Richard Dawkins on Flight and Other Evolutionary Achievements

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 2 May 2022 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Dawkins about his book Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity by Design and Evolution. Discusses the different ways that heavier-than-air objects might be made to fly, and why natural selection produces some but not others. Also discusses central issues in evolution: levels of selection, the extended phenotype, the role of adaptation, and how genes relate to organisms.

Jennifer Ackerman on ‘The Bird Way’ of Life

All Of It | 21 May 2020 | 0h 15m | Listen Later  | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Ackerman about her book, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think. Discusses recent discoveries about bird behaviour uncovered by ornithologists applying technology to the study of birds.

The One About Vaginas

Science for the People | 11 April 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Gross about her book Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Journey. Details the anatomy of the clitoris, describes the sexism that got in the way of understanding, and summarises the state of the knowledge about female reproductive anatomy.

Animal Minds and Animal Morality

Many Minds | 27 April 2022 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kristin Andrews and Susana Monsó discussing the study of animal minds in general and the animal morality debate in particular. Covers rats and empathy; the role of philosophy in the cross-disciplinary study of animal cognition; how scientists are trained to study animals; animals’ understandings of death; whether animals should be considered moral beings; and the connection between social norms and morality.

Origin: How Did Humans Migrate to the Americas?

The Next Big Idea | 14 April 2022 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Raff about her book Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas. Explains the breakthroughs in genetics that have given scientists an entirely new understanding of how the Americas were peopled and what happened in the millennia that followed.

Healing Your Heart

Hidden Brain | 4 April 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with resilience researcher Lucy Hone questioning the five stages of grief. Shares techniques to help cope with tragedy. Draws from her books What Abi Taught Us: A Mother’s Struggle to Come to Terms With Her Daughter’s Death and Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss that Changes Everything.

Can Evolution Explain Everything? feat. Douglas Kenrick

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 9 April 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Kenrick about ideas from his books on evolutionary psychology. Discusses his work integrating models from evolutionary biology and cognitive science to study the effects of fundamental social motivations on basic cognitive processes.