Big Brains

12 EpisodesProduced by UChicago Podcast Network

Some of the biggest discoveries and insights changing our world for the better have happened at the University of Chicago. Meet the pioneering thinkers behind those big ideas on "Big Brains." Their stories will change how you see the world.

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The Hidden Abuse of U.S. Immigration with Claudia Flores (Ep. 9)

September 17th, 2018


UChicago Law professor Claudia Flores has spent a career advocating for human rights of vulnerable populations around the world, from East Timor to …

SCOTUS Nears Unimaginable Era with Geoffrey Stone (Ep. 8)

September 5th, 2018


UChicago Law professor Geoffrey Stone has an intimate knowledge of the Supreme Court.

From his time as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan where he witnessed the decision Roe v. Wade firsthand, to …

Special University of Chicago Convocation Podcast featuring Valerie Jarrett and Marianne Bertrand

June 12th, 2018


A special Convocation edition podcast from the UChicago Podcast Network, featuring the full speeches given by Class Day speaker Valerie Jarrett, …

Special University of Chicago Convocation Podcast with Student Speaker Andrea Popova

June 12th, 2018


A special Convocation edition podcast from the UChicago Podcast Network, featuring an interview with student speaker Andrea Popova, followed by the …

Economist’s Journey to the Nobel with Richard Thaler (Ep. 7)

June 4th, 2018


Richard Thaler has been dubbed one of the "founding fathers" of behavioral economics, bridging the gap between psychology and economics, and in 2017 …

Future of Energy Innovation with Michael Polsky (Ep. 6)

May 21st, 2018


When UChicago alumnus Michael Polsky first ventured into the field of renewable energy in 2003 with his company Invenergy, he thought they had missed …

The Expanding Universe with Wendy Freedman (Ep. 5)

May 14th, 2018


Wendy Freedman spent part of her career measuring the age of the universe. Now she’s working on a project that may very well give scientists a chance …

Nature’s Design Secrets with Rama Ranganathan (Ep. 4)

May 7th, 2018


From the smallest proteins of cells to entire ecosystems, nature might be the most sophisticated engineer on earth.

Researchers like UChicago …

Mind of a Virtuoso Composer with Augusta Read Thomas (Ep. 3)

April 30th, 2018


To say Augusta Read Thomas is prolific is an understatement.

A past Grammy Award winner and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Thomas has been …

Myths of U.S. Health Care with Katherine Baicker (Ep. 2)

April 23rd, 2018


Health care expansion. It's one of the most contentious issues in American politics. Katherine Baicker is Dean of the Harris School at the University …

Big Brains Trailer

April 5th, 2018


Meet the pioneering thinkers at the University of Chicago as they discuss their most groundbreaking ideas. The story behind their discoveries will change how you see the world. Big Brains begins April 9. Part of the …

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