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"The host, Macken Murphy, is able to condense vast chunks of information into engaging and digestible episodes. Fact-filled and fun." — The... more

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Episodes

Forgotten Apes | Dr. Susan Cheyne

An audio essay on human nature, followed by an interview with primatologist Dr. Susan Cheyne. Susan is the co-director of... more

05 May 2024 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Pilled | Louis Bachaud

A deep dive into the manosphere, with the scholar who knows it best, Louis Bachaud. The manosphere is a constellation... more

12 Feb 2024 · 2 hours, 9 minutes
Hair on Our Faces | Dr. Barnaby Dixson

Today, we explore the befuddling (and surprisingly complex) mystery of the human beard. Our guide is Dr. Barnaby Dixson, a... more

29 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
The Unchosen Ones | William Costello

William Costello is an expert on incels, a rising star in the field of evolutionary psychology, and the latest protégé... more

09 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Date Psychology | Alexander

Alexander is a psychologist and science communicator. He is best known for his deep dives into the literature on human... more

04 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Great White Shark

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... a brand new episode of Species. Come... more

26 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Updates | 1.15.23

I'm extremely busy and, unfortunately, pausing production on Species, at least for most of this month. If you sent me... more

16 Jan 2023 · 2 minutes
Master of Puppets | Dr. Robert Plomin

"DNA isn't all that matters, but it matters more than everything else put together." —Dr. Robert Plomin Blueprint: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262039161/blueprint/ Plomin... more

26 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Updates | 12.18.22

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19 Dec 2022 · 3 minutes
Mimic Octopus

Nature's greatest shapeshifter, the mimic octopus is known for their spectacular impersonations of other species. Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CrxPPq4mAJpmmQTFIh51KzoHa1SZZv5C4dF-KyFB0ik/edit?usp=sharing

05 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Gossiping for Mates | Dr. Tania Reynolds

Women compete vigorously over mates but do so more subtly than men. In this episode, Dr. Tania Reynolds teaches us... more

21 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Vegetarian Spider

This spider, Bagheera kiplingi, prefers a plant-based diet. Come learn about trees that pay ant security guards in gold, The Jungle... more

06 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Guinea Pig

Not from Guinea, not a pig. Upcoming live events... 10 AM on October 26th: https://www.talesonmoonlane.co.uk/halftermfestival 2 PM on October 26th:... more

18 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
White-Tailed Deer

Come learn about predator-prey communication, Bambi, and the most-hunted big game animal in America on this episode of Species. Bibliography:... more

02 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
California Condor

Find out how sock puppets aided the most insane conservation effort in history and learn everything about America's biggest bird.... more

19 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
State of Affairs | Dr. Brooke Scelza

Infidelity is almost ubiquitous among the Himba, an indigenous group of pastoralists living in Namibia and Angola. In this episode,... more

22 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
Birdlike

An essay about birds, music, and evolution. https://tenderly.medium.com/birds-are-musicians-24b3d2dc5eb2

07 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Rattlesnake

How come some Christians risk their lives to hold snakes? Why do snakes have forked tongues? Do snakes "see" heat?... more

25 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Siamang

Come learn about a singing, (mostly) monogamous acrobat! Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O9830gFU8gHBDzF70JSwqo-mvwq3dZ7VogcX3rFzDS0/edit?usp=sharing  

10 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Tardigrade

This microscopic animal can survive in outer space. Find out how and learn about the toughest animal on earth (and... more

26 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
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Women compete vigorously over mates but do so more subtly than men. In this episode, Dr. Tania Reynolds teaches us how women... more