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.

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episode 29: Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth

Razib and Spencer discuss why the geology and biogeography of Southeast Asia may explain why it is so important in the history of human evolution. Show notes:



episode 28: Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago

Razib discusses revolutionary new work published in Nature that tells us that modern humans were present in the Americas 32,000 years ago with one of the authors, Lorena Becerra-Valdivia.



episode 27: Ghost in the machine

Spencer and Razib talk about what we mean when we say "ghost population" in human genetics, and why it's so important to understand our origins.



episode 26: Native American admixture into Polynesia!

Razib talks to Alex Ioannidis on the new paper which he is a first author of which argues that there is pre-Columbian Native American ancestry in Eastern Polynesia. Did the Polynesians bring them back from the mainland? Or did they voyage themselves?



episode 25: Will to Power and the Holocene transition

Razib and Spencer talk about what a new ancient DNA paper from Neolithic Ireland suggests about radical inequality and power differentials in early agricultural societies, and what that says about the transition from hunting and gathering more...


 2020-06-26  1h1m

episode 24: Two cultures, humanities and science

Spencer and Razib discuss what the humanities can offer to science with Kerim Yasar, professor of East Asian literature


 2020-06-19  1h0m

episode 23: Psychiatry and genes

Razib talks to Dr. Emily Deans on what's like to work in psychiatry today in a world with personal genomics.


 2020-06-12  48m

episode 22: American Downfall: Cultural evolution, Peter Turchin, and the return of history

Spencer and Razib discuss current events in the context of cultural evolution. The history of decline, the American "Empire", and Peter Turchin's thoughts on social disorder


 2020-06-03  1h24m

episode 21: The genetic basis of facial variation

This week Razib talks to Dan Crouch about what we know about the genetics of the variation shape and features.


 2020-05-29  58m

episode 20: 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)


 2020-05-21  53m