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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.

The Insight Insitome: Your guide to the story of you

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 205 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

Mattycakes318 ,

Truly Excellent!

So glad to have you guys back! As someone with a background in History, I find this podcast amazing insightful. I called the Neanderthal admixture back in 2006 and my Paleoanthropology professor dismissed the idea as impossible. I like that this podcast is open to change as the data changes! Paleoanthropology could learn a thing or two from that mindset!

naturegirl34 ,

Leaves me with insights

Even to a non-scientist the podcasts are fascinating. Keep them coming.

AMac-78 ,

Came for the genetics, stayed for the paleo

Razib Khan and Spencer Wells are tag-team interviewers who use the podcast format to their advantage. Each episode is a deep dive on a narrow topic. Sometimes it's these two experts riffing with each other (Neanderthal ancestry of most humans), other times it's an interview. Three recent episodes have been particularly rewarding, to this reader: 1. Lee Berger discussing new discoveries of hominid fossils in South Africa. 2. Genetic genealogist Roberta Estes filling in the details on how the Golden State Serial Killer case was cracked. 3. Razib’s interview of cardiologist Amit Khera on integrating polygenic risk scores into the practice of medicine. That's a lot of ground to cover, and this podcast does it very, very well.

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