Why Western Europeans Are So WEIRD and Why That Matters

The Insight | 8 September 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joseph Henrich about his book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous. Discusses the co-evolution of culture, institutions, and psychology and the implications for the large-scale social, political, and economic forces that drive human history.

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.

Alfred Russel Wallace and the Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

The Insight | 25 April 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Spencer Wells tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace’s life: his specimen collecting in South America and Indonesia, the development of his insights into natural selection, and his relationship with Charles Darwin.

The Ape that Understood the Universe

The Insight| 16 April 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with evolutionary psychologist Steve Stewart-Williams about the ideas in The Ape that Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve. Discusses sex differences, the origins of cooperation and altruism, and group selection.

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.