Big Brains: All Episodes

Stories from the people behind the pioneering research and pivotal breakthroughs at the University of Chicago. Winner of 2022 CASE Circle of Excellence grand gold award, 2021 CASE Circle of Excellence gold award and Adweek's "Best Branded Podcast" in 2020.

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Episode List

The origins of civilization and the future of archaeology: The Day Tomorrow Began

How an Indiana Jones-type figure transformed the field—and the questions scholars are wrestling with today

Can we predict your capacity to focus? with Monica Rosenberg (Ep. 102)

Neuroscientist uses MRIs to measure your attention—and learn how to improve it

The ‘legendary’ discovery of black holes: The Day Tomorrow Began

Explore the surprising history of these cosmic monsters—and the future of research from leaders in the field

Celebrating our 100th episode

 

A behind-the-scenes look at world-changing ideas at UChicago and beyond

Does Welfare Reduce Crime? with Manasi Deshpande (Ep. 99)

Groundbreaking study examines one program’s impact on employment and incarceration

The Crucial Race to Build a Better Battery with Shirley Meng (Ep. 98)

One scientist’s quest to improve technology as we transition to green energy

Do Animals Dream? with David M. Peña-Guzmán (Ep. 97)

Scholar explores the science behind animal consciousness

Extreme Heat Waves: Why Are They Surging? with Noboru Nakamura (Ep. 96)

Research examines—and could help predict—extreme weather events around the world 

Why Air Pollution Is Cutting Years Off Our Lives, with Christa Hasenkopf and Anant Sudarshan (Ep. 95)

Scholars behind Air Quality Life Index report warn of threat to our global health

How tax dodging and corporate secrecy found a home in Delaware, with Hal Weitzman (Ep. 94)

Scholar examines how the wealthy, global corporations exploit tax loopholes in the tiny U.S. state