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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.

    How Did People Domesticate Animals? An Interview with Professor Greger Larson

    How Did People Domesticate Animals? An Interview with Professor Greger Larson

    The domestication of animals has transformed the way that people eat, clothe themselves, and live over the past 10,000 or so years, but what in the world does "domestication" even mean? How did this happen, and why did people start doing this? I talk with Professor Greger Larson of Oxford University about the genetics of animal domestication and how cutting-edge science is helping us answer these age-old questions.

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    The First Farmers

    The First Farmers

    The domestication of plants and animals has remade the way that people feed themselves, organize their societies, and interact with the landscapes around them. But for most of the human past, this isn't how people subsisted. When, where, and how did people start farming? And most importantly, why?

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    • 50 min
    After the Ice: The Younger Dryas, the Mesolithic, and the Birth of a New World

    After the Ice: The Younger Dryas, the Mesolithic, and the Birth of a New World

    For most of Homo sapiens' time out of Africa, we lived in a world defined by ice. But by around 20,000 years ago, the ice had begun to melt, the glaciers retreating back toward the poles and mountain ranges. This left behind a new world, a whole different series of environments, opportunities, and perils for the people who had made it through the Ice Age.

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    • 50 min
    How Should We Understand the Deep Human Past? Interview with Professor John Hawks

    How Should We Understand the Deep Human Past? Interview with Professor John Hawks

    Professor John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world's best communicators on the deep human past and paleoanthropology, joins me to talk about archaic humans, genomics, and whether the concept of different human species even makes sense these days. Check out his blog, which is an amazing resource, and follow him on Twitter.

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    • 57 min
    New Insights on the First Americans: Interview with Professor Jennifer Raff

    New Insights on the First Americans: Interview with Professor Jennifer Raff

    Our understanding of the past is constantly in flux, and there's no field where that's clearer than with the early settlement of the Americas. I'm joined by Professor Jennifer Raff of the University of Kansas, an anthropological geneticist, to discuss the game-changing (or not?) recent work pushing back the date of first settlement to 30,000 years ago or more.

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    • 52 min
    Who Were the First Americans?

    Who Were the First Americans?

    The Americas were the last continents Homo sapiens reached. Why did it take so long for people to enter this vast and promising expanse of land? Who were they, and where had they come from? In today's episode, we explore the latest - just days old! - science of the First Americans, and discover the descendants they've left behind even today.

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4.7 out of 5
4.5K Ratings

4.5K Ratings

MN Ethan ,

Great Visualization

In telling the stories of history, Patrick does a great job of creating a visual of the day to day life that constantly makes me think about what it was like to live then and start to ask questions of my own

cavitation1998 ,

Amazing show

Amazing show

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Amazing show

Every time I see a new episode has dropped I know I have a 30-60 minute window into the deep past to peer through. The older episodes about more recent history are just as exciting. Whether you're an old hand at history or an amateur like me, Patrick Wyman has a show for you.

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