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But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

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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 … read more

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Why Do Dogs Have Tails?

September 11th, 2020

20:55

Why do dogs have whiskers? Why are dogs' eyesight black and white? Why do dogs have so many babies? Why do dogs have tails and we don't? Why are dogs thumbs so high on their paw? Why don't dogs sweat? Why do …

Why Do Cats Sharpen Their Claws?

August 28th, 2020

23:12

Why do cats purr? How do cats purr? Why can't we purr? Why do cats "talk" to people, but not other cats? Why do cats sharpen their claws? Are orange cats only male? Why do cats like milk and not water? Why are …

Vaccines, Masks and Handwashing: A Coronavirus Update

August 14th, 2020

28:09

In this installment, we follow up on our March episode about the novel coronavirus now that we know more about COVID-19 and how it spreads. …

How Do You Make Ice Cream?

July 31st, 2020

24:50

How is ice cream made? Why does ice cream melt? Why does some ice cream melt faster than others? We’ll answer your questions about this summery concoction with Rabia Kamara, of Ruby Scoops in Richmond, …

What Happens To The Forest After A Fire?

July 17th, 2020

33:26

Why do forest fires happen? What happens to the forest after a fire? Sometimes you send us questions about things you've heard about, and sometimes you send us questions about your experiences. We'll hear from …

Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? Do Dragonflies Bite?

July 3rd, 2020

20:51

This week, we're getting out our bug nets and talking about dragonflies and ladybugs! Why do ladybugs have spots? How many different types of ladybugs are there? How do they crawl on the ceiling without falling …

But Why Live: A Musical Celebration

June 27th, 2020

49:22

In this special live episode But Why had a musical celebration with Mister Chris, the Junkman and May Erlewine, and we heard your songs. You can listen to But Why Live at vpr.org and call-in every Friday at 1 …

But Why Live: A Discussion About Race And Racism

June 19th, 2020

47:01

In this special live episode But Why held a discussion about race and racism with the authors of ABCs of Diversity, Y. Joy Harris-Smith and …

But Why Live: Trees

June 13th, 2020

48:30

In this special live episode learned about trees and tree communication with scientists Alexia Constantinou and Katie McMahen of the Simard …

But Why Live: Kid Press Conference with Governor Phil Scott

June 6th, 2020

49:57

In this special live episode we held a kid press conference with Vermont Governor Phil Scott. You can listen to But Why Live at vpr.org and call-in every Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time through June 19, …

Why Do Spiders Have Eight Legs?

June 5th, 2020

29:56

Why don't spiders stick to their own webs? How do spiders walk up walls and on ceilings without falling? Why do spiders have eight legs and eight eyes? How do they make webs? And silk? What's a cobweb? How do …

But Why Live: Words and Language

May 30th, 2020

49:19

In this special live episode we learn about words and language with linguist John McWhorter, host of the podcast Lexicon Valley. You can listen to But Why live at vpr.org and call-in every Friday at 1 p.m. …

But Why Live: Space Exploration

May 23rd, 2020

51:18

In this special live episode we learn about space and space exploration with Jim Green, NASA's Chief Scientist. You can listen to But Why live at vpr.org and call-in every Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time …

How Does Slime Work?

May 22nd, 2020

21:40

What is slime and how do you make it? What makes glue sticky? Why does mixing diet coke and Mentos make an explosion? How does glow in the dark stuff glow without batteries? We're talking about sticky things …

But Why Live: Poetry

May 16th, 2020

49:05

In this special live episode we learn about poetry and writing with Poetry Guy Ted Scheu, Rajnii Eddins, and we hear your poems! Get your pencils ready; we’ll be doing some fun writing exercises as well. You …

But Why Live: Bats and Beavers

May 9th, 2020

47:03

In this special live episode, we learn about bats and beavers! First up, all about bats with Barry Genzlinger of Vermont Bat Center. Then, …

Where Does The Sky End?

May 8th, 2020

23:12

Where is the border between sky and space? That's what 5-year-old Matthias of Durham, New Hampshire wants to know. Allesandra, 3 of Bella …

Circle Round: The Fallen Sparrow

May 1st, 2020

18:55

We're sharing a new episode from one of our favorite podcasts, Circle Round. Jane Lindholm co-stars with Molly Bloom (Brains On!, Smash Boom …

Why Do Cookies Taste Better With Salt? And Other Cooking Questions

April 24th, 2020

23:07

We head to the kitchen to answer cooking and food questions. Why does food taste better with salt? Why do we need salt to make sweet things like cookies? Why do seasonings taste good in food but not so much on …

Why Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?

April 10th, 2020

26:38

We're talking about teeth with a friendly dentist! How do teeth become loose? Why do our baby teeth fall out? Why do people only have two sets of teeth? Why don't babies have teeth when they're born? Why are …

'Are Llamas Ticklish?' And Other Silly Questions

March 27th, 2020

19:56

We're answering 9 questions that put a smile on our faces, and we hope they make you chuckle, too. Plus, you might actually learn something from some of the answers!

Are llamas ticklish? Why do pickles and …

Brave Little State: Tips From A Homeschooling, Remote-Working Mom

March 25th, 2020

17:08

We’re sharing an episode of a Vermont Public Radio's Brave Little State. We know many of you are experiencing some changes now that schools …

Coronavirus For Kids, And The Science Of Soap

March 13th, 2020

31:14

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. We’re answering questions about the virus with infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli, who …

Why Do People Have Nightmares?

February 28th, 2020

26:32

Why do people dream? Why do people have nightmares? How do dreams happen? Can people who are blind can see in their dreams? We're listening back to our episode about dreams with psychiatrist Dr. David Kahn of …

How Do We Fall Asleep?

February 14th, 2020

26:21

Why do people need to sleep? How do we actually go to sleep? How does sleeping get rid of toxins in the brain? And how come when it's nighttime I don't want to go to sleep but when it's morning I don't want to …

What Happens When A President Is Impeached?

February 6th, 2020

19:03

Curious kids are hearing about the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump. So But Why is helping them understand what impeachment is and what happens when a president is impeached. We'll explain why …

Do Animals Get Married?

January 17th, 2020

26:48

Do animals get married? Do they fall in love and have friends? Do they laugh when they're happy and cry when they're sad? When you talk to your pets, can they understand you? Why can't they speak to us? And do …

Why Do Lions Roar?

January 3rd, 2020

17:15

Why do lions roar? Why do crickets chirp? Why do bucks shed their antlers every year? How can porcupines and hedgehogs avoid poking themselves? Do fish pee? What is the fastest fish? What do jellyfish eat? A …

How Do We Taste Food?

December 20th, 2019

23:29

Why do we like to eat certain foods? Why do some people like to eat spicy food? And what's up with kids not liking vegetables? Why does pineapple hurt your mouth when you eat too much of it? Why do we taste …

Why Are Some Words 'Bad'?

December 6th, 2019

23:08

In this episode, we tackle why some words are "bad". Plus: Why do people say bad words? Why aren't kids allowed to say cuss words? Why is …

Ice, Ice, Baby: Why Is Ice Slippery?

November 22nd, 2019

21:20

How does water turn into ice? Why is ice sometimes slippery and other times sticky? Why is it so cold? Why does it float? How are icicles …

How Do Meteorologists Predict The Weather?

November 8th, 2019

25:23

How do weather people predict the weather and know what's going to happen tomorrow? Why is a meteorologist called a meteorologist? We learn …

Are Unicorns Real?

October 25th, 2019

22:47

Are unicorns real? Who made them up? Where do they come from? What do they eat, how big are they, and do they have rainbow manes? We're answering all of your questions about unicorns-and learning about other …

Are Jellyfish Made Of Jelly?

October 11th, 2019

15:47

In this episode we're answering a few short questions about animals! Are jellyfish made of jelly? Do fish stink in the water or on land? Where do fish sleep? Do chickens have tongues? Can spiders sleep or not? …

Why Do We Have To Go To School?

September 27th, 2019

24:50

Why does school exist? When did kids start going, and why is it mandatory? Why are there 12 grades in school? Why do we call teachers by …

How Are Noodles Made?

September 13th, 2019

21:00

This week, we answer a question from 4-year-old Hugo in Burlington, Vt. Hugo wants to know how noodles are made. But he's about to get more …

How Is Paper Made?

August 30th, 2019

27:54

How is paper made from trees? Why does paper fall apart when it gets wet? Why does it lose color in the sun? Who invented paper? We make a …

What Do Mosquitoes Do In Winter?

August 16th, 2019

20:35

This episode is all about bugs! We've gotten a lot of questions from you about insects and other critters. So we're tackling them with the help of Jessica Honaker and Kristie Reddick, otherwise known as the Bug …

Why Do Earthquakes Happen?

August 2nd, 2019

27:26

Why do earthquakes happen? How do the tectonic plates move underground? How do we stay safe during an earthquake? Why are continents so far apart? Why do buildings sometimes catch fire after earthquakes? Why …

How Do Circuits Work?

July 19th, 2019

23:07

How do circuits work? How do electric plugs work? Why do some things conduct electricity and some things do not? How does a battery make a phone work? How do lights turn on? Where do electrons go when the …

What Is Electricity?

July 5th, 2019

24:12

Where does electricity come from? What is electricity made of? Who invented it? How does electricity work? What are electrons made of? …

Why Do Trains Run On Tracks?

June 21st, 2019

21:00

How do trains work? What about electric trains? Steam trains? Bullet trains? Why do they have to go on tracks? How can trains go so fast …

Why Are Boys Boys And Girls Girls?

June 7th, 2019

33:43

This week we're answering questions about gender. We've gotten a lot of questions about the differences between boys and girls so we're …

How Do Mussels Get Their Shells?

May 24th, 2019

24:18

We're heading to the coast of Maine to learn a little bit about why the sea is salty and how mussels get their shells with Zach Whitener, a …

Why Am I Afraid Of The Dark?

May 10th, 2019

33:16

Lots of people are afraid of the dark, including many kids who have shared that fear with us. In today's episode we explore the fear of the dark with Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, the author …

Why Is Sugar Bad For You?

April 26th, 2019

29:32

Why do we need to eat and how does food give us energy? Why do you have to eat vegetables? Why does junk food taste so good? So many questions about food and nutrition. We get answers from Wesley Delbridge, of …

"Do Skunks Like Their Own Smell?" And Other Stumpers!

April 12th, 2019

20:24

Today, 10 questions with one answer in common: "That's a good question!" We've picked 10 stumpers, like: Why don't we suffocate in cars when we're driving? How do we know where our mouths are? Why are there …

Who Makes The Laws?

March 29th, 2019

24:07

Who makes the laws? That's what 5-year-old Paxton from Kelowna, British Columbia wants to know! We learn about laws with Mike Doyle of the …

Still Funny: Why Do We Laugh?

March 15th, 2019

25:44

Why do we laugh? Why do you feel ticklish when someone tickles you? Why can't you tickle yourself? In this episode, originally from 2018, we …

How Is But Why Made? What Is Sound?

March 1st, 2019

29:44

In this episode of But Why, we're answering your questions about...us! Why do you make But Why? How are podcasts made? And we're answering questions about the physics of sound and radio. What is sound and how …

Why Is There A Big Patch Of Garbage In The Pacific Ocean?

February 15th, 2019

24:05

Why is there a big patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean? Four-year-old Leon has heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and he wants to …

Why Do Elephants Have Trunks? Why Do Giraffes Have Purple Tongues?

February 1st, 2019

20:37

We're exploring two different animals in today's episode. One has a long neck and the other has a long trunk! We'll answer: Why are elephants so big? How do their trunks work? Why do they have tusks? Why is …

Why Do Days Start At 12 O'Clock?

January 18th, 2019

30:57

How was time created? How did one minute become 60 seconds and one hour became 60 minutes? Why is time segmented into 12-hour periods? How do clocks work? Why is a year 365 days? Why is there an extra day in …

Why Do We Sometimes See The Moon During The Day?

January 4th, 2019

20:35

Why does the moon change shape? How much does the moon weigh? What color is the moon? Why does the Earth only have one moon? Why does the …

What Is It Like To Be An Adult?

December 21st, 2018

29:10

What is it like to be an adult? It's a big question from a young mind! We invited adults who listen to share their perspectives and Nora …

Why Do We Poop And Fart?

December 7th, 2018

24:02

How does your body make poop? How many germs are in an ounce of poop? Why do people fart and why are farts stinky? Look, everybody does it, so today we're going to tackle one of the areas kids seem to find …

Circle Round: 'Armadillo's Song'

November 20th, 2018

18:34

This week, instead of a normal episode, we're bringing you an episode from one of our podcast friends, Circle Round, from WBUR in Boston. …

Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck In Their Webs?

November 9th, 2018

29:04

Why don't spiders stick to their own webs? How do spiders walk up walls and on ceilings without falling? Why do spiders have eight legs and eight eyes? How do they make webs? And silk? What's a cobweb? How do …

Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?

October 26th, 2018

21:43

Why do we celebrate Halloween? Who created this holiday? Where do pumpkins come from and why do we carve them? This week we're answering …

Living With A Brain Tumor: 11-Year-Old Twins Share Their Story

October 12th, 2018

18:53

In today's episode we're not answering any questions. Instead, we're going to talk with 11-year-old twins Isabelle and Sophie Posner-Brown. …

Why Do People Get Cancer?

September 28th, 2018

19:07

A cancer diagnosis can be scary, and for kids it can be bewildering. We've gotten some questions about cancer and in this episode we answer …

Kangaroos, Koalas, and Wombats! Why Don’t They Live In Cities?

September 14th, 2018

20:10

We'll learn about the kinds of animals that live in urban environments and the challenges they face! One young Australian listener wants to know why wombats, kangaroos and koalas hang out in the countryside …

Why Is Fire Orange?

August 31st, 2018

31:04

We visit Fireman's Hall Museum in Philadelphia and get answers to a dozen questions about fire from Philly firefighter Lisa Desamour. She tells us what fire is, why matches work to start fires, and why fire is …

Why Do People Like Different Types Of Music?

August 17th, 2018

25:23

In this episode of But Why, we hear music from Music for Sprouts' Mr. Chris, Drummer Seny Daffe, and cellist Emily Taubl and answer questions about strings, percussion, and the magic of music itself. Get ready …

Why Do Turtles Need Shells? Why Do Frogs Hop?

August 3rd, 2018

35:36

Why do turtles need shells? Why do turtles move so slowly? Why do frogs hop? Why are frogs green? Why are colorful frogs poisonous? Why do …

How Was The Universe Created?

July 20th, 2018

45:05

But Why explores the Big Bang, earth, stars and black holes in this call-in episode that aired live on Vermont Public Radio. Astronomer John …

An Introduction To VPR's Timeline

July 6th, 2018

27:59

In this episode we want to introduce you to another show made at VPR that we think you're really going to like. It's called Timeline and it explores the history of western music. Host James Stewart has just …

Why Is Milk White?

June 22nd, 2018

23:56

'But Why' heads to the farm to answer a whole herd of animal questions: How do cows make milk? Why do cows moo? Why do some animals eat …

Why Do Ants Bite?

June 8th, 2018

27:06

Why do ants bite? Do both male and female ants have stingers? Do ants sleep? What do they do in the winter? In this episode we learn all about the fascinating world of ants with Brian Fisher , curator of …

Hoots And Screeches And Whistles, Part 2

May 25th, 2018

23:47

How fast can the fastest bird go (and what bird is it?) Why do birds have wings? How do they fly? Why are birds so colorful? And why do they …

Hoots And Screeches And Whistles, Part 1

May 11th, 2018

26:59

How do owls eat? Why are owls nocturnal and how do they see in the dark? How do owls swivel their heads all the way around? Why do birds move their heads back and forth when they walk? This episode was recorded …

Why Is Tape Sticky?

April 27th, 2018

20:56

Why is tape sticky? How do erasers erase? We'll tackle arts and crafts in this episode, answering not just those two questions but learning how to make paint out of rocks and spit!! Vermont artist and …

Podcast Extra: Heterotaxy and Hearts

April 20th, 2018

7:07

After hearing our episode about hearts, 3yo Ethan Chandra, from Middlesex, NJ, wanted to share the story of his own heart. In this podcast extra, Ethan and his 5yo sister Zoe and their mother, Ali, talk about …

How Does Your Heart Work?

April 13th, 2018

16:29

How does your heart keep you alive? How does it pump blood? Why is blood so important? Why do children have heart surgeries? Why is a baby's heartbeat faster before it's born? Why does blood rush to your head …

Why Do We Laugh?

March 30th, 2018

25:44

Why do we laugh? Why do you feel ticklish when someone tickles you? Why can't you tickle yourself? We learn about how humor develops with …

Why Do People Dream?

March 16th, 2018

25:52

Why do people dream? Why do people have nightmares? How do dreams happen? Can people who are blind can see in their dreams? In this episode of But Why, we're answering dreamy questions with psychiatrist Dr. …

Why Do We Need To Sleep?

March 2nd, 2018

26:37

Why do people need to sleep? How do we actually go to sleep? How does sleeping get rid of toxins in the brain? And how come when it's nighttime I don't want to go to sleep but when it's morning I don't want to …

What Are Olympic Medals Made Of? Why Does Every Country Have A Flag?

February 16th, 2018

19:07

What are Olympic medals made of? Why does every country have a flag? The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. We reached out to medal-winning Olympians Elana Meyers Taylor, Andrew …

How Do Fish See? How Do Fish Sleep? How Do Fish Breathe?

February 2nd, 2018

22:07

How did the first fish get into the ocean? How do fish breathe under water? If you put a fish's head underwater, but not its tail, would it …

Circle Round: 'The Lion's Whisker'

January 19th, 2018

14:32

Instead of an episode of But Why, we're going to check out an episode of one of our other favorite podcasts. Circle Round is a storytelling show from WBUR, a public radio station in Boston. On Circle Round, …

Are There Underground Cities?

January 5th, 2018

14:25

In this episode, we answer a question from 5-year-old Wyatt in Los Angeles and learn about ancient underground cities in Turkey, the …

Why Do Snowboards Look Like Skateboards?

December 22nd, 2017

20:45

We're marking the winter solstice with an episode all about snow! Why do snowboards look like skateboards? We get an answer from Burton …

Why Is Money So Important?

December 8th, 2017

23:27

In this episode of But Why we visit a credit union to learn what money is all about and Slate Money hosts Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski and …

What Is The Biggest Number?

November 22nd, 2017

20:50

What's the biggest number? Who was the first mathematician? Why is seven a lucky number? Why is fifth grade math so hard? We're tackling something new: questions about math! With us to offer some answers and …

Why Do We Have Daylight Saving Time?

November 10th, 2017

20:52

Why do we have daylight saving time? And why are days longer in summer and shorter in winter? Daylight saving time is really just a trick. At least, so says Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual …

Looking For More Kids Podcasts? We've Got You Covered

October 27th, 2017

22:56

On this special episode of But Why, we're going to introduce you to some of our kids podcast classmates. We've all gotten together to create one big podcast episode that gives you a little flavor of what each …

Why Do Leaves Change Color In The Fall?

October 27th, 2017

13:35

Why do leaves change color in the fall? Why are leaves green? Why don't leaves turn all of the colors of the rainbow? In this episode of But …

Why Do People Die? Questions About Death

October 13th, 2017

23:48

This episode of But Why is a serious one. We're talking about death. Why do people die when they get too old? What happens to people when …

Listen: Talking To Kids About Violence In the News

October 2nd, 2017

17:28

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas on Sunday, we're re-releasing our special episode for parents. We speak with Dr. Robin Gurwitch about how to answer questions children may …

Is It Ever OK To Break A Rule?

September 29th, 2017

16:32

Is it OK to do something that you were told not to do and then never tell anybody? We tackle that question from 10-year-old Finn from …

How Do Hurricanes Form?

September 15th, 2017

20:02

In the last couple of weeks, two big hurricanes have hit parts of the United States and Caribbean islands. In this episode we answer questions from kids who have been hearing the news and wondering: How do …

How Is Glass Made?

September 1st, 2017

27:07

How is glass made? Why does glass break? Why do bubbles pop? What's it like inside a bubble? We make everything clear in this episode! Our questions are from kids in Arizona, Brazil, California and Cambodia.

How Do Bees Make Honey And Why Do They Sting?

August 18th, 2017

36:23

Why do bees pollinate? How do bees make honey? Why do bees have stingers? Why do bees die when they sting you? What's the difference between …

Why Are There So Many Different Languages?

August 4th, 2017

26:50

In this episode, we're answering some of our frequently asked questions, the questions we hear a lot from all of you: why are there so many different languages? Why do we get hiccups? Why do our fingers get …

Why Do Flamingos Stand On One Leg?

July 21st, 2017

19:12

We're answering ten questions as quickly as we can in this episode of But Why. Why do onions make you cry? How do hummingbirds hum? Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Do moths have veins in their wings? Do cats …

How Do You Make Bread?

July 7th, 2017

17:41

How is bread made? Who made the first cake? Why shouldn't you touch raw eggs? On this episode of But Why, we're talking about baking. We get …

Why Are Moths Attracted To Light?

June 23rd, 2017

34:19

In this episode we're celebrating the official return of summer to the northern hemisphere by answering some summertime questions! How do …

How Are Babies Made?

June 9th, 2017

23:38

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.

Podcast Extra: Do Dogs Get Strep Throat?

May 26th, 2017

1:36

We recently did an episode all about dogs. But after that came out, Nash, from Fort Dodge, IA, sent us a question wondering if dogs ever get strep throat. So we reached back out to Jessica Hekman to get an …

Why Are Some Animals Pets And Others Are Lunch?

May 26th, 2017

21:41

This episode may not be suitable for our youngest listeners or for particularly sensitive kids. We're discussing animal ethics with author …

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

May 12th, 2017

20:55

Why do dogs have whiskers? Why are dogs' eyesight black and white? Why do dogs have so many babies? Why do dogs have tails and we don't? Why are dogs thumbs so high on their paw? Why don't dogs sweat? Why do …

Why Do Cats Purr?

May 12th, 2017

23:12

Why do cats purr? How do cats purr? Why can't we purr? Why do cats "talk" to people, but not other cats? Why do cats sharpen their claws? Are orange cats only male? Why do cats like milk and not water? Why are …

Who Was The First Person?

April 28th, 2017

29:41

Who was the first person? Paleoanthropologist Adam Van Arsdale answers one of the most frequent questions we get here at But Why. Also: how …

The Kratts Take Kids On Wild Animal Adventures

April 21st, 2017

42:10

For 20 years, brothers Chris and Martin Kratt have been taking kids on adventures around the world through their TV shows, including Wild Kratts, Zoboomafoo, and Kratts' Creatures. They spent many childhood …

How Do Butterflies Fly?

April 14th, 2017

27:45

How do butterflies fly? Why are butterflies called butterflies? How do airplanes fly? If gravity pulls everything down, how do planes and …

How Do Piano Keys Make Sound?

March 31st, 2017

27:36

Did you know pianos have strings and hammers? We're learning all about instruments and how they use strings to make noises.

How Do Big Plants Grow From Such Small Seeds?

March 17th, 2017

22:13

Why are there so many plants? How are seeds made? How does germination work? How can plants grow so big if they start from such a small …

How Does NASA Drive The Mars Rover?

March 3rd, 2017

22:12

The discovery of seven new planets that could contain life has kids and adults pretty excited. We can't get to these planets yet but we do …

Are Yawns Really Contagious?

February 17th, 2017

36:46

Why are yawns contagious? Why do we hiccup? How do teeth get loose? Why do your ears hurt when you drive up over the mountains? Why do we get dizzy when we spin? Why do people slip? Why do people faint? Why do …

Why Do Your Fingers And Toes Turn Wrinkly In The Tub?

February 3rd, 2017

30:13

Why do your fingers and toes turn wrinkly in the tub? Why are people ticklish? How do you get freckles? Why do some people have birthmarks? How do our hands feel things? Are humans animals? Why don't humans …

How Do Popcorn Kernels Pop?

January 20th, 2017

26:17

How do popcorn kernels pop? How do salmon know where to return to spawn? How do rabbits change colors? Why does television fry your brain? …

Why Is The World Split Into Countries?

January 6th, 2017

24:37

Why is all of the world split up into countries, states, cities and counties and more? Why can't we all just live as one big group? Which country has the least amount of people? We're talking about countries …

How Is Chocolate Made?

December 23rd, 2016

24:31

How is chocolate made? Why can't we eat chocolate all the time? Why does chocolate melt? Why can't dogs eat chocolate? In this episode, we …

What's What With The Weather?

December 9th, 2016

29:03

We're getting answers to all of your weather questions! Where does snow come from? Why do clouds stay up in the sky? How hot is lightning? What are thunderstorms? How is wind made? Those questions and more are …

Thanksgiving Special: What Made The Turkey Trot To Boston?

November 22nd, 2016

10:50

On this special episode, we're going to listen to a story about how turkeys used to get from farms in Vermont to markets and dinner tables far away in Boston, a distance of a couple hundred miles. This was …

Why Do We Like To Eat Certain Foods?

November 22nd, 2016

25:24

Why do we like to eat certain foods? Why do some people like to eat spicy food and some people don't like to eat vegetables? Why does pineapple hurt your mouth when you eat too much of it? Why do we taste …

Ghosts And Fairies And Gnomes, Oh My!

November 11th, 2016

17:51

Are ghosts real? Why do some cultures believe in fairies and gnomes and some don't? We'll learn about how beliefs in ghosts vary in …

Why Do Geese Fly In The Shape Of A 'V'?

October 28th, 2016

22:12

How do birds fly? Why do they flock? How do they not get shocked when they sit on telephone wires? The Bird Diva has our answers to all of your questions about our feathered friends. And why do chickens lay …

Who Invented The President?

October 14th, 2016

21:36

Who invented the president? Which country had the first president? We answer presidential questions historical in nature with author Kenneth …

Why Is The Sea Salty?

September 30th, 2016

24:47

We're heading to the coast of Maine to learn a little bit about why the sea is salty, how mussels get their shells and how model ships get in those glass bottles.

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Why Is Soccer Called 'Soccer' Instead Of 'Football'?

September 16th, 2016

12:55

7-year-old Kala wants to know why we say soccer in the United States, when the rest of the world calls the game "football." In this episode …

How Long Does It Take For A Baby Cheetah To Go From Fluffball To Hunter?

September 2nd, 2016

15:02

How long does it take for baby animals to grow up? In this episode, we're learning about cheetahs and horses with two questions from siblings in Australia.

Do Bumblebees Have Hearts?

August 19th, 2016

20:46

This episode is all about bugs! We've gotten a lot of questions from you about insects and other critters. So we're tackling them with the help of Jessica Honaker and Kristie Reddick, otherwise known as the Bug …

Why Don't Bicycles Fall Over?

August 5th, 2016

21:35

It's all about bikes in this episode of But Why? Why bicycles can stay up when you're riding them, but fall over when stopped. Olympian Lea Davison tells how to get started when riding, and we learn how a bike …

How Does An Engine Work?

July 22nd, 2016

12:55

Seven-year old Sawyer wants to know: how does an engine work? We learn about chainsaws from Ashleigh Belrose, an instructor the Center for …

How Does It Feel When Your Family Changes?

July 8th, 2016

15:41

Families grow and change. What does that feel like? We asked kids to tell us about their families, and we speak with author Amy Bloom about how love is not something that needs to be divided up, like a pie, but …

Why Is The Sky Blue?

June 24th, 2016

10:22

Why is the sky blue? We get an answer from a science writer for NASA's Space Place. And what are Saturn's rings? Carolyn Porco of the …

Special Episode: How Do You Talk To Kids About Violence In The News?

June 13th, 2016

19:11

This is a special episode just for parents. It's about how to address violence and tragedy in the news with your children. This podcast …

How Do You Make Paint?

June 10th, 2016

22:46

In this episode of But Why we're learning how to make paint from an artist who wild-crafts his own pigments, and we're visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to learn about the value of art.

Why Do People Have Different Religions?

May 27th, 2016

19:19

In this episode of But Why we tackle the question of why people have different religions. Our answer comes from Wendy Thomas Russell, who …

Who Invented Words?

May 13th, 2016

15:45

On But Why we let you ask the questions and we help find the answers. One of the things that many of you are curious about is language. How we speak, why we speak and what we speak.

How Does Music Move Us?

April 29th, 2016

18:40

We're turning things around! Instead of you sending us the question, this time we're asking the question and looking to you for some answers. We wanted to explore why music moves us.

What Is The End Of The World Going To Feel Like?

April 15th, 2016

21:31

This episode looks at a big question, a really big question. It's about the end of the world and what it might feel like. Parents: this episode is about asteroids and supernovas; some kids may find this episode …

How Do Bears Sleep All Winter?

April 1st, 2016

22:18

In our very first episode, we've got owls and turtles and bears, oh my! It's all about animals. But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids is a show led by you. Kids ask questions and we find someone who can give you …

But Why: Intro For Adults

April 1st, 2016

4:26

My name is Jane Lindholm and I'm hosting a new podcast for kids from Vermont Public Radio. We're calling the show But Why: A Podcast for …

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