Jun 8, 2022 Episode 102
Quick Dip of world news and Cool Facts About Animals episode swap
LEELA: It’s all politics and parties in the UK. Food waste concrete in Japan
Rats with backpacks in Scotland. And more!
OPENING STING – LEELA: “Hey, hey, hey. Listen up. New, new, newsy – Newsy Pooloozi!”
Hello and happy summer! School is out and it’s time to travel.
MAMA: Or rest.
LEELA: Or both. Yes, we are taking a little breather this summer, but we know that the news doesn’t stop – so we’re giving you a quick dip of this week’s world news.
MAMA: And after that we’re not leaving you high and dry oh, no, we’ve got episode swaps lined up for the rest of the month.
LEELA: But first, let’s dive into the news with the…
BIG NEWS STORY STING – VARIOUS VOICES: “The big news story of the week!”
MAMA: In the United Kingdom where we are this week as it happens, there were celebrations on the streets, in backyards
LEELA: You mean back gardens.
MAMA: Ohh yes darling, all celebrating the Queen of England’s 70 years on the throne.
LEELA: Otherwise known as the “Platinum Jubilee” – jubilee is a fancy way of saying celebration or paaaarrtee!
MAMA: Meanwhile the real leader of the country Boris Johnson was in trouble for his party or, ummm, gathering – held during strict covid lockdowns.
LEELA: He has survived what’s known as a “vote of confidence,” which is a secret ballot in parliament.
MAMA: Where all the legislators vote on whether he can stay in power or not.
LEELA: 59 percent said he should stay. But, ummmm…
MAMA: 41 percent said he should go-go go.
LEELA: Out of the door.
MAMA: And now he’s now seen as a weak leader with many calling for him to resign.
LEELA: And now to science news…
SCIENCE STING – LEELA: “The world of wow, wow, wow… In other words – science!”
LEELA: So, you know how parents get really upset when we don’t eat all the food on our plate… And talk about how bad it is to waste it… Well, here’s a great come-back.
MAMA: Ok… Researchers at the University of Tokyo successfully made a concrete-like building material
LEELA: Otherwise known as cement.
MAMA: From leftover food!
MAMA: Yeah, turns out banana and orange peels, pumpkins, onions, tea leaves, coffee grounds and particularly cabbage can be made into super strong concrete.
LEELA: How, you wonder?
MAMA: Well, first they dry it out, then pulverize it into powder, pack it into a mold and bake it.
LEELA: But don’t eat it. It is not a gingerbread house. Or a vegetable house.
MAMA: Whatever that is…
NATURE STING – VARIOUS VOICES: “The call of nature. Get on your safari suit. Or squeeze into your scuba gear. And get ready to hop into a jeep. Or submarines. Submarine. Because Mother Nature is calling! Nature.”
LEELA: Back in the UK a scientist in Scotland is putting backpacks on rats. Why do you ask?
MAMA: I do.
LEELA: Not for school, no, they’re being trained for earthquake rescue missions.
MAMA: Whoa – so a little like the rats who are used to sniff out mines in war zones?
LEELA: Like Magawa, the hero rat.
MAMA: Who we featured on episode 50 of our podcast
LEELA: Only these rats wear tiny backpacks with a camera and a tracking device, so they can go into the debris and help rescue teams talk to survivors.
MAMA: Man, you gotta respect the rats.
LEELA: Now it’s time for some entertainment news…
ACE STING – LEELA/MAMA: “Now it’s the ace part of our podcast: Arts, Culture and Entertainment. Darling.”
LEELA: This is something any cool kid knows.
MAMA: It’s official. Researchers find that dancing doesn’t just feel good, it also enhances brain function.
LEELA: Once again this is Japanese research.
MAMA: Scientists from the University of Tsukuba found that music – with a groove
LEELA: You know – the kind that makes you wanna dance!
MAMA: Well, it significantly increases measures of executive function and associated brain activity.
LEELA: So… get your groove on!
MAMA: And finally –
ODDBALL STING – VARIOUS VOICES: “Step right up, step right up… Have a go at the lucky dip machine… What’s it gonna be today, eh? An oddball, no doubt!”
MAMA: Back in wacky Britain for this one – where the age-old custom of cheese rolling is back after being on hold for the pandemic.
LEELA: Yes, this is the “extreme sport” and probably extremely smelly of rolling a 4kg or almost nine-pound hunk of cheese down a steep hill.
MAMA: This takes place in Gloucester, of course the home of double Gloucester cheese, where the round mound of cheese can reach 70 miles per hour.
LEELA: First one to the bottom of the hill wins. I don’t know about you, but it sounds pretty cheesy to me. Baa-dump-cheew!
LEELA: And that brings us to the end of this quick dip episode of Newsy Pooloozi.
MAMA: But we know you’re all settled down and want to keep on listening, so we’ve got a super duper treat – an episode from our friends at Cool Facts About Animals who are talking Piranhas…
LEELA: Yikes… watch where you swim this summer, folks!
COOL FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS PODCAST EPISODE ABOUT PIRANHAS FOLLOWS (not transcribed)