What the Zombie Apocalypse Teaches Us About Sex: Hunter-gatherers and the Walking Dead



If we became hunter-gatherers again, how would our sex lives change?

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Audio Credits

Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod

Episode theme music: “Tikopia” by Kevin MacLeod

“Gender Preppers” skit mixed using clips from “Cartoon Door Sound Effects” and “Clock Sound Effects” by Nick Judy, and God Bless the USA karaoke version from www.karaokechannel.com

Chambri theme music: “Music with the Chambri” by Matthew Taylor

Inuit theme music: “Traditional Inuit Music” by CBC Northern Service Broadcast Recording, via Academy Records Annex

Aché theme music: “Taller de Música Aché – Paraguay 2009” via Leo Vartanian

Full House theme song by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay, via AnimeMan1000

Double Dragon soundtrack by Technos Japan, via World of Longplays

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