How Did Humans Evolve?

Babbage from The Economist | 12 July 2022 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Dylan Barry travels to South Africa to trace the story of human evolution, explaining how interbreeding with other species provided the genes possessed by many people today. To uncover our origins, scientists are nowadays not only hunting for clues in the bones of our ancestors—but in the genomes of living people, too. Speaks to researchers who are helping to rewrite the human story.

Sir Walter F. Bodmer: From R.A. Fisher to Genomics

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 19 May 2022 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sir Walter Bodmer about his recollections of R.A Fisher, his PhD advisor, who made foundational contributions to population genetics and statistics, but has been the subject of a cancellation controversy. Also discusses Bodmer’s work, the human genome project, The People of the British Isles Project, and more.

Origin: How Did Humans Migrate to the Americas?

The Next Big Idea | 14 April 2022 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Raff about her book Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas. Explains the breakthroughs in genetics that have given scientists an entirely new understanding of how the Americas were peopled and what happened in the millennia that followed.

How the First Americans Really Got Here

KERA’s Think | 1 March 2022 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Raff about her book Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas. Discusses what new research into early migration patterns has found about the early human history of the Americas.

Amy Webb and Andrew Hessel: Is Rewriting Life via Synthetic Biology the Future?

The James Altucher Show | 15 February 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Amy Webb and Andrew Hessel about their book The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology. Discusses how the possibilities and ethics around the fusion of biology and computers to help with food production, organs for transplant, and to improve the genetics of descendants.

Alexander Young: Everything You Want to Know About Cognitive Genomics

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 4 November 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Young discussing his work on cognitive genomics. Covers the heritability of complex traits; the large datasets required; twin studies; why Iceland’s isolation and homogeneity make it the ideal place for research distinguishing sociological explanations from biological; and the evidence that characteristics such as educational attainment are mediated to a large extent by inherited genes.

Freddie deBoer: the “Hereditarian Left”

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 7 October 2021 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Fredrik DeBoer discussing his book The Cult of Smart and Kathryn Paige Harden’s The Genetic Lottery. Backgrounds the evidence for heritability as a major determining factor when predicting intelligence and explores the implications of that for education policy.

Kathryn Paige Harden || Genetic Inequality, IQ, and Education

The Psychology Podcast | 30 September 2021 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kathryn Paige Harden about her book The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality. Explains what genetic information can and can’t illuminate and argues for the importance of taking account of genetics to improve social policy.

See also Kathryn Paige Harden on Genetics, Luck, and Fairness.