Here Comes The Sun-Powered Energy! It's Cyber Funday on Wow in the World, and Mindy is taking full advantage of all the good deals! Sales on everything thing she's ever wanted and everything she never even knew she wanted! But is her online shopping spree a good deal for the planet? Guy Raz takes Mindy on a little time traveling fossil-fueled trip to the past to see how we can best protect the Earth for the future! It's the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and Wow in the World of Fossil Fuels and the future health of planet Earth!
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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Stay seated. Three, two, one, ignition.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Get ready for an adventure of magnificent proportion.

THE POP UPS: (Singing) I don't know what you've been told, but we're in a golden age - so many discoveries that are jumping off the page. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: With Guy and Mindy.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: We're on our way, Houston.

GUY RAZ, HOST:

(Singing) Buy the sky, and sell the sky, and lift your arms up to the sky. And ask the sky - don't ask the sky - don't fall on me, don't fall on me.

(SOUNDBITE OF KNOCKING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Delivery.

RAZ: Huh. Who could that possibly be at 7 in the morning?

(SOUNDBITE OF DOORBELL)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Hello?

RAZ: Hold on. Coming. Sheesh - you think a person would have patience, especially at this hour. Uh, who is it?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Delivery from earthsgiantlung.com.

RAZ: Huh. For me? That can't be right. I always buy my stuff from local shops. I mean, earthsgiantlung.com just tempts people to buy stuff they don't need.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOOR OPENING)

RAZ: Uh, good morning.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Good morning. I've got some packages here. Got this one, this one - here you go - this one.

RAZ: Whoa. Whoa. Whoa, wait a minute - you've got, like, 150 packages behind you. Are you sure they're for me?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Uh-huh. Says right here on the package, Guy Raz-y (ph) - next door to the gingerbread mansion. And here we go - this one.

RAZ: Let me see that. Wait a minute - these packages are addressed to Mindy, not Guy Raz.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Mindy? Oh, you mean her?

MINDY THOMAS, HOST:

Yep, you got it. Just unload them all over there. That's right - keep them coming, keep them coming.

RAZ: Mindy, what is going on?

THOMAS: Oh, hey, Guy Raz. How's your cabbage fermenting coming along?

RAZ: Well, it's...

THOMAS: That's right, boys - keep on coming dumping.

RAZ: Mindy, what is going on?

THOMAS: Ah, just dealing with a little delivery from earthsgiantlung.com.

RAZ: A small delivery? There's, like, 150 boxes coming off that truck.

THOMAS: One-hundred and ninety-two boxes, to be precise.

RAZ: One-hundred and ninety-two boxes? And anyway, why are half of them being delivered to my house?

THOMAS: Oh, so turns out earthsgiantlung.com has a limit on how many boxes that they'll deliver to a single address. So I had to put yours down, too. Hope you don't mind.

RAZ: Mindy, what have you ordered? I mean, I know you've got a food truck and all, but, I mean, this can't all be cricket powder for your BBBQ truck.

THOMAS: (Laughter) Yes, of course it's not cricket powder, Guy Raz. Why would I need so much cricket powder?

RAZ: Well, then, what could you have possibly ordered?

THOMAS: Oh. Well, just the other day I was sitting at home, minding my own beeswax, when my Zoodle (ph) told me that it was cyber fun day.

RAZ: Cyber fun day? What are you talking about?

THOMAS: Oh, so cyber fun day is the date when all of these shopping websites, like earthsgiantlung.com, have deals on everything you could ever want and everything you didn't even know you wanted - all these toys and glitter bombs and unicorns that poop rainbows and unicorns that poop potatoes and cheesy bake ovens (ph) and keychains and novelty gifts and inspirational decorative plates. See? Look - this one says love, laugh, live. Aw. And even Dennis got in on it. Dennis, tell Guy Raz what you ordered.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Dennis) Four-hundred fidget spinners. They were overstocked from 2017. I will never be restless again. Whee (laughter). I'm bored.

RAZ: Mindy, I don't understand. Are you sure you need all this stuff?

THOMAS: Well, yes, of course, I don't need it, Guy Raz; it was all on sale.

RAZ: Ugh.

THOMAS: I used the money that I made from those energy bars that Reggie and I sold to his paleo pigeon friends, and boy howdy, we made a fortune on those things. I walked away from that business venture with $1,000.

RAZ: Wait, wait, hold on, hold on - you're telling me you made $1,000 in profit from selling birdseed paleo energy bars, and you decided to spend it on a bunch of junk?

THOMAS: Well, you know what you always say, Guy Raz - one bird's trash is another bird's treasure.

RAZ: What? I don't say that.

THOMAS: Yeah, you do. Remember last week, when Reggie and I helped you fish out all of those old plastic bottles and aluminum cans from Dennis' trash?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RAZ: Hey, Mindy. Hey, Reg - over here. Can you give me a hand?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: I'm going through Dennis' trash, and he's not recycling anything. I mean, we need to fish all these bottles and cans out of this trash bin.

THOMAS: Ugh, you want us to help you dig through Dennis' trash? Ugh.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Well, as I always say, Reg, one bird's trash is another bird's treasure.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

THOMAS: See? Now do you remember?

RAZ: Oh. Oh, yeah. But I was talking about trash that could actually be recycled and turned into something new.

THOMAS: Huh.

RAZ: Because, otherwise, all that trash gets dumped into a giant trash dump or landfill, and, well, that's not good for our environment.

THOMAS: Oh, I'm picking up what you're putting down, Guy Raz - talking about trash turning into treasure, you meant recycling.

RAZ: Yes.

THOMAS: Oh.

RAZ: And judging by these 190 boxes...

THOMAS: Actually, 192 boxes. But who's counting?

RAZ: Judging by those 192 boxes, you've actually generated more trash.

THOMAS: Trash?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Dennis) You know what they say, Guy - one person's trash is another person's toilet paper dispenser that plays Christmas songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Oh, ho, ho. And a happy poo year.

(SOUNDBITE OF FART)

THOMAS: You're calling my Wi-Fi-enabled Bluetooth-ready egg beater earrings trash?

RAZ: Well, yes. I mean, no. I mean, yes. Look at all the plastic and cardboard out here; all these things you've ordered are packed in stuff that's going to go in the trash.

THOMAS: Well, let's just recycle it.

RAZ: Well, Mindy, unfortunately, that's not going to solve the problem.

THOMAS: Well, of course it will. What are you talking about, Guy Raz?

RAZ: Haven't you heard?

THOMAS: Heard what?

RAZ: Well, for the past few decades, a lot of our recycling - things like paper and plastic and glass - has actually been shipped off to China to get recycled.

THOMAS: Oh, thank you, China.

RAZ: Except over the past year, China has told the world that it can't take all of our junk anymore.

THOMAS: What? Why not?

RAZ: Well, we humans have generated too much of it, and recycling all of that trash has become too difficult for China.

THOMAS: Oh. So what does that mean for how we recycle our garbage?

RAZ: Well, it means that in many cities in America, and even in other countries, they've stopped recycling.

THOMAS: Just stopped recycling, like Dennis?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Dennis) Oh, Mindy. I didn't stop recycling; I never started.

THOMAS: Guy Raz, if they're not recycling, then what's happening with all of that cardboard and plastic?

RAZ: Well, a lot of it is being incinerated, or burned.

THOMAS: Oh. Well, that sounds like a pretty good plan to me.

RAZ: Well, unfortunately, it's not because every time you burn this stuff, it creates pollution in our air - pollution that makes our air dirty, and that isn't good for us.

THOMAS: So Guy Raz, this doesn't sound great. What can we do about it?

RAZ: Well, the first thing we can do is not buy so much stuff.

THOMAS: But the cyber fun day sales were so good. How is not buying so much stuff going to help the planet?

RAZ: Because, Mindy, every time we buy something, it means that energy had to be used to make it. And energy, or most of the energy we humans currently use, creates carbon dioxide.

THOMAS: Oh. And are you talking about the same carbon dioxide that's making our planet hotter?

RAZ: Exactly. And most of the factories that make the stuff we buy have to use fossil fuels to create or generate that energy.

THOMAS: Huh, fossil fuels. Guy Raz, whenever I think of fossil fuels, I think of fossils, like in dinosaurs - are you talking about those kinds of fossils?

RAZ: Well, yeah. I mean - hey, I have an idea.

THOMAS: I love ideas.

RAZ: What's the status of the Wow Machine these days?

THOMAS: Oh. Well, it's breaking down all the time and leaking dirty hot dog water for some inexplicable reason. Oh, and there's a bunch of pigeon feathers stuck to the windshield. But other than that, I'd say it's perfect.

RAZ: Uh.

THOMAS: Why? You thinking about taking a little fossil-fueled trip?

RAZ: Well, we could go back in time to find out how fossil fuels were created.

THOMAS: Yes. OK, I'll meet you at the Wow Machine in just a minute. But first, I got to get my new portable air bag out of this box here. Ah, whoa, oh - got them.

RAZ: Well, while you're getting ready, I'm just going to head over to the garage, OK?

THOMAS: Sure. Ugh. Run, run, run, run, run. OK, Guy Raz, here we are - the trusty old Wow Machine.

(SOUNDBITE OF CLATTERING METAL)

THOMAS: Oops - I can glue that back on. So where exactly are we heading to?

RAZ: Well, I suppose if we want to see the origins of fossil fuels, we need to go back to the Carboniferous Period.

THOMAS: Oh, I was just at a Carboniferous Period birthday party. It's the geological age that started more than 350 million years ago.

RAZ: That's the one. Can you set the dial?

THOMAS: You got it. Let's see here - 350 million years ago. And let me just punch in the coordinates here. Any specific location?

RAZ: We could just stay here in North America, right where we are right now.

THOMAS: OK, North America, Carboniferous Period. And...

GUY RAZ AND MINDY THOMAS: Here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RAZ: Ugh.

THOMAS: Oh.

RAZ: My tummy. Ugh.

THOMAS: Ugh. Guy Raz, I think I'm going to barf. Ugh.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #4: (As character) We interrupt this program for a brief barf break. WOW IN THE WORLD will return in three, two, one.

RAZ: Ugh. Mindy, you really should consider eating whole grains for breakfast.

THOMAS: Glad I got that out of my system. So now what?

RAZ: All right, let's get this hatch open.

THOMAS: OK. Opening the hatch. Ugh.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOOR OPENING)

THOMAS: Whoa. Look at all these plants, Guy Raz. Man, this place sure beats my Aunt Mojo's (ph) collection of indoor ferns.

RAZ: Mindy, this is what our planet Earth looked like 350 million years ago.

THOMAS: Amazing. So green and lush and untouched. I guess it's good for us that dinosaurs aren't going to come around for at least 100 million more years. So while we have the time, let's go take a walk.

RAZ: Sure, let me just, uh, get my mud boots on. Hang on - ugh (grunting). Ooh, OK. I got them on. I'm ready. Mindy? Mindy?

THOMAS: I'm out here, Guy Raz, trying to find some of those fossil fuels you were talking about.

RAZ: Wait up. I just need to climb out of the Wow Machine. Ooh, wow.

THOMAS: What do you think?

RAZ: It really is beautiful out here.

THOMAS: I know. It's incredible. So, Guy Raz, I'm looking at all of these plants. And right now we are 350 million years in the past. So does that mean that as we get closer and closer to the present, that all of these plants will turn into the fuels that we humans will use to power our factories and our cars and our airplanes and all that?

RAZ: Yep. Over the next several hundred millions of years, all of these plants around us will get covered by layers of soil and rocks.

THOMAS: That's a lot of centuries for these plants to be pushed under all of that weight and pressure.

RAZ: Exactly. And with all of that pressure from millions of years of more rocks and more soil covering the plants - well...

THOMAS: Eventually, these plants will have no choice but to turn into a mushy goo.

RAZ: Exactly. And some of that goo will become petroleum or oil.

THOMAS: And some of it will turn into coal and gas.

RAZ: Hey, Mindy, I have an idea. Do you still happen to have that Fast-Forward Wand in your tool bag?

THOMAS: Actually, the Fast-Forward Wand was a breadstick, so I ate it. But lucky for you, I do have my Flip-Forward Fan. It's right here in my adventure tool bag somewhere. Let's see here. Battery-operated marshmallow rotator - nope. Ooh, hey, look. I've got your cat Alice (ph) in here.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAT MEOWING)

RAZ: Alice?

THOMAS: Hi, Alice.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAT HISSING)

THOMAS: OK, got a George Foreman grill. Not going to need that. Oh, here it is - my Flip-Forward Fan. It's a little rusty. Huh. And it's wet. Why is this thing wet?

RAZ: Ugh, salsa.

THOMAS: Oh, yes. I forgot I poured some salsa in my adventure tool kit last week just in case I came across some chips.

RAZ: Mindy.

THOMAS: But the good news is seems like the Flip-Forward Fan still works. Let me just fire this baby up.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINE WHIRRING AND BEEPING)

RAZ: Whoa. Whoa. That thing is glowing.

THOMAS: Hold on to your donkeys, Guy Raz, because the world around us is about to flip forward 1 million times faster. Flip-Forward Fan, activate.

RAZ: Whoa. Whoa. Everything around us is speeding up. Look.

THOMAS: Yeah, all of these plants are being buried by layers of rocks and soil.

RAZ: Some of it's turning into coal, and some of it's turning into petroleum. And look over there. Those plants are turning into natural gas.

THOMAS: If what I learned at that Carboniferous birthday party is correct, Guy Raz, I'd say we're witnessing an anaerobic decomposition.

RAZ: Which is a scientific term for, well, natural materials being broken down into new materials.

THOMAS: This is bonkerballs, Guy Raz. We are literally watching fossils being turned into fuel.

RAZ: And in 350 million years from now, humans will discover this fuel underground...

THOMAS: Wow.

RAZ: ...Fuel that will be used to power our cars and airplanes and factories and even the lights we use in our homes.

THOMAS: Whoa. That is incredi-balls, Guy Raz. But this Flip-Forward Fan is starting to flip us out of control. Time to hit the emergency stop button. Ooh, that was close.

RAZ: Whoa.

THOMAS: Check it out, Guy Raz. It looks like my Flip-Forward Fan brought us all the way up to the 1800s. This is when humans started to dig this stuff out of the ground.

RAZ: Whoa.

THOMAS: Wait, and look over there.

RAZ: Is that a giant oil well? Yeah. It looks like a huge, slow-motion hammer going up and down and up and down.

THOMAS: And when that giant hammer thing moves back and forth, it seems to be sucking up oil from deep down in the ground and bringing it to the surface.

RAZ: Let's go check it out and see if we can take a sample of some of that oil. Come on.

THOMAS: I love free samples. It's so black and gooey. How do we humans turn it into energy?

RAZ: Well, once this oil is refined - or cleaned up - a bit, it turns into material that is very easy to burn.

THOMAS: And once it burns, it gets really hot.

RAZ: And all of that heat is used to generate - or create - steam that makes a giant wheel or turbine go around and around in a power plant.

THOMAS: Oh, yeah, like that one big power plant in our town, the one with the giant smoke stack.

RAZ: That's exactly right.

THOMAS: And when that turbine goes around and around, it makes electricity.

RAZ: Which is why we can have lights on in the house and TVs plugged into the walls and...

(SOUNDBITE OF TV STATIC)

RAZ: ...Factories that can make all that stuff you ordered from earthsgiantlung.com.

THOMAS: Which seems like a really good thing, but it also means that we're burning these fuels.

RAZ: And when we burn stuff...

THOMAS: ...We create carbon dioxide.

RAZ: That's right, the same carbon dioxide that's making our planet hotter.

THOMAS: Man. So if we keep this up, no more winter?

RAZ: Well, it's a little more complicated because it also means that as our planet gets warmer, our weather gets a little crazier.

THOMAS: Oh, yeah, so, like, how some places on the planet might get too much rain while other places don't get any rain at all.

RAZ: Exactly. This is what people mean when they talk about climate change.

THOMAS: Oh, man. Well, I have noticed that we've been getting some pretty crazy storms in the past few years.

RAZ: And, Mindy, unless we humans start to work on this problem soon, we could get even crazier storms in the future.

THOMAS: Oh. Well, I've got an entire adventure tool kit full of inventions. What can I do to help out?

RAZ: Well, I'm glad you asked. Want to head back to the Wow Machine, and I'll show you something I just installed in my house?

THOMAS: You installed something without my help?

RAZ: Yep.

THOMAS: I got to see this. Let me just open the hatch here.

(SOUNDBITE OF THUD)

THOMAS: Whew.

RAZ: Whew. OK, I'm in.

THOMAS: All right. Let's get back to the present day. Let me just punch in our coordinates, and here we....

RAZ AND THOMAS: Go.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

THOMAS: Huh, look at that. We lost an entire side panel.

(SOUNDBITE OF THUD)

THOMAS: OK, so what was that cool installation you wanted to show me?

RAZ: Oh, yeah. It's on my roof. I put in this special safety ladder to help us climb up. Come on.

THOMAS: Shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy. Whoa, are these solar panels?

RAZ: Not just that. Look over there, Mindy.

THOMAS: You put in a wind turbine?

RAZ: Yep.

THOMAS: Can I ride it?

RAZ: Just had them set up a few days ago - all the energy I'll ever need right here using the good, old-fashioned power of wind and the sun.

THOMAS: And I'm guessing that these are those renewable sources of energy that don't burn fossil fuels and create carbon dioxide.

RAZ: Exactly. You don't need to burn anything to get electricity from the sun and the wind because they're always here.

THOMAS: So that means that energy that's generated from wind and sun are clean.

RAZ: And more and more countries around the world are trying to use sun-powered solar energy and wind-powered wind energy.

THOMAS: Dennis, get a load of this wind turbine. If we all start using this stuff, we could stop putting all that carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Dennis) Whoa, that's so cool. Can I ride it?

RAZ: And hopefully, we can slow down how hot our planet will get.

THOMAS: Oh, man. Guy Raz, this reminds me of this story that I just read about this 16-year-old girl named Greta Thunberg.

RAZ: Greta Thunberg. Greta Thunberg.

THOMAS: Yeah. She's a student in Sweden who's trying to get kids from all over the world to tell their grown-ups to stop using all of those old fossil fuels.

RAZ: Go on.

THOMAS: And a few weeks ago, kids around the world marched through their cities and their towns, holding signs and making noise, demanding that grown-ups listen to them.

RAZ: Because all of the kids in the world today will have to work extra hard to clean up the mess left behind by all the grown-ups who've been using all of this fossil fuel energy for the last 200 years.

THOMAS: Exact-oritos, Guy Raz. And if we start making different choices about the way that we live now, well, we can make a pretty big difference for the future.

RAZ: Starting with a few simple decisions.

THOMAS: Yeah? What are you thinking?

RAZ: Well, for starters, we should try to buy as much food as we can in its natural state.

THOMAS: So just to be clear, you're not talking about individually wrapped bags of pre-sliced, grape-flavored apple slices.

RAZ: Well, no. Actually, we should just try to buy apples and slice them ourselves or fresh vegetables and fruits instead of buying stuff that's packaged in plastic bags and cardboard.

THOMAS: Oh, yeah. What else?

RAZ: Well, Mindy, you could start by cutting down on all of the stuff you order from earthsgiantlung.com. I mean, do you really need a solar-powered marshmallow turner?

THOMAS: Well, it is solar-powered, so...

RAZ: Yeah, I guess that's true. But the factory that made that marshmallow turner had to burn fossil fuels to make it. And then it had to burn more fossil fuels to send it on a ship and then a truck to get to your house. So, you know, if...

THOMAS: So if I wanted to do my part, then I could just focus on buying only the things that I truly need.

RAZ: Exactly. And instead of all those packets of ketchup and soy sauce we use, we should politely ask restaurants to offer a single dispenser for everyone to use.

THOMAS: Huh.

RAZ: And instead of those disposable coffee cups we get from Herman Melville's (ph) House of Coffee...

THOMAS: Who?

RAZ: ...We could buy a reusable coffee cup and use it again and again.

THOMAS: Huh. Well, then I guess we'll have to figure out what to do with all of these cardboard boxes that I got from Cyber Funday.

RAZ: Well, besides cutting down on all of this stuff from now on?

THOMAS: For sure. But in the meantime - (yelling) Reggie.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Hey, Reg. I've got a bunch of cardboard here with your name on it. I was wondering if you might be interested in building a brand-new, shredded cardboard nest.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Oh, you are? Perfect. Guy Raz here is looking to do the Earth a solid. So he will help you shred every one of these boxes with his scissors and bare hands. And...

RAZ: Huh?

THOMAS: ...Soon enough, you'll have a cozy, comfy, brand-new, state-of-the-art, earth-friendly, recycled cardboard nest, Reg.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Come on, Guy Raz. You're slacking on the job. Time to start shredding for the planet.

RAZ: What have I gotten myself into?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: WOW IN THE WORLD will be right back. Grown-ups, this message is for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: That's it. Back to the show.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

THE POP UPS: (Singing) Wow in the world.

(SOUNDBITE OF PHONE DIALING)

THOMAS: Hi. Thanks for calling WOW IN THE WORLD. After the beep, get ready to record.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

OWEN: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Owen (ph). I live in Prairie Village, Kan. My wow in the world is that giraffes have the same number of neckbones as us humans. Bye.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

AMELIA: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Amelia (ph) from Stroud (ph) in the United Kingdom. And my wow in the world is that a sugar cube of neutron star weighs the same as Mount Everest. And Reggie...

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

AMELIA: ...Come and visit us in England soon.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

AMELIA: Love the show. Bye.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

SIMONE: Hi. My name is Simone (ph). I live in Brooklyn, N.Y. My wow in the world is that bald eagles can see six times better than people. Bye.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

YADAM: Hi. My name is Yadam (ph). I live in San Diego, Calif. And my wow in the world in that Reggie might be related to the Victoria crowned pigeon, the largest pigeon in the world. Say hi to Reggie for me.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

YADAM: Bye.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

DEVIN: Hi, Mindy. Hi, Guy Raz. My name is Devin (ph). I live in Los Angeles, Calif. My wow is tarantulas can shoot their hairs, but hedgehogs and porcupines can't shoot their quills. Say hi to Reggie and Dennis for me.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Dennis) Ahoy there.

DEVIN: Bye.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

AURIE: Hi. My name is Aurie (ph) from Atlanta, Ga. And my wow in the world is that dinosaurs started out as small creatures like the pterosaurs (ph) and eoraptor. Isn't that really cool? And they evolved into giants like Argentinosaurus, Mapusaurus (ph) and Spinosaurus and T. rex.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

THEO: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Theo (ph), and I am calling from Mount Laurel, N.J. My wow in the world is that when astronauts poop, it is sterilized, deodorized and then freeze-dried. It is stored in a tank until the astronauts return to Earth. Yuck.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #4: End of messages.

THOMAS: Hey, everyone. Thank you so much for hanging out with us this week on WOW IN THE WORLD.

RAZ: And to keep the wow rolling, check out this week's scientific conversation starters at our website, wowintheworld.com.

THOMAS: And grown-ups, there you can find more info on how your kids can become members of the World Organization of Wowzers, shop our Wow Shop, upload photos and videos to us and check dates for our upcoming live events. That's wowintheworld.com.

RAZ: Our show is produced by Jed Anderson.

THOMAS: Who provides the bells, whistles and silly characters. Say hello, Jed.

JED ANDERSON, BYLINE: Yello.

THOMAS: Our show is written by me, Guy Raz and Thomas van Kalken, who also provides silly characters. Tom?

THOMAS VAN KALKEN, BYLINE: Hello there.

RAZ: Thanks also to Jessica Boddy, Casey Koeffer (ph), Rebecca Caban (ph), Kit Ballenger (ph) and Alex Curley. Meredith Halpern-Ranzer powers the wow at Tinkercast.

THOMAS: Our theme song was composed and performed by The Pop Ups. For more info on their two-time-Grammy-nominated, all-ages music, find them at thepopups.com.

RAZ: And grown-ups, you can follow WOW IN THE WORLD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @wowintheworld. And our email address is hello@wowintheworld.com.

THOMAS: And if you're a kid with a big wow to share with us, call us at 1-888-7-WOW-WOW for a chance to be featured at the end of the show.

RAZ: Also, if you haven't already done so, please subscribe to WOW IN THE WORLD on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

THOMAS: Yeah. Leave us a few stars, a review. Or just tell a friend about the show.

RAZ: Thanks again for listening. And until next time...

RAZ AND THOMAS: Keep on wowing.

THOMAS: Jinx.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

THE POP UPS: (Singing) Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world.

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