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Origin Stories
Origin Stories
The Leakey Foundation

This award-winning show combines science and narrative to explore our human story and explain why we are the way we are. Listen... more

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First Steps at Laetoli

In this episode, we explore five strange fossilized footprints found by Mary Leakey at the site of Laetoli in... more

17 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Discovering Us

In this episode, we talk with Evan Hadingham, senior science editor for the PBS program NOVA. His new book, Discovering... more

25 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
Top Human Origins Discoveries of 2021

2021 was a big year in science! Fossil discoveries introduced new relatives to our family tree, new findings added fascinating... more

21 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
Biruté Mary Galdikas - 50 Years with Orangutans

As a young girl, Biruté Mary Galdikas dreamed of going to the forests of Southeast Asia to study the least-known... more

09 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
Entre Chien et Loup: How Dogs Began

Scientists agree that dogs evolved from wolves, but exactly how and when that happened is hotly contested. In this episode,... more

05 Oct 2021 · 54 minutes
Short and Sweat

Learn about the evolution of our extraordinary ability to cool ourselves down. Biological anthropologist Andrew Best discusses the past, present,... more

29 Sep 2021 · 17 minutes
Monkeys Get Creative

Producer and scientist Kevin McLean travels to an island off the coast of Panama where researchers have found an isolated... more

07 Jul 2021 · 22 minutes
The Obstetrical Dilemma

The widely-held idea known as the “obstetrical dilemma” is a hypothesis that explains why babies are so helpless, and why... more

04 Jun 2021 · 34 minutes
Sleep and the Moon

Sleep is one of the defining traits of human life. It's also one of the most mysterious. Dr. Horacio de... more

07 May 2021 · 28 minutes
How to Study an Endangered Species

What is it like to study an endangered species like chimpanzees, knowing they may go extinct within your lifetime? Leakey... more

27 Mar 2021 · 28 minutes
Origin Stories
First Steps at Laetoli
Origin Stories