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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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What Is Electricity?

What Is Electricity?

2019-07-0500:24:41

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?

2019-06-2100:22:051

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?

2019-05-1000:33:424

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.
Why Is Sugar Bad For You?

Why Is Sugar Bad For You?

2019-04-2600:29:573

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 the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Other questions in this episode include: Why does eating salty food make you thirsty? Why is sugar bad for you? Why are vitamins in food? Why is breakfast so important? Why do children get hungry at night? Why is fast food so popular?
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 more boys than girls in books? Do monkeys every touch the ground? Why don't fish get electrocuted when lightning strikes? Where does the sidewalk end?Our experts include naturalists Mary Holland, author Grace Lin, primatologist Sofia Carrara, pediatrician Laurie Racha, Dan Goodman of AAA of Northern New England, and the poetry of Shel Silverstein.
Who Makes The Laws?

Who Makes The Laws?

2019-03-2900:24:551

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 Canadian organization Civix, and Syl Sobel, author of How the U.S. Government Works. We also answer a question from Charlotte in North Carolina: how do elections work? And Hattie in England asks why her country has a government and a queen.
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 learn about how humor develops with Gina Mireault of the Infant Laughter Project at Northern Vermont University. Plus: April Fools traditions and we listen to jokes sent in by kids with Vermont comedian Josie Leavitt.
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 is it made? Why are sound waves invisible? How do echoes work? How do microphones work? How do radio signals work? Answers to your sound and radio questions from our VPR colleagues: sound engineer Chris Albertine and Chief Technology Officer Joe Tymecki.
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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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Roderick Ordonez

😔

Nov 16th
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