The Kids Beat

Jane Lindholm's New Podcast Answers Kids' Burning Questions

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Parents know all too well that kids have endless questions. But Why, a new podcast from Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" host Jane Lindholm and producer Melody Bodette, hopes to provide some illuminating answers. The first 22-minute episode, released last month, tackles a question from 4-year-old Finn of Hinesburg about bears' hibernation. Lindholm's conversation with Vermont naturalist Mary Holland is sure to capture kids' attention. Topics include how bears go so long without eating, pooping and peeing, and what they might dream about. With the help of an astrophysicist and two science-fiction writers, the second installment explores what the end of the world will be like. Lindholm, who is pregnant and has a 2-year-old son, says the idea of a kid-focused podcast came to her after reading a friend's social-media post about being unable to listen to public radio around her kids due to its adult content. With backing from VPR, Lindholm decided to create something like National Public Radio but for kids, aimed at being "really respectful with how inquisitive and thoughtful kids are."

Does your kid have a question for but Why? Record it using the memo app on your smartphone and send it to questions@butwhykids.org. Listen to the podcast at butwhykids.org or find it on iTunes.

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