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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quirks & Quarks | 21 December 2018 | 0h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Ward, author of Lamarck’s Revenge: How Epigenetics Is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution’s Past and Present. Backgrounds epigenetics, the process by which environmentally prompted changes are passed on to offspring without changes in the genes.
The Seen and the Unseen | 26 November 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley. Seamlessly links together the key ideas in The Evolution of Everything, which makes the case for the bottom-up emergence of order where we typically perceive a top-down process.
This distils the thinking of the author who has most changed my understanding of how the world works. Be prepared to listen at a slower speed. It’s worth it.
Quirks & Quarks | 26 October 2018 | 0h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Menno Schilthuizen about his book Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution. Backgrounds examples of very rapid evolution as animals and plants adapt rapidly to expanding cities.