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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 • 4.2K 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!

    Can snowstorms have thunder?

    Can snowstorms have thunder?

    How is snow made and what’s it made out of?  Why is it white and sparkly?  Why do snowflakes look different? Can snowstorms have thunder? Why do some places, like mountains, get more snow than others? Answers to all of your questions about snow, with Seth Linden, who works for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Plus we hear what it’s like to live at the top of Mount Washington, famous for its extreme weather, from Alexandra Branton, a meteorologist who works at the observatory at the top of the mountain, even during the frigid winter.

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    • 32 min
    Why do we need glasses?

    Why do we need glasses?

    How do glasses work? Why do some people need glasses and other people don’t? Why do we have different eye colors? We answer your questions about glasses and eyes in the second of two episodes with Dr. Sujata Singh, a pediatric ophthalmologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. And we hear from Maggie, a kid with low vision, about what it’s like to need glasses. 


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    • 26 min
    Why do we have two eyes if we only see one image?

    Why do we have two eyes if we only see one image?

    What shape are our eyes? What are they made of? How do they work? What’s the point of having two eyes if we only see one image? Why do we blink? What’s the point of tears and why are they salty? We answer your questions about eyes in the first of two episodes with Dr. Sujata Singh, a pediatric ophthalmologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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    • 29 min
    What if the world started spinning backward?

    What if the world started spinning backward?

    We’ve collaborated with our podcast friends at What If World to bring you the first (and only) episode of…But Why If World! In this episode we jointly answer some “what if” questions. What if cereal could talk to us? What if dinosaurs didn’t lay eggs? What if the world started spinning backwards? Take a listen to this curious collaboration.

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    • 24 min
    What makes you happy?

    What makes you happy?

    For our last episode of each year, we often like to ask our listeners around the world to send us something fun. This year, we wanted you to tell us what makes you happy and you had a lot to share on that topic! Our listeners find happiness in spending time with friends, family, and pets and in doing activities they love: playing with friends, toys, arts and crafts, participating in sports, watching movies, and riding bikes. Two people say the special sandwiches their adults make them are what bring them happiness. And some kids told us learning new skills is especially exciting for them. In this episode: a happiness bonanza with all the responses we got. Plus we talk with a happiness expert: Gretchen Rubin. She’s the author of the Happiness Project and host of a podcast called Happier with Gretchen Rubin. 

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    • 53 min
    What's it like to be bilingual?

    What's it like to be bilingual?

    Almost half the people in the world speak at least two languages. And, it turns out, that includes a lot of But Why listeners! In this episode we talk about what it’s like to speak multiple languages and kids from around the world share phrases in many different languages so we can all learn something new! Plus, linguist and professor Anna Babel answers questions we’ve gotten about languages, including: What does it mean to be bilingual? Why do some people speak two or three languages? How many languages can someone learn?

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
4.2K Ratings

4.2K Ratings

ailey_11 ,

Pretty good

I like it but the babies one is disturbing and kind of cringe.

Jjjhgftgv ,

Amazing podcast

This podcast is amazing. If you are taking ideas for future episode I would suggest how is white paint made. Thank you for making this amazing podcast.

Athena the Cat ,

to all the ppl complaining ab the babies episode

they presented the information on the baby episode it in a factual yet appropriate way and y’all are just little kids who don’t understand that sexual reproduction is natural. also people who are dissing the lgbtqia+ community can go f🌈k themselves

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