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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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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.

    The Science of Empathy, with Peggy Mason

    The Science of Empathy, with Peggy Mason

    With so many contentious issues in our deeply polarized world, the real or virtual Thanksgiving dinner table may be a hard place to find a lot of empathy this year.

    As we take a week off to reconnect with our families, we wanted to re-share this enlightening episode with Professor of Neurobiology, Peggy Mason, all about how empathy works and how we can make our empathy stronger.

    • 20 min
    Big Brains Presents: The "Capitalisn't" Podcast

    Big Brains Presents: The "Capitalisn't" Podcast

    This week, we’re featuring another University of Chicago Podcast Network show. It’s called Capitalisn’t.

    On this episode of Capitalisn't, their team interrogates the relationship between the Supreme Court and the economy, and how the new court may rule on business issues. 

    We hope you enjoy and we’ll see you next week for a new episode of Capitalisn’t!

    • 47 min
    What Remains Unanswered After The 2020 Election, with William Howell and Luigi Zingales

    What Remains Unanswered After The 2020 Election, with William Howell and Luigi Zingales

    It’s hard to think of a presidential election that's raised more questions than 2020. What do these results tell us about the views and desires of the American public, what the polls got right and wrong, and how all of this will affect our economy?

    We turned to two fellow University of Chicago Podcast Network hosts to discuss: Luigi Zingales, professor of economics and host of the Capitalisn’t; and William Howell, chair of the Department of Political Science and host of the Not Another Politic

    • 34 min
    When Governments Share Their Secrets—And When They Don't, with Austin Carson

    When Governments Share Their Secrets—And When They Don't, with Austin Carson

    When should a government choose to reveal a secret—or conceal it? Your knee-jerk reaction may be to say they should never hide anything from the public. But political scientist Austin Carson of the University of Chicago says his research complicates that answer.

    Carson's research into declassified documents shows how governments can use secrecy to deescalate conflicts and maintain peace. But he says balancing this utility of secrecy with democracy is incredibly important.

    • 28 min
    How We Can Fix a Fractured Supreme Court, with Geoffrey Stone

    How We Can Fix a Fractured Supreme Court, with Geoffrey Stone

    The nomination process for Amy Coney Barrett has show that The Supreme Court may be more politicized than at any other time in U.S. history. But are there ways can we bring the Court back in line with its Constitutional ideals?

    Prof. Geoffrey Stone, a scholar at the University of Chicago Law School, has spent his career studying the Supreme Court and the Constitution. In this episode, he explains the history of how the Supreme Court became a political institution—and how we may turn it around.

    • 25 min
    Correcting History: Native Americans Tell Their Own Stories

    Correcting History: Native Americans Tell Their Own Stories

    Natural history museums have always struggled with representing Native Americans. People from these communities are often not included in the process, and their artifacts can be mishandled. But the Field Museum in Chicago, in partnership with the Neubauer Collegium, is trying to change that.

    Along with the first large-scale show to be curated by an Indigenous person, the Field is overhauling its Native North American Hall, to address the insensitive past of many natural history museums.

    • 36 min

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