IdahoPTV Presents Elinor Wonders Why

August 29, 2020
10:00am Mountain Time
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The stories in ELINOR WONDERS WHY center around Elinor and her friends Ari, a funny and imaginative bat, and Olive, a perceptive and warm elephant.

As kids explore Animal Town, they will meet all kinds of interesting, funny, and quirky characters, each with something to teach us about respecting others, the importance of diversity, caring for the environment, and working together to solve problems.

In each episode, Elinor models the foundational practices of science inquiry and engineering design -- including her amazing powers of observation and willingness to ask questions and investigate.

When she encounters something she doesn’t understand, like why birds have feathers or how tiny ants build massive anthills, she just can’t let it go until she figures it out. And in discovering the answers, Elinor often learns something about nature’s ingenious inventions and how they can connect to ideas in our designed world, and what it takes to live in a community.

Video Descriptions

Elinor Wonders Why OVEE Preshow 10min

Elinor Wonders Why OVEE Preshow 10min

Ron Pisaneschi - Welcome Message

Introductory message from IdahoPTV General Manager Ron Pisaneschi.

NEW SHOW! Elinor Wonders Why FULL EPISODE | Ms. Mole’s Glasses / Elinor Stops the Squish | PBS KIDS

When Mz. Mole forgets her glasses at school, Elinor and her friends follow her to return them. Mz. Mole can’t see anything without her glasses! The kids travel throughout Animal Town, just missing Mz. Mole at every turn. During their travels, the kids realize Mz. Mole has been shopping and getting around using different senses. By the time they finally reach Mz. Mole and return her glasses, she’s got all her shopping done without them. Cool! Elinor and her friends want to bring Mz. Mole a cupcake for her birthday, but they're worried it will get squished on the way to school. The kids find inspiration in nature when they observe how different animals/creatures stay safe using their shells as a defense mechanism. Elinor, Ari and Olive use this idea as inspiration to make a shell around the cupcake using a hard coconut. Because of the kids' hard work and ingenuity, the cupcake makes it all the way to school without being squished, just in time for Mz. Mole to enjoy her present. Yum! Watch and play more games at or download the *FREE* PBS KIDS Video and Games app at

PBSKids Ovee End of Screening 10min

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  • Kari Wardle

    Kari Wardle currently works as the Education Manager for Idaho Public Television where she leads the education department and provides training and support to teachers throughout the state. Before joining the IdahoPTV, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 9 years teaching 5th grade where she served on the technology teams and was instrumental in implementing technology throughout her school and district. Including providing training for teachers. Kari is a Google Level 2 certified teacher, a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, and an Apple Teacher. She obtained her B.A. in K-8 Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University and her M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology from Idaho State University.

  • Joan Cartan-Hansen

    JOAN CARTAN-HANSEN has been a producer/reporter/writer for Idaho Public Television since 1988. Joan is the producer/host for "Science Trek" and “Idaho Science Journal” and a producer/reporter/writer for "Outdoor Idaho." In addition, she writes and produces a number of documentaries and occasionally contributes pieces to "The PBS News Hour." Joan has won a number of awards including several regional Emmys, gold medals at the New York Festivals, winner of the prestigious Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Tellys, CINE Golden Eagles and Platinum prizes at Worldfest. Joan has a science news blog for kids, Joan's Blog. She is active in several professional organizations including The Idaho Press Club, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Northwest Chapter and is a national Trustee for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Joan also sits on the Idaho Supreme Courts Media/Courts Committee and is member of the Idaho Supreme Court's "Fire Brigade." A native Idahoan, Joan is married with two children.

  • Grace Ruddy

    Grace Ruddy is a Pre-K teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School in Boise, Idaho. She enjoys teaching and playing with young children! Grace grew up in Liberia, West Africa and Corvallis, Oregon. Her childhood was filled with many outdoor adventures as well as the adventures she encountered in good books. She graduated in 1984 from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She has been teaching in the Boise School District since 2004 as a first grade and Pre-K teacher. Grace earned a Masters in Early Childhood Studies from Boise State University in 2011.She is honored to be a PBS Early Learning Champion for 2019. Her family consists of one husband, three grown children (and spouses), two grandkids, one goldendoodle, and one very large cat named Wilson. When she is not teaching Grace likes to create beautiful shades and flavors of playdough, listen to audio books, go "garage saling", bake pies, and spend time with family and friends.

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