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The Insight

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Rank #94 in Natural Sciences category

History
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Natural Sciences
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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.

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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.

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242 Ratings
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Time to retire Spencer

By Tim in Sheffield - May 28 2020
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Razhib is an amazing host who creates some great content but Spencer has really gone off the rails with his Covid-19 commentary to the point it makes it difficult to trust his analysis on anything.

Leaves me with insights

By naturegirl34 - Dec 21 2019
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Even to a non-scientist the podcasts are fascinating. Keep them coming.

iTunes Ratings

242 Ratings
Average Ratings
228
6
2
3
3

Time to retire Spencer

By Tim in Sheffield - May 28 2020
Read more
Razhib is an amazing host who creates some great content but Spencer has really gone off the rails with his Covid-19 commentary to the point it makes it difficult to trust his analysis on anything.

Leaves me with insights

By naturegirl34 - Dec 21 2019
Read more
Even to a non-scientist the podcasts are fascinating. Keep them coming.
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The Insight

Latest release on Nov 26, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Ten years of human genetics and evolution

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What was big in human evolution and genetics over the last 10 years? https://blog.insito.me/top-10-human-genetics-evolution-developments-of-the-2010s-1a8c5c213d35?

Dec 20 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #2: Historical Linguistics

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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

Mar 19 2019

47mins

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Rank #3: Scandinavian Genetics

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Talking the genetic history of Scandinavians with Torsten Günther. Show notes https://blog.insito.me/the-insight-show-notes-season-2-episode-33-scandinavian-genetics-d4e6e4deeaaf

Jun 26 2019

52mins

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Rank #4: The Prehistory of the Arabian Peninsula

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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

Feb 20 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #5: Genetics of Educational Attainment

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Razib and Spencer discuss the genetics of educational attainment and cognitive performance with behavioral geneticist James Lee.

Episode 30 show notes.

Jul 25 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #6: The Indo-European Enigma

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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.

Jan 17 2018

27mins

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Rank #7: The genetics of Native Americans

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This week, Spencer and Razib talk about the history and genetics of the Native Americans. Show notes: https://pxlme.me/ovEQFyCr

Nov 15 2018

58mins

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Rank #8: Lee Berger and the Dawn of "Big Data" in Paleoanthropology

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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 specimens.

Apr 18 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #9: African Genetics

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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

Dec 12 2018

53mins

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Rank #10: Paradise Lost

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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.

Mar 07 2018

46mins

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Rank #11: Jewish Genetics: The Exodus Comes Full Circle

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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.

Apr 04 2018

45mins

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Rank #12: Coronavirus pandemic of 2020

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Razib and Spencer discuss the state-of-the-pandemic at the end of March 2020. https://blog.insito.me/the-insight-show-notes-season-3-episode-13-pandemic-c6640de64d6b

Mar 31 2020

1hr 35mins

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Rank #13: The Genetics of Human Behavior

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This week Spencer and Razib talk to Stuart Ritchie, a leading behavioral geneticist, about the genetics of intelligence and personality.

Apr 12 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: The genetic history of Ice Age Europe

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Razib discusses the genetics of Pleistocene Europeans with Cosimo Posth. https://pxlme.me/Rxv09mQ2

Apr 02 2019

43mins

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Rank #15: Genetic States of America

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

Jul 04 2018

42mins

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Rank #16: Isolated Populations

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

Jun 28 2018

43mins

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Rank #17: Ancient Egyptian genetics

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Razib and Spencer talk about the history of ancient Egypt, and the insights genetics can shed on the origins of the ancient Egyptians https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15694

Mar 04 2020

45mins

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Rank #18: Irish genetics over the past 10,000 years

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This week Razib talks to Dr. Lara Cassidy about what genetics can tell us about Ireland's history. https://pxlme.me/mUUwq7u9

Mar 13 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: The Greatest Human Journey

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This week, Razib and Spencer discuss the genetics and peopling of Hawaii

Show notes: https://pxlme.me/HB8t-6GG

Sep 20 2018

59mins

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Rank #20: ANI, ASI, IVC and The Genetics of India

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This week, Razib and Spencer discuss the history, genetics and anthropology of India.

Show notes: https://pxlme.me/lMHHXFZb

Sep 26 2018

55mins

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Ancient DNA And The Five Ancestral Lineages of Modern Dogs

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Today Razib talks to Anders Bergstrom on the results of a new paper in Science that uses ancient DNA to discover the ancestral lineages of modern dogs. There are some major surprises!

https://razib.substack.com/

https://unsupervisedlearning.libsyn.com/

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6516/557

Nov 26 2020

1hr 6mins

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Brian Hare and Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

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Razib discusses the new book Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity with one of the authors.

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07ZC6XGGX/geneexpressio-20

Sep 15 2020

1hr 4mins

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Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters!

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Razib talks to evolutionary anthropologist Joe Henrich about his new book, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07RZFCPMD/geneexpressio-20

Sep 08 2020

50mins

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Why much of science is fiction

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Razib talks to Stuart Ritchie about his new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1250222699/geneexpressio-20

Sep 03 2020

1hr 20mins

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Siberian paleohistory

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Razib and Spencer discuss the geography, prehistory, and genetics, of Siberia. Also, the time Spencer experienced a Siberian winter!

Aug 06 2020

1hr 19mins

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Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth

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Razib and Spencer discuss why the geology and biogeography of Southeast Asia may explain why it is so important in the history of human evolution. Show notes: https://blog.insito.me/humanitys-second-cradle-in-southeast-asia-cbb26244f08a

Jul 31 2020

1hr 33mins

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Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago

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Razib discusses revolutionary new work published in Nature that tells us that modern humans were present in the Americas 32,000 years ago with one of the authors, Lorena Becerra-Valdivia.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02190-y

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0

Jul 23 2020

41mins

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Ghost in the machine

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Spencer and Razib talk about what we mean when we say "ghost population" in human genetics, and why it's so important to understand our origins.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2842210/

https://www.genetics.org/content/192/3/1065.short

Jul 16 2020

53mins

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Native American admixture into Polynesia!

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Razib talks to Alex Ioannidis on the new paper which he is a first author of which argues that there is pre-Columbian Native American ancestry in Eastern Polynesia. Did the Polynesians bring them back from the mainland? Or did they voyage themselves?

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2487-2

Jul 09 2020

44mins

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Will to Power and the Holocene transition

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Razib and Spencer talk about what a new ancient DNA paper from Neolithic Ireland suggests about radical inequality and power differentials in early agricultural societies, and what that says about the transition from hunting and gathering more generally https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2378-6

(also, coronavirus update!)

Jun 26 2020

1hr 1min

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Two cultures, humanities and science

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Spencer and Razib discuss what the humanities can offer to science with Kerim Yasar, professor of East Asian literature https://twitter.com/nihonkyo

Jun 18 2020

1hr

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Psychiatry and genes

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Razib talks to Dr. Emily Deans on what's like to work in psychiatry today in a world with personal genomics. https://twitter.com/evolutionarypsy

Jun 11 2020

48mins

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American Downfall: Cultural evolution, Peter Turchin, and the return of history

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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 http://peterturchin.com/cliodynamica/the_2020/

Jun 03 2020

1hr 24mins

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The genetic basis of facial variation

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This week Razib talks to Dan Crouch about what we know about the genetics of the variation shape and features. https://www.pnas.org/content/115/4/E676.short

May 28 2020

58mins

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Ancient DNA and China

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Spencer and Razib discuss the latest ancient DNA work that sheds light on East Asian prehistory (and also some coronavirus status update) https://reich.hms.harvard.edu/sites/reich.hms.harvard.edu/files/inline-files/YangSciecne2020.pdf

(excuse the "sound effects" early in the podcast!)

May 21 2020

53mins

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Chris Stringer on paleoanthropology in 2020

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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!

May 14 2020

1hr 4mins

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Genetically Modified Organisms

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Razib talks to Chad Niederhuth at Michigan State on the promise of GMO agriculture! http://niederhuthlab.com/

May 07 2020

50mins

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Coronavirus 2020: vaccination and the specter of revolution

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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. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/29/847755751/compared-to-china-u-s-stay-at-home-has-been-a-giant-garden-party-journalist-says

https://medium.com/@spwells

May 01 2020

1hr 4mins

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

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

Apr 25 2020

26mins

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Genetics, genealogy, and secrets unknown

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Razib talks to Libby Copeland about her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/lost-family_9781419743009/

Apr 22 2020

54mins

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iTunes Ratings

242 Ratings
Average Ratings
228
6
2
3
3

Time to retire Spencer

By Tim in Sheffield - May 28 2020
Read more
Razhib is an amazing host who creates some great content but Spencer has really gone off the rails with his Covid-19 commentary to the point it makes it difficult to trust his analysis on anything.

Leaves me with insights

By naturegirl34 - Dec 21 2019
Read more
Even to a non-scientist the podcasts are fascinating. Keep them coming.