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.

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.