About This Show
Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation's podcast about why humans are the way we are and the science behind what we know about ourselves.
It's a monthly show about anthropology, human origins, primatology, biology, and evolution. We'll have stories of exploration, discovery and adventure, and we'll investigate what it is that makes us human.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 18: Empathy
Empathy has long been considered a uniquely human trait, but it's an ability which has also been observed in apes and other animals. Primatologist Frans de Waal says that examples of empathy in non-human primates and other mammals suggest that empathy has a long evolutionary history in humans. Frans de Waal is the C.H. Candler Professor of Psychology at Emory University where he directs the Living Links Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution. He’s the author of several books including The Age of Empathy, and most recently, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Credits: Nancy Rosenbaum produced our story. Our editor is Audrey Quinn. Theme music by Henry Nagle. Additional music by Podington Bear, Lee Rosevere, and Box Cat Records. Being Human Bonus produced by Meredith Johnson. Being Human: This episode was produced as part of the Being Human initiative. A joint project of The Leakey Foundation and the Baumann Foundation. The Being Human initiative is all about why we experience our lives the way we do, including our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Keep listening after our story for the “Being Human Bonus Segment” where we talk about how the science in this episode applies to real world situations. Our guest is Natalee Hanson, a special education teacher who works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities. The Leakey Foundation: Origin Stories is a project of The Leakey Foundation. The Leakey Foundation advances human origins research and offers educational opportunities to cultivate a deeper, collective understanding of what it means to be human. We give research grants to scientists and share their groundbreaking discoveries through our podcast, website, and lectu
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Love this show! Its a show about evolution and human ancestors (and other primates) with stories from the researchers themselves told in a style similar to Serial or TAL. So far, most episodes are less than 20 minutes, and very well made. I can't wait to hear more!
Date published: 2015-07-17