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Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at www.netsuite.com/WHATIF We've explored a lot on this planet, but how deeply have we truly gone? The Earth's core is over 6000km deep...and the deepest we've drilled is roughly 12km! Not even 1%, and we haven't talked about the Earth's Oceans. Join Peter and Richard as they welcome long time host of "Angry Planet" George Kourounis, and they take their deepest dive yet with "What If we explored the deepest...
Published 01/08/21
Go to the Great Courses Plus and receive the first month for FREE: thegreatcoursesplus.com/whatif Normally the idea of gorging yourself exclusively with sugar for 30 days would be a hypothetical, but over the holidays, it might not be. Peter and Richard and joined by the author of the best selling book "The Case Against Sugar" Gary Taubes to get to the truth about the health effects of the sweet stuff as they ask "What If you ate only sugar for a month?" on What If Discussed. Show notes:...
Published 01/01/21
Go to www.greenchef.com/WHATIF90 and use code WHATIF90 to get $90 off, including free shipping. It's been a long strange journey for Nobel Prize winning astronomer Didier Queloz. In 1995, he and his team discovered the first "Exosolar Planet" i.e. an Earth-like planet orbiting a star. In 2019, they received the Nobel Prize. Now there are over 4,000 similar planets, and estimates put the projected number to be in the trillions! With the help of some incredible creative talent, Professor...
Published 12/25/20
Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at www.netsuite.com/WHATIF With everyone from Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos working on ways to bring space travel to the masses (the very wealthy masses) through various rocket launched endeavours, has anyone asked if this could be done in a simpler way, a safer way, a cheaper way? We have and so has Taber MacCallum from Space Perspective Inc. They are planning on bringing people to the outer reaches of Earth's...
Published 12/18/20
So What If a tornado hit an active volcano? To be honest, we have no idea. But you know who might be the only person on Earth who knows? It's the host of the long running Discovery Channel hit show "Angry Planet" George Kourounis who has chased more tornadoes than you could count and has literally been inside an active volcano...multiple times! Join Peter, Richard and George Kourounis as they contemplate the ultimate hypothetical scenario: "What If a tornado hit an active volcano?" Show...
Published 12/11/20
Everyone once in awhile a game comes along that transcends genre, subjective preferences or styles and just blows us up in a way that takes it from "game" to "cultural phenomenon". "Among Us" is that game. What about this relatively simple, low fi looking game has captured the hearts and minds of so many? And why now? Game Informer Liana Ruppert joins Peter and Richard to discuss and ponder the cultural and sociological reasons why "Among Us" is being played obsessively by millions and...
Published 12/05/20
In 1991, 8 people walked into the first ever biosphere project, committed to live there, grow their own food, recycle their waste and sustain themselves on limited amounts of oxygen for 2 years. So who better to ask "What If we lived in a closed biosphere than Jane Poynter, one of the designers and participants of the historic endeavour. What was it like? How did people co-exist? Would this be feasible for larger communities? Join Peter, Richard and author, speaker, aerospace executive and...
Published 11/27/20
What do we really know about black holes? We've only recently even gotten a visual of an actual black hole, so not a lot. But although we can now see a black hole, can we see through a black hole? And if we could, what would we see? Where would we see? Who would we see? When would we see? Join Peter, Richard and physics professor Clifford Johnson as they discuss "What If you could see through a black hole? Show notes: https://whatifshow.com/podcast Join hosts Peter Schmiedchen and Richard...
Published 11/20/20
If you’re ready to take action and prevent hair loss, go to keeps.com/whatif to receive your first month of treatment for free. Do you drink energy drinks? Do you drink them everyday? Do you drink multiple ones everyday? Then you just might be addicted to energy drinks. But why is that so bad when everyone else is addicted to coffee? In a stressed out world suffering from constant fatigue and low energy, so many of us have to find ways to stay energized or just stay awake, but is that...
Published 11/13/20
Everyone once in awhile a game comes along that transcends genre, subjective preferences or styles and just blows us up in a way that takes it from "game" to "cultural phenomenon". "Among Us" is that game. What about this relatively simple, low fi looking game has captured the hearts and minds of so many? And why now? Game Informer Liana Ruppert joins Peter and Richard to discuss and ponder the cultural and sociological reasons why "Among Us" is being played obsessively by millions and...
Published 11/06/20
Get 20% off your first monthly box when you sign up at boxofawesome.com and enter the code “whatif” at checkout. If you’re ready to take action and prevent hair loss, go to keeps.com/whatif to receive your first month of treatment for free. What do we really know about black holes? Are they even black? Are they even holes? And do they suck everything into them that comes close, like a huge cosmic vacuum cleaner? This begs the question, "What If our solar system orbited a black hole?" Peter...
Published 10/30/20
Get 20% Off + Free Shipping with promo code WHATIF20 at www.manscaped.com Have you ever experienced seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D.? For those that have and do, the winter months can be a challenging time. Now, add a lockdown with extended periods of isolation for some and there is concern we could be heading into a mental health crisis in the coming months. So, who is better to speak to that than the person who literally coined the term S.A.D. and whose scientific research in this...
Published 10/23/20
Have you ever wondered if there are parallel universes? Earlier this year, a NASA study suggested there might be another universe where time goes backwards. Could that be a universe made of antimatter? Why did matter win over antimatter after the Big Bang? If there is an antimatter universe out there, does that mean we all have evil twins? Join Peter and Richard as they welcome science journalist and NASA Senior Communications Specialist Liz Landau. Show notes:...
Published 10/16/20
What do we really know about octopuses? For starters, they don't have 8 tentacles...they're called arms. Did you know they had 3 hearts? 9 brains? And that some people believe they aren't originally from Earth? If you've been lucky enough to catch the Netflix documentary "My Octopus Teacher”, then you also know they are capable of so much more than spraying ink. Join Peter and Richard as they welcome Pippa Ehrlich, the director of "My Octopus Teacher”. Together they take a deep dive in the...
Published 10/09/20
Get 20% Off + Free Shipping with promo code WHATIF20 at Manscaped.com So what do we really know about Jupiter? Generally speaking, most people know that Jupiter is big...the biggest planet in the solar system. We know it's a "gas giant". NASA decided they wanted to know more about Jupiter, so they initiated the JUNO mission in 2016. Over the last 4 years, we've learned more about Jupiter than we've ever known, including how important our neighbour is to the formation of Earth itself. Join...
Published 10/02/20
Get 20% off your first monthly box when you sign up at boxofawesome.com and enter the code “whatif” at checkout. If you’re ready to take action and prevent hair loss, go to keeps.com/whatif to receive your first month of treatment for free. Is the truth really "out there"? Long before Fox Mulder uttered that iconic phase on 90's cult classic series "The X-Files", the people from SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) were painstakingly exploring space, listening and looking for any...
Published 09/25/20
Sign up for the Great Courses Plus today and enjoy the first month for free: https://bit.ly/podcast-great-courses-plus The world was rocked recently by the announcement that signs of life might have been discovered on Venus? Unbelievable. Is the hottest planet in the Solar System showing signs of microbial life in its atmosphere? Could this be the historic discovery that is the first real domino to fall in the ultimate search for life beyond Earth? So many questions, so few answers. But who...
Published 09/18/20
Sign up for the Great Courses Plus today and enjoy the first month for free: https://bit.ly/podcast-great-courses-plus Not like we don't have enough things on our mind...but in case you don't, "What If we blew up an asteroid?". Assuming we'd be considering this, it'd be safe to say there's a pretty good reason, i.e. an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. If the dinosaurs were around to ask, they'd tell you that doesn't end well. So instead, we asked Bill Nye "The Science Guy" that...
Published 09/11/20
It's easy to forget that long standing scientific theories are in fact, theories and therefore are subject to revision and change as new information comes to light or we develop new ways to understand our Universe. The current accepted theory on the creation of our Universe is, of course, "The Big Bang Theory". But cutting edge new work is threatening to replace it with something else, "The Big Bounce Theory." So did the universe begin with a Big Bang or a Big Bounce? Did the Universe even...
Published 09/04/20
Sign up for Policy Genius today: https://bit.ly/policy-genius-what-if-discussed How cool would it be if we could one day regulate our atmosphere, control the climate and maybe even blast threatening asteroids into stardust? Well, to do those things would require A LOT of energy. Essentially, we'd have to be able to harness all the power from the Sun. According to the Kardashev scale that ranks planets according to their ability to harness the energy from their star and even their galaxy,...
Published 08/28/20
Get 20% off Manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code “WHATIF”: https://mnscpd.com/What-If  Do you ever wake up thinking, here we go again? Same stuff, different day? What many of us call "Groundhog Day" but physicists call a "Causal Loop" or "Time Loop". This idea has been used as a plot device in many movies and series like "The Day After Tomorrow", "Russian Doll", "Palm Springs". The one that kind of got it all started, the aforementioned "Groundhog Day", the 1993 comedy classic where...
Published 08/21/20
Sign up for the Great Courses Plus today and enjoy the first month for free: https://bit.ly/podcast-great-courses-plus We know the history of this planet and asteroids isn't good...just ask the dinosaurs. So, what if we were faced with the same situation now? How much time would we need? Where would we go? How would we get there? How many people would we realistically be able to get off the planet? Lots of questions, very few answers. But when in doubt, ask someone who knows something about...
Published 08/14/20
Sign up for Policy Genius today: https://bit.ly/policy-genius-what-if-discussed The Hubble telescope has helped discover over 4100 exoplanets in recent years, some of those being categorized as "Super Earths". But what exactly does that mean? What makes them so "Super"? Are they conducive to the formation of intelligent life? And what will new "super telescopes”, like the James Webb telescope launching in 2021, further discover about "Super Earths' and their potential to one day be...
Published 08/07/20
Sign up for the Great Courses today to receive the first month for free: https://bit.ly/great-courses-what-if Is A.I. the future of education? Could human teachers one day be replaced by robots? How can A.I. enhance the educational experience? What are the pros and cons of A.I. in the classroom? We tackle this highly charged subject with two global thought leaders in A.I. and Inclusive Design this week on WID. Professor Joanna Bryson is one of the world's most sought out speakers on all...
Published 07/31/20
So imagine that all of the reports of UFO's, visitations and alien abductions were true...but sort of not? Confused? How about instead of "aliens" being alien, they were actually humans travelling back in time from the future to study their origins as a species? This is the thesis of "identified Flying Objects", a book by Dr. Mike Masters who took a multi-disciplinary, scientific approach to studying this question. He takes Peter and Richard down more than few rabbit holes this week on "What...
Published 07/24/20