What makes us human? How are we different from chimpanzees? Who are our earliest ancestors and how do we know? Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation’s podcast about how we became human.
This award-winning show combines science and narrative to explore our human story and explain why we are the way we are. Listen and explore human evolution one story at a time.
If exercise is healthy, why do so many people avoid doing it? Scientist and author Dan Lieberman joins us to explain the powerful instincts that cause us to avoid exercise even though we know it’s good for us. Learn how an evolutionary understanding of physical activity can help you keep your New Year's resolutions about fitness and exercise.
In 2017, Dr. Isaiah Nengo announced the discovery of a 13 million-year-old fossil ape found in Kenya. This remarkable fossil, nicknamed Alesi, was from a time period where there’s a big blank spot in the fossil record of our family tree. Alesi tells us something new about the early evolution of apes and shows what the common ancestor of humans and all the other living apes might have looked like.
Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Nina Jablonski explains the evolution of human skin color and discusses some of the ways that harmful color-based race concepts have influenced societies and impacted social well-being.
Interview with María Martinón-Torres
September 30 is International Podcast Day and on this episode, we’re handing things over to producer Lucía Benavides, who sat down with Leakey Foundation grantee María Martinón-Torres for an interview about her life and career.
This bonus episode is entirely in Spanish. We’ll be back with an English-language episode in October.
Detective of the Dead
Atapuerca is a place that holds the mystery of human evolution in Europe from 1.2 million years ago through recent times. It has the oldest human in Europe, the first murder in the archaeological record, and fossils that tell a range of stories from disturbing and grisly to tender and heartwarming.
Custodian of the Ancestors
What is it like to be responsible for the safekeeping of the ancestors of everyone in the world? In this episode, we travel to the National Museum of Ethiopia to see our most famous fossil relative – Lucy, and meet Yared Assefa, the person who takes care of her and all of our Ethiopian fossil ancestors and relatives.
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This episode is outstanding. As is usual for the series it has guests that portrayed such a passion and knowledge that I finished the episode buzzing with new ideas and a drive to find out more.
I’ve been trying to get into podcasts for years. Time and time again I would press play on one and find that 5 minutes later I had completely zoned out. Nothing seemed to be able to hold my attention. That is, until I found Origin Stories. This podcast has kept me focused and entertained from the first until the last. In fact, at times I’d find myself paused mid-task completely enraptured by what I was hearing. I can’t recommend this enough. A must listen for all lovers of learning!
Excellent podcasts. Look forward to hearing more fascinating stories.