26 episodes

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

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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

    Where is the internet?

    Where is the internet?

    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 there’s a very real, physical system that allows him to send cat memes to friends or submit his homework. He calls up Nicole Starosielski, and she explains how the internet isn’t in the clouds—it’s in hose-sized tubes stretching across the ocean and server rooms. Tai goes to Lake Ontario to look at some of these internet cables, and checks out the fragile and expensive system that keeps his life running. Janice Gates and Tai talk about community internet networks and how they can bring high speed connections to low income residents.

    • 27 min
    How else can we power the planet?

    How else can we power the planet?

    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 massive challenge. Powering our day-to-day lives makes up almost half of fossil fuel emissions, which is causing climate change! Tai tries to find out if there’s a better way to power the planet.

    • 24 min
    How much screen time is too much?

    How much screen time is too much?

    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? Tai finds out.

    In this episode Tai talks to:


    Kara Bagot, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Icahn School of Medicine
    Madeleine George, psychologist and analyst at RTI International
    Jenny Odell, writer and artist, author of How to Do Nothing

    • 26 min
    What is at the bottom of the ocean?

    What is at the bottom of the ocean?

    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 learn about its mysteries and what survives in its darkest corners.

    This week Tai spoke with:


    Verena Tunnicliffe, a marine biologist who has spent 30 years studying all the weird and wacky animals that thrive on the bottom of the ocean
    Melissa Omand, Assistant Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. She’s an explorer who uses robots to explore the ocean depths
    Bob Dziak, NOAA’s acoustic engineer, who has dropped sound recorders into places like the Mariana Trench.

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

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

    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 how to stop it from spreading.

    This week Tai spoke with:


    Andrea Bellemare, a CBC journalist who specializes in covering disinformation
    Seema Yasmin, disease expert
    Jimmeka Anderson, media literacy expert and creator of I Am Not the Media

    • 27 min
    Why do humans dance?

    Why do humans dance?

    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 into the activity that has helped humans and communities survive for thousands of years, with the help of his whole family.

    This week Tai spoke with:


    Peter Lovatt, psychologist, author of The Dance Cure
    Ashley ‘Colours’ Perez, dancer and teacher @classwithcolours

    • 22 min

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