19: Bug(g)s!

What’s a bug? Who are The Buggs? Can I be a Bugg? These are the hard-hitting questions Andrew & Polly ask in this exposé on all things buggy.

Thanks to entomologist (Entimen-ologist?) Dr. Chris Wheeler for teaching us about moth pheromones and photographer & vegan cookie fan Peter Bugg for introducing us to his awesome extended family: Christopher Bugg, Peggy Bugg, Colin Bugg, Emily Bugg, Ellen Thorderson, Cordelia Bugg, and Juniper Bugg. And thanks to Alex, Zoe, Luke, Nathan, and Harrison for your patience, insights, and spot-on sound effects!

Grown-ups can find Peter Buggs artwork at peterbugg.com

Featured ideas & vocabulary:

  • What’s in a name? Who’s in your family?

  • entomologist

  • Lepidoptera

  • head, thorax, abdomen

  • pheromones

  • antennae

  • taxonomy

  • the scientific method

Mar 06, 2019
President's Day, Hamilton & More, with our pal Lucy!

Happy President's Day! School's out and our friend Lucy came by the studio to talk about stuff she knows - mostly Hamilton.

Feb 19, 2019
Best Kids Music from the 61st GRAMMY Awards!

It's a New Year, ready for some NEW MUSIC? For the third year in a row, Andrew & Polly are thrilled to be joined by all five fabulously friendly family music artists nominated for Best Children's Album in the 61st GRAMMY Awards. Teleport your earballs into these totally tantalizing tunes:

Enormous thanks to Beth Blenz-Clucas of Sugar Mountain PR and Stephanie Mayers of Mayers Consulting for coordinating and once again to Lucy, Jason, Jacob, Falu, Frank, Deane and Tim for playing along with us and lending their amazing music to you, our listeners - we hope you discovered some new music for your family to try!

Jan 31, 2019
Episode 18: Taking Care of Teeth!

It's important to keep your teeth healthy! Andrew & Polly learn what to expect when visiting the dentist and get some official teeth info from one of the friendliest pediatric dentists around, Dr. Jessie Schwarz. Plus, a song about a Saw & Zipper (who both have teeth).

Nov 19, 2018
Episode 17: Human Teeth

How many teeth do you have? Will you always have that number of teeth? Andrew & Polly ask Izzy, Ainsley, Desmond, Frankie, Jad & Kai about the teeth in their mouths and Frankie shares a song she wrote about her loose tooth.

Nov 15, 2018
The Lion's Whisker from Circle Round

We are delighted to share an episode of WBUR's Circle Round called "The Lion's Whisker" about overcoming frustration and impatience with courage, understanding, and a little magic. Andrew & Polly and Cory the Crocodile encounter some frustration of their own.

Blackish stars Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, and NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton voice this enchanting tale narrated by Rebecca Scheer produced by our Kids Listen colleague Jessica Alpert.  You can find out more at wbur.org/circleround including a free coloring book that accompanies the podcast.

To find out more about Ear Snacks, visit earsnacks.org

Oct 24, 2018
Episode 16: Animal Teeth

Which animal has a tooth that comes out of its forehead and what does thinking like a beaver mean? Andrew & Polly call on podcast pals Chompers & Cool Facts About Animals as well as film pal Sarah Koenigsberg to learn about animal teeth.

Oct 17, 2018
Episode 15: Steps with John Baldessari
In which Andrew & Polly interview four kids, an alien, and art legend John Baldessari about the steps involved in making art, sandwiches, and paper airplanes.
Many thanks to Malcolm, Jonas, Milena, Sady, Ella, and to Patrick Pardo for arranging our interview with Mr. Baldessari.  You can learn more about John Baldessari at baldessari.org or at most modern art museums. Or via this epic 6-minute biography narrated by Tom Waits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7V4GyEuXA
All music in this episode was composed by Andrew & Polly. To find more about our music or how to be on this podcast, visit earsnacks.org
Sep 28, 2018
What's a Muppet?

Happy Birthday, Jim Henson! Our pals Zoey, Luke, Gavin & Izzy talk to us about the muppets. Why? Just because we like 'em.

Sep 24, 2018
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 bonus episode!

Sep 19, 2018
Episode 14: Steps

What's that word for when you put one foot in front of your other foot? And then you put the first foot back in front of the next foot and do it over and over and over?

Andrew & Polly and their friends think about STEPS - the kinds you take with your feet, like when you go on a walk with mom, or when you get up and dance! Special guest Sarah Reich shares her favorite kind of steps - tap dancing. We investigate the sounds her taps can make and talk about the Tap Music Project and her awesome new album of collaborations, "New Change."

And we wonder... if STEPS can have more two meanings... can it have three? Are there other kinds of steps? What do you think?

If you're interested in finding out more about Sarah, you can check her out at sarahreich.com and on Instagram @sourtaps. For more about Ear Snacks or to learn how to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org

Sep 13, 2018
Gabes at McCabe's & "Hold Tight, Shine Bright"
Welcome back! OMG, how was your summer?  We're back at the grind getting the second half of Season 2 ready for you, but we *do* have some music news you can use in the meantime:
If you're in LA this Sunday, come see Andrew & Polly & The Gabes at 10:30a at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica!  Each Gabe (including one Gabe named "Mark") will be rocking a phenomenal instrument, we'll be playing some new tunes, and we might even record a little bit for an upcoming Ear Snacks episode -- we hope we get to sing with you soon!
And if you're anywhere else and you have two ears and a heart, you should probably check out "Hold Tight, Shine Bright" - a 27-track compilation album of family songs to benefit families separated at the border.  Along with Lucky Diaz and Mista Cookie Jar, we're proud to have brought so many generous members of the family music community together to show our support for the most vulnerable among us.  All proceeds from "Hold Tight, Shine Bright" go to RAICES Texas, an organization seeking to #reuniteeverychild -- we hope you'll check it out on iTunes and share what you love to support what YOU believe in, too:
Songs from "Hold Tight, Shine Bright" featured on this episode:
- Good Day by Frances England
- Esta Lucesita by Elizabeth Mitchel & Suni Paz
- Una Gran Familia by Lucy Kalantari and The Jazz Cats
- Stand with Me by Dean Jones feat. Shamsi Ruhe
- Shine Your Light by The Hold Tight Shine Bright Project
If you've asked to be on Ear Snacks, we haven't forgotten about you! If you would like to learn more or to be on the show, visit www.earsnacks.org
Sep 07, 2018
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

Jun 27, 2018
Episode 13: Seeds (II)
What does a seed need to grow? A kid? An idea?  Andrew & Polly ask many different people about growing many different things. 
How does bird poop bring the world together? With peppers, of course! Uncle Fred tells us about germination, the first World's Hottest Pepper (Bhut Jolokia), and... BIRD POOP. If you aren't a dragon and like spicy stuff, you can check out the Sparkling River Pepper Company's smoke dried peppers, sauces and spice blends at sparking-river.com
Our neighbor Miriam takes us to visit the Peace Garden, an urban garden space at Peace4Kids in South Central Los Angeles for youth in the foster care system. Zaid started the garden, Alex tends it, and a blue-bellied lizard named Tom visits it.  Miriam, Alex, and Zaid talk about the garden, their work with youth in foster care through the non-profit Peace4Kids (celebrating 20 years! 🎉), what nature means to them, and what seeds - and ideas - need to grow.  You can learn more and support their work at peace4kids.org and see Miriam's artwork at miriamcortez.com.  We'll post photos of the Peace Garden (and Tom!) at instagram.com/andrewandpolly
Many thanks to Fred Gray, Miriam Cortez, Alex Zalder, Zaid Gayle, and our friends Amelia, Bennett, Charlie, Sam and Kalinga for talking to us about growing all kinds of things. 
We hope you like listening and thinking with us - consider giving us a review to help Ear Snacks grow! And if you'd like to know more or be on the show, visit earsnacks.org.
Jun 08, 2018
All the Powers! (Bonus)

Summer's heating up, and so is Ear Snacks!  We're cooking up a bunch of new episodes that pick back up this week and will take you through your summer adventures, whether they are home or away!

In this bonus, we (finally) reveal Polly's superhero name (hint: it involves lasers) and share your birthday wishes! Thank you to Sady, Betula, Sammy & JJ, Riley, Ainsley, Lucy, Savannah, Adeline, Bela & Izzy.

If you've sent us anything else in the last couple months, we're getting to it very soon -- thank you so much for your patience!  If your child would like to send us something or be on an episode, visit earsnacks.org.

Jun 08, 2018
Polly's Birthday Wish?

Psssst....it's Polly's birthday!  What should her birthday wish be? She'd love to hear your ideas via voice memo or see your ideas in a drawing! Let her know at http://bit.ly/earsnacks-pollysbirthdaywish !

Apr 04, 2018
Episode 12: Seeds

Tell me: 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.  We also welcome Chanel Tsang from Toronto, Canada who shares a lovely meditation from her podcast Peace Out called "Ready, Set, Grow!" inviting listeners to move their bodies and imagine what it might be like to be a seed.

You can find more mindful listening at bedtime.fm, an independent UK-based podcast producer.  Thanks to Chanel and founder/producer Rob Griffiths for sharing their wonderful show with us.  To find and support other podcasts for kids, visit kidslisten.org

And many thanks to Amelia, Bennett, Charlie, Kalinga, Sam and their families for sharing their seeds with us! We'll hear more from them about growing and planting next week, and if your child has something to say about seeds, visit earsnacks.org.

Mar 29, 2018
Bonus Episode: Super (Hero) Suggestions!

When we last left our heroes, Super George was saving the feet fish from Lima Bean Lunch with Super Polly, ahem, Super-Hero-Waiting-for-a-Name! Thank you so much to Ainsley, Lucy, Savannah, Adeline, Bela & Izzy for their suggestions for Polly's superhero name. So... what should Polly's super-hero name be? Let us know at http://earsnacks.org

Mar 21, 2018
Episode 11: More Bad Guys (Part II)

Andrew & Polly's Bad Guys game continues. When they can't figure out WHY they are having fun scaring fish and serving them their least favorite foods, they call up a Bad Doctor to find out! Dr. Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas from UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center tells us about what brains have to do with Bad Guys & Superheroes.

If your kid wants to share their idea for Polly's superhero name and super-powers, visit this link: http://bit.ly/earsnacks-badguystwo

Here's a great article from the Greater Good Magazine: "How to Help Gratitude Grow in Kids."

Thanks again to Sadie, William, Wesley, Adalyn, Grey, Amelia, Kohler, Roland, Betula, Orion AND voice actor Morla Gorrondona for digging deep into Bad Guys with us. It was a long haul, but we made it!

To be on the show or find out more, visit earsnacks.org


Mar 15, 2018
Episode 10: Bad Guys (Part I)

Andrew & Polly play an imaginary space game that evolves into a game of Bad Guys.Sadie, William, Wesley, Adalyn, Grey, Amelia, Kohler, Roland, Betula & Orion share what they know about Bad Guys and learn how to make Bad Guy voices from voice actor Morla Gorrondona. When Andrew gets a little too carried away with his Bad Andrew voice, the two try to figure out - how can they keep playing together?



Mar 07, 2018
Ear Snacks for Parents: Pretend Gun Play and Actual Bad Guys with Jane Lindholm

We know playing “Bad Guys” is an integral part of early childhood development — but, as some older kids who are more exposed to the media know, real people can do bad things, too.  We had planned to release a “Bad Guys” episode of Ear Snacks on Valentine’s Day, but first we wanted to explain to you, the parents, how and why we are approaching such a difficult topic, especially in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Parkland, Florida.  This episode is not intended for kids.

Jane Lindholm hosts Vermont Edition and But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids from Vermont Public Radio.  Like Ear Snacks, But Why usually speaks to kids directly about the real world, but last year they released an episode for parents entitled “How Do You Talk to Kids About Violence in the News?”  We spoke with Jane about about creating this episode, how media creators can address difficult topics with kids, and about her own experience as a parent of two young children.

We share an excerpt from an interview with an older listener (Grey, 8) that won’t be included in next week’s “Bad Guys” episode, but it illustrates how older kids begin to understand the distinction between pretend evil-doers and people in the real-world who treat others in scary, unkind ways.

We reference Dr. Robin Gurwitch (child psychologist at Duke University), Teacher Tom Hobson (early childhood educator & author), and Eric Hoffman’s book “Magic, Capes, Amazing Powers: Transforming Superhero Play in the Classroom” — oh, and we also feature an impromptu visit from 9-month-old guest percussionist.

We'd love to talk more with you - if you have any comments, feedback or anything to share, please reach us via e-mail or on social media - on Twitter @andrewypolly or on Facebook.

Feb 21, 2018
Dogs & Caterpillars! (Happy Chinese New Year!)

Happy Chinese New Year!  It's the Year of the Dog and Andrew's thinking about the word "metamorphosis" - what a perfect time to sing some dog songs and take a closer look at caterpillars with our friends at Valle de Ninos in San Francisco!

Feb 17, 2018
💛 Let My Love Open the Door 💛

Happy Valentine's Day! Polly plays a funny trick on Andrew in this special secret bonus episode and she shares their brand new song - a cover of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." We hope you like the new tune - if you do, we hope you'll share it with a pal!

Get it on iTunesSpotifyAmazon MusicYouTube & Google Play.

Feb 14, 2018
#AllKindsOfLove (a little valentine)

Happy Valentine's Day! Next week, we'll be celebrating by releasing a new song - but this week you can hear some of our favorite Ear Snacks segments about all kinds of love.

So... what do you love? Let us know! Connect with us at earsnacks.org, on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter! PS - If you like the song "Please Be Mine," check out this sweet music video Polly made of animals who love each other. https://youtu.be/yL_ViPWs0wc 

This episode is a part of Kids Listen sweeps. Kids Listen is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the community of people creating and enjoying podcasts for kids. Check out more great podcasts for kids at kidslisten.org like Little Stories for Tiny People, one of our favorite podcasts for pre-schoolers.

Feb 08, 2018
2018 Kids Grammys!

We were honored to have all five of this year’s Grammy-nominated kids artists drop by on this episode of Ear Snacks to goof around with us and share their awesome music with you.  NYC friends can catch all five acts live at Symphony Space this Saturday January 27th at 11am or right here on Ear Snacks!

Check out more from these artists and show them a little love!

Jan 24, 2018
Ear Snacks Bytes: Happy Holidays - and pizza - from Andrew & Polly

May your days be merry and bright! Happy Holidays from Andrew & Polly - and pizza, too!

Dec 22, 2017
Ear Snacks Bytes: Holiday Glasses!

Did you make an instrument out of glass? We did - and here are some songs we played with the glass instruments we made!

Dec 22, 2017
Episode 9: Musical Glass with Sara Louise Callaway (Snacktivity)

Sara Louise Callaway from The Music Box, a podcast for kids about classical music from WUOL in Louisville, Kentucky, teaches Andrew & Polly how to make music with glasses & Andrew, who is legally blind, talks about his magnifying glass and how he sees differently.

We love The Music Box! Check out & listen to the first two episodes of this great new podcast here.

For more information about Stargardt's disease, or to support scientific research on blindness, visit the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Dec 20, 2017
Episode 8: Glasses (with Guy Raz & Juli Berwald)

Andrew & Polly talk to Guy Raz about his glasses and something that the guests on his podcasts all have in common. Juli Berwald tells us how jellyfish sense the world and our friends help think about why we all see the world a little differently. Thanks to Blythe, Adeline, Hadley, Victor & Robbie for being on Ear Snacks for the very first time! If you'd like to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org

At some point, kids finally realize that others have their own thoughts and feelings. The path to empathy is a long one, but thinking about how animals and people see the world differently is a great first step.


Dec 15, 2017
Episode 7: Kintsugi as a Family & a Visit to Noah's Ark (Snacktivity)

We know that things crack and break, but what can we do after that? Andrew & Polly talk to Paul, James & Allison Pulstelnik about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. Then we visit Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center and talk with Executive Director Nina Silver about Noah's Ark and why it's important for us to share stories about our problems.

For more on the Pustelnik's art, visit Kintsugi Gifts. For more about Noah's Ark or to plan a visit, check out skirball.org.

Dec 07, 2017
Ear Snacks Bytes: Toenails!

Andrew & Polly talk a little bit about Toenails. Like, do we need a reason? But here it is... we have been thinking about toenails a lot since Dr. Earthquakes (Elizabeth Cochran) shared a super-fun fact with us: the San Andreas Fault moves about 2-inches per year, which is the same rate as your nails grow. WHA!?!?

For more information about Ear Snacks or to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org.


Nov 29, 2017
Episode 6: Cracks

What do you do when something cracks? Andrew & Polly talk to Everett (from South Africa), Henry & Saul, Jackson & Beanie and Ainsley about things that break. Elizabeth Cochran from the US Geological Survey, aka Doctor Earthquakes, talks about seismology and Everett (from Los Angeles) shares a special story about what happened when he cracked the bones in his arm.

Some things crack by design - like eggs! But it can be really surprising for kids when something breaks, especially if that thing can't be repaired.  In this episode, we think about what to do about the unpredictable - breaking something by accident and preparing for earthquakes.

Nov 22, 2017
Ear Snacks Bytes: Wild Turkeys
Nov 20, 2017
Episode 5: Dinovember! (Snacktivity)

Andrew & Polly talk to Refe & Susan Tuma, authors of "What the Dinosaurs Did" picture book series about how the toy dinosaurs came to life in their house during the month of DINOVEMBER.  Bella and her dad share their song about puzzles.

For more information on the "What the Dinosaurs Did" picture book series or how to pull off a Dinovember in your house, visit dinovember.com - and for more about Ear Snacks or how to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org

And that's a puzzles wrap!

Nov 15, 2017
Episode 4: The Great Puzzle Exchange with Danny Weinkauf and Surprise Guests (Snacktivity)

Andrew & Polly pretend to be a paleontologist with Danny Weinkauf from They Might Be Giants and pull off a great caper - a puzzle exchange! Danny has to guess who has the other half of his puzzle (spoiler alert, it's Kenny Curtis & Tori Kerr from SiriusXM Kids Place Live) and what is even on that puzzle?!? It's a specially awesome dinosaur!

If you'd like to participate in the Ear Snacks Puzzle Exchange, visit earsnacks.org to find out how to get on the list.

To hear more of Danny's music visit dannyweinkauf.com and here's where you can check out what Kenny & Tori are up to on Kids Place Live.


Nov 08, 2017
Episode 3: Puzzles

Will Shortz eat your heart out! Andrew & Polly talk to some real puzzlemasters - Devin, Westley, Bela, Lane & Lucy - about what it feels like to be puzzled. Matthew Inabinett, paleontologist-in-training at the Beneski Museum of Natural History, helps us piece together how dinosaurs, birds and continental drift are all part of the same puzzle.  Plus, a new song about when you don't the word for that thing.  You know, the thing.

Kids can go bananas when there's not enough for them to do but they meltdown in an entirely different way when they are overwhelmed. Confusion is a really natural thing for kids to encounter and it can be frustrating when they don't know the solution to a problem. What's more, kids go about solving problems many different ways.

"But you just gotta put things together - to put one piece, one piece, the next piece, until you get the whole thing done.  When you get the whole thing done, you'll be pretty proud of yourself, especially if it's big." - Westley, age-8

For more information about Ear Snacks or to find out how to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org

To find out more about the Beneski Museum of Natural History and Identify It Day, check out its website: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory

Nov 02, 2017
Episode 2: Hand-Clapping Games with Jazzy Ash (Snacktivity)

Lilah gives us a lesson in how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors and Jazzy Ash visits Andrew & Polly in the studio to share some hand-clapping games and songs from her new record, Swing Set.

E-mail pics of your funny review to earsnacks@andrewandpolly.com to win that dope hand puppet craft.

For more information about Ear Snacks, visit earsnacks.org

For more information about Jazzy Ash and her music, visit http://www.jazzyash.com/

Oct 25, 2017
Episode 1: Hands

What can hands do? What shouldn't hands do? Andrew & Polly ask Frankie, Ellie, Matteo and Palmer all about those wriggly things at the end of their arms and talk to a professional stunt woman about what it feels like when you get hurt.

Kids are physical.  Whether they are bouncing off the walls, roughhousing or even hitting, children use their bodies to connect to the world around them.  This episodes asks kids what to do when you hurt someone or someone hurts you.  Also, fun games for hands to play.

To be on the show or for more information about Ear Snacks, visit earsnacks.org.  Rate & review Ear Snacks in your podcast app by November 1 and send your review to earsnacks@andrewandpolly.com.  We'll pick one reviewer at random to receive this awesome sock puppet kit!

My First Sock Puppet Activity Kit!

For more information:

  • Jessica Erin Bennett is a stunt woman and fight choreographer.  Fore more information about Jessica, grown-ups can go to jessicaerinbennett.com
  • Jessica's Stunt and Circus Camp can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/Stunt-and-Circus-Camp-715793651806114/
  • "We Can Make It" by Andrew Barkan & Polly Hall (ASCAP).  For more information about the music on this show, visit andrewandpolly.com
  • If your child is hitting, you might be interested in:
  • If your child is being hit by a peer, you might be interested in these other great episodes from Janet Lansbury's podcast:  https://soundcloud.com/janet-lansbury/dealing-with-your-childs-aggressive-playmate & https://soundcloud.com/janet-lansbury/no-tolerance-for-bullying


Oct 18, 2017
Season 2 Starts October 18!
People keep asking us, what is Ear Snacks?  If you don't already know, this should help.  Season 2 starts back up October 18!  Get excited!
Thanks to Lucy & her mom, Frankie & her dad and Alex & his dad for reminding us why we do what we do.  Thanks to all the Ear Snacks kids and guests who have participated so far...  If you want to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org to find out how.
Ear Snacks is a radical podcast for kids making car rides more awesome one episode at a time.
Oct 11, 2017
Ear Snacks For Parents: How Does This Get Made

Eliza Gregory interviews Andrew & Polly about how and why they make Ear Snacks, a radical podcast for kids.  We discuss media from our childhood, how our parenting style plays a role in the design of the show and our plans for season 2.

Get excited for the new season of Ear Snacks starting next Wednesday, October 18.  For more information or to find out how to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org

If you're interested in finding new podcast for kids, here's the link to the Kids Listen app that Andrew mentions:  http://apple.co/2wP3WZy

About Eliza:  Eliza Gregory is an artist and educator. Her work illuminates diverse experiences in a given community using images, relationships, interactions, interviews, events and many other media. Her work asks questions about how to build healthy communities; the role of cultural adaptation in contemporary society; and how family relationships shape our lives. Trained as a fine art photographer, a creative writer and a social practice artist, Eliza lives and works in northern California. Her solo exhibition Testimony opens at the Asian Art Museum on April 5, 2018.  For more about Eliza, visit:  www.elizagregory.org

Oct 11, 2017
Extra: Eclipse! (Part II - Time Capsule)

Herein lies an audio time capsule! Andrew & Polly asked their friends to collect audio of their expectations for, experience of, and reflections on The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017. If you listen to Ear Snacks, please take our quick survey: bit.ly/earsnacks-survey We heard from three kids who were in the Path of Totality (Morgan in Oregon, Anika in Wyoming, and Elion in Nebraska) as well as kids in Southern California (Alex, Izzy, Lilah, Griffin and Gertie)who saw about 62% and Virginia (Elsa) who saw 80%. And longtime Ear Snacks veteran Gavin interviewed his mom Theana about a total solar eclipse she saw growing up on the big island of Hawaii. Thanks so much to all the adventurous parents (Mike, Bryce, Jon, Kimmy, Tristan, and Inga) that made this happen. Aloha Eclipse, see you in 2045!

Sep 26, 2017
Ear Snacks... Feedback?

Hey! What do you think of Ear Snacks? We need to know! We're gearing up for Season 2 and want to make our episodes even better. Let us know - how are you listening? Why are you listening? When are you listening? Where are you listening? How many grapes have you eaten today? If you have a few minutes to answer some questions for us, we would GRAPELY appreciate it. The survey is here: http://bit.ly/earsnacks-survey Thank you! Andrew & Polly

Sep 18, 2017
Extra: Eclipse! (Part I)

Are you ready? Are you excited? Because we TOTALLY ARE. The Great American Eclipse is almost here, and we’ve been thinking about it for a whole year…but some people have known about it MUCH LONGER. Mat Kaplan from the Planetary Society told us about it last year, Molly Bloom from Brains On tells us about total eclipse science, and Mick Sullivan from The Past & The Curious talks total eclipse history through the ages. Oh, and our friend Kimmy? She tells us about her eclipse viewing plans. That she made 20 years ago. In Eclipse! (Part II) we’ll be sharing an audio time capsule recorded on August 21, 2017. If your family will be in the Path of Totality, email us at earsnacks@andrewandpolly.com and we’ll let you know how you can participate and share this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Aug 05, 2017
Extra: Ice Cream & Paletas!

Oye my friends! Can you hear the sound of the weekend? Andrew & Polly discuss ice cream, paletas, and "Paletero Man" - a song they wrote with Lucky Diaz featured on his new record, "Made in L.A." Billboard magazine says "Lucky Diaz's Bilingual Summer Song 'Paletero Man' Is an Immigrant Anthem For Kids" so, that's cool! Lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbPfQSwvcxg

Jul 22, 2017
Extra: Roadtrip Soundtrack! (Vol. 2)

Music for staring out windows. Andrew & Polly have spent the past two years writing original underscores for their interviews with scientists, artists, and kids. We thought removing the interviews and just leaving the instrumentals would leave a lot to the imagination. We find the window panes of planes, trains, and automobiles to merit their own soundtrack, so here it is.

Jul 12, 2017
Extra: Road Trip Soundtrack! (Vol. 1)

Hit the Road! An awesome playlist of songs (from our friends!) about traveling around town, around the world, or around the solar system in your imagination. Buckle up, tune in, rock and roll! "Trail of Hearts" by Underbirds (Gustafer Yellowgold & Todd McHatton) ; "Lighten Your Load" by The Okee Dokee Brothers ; "Sunshine Family" by Mista Cookie Jar & Aaron Nigel Smith ; "Camp Songs" by KB Whirly ; "Mr. Spaceman" by Randy Kaplan ; "City of Hills" by Frances England ; and "Hey Hat" by us, Andrew & Polly. Thanks so much to our amazing musician friends for sharing these eclectic tunes with hungry ears everywhere! Find more awesome family podcasts to #hittheroad with at app.kidslisten.org

Jul 06, 2017
Extra: The 4th of July! (This Land)

This Land Is Your Land - by Woody Guthrie This land is your land, this land is my land From California to the New York Island From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me. As I was walking that ribbon of highway I saw above me that endless skyway I saw below me that golden valley This land was made for you and me. I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts While all around me a voice was sounding This land was made for you and me. When the sun came shining, and I was strolling And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting, This land was made for you and me. As I went walking I saw a sign there And on the sign it said "No Trespassing." But on the other side it didn't say nothing, That side was made for you and me. One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple By the Relief Office I saw my people — As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if This land was made for you and me. This land is your land, this land is my land From California to the New York Island From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me.

Jul 04, 2017
Extra: Appreciate Aquariums!

June is Aquarium Appreciation Month! Do YOU appreciate aquariums? We do! Andrew & Polly talk biodiversity with 7-year-old Nate from The Show About Science, marine camouflage with nudibranch aficionado Rebecca Johnson from Cal Academy, and seahorses with Jenn (who just likes them a lot.) We appreciate The Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Shedd, Aquarium of the Bay and The California Academy of Science, and so many more. Plus aquarium joke.

Jun 30, 2017
Extra: Dad Day!

We have dads. And they know some stuff. So we asked them about it! Andrew & Polly celebrate Father's Day by asking their dads to dadsplain two of their favorite topics: hats and The Galapagos. (Plus why it's an extra special Father's Day for Andrew!)

Jun 16, 2017
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

May 10, 2017
Extra: Tree Family (Happy Earth Day!)

To celebrate Earth Day, we're talking about TREES with a TREE FAMILY!!! Thanks to Betula, Phoebe, Jacob & Grandpa John for being part of this Ear Snacks Extra. This episode is part of the Kids Listen Family Tree Sweeps! For more information about Kids Listen and the other great kids podcasts out there check out kidslisten.org -- Sparkle Stories, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, The Past and The Curious, Book Club for Kids, Book Power for Kids, Tumble and Brains On all did Family Tree episodes too!

Apr 18, 2017
Extra: Pi(e)!

How much pie can YOU eat? 3.14159 slices?

Mar 14, 2017
Extra: Who are The Beatles?

Are they a football team? No, they're a SONG TEAM! (Happy Birthday, George Harrison!) Thanks to Ainsley, Ella, Westley, Devin, Grey, Georgia, Emi and Izzy (and their parents) for explaining who The Beatles are (Andrew & Polly have no idea) and wishing George a Happy Birthday!

Feb 25, 2017
Extra : A Little Valentine

<3 Featuring our tune Little Bitta You, a few of our young friends talking about their very special friends, and Please Be Mine (which works best if you imagine it sung by the Magnetic Fields.) Both songs are on our 2015 album Odds & Ends. Love, A&P

Feb 13, 2017
Extra: Love Your Robot Day!

It's National Love Your Robot Day! What's YOUR favorite robot? Ever built a robot? Ever seen a robot make toast? Ever heard a robot SING? ROBOTS! Andrew & Polly ask their friends Beebop and Jonathan from The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian (finncaspian.com) and Kurt from the Thacher School (thacher.org) what they love about robots, as well as revisiting robots from Ear Snacks past (Disguises, Beeps, Boxes) and we threw in a computer-MC-ed Fur Elise just for kicks. Beep boop!

Feb 07, 2017
Extra: 2017 Kids Grammys!

In this Ear Snacks Extra: Brady, Frances, Joe, Jack, and Skidoo share some of their Grammy-nominated tunes with our listeners. We are so so so excited that all of the Grammy-nominated Children's Music Albums this year are by independent artists. If you dig the tunes you hear in this episode, please support their work and spread the word! (And if you're looking for more information about our music or how to be on the show, visit andrewandpolly.com) “Chain Reaction” from PRESS PLAY by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (http://www.bradyrymer.com/) “City Don’t Sleep” from EXPLORER OF THE WORLD by Frances England (http://www.francesengland.com/) “Saddle Up” from SADDLE UP by the Okee Dokee Brothers (https://www.okeedokee.org/) “Piggyback” from NOVELTIES by Recess Monkey (http://www.recessmonkeytown.com/) “Glimmer” from INFINITY PLUS ONE by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (http://secretagent23skidoo.com/)

Feb 05, 2017
Extra: Roosters & Caterpillars!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Andrew & Polly kick off the Year of the Rooster by learning all about caterpillars. Go figure! Last fall, we got to sing at a lovely school in San Francisco called Valle de Niños, and our friends Ainsley, Dominic, Ada and Teacher Zoe gave us a private tour of their temporary pet caterpillars! We also learned some songs in Spanish, and our friends Aoife and Sajan wish us Happy New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Feb 01, 2017
Extra: Nate on Ellen!

DNA, RNA! Tune in to The Ellen Show this Tuesday to see our pal Nate from The Show About Science! In honor of Nate's big news, we're re-broadcasting our interview with him about the Periodic Table of Elements from Letters! (Part II)

Jan 23, 2017
Episode 13: Moves! (Part II - Season Finale)

Andrew & Polly make a top five list of their favorite moves and wonder - what's it like to move your home to a new place? They ask Ruby, Lilana and Gavin about their experiences moving and talk about zip lines in Costa Rica with their director pal, Kat. Maria shares about her favorite movements - capoeira, sign language and political protests. Thanks also to Mista Cookie Jar (mistacookiejar.com)for dropping hot sriracha knowledge in our song, "Dancing Pants." And that's it from us for a while... Ear Snacks is taking a break! We'll be back in the spring of 2017 with brand new episodes but until then, stay tuned for Extras, encores, listener questions & answers. Visit andrewandpolly.com for more information on how to be on the show, listen to archives and find out where you can catch us in person!

Jan 12, 2017
Extra: Happy New Year! / Other Days

Happy 2017! We share a song about jumping into the New Year after sniffly Andrew mentions some other fantastic Kids Listen podcasts about "Moves!"

Dec 31, 2016
Extra: Happy Holidays from Andrew & Polly

Andrew & Polly share a holiday message and finally print a retraction regarding patatas bravas. Thanks to Betula for announcing the show! If you like the music you heard in this Ear Snacks Extra, you can find "A Mapmaker's Song" on our holiday EP - Other Days. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1NgAkuh

Dec 23, 2016
Episode 13: Moves! (Part I)

Andrew & Polly talk to their friends about moves! Andrew shows off his tap-dancing moves, Polly explains stereophonic sound, and Ramona, Bela, Colon John Wagner, Desmond, Hank, Willa & Charlie tell Andrew & Polly about things that move and how they do it. Plus, Bruce Perelman tells us about his amusement park rides and driving a big rig all around the country. Honk honk! We give a special shout out to Winona & the Conner family for supporting Ear Snacks and a hello to Al, who is making his Ear Snacks debut in this episode! If you want to be on Ear Snacks or find out more, just visit http://andrewandpolly.com. Stay tuned for Moves: Part II - we'll be talking to kids and grown-ups who have had to move to a new place and to our pal Maria, who does CAPOEIRA moves (!) and uses moves to communicate through American Sign Language.

Dec 16, 2016
Episode 12: Letters (Part III)

Andrew & Polly receive letters from their friends and find out what they have to say about letters. Andrew's dad, John, talks about Post Office Bay in the Galapagos Islands. Plus, we write a letter to our listeners. Dear You, Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing: we are glad to know you. We feel lucky and thankful to know you. You are special. You’re special to us and everyone who knows you. We love to hear what you’re thinking about! Whether you’re thinking about where you are, what you’re eating for lunch, or something that's big and heavy on your mind… Your thoughts are an important part of what makes you special and we’re proud of you for thinking and sharing - and caring and growing and, most of all, just being Y - O - U. Love from us, Andrew & Polly

Nov 15, 2016
Episode 12: Letters (Part II)

Andrew & Polly decide to write letters to their friends and enlist some help from Nate, host of a great podcast called The Show About Science, kindie music pal Mike Phirman and Amy Kuhn, Deputy Director of Correspondence at Hillary for America. The Show About Science - http://apple.co/2e9HzJm Mike Phirman - www.mikephirman.com If your child wants to write to Hillary Clinton, you can find information at http://www.hillaryclinton.com/

Nov 04, 2016
Ear Snacks Special Episode: Halloween Spook-tacular!

MOO! A cow ghost.

Oct 26, 2016
Episode 12: 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/

Oct 13, 2016
Ear Snacks Special Episode: Album Release Party on Kids Place Live

Did we just make the first soundtrack album for a podcast? Um, maybe? "Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast" drops TODAY! To celebrate, we threw an album release party on SIRIUS XM Kids Place Live, and we're re-broadcasting that for you right here. Andrew & Polly run late to their release party and call in some special guests to kick things off. They finally arrive at the studio and sing thank you to all 100 people (kids & grownups) who helped with Ear Snacks: Season 1. Thank you for your support! Check out the album on iTunes (http://bit.ly/earsnacks-itunes), Amazon (http://bit.ly/earsnacks-amazon), Google Play (http://bit.ly/earsnacks-googleplay), or Spotify (http://bit.ly/earsnacks-spotify).

Sep 30, 2016
Extra: Streaming Concert Announcement

Andrew & Polly are excited to announce a streaming concert! Tune in on October 1 at 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST as they perform songs from their new record, talk to some special guests, and even give away some t-shirts. You can find us on Facebook: facebook.com/andrewandpolly

Sep 22, 2016
Extra: Expo Line

Andrew & Polly make an exciting announcement from the side of a road somewhere in Arkansas... Their new album, Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast, releases on September 30th! We hope you'll check it out - or even pre-order it! (On iTunes - http://bit.ly/earsnacks_pre-order - or from our website http://andrewandpolly.com/shop) But until then, you can listen to our new song - "Expo Line" - right here, right now.

Sep 12, 2016
Episode 11: Strings (Part V)

The dramatic conclusion of the five part series all about Strings! Andrew & Polly talk to Banjo Man Eddie, about Polly's trip to fiddle camp and her new fiddle pal Katy. Plus take a sneak peak inside one of their new songs, "Expo Line..." We've strung it out long enough! To hear Eddie's music, visit eddiebermanmusic.com, to learn more about Katy Buckbee visit medicinebowstudio.com and check out her band at theroadwestmusic.com. For more about Ear Snacks, visit andrewandpolly.com.

Sep 04, 2016
Episode 11: Strings (Part IV)

When will it end!?!?!? Not this week! Andrew & Polly investigate non-musical strings. We make a tin-can phone, talk to Pops, Ainsley & Darby and then call up Nigel, Mista Cookie Jar's friend in Thailand, who has a particular stringed thing... but you'll have to guess what it is. Ainsley & her parents go tide-pooling to see if there are any stringy things in the ocean. And shout-out to Bela, who loves Ear Snacks! For more information about Ear Snacks, please visit: andrewandpolly.com

Aug 29, 2016
Episode 11: Strings (Part III)

Andrew & Polly talk about OLD strings with Polly's dad, Pops, and Marshall Escamilla from Tumble, a great science podcast for kids (www.sciencepodcastforkids.com). Please subscribe & review Ear Snacks in iTunes!!! http://bit.ly/earsnacks

Aug 13, 2016
Episode 11: Strings (Part II)

Andrew & Polly try to learn about more than just guitars and feelings on the second installment of Ear Snacks: Strings. Thanks to Lucky Diaz from Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band (luckydiazmusic.com) for talking about his Gretsch electric guitar, Archer Buckbee and his mom, Katy, in Boulder for telling us about fiddling, and to our favorite upright bass player, Gabe Davis (www.gabedavisbass.com). Thanks also to our past Strings experts, Frances England, Quentin & Mista Cookie Jar.

Aug 03, 2016
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

Jul 27, 2016
Ear Snacks Extra: Dancing Pants & Next Episode Announcement

We know, it's been a while. But have you heard our new summer song? Get it here: http://bit.ly/dancingpants We'll have an all-new, star-studded episode for you very soon. In the meantime, check out the archives and let us know your favorite episode from this season! For more about Ear Snacks, visit andrewandpolly.com

Jul 20, 2016
Ear Snacks Extra: Space Shadows with Mat Kaplan

Ad Astra: To the Stars! If you love thinking about space, you'll love this extended interview with Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan. Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity - what do all those things have in common? They're all hanging out on Mars... with the MARSDIALS! But first - we need your help! We've teamed up with some great other kids podcasts to form Kids Listen. Our first project is a survey for parents of kids who listen to podcasts - please, please, please check it out! Head over to kidslisten.org for more information.

Jun 09, 2016
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.

May 31, 2016
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

Apr 21, 2016
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!

Mar 12, 2016
Extra: Trio of Pairs!

More pairs! A trio of families from North Carolina, Australia, and New Zealand tell us about their special someones & somewheres...do YOU have a pair?

Mar 12, 2016
Extra: Back & Forth

Andrew & Polly talk in pairs of words. If you or your family wants to be on Ear Snacks - or support it - visit andrewandpolly.com.

Mar 02, 2016
Extra: Dragons, Harbor Seals, and Bears - Oh My!

Dragons, Harbor Seals, and Bears - Oh My! A pair of kids describe some very special friends named Akshagah, Violet, and Rosie.

Feb 19, 2016
Extra: Please Be Mine

A little ditty we wrote for Valentine's Day last year - hope you like it, and the ADORABLE video-mashup Polly made on Youtube!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL_ViPWs0wc

Feb 14, 2016
Extra: Sea Horses (Extended Interview)

Our friend Jenn (who LOVES sea horses) just got engaged! Here's a little Valentine's Day extra, her extended interview with even more fun facts about the amazing underwater world of sea horses.

Feb 14, 2016
Episode 7: Pairs!

As it turns out, there are many different kinds of pairs. In this episode, Jenn Salcido drops some seahorse knowledge, Kevin & Louise return to Ear Snacks to share what they know about each other. Thanks to Palmer, Sadie A, Sadie D, Capella, Marea, Tanner, Hunter, Ruslan, Manny, Kalinga, Westley, Devon, Gavin & Lane (and their parents) for participating in this delicious episode of Ear Snacks! Subscribe to Ear Snacks here: http://bit.ly/earsnacks // If you or your family wants to be on Ear Snacks - or support it - visit andrewandpolly.com.

Feb 11, 2016
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

Dec 22, 2015
Extra: Ponderosa Pine

"Ponderosa Pine", a story about critters and homes by our friend percussionist Cory Hills!

Dec 04, 2015
Episode 5: Critters!

What IS a CRITTER? Andrew & Polly ask some friends around the world about the different critters that live in their neighborhoods.

Nov 24, 2015
Extra: Dem Bones

Happy Halloween! Andrew & Polly get very specific about skeletons. Subscribe to Ear Snacks here: https://goo.gl/qI2mu9

Oct 28, 2015
Episode 4: Disguises!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Andrew & Polly receive an urgent voice message from their friends Kevin & Louise. Get this episode for free: https://goo.gl/qI2mu9 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!

Oct 24, 2015
Extra: Bouncity Bounce

If a ball had a song, what would it sound like?

Sep 23, 2015
Extra: Ballphabet Karaoke!

Check out this music video for Ballphabet https://youtu.be/Hsv1o1ZD8y4 and then try it out yourself in Ballphabet Karaoke! Can you remember all the words? And Andrew tries to remember an important announcement...

Sep 18, 2015
Extra: My Very Elegant Mother (and TENNIS)

A little ditty about the balls in our solar system...and Polly challenges Andrew to a duel...

Sep 15, 2015
Episode 3: Balls!

Balls - a journey, with Andrew & Polly. Get this episode for free: https://goo.gl/qI2mu9 Thank you to Ace, Birdie (a.k.a. Ryan), Rosie, Elsa, Betula, Henry, Lil' J, Sadie, Liliana, Addie, Ella, Grant, Gussy, and grown-ups Sound Man Gus & Astronomer Kate for telling us all about BALLS!!! Check out the music video for "Ballphabet" here: https://youtu.be/Hsv1o1ZD8y4

Sep 10, 2015
Extra: Hat Jokes!

It's time for the voicemail bag! Andrew & Polly make a couple of announcements and Lil' J calls in from Burlingame with some hilarious hat jokes.

Sep 07, 2015
Extra: I Want My Hat Back

Know any books about #HATS? We do! And we made a little soundtrack for one of our favorites, "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen. Read along, and let us know your favorite books about hats!

Sep 02, 2015
Extra: Famous Hats!

Wherein Amos ("Pops") ponders the most famous hats.

Aug 27, 2015
Extra: Hickory Dickory...Dat?

Hickory Dickory...Dat? In this week's Ear Snacks Extra, Andrew invents some #limericks about #hats!

Aug 19, 2015
Extra: The FINAL Word on Mulberries

In this roundtable with Addie, Ella, Grant & Izzy - Andrew & Polly give mulberries ONE MORE TRY.

Aug 10, 2015
Episode 2: Hats!

What is a hat!?!? Andrew & Polly are determined to find out. Get this episode for free: https://goo.gl/qI2mu9

Aug 10, 2015
Extra: In Defense of Mulberries

Andrew & Polly take listener calls in defense of mulberries. Polly considers reversing her position on mulberries.

Jul 21, 2015
Extra: Fruit Facts

We dug up some fun facts for this week's Ear Snacks Extra! How many seeds do you think are in a pomegranate? SPOILER ALERT: We'll tell you.

Jul 15, 2015
Ear Snacks for Parents: Fruit

Our first episode of Ear Snacks for Parents! Check it out to get to know us a little bit, hear why we started Ear Snacks, get some ideas of Fruit Activities you can do with your kids.

Jul 08, 2015
Extra: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Here's an Ear Snacks Extra - grab your copy of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and read along to our original music.

Jul 08, 2015
Episode 1: Fruit!

Let's talk about... Fruit! We'll cover the ABC's of fruit, take a trip to the farmer's market and ask some fruit experts some fruit questions. Big thanks to our friends who helped us with this episode - Jasmin, Sadie, Oden, Gavin, Chloe, Ainsley, Betula, Palmer and their parents. Also a shoutout to Farmer Mike and Grandma Joan! Stay tuned for Ear Snacks Extra's throughout July - and a brand new episode on August 1!

May 06, 2015