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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, 195 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
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

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.

RobertitoGenetics ,

Best Podcasts Ever!!

As a genetics enthusiast, I love the high quailty science discussions in these podasts between Spencer, Razib and their incredible roster of guests. As a non-professional, I appreciate their frequent assessments of recently published papers, which help me separate out the chaff and identify which papers are worth tracking down to try to read, for myself. (Razib: that includes wading through supplements, even if I don't fully understand them...) The show notes on their website for each podcast are an excellent resource for further investigation. In short: the perfect combination of news you can use, in depth analysis and fascinating discussion.

MissAlyss5098 ,

Excellent podcast!

I love paleoanthropology and population genetics, but after college I ended up in a field that isn’t even remotely related to those interests. Enter this podcast! As someone who isn’t in the field and no longer has access to fancy, expensive research journals, this podcast is a nice way to stay current on the ever changing landscape of genetics, paleoanthropology, and human migration. The hosts are knowledgeable about the topics and clearly have an excellent scientific background in the field, but they also strive to make the topic accessible for people who are interested but aren’t trained in genetics. I highly recommend the podcast for anyone interested in these topics, as this field is quickly changing and very exciting, and this podcast can help keep you current and more informed.

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