187 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 Radio

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 3.6K 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!

    Why do we feel pain?

    Why do we feel pain?

    Why do we feel pain when we get hurt? What is pain? Why do we cry when we get hurt? Why do we say ow or ouch? We’re learning about how pain works with Joshua Pate. He’s a physical therapist and author of a forthcoming children’s book series about pain.

    • 22 min
    Why do we have friends?

    Why do we have friends?

    Why do friends care about each other? How do you make friends? Can you have more than one best friend? How do you deal with a bully? We answer questions about friends and bullies with Dr. Friendtastic (also known as Eileen Kennedy-Moore), a psychologist and author of Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends . And we get lots of advice from kids themselves about how to make friends and deal with bullies.

    • 44 min
    Why do crickets chirp?

    Why do crickets chirp?

    How are crickets so loud? Why do they chirp at night? How are they different from grasshoppers? We’re talking crickets today with Karim Vahed, a cricket and katydid expert and entomologist (bug scientist) at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. Professor Vahed also takes on some of your pressing insect questions: Do insects have bones? What do baby bugs like to do? Do insects drink water? Why are bugs so important?

    • 26 min
    Who doesn’t love ice cream?

    Who doesn’t love ice cream?

    That’s just one of the questions we answer in this week’s episode, which also includes instructions on how to easily make your own ice cream at home! We’ll also tackle the why and how of melting ice cream and why some flavors tend to melt faster than others! Our expert in this episode is ice cream entrepreneur Rabia Kamara, of Ruby Scoops in Richmond, Virginia. It's going to be sweet!

    • 26 min
    Do you have to be tall to play basketball? Questions for the Washington Mystics

    Do you have to be tall to play basketball? Questions for the Washington Mystics

    The Washington Mystics of the WNBA join us in this episode to answer all of your questions about the sport of basketball and what it’s like to be a professional athlete. How many basketballs does the team have? Why do balls spin when you bounce them? Who invented basketball? Why are basketballs orange with black lines? Why do men and women play on separate teams? How do injuries impact professional careers? And do you have to be tall to play hoops?

    • 27 min
    Why are pandas black and white?

    Why are pandas black and white?

    For the past 50 years, visitors to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. have been able to observe giant pandas. It’s one of the few places in the United States to see these black and white bears. For our latest episode we took a field trip to the zoo to visit the three pandas currently living there and answer panda questions with zookeeper Mariel Lally. We tackle: Why do animals live in the zoo? Why are pandas black and white? Do pandas hibernate? How can we save the pandas? And check out our social media pages for lots of pictures!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

girlytomboy10 ,

Amazing podcast

Topic idea : Do trees “Talk”?

good 123👌👌❤️❤️ ,

👍

It’s a great podcast and I think that it really has the type of questions that us kids like to ask and want to know really think that u should get this podcast. ❤️❤️👌👍👍 can you do an episode about diabetes pls 👍

Book lover🖤📖📚 ,

Amazing!

This is a great show! I love it. Super informative and fun! ❤️I do know a lot of the answers but I still keep learning new things!
Also, stop the mean comments! About the “How Babies are Made” episode. Some kids might not feel comfortable asking, or don’t have a trusted adult to ask! Or might just need their questions answered. I support LBTGQ+!❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤 Forever Ago is another amazing show more focused on 9-13 year olds! I’m ten years old

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