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Hello IAmA Readers,

After evaluating some of the effects of recent algorithm changes, the IAmA Moderator Team will be changing our rules about AMA requests starting immediately. AMA requests should now be posted to /r/IAmARequests. We also encourage you to tweet your requests and include @reddit_AMA, so we can help boost the signal.

Why the change?

Well, it comes down to three main reasons:

  1. Algorithm changes over the past year. AMA Requests were introduced long before the introduction of Popular and the ranking changes that came with it. A few years ago, it was quite common to see several posts from IAmA on the front page - we could send traffic to a couple of Requests and a celebrity AMA or two. These days, that's not the case. The new algorithm essentially allows only one or two posts from any given subreddit to be popular at once. This is great for smaller subreddits and allows for a much wider variety of content on our front pages. But it means that a single popular AMA request can keep people from seeing actual AMAs all day. When busy and interesting people take time out of their day to come talk to us, we want to show them to you guys - and that's not possible if they can be displaced by a simple request.

  2. Requests never did work that well. Most celebrities aren't actually reading Reddit. They're all on Twitter though - and a retweet from an account like ours will get their attention better than a Reddit post. Want to be a part of it? Follow us here.

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You can catch our livestream of the event here at 10 AM EST

This morning at 10 AM EST, members of the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee will be holding a hearing demanding answers from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about the phony “cyber attack” the FCC repeatedly used to downplay the overwhelming opposition to the agency’s repeal of net neutrality. The agency lied to Congress about the alleged attack, which was said to have happened right as millions of John Oliver viewers were trying to file pro-net neutrality comments following the comedians viral broadcast. As a result many voices were excluded from the record, making the FCC’s repeal corrupt and illegitimate.

Head over to or call (202) 759-7766 to take action and tell your Representatives in Congress to support the net neutrality Congressional Review Act resolution, which if passed would overturn the repeal.

We’re net neutrality experts and advocates defending the open internet, and we’re here to answer your questions about the hearing today, or anything else related to net neutrality, so ask us anything! We'll be answering your questions till 12:30 PM EST.

We are:

Josh Tabish - Technology Exchange Fellow at Fight for the Future, /u/jdtabish

Evan Greer - Deputy Director at Fight for the Future, /u/evanFFTF

Erin Shields - National Field Organizer for Internet Rights at the Center for Media Justice, /u/erinshields_CMJ

Sarah Morris - Director of Open Internet Policy for New America's Open Technology Institute, /u/sarmorris

Mark Stanley - Director of Communications and Operations at Demand Progress, /u/MarkStanley

Gaurav Laroia - Policy Counsel at Free Press, /u/FPGauravLaroia



What's up Reddit!

My name is Ken Fuchs. I am fortunate to be the director of shows like Shark Tank, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Family Feud, Celebrity Family Feud, Love Connection, and Deal or No Deal.

I’ve worked my entire career in unscripted and variety television. My favorite thing to do is direct live television specials, overseeing an expansive camera crew and amplified production atmosphere. I direct the Bachelor specials, including all of the weddings, “The Bachelor: After The Final Rose,” and “The Bachelor: Women Tell All."

I was also fortunate to receive a 2018 Emmy Nomination for my directing in Shark Tank. I am blessed to work with so many great teams across all of my projects.

Proof: On my twitter here!

I’ll do my best to answer as many questions as I can! Ask Me (Almost) Anything! AMAA!

EDIT: Thanks so much for joining. I have to head out for now, but I will check back later on the thread to answer some more questions!

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I'm Jean. I'm 101 years old, still in good shape and here to answer any question you may have regarding this past century!

I was born in a brickyard on July 22, 1917, in a small town located 150 km in the south of Paris, son of a bricklayer and a maid.

My grandson is here with me, translating your questions and typing out my answers for me.

Also, here are the ID Proof and the Reddit sign with username verification and date!

EDIT: It's getting quite late here so we have to go but we will be back tomorrow to take care of all the questions left unanswered today. Thank you so much for your interest, this is so much fun!


I worked in the White House Situation Room for a couple of years under the Bush and Obama Administrations. Happy to answer what questions I can!

(Please keep in mind that I can't and won't answer questions about classified information or items involving security. I'll just skip right over them.)

My Proof: I have asked the Mods to verify me privately.


EDIT: Thanks so much for your questions! I had a lot of fun answering them, but I've got to run to see patients.

My name is Dr. Brian Gastman and I’m a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist at the Cleveland Clinic with specific interests in the comprehensive care of soft tissue malignancies, like melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, sarcomas, and head and neck cancer. I do multiple types of surgeries, both cancer removal and reconstructive including microsurgery. I’m also a scientist with a lab funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We study tumors and how they invade the immune system as well as evade chemotherapy. My main focus with patients is their survival and quality of life.

Katie Stubblefield was only 18 when she attempted to take her life. She waited three years for a new face and at 21, she became the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a full face transplant. The still experimental procedure took 31 hours for myself and a team of doctors to complete. I was the first clinic doctor to see Katie and I organized a multidisciplinary team of 15 specialists to address all her issues, from endocrinology to psychiatry. Ask me anything.



Like the title says, I’m a 25 year old Auburn grad (war eagle!) who won the June 5th primary to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives in Alabama’s 4th Congressional District. In 2016, AL-4 voted for Trump by over 80% -- the highest percentage in the country. My opponent, Robert Aderholt, ran unopposed in 3 out of the last 4 elections. Democracy only works if voters have a choice. I intend to give them one. We’re the epicenter of the opioid crisis (166 prescriptions/100 people), but Aderholt is busy taking money from Pharma while promising that Trump’s economic policy will “fix it.” His most recent legislation would make it harder for same-sex couples to adopt, which both discriminates against the LGBT community AND keeps children from finding safe and loving homes. The people of Alabama deserve a congressman who will work for people, not lobbyists and corporations.

My priorities:

  • Affordable healthcare
  • Strong and safe public schools (including tuition-free community college)
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Voting rights protection
  • Job creation via infrastructure investment

Ask me about my positions, the Trump-Auman voters I meet every day, and/or my love for Star Trek.  I’ll be here taking questions all morning. AMA.


Edit: Signing off for now, but I'll back to answer questions throughout the day as I am able. For now, go to the website. If you agree with our message, consider donating here.


Artificial, The Podcast, The Reddit AMA! OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE (Publicist Contact Info in Release)

Artificial is a new podcast set to launch, co-hosted with an actual, functioning, Artificial Intelligence Robot, to be designed and built by Good Robot in Toronto, Canada. We are living in an age where technology is advancing at a faster pace than we could have ever imagined. In this podcast we harness AI technology to explore the foundation of knowledge and how humans and robots can work together. For the purposes of this project an actual Artificial Intelligence is being constructed capable of having back and forth conversations through auditory input.

Here today to answer questions are:

Ana-Marija Stojic - Comedian, Creator and Co-Host of "Artificial, The Podcast" - Proof - Answering from u/iamstojiccomedy

Alan Majer (Founder Of Good Robot) - Proof - Answering from u/AlanMaj

IndieGoGo Campaign - We just need to raise $6K to cover the costs of custom-building and designing the Robot!

We're excited to be Podcasting With Eggplant Picture & Sound - they are generously standing by to produce the podcast, in HD multi-cam, with the capacity to live stream as well (meaning you can all talk to the Robot too!)


Artificial is a podcast about a human and a robot learning about the world. It follows the progression of a relationship between comedian Ana-Marija Stojic and her new  co-host, a real functioning Artificial Intelligence robot. The two work on building a podcast together by meeting up for coffee, having late night cram sessions and asking comedians and industry experts for their thoughts over burritos and binary.

This is a half documentary narrative half debate series that follows the relationship between a human and a robot: from their first meeting to their final day in studio as co-hosts when they find out that one of them might be replaced: will the studio execs replace the machine with another machine or the human with another human (or mix and match while they’re already at it)?


Originally from Yugoslavia, Ana-Marija is living in Toronto doing comedy all over the city. She can be seen regularly at The Comedy Bar and the ALTdot Comedy Lounge.  Ana-Marija was in the Sirius XM's Next Top Comic Finals in 2017, a semi-finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition 2017 and a finalist in Absolute Comedy's Prove You're a Comic 2017.

Credits include: JFL42 2017, All Jane Festival 2017, Crom Comedy Festival 2017, Breakout Comedian of the Year IHJ Nominee 2018.

ABOUT ALAN MAJER (FOUNDER OF GOOD ROBOT):Alan Majer is the founder of Good Robot. For the first half of his career, Alan worked as a technology researcher and writer, helping to identify cutting edge technology and business innovations. Today, Alan also works with new technologies hands on, exploring the potential of blockchain, AI and machine intelligence, robotics, and connected sensors. The result is exciting new opportunities to innovate and transform business processes, and the ability to combine strategy and research activities with a real-world approach to their implementation. personal devices. All of these are elements create new opportunities to enhance operational efficiency, catalyze innovation, and engage customers. 

Over the past seven years, Good Robot has experienced the birth and growth of many new technologies first hand. Our clients range from startups that require prototyping services to enterprises who need assistance with research or market entry. What they all have in common is a commitment to innovation and the recognition that emerging technologies can and will benefit their organizations.


The past few years have seen huge advancements in the development and availability of small, fast microprocessors and sensors; an explosion in flexible, scalable computation and storage; the proliferation of highspeed, reliable networks; the evolution of big-data and AI-based predictive analytics; the arrival of blockchain and smart contracts; and the ubiquity of personal devices. All of these are elements create new opportunities to enhance operational efficiency, catalyze innovation, and engage customers.

Over the past seven years, Good Robot has experienced the birth and growth of many new technologies first hand. Our clients range from startups that require prototyping services to enterprises who need assistance with research or market entry. What they all have in common is a commitment to innovation and the recognition  that emerging technologies can and will benefit their organizations.


On July 17, ACM, the Association of Computing Machinery, released an update of its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to address the significant advances in computing technology and the degree that these technologies are integrated into our daily lives since the previous version was adopted in 1992. We are Catherine Flick and Michael Kirkpatrick, and we helped guide the process to ensure that the updated ACM Code of Ethics captures the conscience of the profession and reflects the experiences, values and aspirations of computing professionals around the world. Ask us anything about how we ran the Code update effort, specific aspects of the Code, how to interpret the Code, or applying it in your daily lives!

Read the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct:

Read the “Using the Code” case studies that apply the principles and guidelines of the ACM Code of Ethics to real world situations:

Proof: Catherine Flick: Michael Kirkpatrick:

Edit: Our allotted hour is up, however we'll still answer questions, but probably not as quickly as we have been. Please keep them coming, though, they've been great! Thanks everyone who asked something.


Hi Reddit, we just got back from from the fifth annual JuliaCon conference (in London this year), where after nine years of work, we, 300 people in the audience and 150 on the live stream1 released version 1.0 of the julia programming language.

For me personally, this AmA is coming full circle. I first learned about Julia in 2012 from a post on /r/programming. You can read all about what’s new in 1.0 in our release blog post, but I think the quoted paragraph from the original post captures the “Why?” well:

We want a language that’s open source, with a liberal license. We want the speed of C with the dynamism of Ruby. We want a language that’s homoiconic, with true macros like Lisp, but with obvious, familiar mathematical notation like Matlab. We want something as usable for general programming as Python, as easy for statistics as R, as natural for string processing as Perl, as powerful for linear algebra as Matlab, as good at gluing programs together as the shell. Something that is dirt simple to learn, yet keeps the most serious hackers happy. We want it interactive and we want it compiled.

Answering your questions today will be Jeff Bezanson, Stefan Karpinski, Alan Edelman, Viral Shah, Keno Fischer (short bios below), as well as a few other members of the julia community who've found their way to this thread.

/u/JeffBezanson Jeff is a programming languages enthusiast, and has been focused on julia’s subtyping, dispatch, and type inference systems. Getting Jeff to finish his PhD at MIT (about Julia) was Julia issue #8839, a fix for which shipped with Julia 0.4 in 2015. He met Viral and Alan at Alan’s last startup, Interactive Supercomputing. Jeff is a prolific violin player.
/u/StefanKarpinski Stefan studied Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara, applying mathematical techniques to the analysis of computer network traffic. While there, he and co-creator Viral Shah were both avid ultimate frisbee players and spent many hours on the field together. Stefan is the author of large parts of the Julia standard library and the primary designer of each of the three iterations of Pkg, the Julia package manager.
/u/AlanEdelman Alan’s day job is Professor of Mathematics and member Computer Science & AI Lab at MIT. He is the chief scientist at Julia Computing and loves explaining not only what is Julia, but why Julia can look so simple and yet be so special.
/u/ViralBShah Viral finished his PhD in Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara in 2007, but then moved back to India in 2009 (while also starting to work on Julia) to work with Nandan Nilekani on the Aadhaar project for the Government of India. He has co-authored the book Rebooting India about this experience.
/u/loladiro (Keno Fischer) Keno started working on Julia while he was an exchange student at a small high school on the eastern shore of Maryland. While continuing to work on Julia, he attended Harvard University, obtaining a Master’s degree in Physics. He is the author of key parts of the Julia compiler and a number of popular Julia packages. Keno enjoys ballroom and latin social dancing.


1 Live stream recording here: - Apologies for the shaking. This was streamed via handheld phone by yours truly due to technical difficulties.


I'm a rapper, a missionary, a father, a thinker, a lover of 1 women and an advocate for the marginalized. I also own a couple of businesses, like making money and giving that money away! I recently released my third album "Today We Rebel" which I followed with 2 single "No Chains" and "Long live the champions." I am currently working on a book, a podcast entitled "Southside Rabbi" and 2 new musical compositions. Follow me at


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Hello, I’m Brian Chau, the 2018 president of Knight’s Blade, a Registered Student Organization (RSO) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). As a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Club, we learn medieval longsword. More specifically, we study Joachim Meyer’s treatise “The Art of Combat(1570),” in order to pass the Meyer Freifechter Guild’s Fechter Exam.

As the fall semester approaches, I would like to welcome incoming and returning students to learn about us as a club. Feel free to ask me, or any of the other club members participating, about our club or being a student at UCF in general.



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I’m Joss Lyons-White, a PhD researcher at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment.

My research is on the relationship between palm oil and deforestation and, in particular, the role played by voluntary commitments made by companies to achieving ‘zero deforestation’.

I’ll be joined on this AMA by my co-researcher Dr Andrew Knight, senior lecturer at Imperial and a Partner Investigator at the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland.

In May 2018 Andrew and I published research on the existing barriers stopping palm oil companies from implementing their zero-deforestation commitments:

Some background to our research

Lots of palm oil companies – ranging from palm oil producers and traders to consumer goods manufacturers and retailers – have adopted commitments to “zero deforestation”, or “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” (NDPE).

This means companies have promised to eliminate any association between deforestation and their operations. Lots of these commitments (including a collective pledge made by the Consumer Goods Forum, which represents over 400 consumer goods companies) are supposed to be implemented by 2020. However, recent reports by NGOs including Greenpeace and Global Canopy have suggested that companies are failing to implement their commitments and the 2020 deadlines are set to be missed.

About the study and next steps:

In 2016, we conducted a study that asked what barriers exist that stop palm oil companies from implementing their zero-deforestation commitments. We found that complex supply chains; a lack of consensus over what “deforestation” means; inadequate support from governments; and persisting markets for unsustainably-produced palm oil in India and China are all major barriers to commitment implementation.

Through my (Joss) PhD I am now investigating how zero-deforestation commitments can be implemented more effectively, via a study of the perspectives and attitudes that characterise the debate over ‘zero deforestation’ definitions; a study of power and relationships in palm oil supply chains; and a study of the effectiveness of boycotts as a tool for forcing companies to improve their practices.


Useful links:

We'll be back at 11:00 EST / 16:00 GMT to answer your questions!


UPDATE [11AM ET / 4PM BST]: And we’re LIVE!

Here’s proof that we’re here in person to answer your questions:


UPDATE [1PM ET / 6PM BST]: Thanks very much for your great questions. We’re heading off for now but we’ll be checking back in, so please do submit any more questions you may have.

And a big thanks to r/IAmA for hosting this AMA!


Both of my parents and my relatives dating back hundreds of years were Amsih. After my family left the Amish church, I became the first person in my family to go to college to try something other than working on a farm. After college I got a job working on capital hill. After a few years riding a desk in an office, I realized working with my hands as my family had done before me was far more rewarding. I quit my good paying job and dove into the leather craft headfirst. While not all of my family approves of the internet, they are happy I'm using it to keep the tradition alive. I'd love to answer your questions about Amish or leather working.

Proof: "blackbearleather. 8/14/18 Reddit: IAMA" Inserted underneath my photo 'John Michael Glick'.

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Hi I’m Sam. The info on the card is the Piedmont donor testing line. I’ll include at the bottom. I have

IgA nephropathy (nuh-FROP-uh-thee), also known as Berger's disease, is a kidney disease that occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) lodges in your kidneys.

I was diagnosed in my 20s. I kept my kidneys functioning for almost 30 years through diet, exercise and huge doses of prednisone. For this commenting on my weight. I’m carrying about 3.5 liters of dialysis fluid in my Peritoneal cavity. The solution is basically a sugar water solution. It adds a huge number of calories to my daily intake. I am a vegetarian and I exercise daily. I only strength train 3 days a week now because my recovery times are longer. My BMI is well within the range for surgery.I walk 2 miles daily. I have 2 rescues ( hence the daily walks). I also care for my mother. She has Alzheimer’s And cannot manage her medications. I do not smoke. I don’t really drink. I did try marijuana (withDr approval) for restless leg. I did not like it so I discontinued it. I have been on dialysis for almost 6 years. The wait times keep going up and my health is declining. I have applied at multiple transplant programs. At least I think I have, the process is definitely not transparent. It all has to be done by your Dr.s office and no one will tell you anything. Even the information I have on the wait times is from a third party. The medical community is very close mouthed about all of. I do not know where I am on the list I do not know how long my wait will be. I went to stand on the road because I’m desperate. I do not want to die while waiting on this list. It was the only thing I could think to do.i did not go out there with the intention of gaining notoriety. I’m actually a very quiet very private person. I do not want to be famous I just want to live. Someone sent me a message about doing an AMA. I will try to figure it out tonight. I’d like to thank you all for your support. It means everything to me. ( to the guy that said I just wanted a human kidney, you made me giggle.) Thank you all Sam

Piedmont donor testing number

‭(404) 605-4128‬

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My name is George Aldrich and I have been a Chemical Specialist at NASA for 44 years. I primarily do toxicity tests on objects before they go into space. I am also a volunteer on NASA's odor panel. We test the smells of all items that will be within the habitable areas of the International Space Station and check for disagreeable or offensive smells may nauseate astronauts and possibly put astronaut’s productivity and mission at risk. I have been featured on Stan Lee's Superhumans for my impeccable sense of smell and have most recently been a guest on's podcast about the cosmos I Need My Space


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Your in for a treat! We will be hosting an AMA session with David Yakira- Head of our Research team here at Orbs.

David will be answering questions about Helix - consensus algorithm utilizing randomized Proof-of-Stake (rPOS) to offer the security and decentralization benefits of 1,000 nodes with the speed of 22 nodes.

The AMA session will take please here on Tuesday, Aug 21 at 9am EST. Start submitting them questions!

To read some of David and research team's work:

Before EOS and Ethereum: How much has Proof-of-Stake evolved since PPCoin?

An Introduction to Proof-of-Stake and the Future of Consensus 

Orbs’ Unified Theory of Randomness: Explaining the Helix Consensus Algorithm

Are fee-free blockchains possible?

Group Signature Schemes with Distributed Traceability (or how to open a signature fairly)

Proof-of-Stake and the Next Generation of Ethereum

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My name is Eric Brach, and I have written a heavily researched true-crime book about some of the worst criminals in recent American history. The book details criminals living out double lives, presenting one face to loved ones and friends while simultaneously engaging in crime sprees right in their own towns.

I have appeared in LA Weekly and on True Crime Fan Club (among other media outlets & podcasts), and I teach in a college program alongside members of the LAPD. My book -- Double Lives: True Tales of the Criminals Next Door -- comes out tomorrow. I will start answering questions at 2pm Eastern || 11am Pacific... Ask me anything!

Link to book: r/

Proof: r/

EDIT: It's been a wonderful two-hour AMA -- thank you, everyone, for participating, and I'll see you all another time!

Posted bySociology Researcher1 day ago

We are sociology doctoral students at the University of Arizona, who analyzed thousands of posts made to the SuicideWatch subreddit. We found that it may be serving as a unique space for men and boys to receive gender-specific emotional support.



My Bio on TLC for our TV show, “Playhouse Masters”:

Hi Reddit,

I think the best way to introduce myself and my company is to show you one of our most recent projects… a magnificent castle with water cannons (you won’t be disappointed):

I was born and raised in Alberta, Canada and am proud to host my company in Southern Alberta. As the title suggests, we’ve been in operation for roughly 3 years.

Simply put, we build your imagination. In fact, our goal is not only to physically construct whatever is in your head, but to help children put down their tablets and tap into their innate, inner creativity. There are links at the bottom of this post where you can find ALL our work.

I owned a landscaping business for ~9 years when I decided to go out and build a playhouse for my kids. One of my clients saw it and decided that he needed one for his yard, which turned into another client’s yard, then another, and another. Eventually, I sold my landscaping business to pursue whimsical playhouse building full-time.

Then we exploded.

We had a TV show contract within a year and travelled all over North America installing playhouses for legends like Steph Curry (NBA MVP), personal mentors and heroes like my parents, and TV stars like Alana De La Garza (CSI/Law and Order).

We’ve had many bumps and bruises along the way, but our company has grown to about 10 full-time employees. As an entrepreneurial venture, we’ve seen every roadblock imaginable, including all the hassles of international business (we’ve even shipped structures to China!)

Myself and my speedy-typing assistant Brady (a business student/intern from the University of Lethbridge - Dhillon School of Business) are here to answer all your questions for at least the next 3 hours. Seriously, ask me anything!

Here is an imgur gallery of one of our more popular playhouses, the Rapunzel:

Here are links to our social media accounts / web gallery with tons of pictures:



Website Gallery:



Hi reddit!

We are excited to be here to discuss the music of ABC's Once Upon a Time, which recently completed its 7 season run. We were fortunate to record with a live orchestra in Los Angeles for all 156 episodes of the series.

We will be answering your questions about our score to the series, how to be successful as a composer for visual media, and anything else you'd like to discuss.

Ask Us Anything! AUA!

Proof: Tweet #1, Tweet #2, Tweet #3

About Us:

Mark Isham (/u/Mark_Isham) is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning composer celebrated for his work on projects such as Blade, Point Break, Crash, 42, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger and Once Upon a Time.

Cindy O'Connor (/u/cindyoconnor) is an Emmy-nominated composer known for her work on Once Upon a Time, the Crash TV series, The Black Donnelys and more. She is known for her work in the theater world, most recently co-creating Flies! The Musical which premiered in Chicago in 2018.

Michael D. Simon (/u/Michael-D-Simon) is an Emmy-nominated composer known for his work on Once Upon a Time, The Squeeze, as well as musical contributions to The Mentalist and Notes from the Underbelly.

EDIT: Thanks for all the great questions reddit! We will be answering a few more and then signing off for the day. Please follow us on twitter for more OUAT news and also to learn about our other upcoming projects. We will be back again soon! -Mark (@MarkIsham), Cindy (@CindyOConnor), & Michael (@MichaelDSimonMX)



My name is Tara McCarty. I work at the Tampa Bay Times, a news organization in Florida. I had a weird idea three years ago to comb through Taylor Swift's albums to check a few theories I had about patterns I thought I could see in her lyrics.

The first major discovery was that her most used word is "know" and my editor on this project, Stephanie, thought that was an interesting angle to use to dive in.

At a roundtable discussion I hosted with the Times music critic and four others from the community, I asked what they thought they knew about Taylor Swift and used those ideas as a jump off point to see whether I could prove or disprove the ideas with her lyrics. For example, I thought she was very daydreamy in her earlier albums, but she seemed to shake it off in Reputation. I was wrong. She's still just as daydreamy, just with a splash of adult-themed content.

You can read the story, watch the videos and check out the charts of the project called "Look What Taylor Swift Made Me Do" here.

I'm getting ready for her concert in Tampa tonight, but excited to answer any questions!



Thank you so much for all of your great questions. Its getting late here in Norway, where I am writing. I would love to do this again, so that I can answer more of your questions - I know that that are many, many that I wasn't able to get to. We will try to set up a question and answer session on ElephantVoices Facebook Page soon. Until then, Trumpets! Joyce

Hello! My name is Joyce Poole. I have studied elephant behavior and communication for over 40 years and am Scientific Director of ElephantVoices and a National Geographic Explorer. My research and conservation work has focused on the elephants of Amboseli and Maasai Mara, in Kenya, and of Gorongosa, Mozambique. Read about our ongoing Gorongosa Elephant Project, supported by National Geographic here. If you'd like to learn about the Gorongosa elephants, check out this page here. We are currently working to create a unique online resource on elephant behavior called, The Elephant Ethogram, where we will document over 300 elephant behaviors with written descriptions, images, audio and video. You can read more about the work I do on

The National Geographic article, What elephant calls mean: A user's guide, is based on our long-term research and our thousands of recordings of elephant calls.



This is my last week as a Mall Cop (Fridays my last day). I’ve worked at a mall security for about 2 years now. I’ve worked in two sites for the same company, Site A was by the books while Site B (the one I’m at now) we’re allowed to go fully hands-on. Local PD comes down 5+ times a day for disturbances, stolen vehicles, robberies and to book people we’ve arrested. AMA


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For a long time, I have been looking at the 'crazy' stories and beliefs from the medieval period to try to understand why they believed them (or seem to have). There are so many good stories that I wouldn't know where to start! I will be here for the next three hours.

I've written two books, one on wonders in general, and another that brings together the sources for the legend of Prester John

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I am a care worker for illegal immigrant children. I'm with the kids about 8 hours a day, helping them with whatever their needs may be and assisting in every day tasks, such as education, vocational training, or just hanging out.

I'm as low on the totem pole as you can get here, so while I can't speak for policies, politics, or what goes on elsewhere, I can and would love to talk about the first hand experience I have with the kids daily and life at the shelter. These kids have amazing stories, mostly terrifying. I interact with the kids daily; I talk to them, and mostly do a lot of listening. I can't interview them directly for an AMA, but I hope I can convey their sentiments and observations to you all.

Obviously, my thoughts and words here are my own, and not reflective of any company policy. I'll also maintain confidentiality of the kids at the shelter.

Edit: Been fun! I'm heading to bed. If anyone asks any more questions, I'll get to them in the morning. Thanks.

Edit 2: I'll answer some more questions as time permits

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