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Big Brains

UChicago Podcast Network

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Big Brains

Big Brains

UChicago Podcast Network

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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.

Latest Episodes

Why the Coronavirus Could Send China’s Economy Back to the 1980s With Chang-Tai Hsieh

The coronavirus outbreak is a tragedy. Much of the attention has been on the disease itself, but many experts have started focusing on the economic effects. Some are even hinting that they could be just as disastrous in the long-term. Why exactly could this disease derail China's economy, and what would that look like if it did? There’s no better person to ask than Chang-Tai Hsieh, a Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth, and a faculty director of the Becker Friedman Institute in China.

18 MIN19 h ago
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Why the Coronavirus Could Send China’s Economy Back to the 1980s With Chang-Tai Hsieh

Why The Doomsday Clock Is Closer To Apocalypse Than Ever With Rachel Bronson

Since its inception, the Doomsday Clock has measured our time untilapocalypse in minutes. This year, for the first time, the clock set our time to midnight in just seconds. The Bulletin cited two major factors in their decision: the threat of nuclear destruction and the ever worsening problem of climate change. But are we really closer to nuclear destruction than during the Cold War? And is there any hope that we could turn the hands of doom back on climate change?

28 MIN1 w ago
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Why The Doomsday Clock Is Closer To Apocalypse Than Ever With Rachel Bronson

Vladimir Putin’s Number One Enemy With Bill Browder

University of Chicago alumnus Bill Browder’s story sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller—except it’s all true. He just wanted to be a businessman, but his experience as a foreign investor in Russia would push him to become aninternational activist. Today, Browder, travels the globe trying to convince countries to adopt a law called the Magnitsky Act, which he says is the future of how we fight human rights abuse.

25 MINJAN 27
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Vladimir Putin’s Number One Enemy With Bill Browder

How Google and Facebook Are Ruining Capitalism, with Luigi Zingales

University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales often says that only an immigrant like himself can really appreciate American capitalism. In his native Italy,Zingales says what you know and what you do are far less important that who you know and what you do for them. But in the last decade, Zingales says the United States has started to look more and more like the country he left. Now, he’s trying to save American capitalism from itself—and big businesses including Amazon, Facebook and Google.

26 MINJAN 13
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How Google and Facebook Are Ruining Capitalism, with Luigi Zingales

How Quantum Technology Could Change Our Future With David Awschalom

In October of 2019, Google announced their supercomputer had reached quantum supremacy. With that announcement, and as we take a short break for the holidays, we thought we should replay a prior Big Brains episode for you with David Awschalom, one of the world's leading quantum scientists. Awschalom is turning what was once in the realm of science fiction into reality—which could offer revolutionary breakthroughs in communications, digital encryption, sensor technology and even medicine.

19 MIN2019 DEC 30
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How Quantum Technology Could Change Our Future With David Awschalom

The Myths Of Millennial Voters With Cathy Cohen

Every election year, poll after poll tries to predict where millennials stand politically. As we head into 2020, we'd like to replay this episode with Prof. Cathy Cohen who says some of our assumptions aboutyoung people are all wrong. Cohen’s innovative survey, GenForward, is a first of its kind. Byoversampling young people of color, they investigate differences in responses by race and ethnicity. The data she’s collected gives us a unique window into what millennials might do in the 2020 electio

20 MIN2019 DEC 16
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The Myths Of Millennial Voters With Cathy Cohen

Why Some Nations Prosper and Others Fail, with James Robinson

It’s a simple question to ask, but seems impossible to answer: What causes one nation to succeed and another to fail? There are few people who have spent more time trying to answer this question than Prof. JamesRobinson. Robinson’ first book, Why Nations Fail, laid out in clear and stark terms what the origins of prosperity and poverty really are. Now, he’s written a sequel, The Narrow Corridor, whichfurther explains what ingredients you need to create a prosperous nation.

29 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Why Some Nations Prosper and Others Fail, with James Robinson

The Hunt for Alien Life and Exoplanets, with David Charbonneau

Since the beginning of human history, we’ve looked up at the stars and wondered:Are we alone? No other generation has been able to find an answer, but DavidCharbonneau thinks we may be the first. He’s an astronomer at HarvardUniversityand a recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Chicago this year. Charbonneau has made it his life’s goal to search the stars for habitable planets and alien life.

22 MIN2019 NOV 18
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The Hunt for Alien Life and Exoplanets, with David Charbonneau

Why Chasing The Good Life Is Holding Us Back With Lauren Berlant

For most Americans, the driving force in their personal and public life is a desire to attain the “good life”. But what if our attachment to that desire is the very thing holding us back? Lauren Berlant is a theorist and English professor at the University of Chicago. Berlant has been writing about finding belonging in America her entire career. But she says the Presidency of Donald Trump has completely shattered our understanding of what it means to have a public and a shared connection as citizens.

26 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Why Chasing The Good Life Is Holding Us Back With Lauren Berlant

Saving Our Cities By Studying A Million Neighborhoods With Luis Bettencourt

In the last decade, there has been a mass migration of people into urban areas. This rapid urbanization has been increasingly unsustainable for our cities and it’s projected to get worse in the next decade. University of Chicago scholar Luis Bettencourt is tackling this global crisis by researching the underlying processes that dictate our cities. If you can understand the numbers, you can create models for the sustainable cities our planet needs. He’s starting by mapping a million neighborhoods.

23 MIN2019 OCT 23
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Saving Our Cities By Studying A Million Neighborhoods With Luis Bettencourt

Latest Episodes

Why the Coronavirus Could Send China’s Economy Back to the 1980s With Chang-Tai Hsieh

The coronavirus outbreak is a tragedy. Much of the attention has been on the disease itself, but many experts have started focusing on the economic effects. Some are even hinting that they could be just as disastrous in the long-term. Why exactly could this disease derail China's economy, and what would that look like if it did? There’s no better person to ask than Chang-Tai Hsieh, a Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth, and a faculty director of the Becker Friedman Institute in China.

18 MIN19 h ago
Comments
Why the Coronavirus Could Send China’s Economy Back to the 1980s With Chang-Tai Hsieh

Why The Doomsday Clock Is Closer To Apocalypse Than Ever With Rachel Bronson

Since its inception, the Doomsday Clock has measured our time untilapocalypse in minutes. This year, for the first time, the clock set our time to midnight in just seconds. The Bulletin cited two major factors in their decision: the threat of nuclear destruction and the ever worsening problem of climate change. But are we really closer to nuclear destruction than during the Cold War? And is there any hope that we could turn the hands of doom back on climate change?

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Why The Doomsday Clock Is Closer To Apocalypse Than Ever With Rachel Bronson

Vladimir Putin’s Number One Enemy With Bill Browder

University of Chicago alumnus Bill Browder’s story sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller—except it’s all true. He just wanted to be a businessman, but his experience as a foreign investor in Russia would push him to become aninternational activist. Today, Browder, travels the globe trying to convince countries to adopt a law called the Magnitsky Act, which he says is the future of how we fight human rights abuse.

25 MINJAN 27
Comments
Vladimir Putin’s Number One Enemy With Bill Browder

How Google and Facebook Are Ruining Capitalism, with Luigi Zingales

University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales often says that only an immigrant like himself can really appreciate American capitalism. In his native Italy,Zingales says what you know and what you do are far less important that who you know and what you do for them. But in the last decade, Zingales says the United States has started to look more and more like the country he left. Now, he’s trying to save American capitalism from itself—and big businesses including Amazon, Facebook and Google.

26 MINJAN 13
Comments
How Google and Facebook Are Ruining Capitalism, with Luigi Zingales

How Quantum Technology Could Change Our Future With David Awschalom

In October of 2019, Google announced their supercomputer had reached quantum supremacy. With that announcement, and as we take a short break for the holidays, we thought we should replay a prior Big Brains episode for you with David Awschalom, one of the world's leading quantum scientists. Awschalom is turning what was once in the realm of science fiction into reality—which could offer revolutionary breakthroughs in communications, digital encryption, sensor technology and even medicine.

19 MIN2019 DEC 30
Comments
How Quantum Technology Could Change Our Future With David Awschalom

The Myths Of Millennial Voters With Cathy Cohen

Every election year, poll after poll tries to predict where millennials stand politically. As we head into 2020, we'd like to replay this episode with Prof. Cathy Cohen who says some of our assumptions aboutyoung people are all wrong. Cohen’s innovative survey, GenForward, is a first of its kind. Byoversampling young people of color, they investigate differences in responses by race and ethnicity. The data she’s collected gives us a unique window into what millennials might do in the 2020 electio

20 MIN2019 DEC 16
Comments
The Myths Of Millennial Voters With Cathy Cohen

Why Some Nations Prosper and Others Fail, with James Robinson

It’s a simple question to ask, but seems impossible to answer: What causes one nation to succeed and another to fail? There are few people who have spent more time trying to answer this question than Prof. JamesRobinson. Robinson’ first book, Why Nations Fail, laid out in clear and stark terms what the origins of prosperity and poverty really are. Now, he’s written a sequel, The Narrow Corridor, whichfurther explains what ingredients you need to create a prosperous nation.

29 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
Why Some Nations Prosper and Others Fail, with James Robinson

The Hunt for Alien Life and Exoplanets, with David Charbonneau

Since the beginning of human history, we’ve looked up at the stars and wondered:Are we alone? No other generation has been able to find an answer, but DavidCharbonneau thinks we may be the first. He’s an astronomer at HarvardUniversityand a recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Chicago this year. Charbonneau has made it his life’s goal to search the stars for habitable planets and alien life.

22 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
The Hunt for Alien Life and Exoplanets, with David Charbonneau

Why Chasing The Good Life Is Holding Us Back With Lauren Berlant

For most Americans, the driving force in their personal and public life is a desire to attain the “good life”. But what if our attachment to that desire is the very thing holding us back? Lauren Berlant is a theorist and English professor at the University of Chicago. Berlant has been writing about finding belonging in America her entire career. But she says the Presidency of Donald Trump has completely shattered our understanding of what it means to have a public and a shared connection as citizens.

26 MIN2019 NOV 4
Comments
Why Chasing The Good Life Is Holding Us Back With Lauren Berlant

Saving Our Cities By Studying A Million Neighborhoods With Luis Bettencourt

In the last decade, there has been a mass migration of people into urban areas. This rapid urbanization has been increasingly unsustainable for our cities and it’s projected to get worse in the next decade. University of Chicago scholar Luis Bettencourt is tackling this global crisis by researching the underlying processes that dictate our cities. If you can understand the numbers, you can create models for the sustainable cities our planet needs. He’s starting by mapping a million neighborhoods.

23 MIN2019 OCT 23
Comments
Saving Our Cities By Studying A Million Neighborhoods With Luis Bettencourt
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