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PODCAST: Q&A with Erika Milam, author of Creatures of Cain

Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America

Erika Lorraine Milam
Princeton University Press
2019
414 pp.
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The “killer ape” hypothesis of human behavior that arose in the aftermath of World War 2 argued that violence is not only natural but a critical component of our species’s success. This week on the Science podcast, historian Erika Milam reveals why the theory gained popularity and why it fell out of favor and discusses our ever-evolving quest to understand human nature.

To hear the rest of the show, visit the Science podcast page.