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.

Arvid Ågren on the Gene’s-Eye View of Evolution

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 21 February 2022 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Arvid Ågren about his book The Gene’s-Eye View of Evolution. Backgrounds the modern synthesis of Darwinian selection theory and population-oriented view of Mendelian genetics to explain evolution. Discusses the selfish gene view of evolution and group selection.

Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez on Delicious

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 23 September 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez about their book Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How It Made Us Human. Considers the role that flavor may have played in the invention of the first tools, the extinction of giant mammals, the evolution of the world’s most delicious and fatty fruits, the creation of beer, and our own sociality.

Itai Yanai: The Society of Genes

The Dissenter | 28 October 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Itai Yanai about his book The Society of Genes, co-authored with Martin Lercher. Discusses the “selfish gene” metaphor; the randomness of mutations; how genes cooperate and compete with one another; pleiotropy and polygenic traits and what they tell us about how genes work; the evolution of sex; what we can learn about genetics by studying cancer; genetic diversity and how to deal with genetic ancestry in medicine; epigenetics; gene editing; and some unanswered questions in genetics.

James Costa: Darwin, Wallace, The Origin of Species, and The Descent of Man

The Dissenter | 3 September 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with James Costa touching on Wallace and Darwin’s Origin of Species, but mainly focussed on The Descent of Man. Discusses where Darwin’s ideas came from, and in what ways they differ from Wallace’s; sexual selection; our primate origins; the evolutionary origins of our mental faculties; race and sex differences; cultural evolution; (cultural) group selection; Darwin as a precursor of evolutionary psychology; eusocial insects, and group selection.

Nichola Raihani – The Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World

The Dissenter | 2 September 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nichola Raihani about her book The Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World. Discusses mechanisms used to explain the evolution of cooperation – kin selection, reciprocal altruism, and group selection; the role of mothers and fathers and cooperative breeding; grandmothers; why men live so long; why people help unrelated others; interdependence; why we care so much about what other people think of us; social comparison; the ability to join together and rebel against tyrannical leaders; and how to promote large-scale cooperation.

Jason Munshi-South: Rats and Evolution

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 13 August 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Jason Munshi-South about the ecology and genetics of rats. Discusses the brown rat versus other species; their interactions with mice and cats; the origins, phylogeography and genetics of brown rats; and their use as a model organism.

Gregory Cochran on The 10,000 Year Explosion

New Books Network | 6 March 2009 | 1h 10m | Listen Later
Interview with Gregory Cochran about his book The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution, co-authored with Henry Harpending. Argues that human evolution has continued since the emergence of modern homo sapiens, particularly with the transition to agriculture, and due to cultural pressure – which has been going on quite recently and may be continuing today.