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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 Radio

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 3.3K 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 Are Babies Made?

    How Are Babies Made?

    How are babies made? We speak with Cory Silverberg, author of What Makes A Baby, for answers to questions about how we all come into the world. This is a conversation that welcomes all kinds of families as we answer questions about why babies don't hatch out of eggs, why boys have nipples, why girls have babies but boys don't and why some people look more like one parent more than the other. Later in the episode we also explore how we get our last names and how two people can have the same last name when they're not related. We made this episode with our youngest listeners in mind, but parents may want to preview this episode on their own or listen with their kids.

    • 23 min
    Do skyscrapers scrape the sky?

    Do skyscrapers scrape the sky?

    Why is the Burj Khalifa so tall? That’s what 5-year-old Simon wants to know. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and it’s located in Dubai. 6-year-old Isabel, who lives in Dubai, visited the tower and gives us the bird’s eye view in this episode! Plus, Janny Gédéon, architecture educator and founder of ArchForKids answers lots more questions about tall buildings: How are tall buildings built? How do they stay up? Why are so many buildings squares or rectangles? How do they make buildings that are taller than cranes?

    • 25 min
    How do squirrels climb trees?

    How do squirrels climb trees?

    Squirrels are everywhere. Three hundred or so species of these often adorable rodents live on every continent except Antarctica. No matter where you live, city or country you’re bound to have squirrels nearby. How much do you know about our bushy-tailed neighbors? How fast do squirrels and chipmunks run? Why do squirrels have big bushy tails? Do squirrels get sick? Why do they like nuts better than berries? How do squirrels eat acorns? How do squirrels sleep? Are squirrels nocturnal?  Answers to your squirrel questions with Ben Dantzer, scientist at University of Michigan. Plus some observational activities you can do to learn more about squirrel behavior!

    • 29 min
    Why is it a shot? Kids’ questions about COVID vaccines

    Why is it a shot? Kids’ questions about COVID vaccines

    On October 26th, an FDA advisory panel will meet to discuss whether or not to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. With potential approval coming soon, we’re answering questions from kids and parents about the vaccine, including: Why does it have to be a shot? How do vaccines work? How does a vaccine trial work? Should an 11.5yo get the shot as soon as it’s available or wait until age 12 to get the larger dose? We speak with Sofia and Nico Chavez and their parents. The kids took part in the vaccine trial at Stanford University. We’re also joined by Dr. Jenna Bollyky, an investigator in the Stanford trial site, and Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont’s Health Commissioner.

    • 29 min
    How Do Apples Grow?

    How Do Apples Grow?

    Why do apples have stems? Why do fruits start out as flowers? How did the first apple grow when no one was there to plant its seed? Why can you make a seedless grape and not a seedless apple? Why are apples so juicy? How is apple juice made? Why are apples hard and pears soft? In this episode we take a field trip to Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, Vermont to learn more about apples. Our guides are 10-year-old Rupert Suhr, his father, Bill, and apple expert Ezekiel Goodband.

    • 28 min
    How Deep Is The Ocean?

    How Deep Is The Ocean?

    We’re exploring a part of the world that not much is known about—in fact, you could be one of the people who help us understand and learn more about this very important, and very large, part of our earth. The land underneath the ocean is as varied and interesting as the terrain up on dry land—with mountains and canyons, plains and forests. (That’s right, forests! There are kelp forests where the kelp is as much as 150 feet tall!) In this episode, what’s known--and unknown--about the bottom of the ocean. How deep IS the deepest part of the ocean? And how was the Mariana Trench formed? We get answers from Jamie McMichael-Phillips and Vicki Ferrini of Seabed 2030, a global collaboration designed to map the sea floor, by 2030.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

MAGNOLIA YOUR BIGGEST FAN ,

OMG I LOOOOVE YOUR SHOW

Hi Jane I love your show and I have a question:did ancient humans live in what is now the United States or just Africa want to know how hey I gave four stars ⭐️ cause you never know what could happen

KBMB131 ,

Loved it until topics got mature

We loved this podcast for my 8, 6, and 4 year old - UNTIL they decided to discuss how babies are made/grow/breastfeed. They elaborated on how even if you’re born with a penis that does NOT mean you are a boy! …and sometimes boys can have a uterus so they can grow babies too. And boys can breastfeed! Not your place. So confusing. And that’s a discussion private to the timing in each family and parent. Corey talks to the kids as if their parents might not know how this all works. Goodbye

noodles12342617 ,

Love it

I love it I listen every night and listen to every episode. Learn so many facts and I love the kids on it.Can you do my question it is: why is electronics so addicting these days. And I’m Olivia I’m 11
And live in Hutchinson Kansas. Thanks love ur show.😇

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