By Insitome: Your guide to the story of you
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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.
||CleanHalloween genetics: fact or fiction||This week, Spencer and Razib talk about the intersection of Halloween and genetics. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/Jx54AZoN||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReflections on ASHG 2018||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||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Genetics of the Finns||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||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanANI, ASI, IVC and The Genetics of India||This week, Razib and Spencer discuss the history, genetics and anthropology of India. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/lMHHXFZb||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Greatest Human Journey||This week, Razib and Spencer discuss the genetics and peopling of Hawaii Show notes: https://pxlme.me/HB8t-6GG||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Legacy of Cavalli-Sforza||This week, Razib and Spencer review the legacy of the late L. L. Cavalli-Sforza. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/sMSUF9il||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo you want to be a geneticist…||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||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMHC and the Genetics of Attraction||This week Spencer & Razib have been ousted! The "interns" take over, as Mackenzie Finklea, Brianna and Isabelle discuss the relationship between genetics and attraction. Episode 31 show notes.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenetics of Educational Attainment||Razib and Spencer discuss the genetics of educational attainment and cognitive performance with behavioral geneticist James Lee. Episode 30 show notes.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Genetics of China, Han & Beyond||Spencer and Razib discuss the history, genetics, and scientific future of China and the Han people.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanViolence and Warfare!||Spencer and Razib discuss the history, psychology, and biology of violence and warfare, from Rousseau to Hobbes.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenetic 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.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsolated Populations||This week Spencer and Razib discuss the genetic and cultural importance of isolated and unique populations.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCoffee, Milk & Booze||This week Spencer and Razib dive into three of the most important beverages in human history: coffee, milk and alcohol.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanY-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.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarbarian Genetics||Saxons, Vandals, and alleles||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe 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.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMolecular Population Genetics||Razib talks to professor Matthew Hahn of Indiana University about population and molecular genetics, and how the two have combined to form one field.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLee Berger and the Dawn of "Big Data" in Paleoanthropology||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...||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Genetics of Human Behavior||This week Spencer and Razib talk to Stuart Ritchie, a leading behavioral geneticist, about the genetics of intelligence and personality.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJewish Genetics: The Exodus Comes Full Circle||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.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside Helix||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."||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMultiregionalism is Dead...Long Live Multiregionalism!||This week, Razib talks with renowned paleoanthropologist Milford Wolpoff about how he was both wrong and right about human evolution.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23andMe, the FDA, and Our Genomic Future||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.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParadise Lost||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.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Stringer and The Human Revolution||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.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCheddar: More Than A Cheese||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?||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDarwin Day Special: Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?||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.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourney of Man Redux||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...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAncestry Deconvoluted||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…||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConsumer Genomics Goes Mainstream||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.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Indo-European Enigma||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.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeander-Me Part 2||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..||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeander-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..||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA 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||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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.||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great podcast on human genetics!
Both the hosts are well-informed and know what they are talking about. A very good (and much-needed) podcast on human genetics, covering topics as diverse as anthropology, archaeology, genetics, and evolutionary biology.
Accessible scientific content on human genetics
I am a human population geneticist myself so I can attest that the hosts make efforts to present scientifically valid contents. I am very impressed by the breadth of their knowledge and I would like to praise their effort in making these knowledge accessible to those outside of the field. Hope to see more great episodes coming!
I just got through listening to the first two episodes and it is great! Both hosts are knowledgable and certainly know there stuff! Spencer Wells has done amazing work in both population genetics and anthropology so it's no suprise he co-hosts a killer podcast. Definetly worth the listen. It is definetly sciencey.. but not to a point of being difficult to understand and it's really entertaining.