149 episodes

Everything you wanted to know about evolution by natural selection in short, easy to digest, episodes. Hosted, and produced by writer Rick Coste.

Evolution Talk Rick Coste

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 185 Ratings

Everything you wanted to know about evolution by natural selection in short, easy to digest, episodes. Hosted, and produced by writer Rick Coste.

    Evolution Talk Needs Your Help

    Evolution Talk Needs Your Help

    The "Evolution Talk" podcast needs your help! I have some great ideas for the show and for continuing to bring you free content. The truth is that the expense of keeping the show active and producing new episodes has become prohibitive.
     
    I’ve researched different funding options, including Kickstarter, sponsorships, and grants for science education.
     
    I’ve settled on a Patreon. This will enable me to plan for the next season.
     
    More information about how you can help support the show is at EvolutionTalk.com/Support . You can also go directly to Patreon.
     
    In the meantime, there are still over 140 episodes available for your enjoyment!
     
    I appreciate you for all of your support over the years.
     
    Thank you!
    Rick

    • 1 min
    From A Warm Pond...

    From A Warm Pond...

    Sagan once pondered, "How did the molecules of life arise?" This question, echoing through the annals of scientific history, brings us to today's episode. We've long understood the mechanics of evolution, but the origin of life itself remains a captivating mystery. From Darwin's elegant theory of natural selection to the curious idea of Spontaneous Generation, we'll dive deep into the evolution of thought on life's beginnings. We'll also unravel the groundbreaking Miller-Urey experiment, which mimicked Earth's early conditions to create organic molecules. 
     
    Music in this Episode
    Orchestral Rise & Confusion by Tim Kulig, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11275-orchestral-rise-confusion, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Under The Surface by Tim Kulig, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/10639-under-the-surface, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Gamma 135 175 Water Meditations by Tim Kulig, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/10713-gamma-135-175-water-meditations, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Psychic Cube by Tim Kulig, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11767-psychic-cube, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Simple Space Score by Tim Kulig, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/8867-simple-space-score, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Scorpion Standoff by Tim Kulig, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/8471-scorpion-standoff, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Blue Scorpion by Kevin MacLeod, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/3451-blue-scorpion, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 11 min
    The Case of the Missing Chromosomes

    The Case of the Missing Chromosomes

    Our story starts with cells.  Not our cells but the cells of our closest relatives.  The great apes. Within the nucleus of their cells the great apes have 24 chromosome pairs.  We have 23 pairs.  If we share a common ancestor, what happened to the missing chromosomes?
    Evolution Talk is also a book! You can find links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others on the front page of EvolutionTalk.com, or call your local bookstore and ask them to order a copy.
     
    Music in this Episode
    Firefly by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com
    Crusty Lily by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com
    Horn Haze by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com
    Poof by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com

    • 11 min
    Suboptimal Design

    Suboptimal Design

    Vestigial features and atavistic traits are all evidence of our past.  They are glimpses into a species distant past. We have nature and evolution by natural selection to thank for it. But nature’s not perfect.  It makes mistakes.  
    Evolution Talk is also a book! You can find links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others on the front page of EvolutionTalk.com, or call your local bookstore and ask them to order a copy.
     
    Music in this Episode
    Epiphany by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com
    Floating by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com
    Chimera by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com
    Curious Process by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com
    Tentative Cloud by Podington Bear, License (CC BY 3.0): Artist website: soundofpicture.com

    • 13 min
    About Those Fingerprints

    About Those Fingerprints

    When it comes to personal IDs, we have many.  There’s your driver’s license, passport, online username, among other human-made forms of proving who you are.  Then there are those that nature gave you that’s yours and yours alone.  Like your DNA. And then there are your fingerprints.  Other than leaving incriminating evidence behind if you’ve committed a crime and weren't careful enough to wipe them away or wear gloves, what are fingerprints good for?
    Evolution Talk is also a book! You can find links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others on the front page of EvolutionTalk.com, or call your local bookstore and ask them to order a copy.
     
    Music in this Episode
    Swingland by Frank Schroeter, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/6625-swingland, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Cinematic Suspense Series Episode 009 by Sascha Ende, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/8224-cinematic-suspense-series-episode-009, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Ambient Bongos by Alexander Nakarada, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/4726-ambient-bongos, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    The Inspector by Frank Schroeter, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9176-the-inspector, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Blue Sky U Liar 106 by Doudoo, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11436-blue-sky-u-liar-106, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
     

    • 13 min
    What's Old is New Again

    What's Old is New Again

    Attics aren’t the only places you’ll find old secrets from the past, begging to be rediscovered or let out. You have them in you as well. I’m not talking about the the type of secrets you keep to yourself and only tell close friends. I’m talking about those like the ones you’ll find in old attics.  Secrets you don't even know are there.  These secrets are locked in your DNA. Every once in a while, those secrets come back to haunt us.
    Evolution Talk is also a book! You can find links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others on the front page of EvolutionTalk.com, or call your local bookstore and ask them to order a copy.
     
    Music in this Episode
    Swingland by Frank Schroeter, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/6625-swingland, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Cinematic Suspense Series Episode 009 by Sascha Ende, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/8224-cinematic-suspense-series-episode-009, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Ambient Bongos by Alexander Nakarada, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/4726-ambient-bongos, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    The Inspector by Frank Schroeter, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9176-the-inspector, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Blue Sky U Liar 106 by Doudoo, Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11436-blue-sky-u-liar-106, Licensed under CC BY 4.0: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Crowell iTunes ,

A favorite

I love these snippets. I could take more involved episodes but will accept whatever is given. As a non-scientist who loves to learn and understand as much of science history as possible, it’s just terrific. And I really appreciate the kind warm message the host always gives. Cheers!

ebigirl5 ,

Amazing podcast!

This is such a great podcast. Quick episodes, with clear and simple lessons.

Thedude5558 ,

Super funny

The funniest part of this podcast is that it is telling lies. Yes, natural selection is true, but I did not evolve from some bacteria. There is too much proof against this for us to still believe this. I’m not trying to force my belief, but if u believe this at least look at the other argument.

Top Podcasts In Science

Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam
WNYC Studios
Mike Carruthers | OmniCast Media | Cumulus Podcast Network
Alie Ward
Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying
Neil deGrasse Tyson

You Might Also Like

The Leakey Foundation
Common Descent
Iszi Lawrence and David Hone
Garret and Sabrina
Wondery / Patrick Wyman
Bart Ehrman

More by Rick Coste