Origins with James Andrew Miller
Origins of Larry David 1/5
The first part of a five part series about the origins of Curb Your Enthusiasm, this episode focuses on the man himself, Larry David. What he did post Seinfeld and how the kernel of Curb came to be. Done entirely through interviews with Larry David and all his peers, this entire series is a great behind the scenes look at this culture defining show (especially if you’re a Curb fan). Hit the Apple button in the episode to find the rest of this series.
A Neuroscientist Explains
Origins of Social Behavior
Also part of a series but less linear so you can just dive in whenever, this program has the host speak with a Neuroscientist to explain why we behave the way we behave, basically how does our ‘Coredrive’ evolve. This episode in particular focuses on our need to conform in society and our natural inclination to be part of groups and tribes. Warning: The Neuroscientist phones in, and speaks a bit slowly so definitely be patient, however the Host sounds and speaks phenomenal so it all evens out.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Origins from Yuval Noah Harari
Less origin story but more of an interview with Yuval Noah Harari who wrote Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (a must read with Wilson’s stamp of approval) so definitely an expert in origin stories. This interview with Yuval talk Artificial Intelligence (of course), Genetics, and the plight of the Human Condition. This gets heady real quick.
Origins of Fake News
I’m sure you’re tired of Hidden Brain recommendations by now but we really can’t get enough of them and this episode is both timely and topical! Part of the origin of Fake News was just business. Listen to how reporters and publications skew the same story based on the views and beliefs of their target market in this episode, it’s absolutely fascinating.
Origins of DARPA
The group of scientists that will ultimately make the things that kill us, and of course got started as a response to the Soviets this episode talks about how DARPA works, what it did, and what’s it even doing today. If you’re a science / war? Nerd, then you’ll be super into this one. If not, learn something new!
Origins of Humans
This podcast is worth the subscribing to (it’s produced by the Leakey Foundation named after the famed paleontologist Louis and Mary Leaky) with only one episode a month it’s light on the noggins. Each month the host dives into an aspect of human origin and evolution and unveils insights into why we are the way we are. This episode is about how we evolved to walk up right… or did we?