Everyone wants to know who we are, where we came from, and why we are the way we are. The story of how we became human is a story of survival and adaptation, and it’s a story that stretches over millions of years.
What does it mean to be human?
No, really… What makes us different from chimpanzees? How far back can we trace our family tree? Who were our ancestors? How did we spread around the world? Why do we make art? And how can we answer these questions?
Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation’s podcast about how we became human. In six new episodes, Origin Stories takes you behind the scenes of some of the most exciting new discoveries in the study of human origins and profiles scientists whose work sheds light on some of the answers to these big questions.
The new season of The Leakey Foundation’s Origin Stories podcast will launch on August 31, 2017, with new episodes released weekly through October 5, 2017. The episodes will feature Leakey Foundation grantees Shara Bailey, Jean Clottes, Alia Gurtov, Will Harcourt-Smith, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Ellen Miller, and Isaiah Nengo, along with National Geographic Explorer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Paul Salopek.
This season was edited by Julia Barton of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. It was produced and hosted by Meredith Johnson with additional production by Shuka Kalantari, Audrey Quinn, and Neil Sandell. Sound design by Katie McMurran.
Origin Stories was made possible by generous support from Dixon Long. Additional funding was provided by Jean and Ray Auel, Sharal Camisa, Victoria and Barry Fong, Martha Lewis and Dennis Fenwick, Jeanne Newman, Sharon Metzler-Dow, Bill Richards, and Lisa and Bill Wirthlin.