20 episodes

In Those Genes is a podcast that uses genetics to decode the lost histories AND futures of African descended Americans through the lens of Black culture.

In Those Genes In Those Genes

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    • 5.0 • 288 Ratings

In Those Genes is a podcast that uses genetics to decode the lost histories AND futures of African descended Americans through the lens of Black culture.

    How the World Inherited Blackness

    How the World Inherited Blackness

    Is Race Genetic?
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    “How the World Inherited Blackness” answers a common question by many....."Is race genetic?" This episode takes the listener on a journey through time to understand how race was birthed and the history behind how race became a reputable (pseudo)scientific theory that justified an entire global system of oppression still used today. We leverage the genetics expertise of our host, as well as two Black scholars leading the field in sociology and anthropology, to dive deep into HOW the world inherited Blackness AND we voyage to what a world without race could be. As with any In Those Genes episode, the story of “How the World Inherited Race”, is seasoned with hip hop, fictional characters, and Black culture to create an entertaining , educational, yet personal eargasmic experience for “The Fam”.
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    As a reminder this season will be airing every OTHER week!!
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    Follow our guests on this episode
    Dr. Saida Grundy @saigrundy (Twitter), https://www.bu.edu/afam/profile/saida-grundy/
    Delande Justinvil https://www.american.edu/profiles/students/dj6541a.cfm
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    In Those Genes is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    If a monetary donation isn’t in the cards be sure to rate and write a review of the podcast. OAN, don’t forget to share this podcast with everyone you know!
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    You can formally join the family by visiting www.inthosegenes.com.
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    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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    • 45 min
    Season 2 Coming Soon!

    Season 2 Coming Soon!

    In Those Genes is BAAAAAAACCCCKKKK for Season 2!

    "She Get It From Her Moma”, the official title of Season 2 builds on Season 1 and asks the central question in each episode- “Is it genetic?!” Six brand new episodes in this season will focus on understanding the origins of long-held beliefs about inheritance within the Black community that, in some cases, are and are not supported by genetics. For example, one of our favorite episodes, “Black Don’t Crack,” will explore prolonged aging and will take a deep dive into the “fountain of youth” using a genetic lens. Additional episodes will cover the genetics of rhythm, athleticism, and body shape while simultaneously learning the history of how these traits became racialized. This season is filled with more narrative stories, skits, and of course Black culture analogies all paired with a healthy dose of hip hop and TRAP music! WE EVEN SPACE TRAVELING in this thang!

    Look out for six NEW episodes airing every OTHER week starting November 30th, 2021!

    In Those Genes is a Black Woman led podcast that is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    If a monetary donation isn’t in the cards be sure to rate and write a review of the podcast. OAN, don’t forget to share this podcast with everyone you know!
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    You can formally join the family by visiting www.inthosegenes.com.
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    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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    • 2 min
    Vaccine VERZUZ

    Vaccine VERZUZ

    Hey fam!

    We're back for an unofficial release of a bonus episode for season 2 to report on Dat Rona! Unfortunately the virus is still here BUT with the rise of the new delta variant and misinformation running the streets we knew it was time for an update! So what better way to do it than in the format of our favorite pandemic event, VERZUZ!! In this bonus episode we will be talking about life with the mRNA vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) VERZUZ life with the virus COVID-19. Every round is a different topic of concern from our vaccine hesitant fam. We will cover long-term effects, immune health, fertility, and economics with our favorite experts and friends: Sherod Haynes, Dr. Heather Jones, and Carl Joseph Black, JD.
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    Season 2 still coming to you later this year!!
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    You can follow our guest:
    Sherod Haynes: @rodzilla
    Dr. Heather Jones: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-lauren-jones-7ab403128/
    Carl Joseph Black: @cjoeblack @itsthedime
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    Below are links to various things in the episode we mentioned!
    More on what RNA is found here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQByjprj_mA
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    More on mRNA medications found here:
    https://www.modernatx.com/mrna-technology/science-and-fundamentals-mrna-technology
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    For more information mRNA vaccines check out this resource
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5906799/
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    To learn more about immunocompromised patients, read this article:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4078380/
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    If you are interested in learning about being tested for immunodeficiencies, read this:
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/primary-immunodeficiency/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20376910
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    Listen form the links below for Trusting Vaccines While Black Parts 1 and 2:
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/intronic_season_1
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    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/intronic_season_3
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    To learn more about the V-Safe program form the CDC checkout this website:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html.
    In Those Genes is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    If a monetary donation isn’t in the cards be sure to rate and write a review of the podcast. OAN, don’t forget to share this podcast with everyone you know!
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    You can formally join the family by visiting www.inthosegenes.com.
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    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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    The Nucleus (our transcript, The Helix (an episodic soundtrack), and Henrietta Facts (quick notes from the episode) will be posted soon.

    • 54 min
    Intronic Season Episode 4: Trusting The Vaccine While Black Pt. 2 (IG/Clubhouse Live Cypher Session)

    Intronic Season Episode 4: Trusting The Vaccine While Black Pt. 2 (IG/Clubhouse Live Cypher Session)

    Today we are airing our first Intronic Episode of 2021, Trusting The Vaccine While Black Part 2, a live community cypher conversation with Dr. Ashira Blazer and our family of listeners on Instagram and Clubhouse.
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    For those of you who follow us on Instagram you know we host an IG Live and now a Clubhouse Club Conversation that we call Community Cyphers. The purpose of these sessions is to further engage with the community and provide accurate information from experts. On most Thursdays we host these Cypher Sessions, some about our upcoming Season 2 and some about Dat Rona. All sessions are recorded but our Cypher sessions on Dat Rona will also be aired here in our Intronic Season.
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    Our Intronic Season is our content during the off season where we might hit you with an episode swap from another podcast, Dat Rona updates, our Helix playlist, or some Henrietta Facts to keep you in the know of these here genomes!
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    You can follow our guest Dr. Ashira Blazer on Twitter at @Ashira_MD
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    In Those Genes is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    If a monetary donation isn’t in the cards be sure to rate and write a review of the podcast. OAN, don’t forget to share this podcast with everyone you know!
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    You can formally join the family by visiting, www.inthosegenes.com .
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    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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    Follow our club “The Genomes of Black Folk” on clubhouse to listen in on our community cypher sessions
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    If you want to know the intersection of coronavirus on social justice and Black and Brown communities listen to this:
    https://crooked.com/podcast/take-this-seriously-with-andy-slavitt/
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    More on what RNA is found here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQByjprj_mA
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    More on mRNA medications found here:
    https://www.modernatx.com/mrna-technology/science-and-fundamentals-mrna-technology
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    For more information mRNA vaccines check out this resource
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5906799/

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Intronic Season Episode 3 - SNP-its, Short Audio Stories by Biorocket High School Interns

    Intronic Season Episode 3 - SNP-its, Short Audio Stories by Biorocket High School Interns

    Hey fam! Today we are hitting you with another Intronic episode but this time from high school interns from the Biorocket Program at Genspace who used our show as a model to do some science storytelling themselves. We call their short audio stories, SNP-its, a play upon words from an acronym in genetics that stands for single nucleotide polymorphism and describes common mutations in populations.
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    Over the next 40 minutes you’ll hear four SNP-its produced by this year’s Biorocket interns. The Biorocket interns worked collaboratively over the course of seven weeks to research, write, and produce a short podcast SNP-it about a science topic of their choosing. They covered everything from CRISPR gene therapies and “designer babies” to the environmental impacts of fast fashion and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is disproportionately impacting some communities.
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    You can find the transcripts from our interns here, bit.ly/32UxffI.
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    You can find more information about Genspace here, www.genspace.org/
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    You can learn more about Biorocket here, www.genspace.org/biorocket
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    If you'd like to donate to Genspace, you can do so here, www.genspace.org/support-us.
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    If you enjoyed this please consider becoming a patron! We are REALLY trying to come back with a strong season 2 and we really need support. We are a THRIVING independent podcast with run by 3 freelancers most of which with other full-time jobs.
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    Become a patron here: www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    • 43 min
    Intronic Season Episode 2- Dat Rona Update: Trusting Vaccines While Black

    Intronic Season Episode 2- Dat Rona Update: Trusting Vaccines While Black

    We're BACK---well kind of...
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    This week we want to hit you with a new Rona update all about the development of coronavirus vaccines. This update is inspired by our fam on Black Twitter and the discourse popping up that’s claiming the vaccine will be created to intentionally do harm us Black folks.
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    Specifically folks who are weary of engaging in vaccine related research or even taking the vaccine when it’s ready because of our history with medical racism and exploitation in this country.
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    On today’s Rona Update we’re going to speak about those theories, explore the likelihood of a vaccine created with specific intentions to harm one group of people, talk about some of the real concerns to have around the development of a vaccine, and dive deeper into what we really need to know about these vaccines and the trials.
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    Here you can find our original Dat Rona episode
    https://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/dat_rona
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on testing (first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/scientific_sleu
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on being incarcerated during the pandemic (first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/all_of_us
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on the racial impact Dat Rona has on our communities (first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/genenina_pt1
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on immunity(first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/genenina_pt2
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    Here you can learn more about DNA, RNA and protein vaccines.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrp5zsqi60
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    Here you can learn more information on debunked anti vax theories
    https://www.who.int/vaccine_safety/initiative/detection/immunization_misconceptions/en/index4.html
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    Here you can find the episode where we discuss the Tuskgee experiments at the 23 minute mark.
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/ion_trust_dem_p
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    Here you can find the episode where we discuss Henrietta Lacks at time stamp 44:45 you can also learn about data privacy policies from consumer genetics companies in this episode.
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/damn_gina
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    Keystone eSymposia called Transforming Vaccinology: Pandemic Preparedness and the Response to COVID-19
    https://virtual.keystonesymposia.org/ks/sessions/2106/view
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    If you enjoyed this please consider becoming a patron! We are REALLY trying to come back with a strong season 2 and we really need support. We are a THRIVING independent podcast with run by 3 freelancers most of which with other full-time jobs.
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    Become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
288 Ratings

288 Ratings

Leesa Charlotte ,

Love it!

Only just discovered this pod via the vaccine episode. Such a great example of a discussion that doesn’t diminish people’s fears while also clearly stating scientific fact. Great audio with awesome music throughout. Highly recommend!

DonzBeanz ,

Super high-quality content but a bit too ideological

This is an amazing podcast. So well-produced. A great medium for describing complicated topics in genetics. I am about to launch Into some criticism but I’ll just say to keep in mind that I love the podcast and think everyone interested in genetics should give it a listen.

I do find that where it steps beyond the pure science, it tends to cherry-pick for a particular narrative in our current racial terms. For example, episode 1 of season 2 spends a lot of time on European “scientists” and thinkers from the past who had “racist” takes, while mainly highlighting African thinkers with what we would call “anti-racist” takes. The reality is much more messy. Were this an attempt at honest scientific inquiry into these topics, it would be more clear that life was short and incredibly brutal and painful for most people leading to the 20th century and xenophobia was rampant across the globe while acceptance of those who looked differently, or even occupied different spaces across the same geographic regions was fleetingly rare. Every society enslaved and subjugated those who were different, justifying it through perceived superiority based on factors beyond the control of individuals. To exclude certain societies from this dynamic and to write people like John Locke off as being “late to the party” in support of a particular world view just seems propagandistic to me. Such is the times though, amirite?

Hate to spend so much time ragging, but I think this could easily be one of the best science podcasts if the ideologically-based cherry picking stopped. This could seriously be one for the history books but I fear it won’t age well. I appreciate that this is meant for a particular audience and maybe I’m being too harsh. Only time will tell.

LittleGretch ,

A must-listen for White folks

Dr. Jeff and her team's pod In Those Genes is a highly entertaining, deeply intellectual, and spiritually grounded message for our times.

As a White woman, who is also a teacher, I am so grateful for the chance to listen to this show. Us teachers have so much to learn, too!

Dr. Jeff offers all of us, in an open hearted welcome so true to her New Orleans roots, a glimpse into the gritty conversation of amazing Black women in STEM.

Support this work on patreon, listen, reflect, and share. In Those Genes is a great example of how Black-centric work can truly help us all.

If you are White I challenge you to listen to Dr. Jeff with an open mind so we can know better and do better by Black folks. Racial hierarchy must be dismantled!

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