The Insight

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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 52m. Bisher sind 53 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast


episode 19: Historical Linguistics

Asya Pereltsvaig joins us to talk about historical linguistics, how language evolution relates to genetic evolution (or not), and what sorts of features are important in creating a phylogenetic tree of languages.



episode 18: Irish genetics over the past 10,000 years

This week Razib talks to Dr. Lara Cassidy about what genetics can tell us about Ireland's history.



episode 17: Polygenic risk scores and diversity

This week, medical genetics and diversity



episode 16: Blueprint, a conversation with Robert Plomin

This week we talk about behavior geneticists with one of the doyens of the field, Robert Plomin. Show notes:



episode 15: The Prehistory of the Arabian Peninsula

Archaeologist Jeff Rose talks about the incredible Paleolithic finds in Oman and their implications for the origins of modern humanity. Show notes:


 2019-02-20  1h23m

episode 14: Love and biology!

This week we talked to evolutionary biologist Steve Phelps about love. Show notes:


 2019-02-14  1h1m

episode 13: Is the FBI Watching Your DNA?

This week Razib and Spencer talk to Judy Russell and Debbie Kennett about the recent controversy about Family Tree DNA's cooperation with law enforcement. Show notes:


 2019-02-06  1h6m

episode 12: The New York Times takes on Ancient DNA

This week Razib and Spencer talk to Bastien Llamas, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, about the recent expose about ancient DNA in The New York Times Magazine. Show notes:


 2019-01-30  1h4m

episode 11: Cultural Evolution

This weak Razib discusses cultural evolution with anthropologist Richard McElreath. Show notes:


 2019-01-24  1h14m

episode 10: 2018 in genomics

This week, Spencer and Razib discuss the stories which defined 2018 in genomics. Show notes:


 2018-12-20  53m