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Big Brains

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We tell the stories behind the pioneering research and pivotal breakthroughs reshaping our world. Change how you see the world. Produced out of The University of Chicago. Adweek's "Best Branded Podcast" of 2020.
 
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There are a lot of problems in our world today, but if our water systems aren’t working, everything else takes a backseat. From a lack of freshwater to droughts on the West Coast to contaminants like PFAS and lead in many of our homes, our water systems are in trouble. But one scientist sees a solution to our making our water system sustainable by …
 
Sometimes, the biggest discoveries have to do with the smallest things. In this case, we’re talking nano. Specifically, nanocrystals. World-renowned chemist Paul Alivisatos has changed the field of nanoscience with these tiny crystals, but he’s also found ways to use them to create incredible new technologies in healthcare, energy, and electronic d…
 
Why is it so hard for us to form good habits—and so easy to form bad ones? Most people turn to the self-help section to find answers, but this is really a question for behavior science.Katy Milkman is a professor at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and co-directs the Behavior Change For Good Initiative with Angela Du…
 
Most people think they know humanity’s history of space exploration, from Sputnik to NASA to our recent shift toward privatized space travel. But what if there was a lost history of our origins with space science that would make us rethink the whole narrative? Jordan Bimm is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago The Stevanovich Ins…
 
By 2050 humanity is going to have to produce 50% more food in order to feed a growing population. That’s a lot, especially given that we currently have trouble feeding the current global population, and that food production is already responsible for about a third of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. But an incredible new genetic brea…
 
The University of Chicago Podcast Network is excited to announce the launch of a new show, it’s called "Entitled" and it’s about human rights. Co-hosted by lawyers and UChicago Law School Professors, Claudia Flores and Tom Ginsburg, Entitled explores the stories around why rights matter and what’s the matter with rights. We’re going to share the fi…
 
Many of the most important moments in our lives rely on the judgment of others. We expect doctors to diagnose our illnesses correctly, and judges to hand out rulings fairly. But there’s a massive flaw in human judgment that we’re just beginning to understand, and it’s called “noise.” In a new book, former University of Chicago law professor Cass Su…
 
Even if you’ve never eaten an Impossible Burger, you’ve probably heard of them. But you may not know the science and story behind those meatless products. Pat Brown is a University of Chicago alum, the founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, and a scientist at Stanford University. He says the meat industry is the “greatest threat humanity has ever fac…
 
When was the last time you heard a positive story about climate change, a story about someone with a new idea or innovative solution to help reduce our carbon footprint? This is that story. Michael Greenstone is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, Director of the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago (EPIC) and for…
 
Why does our universe work the way it does? What are its laws? How did it start with the Big Bang‚ and how will it end? Scientists like Prof. Dan Hooper from the University of Chicago use something called the Standard Model of Physics to explain our universe, but there’s one big problem: The model has black hole-sized gaps in it. What is dark matte…
 
When’s the last time you thought about property taxes? We mostly accept them as a part of society, and assume that they’re being calculated fairly. But a leading University of Chicago scholar says that assumption is wrong. A breakthrough study from Prof. Christopher Berry has shown that, on average, homeowners in the bottom 10% of a jurisdiction pa…
 
The possibility of alien life has captivated the human imagination for decades and has been at the center of some of our most popular fictional stories. But one scientist has made a controversial claim that aliens are no long a fiction but a reality. Avi Loeb is a theoretical physicist and former chair of the astronomy department at Harvard Univers…
 
The so-called “Big Tech” industry has dramatically improved our daily lives, but at what cost? Few people have gotten a closer look at these companies than Kara Swisher, writer for The New York Times and podcast host—and she says we need to wrestle more with that question. Recently she shared her expertise with University of Chicago students as a f…
 
The solutions to global poverty can appear obvious, even if they’re difficult to implement. But, as University of Chicago economist Michael Kremer has discovered, interventions that may seem like common sense can actually be wrong. In 2019, Kremer won a Nobel Prize for his work studying ways to alleviate global poverty. A pioneer in the use of rand…
 
For the more than 20 million people with a felony record, incarceration doesn’t end at the prison gate. They enter what University of Chicago scholar Reuben Jonathan Miller calls the “afterlife” of mass incarceration. Miller, an assistant professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, is the author of a new book, Halfway …
 
Anthony Fauci has spent the past year trying to curb the worst health crisis the world has seen in a century. In a recent University of Chicago event, Fauci reflected on how the COVID-19 pandemic has been a “painful learning experience” for he and other health officials. On this episode of the Big Brains podcast, please enjoy Fauci’s conversation w…
 
Ejay Torres: + Instagram BIGBRAIN Studios: * For business inquiries, email bigbrainmedia41@gmail.com * + Instagram + Website + Youtube High Expectations Platforms: + Website + Twitter + Instagram + Facebook + Linkedin Donny Crunkilton: Jake Rawlins: + Instagram + Instagram + Twitter + Twitter + LinkedIn Don't forget to check out The Guest List Pod,…
 
The coronavirus pandemic has raised countless ethical questions: How do we balance restricting freedoms with protecting others, how do we ethically distribute vaccines, should we force people to get vaccinated—or should we ask healthy people to get infected with COVID-19 in the name of science? There’s no one better to discuss these dilemmas with t…
 
Derrick "Drum2xs" Griffin Jr: + Youtube + Instgram + Twitter + Facebook High Expectations Platforms: + Website + Twitter + Instagram + Facebook + Linkedin Donny Crunkilton: Jake Rawlins: + Instagram + Instagram + Twitter + Twitter + LinkedIn Timestamps: (:30) - Having kids/Intro (8:00) - What shared you? (19:45) - Leveraging the internet (28:00) - …
 
Lauralee: + Instagram High Expectations Platforms: + Website + Twitter + Instagram + Facebook + Linkedin Donny Crunkilton: Jake Rawlins: + Instagram + Instagram + Twitter + Twitter + LinkedIn Timestamps: (:30) - Participation Trophies (3:30) - Who is Laura Lee? (6:30) - Becoming a Doctor? (12:30) - Knee Surgeries (19:30) - Being Oldest Sibling (30:…
 
The Doomsday Clock has been set at 100 seconds to midnight—as close to total destruction as we were in 2020. But after a year of increasingly dangerous weather and wildfires, not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic, why didn’t the clock move? Rachel Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists, the organization that sets t…
 
Donny and Jake are joined by Mikey Williams to discuss all different aspects of life. Mikey is involved in multiple bands, and has been on tour several times. His main band is "Shallow Like Me", and is also a part of "Heavy Pour LV." On top of all of this, Mikey is also involved with "TRASH CLVSS," which is "NV/AZ/CA/UT locals making a difference f…
 
What are the biggest questions in science today: Can we cure cancer, solve the climate crisis, make it to Mars? For Nobel laureate Jack Szostak, the biggest question is still much more fundamental: What is the origin of life? A professor of genetics at Harvard University, Szostak has dedicated his lab to piecing together the complex puzzle of life’…
 
Our podcast is all about research. Every episode we investigate what scholars have discovered and why it matters. But we’re going to get meta on this episode and look at what makes this research possible—and the dangers of taking it for granted, especially during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. Barbara Snyder, JD’80, is president of the Associat…
 
High Expectations Platforms: + Website + Twitter + Instagram + Facebook + Linkedin Donny Crunkilton: Jake Rawlins: + Instagram + Instagram + Twitter + Twitter + LinkedIn Chris: Jarrod: + Instagram + Instagram + Twitter + Twitter Timestamps: (3:30) - Go with the flow (5:45) - Butterfly effect (9:30) - Coming of age movies (14:00) - Innovation (21:30…
 
2020 was the most difficult year for so many people, but has also given us so many opportunities to learn and grow. It has given us much more time to work on ourselves, and was the greatest rebranding opportunity thus far. 2020 has also brought more new investors into the stock market than any other time in history. We discuss some of the stocks an…
 
Timestamps: (7:30) - Starting QB (17:30) - Junior Year (24:00) - Leg Injury (38:00) - Team Sports (45:00) - Divine Intervention (1:00:00) - Final Sign (1:06:00) - WWE/Karate (1:19:00) - All Lead to MMA (1:28:30) - Outro O'Shay Jordan: + Instagram High Expectations Platforms: + Website + Twitter + Instagram + Facebook + Linkedin Donny Crunkilton: Ja…
 
Our team is taking some time off to be with their families for the holidays. But, just in case you have a long flight, car ride, or maybe need something to do in-between Zoom calls, we’re re-sharing one of the most enlightening and engaging conversations we've ever had on this show to get you through it. Please enjoy, and we’ll see you with all-new…
 
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