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Join host Joe Hanson as he explores the eccentricities of the scientific world. From physics and astronomy, to biology and neuroscience, nothing is off-limits in this quirky exploration of all science has to offer.

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Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: Counting the Species in My Backyard
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 0 / Ep 0
9 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Many hot air balloons taking off into the sky.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 3 / Ep 10
5 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 10
Man in glasses and cardigan holds palms together with lips parted in mid-speech. He stands before a green background with white scratches.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 5 / Ep 13
5 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Different math equations and graphs are drawn, with a butterfly as the backdrop.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 7
9 minutes 17 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Sixteen eyeballs, each with different eye color. Caption: Martin-Schultz scale.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 9
5 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
A group of animals, a gorilla, a rhino, a lemur cat, and a scaled lizard.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 10
5 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Seven different butterflies, where four are placed at the corners facing the butterfly at the center and two at either side of the central butterfly.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 11
11 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
An animal with the body of a lion, an extra goat head on its back, and a snake instead of a tail. Caption: Chimera.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 14
9 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A view of Moon in the dark sky. Caption: Maria, Latin for seas, and Sea of Tranquility, Mare Tranquillitatis.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 15
10 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A star filled night sky. Caption: P B S.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 16
10 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Sunlight is shining through in a forest with large number of trees.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 17
5 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A comparison of passive echolocation used in vehicles and active echolocation in dolphins.
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Season 7 / Ep 18
16 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Eggs of Screech owl, Turkey vulture, Audubon's Caracara, Kingfisher, Common Murree, Yellow Billed. Caption: Stoddard Et Al. Science 20 17.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 19
7 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Two different types of bacteria are seen all over a human outline. Caption: 37.2 trillion and 39 trillion.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 20
11 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Collage with black and white illustration of a twelfth century Chinese man holding out a scrap of paper.  A red lantern on a pole overhead. Red prohibited symbol covers image of 2 gold bars.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 21
9 minutes 36 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
The sample particles enter the mass spectrometer, which is accelerated, and then separated according to their individual mass of the particles by a magnet.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 22
11 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
An enlarged view of the cells lining the retina is shown from an eyeball. A colorful and a black and white picture of parrot are shown on either side of the eyeball.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 23
8 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A photo depicts many branches of a large tree.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 24
8 minutes 51 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Man with glasses raises eyebrows and parts lips mid-speech. Toys and books are on bookshelves in background.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 25
13 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
An illustration depicts the sinuses present in a human skull.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 26
11 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
A world map illustrates the amount of bug species consumed, on a scale from 0 to 300 plus.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 27
14 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
An illustration depicts the recycling machine, and a recycled product.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 28
11 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
A graph plots pressure in Pascal’s versus temperature in degrees Celsius. The horizontal axis is marked at negative 5, 0, and 100. The vertical axis ranges from 1 kilo Pascal to 100 Mega Pascal’s in increments of exponents of 10. At 1 atmospheric pressure water is in solid ice at negative 5 degrees to 0 degrees, in liquid state from 0 degrees to 100 degrees Celsius, and in vapor form above 100 degrees Celsius.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 29
7 minutes 22 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
An astronaut Don Pettit talks to host Joe Hanson. A rocket is seen in the background.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 7 / Ep 30
11 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
An aerial view of a canopy of trees.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 1
10 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A scale shows world population. 2 billion people will be added by 20 50 to the 7 billion at present. A number, 2 X, is shown over the food crops, wheat and corn.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 2
6 minutes 28 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A woman holds a wailing infant in her arms.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 3
8 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A battery gauge has 14 blocks, where 7 blocks are full. The grades of the battery gauge reads, from top to bottom, as follows. Gamma rays, X rays, U V, visible rays, and infrared. An arrow points from visible light to infrared.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 4
8 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A cartoon shows Benjamin Franklin sleeping on a bed. Sunlight pours into the room through an open window.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 5
12 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Line graph titled, "Exponential Growth, Covid-19." Y axis reads, "Cases open parentheses Outside of China close parentheses" and X axis reads, "Feb twelfth" at left and "March fifteenth" at right. Pink dots gradually curve upward from left to right where they're labeled "X, 1 point 4."
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 6
7 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Aerial view of man in glasses looking up at camera as he wipes his hands with a paper towel next to kitchen sink.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 7
13 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Man in glasses and zip sweatshirt parts lips in mid-speech. Bookshelves line wall in background. Title card reads, ''Cerebellum."
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 8
10 minutes
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Orange glare flares out from bright central object and is surrounded by flecks of colored light in outer space.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 9
10 minutes 52 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
2 red lines branch off from a red dot at the top connecting to red dots that continue to branch off in twos 5 times to form a crown-shaped contagion.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 10
2 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Man in glasses parts lips in mid-speech. Bookshelves and art supplies line walls in background. Title card reads, "How to fly. Stay in the air."
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 13
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Two people standing apart, both wearing surgical masks.
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 16
8 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Man in glasses and blue collared shirt gestures with hands out and lips pursed in mid-speech.
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Season 8 / Ep 17
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: How the Pandemic Has Distorted Our Sense of Time
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 18
8 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: The Fastest Animals Are Way Faster Than You Think
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Season 8 / Ep 19
12 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: 4 Ways the Universe Might End (All of Them Bad)
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 20
11 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: The Lizard That Uses Nanotechnology to Walk Upside Down
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 21
8 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: Why Are There 7 Days in a Week?
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Season 8 / Ep 22
15 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: The Shocking Truth About Ben Franklin and the Kite
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 23
8 minutes 1 seconds
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Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: The Shocking Way Your Brain Runs on Electricity
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 23
18 minutes 49 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: Inside the Lab That Invented the COVID-19 Vaccine
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 24
11 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: Why the Heck Is Glass Transparent?
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Season 8 / Ep 25
5 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: Why Do We Lie?
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 26
16 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Man in glasses gestures with hand and parts lips in mid-speech. Toys and books on shelves displayed in background. Text at right reads, "Gimme that science!"
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 8 / Ep 27
14 minutes 48 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: The Golden Ratio--Is It Myth or Math?
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Season 9 / Ep 2
22 minutes 49 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: What Is Impossible in Evolution?
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Season 9 / Ep 3
19 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: The Transcontinental Burrito Hypertunnel
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 9 / Ep 4
11 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: How Ocean Currents (And How We Are Breaking Them)
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 9 / Ep 5
12 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
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Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: Why Are We Warm Blooded?
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Season 9 / Ep 6
11 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: It's Okay to Be Smart: Why Is Sex a Thing?
It's Okay to Be Smart
Season 9 / Ep 9
12 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12