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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, 237 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.

    Ancient DNA and China

    Ancient DNA and China

    Spencer and Razib discuss the latest ancient DNA work that sheds light on East Asian prehistory (and also some coronavirus status update) https://reich.hms.harvard.edu/sites/reich.hms.harvard.edu/files/inline-files/YangSciecne2020.pdf

    (excuse the "sound effects" early in the podcast!)

    • 53 min
    Chris Stringer on paleoanthropology in 2020

    Chris Stringer on paleoanthropology in 2020

    Razib catches up with Chris Stinger on the state of paleoanthropology in 2020 and the ramifications of what genetics has taught us about the diversity in Denisovans in the past few years!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Genetically Modified Organisms

    Genetically Modified Organisms

    Razib talks to Chad Niederhuth at Michigan State on the promise of GMO agriculture! http://niederhuthlab.com/

    • 50 min
    Coronavirus 2020: vaccination and the specter of revolution

    Coronavirus 2020: vaccination and the specter of revolution

    Spencer and Razib discuss the state of the pandemic, why Spencer is skeptical of rapid vaccine development, and the political and cultural fallout of COVID-19. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/29/847755751/compared-to-china-u-s-stay-at-home-has-been-a-giant-garden-party-journalist-says

    https://medium.com/@spwells

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Alfred Russel Wallace and the Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

    Alfred Russel Wallace and the Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

    Spencer describes Wallace's encounter with Indonesia and his insight into evolution by natural selection.

    • 26 min
    Genetics, genealogy, and secrets unknown

    Genetics, genealogy, and secrets unknown

    Razib talks to Libby Copeland about her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/lost-family_9781419743009/

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

GanjaGeoff ,

A Gleeful Spencer Wells heralds the decline of the West

As usual, Spencer and Razib give a tremendously interesting and informative podcast. Their efforts are soured slightly by Spencer Wells’ giddiness over the rise of China and the obvious decline of the United States and the West more generally. Kinda embarrassing for a smart, nuanced guy to speak like he does sometimes. He goes as far as to call for a “Nuremberg style” trial for Donald Trump while praising Xi Jinping’s China die their supposedly robust science. Bizarre deal.

Qi wertgcs oitscc ,

My last insitome podcast

A “genocidal” decision? Nuremberg war crime? Spencer, seek a doctor’s help for your TDS.

Brude McKee ,

Spencer Wells at his best

Spencer, your delivery in this podcast is excellent.
More please. I am in my last semester off college and I don’t really have time for pleasure listening.
The transition to online classes has doubled my workload. This podcast is an example of how I learn well. Thank you Brude McKee

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