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Y-chromosomes and the Ascent of Man

6/13/2018
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This week Spencer and Razib discuss the Y-chromosome as tool for studying human history, from early migrations out of Africa to Genghis Khan and Bronze Age bottlenecks.

Duration:00:51:59

Barbarian Genetics

6/6/2018
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This week Spencer and Razib talk to Patrick Wyman, host of the podcast 'Tides of History,' about the genetics of the barbarian invasions during the fall of the Roman Empire.

Duration:00:53:47

She Has Her Mother's Laugh

5/30/2018
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This week Spencer and Razib talk to renowned science journalist Carl Zimmer about his new book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh.

Duration:01:15:26

Molecular Population Genetics

5/24/2018
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Razib talks to professor Matthew Hahn of the University of Indiana about population and molecular genetics, and how the two have combined to form one field.

Duration:00:49:11

The Evolutionary Importance of Mothers and Grandmothers

5/9/2018
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Spencer and Razib talk to Kristen Hawkes, proponent of "The Grandmother Hypothesis," about the importance of mothers and grandmothers in human evolutionary history.

Duration:00:56:26

The Golden State Killer and the Genetic Panopticon

5/2/2018
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This week, Spencer and Razib talk to genetic genealogist Roberta Estes about the Golden State Killer case and how the rise of genetic genealogy and citizen science databases helped to track down the suspect.

Duration:00:58:16

Lee Berger and the Dawn of "Big Data" in Paleoanthropology

4/18/2018
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Lee Berger sits down with Razib and Spencer to discuss his work in paleoanthropology, the discovery of Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi, and the new era of "big data" in a field previously characterized by relatively few well-studied hominin specimens.

Duration:01:22:15

The Genetics of Human Behavior

4/11/2018
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This week Spencer and Razib talk to Stuart Ritchie, a leading behavioral geneticist, about the genetics of intelligence and personality.

Duration:01:09:47

Jewish Genetics: The Exodus Comes Full Circle

4/4/2018
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This week, Spencer and Razib discuss the genetics of Jewish populations. From an origin in the Fertile Crescent thousands of years ago to a worldwide diaspora, it's a fascinating story of faith, migration and admixture.

Duration:00:45:55

Inside Helix

3/28/2018
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This week Spencer and Razib talk to James Lu, co-founder of Helix, about the past, present and future of the "app store for personal genomics."

Duration:00:32:48

Multiregionalism is Dead...Long Live Multiregionalism!

3/21/2018
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This week, Razib talks with renowned paleoanthropologist Milford Wolpoff about how he was both wrong and right about human evolution.

Duration:00:48:53

23andMe, the FDA, and Our Genomic Future

3/14/2018
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Spencer, Razib and Gareth discuss the recent launch of breast cancer susceptibility (BRCA) testing by 23andMe, including the science behind the test and the policy challenges surrounding direct-to-consumer medical testing.

Duration:00:35:47

Paradise Lost

3/7/2018
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This week Spencer and Razib discuss the three great "Pleistocene Paradises" lost to rising sea levels at the end of the last Ice Age: Doggerland, Beringia and Sundaland.

Duration:00:46:31

Chris Stringer and The Human Revolution

2/28/2018
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This week Spencer and Razib discuss the Out of Africa theory, Neanderthal admixture, and The Human Revolution with Chris Stringer, Head of Human Origins Research at London's Natural History Museum.

Duration:00:52:11

Cheddar: More Than A Cheese

2/21/2018
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This week, Spencer and Razib do a deep dive into the early history of the British Isles, focusing specifically on the famous "Cheddar Man." Who were the first Brits, and what did they really look like?

Duration:00:40:20

Darwin Day Special: Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?

2/14/2018
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Spencer and Razib discuss Charles Darwin's scientific impact on our understanding of evolution, and delve into the mechanism by which selection - both natural and sexual - produces biological change.

Duration:00:47:33

Journey of Man Redux

2/7/2018
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15 years after the premiere of the PBS/National Geographic documentary ‘Journey of Man’ and the publication of Spencer’s book, Spencer and Razib talk about the impact they have had on the public’s understanding of genetics and human prehistory. This episode is an hour-long journey through the development of human population genetics, the startling insights provided by the Y-chromosome, and which 2003 population genetic ‘certainties’ have - and haven’t - held up to more recent scrutiny....

Duration:01:03:31

Ancestry Deconvoluted

1/31/2018
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Spencer and Razib discuss how geneticists infer ancestry from genomic data, with guest Joe Pickrell - geneticist, founder & CEO of consumer genomics startup Gencove. Find out why telling you you’re 6% Greek is harder than it seems…

Duration:00:41:55

Consumer Genomics Goes Mainstream

1/24/2018
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Spencer, Razib and Gareth discuss the past, present and future of consumer genomics, from its early days as a cottage industry to where it goes in 2018 - and beyond.

Duration:00:34:24

The Indo-European Enigma

1/17/2018
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Razib and Spencer discuss the genetic evidence for the migration of Bronze Age Indo-Aryan steppe nomads across Eurasia, including the political issues surrounding their impact on the Indian subcontinent.

Duration:00:27:54