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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

    Trapped in Ice: The Paleolithic World

    Trapped in Ice: The Paleolithic World

    Twenty thousand years ago, the world was locked in ice. The glaciers advanced from the poles and mountain ranges, swallowing huge portions of the planet's surface and making the rest colder and drier, a more difficult place to live. Yet people nevertheless thrived, spreading out across the continents and creating some of the most incredible art in human history.

    • 45 min
    Ancient DNA and the Human Story: Interview with Geneticist Eske Willerslev

    Ancient DNA and the Human Story: Interview with Geneticist Eske Willerslev

    Ancient DNA is the key that's unlocking the deep history of humanity, allowing us to answer questions about our collective past that we never dreamed of addressing even 20 years ago. Eske Willerslev is a pioneer in the field of extracting, sequencing, and analyzing the preserved DNA of people who lived thousands upon thousands of years ago; on top of that, he's a fascinating person with unique perspectives on how to understand the human past.

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    • 43 min
    The Ghosts of Archaic Humans

    The Ghosts of Archaic Humans

    Until very recently, Homo sapiens - our species - was only one of several varieties of humans on this planet. As our ancestors spread outward from Africa in their great migration, they encountered those other species. The results of those encounters left us a genetic legacy that is still with us today.

    If you'd like to see some visuals of the things in this episode, check out this post on my Substack blog.

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    • 47 min
    Bone, Stone, and Genome: Understanding Humanity's Deep Past

    Bone, Stone, and Genome: Understanding Humanity's Deep Past

    Welcome to a new season of Tides of History! Over the next year, we'll be traveling from the very origins of our species through the peopling of the planet, the Ice Age, and then to the beginnings of agriculture, cities, metalworking, and states. Today, we cover our deepest past, from the divergence from our closest ape relatives to the first appearance of anatomically modern humans.

    To see visuals of our earliest ancestors, and how-to videos for making ancient stone tools, check out Patrick's website.

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    • 47 min
    Did I End My Early Modern Series in the Right Place? Interview with Keith Pluymers

    Did I End My Early Modern Series in the Right Place? Interview with Keith Pluymers

    How do we tell when one period ends and another begins? What are the fundamental characteristics of the early modern period? My dear friend (and friend of the show!) Keith Pluymers, assistant professor of history at Illinois State University, returns to chat with me about periodization, the Great Divergence, and riots in the early modern period.

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    • 57 min
    The Globalization of the Year 1000: Interview with Professor Valerie Hansen

    The Globalization of the Year 1000: Interview with Professor Valerie Hansen

    Around the year 1000, merchants, explorers, and missionaries linked the world together from Newfoundland to China. Trade goods, people, and above all ideas flowed across a rich assortment of routes, connecting previously distant places into a single unit. This was the first instance of what we can call globalization, according to Professor Valerie Hansen of Yale, who wrote a compelling new book on the topic: The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World - and Globalization Began.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

GildedVine ,

Great Series

I love the new series! Keep up the great work. The evolution of our species is a topic I’ve been interested in and followed for many years. It’s exciting to hear about all the recent discoveries.

rfoiyg ,

So far, so good

Season 4 is a subject I’ve been interested in during the passed 5 years, especially in terms of genome research. Your guest in episode 3 provided some amazing information.

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well done.

easy to understand, good presentation, enjoyed it a lot!

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