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Tai Asks Why

28 EpisodesProduced by CBC Podcasts and TRAX from PRXWebsite

Tai Poole is trying to find answers to life's biggest questions. What happens after we die? What’s happening in my teen brain? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break ... he's only 14 years old

28 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Is it possible to predict the future?

March 17th, 2021

25:42

These are anxious times, and Tai just wants to know… what’s going to happen? He can’t look into a crystal ball, but there are actually people who spend their lives predicting the future. With their help, he looks …

How is the universe going to end?

March 10th, 2021

23:19

Not to be a downer, but the universe could end any minute. Or it could take a hundred million years. Give or take. So we don't know *when* it will …

Where is the internet?

March 3rd, 2021

27:49

For Tai, the internet has always been there, and it's hard to imagine life without it. It seems almost like it's everywhere, all at once, like magical little clouds filled with information above us. But he learns …

How else can we power the planet?

February 24th, 2021

24:27

Nothing on our planet could function without pooower! Even though energy is all around us, harnessing that energy and turning it into power is a …

How much screen time is too much?

February 17th, 2021

26:17

Tai and all of his friends are in a constant war with their parents over one big thing — screen time. For years, their parents have been telling them that screen time is bad and needs to be limited. But is it really? …

What is at the bottom of the ocean?

February 10th, 2021

25:21

The ocean covers over 70% of our planet, and yet, we’ve only mapped about a tenth of it. We know more about the far side of the moon than we know about our own ocean! In this episode, Tai explores the deep ocean to …

How do I know what’s true on the internet?

February 3rd, 2021

27:35

It’s easier than ever to be bamboozled by bad information. Tai and his friends are no exception—even smarty pants like them fall for things online. In this episode, Tai tries to figure out how to spot misinformation and …

Why do humans dance?

January 27th, 2021

22:49

Don’t tell anyone: Tai thinks he has two left feet AND he still loves to dance when no one’s watching. But why do humans like to dance at all? What’s going on in the brain when people boogie? In this episode, Tai tangos …

Why are viruses so good at what they do?

January 20th, 2021

21:41

If you ever feel alone, you shouldn’t, because you are actually surrounded by viruses. They’re in you, they’re on you and, in fact, there are more …

What's happening in my teen brain?

January 13th, 2021

22:39

Tai’s 14 now. As he goes through adolescence, there are all sorts of weird things happening in his brain that are literally reshaping it, getting him …

New year, new Tai

January 6th, 2021

2:23

Notice anything different about Tai? It’s 2021 and he’s in high school now. A lot has changed, but not his insatiable quest for ANSWERS! Season 3 of …

How does a song get stuck in your head?

November 5th, 2020

25:36

Whether it’s a doot doot doot of an opening riff or a random mix of words from the chorus, 99 per cent of people admit to getting songs stuck in their heads. So what is it about certain songs that make them so catchy? …

Ask Tai Why: Silence, no more humans, and the glow of the earth’s core

October 29th, 2020

8:22

In this week's bonus segment Ask Tai Why, Tai takes questions from: Penelope Cook, Toronto: Is there such a thing as complete silence? Griff, Yukon: What comes after humans? Finley, Wakefield, Quebec: Does the core of …

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

October 22nd, 2020

24:38

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

October 15th, 2020

7:37

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?

October 8th, 2020

24:59

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

October 1st, 2020

6:35

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 24th, 2020

27:45

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 17th, 2020

8:48

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?

September 10th, 2020

26:36

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

September 3rd, 2020

23:45

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 …

How will we fix climate change?

August 27th, 2020

21:10

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?

August 20th, 2020

18:22

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?

August 13th, 2020

24:05

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?

August 6th, 2020

21:45

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?

July 30th, 2020

23:05

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?

July 23rd, 2020

21:05

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.

Trailer

July 13th, 2020

2:14

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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