This Anthro Life is an experimental narrative podcast that takes a unique cross cultural and time spanning perspective on what makes us human, from the designed world, future hopes, and myths of how things came to be. Join anthropologists Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins as they venture into the countless possibilities encountered in everyday global life. From Missing Link Studios in Boston, MA.

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Emojis & Hieroglyphics Will Emojis be the death of writing? Are emojis modern day hieroglyphs? Is the increased use of emojis in textual conversations a sign of the end of language as we know it? Your trusty hosts Ryan and Adam discuss the origin of emojis as well as the importance of actively seeking to understand the hidden biases of language.


The Happiness Fetish What kinds of things make us happy? How does happiness inhere in objects or how to we use objects to display our happiness?



About the Hosts

Dr. Adam Gamwell

Design Anthropologist + Educator, Founder, Missing Link Studios

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Dr. Ryan Collins

Archaeologist, Creative Writer, Educator

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What our Listeners Say…

Anthropology and podcasts – two of my favorite things! Super helpful to have a media for the masses that talks about such important things. Highly recommended

Katrina z, long time listener

In the past 25 years I’ve taken undergrad and grad classes in anthro, I’ve read a lot of anthro books (including editing 7 of them), I exhibit books every year at AAA, and only after listening to TAL do I really understand how anthropologists THINK.

Major, major shout-out to @
thisanthrolife
. I’ve been binging and it’s GREAT. These guys get what’s wrong with anthropology these days while still emphasizing what’s oh-so-right about it. They’re the counter.

Don, Long time listener

So interesting to hear about the wide range of work. Presented in a way that is accessible. Given the troubled times we find ourselves in, this kind of analysis (in-depth, thoughtful and carefully explained) is worthwhile!

iTunes Review

Wow! Thought Provoking. Very well done. Informative & Substantial. I listen to each one

iTunes Review

I’m an anthropologist myself and it’s hard to keep up to date with the debates since I’m not in academia. This show is a good way to do just that. Additionally, it matches insightful and sometimes theoretical conversations with contemporary conversations in a way that is a breeze to listen to. Keep it coming!

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