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Futureproof Extra: The History of The Handshake

We have all had to adapt and make changes over the last 15 months. Keeping our distance is probab...

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07.30 29 Jun 2021


Futureproof Extra: The History of The Handshake



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07.30 29 Jun 2021


We have all had to adapt and make changes over the last 15 months.

Keeping our distance is probably the biggest one, and the one that has impacted people’s lives the most.

From staying at home, avoiding people in the street, to no more handshakes - it all felt so unnatural.

But what is that reflex of reaching out to shake someone’s hand? Where does it come from? Is it cultural or something deeper?

Ella Al-Shamahi, a National Geographic Explorer, paleoanthropologist, evolutionary biologist, and author of 'The Handshake: A Gripping History' joined Jonathan to discuss.

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