Kid Stew


Kid Stew 201

The kids get inspired by the Wright brothers, astronaut Thomas Jones, author Eliot Schrefer, the Phoenix twins, Johannes Brahms, and Costa Rican culture. Plus, the science of invisible ink, how to pick a book, robots, music, Kid Stew Ewws, and more.

AIRED: May 29, 2019 | 0:29:01

(banjo music)

- Howdy folks.

Welcome to Pig and a Poke.

What can I do you for?

- Well, what do you recommend?

- In these parts little lady, the name of the game is pig.

We got pig feet, pig ribs, pig tail, pig snout, pig butt.

Everything but the (snorts) oink.

(pig snorting)

- You wouldn't by any chance have any Kid Stew?

- Kids stew?

If that's a breed of porker, it's a new one on me.

- Actually Kid Stew is a new show by kids about kids

and for kids.

- It's about books and art and creativity and fun.

- Well I tell ya, we got a smoker out back

and a fryer up front but we ain't got no Kid Stew.

- [Both] Well that's okay 'cause we do!

(upbeat rock music)

♪ Let's go ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah ♪

♪ It's a world for me and you ♪

♪ A lot of things to see and do ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah ♪

♪ Everyday there's something new ♪

♪ It's Kid Stew ♪

♪ It's Kid Stew ♪

(electricity zapping)

- [Narrator] Funding for Kid Stew is provided by

The Eunice Joyce Gardiner Charitable Foundation.

(electricity zapping)

("Pay Phone" by Maroon 5)

- Okay Santine, you can look now.

- This is the big surprise?

A phone booth?

- It's not a phone booth.

It's a time machine.

- I'm pretty sure it's a phone booth.

I've seen them in books.

- Come on, I'll prove it to you.

♪ I'm at a pay phone trying to call home ♪

♪ All of my change I spent on you ♪

(buttons beeping)

♪ I'm at a pay phone ♪

- I told you, it's just a phone booth.

- Wait for it.

(electricity zapping)

(electricity zapping)

("Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty)

- Oh hey kids.

Welcome to the Red Bicycle Company.

I'm Orville.

- I'm Madison and this is my friend Santine.

We're from the future.

(boy laughs)

- From the future.

Kids these days, great imaginations.

Just like you Wilbur.

- Wait, Orville?


Would you guys by any chance be brothers?

- [Both] Orville and Wilbur, the Wright brothers.

That's us.

- So, are you kids looking to buy some bikes?

- We got a nice little two seater in back

if you're interested.

- Well, Mr. Wright and Mr. Wright, bikes are cool

but have you guys ever thought of building something else?

- Well, Orville did have an idea for an electric surf board.

- I'm thinking of something on a higher level.

- Okay stop!

I can't stand it.

Spoiler alert.

You guys are going to make the first successful

manned flight in history.

You're going to build and fly your very own airplane.

You're gonna be famous forever.

(boys laughing)

- You kids from the future have a great sense of humor.

- No, no listen, she's right.

It'll be like the motion of a bike except in the air.

- Hang on a sec.

You're talking about the principle of lateral balance.

If I apply that to a horizontal wing surface,

it might actually work.

- You kids just might be on to something.

This is great thinking.

Come on.

- First class.

- I think our work is done here.

- Sure we can't sell you a bike?

- Thanks.

We've got our own transportation.

- Don't tell me, a reusable space shuttle.

- [Madison] No but you're thinking in the right direction.

- Did we just help to get the whole human race

off the ground?

- I think we did.

Fly five.

♪ Learning to fly ♪

(electricity zapping)

♪ Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone ♪

- Hey guys.

I'm gonna try and sneak into NASA.

(spy music)

You know what?

I think I'm just gonna buy a ticket.

♪ And I think it's gonna be a long long time ♪

♪ Till touch down brings me 'round again to find ♪

- This is the rocket garden where they keep some

of the coolest rockets they've ever built.

♪ Oh no no no ♪

♪ I'm a rocket man ♪

- Count down clock.

(engine roaring)

- [Announcer] One, zero and lift off.

The final lift off of Atlantis.

- Here at the Kennedy Space Center

you can check out the space shuttle Atlantis.

Come on, let's go inside.

♪ I'm a rocket man ♪

♪ Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone ♪

- Are you a sky walker?

- Yeah, hi.

I'm Tom Jones.

- Nice to meet you.

I'm Luke and I'd like to be a sky walker too.

- Yeah I was, part of my job as an astronaut

was to do some space walks to help build the space station.

- What was your favorite thing about doing space walks

and just being an astronaut.

- It was the best experience I had as an astronaut

doing space walks.

What you have to be careful of is either losing your grip

on the space station and drifting off.

But we wear our safety tethers.

We attach ourselves to the space station.

If those broke, we actually even have a little rescue

jet pack at the bottom of our backpack.

We can fly back to the space station on our own.

- [Luke] Now how did robotics help you when you're doing

space walks or just in space in general?

- Yeah, the space shuttle used to have a robot arm

that we could use to launch satellites out of the cargo bay.

You'd pick 'em up with a claw, dump them off into space,

and when their work was done you'd reach out

with an arm and snatch them and put 'em back into

the space ship to bring 'em home to be reused again.

And up at the space station when I was there,

we used the robot arm to install a brand new laboratory

on the space station.

Robots are getting so smart now that, for example,

on Mars they can do a lot of the work autonomously

or by themselves.

- Wow.

Thank you for your time and I really hope we can go

sky walking together sometime.

- I'd love that and I hope I'll see you up there

on Mars one day doing a Mars walk.

(news broadcast music)

- Hello, I'm Nicholas.

Stay tuned for Kid Stew Ewws, the news show

where the truth is always gross.

You might just find out something about this caterpillar

that you don't want to know.

Now this.

(news broadcast music)

- Okay, I love a book with interesting characters.

And what's more interesting than owls?

They're smart, they're cool, they fly,

and they don't even miss a thing.

Am I right, Pia?

(owl cooing)

That's why we both love Guardians of Ga'Hoole,

a book series by Kathryn Lasky.

See any resemblance?

(owl cooing)

It's all about mystical kingdoms, castles, woods,

battles, and scary escapes.

And forces of darkness.

But don't worry Pia, the good guys win in the end.

I mean, the good owls.

(owl cooing)

There are 16 books in the series so far.

So, get comfortable Pia.

We're just getting started.

(electricity zapping)

- [Robot Voice] Kid Stew.

(horn honking)

(piano key clanging)


- We first came across a piano

just like we came across a piano I think.

We started playing by, you know, at the age of like two

and we always play stuff in the correct pitch.


We played this game where she said,

which note is a white key?

We turned around and we could tell what was a white key

and she's like, what, is this a black key or a white key?

This is a black key and so she told me I have this talent

and she realized we can do it with notes like, what is this?

Oh, and E.

Oh what is this?

That was a C sharp.

What is this?

That was a B flat.

(jazzy piano music)

- Playing piano together around the world

does really improve our relationship as twins.

(slow jazzy piano music)

(piano music increases in tempo)

Our mom realized we had a little bit of a gift with music.

For example, like, she'd play like, imagine we were

watching Superman and had the Superman theme.

Later we'd sing the theme back and it was in

the exact same pitch.

She got us the two baby grand pianos.

- We play by ear.

We knew the notes right away because we had stickers

and then we took 'em off and memorized them all.

(fast piano music)

- [Both] We're the Phoenix twins and we play the piano.

(news broadcast music)

- I can pick you up at eight.

Of course I can drive.

Oh, gotta go.

Hello, I'm Nicholas and welcome back to Kid Stew Ewws,

the news show where the truth is always gross.

Our first story today comes directly from your feet,

which experts say can put out over a pint of sweat a day.

- Ew!

(audience groaning)

- In a related story, humans have five million

hair follicles in their bodies.

Three times as many as a gorilla.

(audience groaning)

- Ew.

- This just in, at a landfill in Las Vegas,

trucks are dumping more than 600 tons of garbage every hour.

- Ew.

(audience groaning)

- We'll be back after a word

from one of our disgusting sponsors.

(news broadcast music)

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This has leg warmers written all over it.

(news broadcast music)

- Welcome back.

Now with more repulsive news, yellow jackets

build their nest with a mixture of their own saliva

and vomit.

(audience groaning)

- Ew.

- Lunch anybody?

(audience laughing)

And now, let's hear from our nature correspondent,

Caroline, with a report on a truly repelling creature.

- Thanks Nicholas.

I'm here in the natural habitat

of the silver spotted skipper caterpillar

of the family Hesperiidae.

It favors forest edges, bushy areas, and swamps

and it can even shoot its poop over five feet.

(air whooshing)


Back to you, Nicholas.

Whoa, that little guy has good aim.

- Truly disturbing report, Caroline.

You deserve hazard pay for that one.

And that's a wrap for this episode of Kid Stew Ewws.

Until next time, keep it real and keep it gross.

(news broadcast music)

- [Brain] Wait, I feel a disturbance in the force.

Who's there?

- Hi really big brain.

It's me, Luke.

- [Brain] I know it.

So Luke, how was your visit to NASA?

- How did you know I went to NASA?

That's what I wanted to talk to you about.

- [Brain] Hey, they don't call me

the really big brain for nothing.

How cool was it to play with those robots?

- So cool.

Robots are the best.

- [Brain] Did you know that Greek scientists

started thinking about robots 6,000 years ago?

- You're kidding.

- [Brain] Would I kid?

Even Leonardo da Vinci tried to invent a robot.

Now robots explore space, build cars.

- I know.

They even do brain surgery.

- [Brain] Whoa, brain surgery.

That's a sensitive subject.

- Sorry.

Not that you need surgery.

- [Brain] Well actually, there is something

that needs to come out.

- Oh my gosh.

What's that?

- [Brain] This.

Why do robots get mad?

- I give up.

- [Brain] Because people keep pressing their buttons.

(drum rapping)

- You know really big brain, maybe we can program

a robot to laugh at your jokes.

- [Brain] Great idea.

Let's get NASA working on that.

- Sure.

Maybe in their spare time.

See ya later RBB.

- [Brain] Wait.

What do you say to a dead robot?

Rust in peace.

(drum rapping)

Yup, a laughing robot would sure help.

(electricity zapping)

- Contestants.

As you know, we have had some serious cut backs

in the cafeteria budget.

No more tables.

No more trays.

No more lunch ladies.

Hard times indeed.

So, starting today you must fight for your food.

It's all here.

You just have to be the first to get it.

Happy hungry games.

(dramatic music)

And may the odds ever be in your favor.

(dramatic music)

("Revolution" by The Beatles)

♪ You say you want a revolution ♪

♪ Well you know ♪

♪ We all want to change the world ♪

♪ You tell me that it's evolution ♪

♪ Well you know ♪

♪ We all want to change the world ♪

- [Boy] In a world without cafeterias, only fun survives.

The Hungry Games, coming to a theater near you.

Rated I.

For immature audiences only.

♪ Don't you know that you can count me out ♪

(electricity zapping)

- [Robot] Kid Stew.

(gentle acoustic music)

- Whoa, Milena, is that a Halloween mask?

- This isn't just a mask.

It's a Mascarero

It's part of a Costa Rican tradition

that started all the way in Spanish colonial days.

Obviously I'm no Mascarero


They're the craftsmen who make these masks for real

in Costa Rica.

They're true artists.

- Well then, why don't you have some first hand tips?

- You mean in Costa Rica?

- Aim carefully.

It's a pretty small country.

(arrow whooshing)

(gentle acoustic music)

Buenos Dias

- And welcome to Costa Rica, the land of waterfalls

and rain forests.

Come, let's explore.

(gentle acoustic music)

This is a (water rushing drowns out speaker) butterfly.

(gentle acoustic music)

Isn't this cool?

I'm sitting next to a sloth.

Anyway, I'll start slowly.

This is Michael Jimenez.

He works at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

So tell me, who's that guy?

- This one here Milena is Rocket.

Rocket is a male sloth who's about 12 years old.

Two toed sloths are animals that can sleep

for 18 hours a day.

These creatures live in the rain forest

but also in the cloud forest.

Their fur sometimes holds all kinds of insects

and that's one way for the sloth to camouflage

in the forest.

They don't only eat leaves.

They also try to eat bugs.

Rocket is a beautiful two toed sloth.

(gentle acoustic music)

(water splashing)

Ques estas haciendo?

Estoy Pintando

Porque necessitamos proteger los cataratas?

Poque us un recurso muy, muy importante

tal vez el mas importante que temenos

en la humanidad que es la agua para vivir

- This is Hernan Cortes.

He's one of the many artists who help create awareness

on why protecting our environment is so important.

Gracias, buenos dias

(gentle acoustic music)

I'm here in San Lorenzo de Flores

with William Zarate.

He's an expert Mascarero

and he's teaching me how to make

the famous Mascarera themselves.

So we're gonna make a giant used with big costumes

on people and they go out in the streets

and have parties.

Right now I'm using the Mascarero tool

to shape the eyes and the mouth.

This tradition was given down from the Costa Rican natives

but they changed it up a little bit so it would be

their own Costa Rican tradition.

(xylophone music)

(festive band music)

I've never had so much fun.

I'm glad I got to show you some of my country's traditions.

Let's see what's next on Kid Stew.

- [Robot Voice] Kid Stew.

- Welcome back kids from Kid Stew.

How are ya?

- [Both] Good and you?

- Here's David.

How are you doing David?

- That's really weird.

- Yeah.

- Now you guys ready to learn something?

- [Both] Yeah.

- This is magical.

This is a magic, secret agent pen.

This is what secret agents use to write down messages

and because it's invisible you can't see it.

Watch this.

(upbeat music)

Now, all you do is you put the light on

and look at this.

It's groovy.

- That's so cool.

- Yeah.

Where can I get one (laughing)?

- Hold that thought.

Time for a little science.

Disappearing ink is a mixture of water, carbon dioxide,

and sodium hydroxide.

The acid reacts with the sodium hydroxide

which lowers the pH level, leaving the solution

of the letters colorless

which only makes 'em seem invisible.

Real secret agent stuff, scientifically speaking.

Now, back to more tricks.

- Good I'm gonna show you something that's new.

It's fun and it's more for the littler kids from Kid Stew.

It's the ABCs.

Here you have an ABC box.

You open it.


Then you have B.



Here's E.

(man screams)

- That actually scared me.

(man laughing)

- It's great.

(electricity zapping)

- [Robot Voice] Kid Stew.

("Brahm's Lullaby")

- Hi and welcome to Kid Stew Classics.

You know this tune, right?

You've been hearing since you were a baby.

That's the most famous lullaby in the world

composed 150 years ago by Johannes Brahms.


The rhythm of the music feels just like rocking a crib,

which is probably why it works so well

in putting babies (yawns) hold on a minute.

It's just so effective.

I just (piano keys clanging).

(upbeat music)

♪ Tell me never die ♪

♪ I got a plan ♪

♪ Another direction ♪

♪ The lay of the land ♪

♪ Out of the school like ♪

♪ The back of my hand ♪

♪ Them other boys ♪

- This is Eliot Schrefer, adventurer and author.

We'll meet him next.

He writes about all types of animals.

- He's had a morning.

- Oh my gosh.

♪ I'm the man ♪

- So Eliot, I have a few questions for you.

- Yeah, let's hear it.

- Why are animals the main characters in your stories?

- Oh well I've always really, really loved animals

and I think animals are so interesting because they have

all these emotions and feelings and you can kind of think

about what they might be thinking

and I think it's really cool as a reader

to get to experience a totally different way

of seeing the world.

- I just got back from Costa Rica and I started reading

your new book, The Lost Rain Forest.

Where'd you get the inspiration for Mez, the panther?

- Mez the panther is a nighttime creature

and the magical rain forest I write about in the book

is split up into all the animals who are awake

during the night and during the day

and they never meet normally but Mez is born

under an eclipse so when the powers of the sun and the moon

combine, Mez has the ability to wake up during the day

and she also gets magical powers.

So I like the idea of someone who breaks the rules

and at first she doesn't know what to do

when she's awake during the day because she knows

panthers aren't supposed to be.

- Yeah.

- And I think that feeling is something we all

often experience where you feel like there's something

wrong or different about me and after a while

you can learn that what you thought was something wrong

about you is actually something really important

and for Mez it's the whole reason that she can save

the rain forest when an enemy arrives is because

she has this special ability.

- Are you a night walker or a day walker?

- Oh my gosh.

I am definitely a day walker.

(girl laughs)

And when I was in middle school I could not do

my homework after dinner.

I was just so tired.

All I wanted to do was like watch TV or go to bed

so I would wake up extra early in the morning

and do my homework before school.

So, I think that confirms

that I'm definitely a daytime person.

(girl laughs)

What about you? What kind are you?

- Uh, okay, so I, I don't know if this counts

but I feel like I'm both because I stay up

the entire the day and I stay up most of the night

doing my homework.

So, I get like pretty decent hours of sleep before school.

- Yup, yup.

That's great.

You have all the advantages of both of them.

- Yeah.

- So maybe you were born during an eclipse.

- Ah.

Well your books seem to always portray characters

from different worlds.

Why is that important to you?

- A great book can serve two different purposes.

It can reflect you back to yourself.

So you can read a book and think, oh my gosh,

they just captured what it's like to be me

and that's a really great feeling

but a book can also be a window into a whole nother world.

So you can see far away and see what life would be like

in a totally different set of circumstances.

- Well that's it for the Kid Series Review.

Thank you for your time.

I learned a lot.

- Thank you.

I had such a great time.

That's a lot.

- Thank you.

(electricity zapping)

- I think I'm in a reading rut.

- Say what?

- I've been reading mystery books since fifth grade

and I think I need to freshen things up.

- So you're done with who done its?

- Let's just say I need to branch out.

Got any suggestions?

- I thought you'd never ask.

(book whooshing)

(upbeat dance music)

♪ Mix it up up ♪

♪ Change the view ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Try something new ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Turn the page ♪

♪ And you might find a brand new fave ♪

♪ Just mix it up ♪

♪ Change is good ♪

♪ Something fresh in the neighborhood ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Don't hold back ♪

♪ Break new ground ♪

♪ Just tell your friends what you found ♪

♪ Swap it up ♪

♪ Do a shift ♪

♪ Turn left turn right ♪

♪ Make a switch ♪

♪ Mix it up up ♪

♪ Change the view ♪

♪ Mix it up up ♪

♪ Try something new ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Turn the page ♪

♪ And you might find a brand new fave ♪

♪ Mystery ♪

♪ Biography ♪

♪ History ♪

♪ Fantasy ♪

♪ Classics are fantastic ♪

♪ But I'm stuck on romances ♪

♪ Books about dances ♪

♪ Spies who take chances ♪

- Listen to me.

I'm only interested in historical fiction.

Preferably 18th century.

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Change the view ♪

♪ Mix it up up ♪

♪ Try something new ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Turn the page ♪

♪ And you might find a brand new fave ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Change the view ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Try something new ♪

♪ Mix it up ♪

♪ Turn the page ♪

♪ And you might find a brand new fave ♪

- If you're tired of what you're reading,

don't give up.

- [All] Mix it up!

- Well that's it for this episode.

- Time flies when you're having fun.

- As fast as a greased pig.

- [All] See you next time on Kid Stew.

(electricity zapping)

- [Robot Voice] Kid Stew.

- Aim carefully.

It's a pretty small country.

- Got any suggestions?

- I thought you never (man laughing).

I got to do a music video called Mix it Up.

Sometimes I get stuck on one thing but then I don't try

anything else so then it's a good change

to try something different instead of staying

with that same exact thing.

We all get along so well and we're just bonding

every single day.

- So get comfortable.

I (mumbles) to the camera.

- Oops sorry.

My bad.

(girls laughing)

- For as long as I can remember,

I've always loved space, science.

So it was a great experience to meet the astronaut.

It's really fun playing a different character

'cause it's something that you've never experienced

and it's really fun to always try something new.

Always gotta practice as much as you can.

If you want to be a comedian, practice impressions,

accents, whatever you want and just always give it your all.

- I told, what's my line again?

(thunder crashing)

- [Man] Hear that?

- [Boys] Orville and Wilbur, the Wright brothers.

That's us.

- Oh (blows raspberries).

(girls singing)

(electricity zapping)

(upbeat music)

- [Girl] Funding for Kid Stew is provided by

The Eunice Joyce Gardiner Charitable Foundation.

(upbeat music)

(chiming music)


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