BrainPOP Lessons organized by Topic.

60s Folk

Learn about 1960s folk and protest music, and musicians like Dylan and Seeger!

Abraham Lincoln

Meet Abraham Lincoln, the Illinois boy who became the 16th President of the United States, and was known as the Great Emancipator!

Ada Lovelace

Meet Ada Lovelace, British mathematician and the first computer programmer!

Adam Smith

Don't be all laissez-faire! It's in your self-interest to meet the inventor of modern economics.

Adolf Hitler

The fascist dictator and fuhrer of the Nazis, Hitler started World War II and had a hugely tragic effect on the twentieth century.

Agatha Christie

It’s no mystery why she’s the best-selling novelist of all time.

Agricultural Revolution

How did domesticating plants and animals lead to a far more stable food supply? The agricultural revolution was a big step forward for us all!

Alan Turing

Come crack top-secret codes with Alan Turing, the Mathematics visionary who conceived of the first computer and helped the Allies win World War II.

Albert Einstein

Tim and Moby introduce you to the Nobel-winning scientist Albert Einstein, the physicist who revolutionized our understanding of space and time.

Alexander Hamilton

Meet the ten-dollar Founding Father whose way with words and mastery of money helped shape America into the financial powerhouse it is today!

Amelia Earhart

Take off with Amelia Earhart, the most famous aviatrix of all time, whose last flight remains a mystery.

American Indians

The original Americans were Native Americans! Whether Navajo, Cherokee, or Mohawk, their rich culture was cruelly overwhelmed by European settlers.

American Revolution

Our founding fathers penned a declaration that changed human rights, then Colonial underdogs took on the biggest empire in the world: England!

Andrew Jackson

“Old Hickory” increased presidential powers and was the first self-made man to become president, but his Indian Removal Act and belief in slavery make him a complicated figure.

Anne Frank

Why is Anne’s diary about a Jewish girl during WWII such an important book? Find out!


Learn about Nelson Mandela and the history of South Africa's discriminatory laws.

Armed Forces

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and. . what? Tim and Moby introduce you to all five branches of the American Armed Forces, and march you through their jobs and histories.

Articles of Confederation

Learn how the United States was governed before the Constitution was written!

Assembly Line

Ever hear of the Industrial Revolution? If you have, then you MUST know about the assembly line! Put this movie on your conveyer belt and learn more.


Democracy, drama, and the Olympics! Learn about the ancient city-state of Athens, Greece, where much of the culture we take for granted today was invented!

Aztec Civilization

Tim and Moby lead you into the Valley of Mexico for a look at the powerful Mesoamerican civilization, and how the conquistuadors engineered their fall.


Do you have interest in more money? Tim and Moby take you through banking basics, like deposits and withdrawals, and the difference between cash and capital.

Barack Obama

Get to know Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American President!


Tim and Moby take you out to the old ball game: Learn about the game where everyone’s running around that big diamond, trying to get home!


There’s so much more to basketball than putting a ball through a hoop! Tim and Moby talk three-pointers and rebounds.

Bass Reeves

The almost-lost legend of one of America’s greatest lawmen

Benjamin Franklin

The famed inventor who was also a Founding Father, a scientist, and a diplomat. It takes a lot to get on the $100 bill--ask Tim and Moby!

Bill Clinton

See how a saxaphone-playing poor boy from Arkansas defied the odds to become the 42nd President of the United States!

Bill of Rights

Ten amendments to the constitution you’ll hear a lot of shouting about! Learn about each of the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights, and discover who interprets them nowadays.

Black Death

You’re right, it’s not something you want for your birthday. This pandemic outbreak caused by a plague of rats changed society in the Middle Ages.


Delta, Memphis, or Chicago, they’re all part of a uniquely American form of music—the blues!

Branches of Government

Find our how powers are separated between the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of government. It's pretty cool how the system of checks and balances helps limit the power that any one branch can exercise!

British Empire

How did the British Empire become the largest imperial colonizers in history, and what ended this mercantile domination? Grab a cuppa and watch Tim and Moby embark on a 400 year-old tale.

Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka

“Separate but equal?” Tim and Moby will teach you what this term means as they discuss segregation, civil rights, and the famous trial case, Brown v. Board of Education.


Earn some, spend less, and don’t buy what you can’t afford. Learn about the basics of budgeting or you might have to learn the basics of debt!

César Chávez

Don’t cross that picket line! Learn about the life and work of the Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez, and the influence of his non-violent protests, strikes, and boycotts.

Causes of the American Revolution

What is an intolerable act of tyranny? Learn about taxation without representation and boycotts in the Colonial days, and what “quartering” means. Tim and Moby say they want a revolution!

Charles Darwin

Meet the originator of the theory of evolution, a world-famous naturalist who introduced the ideas of mimicry, natural selection, and the survival of the fittest.

Charles Dickens

Don’t say “Bah, Humbug”! Dickens survived childhood poverty to become one of the greatest novelists ever.

Che Guevara

From privileged Argentinian to Cuban revolutionary to having his face on all those t-shirts! Che Guevara was a complicated figure in Latin American communist rebellion.


Nothing bittersweet about this movie on chocolate! Follow how cacao beans are harvested, sweetened, and processed--it’s complicated, going from bean to bar--and totally worth it.

Christopher Columbus

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria! This great sailor and navigator crossed the ocean blue, and into the New World. But the relationship between the explorer and the natives is troubling.


A definition of the meaning, freedoms, and responsibilities of being an American citizen. Tim and Moby vote for you to watch this movie!

Civil Rights

Thank you, sister Rosa! Ms. Parks, that is! This movie is all about the civil rights movement, from segregation trials to freedom marches. Plus a few words from Dr. Martin Luther King!

Civil War

A movie about the War between the Confederates and the Union. Abraham Lincoln presided over the bloodiest war in American history, but it ultimately emancipated the slaves.

Civil War Causes

Does a state have the right to secede from the Union? Lincoln didn’t think so; but the South was willing to fight for it. Learn more about slavery, confederates, and abolitionists!


Meet the powerful last Queen of Egypt, whose downfall led directly to the establishment of the Roman Empire.

Cold War

The arms race and the space race take center stage as two nuclear superpowers vie for supremacy. Brrr!

Columbian Exchange

The Old World and the New World swap people, spices, gold, and diseases in the Columbian Exchange!


A theory based on the idea of the equal distribution of wealth. Sounds ideal, right? Learn why it can work, but also how many communist countries devolve into dictatorships.

Comparing Prices

A little practical math can help us save money on things we need to buy, leaving a budget for the things we want to buy. Tim and Moby talk you through comparing prices.


How--and why-- were a small number of Spanish adventurers able to wipe the majestic Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations off the map?

Constitutional Convention

Join Tim and Moby at the Constitutional Convention to relive the debates that shaped a nation!

Continents of the World

How many continents are there, anyway? And which one has no permanent population? Which contains only one country? Tim and Moby get all continental on you.


Meet Nicolaus Copernicus, the man who dared to theorize that the universe didn't revolve around him—or anyone else on Earth, either!


Don’t get too creative with public works, or you’ll get sued for plagiarism! Find out what a copyright is and how it might apply to your everyday life.

Court System

We, the jury, find the defendent very appealing! Learn all about the American legal system from our civil friends, Tim and Moby.

Credit Cards

The bank doesn’t loan you that money for free, you know! You’ll find interest in Tim and Moby’s talk about APR’s, purchasing power, and debt.

Daylight Saving Time

Look at your clock and remember: Spring forward, fall back, and never be late for school! Learn which founding father first proposed DST, and why our summer nights are so light.


For effective arguments, the power of rhetoric is not open to debate!


When people, businesses, and governments borrow money

Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident. . .” Jefferson was the main author of this revolutionary document, but who else helped? And how dangerous was it to sign?


Elections, Voting, and Congress: They’re all about representing us! Learn about democracy’s history, and the difference between direct democracy and representative democracy.

Digital Etiquette

Online etiquette is about more than asking that troll to please pass the mousepad! Learn the do’s and don’ts of netiquette, and how to create respectful emails, IMs, and blogs.


They’re not just rows of lamps. . . they light the way to the biggest celebration on the Hindu calendar! Learn about the holiday of Diwali.

Edgar Allan Poe

Calm your tell-tale heart: This movie about macabre author Edgar Allan Poe isn’t nearly as frightening as his tales!

Egyptian Pharaohs

Why did Cleopatra and King Tut hold those crooked canes? Discover what it meant to be a pharaoh, and why pyramids meant so much to these supreme monarchs.

Eleanor Roosevelt

This First Lady was just as influential as her husband (Franklin) and her uncle (Theodore)! Learn how Eleanor Roosevelt went from Depression-era icon to the United Nations.

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel endured one of history's darkest periods. Learn how he devoted his life to ensuring the world would never forget.

Elvis Presley

Learn all about Elvis Presley, the singer from Memphis, Tennessee who became the King of Rock n' Roll.

Emily Dickinson

Discover one of the most unique and influential voices in American verse


Learn about what ethics and ethical dilemmas are, and how to make good decisions in tough situations.

Fall of the Roman Empire

The Roman Empire went from the greatest heights of art and culture that the world had ever seen, to utter collapse. Learn the byzantine story of the fall of the Roman Empire.


Is it radical to think we all deserve equal rights? Learn about gender discrimination through the years, the meaning of suffrage, and some famous feminist activists.


If you like knights in shining armor, kings, peasants and--er--plagues, pay fealty to this movie! Tim and Moby discuss life during medieval times.


Fumbling by the goalpost? Kick-off by learning the basics of American football!


Meet the gothic monster of all monsters—and the woman who gave Frankenstein life!

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our longest-serving president won four consecutive presidential terms, created the New Deal, and guided the nation through the Great Depression and World War II!

Frederick Douglass

Meet Frederick Douglass, who went from being a slave to one of the leading American abolitionists of the 19th Century, and a crucial figure in Black History!

French and Indian War

Britain and France once fought over who’d dominate North America: Trade with Native Americans sparked this conflict, and a fellow called George Washington got involved!

French Revolution

Off with their heads? Yikes! Learn how the French monarchy alienated the people, and when the promise of equality, and brotherhood devolved into a violent battle between rival factions.

Frida Kahlo

Like to draw self-portraits? Learn about the influential Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Galileo Galilei

The amazing career of Galileo Galilei, the Italian mathematician, scientist and philosopher who got in big trouble for being non-heliocentric. Tim and Moby tell you how!

Game Theory

Tim and Moby negotiate their way through a movie on Game Theory, a field of economics that formulates mathematical strategies for complex situations.

Gas and Oil

Tim and Moby talk about our troublesome relationship with the car, and how refined fuels and carbon dioxide are contributing to the greenhouse effect.

Geography Themes

Tim and Moby get that globe spinning and talk about what the geography of a country can tell you about its people, their culture, and their history!

George Washington

The founder of our country, the first commander-in-chief, and a darn good general--George Washington wasn’t perfect, but he’s a truly revolutionary figure.

George Washington Carver

Learn how George Washington Carver became a renowned scientist during the Jim Crow era

Georgia O'Keeffe

A look at the life and career of the modern artist who brought you flowers, skulls, and beautiful Southwestern skies!

Gold Rush

There’s nuggets of gold in them thar hills! Or rather, there were. Tim and Moby go panning through the history of the California Gold Rush, and the 49’ers who lived it.

Great Depression

The 1929 stock market crash began the greatest economic slump of the 20th century, leading to strikes and rife unemployment. Then add a big old dust bowl to the mix. . .

Great Depression Causes

Discover why the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties couldn’t last, and how people’s spending and saving habits made a financial crisis inevitable. Tim and Moby wonder: Lesson learned?

Great Wall of China

Who built the Great Wall of China, and why? Tim and Moby stand on the watchtower and search for Huns and Mongols.

Greek Gods

Zeus and Hera presided over a powerful strange family. Learn about the mysterious histories and behaviors of the Ancient Greek gods!


Arm yourself with knowledge about the uses and dangers of firearms. Learn why guns can trigger some fierce debates, and what the Second Amendment has to do with it all.


Learn all about the history of hackers: the good, the bad, and the gray area in between.


Ghosts, witches and goblins all know Halloween’s #1 rule: Don’t eat your candy all at once. Tim and Moby talk about the spooky holiday’s surprising history!

Harlem Renaissance

From Armstrong to Ellington, and Hughes to Hurston, a time of flowering in African-American culture and arts!

Harvey Milk

Meet one of the founders of the gay pride movement!

Helen Keller

Learn about the the admirable activist who overcame deafness and blindness to teach the world that people with disabilities can do anything!

Henry Hudson

The most famous explorer who never found what he was looking for

Hip-Hop and Rap

From 1970s block party breakdancing to today’s rhyme moguls, sample this history of hip-hop and rap!

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The lesser of two evils? You decide. Tim and Moby talk about the atomic bombs that took an enormous toll on the people of Japan, but ended World War II.


TIm and Moby talk about a dark time in human history, who Hitler was and how he rose to power. You’ll also learn what genocide is, and about the history of anti-semitism in Europe.


Grab your toga and get ready for some epic tales of the ancient cultures of Greece and Troy.

How a Bill Becomes a Law

It’s not easy to change the law--ask any bill! Tim and Moby follow the process that turns a proposed law into actual law, and encounter the President’s friend, Veto!


Give me your huddled masses. . . but do they have an alien visa? Tim and Moby talk about the history of immigration in the U.S., and where many of our ancestors first landed.

Inca Civilization

Long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the Inca people built a vast empire. So how did how fewer than 200 Spanish conquistadors manage to bring the mighty empire down?

Industrial Revolution

Factories, railroads, looms, and steel: The Industrial Revolution made the world smaller and busier! But what negative effects turned out to be long term, and will our planet pay the cost?


Got an interest in free money? Tim and Moby explain how the interest you accumulate is a percentage of what's in your bank account.


Ever wonder how information travels over the Internet? Tim and Moby serve up info on the largest computer network on Earth, and what browsers, URLs, and domains are!


Do you have what it takes to survive in an igloo, and to drive a dogsled? the Inuits do! How do these Native Americans harpoon a living in such a harsh climate?

Iroquois Confederacy

Learn about the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, Native Americans who put aside their differences to form a powerful alliance.

Isaac Newton

It isn’t all about the apple! Sir Isaac Newton revolutionized the fields of physics, mathematics and astronomy.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Take a trip to Middle-earth with Tim and Moby, and learn about fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien!

Jack London

Tim and Moby follow the tracks of Jack London; sailor, adventurer, politician and famous author.

Jackie Robinson

Discover #42, the great athlete and pioneer who took on the difficult job of ending segregation in baseball. Why was Jackie Robinson’s number retired by every baseball team?

Jacques Cousteau

Plunge into the undersea world of Jacques Cousteau, a pioneering filmmaker and conservationist who revealed the many wonders of the deep!

James Madison

Political philosopher and writer (including the U.S. Constitution), ally of Jefferson and fourth President of the U.S., Madison might’ve been only 5”4 but he was a giant of a fellow!

Jane Goodall

Meet Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist and anthropologist who studies chimps in the wild, and is an advocate of ecological preservation.


Bang those tubs, Hepcats! Learn the history and basics of jazz, from syncopation and sax solos to swing and bebop!

Jim Crow

Can separate ever be equal? Tim and Moby examine the rise and fall of legalized segregation under Jim Crow laws.

John Adams

This founding father from Quincy, Massachusetts, was the second President of the U.S., and his writings on the principles of freedom and republicanism were unmatched.

John F. Kennedy

Kennedy was president during the height of the cold war, and presided over the Cuban missile crisis while setting his sights on space travel and leading us towards a New Frontier.

Judy Blume

Meet the writer behind "Superfudge" and "Blubber," and learn of her struggle against censorship.

Korean War

Tim and Moby talk about the complicated relationship between North and South Korea, and how the U.S. got involved there in the first conflict of the cold war.

Kurt Vonnegut

Tim and Moby talk foma, wampeters, and granfalloons in our movie on author Kurt Vonnegut!

Latin Music

Ready for some salsa—minus the chips? How about the merengue, or a tango? Learn about Latin Music and the cultures that inspired it.

Latitude and Longitude

You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road. . . watch this movie and you’ll learn how to pinpoint your location on Earth using a special grid, and what the Prime Meridian is.

League of Nations

TIm and Moby discuss the League of Nations, an organization proposed by President WIlson to deal with international disputes. So why didn’t the U.S. join?

Leap Year

Hop on in and learn the compelling reason why February has 29 calendar days, but only once in every four years: It’s all to do with the seasons and the sun!

Leonardo da Vinci

This movie paints a picture of the original Renaissance man: sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist, painter and mathematician. Leonardo!

Lewis and Clark

Retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark’s bold expedition on their epic journey to the west of America, and their great luck in meeting Sacagawea!

Louis Armstrong

Meet the trumpet-playing father of jazz, and find out why his nickname was “Satchmo”!

Ludwig Van Beethoven

He struggled with deafness but rose above it as composer of the greatest symphonies in classical music.

Magna Carta

What does it mean when a monarchy is consitutional? Learn about the document that limited the powers of England’s kings and inspired America’s Founding Fathers!

Mahatma Gandhi

He showed the world the power of non-violent protest, and highlighted the connection between colonization and racism.


The youngest-ever Nobel Laureate

Malcolm X

Learn why this black nationalist and political activist’s convictions led him to reject his last name in favor of 'X'.

Map Skills

If you didn't know that you never put a compass rose in water, it’s time to let Tim and Moby give you the latitude and longitude of map reading.

Marie Curie

Tim and Moby explore the life of Marie Curie, the famous scientist who coined the term 'radioactivity,' and the first person ever awarded two Nobel Prizes.

Mark Twain

Tim and Moby introduce you to the great American writer and satirist, Mark Twain.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream ...” Who began one of America’s greatest speeches with those words? Learn about life of the civil rights activist and nonviolent protestor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Maya Angelou

Explore the inspiring life and literature of this Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, poet, and dancer!

Maya Civilization

Join Tim and Moby as they explore this highly advanced pre-Columbian civilization and its hieroglyphs, pyramids, and Yucatan culture. But what caused the Maya’s collapse…?

Media Literacy

Turn on the TV, browse a blog, or flip through a magazine, and you'll be bombarded with complex messages, often intended to persuade or manipulate. Arm yourself with the tools to become a smart and savvy media consumer!


Get a glimpse of some of the most advanced civilizations in the history of the New World, including the Olmec, the Maya, and the Aztec. Moby’s there too, of course!

Mexican Revolution

Meet the leaders and heroes of the Mexican peasants’ rebellion against oppression, from the visionary Madero to the legendary “Pancho” Villa. Viva la revolución!

Mexican-American War

Did you know the U.S. nearly doubled its size in the middle of the 19th century? Tim shows you how Texas’ annexation as the 28th state led to the Mexican-American War.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

“He’s good but he’s no . . . oh wait, he is Michelangelo!” Learn about the master Italian renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and artist.

Middle Ages

A time of darkness between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance, or a thousand-year era amazing artistic, poetic, and architectural achievements? You decide!

Miranda Rights

You have the right to remain silent and enjoy this movie on the Miranda Rights! Discover what rights are guaranteed to a police suspect, and which Constitutional amendments insure those rights.


Tim and Moby travel back in time to find the origin of money and how we got from trading cows to bartering favors to paper and coins. This money movie's minty fresh!


Tim and Moby give you some prime information on what happens when the bank loans you money to buy a home.


Crank up the speakers and learn all about that famous Motown sound!

Mount Everest

As every Himalayan mountaineer knows, at the top of Mount Everest every breath contains only one-third of the oxygen you get at sea level. Good thing Moby has built-in oxygen tanks.


How do we grieve for the dead? Different ways in different cultures, but ceremony, commemorations and memorials help to alleviate and share our grief.

Muhammad Ali

From battles in the ring to the fight for civil rights, Muhammad Ali was a champion. Learn how "The Greatest" earned his iconic nickname.


Follow the Egyptian mummification process step by step, and learn how the people preserved their Pharoahs and prepared them for the afterlife. But why were the tombs so fancy? Moby knows!

Napoleon Bonaparte

This defender of liberty became just another power-grabber, or did he? Learn about the Corsican general who became Emperor and eventually met his Waterloo when fighting the English.

National Parks

National parks are treasures that belong to all of us. Experience the beauty and wonder of America's protected lands!

New Deal

The New Deal (and Social Security) grew out of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, and from FDR’s fireside chats with the American people. Learn about the programs that preserved lives and dignity.

New Year's

It's celebrated the world over, but not always at the same time, or in the same way! Tim and Moby make a resolution to take you to different corners of the globe to celebrate the new year!

Nikola Tesla

Step into the world of Nikola Tesla, the man who electrified our lives!

Nobel Prize

It’s one dynamite prize! Learn about Sweden’s annual Nobel Prizes, and people you know who’s won (Hemingway, Curie, Einstein, Obama...)

North Pole

Grab your compass and a warm coat, and come on a little polar expedition with Tim and Moby. You’ll meet Inuit and seals, see a few ice caps, and think about what global warming might do to it all!


Atlantic, Pacific,’s really all one continuous oceanic mass that takes up more than 71% of the Earth. Know your salt about our oceans!


What happens every four years, involves bronze, silver, and gold medals, and is loads of fun? Why, the Olympics, of course! Learn about this international pursuit of excellence.

Oprah Winfrey

From Mississippi to Chicago to the World, Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most influential people in the media. Get to know this talented game-changer!

Ottoman Empire

Witness the rise and fall of the mighty Ottoman Empire, one of the largest empires in world history!

Pablo Neruda

Meet the famous Chilean poet, statesman, and political activist.

Parliamentary System

Parliamentary governments are the world's most popular form of democracy. Learn how their powerful legislatures lay down the law!

Pax Romana

It wasn’t all gladiator battles and colosseums! The Pax Romana was a time of great peace and human advancement in government, law, and art. Tim and Moby don their togas.

Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor pulled the U.S. into World War II, changing the course of history. Learn about its causes and effects.


One of the world’s great athletes, Brazilian-born Pelé broke records in the World Cup, then became the face of the American soccer league, too. Not bad for a poor kid who started at just 15!


Avast ye, matie! Learn about the fearsome Blackbeard, and the secret buried treasure of Captain Kidd. Tim and Moby walk the plank to give you the legacy of the pirates' golden age.


Learn about the Native American woman who risked her life to save an English settler at Jamestown, and helped the colony survive its first, difficult years. But why did she change her name?

Political Beliefs

Democrat, Republican, or Green party, it’s important to understand what forms political beliefs, and how political ideologies divide opinions. Tim and Moby vote for you to watch this movie!

Political Parties

Learn the origins of and differences between Democrats and Republicans, plus the party affiliations of our most famous Presidents. But what about our nation’s smaller parties? And do any of these parties serve cake?

Political Party Origins

Say howdy to Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, and discover the roles they played in the establishment of America’s two-party system.


Become an art detective: Use visual clues to discover all the things you can learn about a person from their portrait.

Presidential Election

Hit the campaign trail with Moby and Rita to find out what it takes to become president and how America selects its Commander-in-Chief.

Presidential Power

Learn about the daily work of the President, the powers he has and doesn’t have, how his policies affect other branches of government, and all about the Commander-in-Chief’s interesting friend, Veto!

Primaries and Caucuses

Whether you’re in Iowa or New Hampshire, all politicians know that primaries and caucuses are the road to the big elections in November! So what’s the difference between the two, and does a super-delegate wear a cape?

Queen Elizabeth I

It’s good to be the queen--but rarely easy! Elizabeth I was a major figure of the Renaissance, a powerful leader and foe, and the final ruler of the Tudor dynasty.

Queen Elizabeth II

The only living head of state who served in World War II, since 1952 Queen Elizabeth has maintained a steadfast presence as the Head of State of Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations. Spot of tea, anyone?

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring kickstarted the modern environmental movement and inspired millions. One book really can change the world!

Railroad History

Whoo-whoo! One of the most important developments of the 19th century, railways spanned continents, enabled the settlement of the American West, and even helped the North win the Civil War!


Millions of Muslims follow the rules of Ramadan set out in the Koran, Islam’s holy book. Learn how Ramadan helps believers embrace the virtues of charity, self-discipline, and family togetherness.


Learn about recessions and their impact on people


Rebuilding the nation after the Civil War


Whether you go to a synagogue, a church, or a mosque, religion has always been a lifeline for questioning people. Tim and Moby discuss religions and the importance of tolerance of other people’s beliefs.

Richard Nixon

The 37th President of the U.S., from young Navy officer to congressman, senator, and Vice-President, Nixon fought for success. But as President, despite diplomatic success with China and Russia, he engineered his own downfall.

Rise of the Roman Empire

It not only wasn’t built in a day, it was a long and bloody struggle! From Julius Caesar’s assassination through corruption and chaos, it took a lot to reach a time of extended peace in Rome.

Roald Dahl

Meet the writer who brought you James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other timeless adventures!

Roman Republic

Examine the structure of the Roman Republic, and learn about what its Senate and consuls have in common with modern republics like the United States!

Ronald Reagan

This lifelong fan of FDR and former movie actor become a popular conservative by lowering taxes and overseeing the end of the Cold War! But his administration also left behind a legacy of debt and was tarnished by scandal.

Sally Ride

Follow Sally Ride's path to becoming the first American female astronaut, and her groundbreaking trip on the Challenger Shuttle. But how'd she get to know Moby?

Scopes Monkey Trial

The trial that decided what kids learn about human history. Darwinism and creationism were the focus of this debate between modern and traditional world views. But where does the monkey come into it?

Seminole Wars

Watch the battle for Florida unfold in this BrainPOP movie about the Seminole Wars!

September 11th

The September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center changed the course of American history. Find out what happened and why in this BrainPOP movie.

Seven Wonders

How DID they build that Mausoleum? And what about that garden in the middle of the desert? Tim and Moby will also show you what was the tallest building in the world until the 19th century!

Silk Road

The 6000 km. ancient trading route connecting East and West! Merchants, bandits, spices and jewels were joined together by overland and maritime routes that also united ancient civilizations.

Simon Bolivar

How do you get known as “The Great Liberator?” Win independence for six countries! Follow the victories and defeats that marked Bolivar’s path in moving from revolution to independence in South America.


Tim and Moby will help you understand the terrible institution of slavery, from ancient history up through Africans’ slavery in the United States. Learn how things began to change, the Civil War that followed, and how we’re still dealing with slavery’s effects today.


Tim and Moby pitch a movie about the most popular sport in the world--Soccer! (Known as football to folks outside of the U.S.) Get the info on everything from FIFA to the World Cup.

Social Networking

LOL! We’re still in the early stages of the digital revolution, but already millions of people connect daily through social networks. Moby gets safety tips on using these sites.

South Pole

Learn about the animals and plants on the South Pole, and why the continent has no permanent residents but still needs to be governed. Also, did you know there are actually three South Poles?

St. Patrick's Day

Put a shamrock in your lapel--it’s St. Patty’s Day! Did you know the man famous for driving the snakes out of Ireland wasn’t Irish, and wasn’t originally named Patrick?

Stock Market

Buy! Sell! But first, learn about the ups and downs of the stock market! Tim and Moby talk about the two stock markets in the U.S., and how they have influenced our culture and economy.

Stocks and Shares

What does it mean to own a piece of a company? And how do you buy one, anyway? Tim and Moby delve into the world of corporations, what stocks are high-risk, and how investing can make you rich--or a pauper!

Student Rights

Learn the rights that all public school students enjoy, and also the restrictions on those rights. Tim and Moby discover what kind of privacy and expression is permitted in school..


Meet the folks who literally invented the wheel! Explore a typical Sumerian city-state, from the ziggurat at the center of town to the king who kept an eye on trade, politics, and religious ceremonies.

Supply and Demand

Do you demand a movie on economics? Okay, then. We'll supply you with one. Tim and Moby have no shortage of information on money matters!

Supreme Court

All rise for the honorable Tim and Moby and their appealing movie about the highest court in the land! Supreme Court justices and their decisions affects not only federal law, but also how people you know lead their daily lives.


Believe us, Moby’s no accountant--but even he’s learning about the difference between sales and income tax, and how your salary affects your tax payment.


The man who said “no” to Manifest Destiny. Tecumseh refused to let his people be shoved off their land, so this famous warrior and statesman built a mighty confederacy to challenge the government. Learn how the war of 1812 led to his downfall.


Terrorism is frightening, but the best way we can fight it is by living our lives without terror. Tim and Moby talk about extremists, terrorist groups, and September 11th. They also discuss how, for most people in the world, terrorism is an ugly, disgraceful tactic.

Texas Revolution

The history of Texas is truly unique. Trace its journey from foreign territory to independent nation to 28th state in the union!


It’s more than turkey and cranberry sauce! There’s pumpkin pie, too. Learn about the Pilgrims’ first winter and how Native Americans helped them survive and celebrate the Earth’s bounty. But the peace wasn’t so long lasting...

The Beatles

Learn all about the Fab Four and their run as one of the most popular rock bands of all time!

Theodore Roosevelt

Lots of presidents have character, but this one was a real pistol-packer! 26th President, rancher, environmentalist, author, Army colonel...Theodore Roosevelt held all these titles and more! Next time you’re in a national park, grab a big stick and think of Teddy.

Thirteen Colonies

Tim and Moby give look at the thirteen settlements: New England, the Middle Colonies and the Southern Colonies. And then get a sneak peek at what led them to unite against the mighty British Empire! Tea, anyone?

Thomas Edison

The inventor who changed the world (but didn’t really invent the lightbulb), this famous scientist was known as The Wizard of Menlo Park. Learn about Thomas Edison!

Thomas Jefferson

The third President of the U.S. was one of the most influential of the Founding Fathers, and signed the Louisiana Purchase. But in writing the Declaration of Independence, his pen started a revolution!

Time Zones

What does your degree of longitude and latitude have to do with what time it is? TIm and Moby talk about time.


They thought they built a ship the water wouldn’t go through! They were wrong, and it led to the most famous shipwreck in history. Here’s an iceberg of a tale about a shipwreck that changed maritime safety law.

Trail of Tears

Learn about one of the saddest episodes in U.S. history: the removal of American Indians from their native lands, and their tragic march through the Trail of Tears


If you have a problem with somebody, don’t take it to the streets. Hit the courtroom instead! But do you know the difference between civil and criminal law? Tim does!

Tuskegee Airmen

Learn how the Tuskegee Airmen soared into history as the first African-American military pilots.

U.S. Constitution

We the order to make a more perfect movie, bring you Tim and Moby to discuss the U.S. Constitution! Learn about the constitution’s seven key principles, amendments, and the checks and balances built right into our government.

Underground Railroad

During the years prior to the Civil War, tens of thousands of African-American slaves won their freedom by heading north along the treacherous Underground Railroad.

United Nations

What is a Secretary-General, anyway? Learn all about the important peace-keeping work of the United Nations, its history, and the four ways the UN can help developing countries. Peace out!

Vietnam War

Despite fierce protests at home and abroad, the Vietnam War raged on for years in the 1960s. Learn how the war started, what the domino effect is, and why America didn’t get out earlier.


Tim and Moby take on Thor! Europeans lived in fear of Vikings, vicious raiders from the frozen North. These Norsemen were warriors who had surprisingly civilized legal codes and respect towards women’s rights.


Listen to the candidates, study the issues, make up your mind, and then go cast your ballot. Unless you’re under 18, of course--then just corral your adults and all watch this movie on how to vote!

Wangari Maathai

Learn how a remarkable Kenyan woman fought for equality, democracy, and the environment… one tree at a time!


What is it good for? Tim and Moby look at the underlying reasons for fighting, and discuss what happens when nations cannot solve their problems with negotiation.

Westward Expansion

Pioneers explored and then settled the western United States, but displaced Native Americans in the homesteading process. Tim and Moby look at the concept of Manifest Destiny.

William Shakespeare

He could do comedies, tragedies, histories and poetry. Learn about the greatest playwright in the history of the English language!

Winter Holidays

Whether you celebrate with a tree, a menorah, a kinara, or just a cup of hot chocolate, you’ll learn something fun about winter holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa in this BrainPOP movie!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Demystifying Mozart, the child genius who grew up to change music.

Women's Suffrage

Can you believe that women couldn’t vote until 1920? It’s true! TiIm and Moby talk about the struggle for suffrage and how events like the Seneca Falls Convention united women in their goal.

World War I

How did the Archduke Ferdinand start this war? New military advances made WWI the deadliest war to its time. Tim and Moby talk about the loss of a generation and how reparations may have caused WWII.

World War II

Learn who fought in WWII and and which countries were Axis Powers and who fought as the Allies. Learn about Hitler, fascists, dogfighters and the terrible final bomb in Nagasaki.

World War II Causes

Tim and Moby show how the deadliest conflict in history began with appeasement, giving facists the impetus to push for more. Then, as Hitler stormed through Europe, Imperial Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Wounded Knee Massacre

In December 1890, a detachment of U.S. troops opened fire on a band of hungry Sioux Indians near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. Tim and Moby discuss the lead-up to this shameful event.

Wright Brothers

Fasten your seatbelts and take flight with the Wright brothers on their quest to invent the first airplane. 3, 2, 1… takeoff!