Predictions for Genetics in the 2020s

The Insight | 15 January 2020 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Spencer Wells and Razib Khan offer 10 predictions for what genetics will bring in the 2020s, from free sequencing to going beyond “Out of Africa” for human origins.

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.

Searching for Life Beyond Earth

Time to Eat the Dogs | 27 December 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Claire Isabel Webb about the search for extraterrestrial life and the different strategies used by astronomers and exobiologists to look for it.

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.

The Planet Remade

Science for the People | 3 June 2016 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Oliver Morton about his book The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Considers the science of geoengineering to mitigate climate change, discussing how geoengineering might work, and the political and ethical questions surrounding it.

Michael Blastland on The Hidden Half

Science Focus | 15 May 2019 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Blastland, author of The Hidden Half: How the World Conceals its Secrets. Discusses how, even in the most tightly controllable situations, we often still see random variations in outcomes. Argues that our unwillingness to admit uncertainty affects science, economics, politics and business, sometimes with disastrous consequences.

How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

Freakonomics Radio | 2 April 2015 | 0h 41m | Listen Later
A lot of conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than a hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.

How To Clone A Mammoth

Ideas Books | 13 August 2015 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Beth Shapiro, author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction. Discusses the benefits, ethics and risks behind the real and compelling science of what was once science fiction.