Adam Rutherford

Book Shambles

Geneticist, author and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford joins Robin and Josie in the studio this week to talk about many things including his latest book, The Book of Humans. They chat about the peril of writing books that will go out of date, bad misuses of genetics, who was racist even by Victorian standards and Adam tries to remember the difference between The Odyssey and The Iliad.

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Reading List

Adam recommends:

On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The Odyssey by Homer

The Squirrel Girl comics

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Robin recommends:

The Book of Humans by Adam Rutherford

Beyond Weird by Philip Ball

I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince

Neanderthal Man by Svante Pääbo

Hello World by Hannah Fry

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

Bring on the Apocalypse by George Monbiot

Extreme Measures by Martin Brookes

Josie recommends:

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates

Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski

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