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

Coronavirus Shows Why We Need To Rethink Health Care, with Katherine Baicker (Ep. 43)

Leading UChicago health economist explains why our public health infrastructure wasn’t ready for coronavirus, and what we need to change for the next pandemic.

What Rats Can Teach Us About Empathy and Racism, with Peggy Mason (Ep. 42)

What can rats teach us about empathy? As one University of Chicago neurobiologist discovered, we can learn from them a lot.

Why the coronavirus could send China’s economy back to the ‘80s, with Chang-Tai Hsieh (Ep. 41)

A University of Chicago economist explains why the coronavirus is one of the most pivotal moments in China’s economic history.

 

Why the Doomsday Clock is Closer to Apocalypse Than Ever, with Rachel Bronson (Ep. 40)

Even though the Doomsday Clock is a symbolic metaphor, understanding the meaning behind it is a matter of life and death.

Vladimir Putin’s No. 1 Enemy, with Bill Browder (Ep. 39)

What turned a powerful businessman into an international advocate for human rights.

How Google and Facebook Are Ruining Capitalism, with Luigi Zingales (Ep. 38)

A leading economist says American capitalism is once again under threat from monopolies.

Why Some Nations Prosper and Others Fail, with James Robinson (Ep. 37)

A leading University of Chicago scholar explains why some nations fall into poverty while others succeed.

The Hunt for Alien Life and Exoplanets, with David Charbonneau (Ep. 36)

A leading astronomer searches the stars for habitable planets and alien life.

Why Chasing The Good Life Is Holding Us Back, With Lauren Berlant (Ep. 35)

A UChicago scholar and theorist explains why the idea of the “good life” and the presidency of Donald Trump have shattered our connections and sense of belonging.

 

Saving Our Cities By Studying A Million Neighborhoods With Luis Bettencourt (Ep. 34)

A UChicago scholar searches for the processes underlying sustainable cities by studying a million neighborhoods.