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Race: Can We See It In Our DNA?

Race: Can We See It In Our DNA?

Update: 2019-04-1910


For decades, we've heard that race is a social and cultural idea — not scientific. But with the changing world of genetics, is race science back? We speak to sociologist Prof. Dorothy Roberts, evolutionary biologist Prof. Joseph L. Graves Jr. and psychological methodologist Prof. Jelte Wicherts.

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Selected references: 
This episode was produced by Rose Rimler, with help from Wendy Zukerman, as well as Meryl Horn and Michelle Dang. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Michelle Harris, Meryl Horn, and Michelle Dang. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music by Peter Leonard, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. Recording assistance from Botte Jellema and Shani Aviram. A huge thanks to Stillman Brown, Morgan Jerkins, Amber Davis, Cedric Shine, Emmanuel Dzotsi, and to all the scientists we got in touch with for this episode, including Noah Rosenberg, Rasmus Nielsen, Mark Shriver, Garrett Hellenthal, Sarah Tishkoff, Kenneth Kidd, John Protzko, Dan Levitis, and others. Finally, thanks to the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson. 
Comments (8)

Dave Rocha

Way to use a sound bite to make Sam Harris sound like he's making the exact opposite argument than he ends up making. He's stated a number of times that these tests reflect cultural biases and socially-imposed disadvantages.

May 24th

Shelby Lynn Sloan

You (Science Vs) took Sam Harris out of context.

May 6th

Shannon OC

Shelby Lynn Sloan It's amazing (ly frustrating) to me that so many media and news outlets are doing this to him. It's disappointing. :(

May 18th

Brett Zithryl Landry

Shelby Lynn Sloan I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought that.

May 7th

Scott Robertson

does anyone check these sources? I'm not buying any PDF papers myself. and does it feel like the science says there's evidence actually showing the intelligence difference in race? definitely not proof but there's equal evidence saying there isn't at the very best. I don't believe there's an intelligence difference but this podcast kind of felt like global warming deniers just poking holes in the evidence without providing any to the point.

Apr 26th


Scott Robertson Good

Apr 27th

Omar Jaffrey

Like in a horror movie: the "Does race exist?" question is a monster that won't die—screw scientific consensus. Congrats to Wendy & Science Vs for fighting it.

Apr 19th
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