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SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human

Oct 14, 2020

SAPIENS host Jen Shannon speaks with Agustín Fuentes, a professor of anthropology at Princeton University, to unpack his insight that the COVID-19 pandemic is a biosocial phenomenon. They also discuss his recent suggestion that the virus “is not the only hazard to human health and well-being” right now.

Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fuentes is a decorated anthropologist and an author of many books. His latest is Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being.

For more from Fuentes, an excerpt of Why We Believe is available at “How Did Beliefs Evolve?” Also on, he hosted the debate, “Why Are Humans Violent?”