Local podcast spotlight: "Big Brains"
Produced by the University of Chicago news office, "Big Brains" features half-hour discussions between researchers and Paul M. Rand, a communication specialist at the university.
- "It's like getting an extraordinary, 30-minute lecture and story from some of the brightest minds in the world," Rand tells Axios.
The topics: Over the course of more than 80 episodes, "Big Brains" has included chats on black holes, Russian politics, gun violence, better habits, curing cancer, and more.
- A recent episode featured two scientists talking about the possibility of creating a vaccine for opioid addiction.
The vibe: Serious and brainy while accessible enough for the layperson.
Rand's hope for listeners: "My hope is that people understand one big idea after listening to each episode."
Other podcasts he listens to: "I start my day with the Up First podcast and The Daily podcast. Also, a fan of David Axelrod’s and Kara Swisher’s shows. Lately, I've begun getting into WTF with Marc Maron."
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