The Ape that Understood the Universe

The Insight| 16 April 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with evolutionary psychologist Steve Stewart-Williams about the ideas in The Ape that Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve. Discusses sex differences, the origins of cooperation and altruism, and group selection.

Dani Shapiro’s Family Secret

The Longest Shortest Time | 13 March 2019 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dani Shapiro about her book Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. A moving account of uncovering her father’s identity after surprising results from a consumer DNA test.

DNA Kits: Can You Trust Them?

Science Vs | 12 April 2019 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Millions of people send off their DNA to companies like Ancestry.com and 23andme to find out where they come from, and what diseases they might get. Explores how much you can trust these DNA kits with anthropologist Jonathan Marks and geneticist Adam Rutherford.

Michael Pollan — Exploring the Frontiers of Psychedelics

The Tim Ferriss Show | 21 March 2019 | 1h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan about the ideas in and the reaction to How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

Andrew Solomon on Far From the Tree & The Noonday Demon

The One You Feed | 20 June 2018 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Solomon about his books Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. Particularly insightful on the challenges and joys of parenting disabled children; celebrating our difficulties and differences; and approaches to treating depression.

What Animals Can Teach Us About Politics

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 25 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Primatologist Frans de Waal on why animal politics are not so different from our own. Stresses that even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully.