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Episode List

An Archaeological Riddle In the Sahara with Paul Sereno (Ep. 23)

A UChicago paleontologist puts aside dinosaur hunting when he discovers a never-before-seen ancient society.

 

Tiny Creatures, Big Discoveries with Nipam Patel (Ep. 22)

Developmental biologist Nipam Patel explains the importance of studying organisms and the research happening at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

 

 

The Hidden Dangers of Artificial Intelligence with Ben Zhao (Ep. 21)

A computer scientist at UChicago explains how artificial intelligence can break crucial systems and be broken itself.

Lessons From Our Country’s Largest School Closing with Eve L. Ewing (Ep. 20)

Eve Ewing explains how race, history and ‘institutional mourning’ intersect in the largest mass public school closing in U.S. history.

 

Simple Solutions to Address Social Issues with Harold Pollack (Ep. 19)

Prof. Harold Pollack promotes ‘evidence-based optimism’ to tackle our most complex social issues—from finances to crime to health care.

 

What We’re Getting Wrong About Millennials with Cathy Cohen (Ep.18)

A leading scholar on race and politics says some of our assumptions about millennials are all wrong.

 

What Ripples in Space-Time Tell Us About the Universe with Daniel Holz (Ep. 17)

UChicago cosmologist discusses discovery of gravitational waves and colliding black holes

Rise of the White Power Movement with Kathleen Belew (Ep. 16)

Kathleen Belew traces the history of white supremacy, from Vietnam through the Oklahoma City bombing

Climate Change’s Human Cost With Michael Greenstone (Ep. 15)

Economist discusses global energy, impact of air pollution on society and why scientists should talk clearly about climate change

David Axelrod on Why ‘Democracy is Messy’ and the Future of Politics (Ep. 14)

In this alumni edition of Big Brains, David Axelrod discusses the midterms, the rise in divisive politics from Obama to Trump and why young people make him optimistic about our future