Matt Ridley: Evolutionist, Thatcherite, and Writer

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 18 March 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his 1999 book Genome and how its insights on genomics have held up since. Touches on his other books and discusses the relevance of evolution to everything, why Francis Crick is going to get “cancelled” at some point, if he’s still a happy Thatcherite, Britain’s response to Covid-19; and the origin of Covid-19 (his next book project).

Greg Clark: For Whom The Bell Curve Tolls

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 8 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark discussing the controversy around, and the ideas from, his upcoming book For Whom The Bell Curve Tolls. Explores his finding of very high long-term persistence of social status across lineages, and possible explanations for this, including genetic factors.

Gregory Clark on Social Status and Genetics

Coffee With Cornelius | 19 June 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark discussing his research on social mobility, the effect of elite fecundity on the Industrial Revolution, and economic history more generally. Draws on his books The Son Also Rises, A Farewell to Alms and the forthcoming For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls.

Ancient DNA And The Five Ancestral Lineages of Modern Dogs

The Insight | 26 November 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later
Interview with Anders Bergstrom discussing his paper Origins and Genetic Legacy of Prehistoric Dogs. Discusses his work uncovering the ancestral lineages of modern dogs, relationships with wolves, the greater genetic diversity in the past, how unusual phenotypes persisted even as European dog genetics spread throughout the world, and the similarities and differences with human population genetics.

Greger Larson on How People Domesticated Animals

Tides of History | 17 September 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Greger Larson about the application of genetic science to build a more nuanced view of the domestication of animals. Discusses the evidence that animal domestication was much less of a human-directed process than commonly supposed.

John Hawks on the Deep Human Past

Tides of History | 27 August 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Hawks about paleoanthropology, archaic humans, genomics, and whether the concept of different human species even makes sense. We differ from each other genetically by one base pair in one thousand; to Neanderthals by 1.5 base pairs in a thousand; and to chimpanzees by 20 base pairs in a thousand.

Native American Admixture into Polynesia

The Insight | 9 July 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Ioannidis on the Nature paper he co-authored: Native American gene flow into Polynesia predating Easter Island settlement. Explains the genetic evidence for pre-Columbian Native American ancestry in Eastern Polynesia. Did the Polynesians bring them back from the mainland? Or did they voyage themselves?

Genetics, Genealogy, and Secrets Unknown

The Insight | 22 April 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Libby Copeland about her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. Explores the social and moral complications from the emergence of home DNA testing.