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SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human

Nov 20, 2018

Scientists have thought about burial—the act of interring a dead body—as a distinctly human behavior. So what happened when a group of paleoanthropologists discovered a primitive hominid that may have entombed its dead
And how do people respond when they are unable to find and care for the remains of their loved...

Nov 13, 2018


As a special holiday treat, the SAPIENS team is presenting this unedited conversation between SAPIENS host Chip Colwell and acclaimed science journalist Carl Zimmer about DNA, identity, and heredity.

This conversation was previously excerpted in our episode “Is Your DNA You?” It took place in front of a...

Nov 6, 2018

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 space archaeology and looks to the mystery of exoplanets for answers.