Big Brains

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

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Episode List

How to stick to your resolutions, with Ayelet Fishbach (Ep. 85)

New book explores science of setting goals, achieving success and learning from failure

The overlooked history of Black cinema, with Jacqueline Stewart (Ep. 84)

Academy Museum’s artistic leader examines how films help contextualize Black history

Confronting gun violence with data, with Jens Ludwig (Ep. 82)

Director of Crime Lab explains evidence behind community-based solutions to violent crime

 

Unlocking the secrets of black holes, with Andrea Ghez (Ep. 81)

Nobel-winning scientist examines the monster at the center of our galaxy—and how we got here

Do your genes determine your success in life? with Kathryn Paige Harden (Ep. 80)

In new book, behavior geneticist debates the role genetics play in social inequality

How the UN aims to save humanity, with Chris Williams and Luis Bettencourt (Ep. 79)

Examining the 17 goals that could achieve a sustainable global future

Combating Our Global Water Crisis Using AI, with Junhong Chen (Ep. 78)

UChicago-Argonne scientist explores more sustainable ways to make use of water

Revolutionizing technology at the nanoscale, with Paul Alivisatos (Ep. 77)

UChicago president discusses his field-defining research, how universities can support scientific discovery

The science behind forming better habits, with Katy Milkman (Ep. 76)

Economist’s how-tos on changing behavior—from eating better, exercising more and saving money