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 53m. Bisher sind 102 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast

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

episode 19: Chris Stringer on paleoanthropology in 2020

Razib catches up with Chris Stinger on the state of paleoanthropology in 2020 and the ramifications of what genetics has taught us about the diversity in Denisovans in the past few years!


 2020-05-14  1h4m

episode 18: Genetically Modified Organisms

Razib talks to Chad Niederhuth at Michigan State on the promise of GMO agriculture!


 2020-05-07  50m

episode 17: Coronavirus: the question for vaccination and the specter of revolution

Spencer and Razib discuss the state of the pandemic, why Spencer is skeptical of rapid vaccine development, and the political and cultural fallout of COVID-19.


 2020-05-01  1h4m

Alfred Russel Wallace and the Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

Spencer describes Wallace's encounter with Indonesia and his insight into evolution by natural selection.


 2020-04-25  26m

episode 16: Genetics, genealogy, and secrets unknown

Razib talks to Libby Copeland about her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are


 2020-04-22  54m

episode 15: Coronavirus 2020: preamble to Weimar?

Spencer and Razib discuss the updates to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 as of mid-April. Spencer delves into the possible social and cultural ramifications, and they both discuss the trajectory internationally and into the future.


 2020-04-16  1h17m