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.


episode 3: Neander-Me, Part 1

Today, humans are the only species of hominin in the world. 50,000 years ago, however, we were not alone - our cousins, the Neanderthals and Denisovans, walked the Earth with us. Their legacy lives on in our genomes today. Razib and Spencer take us on...


 2018-01-03  42m

episode 2: A Christmas Metabolism Story

Spencer, Razib and guest Gareth Highnam take you "behind the scenes" of your holiday meal. A whirlwind tour of 10,000 years of history, you'll discover how and why your genome plays a role in metabolizing what you eat and drink during the festive season.


 2017-12-19  32m

episode 1: The Neolithic Revolution

Around 10,000 years ago, a few human communities around the world made a momentous decision: to stop hunting and gathering, and become farmers. Why did this shift in lifestyle happen, and what unexpected effects did it have on our ancestors - and us? The answers can be found in Middle Eastern archaeological sites, carefully measured skeletons, a bit of botanical sleuthing...and in our own DNA.


 2017-12-12  46m