47 episodes

Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. In Season 4 of his Webby-winning podcast, Tai talks to everyone from NASA scientists to stand-up comedians to his equally curious little brother Kien. If you’ve ever wondered why nothing feels as good as a deep belly laugh or why it’s impossible not to finish a bag of Doritos, Tai has you covered.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.1 • 1.1K Ratings

Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. In Season 4 of his Webby-winning podcast, Tai talks to everyone from NASA scientists to stand-up comedians to his equally curious little brother Kien. If you’ve ever wondered why nothing feels as good as a deep belly laugh or why it’s impossible not to finish a bag of Doritos, Tai has you covered.

    Tai Asks Why Introduces: Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

    Tai Asks Why Introduces: Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

    Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the whole family. With over 100 episodes over 7 seasons, Lindsay and Marshall have explored science topics ranging from poop, to space, to animals, and literally everything in between. In their 8th season, coming up this September, they’ll be covering even more topics, always in a fun, accessible way for the whole family to enjoy. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, or at sciencepodcastforkids.com

    • 17 min
    How do we fix recycling?

    How do we fix recycling?

    Tai tries to do his part by recycling whenever he can. But it turns out just tossing stuff into the blue bin doesn't do a whole lot: less than 10 percent of our plastic waste actually gets recycled, with the rest either ending up in landfill, burned or shipped overseas! How did we get here? Tai turns to people looking for creative ways to tackle trash around the world, and learns how we can all be more mindful of what we decide to throw away.

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - Calvin Lakhan, research scientist at York University
    - Olivia Kwok, supervisor of Waste and Diversion Programs with the city of St. Albert
    - Nate Maynard, Taiwan-based sustainability consultant and environmental researcher
    - Andrea McKenzie, zero waste project engineer for the city of Vancouver

    • 30 min
    Why do we laugh?

    Why do we laugh?

    Laughing makes us feel real good, whether you’re in on the joke or not. But does it serve a specific purpose? Why do we find some jokes hilarious and others to be total groaners? In this episode, Tai peels the science and sociology of laughter down to its evolutionary roots.

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - Sophie Scott, professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London and stand-up comedian
    - Andrew Phung, actor, improv comedian and creator of the sitcom Run the Burbs

    • 25 min
    Are we alone in the universe?

    Are we alone in the universe?

    So far, the only intelligent life we know of is right here on Earth — us! But could there be life on other planets just waiting to be discovered? In this episode, Tai goes deep in the cosmos to explore how scientists are searching for signs of life beyond our little blue dot, and what their work can tell us about our place in the universe.

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - Nathalie Cabrol, astrobiologist and director of research at the SETI Institute
    - Jacob Haqq-Misra, senior research investigator at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
    - Heidi White, astrophysicist at the University of Toronto

    • 28 min
    How do animals know where they’re going?

    How do animals know where they’re going?

    We know birds can travel large distances day or night, rain or shine, even if they’ve never migrated before. If you confuse a spiny lobster and drop it far from home, it can still find its way back. How do they do that? In this episode, Tai discovers the mysterious and mind-boggling ways animals navigate.

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - David Barrie, researcher and author of Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way
    - Ken Lohmann, biology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    - Samantha Patrick, senior lecturer in marine biology at the University of Liverpool

    • 27 min
    Why is math so hard to love?

    Why is math so hard to love?

    To listeners of this podcast, it’s no secret that Tai loves math. But he knows that a lot of people, including his friends, definitely don’t feel the same way. In this episode, Tai uncovers why math gets such a bad rap, and if there’s any truth to the well-worn phrase: “I’m just not a math person!”

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - Sian Beilock, cognitive scientist and president of Barnard College at Columbia University
    - Daniel Ansari, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience & Learning at Western University
    - Mariam Hazhir, math teacher in Surrey, B.C.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

bpheeee ,

Hi guys

So if anyone remembers when I said “oh I’m an 8 year old who works at a place that studies space” THAT WASN’T ME THAT WAS MY ANNOYING BROTHER. He does stuff like that all the time but uh sorry about when that happened… great pod btw

一 二三四五 ,

Hi

Hi I’m Alissa Montana and I’m from Taiwan 🇹🇼 thanks for mentioning my little home island ps and Taiwan is different now and I don’t have to wash my garage .Anyway love the pod.你棒棒

lol gal❤️❤️ ,

This is the best

I feel like this teaches me a lot I feel like I can relate to tai like,I love space, I love math and so on you don’t like this go eat dirt

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