Evolution Talk



Voice artists, music, and effects bring Charles Darwin and others to life in this educational introduction to the oldest story ever told. Brought to you by Rick Coste Productions.


  • The Human Eye

    28/01/2020 Duración: 09min

    Evolution by natural selection can build complex features through small, incremental changes. But can it build an eye?

  • Denisovans

    21/01/2020 Duración: 08min

    Caves hide many things.  Be it shards of glass, arrowheads... or bones.  It's to whom these bones might have belonged to which often leads us on a path to great discoveries... and forgotten 'cousins'.

  • Survival of the Fittest Part 2

    15/01/2020 Duración: 12min

    Consider this a 'lost episode' of Evolution Talk.  In it I talk with Stephanie Keep of BiteScis.org about the origins and misconceptions around the term 'survival of the fittest'.

  • Update: Video Series

    14/08/2019 Duración: 58s

    There is now a new way to enjoy the show.  A video series is being created to add visuals to the podcast.  Learn more at EvolutionTalk.com !

  • Mary Anning

    22/02/2016 Duración: 13min

    In 1811 , or 1812, a young girl by the name of Mary Anning, along with her little brother, happened upon an incredible find while digging around the cliffs of Lyme Regis in England. It was a skull. A very large skull.

  • Rosalind Franklin

    08/02/2016 Duración: 14min

    It’s safe to say, and very few would disagree, that without Rosalind Franklin the double helix structure would not have been discovered when it was, nor perhaps by the same team of discoverers.

  • An Interview With Emma Darwin

    25/01/2016 Duración: 14min

    Way back in Episode 30 I stepped into a time machine and traveled back to 1869 in order to interview Charles Darwin. This time around I brought someone forward in time... his wife Emma Darwin.

  • Convergent Evolution

    18/01/2016 Duración: 14min

    Convergent evolution has shown us that nature will find similar solutions under similar conditions. So too might it be on other planets. Life might not look that much different that it does here

  • Cladistics

    11/01/2016 Duración: 12min

    A cladogram will show those animals that share similar form and structures. It’s not about animals which have evolved from one another. In this episode we are going to look at clades and cladistics. We will also create a cladogram... an audio cladogram.

  • An Interview With Jonathan Tweet

    04/01/2016 Duración: 16min

    Jonathan Tweet has authored a very remarkable book for children. He wasn’t just trying to make evolution and its concepts easier to understand for kids in elementary school, Jonathan was shooting for an even younger audience. The result is the book 'Grandmother Fish'.

  • Are We Still Evolving?

    28/12/2015 Duración: 14min

    There are some who say that evolution by natural selection, at least when it applies to you and I, is no longer a driving force. The argument is that we are no longer evolving and that we’ve pushed natural selection aside and taken the reign of our own development.

  • Your Brain

    21/12/2015 Duración: 19min

    Over the course of billions of years a small region of specialized cells began to develop sensory organs. These light sensitive cells slowly developed into eyes. Behind them another organ began to develop. It’s still there, buried beneath everything else that has developed to become your brain today.

  • Homo Naledi

    14/12/2015 Duración: 22min

    In 2013 a secret that had been hidden for hundreds of thousands of years in a South African cave was discovered. Bones... many bones. Upon inspection by a team of specialists a picture began to emerge. At the center of it all is a new species of hominin - Homo Naledi.

  • The Evolution of Music

    07/12/2015 Duración: 23min

    In this episode of Evolution Talk we take a look at some of the theories which have attempted to trace the evolution of music, from Charles Darwin to philosopher Daniel Dennett.

  • Math and Maupertuis

    30/11/2015 Duración: 11min

    Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis was fascinated with the origin and evolution of life. If there was a creator, finding the keys to his work had to involve careful study of the facts and an examination of the natural world with critical eyes.

  • Coevolution

    23/11/2015 Duración: 12min

    Coevolution often involves an arms race. You have a predator and prey both upping the game. Like a bat and a moth. Each one trying to outdo the other. If the change in one organism is linked to a change in another organism, genetically speaking, then coevolution is said to have occurred.

  • Why Water?

    16/11/2015 Duración: 11min

    Without water there would be no life. We are lucky. Extremely lucky that it is here at all. Especially in its liquid form. It doesn’t need to be. In fact, as far as the universe is concerned, water in its liquid form is almost a rarity.

  • Misconceptions About Evolution & Natural Selection

    09/11/2015 Duración: 15min

    In this episode of 'Evolution Talk' I am joined by a very special guest - Stephanie Keep from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Among her many talents as a writer and educator, Stephanie also loves to correct misconceptions that involve the science and study of evolution.

  • An Explosion of Cambrian Proportions

    02/11/2015 Duración: 15min

    In the era known as the Cambrian, an era which kicked off 541 million years ago, life exploded. Natural Selection began to produce new creatures, one after the other. A parade of unique forms and shapes that had never been seen before.

  • An Appendix

    26/10/2015 Duración: 13min

    For years the appendix has been considered a vestigial organ. In 2007 researchers at Duke University began to take another look at the appendix. While taking their closer look something interesting began to emerge. Something that had always been there but had remained hidden, or unobserved for centuries. Your appendix, that little organ that we so often remove and forget, just might be useful after all.

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