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What makes us human? How are we different from chimpanzees? Who are our earliest ancestors and how do we know? Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation’s podcast about how we became human. This award-winning show combines science and narrative to explore our human story and explain why we are the way we are. Listen and explore human evolution one story at a time.
 
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Revealing, intimate conversations with visionaries and leaders in the arts, science, technology, public service, sports and business. These engaging personal stories are drawn from interviews with the American Academy of Achievement, and offer insights you’ll want to apply to your own life.
 
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“Teaching my cat to read” is the ‘very serious’ book review podcast. During lockdown, we made it a mission to try to read more books, and talk about them in our own virtual book club. Sometimes the cat would interrupt, as if she wanted to learn to read! Leading to hilarious results, we decided to make a podcast. Join us, as we navigate through both classic and modern literature, discussing topics such as ‘who would win in a fight’ and ‘which is the best movie adaptation’ and ‘what rating wou ...
 
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For our final book of season one we read ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ the first book in Ursula K le Guin’s Earthsea series. Ged makes a mistake at the beginning, and then makes some more mistakes, potters around the world of Earthsea and does magic and other things. During his adventures, he acquired an Otak, which is very much like a cat, so you know we…
 
These three writers used the power of their pens to expose and explore man's inhumanity to man. You'll hear the presentations they gave at the Academy of Achievement's International Summits. South African novelist and anti-Apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer was the author of "Burger's Daughter" and "July's People", and she received the 1991 Nobel P…
 
On the morning of May 6th, 1954, Roger Bannister achieved what most people believed was not humanly possible: he ran a mile in under four minutes. It is considered one of the greatest athletic achievements of all time, alongside Sir Edmund Hillary's ascent of Mt. Everest. Bannister was a medical student at the time. He had already been to the Olymp…
 
Join us for a robust discussion of Beowulf, one of the most well-known Old English poems. We talk about the monstrous feminine, the political landscape of 7th-10th century Britain, and wanting to fight Seamus Heaney. The cat has actually read this one, sort of. Content Warnings War, battles, Beowulf rips someone’s arm off. Social Media Youtube: htt…
 
Producer and scientist Kevin McLean travels to an island off the coast of Panama where researchers have found an isolated group of monkeys with a creative approach to surviving in a challenging environment. Links These tiny monkeys have entered their Stone Age with a bang First report of habitual stone tool use by Cebus monkeys Habitual Stone-Tool …
 
These two choreographers have pushed dance in bold new directions and brought it to a much wider audience. Both Twyla Tharp and Justin Peck are classically-trained dancers who have created works for the ballet, for Broadway, and for the movies. Twyla Tharp, who is about to turn 80, is an icon of the dance world. She has spent six decades challengin…
 
Join us for a discussion of Lirael, Garth Nix’s sequel to Sabriel and the second in the Abhorsen trilogy. We talk about bloodlines, loneliness, and our shared burning desire to become Assistant Librarians in the Great Library of the Clayr. Content Warnings Suicidal ideation, mild gore / zombies, Social Media Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel…
 
Coach K, as Mike Krzyzewski is best known, has had more wins than any other men's basketball coach in the NCAA... by a long shot. He's also the proud owner of three Olympic Gold Medals, from his time caching the USA Men’s National Team. Well, Coach K has announced that he is retiring, after four decades with the Duke University Blue Devils. And so …
 
Join us as we discuss Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published in 1818. Featuring: the ethics of marrying your surrogate sister; just, like, a lot of hubris; rating your professors by the odiousness of their physiognomy; and parental abandonment. Spoiler alert: we make fun of Victor, a lot. Content Warnings Grave robbing, sort-of incest, discus…
 
The widely-held idea known as the “obstetrical dilemma” is a hypothesis that explains why babies are so helpless, and why childbirth is so difficult for humans compared to other animals. The obstetrical dilemma suggests that babies are born early so their big brains can fit through the mother’s pelvis, which can’t get any wider due to our method of…
 
What makes us human? And how did we get here? It's only human to want to know. These two renowned paleo-anthropologists have unlocked enormous gaps in our origin story. Each of them discovered some of the most significant prehistoric bones ever found in east Africa. For Donald Johanson it was Lucy. For Richard Leakey it was Turkana Boy. These skele…
 
This episode we read ‘The Final Empire’, the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. Listen to us yell about using crime to solve all your problems, doing shots shots shots of magic metal in order to overthrow the government and the fantasy genre’s ongoing problem with magical bioessentialism. Content Warnings Racism, slavery, bioessenti…
 
When the NBA playoffs come around each year, it's always worth revisiting the story of Bill Russell. Russell was the force behind the most astonishing winning streak in the history of sports. His team, the Boston Celtics, won eleven NBA championships between 1957 and 1969, eight of those in a row. Russell changed the game of basketball, with his in…
 
Show notes In today’s episode, we read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, and discuss a lot of the heavy themes it covers (see the content warnings below). We recommend you check out a plot summary before listening to our rantings about the failings of the institution of marriage, poor parenting techniques, and which few of the characters …
 
Sleep is one of the defining traits of human life. It's also one of the most mysterious. Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia is a neurobiologist who's on a quest to understand how patterns of human sleep evolved. His new research shows an unexpected connection between sleep and the cycles of the moon. Send us your questions! Have a question about human evolu…
 
A stunning assemblage of filmmakers who shaped cinema in the late 20th century: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Robert Zemeckis. Their personal journeys are inspiring, unlikely, and at times - painful. They tell the stories here of how they fell in love with the movies as children, and how they single-mindedly pursued trans…
 
We read a short children's story “My Friend Mr Leakey” written by J. B. S. Haldane, who can only be described as a mad scientist. Join us for a discussion of transmutative justice, English versus Brazilian magic, and post-war fantasy literature. Content Warnings 1930’s-era British racism, eugenics, colonialism Social Media Youtube: https://www.yout…
 
Willie Mays was featured in one of our very first episodes. We're taking a second listen today, to celebrate the legendary center fielder's 90th birthday (on May 4th). Baseball fans may argue to this day about which was the best of Willie Mays’ many spectacular catches, but nearly all agree — he was one of the most versatile, virtuosic players of a…
 
In this episode, we discuss our myriad issues with the Peter Jackson adaptations, the wider Middle-Earth legendarium, and the possibility of the Arkenstone being a Silmaril. Join us as we wish for the movies to lower our coffins into our graves when we die, so that they can let us down one last time. Content Warnings Discussions of antisemitism, ra…
 
There are only a handful of people who've won four Pulitzer Prizes. One of them is photo-journalist Carol Guzy. She has spent most of her life using her compassionate and creative eye to document the stories of people affected by violence, war and disaster in places such as Haiti, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Syria and Iraq. But she's paid a steep persona…
 
In this episode, we discuss the Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved book which originated as a bedtime story for his son. Join us for discussion of medievalist tropes, elven culture, and Bilbo’s failed stealth checks. We had a little issue with M's audio this time, so despite our best editing efforts there is still a bit of crackling, which we apologi…
 
Khan Academy may be the most revolutionary tool created for learning since the advent of pencil and paper. It is a critical educational equalizer - providing 1,000's of free online lessons in math, science, reading, economics and more, accessible to anyone, anywhere. During the pandemic school closures, it has become even more of a lifeline for mil…
 
What is it like to study an endangered species like chimpanzees, knowing they may go extinct within your lifetime? Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Zarin Machanda is a co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, a long-term field study in Uganda. This study was started by primatologist Richard Wrangham in 1987, and project members have collected dai…
 
We read “Temeraire: His Majesty's Dragon” by Naomi Novik, the first book in a series of alternative history novels where the Napoleonic Wars are fought with Dragons. The second of a two-parter (we recommend first listening to the previous episode if you haven’t done so already!) [Note: At around 16 minutes we briefly mix up Captain Catherine Harcou…
 
One of these tycoons changed the way businesses collect and use data. The other transformed television and created the 24 hour news cycle. One was born the son of a successful businessman. The other was born the son of a single teen mother, who gave him up for adoption. One became a liberal activist and philanthropist. The other became a backer of …
 
We read “Temeraire: His Majesty's Dragon” by Naomi Novik, the first book in a series of alternative history novels where the Napoleonic Wars are fought with Dragons. We join Captain Will Laurence as he reluctantly forms a bond with a newly hatched dragon and instantly becomes the “I’ve only had Temeraire for a day and a half but if anything happene…
 
Your life story is hidden in your teeth. The days, weeks, years, and stressful events of your life are recorded in tiny timelines that can be read by scientists like Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Tanya Smith. She and her colleagues used fossil teeth to tell a detailed and intimate story about the lives of two Neanderthal children and the changing w…
 
Much of what we know about the universe, we've learned in the past 25 years. These three astrophysicists, all Nobel laureates, were key to unlocking some of its greatest mysteries, including that the universe is expanding at an ever-faster rate. (For decades, scientists were certain it was slowing down.) Now they are poised to help us learn a whole…
 
In today’s episode, we discuss Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, including topics such as: the potentially-fatal consequences of cancel culture, how every modern wants what Benedick and Beatrice have, and the incredible power of staging when it comes to telling a story. Join us to find out where we’d put an F-bomb if we had the chance, and what…
 
From the time she was nine years old, she knew she wanted to be on Broadway, but Audra McDonald has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. She has earned six Tony Awards, more than any other actor. She stars in movies and television shows and operas. She tours as a singer, and has a recording career. She may be the most versatile performer of her gen…
 
In the past few weeks, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp honoring playwright August Wilson, and Netflix released a film version of Wilson's celebrated play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." It stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, in his final role. That is why we were inspired to revisit this episode, which originally posted in 2017. It tells th…
 
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