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Episode 22: Altruism

Why do people risk their own lives to save a stranger? Why do we share food or give money to charity? The human capacity for altruism has been a puzzle for scientists since Darwin. In this episode of Origin Stories, primatologist Joan Silk explores the evolution of altruism and cooperation.

In our Being Human Bonus segment, we share a story of human kindness from Erika Lantz and WBUR’s Kind World.

Origin Stories is a project of The Leakey Foundation. You can support this show and the science we talk about by making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation will be doubled thanks to an anonymous altruistic sponsor! Give today at http://www.leakeyfoundation.org/donate

 

Links

Learn more about Joan Silk and her research at http://www.joansilk.com.

Being Human http://www.beinghuman.org

Kind World http://www.wbur.org/kindworld

Adept Word Management http://www.adeptwordmanagement.com

 

Credits

Produced by Meredith Johnson

Edited by Julia Barton

Theme music by Henry Nagle

Production help from Susan Valot

Additional music by Podington Bear, Lee Rosevere, and Alex Fitch

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