Where did we come from? One of humanity's most basic questions, the answer is fascinating. Weaving together insights from the fields of genetics, archaeology, linguistics, and paleoanthropology, hosts Spencer Wells and Razib Khan take us on a grand tour of human history. Scientific storytelling at its best.
Brian Hare and Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity
Razib discusses the new book Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity with one of the authors.
Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters!
Razib talks to evolutionary anthropologist Joe Henrich about his new book, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07RZFCPMD/geneexpressio-20
Why much of science is fiction
Razib talks to Stuart Ritchie about his new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth
Razib and Spencer discuss the geography, prehistory, and genetics, of Siberia. Also, Spencer talks about his Siberian winter!
Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth
Razib and Spencer discuss why the geology and biogeography of Southeast Asia may explain why it is so important in the history of human evolution. Show notes: https://blog.insito.me/humanitys-second-cradle-in-southeast-asia-cbb26244f08a
Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago
Razib discusses revolutionary new work published in Nature that tells us that modern humans were present in the Americas 32,000 years ago with one of the authors, Lorena Becerra-Valdivia.
The last week I could not stop listening. I listened to all the podcasts from their start 2017 and am so impressed. They sum uo what has happened since the dawn of genetics/genomics in a way I really like. They mix scientifically evidenced knowledge with frontline research, interview knowledeable people, review interesting books and report their personal experiences in this field in an absorbing way. I've a background doing research on messenger-RNA in the 1960s in Jan-Erik Edströms group at the Karolinska Institue and I am so impressed by the gigantic leap this branch of histology has made.
Accessible population genetics
Genetics is moving extremely fast, and this podcast helps me feel as if I'm keeping up.
It covers human genetics, and what genetics reveals about our history from a variety of different perspectives drawn from data.