Nobel Prize Winners & The Pursuit of Greatness

Nobel Prize Winners & The Pursuit of Greatness

People who changed the world

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Awarded in five categories—physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace—the Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious honors someone could receive. Hear from some remarkable recipients of the award, and find out why, according to Alfred Nobel's 1895 will, these people have made lasting positive impacts on humankind. 

What You'll Learn
• How CRISPR caused a revolution in science
• What advice a world-famous behavioral psychologist would give
• Whether or not there’s actually life on Mars

1. Malala Yousafzai, Renowned Pakistani Activist for Female Education
Hear the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize deliver her acceptance speech.

2. J
ennifer Doudna, Co-Inventor of CRISPR
Learn about how CRISPR caused a scientific revolution, and explore the ethical questions it raised.

Richard Thaler, Economic Sciences Laureate
Discover how people make choices in the real world, and learn to coach others toward better decision-making. 

Esther Duflo, MIT Economist
Find out about an experimental approach to addressing global poverty, and why rethinking the way we do business might be beneficial.

Daniel Kahneman, World-Famous Behavioral Psychologist
Hear about eureka moments, scientific collaborations, stereotypes, racial discrimination, and advice.

Paul Romer, NYU Economics Professor
Explore the ways we can keep the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis, while continuing to prioritize people’s health.

Dr. Louis Ignarro, UCLA School of Medicine Professor
Hear about the “Miracle Molecule," and find out how it will supercharge your health.

John C. Mather, NASA Researcher
Unlock the mysteries of outer space as you learn about Mars, and whether there’s other life forms out there. 

This is a collection of free podcast episodes curated by the Himalaya Editorial Team.

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Learn English with Malala in her speech at Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo 2014. Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the first Pakistani, and youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. For more, visit:

CRISPR, the gene editing technology, has caused a revolution in science. It’s also raised thorny ethical questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nudges, sludges, and the connection between stubbornness and success - in this first episode of Nobel Prize conversations, host Adam Smith interviewsEconomic Sciences laureate Richard Thaler. His work has helped us to understand how people make choices in the real world and has also given us tools to nudge people towards better decisions. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Esther Duflo, an MIT economist, won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. Duflo’s early life working at a non-governmental organization in Madagascar and volunteering in soup kitchens in her native France inspired her to study economics and research the root causes of poverty. With her fellow Nobel winners Abhijit Banerjee of MIT and Michael Kremer of Harvard, Duflo showed that effective policies often go against conventional wisdom and popular economic models. The only way to find out what works, she argues, is to rigorously test solutions on the ground, and she encourages businesses to do the same. With Banerjee, Duflo also wrote the new book "Good Economics for Hard Times."

How does it feel to be one of the most famous behavioural psychologists of our time? Daniel Kahneman says that it is perfectly fine to be famous as long as you don’t let it go to your head. From an early age, Kahneman was interested in people - his mother, both with irony and objectivity, observed and was fascinated with people in her surroundings. In this digital conversation podcast host Adam Smith speaks to Daniel Kahneman in New York on eureka moments, scientific collaborations, stereotypes and racial discrimination, and also advice: “In general I try to give as little advice as possible.” Daniel Kahneman was awarded the 2002 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel"for having integrated insights from psychological research into economic science, especially concerning human judgment and decision-making under uncertainty”. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Paul Romer, a Nobel Prize-winning economist at New York University, argues that we can keep the economy from tanking during the coronavirus pandemic without risking people's health. We just need many, many more tests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

It was only a few decades ago that people started paying attention to nitric oxide. Named molecule of the year in 1992, it previously had been a pretty undervalued aspect of human health. Several years later, in 1998, three scientists were given a Nobel Prize for their discovery that nitric oxide is a key molecule in the cardiovascular system that helps keep blood vessels healthy and regulates blood pressure. We now know that nitric oxide can boost health in even more ways.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Louis Ignarro, a medical research scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of Nitric Oxide (NO), and how it positively impacts health and longevity. His groundbreaking research on nitric oxide paved the way for—among other innovations—Viagra. Nitric oxide is currently being utilized all over by hospitals and universities as possible treatment for COVID-19. He is an award-winning Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has his PhD in Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience teaching.Dr. Ignarro is a widely sought-after international speaker on nitric oxide, cardiovascular health, and the importance of nitric oxide to a healthy lifestyle. Based on his scientific work, Dr. Ignarro started a biotech company that focuses on the development of nutritional supplements designed to boost the body’s production of nitric oxide.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Ignarro talk about how important nitric oxide is to our overall health, and how it impacts our cardiovascular health, brain health, immune system, and nervous system. They discuss the problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body, and how to naturally boost your production of it. They also talk about how nitric oxide is currently being used as an intervention in clinical trials to treat COVID-19.In this episode, we dive into:-Why nitric oxide is so fundamentally connected to our health (6:26)-How the body creates nitric oxide (12:48)-The problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body (14:45)-The impact of nitric oxide on the brain (16:32)-Why breathing through your nose is so important to overall health (18:26)-One of the first indicators you may be suffering from inadequate levels of nitric oxide (24:10)-How Viagra was discovered (25:38)-The impact of salt and sugar on nitric oxide production (30:53)-Nitric oxide as a treatment for COVID-19 (34:50)-Why you shouldn’t use mouthwash (40:54)-Exercise and nitric oxide production (59:52)For more on Dr. Ignarro, you can follow him on Instagram @dr.louisignarro, on Facebook @drignarro, on Twitter @drignarro, and through his website mentioned in this episode:-Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor - 15 with Dr. Steven Lin: The Importance of Dental Care in Whole Body Health - 62 with Dr. Mark Burhenne: The Secret to Better Sleep? Stop Doing This One Thing - more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive Market.Right now, Thrive is offering all my listeners an amazing deal - When you sign up for a new membership, you will receive a free gift. And, any time you spend more than $49, you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping from one of thei

Is there life on Mars? NASA researcher John Mather, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2006 for mapping the traces of the first light emitted by the young universe, believes that where there’s water, there’s likely to be life. And he thinks that the chances of finding water on Mars are high - so reasons that signs of life on the planet may well be found, and during our lifetime too. In this conversation he also discusses how the new James Webb Space Telescope, ready for launch 2018, will provide a deeper look into space, even allowing us to detect the presence of water on planets orbiting suns other than our own.

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