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68 - Are We Entertaining The MARTIANS?
Nov 13 • 54 min
IF we were Martians, looking at the Earth with our telescopes… would we know there’s LIFE there? If so, how would we know? Could we have watched humanity evolve? Would we see the humans coming to US? Run for the mons! It’s another fast & fascinating…
67 - KEPLER’S Planets & EGOMANIACAL Mathematicians!
Nov 6 • 51 min
This week, the ground-breaking, sky-breaking, star-breaking, NASA telescope, Kepler, got arthritis and, creeeeaaaaaakkkk…. slipped into a well earned and well deserved retirement, now free to lounge about forever doing the backstroke and sipping martinis…
66 - Danger, SLOW BRAIN Ahead! TIME DILATION From Head To Toe
Oct 30 • 28 min
When scientists discovered that our brain communicates with our body through electrical signals, they had a scientific and philosophical freak-out: if it took a not insignificant amount of TIME for our brain to process the world around us… then that…
65 - Can You Trust Your Family ROBOT?
Oct 25 • 33 min
Attack of the FRIENDLY Robots! Will Robots really CARE for us? Or will they be faking it? Do all our screens WANT to be TOUCHED? This wildly imaginative episode, one of our original fan favorites, will change the way you think about that screen you’re…
64 - Physicist CLIFFORD JOHNSON Peers Deep Into A BLACK HOLE And Finds…?
Oct 18 • 75 min
Superstar Theoretical Physicist CLIFFORD JOHNSON, author of the incredible graphic novel, “THE DIALOGUES: Conversations About The Nature Of The Universe” joins us for a very special show. He asks us to imagine… WTiF our entire solar system drifted TOO…
63 - Astronomy SMELLS - The Art & Science Of Data Visualization
Oct 8 • 30 min
On Feb 22, 2017, astronomers announced four additional exoplanets around TRAPPIST-1, bringing it’s total number of EXOPLANETS to seven. SIX of those (!) could possibly reside in the HABITABLE ZONE of that mysterious star…. so naturally we’d really like to…
62 - GHOSTS!
Oct 3 • 43 min
What the IF… We could get scientific evidence of GHOSTS? Trick or Treat, once again we dive into the crazy realm of the PARANORMAL… as we learn REAL science!
61 - FLAT EARTH YouTube LIVE Special! - Joining Forces With The NonSequitur Show
Sep 23 • 102 min
Philip & Matt were honored to be invited onto the hilarious and super smart NonSequitur Show. The hosts of this popular YouTube channel invited us to play What This IF with one of their favorite topics, the wacked and weird ideas behind a FLAT EARTH. We…
60 - See The RADIO WAVES All Around YOU! The Science & Wonder Of Electromagnetic Fields
Sep 17 • 47 min
60 - See The RADIO WAVES All Around YOU! The Science & Wonder Of Electromagnetic Fields by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
59 - DEEPER Into THE SUN We Go - Flying And Frying… For Science!
Sep 9 • 46 min
Our journey continues… to the CENTER of the SUN!
58 - How To THINK Like A BIRD! The Science of Animal Consciousness With DR. KIKI
Sep 5 • 52 min
DR. KIKI SANFORD, host of the incredible, long-running science podcast, THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE (TWiS.org), joins us for our most amazing, astounding, iff-iest episode yet! What The IF… WE WERE BIRDS? We learn all about bird behavior, in particular, Dr.…
57 - Our SUBMARINE Dives… Into The SUN!
Aug 28 • 39 min
NASA just launched the Parker Solar Probe, flying toward the Sun to get closer than anything we’ve EVER sent before. WTiF we could have James Cameron build us our very own super duper solar submarine! Shower yourself with suntan lotion and let’s go!
56 - CRUSHED Or BROILED - Choose Your Fate At The Global Warming BBQ!
Aug 20 • 51 min
WTiF we survive EXTREME GLOBAL WARMING by living inside nice, chilly AIR CONDITIONED DOMES? But the heating up of our planet won’t stop! The BBQ is just getting started, join us!
55 - Standing On A SIZZLING Earth - Ultra Fast Greenhouse Effect!
Aug 13 • 37 min
WHY WAIT decades and decades for us to get HOT? What The IF we sped up CLIMATE CHANGE so we could see it happening before our eyes, and under our feet? This week, we put more EFFECT into the GREENHOUSE EFFECT! Oh, lordy, it’s gettin’ hot in here! Be cool……
54 - BACTERIA Have Sent You A FRIEND REQUEST!
Aug 6 • 49 min
Scientists have discovered a snail that NEVER NEEDS TO EAT because it grows a humongous, self sustaining BACTERIAL FOOD FACTORY in it’s gut. What the IF you could do that, too? The MANY FACES and USES of BACTERIA, this week on What The IF! Oh, and yeah……
53 - Honey, I Shrunk The UNIVERSE!
Jul 31 • 43 min
We shrunk the universe down to the size of a football field. We also shrunk your dorm room. And it’s Friday night. Things are about to get downright WTiF! Put on your lampshade and let’s party!
52 - Is Earth A BOSS LEVEL, Or Just A LOOT BOX?
Jul 23 • 47 min
Are you enjoying your life in this SIMULATION we call… Earth? Is it a simulation? How would we know? Last week we began to ponder the mystery… and this week we set out… using REAL SCIENCE… to HACK it! Join us as we try to figure out how to FIND THE SEAMS…
51 - Do We LIVE In A VIDEO GAME?
Jul 17 • 50 min
Elon Musk asked something many of us have wondered (while in various states of sobriety)… “Do we live in a SIMULATION?” Well, we figured if we dooooooo live in a simulation, maybe it’s a REALITY TV SHOW or, much more fun, maybe it’s a VIDEO GAME? How,…
50 - DARK SIDE Of The EARTH
Jul 14 • 40 min
WTiF the Earth was STUCK with ONE side always facing the Sun? Is there a battle between the DARK SIDE and the LIGHT? Are you a NIGHT person or a MORNING person? Join us and find just the right spot for you as we explore the SCIENCE behind a tidally locked…
49 - OUMUAMAUA Has It’s Eyes On YOU
Jul 2 • 52 min
49 - OUMUAMAUA Has It’s Eyes On YOU by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
48 - The Girl Scouts Make A STARGATE
Jun 26 • 45 min
48 - The Girl Scouts Make A STARGATE by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
47 - The Early Bird Gets The WORMHOLE
Jun 20 • 30 min
47 - The Early Bird Gets The WORMHOLE by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
46 - WTiF There’s ANIMALS On MARS? Cute Ones!
Jun 11 • 62 min
46 - WTiF There’s ANIMALS On MARS? Cute Ones! by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
45 - The Plato Has Landed
Jun 7 • 50 min
(Apologies if you heard this episode earlier, it was accidentally uploaded last week for a brief time. Still… it’s a fun one! Enjoy.)
44b - Bonus! - LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE - Astronomer Brian KEATING On His Bestselling Book
May 29 • 12 min
Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UC San Diego’s Department of Physics. He and his team develop telescopes to study the Big Bang. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds two U.S.Patents. He received the 2007…
44a - Journey To The CENTER OF THE GALAXY - With Astronomer Brian KEATING
May 29 • 30 min
Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UC San Diego’s Department of Physics. He and his team develop telescopes to study the Big Bang. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds two U.S.Patents. He received the 2007…
43 - The World According To Greek Weirdos
May 22 • 39 min
43 - The World According To Greek Weirdos by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
42 - SuperMegaUltraHyperConnectedWORLD!
May 15 • 43 min
42 - SuperMegaUltraHyperConnectedWORLD! by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
41 - M.I.T., The Mysterious Inter-Terrestrial
May 8 • 50 min
41 - M.I.T., The Mysterious Inter-Terrestrial by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley
40 - DON’T FLIP OFF THE FRICTION
May 2 • 43 min
Professor Matt returns to the WTIF Studios to drop some knowledge on all the questions and imaginary scenarios we generated in our last episode when we… whoops!… turned off all the FRICTION in the universe. Snap on your seatbelts and put on your helmet…
39 - Slip Slidin’ Away!
Apr 20 • 37 min
Did you ever try ice skating? Did you fall, or did you fly??? This week, Philip flips the friction switch! What if we could TURN OFF FRICTION all across the universe? A slip sliding world like we’ve never seen before! Slap on your slippers and strap on…
38 - KILLER CLUTTER OF QUANTA!
Apr 14 • 43 min
Super fan and fellow IFFER Eric is desperate to de-clutter his apartment and, gosh darnit, no matter how much he piles things together, the dagnabbit things don’t get smaller… THE UNIVERSE REFUSES TO BE DECLUTTERED! Or… Does it? MAGIC MATT, aka Professor…
37 - ASTROLOGY??? Heaven Help Us!
Mar 29 • 47 min
Astrology is super complicated and totally crazy. But! What The IF… Astrology were REAL? Would there be “personality rays” shooting out of the planets? So many, many questions. Our crack Crazy Elaborate Systems Construction Department is working overtime…
36 - BIG BANGS Are The Best Toys!
Mar 24 • 36 min
Edward Teller, creator of the Hydrogen Bomb wondered one day (smoke drifting from his pipe) could NUCLEAR BOMBS be used for (puff puff) PEACEFUL purposes? Could you build a harbor with the flick of a switch? Egomaniacs that we are, today we go even…
35 - Stephen Hawking Says, “FEAR NOT The Black Hole!”
Mar 14 • 51 min
In memoriam, we remember and celebrate Stephen Hawking by turning up his HAWKING RADIATION to eleven!!! What the IF would happen if, as Black Holes not only evaporate, as Hawking discovered, but they do it really really fast. What if Hawking Radiation was…
34 - Struttin’ Down QUANTUM Street
Mar 8 • 47 min
What The IF we experienced our world operating by the BIZARRO rules of QUANTUM MECHANICS? Matt is holding up an umbrella and urging us to join him on the street corner, where we’ll team up by the buddy system, walk through the gate and enter QUANTUM…
33 - How SLOW Can You GLOW?
Feb 28 • 52 min
What The IF the SPEED OF LIGHT were much much much much much s… l… o… w… e… rrrrrrrrrrrr? Like WTiF it were only 4 MPH, so that when you went walking, you were already rocketing along, step by measly human step, at HALF the speed of light? What if you…
32 - Black Hole BONGO!
Feb 23 • 48 min
From the pre-Harry Potter Scottish Enlightenment to public relations wizardry of Galileo to the classic anchor pairings of Fox News to genius of SETI and…. badda-BING we find ourselves asking What The IF there are alien civilizations who communicate using…
31 - OOPS, Earth Did It Again
Feb 15 • 49 min
It’s an epic WTiF DOUBLE FEATURE! The apocalyptic scenario served up to us by our imaginative listener Kyle, in which the Earth’s core dances like a chicken at a chicken wedding… continues! In our previous episode, we dove deep, into the core, and into…
30 - Magnetic Poles Gonna ROLL
Feb 15 • 48 min
Another awesome IF inspired by a listener! This week, listener Kyle asks, WHAT THE IF would happen if the Earth’s magnetic pole FLIPPED? Birds depend on it, fish depend on it, and by golly WE depend on it staying STABLE. If it goes flippin’ around, every…
29 - ELON and the Incredible, Wonderful, Not Bad, Very GOOD Day
Feb 8 • 53 min
ELON MUSK launched his own car into space, on a flight to Mars and beyond. What The IF we could ALL do that? And ride in our space cars wherever we wanted to go?
28 - Global Munchies Attack! But There’s No More SALT!
Jan 21 • 55 min
SALT is life. Potato chips are even better life! No salt, NO LIFE. What The IF all the salt in the world ran out??? A very special, very imaginative, spectacular episode, pulled straight out of our listener mail bag! And this is by FAR our most TASTY…
27 - Earth Will ROCK YOUR WORLD
Jan 19 • 40 min
TODAY WAS CRAZY because GEOLOGY suddenly sped up like craaaaaazzzzy. No more waiting eons for mountains to rise, watch ‘em before your very eyes. Heck, ride that mountain as it grows, grows, grows! The continents move at wicked speed under our feet.…
26 - Dance For Us, Human! DANCE!
Jan 11 • 44 min
Today we solve, once and for all, one of humanity’s greatest mysteries: WHY are the Aliens TEASING US??? Plan for the best, prepare for the worst, people of Earth! Professor Matt is back from ICELAND with new insights and a whole new fascinating barrel of…
25 - The “T” in “E.T.” stands for TEASE. Arghhhh!
Jan 4 • 53 min
PART THREE OF THE WTiF UFO CHRONICLES. Philip rubs his hands together and plots how to score an interview with one of the aliens who’ve abducted him. We urge ALL CITIZENS to take one for the team (EARTH!) and get some photos of your travels on a UFO. Our…
24 - Alien Abduction: PRO TIPS!
Dec 28, 2017 • 102 min
DEAR ALIEN ABDUCTEES: Please help us out, take pictures! Also, can we get AIRLINES to pick us up at home, while we’re sleeping, too??? It’d be so much more CONVENIENT. And we also have some REQUESTS for ALIENS WHO ARE ABDUCTING PEOPLE: what’s a poor…
23 - Say Hello To A UFO
Dec 21, 2017 • 41 min
We watch the skies, and read the New York Times and we shout OMG! A very special What The IF?
22 - Dinosaurs With Big Brains And Bad Ideas
Dec 13, 2017 • 56 min
WE DELAY THE ASTEROID that killed the dinosaurs by five minutes, and thus… the giant lizard dudes and dudettes continued to breed, and evolve. And then they got big ideas in their head. Well, they got big brains at least. And BAD ideas. THE DINOSAURS…
21 - Welcome to FLAT EARTH, Safety Not Guaranteed
Dec 6, 2017 • 45 min
• Email us feedback@whattheif.com, let us know you’re listening & share your thoughts! FLAT EARTH: words the strike fear into the heart of every fact loving, rational thinking human. To imagine it is to fall into the depths of insanity, stupidity, comedy,…
20 - When An IF! Runs AMOK
Nov 30, 2017 • 48 min
How FAR can you stretch a thought experiment? How much can you bend your mind? How far off the cliff can we run without looking down? Today we push the concept of learning from an IF into new dimensions. It’s the exciting conclusion to our wild & wacky…
19 - The HAIKU At The Center Of The Universe
Nov 23, 2017 • 43 min
Click here rate us in iTunes, thanks!: getpodcast.reviews/id/1250517051 Thanks! Send us your comments, questions & suggestions: feedback@whattheif.com What will happen after our cliffhanger at the end of the previous episode??? We find ourselves floating…
18 - MATH — The Elephant In All The Rooms
Nov 22, 2017 • 34 min
Click here rate us in iTunes, thanks!: getpodcast.reviews/id/1250517051 Thanks! Send us your comments, questions & suggestions: feedback@whattheif.com MATH! It strikes fear into the hearts of millions of people. Or billions of people. OR GAZILLIONS of…
17 - NASA Stolen By Philosophers Hopped Up On Pipe Smoke
Nov 16, 2017 • 39 min
Click here rate us in iTunes: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1250517051 Thanks! Send comments, questions & suggestions: feedback@whattheif.com ARE YOU a thinker or a do-er? Or perhaps you’re ambi-thinkerdo-extrous? Sure, it takes all kinds, but what if one…
16 - DO NOT TOUCH THE GRAVITY DIAL
Nov 9, 2017 • 30 min
Click here rate us in iTunes, thanks!: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1250517051 Thanks! Send us your comments, questions & suggestions: feedback@whattheif.com THERE’S A RECIPE for our universe. Screw up the ingredients and your cosmological soufflé…
15 - Dark Matter: You’re Soaking In It!
Nov 1, 2017 • 49 min
Love the show? Click here to give a 1-click iTunes rating: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1250517051 Thanks! Listen for End-Of-The-Episode Shoutouts! We salute our most dedicated Twitter followers… listen for your name! We continue to be riveted to the…
14 - Who Shall Inherit The Earth, And How Furry Will They Be?
Oct 25, 2017 • 43 min
Enjoy the show? Leave an iTunes review! http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1250517051 We humans share the Earth with many species, and some people see us Homo Sapiens as the masters of the planet. But that wasn’t always the case. Watch Jurassic Park, it’s a…
13 - Hot Rod Rocket Cars, Burnin’ Mars Gas!
Oct 18, 2017 • 37 min
Using gravity waves, Astronomers announced they discovered two neutron stars colliding in an epic explosion! Forbes Magazine’s favorite fact about this natural wonder is that the event created 28 Octillion Dollars worth of Gold! (Priorities, people,…
12 - Alien Big Mac Wrapper Found On The Moon
Oct 11, 2017 • 44 min
NASA has emergency plans for what to do if they find an alien artifact on the Moon or anywhere in space (for real!). Elon Musk probably does, too. What The IF would happen if we found something left by Aliens? What if it was trash? Like, I dunno, maybe a…
11 - Can God Be Hacked???
Oct 7, 2017 • 41 min
If miracles could be proven by science, oh man, wouldn’t things would be better for everyone? Wouldn’t it be awesome? And fun? And super helpful? We imagine the wild & wacky day that science discovers that miracles are real, and repeatable, and their…
10 - Gee, Your Universe Smells Terrific
Sep 30, 2017 • 39 min
Imagine if space was breathable… If you could swim in it, fly in it, go anywhere you want wearing only your bathing suit, or your birthday suit! Would you swim to Jupiter? Paddle to Alpha Centauri? How would life have evolved if it could swim, crawl, fly…