But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
By Vermont Public Radio
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
||CleanWhy Is The World Split Into Countries?||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 and borders with author Juan Enriquez. Also in||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Is Chocolate Made?||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 travel to Taza Chocolate in Somerville, Massachusetts to get some answers. Plus, we visit a coffee roaster in Maine||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's What With The Weather?||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 answered by meteorologist Mark Breen, author||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThanksgiving Special: What Made The Turkey Trot To Boston?||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 before refrigerated trucks. So how do you think||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do We Like To Eat Certain Foods?||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 things and how? Why do different foods taste||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGhosts And Fairies And Gnomes, Oh My!||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 different parts of the world with Justin McDaniel of University of Pennsylvania. Then we're off to Iceland to learn about||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do Geese Fly In The Shape Of A 'V'?||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 different colored eggs? We visit the hen house||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Invented The President?||Who invented the president? Which country had the first president? We answer presidential questions historical in nature with author Kenneth C. Davis . Also in the episode: why do leaves change color in the fall?||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Is The Sea Salty?||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.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Is Soccer Called ‘Soccer' Instead Of 'Football?'||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 we hear from people who make their living in the game, professional players, coaches and commentators.||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Long Does It Take For A Baby Cheetah To Go From Fluffball To Hunter?||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.||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Bumblebees Have Hearts?||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 Chicks .||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Don’t Bicycles Fall Over?||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 chain moves a wheel.||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Does An Engine Work?||Seven-year old Sawyer wants to know: how does an engine work? We learn about chainsaws from Ashleigh Belrose, an instructor the Center for Technology in Essex, Vermont.||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Does It Feel When Your Family Changes?||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 can expand and multiply.||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Is The Sky Blue?||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 Cassini Imaging Team explains.||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Episode: How Do You Talk To Kids About Violence In The News?||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 comes the day after and in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do You Make Paint?||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.||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do People Have Different Religions?||In this episode of But Why we tackle the question of why people have different religions. Our answer comes from Wendy Thomas Russell, who wrote a book on how to talk about religion for secular families. Plus we visit a farm where kids of both the human||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Invented Words?||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.||5/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great discussion starter!
Our family is really enjoying this podcast. We listen with our kids; it’s great to see them get slowly sucked in by the stories, sound effects, and clear explanations. The topics have instigated great conversations over dinner or in the car. If you have “curious kids” this is a must-listen podcast!
A kids podcast that adults can enjoy, too!
Finally, a podcast for kids that’s educational and interesting and fun for kids, but won’t make parents want to jump out the window of their moving vehicle! Vermont Public Radio host Jane Lindholm applies her mad interviewing skills to answer questions curious kids are always asking, like how bears sleep all winter, or why invented words? The answers are explored in a way kids can understand, without talking down to them. Can’t wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy this podcast, but until then I’ll be a faithful listener!
Tailored to kids!
Vermont Public Radio has done a great job designing a podcast for younger audiences. Our seven year old is already hooked!