199 episodes

But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. Know a kid with a question? Record it with a smartphone. Be sure to include your kid's first name, age, and town and send the recording to questions@butwhykids.org!

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids Vermont Public

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 3.8K Ratings

But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. Know a kid with a question? Record it with a smartphone. Be sure to include your kid's first name, age, and town and send the recording to questions@butwhykids.org!

    How do axolotls regrow parts of their bodies–including their brains?

    How do axolotls regrow parts of their bodies–including their brains?

    In addition to having faces that look like a smiley emoticon, axolotls are as fascinating to scientific researchers as they are to kids because of their amazing ability to regenerate parts of their bodies, including their brains! In this episode we answer kids' questions about these curious salamanders with Dr. Randal Voss, a professor at the University of Kentucky. That lab alone has thousands of axolotls, but these creatures are critically endangered in the wild, where they live exclusively in the depleted and polluted waterways of Mexico City’s Lake Xochimilco. Questions we tackle in this episode: How do axolotls regrow parts of their brains? What did axolotls evolve from? Can axolotls survive out of water?

    Download our learning guides: PDF | Google Slide | Transcript

    • 19 min
    Why do bison run fast but walk slowly?

    Why do bison run fast but walk slowly?

    What do bison, moose, Gila monsters, parrots and snails have in common? Well….nothing, except they all appear in this episode! We’re rounding up some of the animal questions you’ve sent us lately. Why do bison walk slow but run fast? What’s the thing hanging down from the neck of a moose? Why do Gila monsters bite? How do parrots talk? Why do snails have slime? Answers from the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and One Earth Conservation.

    Download our learning guides: PDF | Google Slide | Transcript

    • 18 min
    Jane and Melody’s favorite 2022 episodes

    Jane and Melody’s favorite 2022 episodes

    As we close out 2022, Jane and Melody look back at some of their favorite episodes of 2002. Why do we have friends? Why are some people left-handed? Why do pigs oink? And why is Russia invading Ukraine? Did you have a favorite episode? Let us know! Kids can record a video talking about a favorite episode and then tag us on social media or send an email to questions@butwhykids.org.

    Episode Transcript

    Full episodes

    Why do we have friends?

    Why are some people left-handed?

    Why do pigs oink?

    Why is Russia invading Ukraine? 

    • 33 min
    How do boats float?

    How do boats float?

    How do big cargo ships and ferries float, even though they are so heavy? Why do boats float but stones sink? How do paddles make boats move? What’s inside those enormous container ships? We learn about the physics of floating with Fahad Mahmood, professor of physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. If you do any of the activities we mention in the episode, send us your videos! Download our learning guides: PDF | Google Slide | Transcript

    • 21 min
    Why do armadillos have shells? Why are sloths slow?

    Why do armadillos have shells? Why are sloths slow?

    Why do armadillos have shells? How do they roll into balls? Why are sloths so slow? Can sloths actually move fast? How do they defend against predators? Why do they have such long nails? We learn about two unique looking animals in this episode: sloths and armadillos. These mammals are part of an ancient superorder called Xenarthra and share a common ancestor. To get answers to kid questions about armadillos we took a field trip to Texas to talk with Michael Perez at the Forth Worth Nature Center and Refuge. And to learn about sloths, we interviewed Sam Trull of the Sloth Institute in Costa Rica.


    Download our learning guides: PDF | Google Slide | Transcript

    • 29 min
    Who invented emoji?

    Who invented emoji?

    Emoji are those little images you can send in text messages to friends and family. Nine-year-old Leila in New Jersey wants to know how they were invented. So in this episode we find out with Jane Solomon, editor at Emojipedia and Paul Galloway of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We learn what the first emoji looked like, way back in the dark ages of the 1990s and we explore how emoji may be a new trend, but communicating through pictures is a very old tradition. Plus, are emoji…art? Give this episode a 👂to find out!

    Download our learning guides: PDF | Google Slide | Transcript

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

HannaMithraLin ,

Great podcast!

Can we do a video about why cats purr?

Georgia kclmy ,

OK wow just wow🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Is theOK so it’s the best of everything and this is actually the first episode of no haven’t even got through the whole thing but I just think it’s good I just really think it’s good it’s the best and you also I think you should make more episodes also I think you should make one about why there is god I mean Jesus Christ lizard why do they walk on water OK so yeah also is the best and I have to go to sleep now I’m gonna sleep with this OK bye😍🥰😘😘😍😍😘😘🥰🥰😘

x🧑🏼‍🎤x ,

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Bad nope for -100 year old

Top Podcasts In Kids & Family

Dr. Becky Kennedy
Dear Media, Aliza Pressman
WBUR
American Public Media
Tinkercast | Wondery
Story Pirates

You Might Also Like

American Public Media
Tumble Media
Tinkercast | Wondery
American Public Media
American Public Media
American Public Media

More by Vermont Public Radio

Vermont Public
Vermont Public Radio
Vermont Public
Mary Williams Engisch, Charlie Nardozzi
Vermont Public
Vermont Public Radio