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Tai Asks Why

15 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 is love? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break ... he's only 11 years old

15 Episodes | 2020

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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