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The History of Being Human

Apr 30, 2018

This episode is about STRANDED CANNIBALS -- specifically the Donner Party and the Dudley Stevens case.

Strange coincidences, ethical questions, never bringing a whip to a knife fight, mutinies and shipwrecks, deserts and mountains, starvation, death, and feats of strength and heroism. And cannibals.

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Apr 16, 2018

We look into the evidence from primatology and archaeology to find the roots of human cannibalism in nature or nurture.

Along the way we find shadows our own dual nature between sexy hippy bonobos and hawkish war chimps; learn how homo sapiens slept with their food, visit a stone age cave of nightmares in Britain; and...


Apr 2, 2018

The injunction to "Know Thyself" has a long and storied history. Older than you know. We track its origins and significance in myth and history, from the Pythia at Delphi to the Inner Temple at Thebes of the Hundred Gates.

Giant snakes, dolphin gods, triangulating eagles, hidden messages, the belly button of earth, and...