The Insight

The Insight

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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.
The ape that understood the universe
Apr 16 • 61 min
Razib talks to evolutionary psychologist Steve Stewart-Williams about how the origins of our mind can inform how we interact with the world around us. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/cxm84D_0
Solving the Missing Heritability
Apr 10 • 60 min
Razib talks to Alexander Young on whether the missing heritability is solved, and what it is in the first place https://pxlme.me/LgByOD37
The genetic history of Ice Age Europe
Apr 2 • 43 min
Razib discusses the genetics of Pleistocene Europeans with Cosimo Posth. https://pxlme.me/Rxv09mQ2
This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution
Mar 27 • 54 min
David Sloan Wilson talks about the application of evolutionary theory to policy and people, and his book, This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution. https://pxlme.me/PqJs9Qy6
Historical Linguistics
Mar 18 • 47 min
Asya Pereltsvaig joins us to talk about historical linguistics, how language evolution relates to genetic evolution (or not), and what sorts of features are important in creating a phylogenetic tree of languages. https://pxlme.me/S7aXK2Bf
Irish genetics over the past 10,000 years
Mar 13 • 64 min
This week Razib talks to Dr. Lara Cassidy about what genetics can tell us about Ireland’s history. https://pxlme.me/mUUwq7u9
Polygenic risk scores and diversity
Mar 6 • 48 min
This week, medical genetics and diversity https://pxlme.me/bmjzWq8R
Blueprint, a conversation with Robert Plomin
Feb 27 • 59 min
This week we talk about behavior geneticists with one of the doyens of the field, Robert Plomin. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/wv1-WXQK
The Prehistory of the Arabian Peninsula
Feb 19 • 83 min
Archaeologist Jeff Rose talks about the incredible Paleolithic finds in Oman and their implications for the origins of modern humanity. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/l2uKidYt
Love and biology!
Feb 13 • 61 min
This week we talked to evolutionary biologist Steve Phelps about love. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/Qe6cieei
Is the FBI Watching Your DNA?
Feb 6 • 66 min
This week Razib and Spencer talk to Judy Russell and Debbie Kennett about the recent controversy about Family Tree DNA’s cooperation with law enforcement. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/QulNHrT_
The New York Times takes on Ancient DNA
Jan 30 • 64 min
This week Razib and Spencer talk to Bastien Llamas, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, about the recent expose about ancient DNA in The New York Times Magazine. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/4OULrz6S
Cultural Evolution
Jan 23 • 74 min
This week Razib discusses cultural evolution with anthropologist Richard McElreath. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/HCVcxcZh
2018 in genomics
Dec 20, 2018 • 53 min
This week, Spencer and Razib discuss the stories which defined 2018 in genomics. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/35Tq7n7g
African Genetics
Dec 12, 2018 • 53 min
This week Razib and Spencer discuss the changes occurring in the genetics of Africa, and the ramifications for all of us. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/83LHp9kw
The Genetics of Game of Thrones
Dec 5, 2018 • 61 min
This week Razib and Spencer discuss the genetics of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/6l7Cf6ZI
CRISPR Babies in China: Across the Rubicon
Nov 26, 2018 • 66 min
This week, Spencer and Razib talk about “CRISPR babies” in China with Antonio Regalado. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/w385xwhK
The genetics of taste
Nov 21, 2018 • 55 min
This week, Spencer and Razib talk about the genetics of taste. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/oB4DsDaI
The genetics of Native Americans
Nov 14, 2018 • 58 min
This week, Spencer and Razib talk about the history and genetics of the Native Americans. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/ovEQFyCr
Halloween genetics: fact or fiction
Oct 31, 2018 • 37 min
This week, Spencer and Razib talk about the intersection of Halloween and genetics. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/Jx54AZoN
Reflections on ASHG 2018
Oct 24, 2018 • 30 min
This week Gareth and Razib talk about their impressions of the American Society of Human Genetics meeting for 2018. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/NebRLt1P
The Genetics of the Finns
Oct 17, 2018 • 47 min
This week Spencer and Razib talk about the genetics of the Finns, and the Uralic people more generally. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/GYn1-9Jv
ANI, ASI, IVC and The Genetics of India
Sep 26, 2018 • 55 min
This week, Razib and Spencer discuss the history, genetics and anthropology of India. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/lMHHXFZb
The Greatest Human Journey
Sep 19, 2018 • 59 min
This week, Razib and Spencer discuss the genetics and peopling of Hawaii Show notes: https://pxlme.me/HB8t-6GG
The Legacy of Cavalli-Sforza
Sep 12, 2018 • 43 min
This week, Razib and Spencer review the legacy of the late L. L. Cavalli-Sforza. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/sMSUF9il
So you want to be a geneticist…
Aug 15, 2018 • 53 min
This week, Razib talks to Dr. Austin Reynolds, an early career geneticist at UC Davis. They talk about how Austin got into genetics, and where he’s going in the field. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/d6LS3rfJ
MHC and the Genetics of Attraction
Aug 8, 2018 • 33 min
This week Spencer & Razib have been ousted, as the “interns” take over, and discuss the relationship between genetics and attraction. Episode 31 show notes: http://pxlme.me/Q5qOCz3r
Genetics of Educational Attainment
Jul 25, 2018 • 72 min
Razib and Spencer discuss the genetics of educational attainment and cognitive performance with behavioral geneticist James Lee. Episode 30 show notes: http://pxlme.me/M7R1Fjh5
The Genetics of China, Han & Beyond
Jul 18, 2018 • 50 min
Spencer and Razib discuss the history, genetics, and scientific future of China and the Han people.
Violence and Warfare!
Jul 12, 2018 • 52 min
Spencer and Razib discuss the history, psychology and biology of violence and warfare, from Rousseau to Hobbes.
Genetic States of America
Jul 4, 2018 • 42 min
This week Spencer and Razib discuss the genetic and demographic history of the United States of America from the age of European colonization onward.
Isolated Populations
Jun 27, 2018 • 43 min
This week Spencer and Razib discuss the genetic and cultural importance of isolated and unique populations.
Coffee, Milk & Booze
Jun 20, 2018 • 54 min
This week Spencer and Razib dive into three of the most important beverages in human history: coffee, milk and alcohol.
Y-chromosomes and the Ascent of Man
Jun 13, 2018 • 52 min
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.
Barbarian Genetics
Jun 6, 2018 • 53 min
This week Spencer and Razib talk to Patrick Wyman, host of the podcast ‘Tides of History,’ about the genetics of the barbarian invasions during the fall of the Roman Empire.
She Has Her Mother’s Laugh
May 30, 2018 • 75 min
This week Spencer and Razib talk to renowned science journalist Carl Zimmer about his new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh.
Molecular Population Genetics
May 24, 2018 • 49 min
Razib talks to professor Matthew Hahn of Indiana University about population and molecular genetics, and how the two have combined to form one field.
The Evolutionary Importance of Mothers and Grandmothers
May 9, 2018 • 56 min
Spencer and Razib talk to Kristen Hawkes, proponent of “The Grandmother Hypothesis,” about the importance of mothers and grandmothers in human evolutionary history.
The Golden State Killer and the Genetic Panopticon
May 2, 2018 • 58 min
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.
Lee Berger and the Dawn of “Big Data” in Paleoanthropology
Apr 18, 2018 • 82 min
Lee Berger sits down with Razib and Spencer to discuss his work in paleoanthropology, the discovery of Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi, and the new era of “big data” in a field previously characterized by relatively few well-studied hominin…
The Genetics of Human Behavior
Apr 11, 2018 • 69 min
This week Spencer and Razib talk to Stuart Ritchie, a leading behavioral geneticist, about the genetics of intelligence and personality.
Jewish Genetics: The Exodus Comes Full Circle
Apr 4, 2018 • 45 min
This week, Spencer and Razib discuss the genetics of Jewish populations. From an origin in the Fertile Crescent thousands of years ago to a worldwide diaspora, it’s a fascinating story of faith, migration and admixture.
Inside Helix
Mar 28, 2018 • 32 min
This week Spencer and Razib talk to James Lu, co-founder of Helix, about the past, present and future of the “app store for personal genomics.”
Multiregionalism is Dead…Long Live Multiregionalism!
Mar 21, 2018 • 48 min
This week, Razib talks with renowned paleoanthropologist Milford Wolpoff about how he was both wrong and right about human evolution.
23andMe, the FDA, and Our Genomic Future
Mar 14, 2018 • 35 min
Spencer, Razib and Gareth discuss the recent launch of breast cancer susceptibility (BRCA) testing by 23andMe, including the science behind the test and the policy challenges surrounding direct-to-consumer medical testing.
Paradise Lost
Mar 7, 2018 • 46 min
This week Spencer and Razib discuss the three great “Pleistocene Paradises” lost to rising sea levels at the end of the last Ice Age: Doggerland, Beringia and Sundaland.
Chris Stringer and The Human Revolution
Feb 28, 2018 • 52 min
This week Spencer and Razib discuss the Out of Africa theory, Neanderthal admixture, and The Human Revolution with Chris Stringer, Head of Human Origins Research at London’s Natural History Museum.
Cheddar: More Than A Cheese
Feb 21, 2018 • 40 min
This week, Spencer and Razib do a deep dive into the early history of the British Isles, focusing specifically on the famous “Cheddar Man.” Who were the first Brits, and what did they really look like?
Darwin Day Special: Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?
Feb 14, 2018 • 47 min
Spencer and Razib discuss Charles Darwin’s scientific impact on our understanding of evolution, and delve into the mechanism by which selection - both natural and sexual - produces biological change.
Journey of Man Redux
Feb 7, 2018 • 63 min
15 years after the premiere of the PBS/National Geographic documentary ‘Journey of Man’ and the publication of Spencer’s book, Spencer and Razib talk about the impact they have had on the public’s understanding of genetics and human…
Ancestry Deconvoluted
Jan 31, 2018 • 41 min
Spencer and Razib discuss how geneticists infer ancestry from genomic data, with guest Joe Pickrell - geneticist, founder & CEO of consumer genomics startup Gencove. Find out why telling you you’re 6% Greek is harder than it seems…
Consumer Genomics Goes Mainstream
Jan 24, 2018 • 34 min
Spencer, Razib and Gareth discuss the past, present and future of consumer genomics, from its early days as a cottage industry to where it goes in 2018 - and beyond.
The Indo-European Enigma
Jan 17, 2018 • 27 min
Razib and Spencer discuss the genetic evidence for the migration of Bronze Age Indo-Aryan steppe nomads across Eurasia, including the political issues surrounding their impact on the Indian subcontinent.
Neander-Me Part 2
Jan 10, 2018 • 40 min
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 a…
Neander-Me, Part 1
Jan 3, 2018 • 42 min
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 a…
A Christmas Metabolism Story
Dec 19, 2017 • 32 min
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.
The Neolithic Revolution
Dec 12, 2017 • 46 min
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…