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Episode List

How John List Revolutionized Economics by Studying People in the Real World (Ep. 28)

Behind the scenes of policymakers reshaping our society, there are researchers supplying them with answers to our most pressing questions. University of Chicago economist John List is one of those people.

Trump and the Changing Power of the Presidency with William Howell (Ep. 27)

One of the leading scholars on the American presidency gives us insight into the Trump era, the history of impeachment, and the power of the office.

 

How the Loss of Community Threatens Society with Raghuram Rajan (Ep. 26)

One of the world’s leading economists explains why our communities could hold the answer to many of society’s problems.

The Science of Conspiracy Theories and Political Polarization with Eric Oliver (Ep. 25)

A UChicago political science professor explains how the same force that drives conspiracy theories is intensifying political polarization in our country. 

A Modern Medical Miracle with Drs. Valluvan Jeevanandam and Talia Baker (Ep. 24)

A unbelievable coincidence pushes two transplant doctors to attempt a medical feat no one has ever attempted.

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.