The Greatest Human Journey

The Insight | 20 September 2018 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the expansion of Polynesian people across the Pacific, exploring the sometimes contradictory evidence from language, archaeology, foods and genetics about where they came from.

Carl Zimmer on Heredity, DNA, and Editing Genes

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 6 August 2018 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with science writer Carl Zimmer, author of a comprehensive book about heredity: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. Discusses how our understanding of heredity has changed over the years, how there is much more to inheritance than simply listing all the information we pass down in our DNA, and what the future might hold in a world where genetic manipulation becomes widespread.

Robert Plomin: Blueprint

Spectator Books | 24 October 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are, in which he argues that it’s not only height and weight and skin colour that are heritable, but intelligence, TV-watching habits and the likelihood of getting divorced. Also discusses the risks of publishing the book, race and eugenics, and implications for the future of our data and medical care.

How Insights from Ancient DNA are Upending Paleontology

FT Tech Tonic | 17 April 2018 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with David Reich about the ideas in his book Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past. Covers how the genomic revolution is affecting paleontology and changing many of our preconceptions about the mixing of human groups in human pre-history.