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Message from space unlocks secrets of the cosmos

On August 17, 2017, the universe sent a message that, for the first time, humans were able to decode. Two neutron stars collided in space, sending both gravitational waves and electromagnetic waves barreling toward Earth. The combination of signals from those two sets of waves provided the key to unlocking a secret trapped in the cosmos for billions of years. Northwestern University's CIERA astronomy research center already played a key role in solving one cosmic mystery, and they are...

Duration: 00:19:53

'Edison of Medicine" honored with 2017 Kabiller Prize

Robert S. Langer, the prolific inventor and MIT professor known as the "Edison of Medicine," shares how a children's toy propelled him toward a career that earned him the 2017 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, established by Northwestern's International Institute for Nanotechnology. Liangfang Zhang, professor of nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego, and recipient of the 2017 Kabiller Young Investigator Award, also discusses his work, including a strong...

Duration: 00:14:41

Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities

From Brexit to Russia’s self-destructive response to U.S. sanctions, economists’ predictions have missed the mark recently on several important fronts. So what can be done to make economic models more accurate and more reflective of actual human behavior? In their new book, “Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities,” Northwestern University president and economics professor Morton Schapiro and Slavic languages and literatures professor Gary Saul Morson discuss...

Duration: 00:14:00

Gravitational waves drive new field of astronomy

The discovery that gravitational waves exist proves part of Einstein's theory of relativity and opens a whole new field of astronomy. But why should you care? Northwestern astrophysicists Vicky Kalogera and Shane Larson and engineer Selim Shahriar explain how this fundamental science could impact your daily life.

Duration: 00:22:32

Dover Quartet drives evolution of classical music

Two members of the Dover Quartet - one of the most celebrated quartets in the country - discuss the rehearsal techniques that lead to their unusual tone. They also discuss the changing landscape of classical music and reveal the unexpected teacher who has influenced their sound evolution over the course of their two year residency at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.

Duration: 00:13:14

Fraser Stoddart's bonds transform science

Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry and creator of the groundbreaking mechanical bond, which he stresses has everything to do with the human bonding that takes place inside and outside the lab, will leave an impact for generations to come

Duration: 00:11:29

Depression relief now as quick as finding good sushi

A novel suite of 13 speedy mini-apps called IntelliCare significantly lessened depression and anxiety for people who used them on their smartphones. Dr. David Mohr, director of Northwestern's Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, designed the apps and explains how they promote what he calls a "third revolution" in mental health treatment.

Duration: 00:09:13

Couples podcast: synergy of science and globalization

This couple believes science and globalization exist in a symbiotic world, each theme enhancing the other’s success. International relations expert Devora Grynspan and scientist Sam Stupp leverage each other’s connections to enhance the University’s brand at home and abroad.

Duration: 00:11:29

Couples podcast: parallel but opposite

Jide and Uzoamaka Nzelibe both have roots in Nigeria and careers in international law, but it’s a mirrored path that led them both to Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.

Duration: 00:08:23

Boom vs. doom: Debating the future of the US economy

Economists Robert Gordon and Joel Mokyr present opposing views of future innovation.

Duration: 00:17:23

Couples Podcast: Second-chance encounter

Their first conversation revolved around quantum physics, but it’s not the first time they met. Brian and Teri Odom found proof of a near-meeting that almost happened at a childhood summer camp. Music courtesy of

Duration: 00:09:15

Front row seat to baseball history

Medill junior discusses experience interning for Chicago Cubs during World Series Music courtesy of

Duration: 00:06:49

Couples podcast: A team on and off the sidelines

Doug Meffley and Maureen Palchak’s offices are mere feet apart in the athletics department, so they’ve taken up one unusual behavior at office meetings in order to keep their work-turned-personal relationship professional.

Duration: 00:05:59

Couples podcast: Creative collaboration

David and Debra Tolchinsky met in film school, and they love to talk about their projects, but there’s one thing they don’t allow each other to say after the sun goes down. Music courtesy of

Duration: 00:09:41

Couples podcast: Spark of love

A spark of love leads to the spark of new life. Teresa Woodruff and Tom O’Halloran's morning walks on the beach launched an idea that could forever change our understanding of conception. Music courtesy of

Duration: 00:11:19

Terror's influence on study abroad

Julie Anne Friend, director of Northwestern’s Office of Global Safety and Security, discusses the rise in terror attacks abroad and why terror still isn’t her biggest concern for study abroad students’ safety.

Duration: 00:07:31