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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

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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

    Is it possible to predict the future?

    Is it possible to predict the future?

    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 towards the great unknown.

    In this episode Tai speaks to:


    Rose Eveleth, the creator of Flash Forward Presents, a podcast network that demystifies the future, with shows like Flash Forward and Advice For And From The Future
    Tim Chartier, Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College. He often uses data analytics to predict outcomes in sports
    Satyan Devadoss, Fletcher Jones Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of San Diego and author of Mage Merlin's Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries.


    This is the last episode of Season 3, thanks so much tuning in!

    • 25 min
    How is the universe going to end?

    How is the universe going to end?

    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 happen, but we can be a bit more certain about *how* the universe will end. In this episode, Tai unpacks the science of the end times.

    In this episode Tai talks to: 


    Katie Mack, theoretical astrophysicist and the author of The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking),
    Christopher Kochanek, professor of astronomy at the Ohio State University. His current research focuses on "massive stars behaving badly."

    • 23 min
    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 he learns there's a very real, physical system that allows him to send memes to friends or submit his homework. And more importantly, not everyone has equal access to it.

    In this episode Tai talks to: 


    Nicole Starosielski, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University
    Janice Gates, Director of the Equitable Internet Initiative by the Detroit Community Technology Project

    • 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.

    In this episode Tai talks to:


    Richard Randell, engineer and PhD candidate at Stanford's Mechanical Engineering program
    Daniel Ddiba, research associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute. He conducts research into how poop can be used as fuel for industries and other applications in African cities
    Jim Green, chief scientist at NASA, who tells Tai how NASA's planning on providing power for future colonies on Mars, 140 million kilometres away.

    • 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

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