Tools & Technology

Kean on Genes

Today we welcome back author Sam Kean to discuss the secrets and surprises contained in our DNA.

Episode 159 | October 29, 2012

Episode 159: Kean on Genes by Distillations Podcast

Science writer Sam Kean joined us in 2010 to talk about the fascinating, little-known characters who helped discover each element on the periodic table, as featured in his book The Disappearing Spoon. Today he returns to Distillations’ studios to discuss his newest book, The Violinist’s Thumb. This time he reveals the quirky—and sometimes crazy—history of human understanding of our DNA. He spoke with executive producer Jennifer Dionisio about his favorite moments within the still-unfolding saga of the unraveling of the genetic code.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:33 Interview: The Violinist’s Thumb
11:44 Closing Credits


Special thanks to Jennifer Dionisio for researching this show. 

Our theme music is composed by Andrew Chalfen. Music from BMI includes “The Whistling Caruso,” by Andrew Bird.

Photo by Conrad Erb.