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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 first name, age, and town and send the recording to questions@butwhykids.org!
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How Are Noodles Made?

How Are Noodles Made?

2019-09-1300:21:33

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 than he bargained for!For this episode we visit a restaurant called M.Y. China, in San Francisco, CA to watch executive chef Tony Wu hand-pull 16,000 noodles in 2 minutes. The restaurant's owner, chef Martin Yan of the PBS show Yan Can Cook narrates the action. And to give us some historical context, Jen Lin-Liu, author of On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta, shares her insight.
How Is Paper Made?

How Is Paper Made?

2019-08-3000:28:25

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 few sheet of paper and learn all about how it's made with artist Carol Marie Vossler at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, New York.
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.
Why Do Earthquakes Happen?

Why Do Earthquakes Happen?

2019-08-0200:28:023

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 are there tsunamis after earthquakes? For this week's show we headed to California to visit Jennifer Strauss at the Berkeley Seismology Lab and we hear from Celeste Labedz at the California Institute of Technology.
How Do Circuits Work?

How Do Circuits Work?

2019-07-1900:23:362

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 electricity is off? How fast is electricity? How do light bulbs work? How does solar power work? How do electric cars work? Why is electricity dangerous?Electrical Engineer Paul Hines answers our questions for the second half of our electricity live call-in program. Hines is a professor at the University of Vermont and co-founder of Packetized Energy.
What Is Electricity?

What Is Electricity?

2019-07-0500:24:412

Where does electricity come from? What is electricity made of? Who invented it? How does electricity work? What are electrons made of? Electrical Engineer Paul Hines answers our questions, in part one of our live call-in program. Hines is a professor at the University of Vermont and co-founder of Packetized Energy.
Why Do Trains Run On Tracks?

Why Do Trains Run On Tracks?

2019-06-2100:22:054

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 even though they're so heavy? And why don’t trains have seat belts? We’re traveling to Union Station in Washington, DC and answering all of your questions with Amtrak’s Patrick Kidd.
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 tackling them with Vanderbilt anthropologist Anna Catesby Yant and Dr. Lori Racha of UVM Medical Center. This is a frank but age-appropriate conversation about male and female bodies and about how biological sex differs from gender. We think the whole family will enjoy this episode, but you're always free to give our episodes a listen to see if it's right for your young ones.Other questions in this episode: Why are boys taller than girls? Do only boys have Adam's apples? Why can't girls grow beards? Why do most boys have short hair? Why do girls wear makeup and boys don't? Why do professional sports have all-men's and all-women's teams? Why can more girls do the splits than boys? Why didn't women have as many rights as men back in the olden days?
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 research associate at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. We also get an answer to a question to how you get a ship in a bottle from Colorado-based ship-in-bottle builder Daniel Siemens in this encore episode from 2016.
Why Am I Afraid Of The Dark?

Why Am I Afraid Of The Dark?

2019-05-1000:33:426

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 of the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and a picture book for young kids called The Dark. Then we go on a night hike with Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist Steve Perren, to talk about ways to embrace the darkness. We practice our night vision by not using flashlights and we think about how our other senses can help us navigate. Steve also answers questions about how animals see in the dark and why it sometimes look like animals' eyes are glowing back at us in the darkness.
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taravat jalalifarahani

i'm a serious fan of (but why) and (brains on). they are useful, even for adults.

Aug 31st
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lavender

taravat jalalifarahani cute!

Sep 1st
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Gayathri Prabhath

Thank you Girls..

Jun 11th
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Code: Fearlicia

hi

May 29th
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Code: Fearlicia

*whistles*

May 24th
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Erica Ervine

but why does most of our stuff come from china

May 8th
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Ryan & Emma Nowell

awesome

Apr 19th
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James Minnion

James.minnion@gmail.com and a very nice one thanks for they will be back in touch with the other one soon and I will be back in touch with the other one tomorrow to see if they can help me with the application form and b to the court to be done by the end of the week

Mar 29th
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James Minnion

Smash boom best

Mar 27th
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Hugh Han

good for english learners~

Mar 27th
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Diana Kio

this is a cute idea for a podcast

Mar 5th
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Diana Kio

idk why

Mar 5th
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Diana Kio

not good episode

Mar 5th
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Diana Kio

best podcast ever

Mar 4th
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Diana Kio

Diana Kio yep

Mar 4th
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Erica Ervine

My mom and I love this podcast! ❤️ Keep making great episodes!

Mar 2nd
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assaf bester

cusisfic

Feb 20th
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Milica Novakovic

Feb 8th
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Anurag Deshpande

honestly I feel like kid in Disney Land. so many options to explore. thank you for bringing all if these similar podcasts together. thank you

Feb 6th
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Anurag Deshpande

one podcast that just calms you and puts you to peace almost immediately. thank you for making this

Jan 27th
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Charlette Townsend

I hope u feel better... 😞😞😞 I am so sorry

Jan 25th
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assaf bester

Charlette Townsend who are you talking about who is sik

Apr 23rd
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Lawson C

great

Jan 13th
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