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Big Brains

We tell the stories behind the pioneering research and pivotal breakthroughs reshaping our world. Produced out of The University of Chicago. Winner of CASE "Grand Gold" award in 2022, Gold award in 2021, and named Adweek's "Best Branded Podcast" in 2020.


The Crucial Race To Build A Better Battery With Shirley Meng 26:42 08/04/2022
Do Animals Dream? With David M. Peña-Guzmán 33:26 07/21/2022
Extreme Heat Waves: Why Are They Surging? with Noboru Nakamura 22:05 07/07/2022
Why Air Pollution Is Cutting Years Off Our Lives, With Christa Hasenkopf And Anant Sudarshan 28:08 06/23/2022
How Tax Dodging And Corporate Secrecy Found A Home In Delaware, With Hal Weitzman 33:08 06/09/2022
Why Countries Choose War Over Peace, With Chris Blattman 29:22 05/26/2022
How Death In America Is Changing With Shannon Lee Dawdy 26:27 05/12/2022
Why We Need To Invest In Parents During A Child's Earliest Years, With Dana Suskind 25:59 04/28/2022
The Troubling Rise Of Antibiotic-resistant Superbugs, With Christopher Murray 23:35 04/14/2022
Is Scientific Progress Slowing? with James Evans 29:22 03/31/2022
Could We Vaccinate Against Opioid Addiction? With Sandra Comer And Marco Pravetoni 24:03 03/17/2022
The Man Who Fought To Sanction Putin And Russian Oligarchs, with Bill Browder 31:16 03/02/2022
Why Big Ideas Fail To Scale—And How To Fix It With John List 28:19 02/17/2022
Could Personalizing Laws Make Society More Just? With Omri Ben-Shahar 26:48 02/03/2022
How To Stick To Your Resolutions, With Ayelet Fishbach 28:37 01/20/2022
The Overlooked History Of Black Cinema, With Jacqueline Stewart 32:33 01/06/2022
Engineering A Cure For Cancer With Melody Swartz & Jeffrey Hubbell 26:17 12/23/2021
Confronting Gun Violence With Data, With Jens Ludwig 39:21 12/09/2021
Best Of: Why Talking to Strangers Will Make You Happier With Nicholas Epley 25:27 12/02/2021
Unlocking The Secrets Of Black Holes, With Andrea Ghez 29:04 11/18/2021
Do Your Genes Determine Your Success In Life? With Kathryn Paige Harden 30:48 11/04/2021
How The UN Aims To Save Humanity, With Chris Williams And Luis Bettencourt 25:29 10/21/2021
Combating Our Global Water Crisis Using AI, with Junhong Chen 25:09 10/07/2021
Revolutionizing Technology at the Nanoscale, with Paul Alivisatos 26:27 09/23/2021
The Science Behind Forming Better Habits, With Katy Milkman 27:53 09/09/2021
The Secret Nazi Past and Billionaire Future of U.S. Space Innovation with Jordan Bimm 28:05 08/19/2021
How a Genetic Breakthrough Could Address Global Hunger 22:50 08/05/2021
Introducing: Entitled 41:26 07/29/2021
The Deadly Flaw In Our Judgment, With Cass Sunstein 25:50 07/15/2021
A Scientist’s Beef With The Meat Industry, With Impossible Foods’ Pat Brown 23:56 07/01/2021