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Origin Stories

76 EpisodesProduced by The Leakey FoundationWebsite

Explore human evolution one story at a time. This award-winning show blends storytelling with science that will change your understanding of who we are.


Episode 08: Being Human with Robert Sapolsky

This episode of Origin Stories was recorded live in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. It was the first of The Leakey Foundation and the Baumann Foundation’s new “Being Human” event series. Our speaker was Robert Sapolsky, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. He gave a fascinating and funny talk about human behavior and the ways we are the same as, and different from, other animals.

You can hear more from Dr. Sapolsky on the Inquiring Minds podcast. Host Indre Viskontas interviewed Sapolsky about his work and his thoughts on our prospects as a species. You can find Inquiring Minds on iTunes and at

This episode is part of the Being Human initiative of The Leakey Foundation and the Baumann Foundation.

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