But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids
- Hosted by Jane Lindholm
But Why is a show led by you, kids! You 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.
Special Programming & Resources During The COVID-19 Outbreak
We're thrilled to announce that But Why will broadcast live, interactive educational programs for elementary school students on Fridays at 1 p.m. May 8-June 19.
We'll cover a wide range of topics such as natural science, poetry, space, history and civics. Students are invited to call or write in with their questions during each show, and our guests will answer as many as they can!
We'll add topics and ideas for at-home activities as programs are confirmed, so bookmark this page and check back soon!
- Friday, May 8, 1 p.m. EDT: Bats, with Barry Genzlinger of the Vermont Bat Center and in the second half of the program we'll be talking about beavers with Kim Royar of Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
- Friday, May 15, 1 p.m. EDT: Poetry with Poetry Guy Ted Scheu, Rajnii Eddins, and special call-outs to other poets. Write a poem ahead of time to call in and share.
- Friday, May 22, 1 p.m. EDT: Space exploration with Jim Green, NASA's Chief Scientist. We'll learn about NASA mission to return to the moon and answer your space questions.
- Friday, May 29, 1 p.m. EDT: Words with linguist and Lexicon Valley podcast host John McWhorter. We’ll be answering your questions about the origins of words and languages.
- Friday, June 5, 1 p.m. EDT: Kid press conference with Vermont Governor Phil Scott. First we’ll learn about what journalists do, and then kid journalists can call in and ask their questions.
- Friday, June 12, 1 p.m. EDT: Trees with scientists from the Simard Lab. We’ll be answering your questions about trees and tree communication.
- Friday, June 19, 1 p.m. EDT: Music with Mister Chris. We’ll be exploring music and writing a song with Chris Dorman and other musicians. Get your instruments ready to play or sing a-long and send us your music.
Listen to VPR on-air in Vermont and surrounding states or listen to our live stream from anywhere in the world. Kids can send their questions ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call-in at 1-800-639-2211 while the program is live.
New: But Why Coloring Pages!
Listening to But Why is now even more fun! We asked Vermont artists to illustrate some of their favorite episodes to create printable coloring pages to color along while listening to our show. Download them all and find their corresponding episodes here.
Have a question? Send it to us!
Adults, use your smartphone's memo function or an audio app to record your kid's question (get up nice and close so we can hear). Be sure to include: your child's first name, age and town. And then email the audio file to email@example.com.
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