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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.
 
Indian Genes is committed to bringing in ideas and thoughts from global leaders in their field to every listener and home, with the intention of providing free and easy access to this information to all that would want to continue their quest for continuous learning. We also are very focused on our young talent that would benefit from this exposure as they plan and move ahead in the careers and life path, hopefully inspiring them to greater heights and clarity in thought that builds both cha ...
 
Sasquatch Tracks takes a scientific look at whether there are large animal species that remain undiscovered. With special emphasis on the Sasquatch in North America, the show looks at claims of apelike “relict hominoids” and other animals purported to exist in various parts of the world.
 
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In EP 12 Indian Genes talks to Bernardo Kastrup's who has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has…
 
Have you ever heard of a "Hoop Snake"? This is one of many frontier legends that were popularized throughout the 19th century, but Micah leads off with a recollection by a family member who claimed, as a child, to have seen such a creature. Also on the subject of myth and folklore, we look at the claims that a large creature might have been discove…
 
Sara Seager, Sara Seager is the Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her past research is credited with laying the foundation for the field of exoplanet atmospheres, while her current research focuses on exoplanet atmospheres a…
 
Atapuerca is a place that holds the mystery of human evolution in Europe from 1.2 million years ago through recent times. You can find, in one place, the oldest human in Europe, the first murder in the archaeological record, and fossils that tell a range of stories from disturbing and grisly to tender and heartwarming. María Martinón-Torres is a Le…
 
On this edition of Sasquatch Tracks, after opening news and discussion, we turn our attention to an often-overlooked aspect of the discussion about America's Relict Hominoid: what does the government say about Sasquatch? It may come as a surprise that on many occasions, government agencies have weighed in on the subject, which includes the Departme…
 
Ashwing Vasavada from NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and a CALTECH / UCLA star, has been involved with the Mars Rover Curiosity for over eight years now and has virtually spent that time living on Mars through the Curiosity mission. If anyone knows the conditions on Mars, then it is Ashwin and in this episode he discusses in detail, …
 
What is it like to be responsible for the safekeeping of the ancestors of everyone in the world? In this episode, we travel to the National Museum of Ethiopia to see our most famous fossil relative – Lucy, and meet Yared Assefa, the person who takes care of her and all of our Ethiopian fossil ancestors and relatives. If you love fossils, you won't …
 
As the gents of cryptozoology get behind the microphone for another installment of Sasquatch Tracks, Micah debriefs Jeff and Smoky about his recent studies in the history of Sasquatchery, and the surprising amount of information that can be found in the historical record in America pertaining to stories of "wild men" and ape-like humanoids througho…
 
India's first space traveler, Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, AC is a former Indian Air Force pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11 on April 3rd, 1984 with the Interkosmos program. He is the only Indian citizen to travel in space. He speaks exclusively to Indian Genes about his mission and the memories that he carries with him. Rakesh Sharma openly speaks…
 
On this episode of Sasquatch Tracks, we continue our discussion with Idaho State University professor of Anatomy and Anthropology Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D., as he answers more of our questions about the scientific study of Sasquatch. Picking up where we left off with Dr. Meldrum on the last installment of the podcast, we get his ideas and opinions on the…
 
On this edition of Sasquatch Tracks, we are joined by Idaho State University professor Dr. Jeff Meldrum for the first in a two-part series that will examine how science can be applied to the study of Sasquatch. Meldrum holds a doctorate in anatomical sciences with an emphasis in physical anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony B…
 
On this episode of Sasquatch Tracks, after a discussion of animal tracking where Jeff fills us in about his recent experience making paster castings of a set of well-preserved black bear tracks, we are joined by the legendary big-game tracker, conservationist and Sasquatch seeker Peter Byrne. At age 94, Byrne may be the world's most accomplished pr…
 
On this inaugural edition of Sasquatch Tracks, we introduce the team (you can read more about us here) as we sit down to talk about who we are, what we aim to do with Sasquatch Tracks, and the role of "citizen scientists" in the study of nature and unidentified species. We are then joined by phone for an interview with naturalist David George Gordo…
 
Dr. James Beacham searches for answers to the biggest open questions of physics using the largest experiment ever, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He hunts for dark matter, gravitons, quantum black holes, and dark photons as a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. In addition to his research…
 
Dr. James Beacham searches for answers to the biggest open questions of physics using the largest experiment ever, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He hunts for dark matter, gravitons, quantum black holes, and dark photons as a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. In addition to his research…
 
Our guest in this installment of The PrimateCast and Conservation Voices is Dr. Anne Laudisoit, senior scientist at EcoHealth Alliance in New York City, who visited us at the Primate Research Institute last month between two field trips in eastern...By cicasp@pri.kyoto-u.ac.jp (CICASP)
 
Our guest in this installment of The PrimateCast is Dr. Valeria Romano, who shares with us a series of interviews she conducted with conservation scientists during a meeting on the “Strategic Planning for the Conservation of Golden Lion Tamarins” run by...By cicasp@pri.kyoto-u.ac.jp (CICASP)
 
In the final installment of our "From the Archive" series, Kenyan paleoanthropologist Louis S.B. Leakey shares the story of his life and work in a never-before-released interview recorded in 1969. The Leakey Foundation was formed 1968 in honor of Louis Leakey and we are proud to carry on his mission of increasing scientific knowledge, education, an…
 
Mary Leakey was called the "grand dame" of archaeology. She was a methodical and exacting scientist who made some of the world's most significant archaeological discoveries. In this lecture from The Leakey Foundation archive, Mary Leakey tells the story of Olduvai Gorge, the place where she found fossils that completely changed our understanding of…
 
Tepilit Ole Saitoti was a Maasai warrior, author, and natural resources expert. In this lecture from The Leakey Foundation archive, Saitoti tells his life story, discusses Maasai culture, and explores the challenges faced by the Maasai people. Learn more and see photos on our blog. Want to support Origin Stories? All donations are being matched 4:1…
 
Raymond Dart was getting dressed for a wedding when he was given two boxes of rocks and fossils. Inside the boxes, he found the first evidence of humanity’s African origins. This episode tells the story of the 1924 discovery of the Taung Child through a never-before-released lecture by Dr. Raymond Dart. Show Notes The Leakey Foundation is celebrati…
 
In this never-before-released archival lecture from 1974, anthropologist Margaret Mead discusses the lives of women from prehistoric through modern times. Show Notes The Leakey Foundation is 50 years old this year, and we’re celebrating this milestone by sharing rare, previously unreleased lectures from the Foundation’s archive. These talks are lik…
 
In this never-before-released archival lecture from 1973, the legendary primatologist Dian Fossey tells the story of the early years of her groundbreaking mountain gorilla research. Show Notes The Leakey Foundation is 50 years old this year, and we’re celebrating this milestone by sharing rare, previously unreleased lectures from the Foundation’s a…
 
Carl Sagan explores the evolution of human intelligence from the big bang, fifteen billion years ago, through today in this never-before-released archival lecture. Show Notes The Leakey Foundation is 50 years old this year, and we’re celebrating this milestone by sharing rare, previously unreleased lectures from the Foundation’s archive. These talk…
 
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