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 103 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 21 hours 46 minutes


episode 19: The Golden State Killer and the Genetic Panopticon

This week, Spencer and Razib talk to genetic genealogist Roberta Estes about the Golden State Killer case and how the rise of genetic genealogy and citizen science databases helped to track down the suspect.


 2018-05-02  58m

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 20: The Evolutionary Importance of Mothers and Grandmothers

Spencer and Razib talk to Kristen Hawkes, proponent of "The Grandmother Hypothesis," about the importance of mothers and grandmothers in human evolutionary history.


 2018-05-09  56m

episode 21: Molecular Population Genetics

Razib talks to professor Matthew Hahn of the University of Indiana about population and molecular genetics, and how the two have combined to form one field.


 2018-05-24  49m

episode 22: She Has Her Mother's Laugh

This week Spencer and Razib talk to renowned science journalist Carl Zimmer about his new book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh.


 2018-05-30  1h15m

episode 23: Barbarian Genetics

Saxons, Vandals, and alleles


 2018-06-06  53m

episode 24: Y-chromosomes and the Ascent of Man

This week Spencer and Razib discuss the Y-chromosome as tool for studying human history, from early migrations out of Africa to Genghis Khan and Bronze Age bottlenecks.


 2018-06-13  52m

episode 25: Coffee, Milk & Booze

This week Spencer and Razib dive into three of the most important beverages in human history:  coffee, milk and alcohol.


 2018-06-21  54m

episode 26: Isolated Populations

This week Spencer and Razib discuss the genetic and cultural importance of isolated and unique populations.


 2018-06-28  43m

episode 27: Genetic States of America

This week Spencer and Razib discuss the genetic and demographic history of the United States of America from the age of European colonization onward.


 2018-07-04  42m