Disappointing. It was pretty much two guys bloviating sophomorically. Funny thing is, I actually agree with a lot of the sentiments they expressed (about America needing to grow up and accept that it is no longer going to be the dominant world power), but the factual inaccuracies and gross...Read full review »
mlp2848 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/23
Fascinating podcast. Too bad it ended.
rmatuz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/21
I am agreed with the author of "Speech Matters." As a 68 year old who grew up in a world in which people still knew how to read and write, let alone speak, I am appalled by the two generations of so-called "adults" who have followed after my generation. It is as though education...Read full review »
GaryRea via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/31/20
I love this podcast - so fascinating - and accessible to non experts without dumbing down either - just great!
LeighBCD via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/16/20
Razib needs serious voice coaching. Spencer is a joy to listen to. We have an epidemic in this country of young people who do not pronunciate, try to jam words too fast, ignore pauses called periods...Annoying as hell nasal vocal fry… It sounds like a sick child seriously congested.Please take...Read full review »
Kr8peace via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/14/20
One of the best science podcasts I’ve heard since I started chasing them around 2006. Funny, concise, deepest and up to date. Invaluable context for the constant stream of gene stories and revelations.
uhoh7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/01/20
Probably the most high quality Podcast I have found, in terms of depth of substance and quality of speaking. I am a lay person with a fascination for genetics/evolution and ancient people, and so I appreciate the academic references presented in a way I can absorb and understand them. Thank you...Read full review »
LexB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/31/20
Spencer has one of the best broadcasting voices ever. He is a fantastic story teller and as one of the pioneering scientists in anthropological genetics has the knowledge and scientific chops to make this topic understandable and even more interesting than it already is. Razib is one of the best...Read full review »
Woodsy_ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/16/20
‘The right to free speech is what America friggin stands for!’ After he said ‘if you are MAGA, you should stop listening now bc this will upset you’ This has zero to do with free speech. He was warning you he was about to sound even more dumb than usual.
Beccaaz746 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/10/20
Utterly phenomenal podcast. Should be used as a teaching tool in schools. Highest possible recommendation!!
Bluerafters via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/17/20
Usually a very interesting show. In the June 3rd episode Spencer really went off the deep end. It seems as though his collectivism is raging out of control. That might be a hazard of having a Marxist as one of his main mentors. His thoughts on when and why countries have been “great” or will...Read full review »
Hist_Buff via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/01/20
Sorry guys I really would have liked to have heard a lot more in detail about Peter Turchin’s work. Also, you alluded to it but I really think there is a moral obligation to explicitly point out that Communist states murdered tens of millions of their own citizens. “Let’s not go there” doesn’t...Read full review »
Nic Walmsley via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/13/20
Wells is a brilliant person but obtuse on non scientific topics. I think its safe to say Spencer has bad a case a Dunning-Kruger when it comes to politics. His concern of how the world views the US is nothing short of regurgitated NPR globalist prattle. But..... Razib has it right. Go Texas...Read full review »
Ariovistus via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/20
the first 45 minutes is a mix of superficial and sometimes misleading history (Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne into Little Rock in 1957 using that old law.) and a cliche heavy, insight light anti-American rant. Skip that and it still isn't as good as it could have been (yes, we know,...Read full review »
oakland county phil via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/07/20
Interesting opinion, you aren’t old enough to have seen federal troops being sent into Little Rock to enforce federal integration law against the express orders of the state government or Governor Wallace calling up the state troops to oppose integrating schools. We really were in fear of a...Read full review »
Joe in Mukilteo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/04/20
Razhib is an amazing host who creates some great content but Spencer has really gone off the rails with his Covid-19 commentary to the point it makes it difficult to trust his analysis on anything.
Tim in Sheffield via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/28/20
I’ve been hooked on reading everything I can get my hand on RE: ancient DNA, human prehistory/migrations, and historical genetics since reading David Reich’s “Who We Are and How We Got Here” in 2018. Sadly Reich has not written further books, and there is very little scientifically grounded...Read full review »
SF/NY/LA via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/28/20
I heard an interview with Spencer on the Mindscape podcast and thought I’d check it out. Totally blown away. I’ve been binging to catchup and I really enjoy the discussion about the state of genetic research and how thinking has changed. Impacts on archeology, history, anthropology. They go...Read full review »
Ben of the USA via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/20
As usual, Spencer and Razib give a tremendously interesting and informative podcast. Their efforts are soured slightly by Spencer Wells’ giddiness over the rise of China and the obvious decline of the United States and the West more generally. Kinda embarrassing for a smart, nuanced guy to speak...Read full review »
GanjaGeoff via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/20
A “genocidal” decision? Nuremberg war crime? Spencer, seek a doctor’s help for your TDS.
Qi wertgcs oitscc via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/20
Spencer, your delivery in this podcast is excellent. More please. I am in my last semester off college and I don’t really have time for pleasure listening. The transition to online classes has doubled my workload. This podcast is an example of how I learn well. Thank you Brude McKee
Brude McKee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/26/20
Spencer Wells is one of the brightest minds out there for population genetics, and a great speaker. Really profound insights (pun intended) here if you’re interested in all as to how modern man became, well modern.
pworth1971 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/13/20
I would totally wear a t-shirt that says “Denisovan Supremacist” or even “Homo Erectus Supremacist”, make this happen Razib!! For those who are confused....start listening to this podcast. If you are a history/science/fantasy’ll be entertained and taught many anew things I promise!!
amelia von twinkle via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/10/20
Discussion of cutting-edge genetics is linked with expert historical commentary. Nothing is like it.
Astro-NM via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/20
So great that a podcast like this exists. I voraciously consume news and commentary regarding genetics and ancient DNA. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning every time I see a new Insight episode in my feed. Keep up the great work!
cc28 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/04/20
So glad to have you guys back! As someone with a background in History, I find this podcast amazing insightful. I called the Neanderthal admixture back in 2006 and my Paleoanthropology professor dismissed the idea as impossible. I like that this podcast is open to change as the data changes!...Read full review »
Mattycakes318 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/24/19
Even to a non-scientist the podcasts are fascinating. Keep them coming.
naturegirl34 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/21/19
I just dropped by because The guests looked interesting but Razib broke in so offen the poor experts couldn't get a word edge wise God. What an egomaniacRead full review »
jptmd3 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/16/19
Razib Khan and Spencer Wells are tag-team interviewers who use the podcast format to their advantage. Each episode is a deep dive on a narrow topic. Sometimes it's these two experts riffing with each other (Neanderthal ancestry of most humans), other times it's an interview. Three...Read full review »
AMac-78 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/18/19
As a genetics enthusiast, I love the high quailty science discussions in these podasts between Spencer, Razib and their incredible roster of guests. As a non-professional, I appreciate their frequent assessments of recently published papers, which help me separate out the chaff and identify...Read full review »
RobertitoGenetics via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/18/19
I love paleoanthropology and population genetics, but after college I ended up in a field that isn’t even remotely related to those interests. Enter this podcast! As someone who isn’t in the field and no longer has access to fancy, expensive research journals, this podcast is a nice way to stay...Read full review »
MissAlyss5098 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/19/19
As an interested layman, I find insitom podcast just the right place to expand my knowledge. The hosts are incredibly knowledgeable and know how to make their stuff accessible to the people liken, with a basic scientific education. I strongly recommend it.
Golan Shahar via Apple Podcasts · Israel · 06/11/19
You guys just love your y-chromosomes and go on and on about them. Enough.
Fiber Artist 1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/13/19
Especially after having DNA test from National Geographic and other add ons from Helix and Insitome. Very knowledgeable hosts and guests. This podcast and their blog are regularly coming up with different slants on our past and how we became us. This is not for somebody, but everybody. And when...Read full review »
amc3 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/19
Fantastically interesting and addictive insight.
Wozzaweez via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/15/19
This is an excellent podcast content wise, but the production quality is increasingly slipping. Razib & Spencer, please take the time to make high quality recordings. It’s not easy or enjoyable to listen to garbled speech.
TheOnlyNicknameNotAlrdyTaken via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/13/19
Marvelous, I’m just a layperson ,I love the podcast ; but I so struggled with sound quality of the guest. Put it through some clever software or something to sharpen the sound if you can’t get them into somewhere with decent facilities PLEASE
Crex crex via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 04/11/19
As a four-field trained Anthropologist, I recommend this podcast to everyone interested in learning about human populations across time. We know so much more now about our species than ever before and that’s thanks to the breakthroughs in genetics/genomics. It’s THE line of evidence that...Read full review »
Niku T'arhechu T. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/19
Great rapport between hosts, intriguing guests, timely, news-related science
TrippinB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/02/19
A great podcast for catching up on human populations genetics, archaeology, behaviour, etc.
chrostoff via Apple Podcasts · South Africa · 03/02/19
Excellent podcast for you average everyday armchair popgeneticist
HELPME1205 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/25/19
This podcast is so illuminating, full of history, genetics, anthropology and culture that it is a must understanding what it means to be « us »! I never missed a single episode since the very first! You will learn and laugh so much because the the team Spencer/Razib aim at two objectives: make...Read full review »
Aphrodite909 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/17/19
Do you host a podcast?
Track your ranks and reviews from Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.
See hourly chart positions and more than 30 days of history.
Get Chartable Analytics »