Big Brains

Stories from the people behind the pioneering research and pivotal breakthroughs at the University of Chicago. Adweek's "Best Branded Podcast" of 2020.

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Episode List

Fighting Poverty And Pandemics, with Nobel Economist Michael Kremer (Ep. 66)

Economist discusses how randomized control trials can improve poverty interventions

Why Life After Incarceration Is Just Another Prison, with Reuben Jonathan Miller (Ep. 65)

Sociologist examines how system prevents many from regaining citizenship in society

Anthony Fauci On What We Need To Get Over COVID-19 (Ep. 64)

Expert examines impact of vaccines, variants and policies in a post-pandemic world

The Ethics of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, with Laurie Zoloth (Ep. 63)

Scholar discusses religion, personal freedom, challenge trials and our duty to one another

Doomsday Clock’s ‘historic wake-up call,’ with Rachel Bronson (Ep. 62)

CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists discusses threats of COVID-19, ‘infodemic’ 

Unraveling the Mystery of Life’s Origins on Earth, with Jack Szostak (Ep. 61)

Harvard geneticist and Nobel laureate explores how we got here—and whether we’re alone in the universe

 

The Urgent Need to Reinvest in American Research, with Barbara Snyder (Ep. 60)

AAU president discusses how more federal funding can secure American innovation

 

How Alternate Reality Games Are Changing The Real World with Patrick Jagoda and Kristen Schilt (Ep. 59)

UChicago scholars design ARGs to address issues ranging from climate change to public health

 

 

What Remains Unanswered After The 2020 Election, with William Howell and Luigi Zingales (Ep. 58)

UChicago economist and political scientist discuss the polls, what lies ahead for Biden and the country post-Trump

 

When Governments Share Their Secrets—And When They Don't, with Austin Carson (Ep. 57)

Scholar discusses the political theater of foreign policy—and the case for declassifying intelligence