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 33: Ancient DNA And The Five Ancestral Lineages of Modern Dogs

Today Razib talks to Anders Bergstrom on the results of a new paper in Science that uses ancient DNA to discover the ancestral lineages of modern dogs. There are some major surprises!



episode 33: Brian Hare and Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

Razib discusses the new book Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity with one of the authors.


 2020-09-15  1h4m

episode 32: Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters

Razib talks to evolutionary anthropologist Joe Henrich about his new book, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous,


 2020-09-08  50m

episode 31: Why much of science is fiction

Razib talks to Stuart Ritchie about his new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth


 2020-09-03  1h20m

episode 30: Siberian paleohistory

Razib and Spencer discuss the geography, prehistory, and genetics, of Siberia. Also, the time Spencer experienced a Siberian winter!


 2020-08-06  1h19m

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:


 2020-08-01  1h33m

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.


 2020-07-23  41m

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.


 2020-07-16  53m

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?


 2020-07-10  44m

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