November 17, 2021

EP. 131 — A New History of Humanity with David Wengrow

When telling the history of our species, why do so many writers keep regurgitating the same centuries-old just-so story? If we had a more accurate, truer account of our origins, how would it change our understanding of our society and ourselves? To answer this question, on the show this week is archaeologist David Wengrow, co-author with the late anthropologist David Graeber of the blockbuster new book The Dawn of Everything. Check it out at


FACT-131-20211115-Wengrow-RCv02-DYN.mp3 Speaker 1 [00:00:22] Hello and welcome to Factually, I’m Adam Conover. Thank you for joining me once again as I talked to an amazing expert about some incredible shit that they know, that I don’t know and that you don’t know. All of our minds are going to be blown. We’re going to have an awesome time learning and, dare I say, laughing together. What a terrible intro. Look, I am so excited about this episode. This one is a banger, OK? Because today on the show, we are talking about the origins of human civilization itself. On the show we have the author of one of the most talked about books on the subject. This is a huge episode. The interview is incredible. You’re going to love it. So look, there have been a boatload of attempts, recently, to tell the history of humanity. From our origins all the way to today. That’s right, the whole kit and caboodle. Bestselling books and documentaries keep popping up that att

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