Tai Asks Why

18 EpisodesProduced by CBC PodcastsWebsite

Tai Poole is trying to find answers to life’s biggest questions. What happens after we die? What is love? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break ... he’s only 1 ...

18 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Why is space so dark if it’s full of stars?

September 18th, 2019


Tai is fascinated by what’s in the dark spaces between the stars. Considering there are trillions of stars in the universe (and counting!), it seems a bit odd that the universe isn’t just a blinding ball of light. So …

Ask Tai Why: Fear, time and the colour of colours

September 16th, 2019


In this week's bonus segment Ask Tai Why, Tai takes questions from:

Charlotte, Toronto: What is fear, and why were we born with it?
Desmond: What is …

When the dinosaurs died, how did other animals survive?

September 11th, 2019


Tai spends a lot of time imagining how the apocalypse might go down. So, he turns to animals that have survived past apocalypses—like the one that killed the dinosaurs—to see what traits the true survivors have in …

Ask Tai Why: Freckles, video games, and climate-changing farts

September 9th, 2019


In bonus segment Ask Tai Why, Tai answers some questions for a change.

This week, he takes questions from:

Grace, Hamilton: Why do I have freckles

What’s the science behind bullying?

September 4th, 2019


Tai and his friends all have experiences of being bullied. And, as he learns, it’s a pretty universal thing - even trees are known to bully other …

Ask Tai Why: Cuteness, hotness and the origins of English

September 2nd, 2019


In a new bonus segment called Ask Tai Why, Tai answers some questions for a change.

This week, he takes questions from:
Von Lewis, Halifax: Why do cute animals make us smile?
Hamzah, Ontario: Why is the sun hot?
Rhea, …

What are animals saying to each other?

August 28th, 2019


Tai’s brother Kien thinks he can talk to ducks. We’ve taught our animals to sit and stay, but that’s not the same as us learning their language, you …

What is Deja Vu?

August 28th, 2019


You know that feeling when you feel like you have lived a moment already? Well that’s deja vu (French for already seen) and apparently, it happens to over 60 per cent of people! But why? Is it a good thing or a bad …

Tai is back!

August 21st, 2019


Tai Poole is back - and he has no time for small talk. He’d rather discuss why space is so dark, the real reason for deja vu, and the science behind …

Introducing The Two Princes from Gimlet

June 20th, 2019


When Prince Rupert sets out to break the mysterious curse that’s destroying his kingdom, he’s ready to face whatever dastardly villain or vile monster stands in his way. What he isn’t prepared for are the bewildering …

Tai is coming back for season 2...and he needs your help!

April 9th, 2019


Tai is coming back for a second season this September. Do you have a question you'd like Tai to answer? Send them our way! Plus, Tai Asks Why has been nominated for a Webby Award! But to win, we need your vote! Head to …

How will we fix climate change?

November 21st, 2018


Tai is freaking out about climate change. He's worried we're doomed. Tides are rising, species are dying from all of the heat. He's finding it hard to have hope...until he meets a man from NASA.

Which is cooler, zero or infinity?

November 14th, 2018


Before he fully spoke English, Tai's first language was math. He loves numbers! Now he's talking to mathematicians about the ultimate coolness of two …

Why do we dream?

November 7th, 2018


After thinking through a recent terrifying nightmare, Tai starts to question the importance of dreams. Why can't our minds just do nothing when we sleep?

What happens after you die?

October 30th, 2018


The death of his grandfather has Tai thinking about the afterlife. The idea that our bodies and consciousness become nothing is really weird and confusing. So Tai turns to different religions for answers.

Should we trust our gut?

October 23rd, 2018


We've all heard the saying trust your gut, but is that scientifically accurate? Tai grapples with what that really means. If our guts are making decisions does that mean there's a brain in our gut?

What is love?

October 23rd, 2018


Love is weird. How can this thing take over your body and bend it to its will? Tai looks to science, philosophy and his mom for answers.

Tai Says Hi

August 28th, 2018


Meet Tai Poole - a little guy with big questions. Join him as he heads from universities to playgrounds seeking answers. He may not solve all the …

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