It has been a long journey for economist Richard Thaler, from early days struggling to get his research published to being honored with a Nobel Prize in October 2017.
Often dubbed as “one of the founding fathers of behavioral economics,” Thaler has worked to bridge the gap between psychology and economic theory to explain people’s often irrational economic decisions.
A UChicago paleontologist puts aside dinosaur hunting when he discovers a never-before-seen ancient society.
Developmental biologist Nipam Patel explains the importance of studying organisms and the research happening at the Marine Biological Laboratory.
A computer scientist at UChicago explains how artificial intelligence can break crucial systems and be broken itself.
Eve Ewing explains how race, history and ‘institutional mourning’ intersect in the largest mass public school closing in U.S. history.
Prof. Harold Pollack promotes ‘evidence-based optimism’ to tackle our most complex social issues—from finances to crime to health care.
A leading scholar on race and politics says some of our assumptions about millennials are all wrong.
UChicago cosmologist discusses discovery of gravitational waves and colliding black holes
Kathleen Belew traces the history of white supremacy, from Vietnam through the Oklahoma City bombing
Economist discusses global energy, impact of air pollution on society and why scientists should talk clearly about climate change
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