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SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human

28 EpisodesProduced by SAPIENS.orgWebsite

What makes you … you? Is it your DNA, culture, environment? SAPIENS hosts Jen Shannon, Esteban Gómez, and SAPIENS.org Editor-in-Chief Chip Colwell speak with anthropologists from around the globe to help us uncover what makes us human. Subscribe now to learn more.The SAPIENS podcast is supported by … read more

28 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

The Problem With Abstract Threats

July 2nd, 2020

34:21

Everyone seems to have a story about the moment when the novel coronavirus pandemic stopped being an abstract problem “somewhere out there” and started being a very real and personal threat. In this episode of the …

What Pandemics Leave Behind

June 18th, 2020

34:48

At some time in the future, the novel coronavirus pandemic will fade. What will this globally traumatic contagion leave in its wake? In this episode …

Police Violence and the Pandemic

June 12th, 2020

24:14

SAPIENS host Jen Shannon interviews Laurence Ralph, a professor of anthropology at Princeton University. Ralph is also a co-director of Princeton’s

Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Be Good for the Environment?

May 29th, 2020

16:15

SAPIENS host Chip Colwell interviews Elic Weitzel, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Connecticut, about his recent article …

Preppers and the Pandemic

May 19th, 2020

28:57

With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, the SAPIENS podcast is going viral. In this first episode of season 3, SAPIENS hosts Chip Colwell and …

What Does it Mean to be Human? Your Questions, Answered

December 3rd, 2019

25:46

In this season 2 finale of the SAPIENS podcast, hosts Jen Shannon, Chip Colwell, and Esteban Gómez field questions from listeners on Twitter and at …

Does Generosity Come Naturally?

November 19th, 2019

33:45

Until very recently, Colin Turnbull was the only anthropologist who had lived and studied with both the Mbuti people of the Congo region and the Ik …

How Belonging Shapes the Vaccination Crisis

November 5th, 2019

25:46

Anthropologist Elisa Sobo never wanted to study the issue of vaccination. The topic was too fraught, she says, and she didn't want to touch it. But …

The Deep Roots of Navajo Country Music

October 22nd, 2019

34:49

What is it about certain musical traditions that cause them to take root in communities far away from where they originated? Anthropologist Kristina …

Are Colors Universal?

October 8th, 2019

30:20

How do language, biology, and culture shape an individual’s experience of color? A journalist investigates the anthropological debate about whether …

Stringing Together an Ancient Empire’s Stories

September 24th, 2019

33:43

Anthropologist Sabine Hyland attempts to uncover the secrets held in twisted and colored Andean cords called khipus. Thanks to the collaborative …

Do You Dream What I Dream?

September 10th, 2019

23:03

Anthropologist Roger Lohmann sees a ghost in a dream while working in Papua New Guinea. Even though he knows it's just a dream, he's scared long …

What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting Down Syndrome

August 27th, 2019

25:16

When Thomas Pearson’s newborn daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, it changed the course of his life forever. Pearson joins SAPIENS hosts Jen …

Where Have All the Denisovans Gone?

August 13th, 2019

27:52

The Denisovans have long been one of the most elusive ancient human cousins, until now. In May 2019, scientists revealed the first fossil evidence of Denisovans outside of the Denisova Cave in Siberia. As the historical …

Eating Insects and the Yuck Factor

July 30th, 2019

26:32
How come some people think eating insects is disgusting? Join SAPIENS hosts Jen Shannon and Chip Colwell as they dine on many-legged delicacies and …

Season 2 is Coming Soon and We Want to Hear From You

July 16th, 2019

4:29

Hello fellow sapiens!

We’re coming back with new episodes starting on July 30. This season is just a little different, though. SAPIENS hosts Jen …

Being Afghan in America: In the Field with Morwari Zafar

December 18th, 2018

32:27

How does an immigrant become an American? How does anyone join any group? SAPIENS host Esteban Gomez shares the story of Dr. Morwari Zafar, a researcher who has studied the changes in her own community of …

What’s the Cost of Quinoa?

December 4th, 2018

31:28

SAPIENS host Jen Shannon goes on a mission to find out how quinoa travels from farmers’ fields in Huanoquite, Peru, to markets in Lima and the U.S. She discovers quinoa’s complicated past and present: a bloody civil war …

How to Care for the Dead

November 20th, 2018

30:31

Scientists have thought about burial—the act of interring a dead body—as a distinctly human behavior. So what happened when a group of …

BONUS: A Conversation with Carl Zimmer about DNA, Identity, and Heredity

November 13th, 2018

1:18:16

Surprise!

As a special holiday treat, the SAPIENS team is presenting this unedited conversation between SAPIENS host Chip Colwell and acclaimed …

Is Space a Human Place?

November 6th, 2018

32:50

From space junk and the International Space Station to Elon Musk and SpaceX, space is becoming a more human place. What will it mean for us to live among the stars? SAPIENS host Jen Shannon probes the nascent field of …

Power Players: US Football and French Rugby

October 23rd, 2018

27:15

Some athletes seem larger than life. They are revered and imitated—and they seemingly hold a lot of power. But whether they feel empowered in their …

Close to Home: In the Field With Amy Starecheski

October 9th, 2018

29:01

What is home? Is it a physical space, a set of relationships, or a state of mind? SAPIENS host Esteban Gómez follows Amy Starecheski, a researcher …

The Mastodon in the Room

September 25th, 2018

30:18

Humans may have been in North America much earlier than previously thought. Here’s the evidence: chipped rocks, crushed mastodon bones, and reliable …

Prepping for TEOTWAWKI

September 12th, 2018

35:07

It’s the end of the world as we know it. How do you feel? SAPIENS co-host Jen Shannon follows the trail of some contemporary preppers with the help …

Is Robot Empathy a Trap?

August 28th, 2018

31:13

Can robots care? And why should we care if they do? SAPIENS host Jen Shannon meets Pepper the robot, and host Chip Colwell goes on a quest to find …

Is Your DNA You?

August 14th, 2018

39:32

What does your DNA have to do with who you are? On a journey for answers, SAPIENS hosts Chip Colwell, Jen Shannon, and Esteban Gómez take consumer …

A Trailer for Everything Human

August 4th, 2018

2:58

What makes you … you? Is it your DNA, culture, environment? SAPIENS hosts Jen Shannon, Esteban Gómez, and SAPIENS.org Editor-in-Chief Chip Colwell …

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