Neil Shubin on Evolution, Genes, and Dramatic Transitions

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 16 March 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Neil Shubin about his book Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA. Discusses the discovery of Tiktaalik Roseae, an ancient species of fish that was in the process of learning to walk and breathe on land; how these major transitions happen – typically when evolution finds a way to re-purpose existing organs into new roles – and how we can learn about them by studying living creatures and the information contained in their genomes.

The Evolution of Horses

In Our Time | 27 February 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolution of horses, from their dog-sized ancestors to their proliferation in the New World until hunted to extinction, their domestication in Asia and their development since.

The Amazing Dr Darwin

The Forum | 23 January 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Erasmus Darwin was a man of many talents: not only was he a successful physician, a popular poet, an ardent abolitionist and a pioneering botanist, he also worked out how organisms evolve, some 70 years before his grandson Charles’s theories about this revolutionised science. He is credited with many inventions and discoveries including the steering mechanism used in modern cars, the gas laws of clouds and a document copying machine.

Self Deception + Evolution

Here We Are | 23 December 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers about his life and work on modern evolutionary theory. Covers self-deception, reciprocal altruism, sex ratio theory, selfish genetic elements, bacterial evolution, and honour killings.

Humanimal

Science for the People | 1 March 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Rutherford about his book Humanimal: How Homo Sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature – A New Evolutionary History. Discusses the common ways we mistakenly think humans are different from other creatures.

New Insights About Darwin

Time to Eat the Dogs | 16 April 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alistair Sponsel about his book Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation. Delves into the forces that shaped Darwin’s thinking on evolution.

The Evolution Of Human Violence

KERA’s Think | 12 February 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with anthropologist Richard Wrangham about the ideas in The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution. Draws on evolutionary evidence to suggest that as we domesticated ourselves, we reduced our tendency to reactive violence, whilst simultaneously retaining our capacity for organised violence.

Evolutionary Arms Race

Origin Stories | 29 April 2016 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Pardis Sabeti, a computational biologist who uses maths and computers to look into the genomes of humans and infectious microbes to see how they are evolving. Summarises the ideas in her book Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic. Sabeti was named one of Time Magazine’s People of the Year in 2014 for her role in the fight against Ebola.