Blue galaxies in the sky

John Green and Katie Mack explore the history of the universe

Beginning April 24, a new podcast from an unlikely duo will lead listeners on a journey through the universe.

Author, YouTuber, and podcaster John Green may have written the best-selling novel The Fault in Our Stars, but he would be the first to admit his understanding of the cosmos is far from faultless. In fact, he notes that he “just barely passed high school physics” in the trailer for The Universe, a podcast he co-created with Katie Mack, the Hawking Chair in Cosmology and Science Communication at Perimeter Institute.

Green does know a thing or two about good writing, though; his books have been mainstays on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than a decade. When he read Mack’s book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking), he was so moved that he wrote her an email and they struck up a friendship. The next thing they knew, they were co-hosting a podcast. 

“I was thrilled when John got in touch about doing a podcast together, and it’s been a blast to record,” says Mack. “I can’t wait for everyone to hear all our weird, wide-ranging chats about the history of existence and the nature of reality.”

The 11-part limited series will explore of our “vast and strange universe” – including the parts of its history that aren’t yet written. Produced by Crash Course – the educational YouTube channel Green created with his brother, Hank – the first episode of The Universe will premiere on April 24.

About PI

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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