Be Smart

A show about science, but probably not science the way you're used to it.


  • Visualizing Herd Immunity

    We use lots and lots of mousetraps and ping-pong balls to show how this works.
  • Inside the Lab That Invented the COVID-19 Vaccine

    This is how to make a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Shocking Truth About Ben Franklin and the Kite

    Do you know the true story of how his famous experiment changed the world?
  • How the Pandemic Has Distorted Our Sense of Time

    Let’s learn about how our brains keep track of and try to make sense of time.
  • COVID-19 & Mask Myths DEBUNKED!

    Addressing a few of the most common myths & misunderstandings using scientific evidence.
  • How Did Giant Pterosaurs Fly?

    No flying animal alive today comes close to their huge size.
  • How Well Do Masks Work?

    Wearing a mask is a cheap and easy way to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • How Evolution Made COVID-19 Our Perfect Enemy

    Evolution has given us the gifts we need to survive this difficult time. Here's how.


  • The Superb Owl!

    Let’s celebrate a champion of the bird world: Stealthy and silent owls!
  • The 12 Days of Evolution - Complete Series!

    All 12 days… in ONE video!
  • The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods

    I’m thankful for science. And also pie.
  • Do Animals Mourn Their Dead?

    Joe brings in a few friends to look at death in the animal kingdom.

About Be Smart

This is a show about science. But it's probably not about science the way you're used to it. Hosted by Joe Hanson, author of the science blog, It's Okay to be Smart. Part of the PBS Digital Studios network.