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  • The Social Life of Robots, pt 1: Spoiler Alert
    In the pop culture imagination, perceptions of robots and AI occupy a space of mystery and intrigue that gravitates between harbingers of impending societal collapse and bringers of mythical salvation. However, where does contemporary science and technology stand? Moreover, how do the social experiences of the past and in the... Read more »
  • The Craft of Curation
    Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Anthropological Association, and This Anthro Life Podcast. In this episode, Adam Gamwell, Leslie Walker, and Ryan Collins dive into the topic of curation. What does it mean to put... Read more »
  • Switched on Pop
    On this episode of This Anthro Life, hosts Adam Gamwell and Matt Artz are joined by assistant professor and musicologist Nate Sloan and music journalist and songwriter Charlie Harding, the hosts of Switched on Pop, a podcast about the making and meaning of popular music. On Switched on Pop, Charlie... Read more »
  • Weaving Social Fabric: The Craft of African Fashion
    Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move , an audio collaboration from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Anthropological Association and This Anthro Life Podcast In the US, fashion has been relegated to large impersonal retail spaces and increasingly online stores. Fashion in the US, as many... Read more »
  • Sharing Sonic Space: Music as Home, Soul and Connector
    “I hope that more people will listen to more music outside of their own little comfort zone. I think that we enrich ourselves, we are better human beings when you open up your heart to other cultures, other music, to other worlds to other points of view. Because ultimately, as... Read more »
  • Art is a Movement
    Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration series from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Anthropological Association and This Anthro Life Podcast. Join hosts Adam Gamwell, Leslie Walker and Ryan Collins as they explore what it means to craft, form, and make culture... Read more »
  • EPIC Evidence with Dawn Nafus and Tye Rattenbury
    This Anthro Life is opening the conversation with EPIC (the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community) on the theme of Evidence. Taking center stage at this year's Annual EPIC Conference. “Evidence” is a subject of increasing social importance in today’s political climate. What constitutes evidence and when it is found to... Read more »
  • The Awe is Shared: Evolution and Public Science with Andrea Eller - This Anthro Life
    Andrea Eller is a biological anthropologist driven by a question of how do our bodies continue to react to things today? In other words, how does evolution continue to impact us and why is this important? To address this, Andrea Eller looks at how bodies respond and adapt to circumstances... Read more »
  • Its Only an Evil Cactus if Donkeys Chase You: Ethics and Psychedelics with Hamilton Morris - This Anthro Life
    When TAL first interviewed Hamilton Morris, it was shortly after he and his production team had finished season 1 of Hamilton’s Pharmacopoeia. Now, Morris has completed two seasons of his critically acclaimed show on VICE. This time on TAL, Morris has a more reflective tone. With Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins,... Read more »
  • Tech Ethnography, Data and Social Justice w/ Dr. Tricia Wang - This Anthro Life
    Dr. Tricia Wang sees her work consulting as sitting at the crossroads of data and social justice. As a global tech ethnographer, Dr. Wang is obsessed with how technology and humans shape each other. In her own words, she wants to know, “How do the tools we use enable us... Read more »
  • EPIC Innovation w/ Dr. Alexandra Mack - This Anthro Life
    Welcome back listeners! Adam and Ryan have taken some time away as of late to finish and defend their dissertations. Now that Ryan is done, and Adam defends in just one week (so close!), TAL is getting back into gear with new content in the development and production stages. Now,... Read more »
  • Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voices, Storytelling and Solution Finding - This Anthro Life
    Thanks to the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) for having Adam Gamwell and Matt Artz of This Anthro Life present at the annual meeting in Philadelphia. We presented as part of the New Methods, Interventions And Approaches session. Our paper title was Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voices,... Read more »
  • Marching for Science w/Valorie Aquino - This Anthro Life
    On this episode of This Anthro Life, hosts Ryan Collins and Adam Gamwell are joined by TAL correspondent and guest host Astrid Countee and by a very special guest, Valorie Aquino. They joined us to talk about the 2017 March for Science. Valorie is one of the key organizing 30’s... Read more »
  • Brave Community: Teaching Race in the American Classroom w/ Janine de Novais - This Anthro Life
    Welcome listeners to the second installment of our Diversity and Inclusion crossover series, bringing together This Anthro Life with Brandeis University. For those of you who are new to the show, This Anthro Life (TAL) was launched as a scholar-practitioner program designed to bring anthropological and social science research and... Read more »
  • #MeToo: Stories in the Age of Survivorship by Emma Backe - This Anthro Life
    Welcome to Story Slamming Anthropology. This series features both innovative narrative and audio performance drawing on the deep toolkit and methods of anthropology. The goal with Story Slamming Anthropology is to invoke the public facing spirit of Franz Boas, Margaret Mead, Melville Herskovits and many others to speak to 21st... Read more »
  • Carving a Niche between Software and Social Science: Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson - This Anthro Life
    Design and anthropology have been seen together with increasing frequency over the last few years, but how do design and anthropology fit together in relation to industry? And, how does this pairing create insight? Adam and Matt (a guest host at This Anthro Life) are joined by Dr. Natalie Hanson... Read more »
  • Diversity + Inclusion in Higher Education, part 1 - This Anthro Life
    Welcome listeners to the first installment of our Diversity and Inclusion crossover series, bringing together This Anthro Life with Brandeis University. For those of you who are new to the show, This Anthro Life (TAL) was launched as a scholar-practitioner program designed to bring anthropological and social science research and... Read more »
  • Encounters Unforeseen: A Bicultural Retelling of 1492 with Andrew Rowen - This Anthro Life
    In this Conversations episode, This Anthro Life hosts Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins are joined by author Andrew Rowen to discuss his new novel, Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold. Coming in the months trailing the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s (or Cristobal Colon’s) voyage to the America’s, Rowen’s novel seeks to... Read more »
  • Coming to Our Senses - This Anthro Life
    In this Conversations episode of This Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins explore the subject of sensory ethnography –  a focus in anthropology that tends to deemphasize the written word to explore visual, acoustic, and other sensory perceptions. Today, researchers explore senses increasing in the media through virtual simulations, visual... Read more »
  • Are Emojis and Hieroglyphs Universal Language? - This Anthro Life
    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? Join us for one of our most popular conversations revisited! Your trusty hosts Ryan and Adam discuss the origin of... Read more »
  • The Yin and Yang of Design Anthropology with Dr. Elizabeth Dori Tunstall - This Anthro Life
    In this Conversations episode of This Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell and guest host/TAL correspondent Matt Artz explore the world of Design Anthropology with the help of Dr. Elizabeth “Dori” Tunstall. Design Anthropology is a subject near and dear to our hosts, who have been excited to devote an entire episode... Read more »
  • Fall for This Anthro Life: Back in Action, New Content, and our Patreon Campaign - This Anthro Life
    Hey Listeners! Adam and Ryan are back from their brief summer hiatus (a time filled with fieldwork, dissertation writing, and travels abound) with new content, a fresh Patreon campaign, lined up interviews, an upcoming limited series on diversity in the university setting and much more! Support our new campaign on... Read more »
  • The Happiness Fetish Revisited - This Anthro Life
    In response to several surveys that attempt to quantify happiness, Ryan, Adam, and Aneil spend this episode of This Anthro Life exploring happiness through the lens of fetishism. They discuss Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness, the film Happy, and more! They seek to answer the following questions: What kinds of... Read more »
  • Conversations and Podcasting as Social Technology - This Anthro Life
    This episode is a little different from our normal content. In it we feature a presentation Adam gave for Pivotal Labs in which he explores This Anthro Life’s (and his own) developing philosophy about conversations and podcasting as social technologies and what the worlds of anthropology and podcasting can do. Some topics... Read more »
  • The Stories Bones Tell w/ Kristina Killgrove - This Anthro Life
    This Anthro Life has teamed up with Savage Minds to bring you a special 5-part podcast and blog crossover series. While thinking together as two anthropological productions that exist for multiple kinds of audiences and publics, we became inspired to have a series of conversations about why anthropology matters today.... Read more »
  • Anthropology + Science Journalism = A New Genre? w/ Daniel Salas of SAPIENS - This Anthro Life
    This Anthro Life has teamed up with Savage Minds to bring you a special 5-part podcast and blog crossover series. While thinking together as two anthropological productions that exist for multiple kinds of audiences and publics, we became inspired to have a series of conversations about why anthropology matters today.... Read more »
  • Anthropology has Always been Out There w/ Ed Liebow and Leslie Walker of the AAA - This Anthro Life
    In the second conversation of the TAL + SM crossover series, Ryan and Adam were joined by AAA Executive Director Ed Liebow and Program Manager for Educational Outreach Leslie Walker. They explored the work of the AAA, the changing natures of work and research today, and critically assessed anthropology in... Read more »
  • Writing “in my Culture” w/ Zoe Wool and Alex Golub of Savage Minds - This Anthro Life
    This Anthro Life has teamed up with Savage Minds to bring you a special 5-part podcast and blog crossover series. While thinking together as two anthropological productions that exist for multiple kinds of audiences and publics, we became inspired to have a series of conversations about why anthropology matters today.... Read more »
  • Visual Anthropology Revisited, pt 2 - This Anthro Life
    We like to bring you some of our favorite conversations from our catalogue as we think about new ways to explore the topic. This week we’re bringing you our Visual Anthropology conversation split into two, digestible parts, so here’s part 2. Plus we (still) miss Aneil and wanted to hear... Read more »
  • Visual Anthropology Revisited, pt 1 - This Anthro Life
    We like to bring you some of our favorite conversations from our catalogue as we think about new ways to explore the topic. This week we’re bringing you our Visual Anthropology conversation split into two, digestible parts. Plus we miss Aneil and wanted to hear his voice again. We hope... Read more »
  • On the Craft of Writing w/ Dr. Anita Hannig - This Anthro Life
    How do academics write for a variety of audiences? Is routine a necessary part of creating? How many times will Ryan mention Stephen King? In this episode of This Anthro Life, Adam and Ryan talk with Anita Hannig of Brandeis University about the writing process behind her new book, Beyond... Read more »
  • Free Think 6 – Who Are the 13,000? - This Anthro Life
    FreeThink 6 – Who Are the 13,000? In this week’s Free Think, Adam and Ryan introduce a new member of our team, Matt Artz, who will be leading a new project to study and research you! We hit 13,000 subscribers in the past week which is a huge milestone for us.... Read more »
  • Dating your Ancestors is Complicated: The Strange Case of Homo Naledi - This Anthro Life
    On this episode, Adam and Ryan dive into the complexities of our ever evolving human family. How we understand our ancient ancestors, cousins, and ape family has the potential to impact our understanding of what it means to be human and how we are still changing. The new and exciting... Read more »
  • Culinary Catalysts and Scientific Shifts: Peruvian Quinoa in the Age of Genetics and Gastronomy - This Anthro Life
    Chef Maguiña with Adam Gamwell. Property of Adam Gamwell. This episode of This Anthropological Life presents a little differently from our normal episodes. The Society for Applied Anthropology generously allowed us to release the audio from Adam’s presentation at the SFAA 2017 Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, so this... Read more »
  • FreeThink 5: Finding Balance in the Midst of Burnout - This Anthro Life
    Freethink #5: Finding Balance in the midst of Burnout In this week’s free think Ryan and Adam talk burning out and finding balance. They reflect on their travels to conferences for the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Society for American Archaeology and why conferences are inspirational and invigorating. Also the... Read more »
  • The Power of Vulnerability Revisited - This Anthro Life
    This episode focuses on a conversation between Adam and Amy about a TEDtalk titled The Power of Vulnerability presented by Brené Brown. In this video, Brown breaks down the “wholehearted individual” one who has courage, social connection, compassion, and an appreciation for his/her vulnerabilities. They were unashamed to be vulnerable. They... Read more »
  • FreeThink #4: On Art, Creativity, and Bringing Awe back to Anthropology - This Anthro Life
    As you may have noticed, TAL has been on a bit of a break from releasing new episodes. But, the good news is that we have not been idle. The other night when Ryan and Adam were out and about they got to talking about TAL and their perspectives on... Read more »
  • Investigating the Untethered Journey between Psychedelic Science, Medicine, and Drug Scheduling with Hamilton Morris - This Anthro Life
    Psychedelia is the culture and experiences of psychedelic substances. Where did all the research on psychedelic drugs go? Could psychedelics be used in psychotherapy? How are hallucinogenic drugs used cross-culturally? In this episode of This Anthro Life Adam and Ryan explore the world of psychedelic drugs with Hamilton Morris of... Read more »
  • Waiting w/ Serra Hakyemez - This Anthro Life
    with Aneil and Ryan  Special Guest: Serra Hakyemez Is waiting political? Can you cut in line at Starbucks during your hectic morning commute?  In this episode of TAL we team up with Serra Hakyemez, a Junior Research Fellow from the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University to discuss her... Read more »
  • D+A #2: What Makes a Protest Successful and How do I get involved? - This Anthro Life
    Today’s D+A minisode follows last week’s powerful conversation with Jara Connell on protests and people-powered forms of resistance. In this minisode Jara offers us a nugget of wisdom to be cautious about thinking all protests are the same or that we can even evaluate them with the same criteria. TAL D+A... Read more »
  • Protesting the Powers that Be and Being the Power that Protests w/ Jara Connell - This Anthro Life
      What does mass-protesting accomplish? Does no arrests equate success? Why is protesting disruptive? And more! In this action packed episode of This Anthropological Life, Aneil, Adam, and Ryan talk to Jara Connell about mass protesting and the strategies behind social movements. Who is Jara Connell? Jara is a PhD candidate at Brandeis... Read more »
  • D+A Minisode 1: How to Deal with Change w/ Dr. Andi Simon - This Anthro Life
    Minisodes are finally here! If this is your first TAL Podcast experience, welcome! We recommend you start off with our regular Conversation series – 25ish minute dialogues about everything and anything human – one topic at a time. Design + Application (DnA, get it??) Minisodes are bite-sized actionable insights and social building... Read more »
  • When your Business Stalls, it’s time to Evolve: Unpacking Corporate Anthropology with Dr. Andi Simon - This Anthro Life
    How can we make change easier? Do women lead differently from men? What is corporate anthropology? Ryan, Adam, and Aneil are back to answer these questions and more with Dr. Andi Simon. Change is hard, but with Dr. Simon’s toolkit of anthropological knowledge, games, and theater she is able to... Read more »
  • Emojis + Hieroglyphics = Universal Language? - This Anthro Life
    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? In our first episode of the New Year we discuss the origin of emojis as well as the importance of... Read more »
  • Giving Gifts and the Spirit of Sharing - This Anthro Life
    Giving Gifts and the Spirit of Sharing Summary: Why can’t you get rid of that ugly sweater from Grandma? What rules dictate your selection of gifts this holiday season? What is the deal with those freaking pajamas you get every year? In this holiday episode of This Anthropological Life, we discuss... Read more »
  • FreeThink 3: PRX Podcast Garage Meetups, Building Bridges, and Expanding the Podcast - This Anthro Life
    Do you need Podcast advice? How is social media transforming the nature of protesting? Can we hatch a good episode out of chickens? Join us in our latest Free Think where we talk upcoming episodes, public anthropology, podcasting, and the future of This Anthropological Life. Links to Check Out Anthro Story The Podcast... Read more »
  • Don’t Panic! The Neuroscience behind falling into Balance w/ Vivek Pandey Vimal - This Anthro Life
    Are balance and movement something that can be culturally shaped? Why aren’t female rats being used in drug studies? In this episode of This Anthropological Life we team up with Vivekanand Pandey Vimal to talk about his research that explores how people learn to balance when their sensory systems are... Read more »
  • On Kindness and What the World Needs Now w/ Hannah Brencher - This Anthro Life
    Have you ever felt disconnected from your relationships and your life because of your reliance on your phone and social media? Do you ever feel nostalgia for the art of handwriting letters? Hannah Brencher understands what you are feeling. In this episode of This Anthropological Life, we discuss the difficulties... Read more »
  • Multi-species and non-Human Centered Anthropology: Conversations Revisited - This Anthro Life
    Join us for another listen of TAL Conversations favorites on Multi-species and Non-Human Centered Anthropology. Originally aired December 2013, with a follow-up conversation coming soon! Do you have a pet? Do you talk to your pet? How about your house plants? Ever thought about where those vegetables you use as food... Read more »
  • Myths of American Democracy: Contradictions, Troubling Numbers, and Searching for Sense in the System - This Anthro Life
    Do you find yourself increasingly frustrated at the lack of real conversations between candidates and politicians? Are you confused about why someone who doesn’t walk to the beat of your life claims to represent the whole of your interests and everyone you know? This episode is not about the candidates,... Read more »
  • FreeThink #2 – Moving Beyond the Mic: On Collaborations and Working Across Disciplines - This Anthro Life
    Join Aneil, Adam and Ryan for the second FreeThink episode, where they talk unscripted about upcoming projects and potential interdisciplinary collaborations beyond the mic. FreeThink is a new series of episodes that works like a backstage pass, where we talk unscripted about what’s on our minds and hearts, the nuts and bolts of... Read more »
  • New to TAL? Check out some of our favorite episodes! - This Anthro Life
    Glad you’re here! Check out some of our favorite episodes in any order and get to know the anthropological life. And, if you’re long-time listeners we hope you’ll enjoy revisiting these gems with us. If you like us, be sure to subscribe and visit our previous episodes on the downloads page. Episode:... Read more »
  • FreeThink #1: TaL Back in the Studio! What’s Next?? - This Anthro Life
    Adam, Aneil, and Ryan are all back in the TaL studio for the first time in 18 months! And it feels good. Today we talk shop about where we’ve been and where we’re going with TaL. Check out the conversation on evolving the show content with new episode lengths and... Read more »
  • Is Corporate Anthropology Selling Out? A Conversation on Consulting with Vyjayanthi Vadrevu - This Anthro Life
    We’re stoked to bring you TAL’s first ever three-city episode! Join Adam (in Peru!) and Ryan (in Boston!) and special guest Vyjayanthi Vadrevu (somewhere between NYC and Austin!) for an in-depth look into the world of Anthropological Consulting and Strategy. What is anthropology like in the business world? Vyjayanthi runs an... Read more »
  • Making Sense of Finance: Boundaries, Institutions, and Power with Caitlin Zaloom - This Anthro Life
    Join TaL’s Aneil Tripathy and Caitlin Zaloom, NYU Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, as they discuss Zaloom’s research on futures markets and most recently student debt. Hear about what initially drew Zaloom to study financial markets in Chicago and London. Professor Zaloom and Aneil end the conversation with a... Read more »
  • Guest Podcast: Food Futures: Playing our Way to Conservation? Experimental Economics in the Andean Countryside - This Anthro Life
    Special guest podcast from our friends at the Food Futures Podcast Corinna Howland interviews Adam Gamwell about experimental games, or field experiments, which NGOs and economists use to measure when, why, and how people make different kinds of choices. This data, in turn, is used to inform public policy and generate development... Read more »
  • Stewardship and Heritage: Bringing Archaeology to the Public with Emily Jane Murry - This Anthro Life
    Join TAL’s Ryan Collins and Aneil Tripathy as they interview Emily Jane Murry about her work as a publicly engaged archaeologist in Northern Florida with the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Most of us don’t even consider that the world around us is an archaeological treasure trove, with worlds of diverse... Read more »
  • Faded Paint and Yellowed Photos: On, Image, Inspiration, and Memory with Javier Urcid - This Anthro Life
    How does a camera and a deep sense of curiosity lead to a lifetime of archaeological research on ancient peoples, their symbols, art, and writing? Ryan and Aneil are joined by Brandeis University Professor Javier Urcid who shares stories on the serendipity that characterized the beginning of his lifelong passion... Read more »
  • A Business for the Future? Redefining Value, Quinoa and the Quest of Pachakuti Foods w/ Alexander Wankel - This Anthro Life
    We’re back in Peru! Join Adam and special guest Alexander Wankel of Pachakuti Foods for a conversation about the future of food production, agrobiodiversity, sustainability, and keeping traditional culture alive. All from the view point of quinoa. Pachakuti Foods is a brand-new startup focusing on creating a market for sustainable, pro-farmer... Read more »
  • Exploring Boundaries: From Access to Female Sexworkers to the Question of Research - This Anthro Life
    When designing a research project, a researcher’s initial plans are often interrupted by what data we actually can access. Whether negotiating political structures, cultural taboos, necessary permissions, or the logistics of moving massive amounts of earth, borders certainly influence the research anthropologists conduct. Yet, those same borders are often at... Read more »
  • Mate: The Drink Beyond a Drink w/ Guilherme Heiden - This Anthro Life
    Mate (pronounced mah-tay), or more commonly known as yerba mate for English speakers, is an herbal tea drink native to parts of South America – Southern Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay – where local people drank it for thousands of years. The incredible history of mate follows Guarani indigenous legend,... Read more »
  • Anthropology without Borders? Bringing the Study of People to the People - This Anthro Life
    Join TAL as they explore the meaning and movements behind the buzz words that shape anthropology when it reaches beyond the classroom. Applied, Public, Design, and Open Anthropology. What are they, how do they work, and what for? Can anthropology intervene and create change in the contemporary world? On this... Read more »
  • History, Power, and a Mapuche Bible: A Shaman’s Story with Ana Mariella Bacigalupo - This Anthro Life
    Join TAL’s Aneil Tripathy and Ryan Collins as they interview Ana Mariella Bacigalupo of SUNY Buffalo. Ana’s discussion of her research on Mapuche shamans takes us on an exciting journey, full of emotion, struggle, hope, and passion that keeps you wanting more. For the Mapuche, shamanism is as much a... Read more »
  • The Thrill of Discovery - This Anthro Life
    Whether exploring a ruined tomb by torchlight, submerging to great depths in search of lost ships, or sending lone robot emissaries to search the stars, human experience is shaped by discovery. More than being a thrill, discoveries challenge our outstanding paradigms and force us to reexamine our understandings of the... Read more »
  • Return of the Ethnographers - This Anthro Life
    Start your week off by tuning in to the TAL crew, the entire TAL crew, back from fieldwork (albeit briefly) as we talk about our experiences in ethnography, archaeology, and excessive note taking! In this exciting episode Amy, Adam, Aneil, and Ryan all share what fieldwork is for them, fun experiences,... Read more »
  • Back from the Field: Syncing into Holly Walter’s Research Part 2 - This Anthro Life
    Holly Walter’s joins TAL in the studio to share her experiences and insights into Shaligram  stones! Her fieldwork took her from Kathmandu to Mustang on a pilgrimage, following in the footsteps of trekkers, tourists, and pilgrims. Braving rivers and traveling treacherous mountains all with limited wifi, Holly recounts her experiences... Read more »
  • Applying, Designing, and Bringing Anthropology to the Public - This Anthro Life
    Welcome back listeners new and old to the new and exciting season of This Anthropological Life! This season we at TAL have a lot of new content and exciting interviews ahead. To bring everyone up to speed, tune in to our first episode of the new season focused on applied anthropology.... Read more »
  • Syncretism in the Land of Sacred Stones w/ Holly Walters - This Anthro Life
    Sometimes ethnographic investigations are pretty straight forward. Sometimes, its like getting submerged in a ball pit with the task of sorting all of the colors, figuring out which ones are older than the others, and grappling with any surprises (and there will be surprises) that come your way. Join us... Read more »
  • Unearthing the Past: Interview w/ Ryan Collins - This Anthro Life
    Ever wanted to know what its like to be an archaeologist? Can you really dig a whole and interpret the past with the materials you find? Is anything about Indiana Jones accurate? Tune and listen to host Ryan Collins talk about his experiences with Archaeology and research in Ancient Mesoamerica as... Read more »
  • Human Endurance w/ Ben Gebo - This Anthro Life
    Join us for our 50th episode! Return guest host Ben Gebo joins Adam, Aneil, and Ryan as we uncover the human quest to endure, and to push ourselves to the limit. From marathons to surviving evolution, we tackle time and space to bring you an incredible story of the human... Read more »
  • Buried in Snow! - This Anthro Life
    It’s winter time here in the northern hemisphere, and in New England that means snow… a lot it. What can we learn from it? Join Aneil and Ryan as they dive (or attempt to unbury) the human connections between snow, weather, and humanity during the days of frost. Episosde 51.... Read more »
  • The World According to Quinoa w/ Adam Gamwell - This Anthro Life
    Today we dive into the world of food! Come hungry as we introduce the world of food studies and explore the changing roles and meaning food has had over the millennia, and how we can explore ways to fight local hunger and global food insecurity, all through the research lens... Read more »
  • How Humans Cope - This Anthro Life
    How do humans cope in the face of uncertainty, challenges, and trauma. Join your friendly neighborhood co-hosts Adam and Ryan as we explore coping across time, scales and space! From the individual to the cosmos, we find connections and gaps in how we as humans find ways to cope with... Read more »
  • Genderless Gingerbread Figures and the Custom of Costumes - This Anthro Life
    Ryan and Adam explore genderless gingerbread cookies in Australia – do these cookies reveal something about shifting gender paradigms? Also, we explore a bit about how and why we wear costumes. It may not be Halloween here in the United States, but this doesn’t mean we only wear costumes once a... Read more »
  • Ebola: The Passion and the Politics, Episode 2 - This Anthro Life
    Join us for part two in our series on Ebola. This episode we discuss recent moves and displays by journalists and media outlets to cover various parts of the Ebola epidemic, the use of Ebola as a trope in political culture, and fear and hope in the face of a... Read more »
  • The Happiness Fetish - This Anthro Life
    What kinds of things make us happy? How does happiness inhere in objects or how to we use objects to display our happiness? In this episode we explore how happiness is ranked and measured across the globe, commodities and our attachments to them, and how we imagine happiness. Episode 45... Read more »
  • Ecologies of Happiness - This Anthro Life
    Smile! What is the relationship of happiness to place? What is the where of happiness? In part one of our series on happiness, we explore happiness as a place-based phenomenon.   Episode 44 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/this-anthro-life/support... Read more »
  • Turns out, Beer is pretty important to human history - This Anthro Life
    Join TaL as we celebrate the libation that some claim made civilization possible – beer! We will cover some of the historical uses of beer, its changing meaning over time, the development of taste, and perhaps even share a few ancient recipes! From contemporary hipster cans to drinks of ancient... Read more »
  • iPhone, Therefore I am. - This Anthro Life
    With the yearly release of new mobile phones, companies like Apple and Samsung have to sell the idea that we need a new device. With the release of wearable peripherals like Google Glass and Apple Watch, information communication technologies (ICTs) are becoming seemingly more personal. But are they? Will Near... Read more »
  • Special Episode: Police Militarization, Race, Trust, Violence and Ferguson, MO - This Anthro Life
    Join Amy, Ryan, Aneil and Adam and special guest Delande Justinvil for an important episode of This Anthropological Life as we take head-on the complex issues of race in the United States, security, law enforcement and police brutality. Episode 40 Police Militarization, Violence, Race, Trust and Ferguson, MO w/ Delande Justinvil.... Read more »
  • Humans as a Playful Species w/ Michael D’Angelo, Host of Old School Game Show - This Anthro Life
    Join us for our funnest episode yet! Amy, Aneil, Ryan and Adam Exploring humans as a playful species through the world of gameshows, trivia, and popular culture – from TV to Movies and Music. Michael D’Angelo is the writer, producer, host, and star of the hilarious Old School Game Show... Read more »
  • The Burning Man Experience w/ Ben Gebo Part 2! - This Anthro Life
    Join us for our first ever extended conversation, part of our new “This Anthropological Life After Hours” extended episode series. On occasion we will keep the conversation going well after our regular show time to bring you even more in depth content, conversation, and context. Ben was kind enough to... Read more »
  • The Burning Man Experience w/ Ben Gebo - This Anthro Life
    Episode 41, Season 4 Join Adam, Aneil, and Ryan with returning guest expert and commentator Ben Gebo as we dive into the rabbit hole of Burning Man. Ben recently returned from the Burn, and we recount his experiences with you and explore notions of how we as humans make culture, counter-cultures,... Read more »
  • Ebola and Virology - This Anthro Life
    Episode 38, Season 3 Amy and Adam are joined in studio again by season 1-2 host Ryan Collins, recently returned from fieldwork in Mexico. We turn our anthropological eye to the world of viruses and the recent outbreak of Ebola in three African countries. This microscopic world has potentially pandemic impacts... Read more »
  • Long Haul: The Lives of China’s Truckers w/ Rachel Katz - This Anthro Life
    Episode 37, Season 3 Join us for a special episode with guest researcher, consultant, and author Rachel Katz for an intimate look at the lives of Chinese truckers. Rachel’s work explores and brings together an exploration of how people live and work in contemporary China. Trucking is one of the most... Read more »
  • Urban Cycling - This Anthro Life
    Episode 36, Season 3, Aired 7/29/14 Urban cycling is both a global and local phenomenon. From Boston to Bombay to Beijing, bike cultures differ across the globe but bring many people together for commuting, recreation, exercise, work, activism, and pleasure. Join Adam and Aneil with returning guest Ben Gebo, an avid... Read more »
  • Access Denied: Protests, Urban Green Spaces, and Changing Transportation - This Anthro Life
    Episode 35, Season 3. Aired 7/22/14 From Access Denied to Transforming Access, numerous cases of the re-appropriation of space from occupy protesters to Shock Top beer fests, cars to bikes, city spaces and pavement to guerrilla gardens, join us as we delve further into the world of space and ask tough questions... Read more »
  • Lost in Space: From the Universe to the Space Between Atoms - This Anthro Life
    Episode 34, Season 3 This week Aneil and Adam tackle Space in all of its complexity and multi forms, from the universe to the space between atoms we will dive into the numerous connotations of space. We explore outer space, inner space, city space, atomic space, and even cyberspace. How is it... Read more »
  • Stress Test w/ Guest Luke Hanlin - This Anthro Life
    Episode 33, Season 3 Feeling Stressed? Join Aneil and special Guest Luke Hanlin, Psychology PhD student, as they discuss the psychology of stress and the human capacity to deal with stress in a variety of ways. Aired  7/8/14 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/this-anthro-life/support... Read more »
  • Reproducing Rights and Wrongs: Personhood, Religious and Reproductive Freedoms, Gender, and SCOTUS - This Anthro Life
    Episode 32, Season 3 Special Episode on the Supreme Court’s rulings over religious freedom and freedom of speech. On this week’s episode we take on 5 recent and ongoing court cases that deal with first amendment rights of freedom of speech, reproductive rights, gender and bodies including the Supreme Court rulings that... Read more »
  • The Beautiful Game: World Cup 2014 - This Anthro Life
    Episode 31, Season 3, Aired 6/24/14   Gooooooooooolllllll!!!!! Today we turn our anthropological lens towards the most popular sport in the world and perhaps the most global sporting competition in human history, the World Cup, this year in Brazil. We travel from a favela decorated bar in Milwaukee to actual favelas in Brazil... Read more »
  • How to Talk about Terror - This Anthro Life
    Episode 30, Season 3 In “How to Talk about Terror” we delve into the rise of terrorism as a political and media term framing violence within the world and how meanings of terror change depending on different contests. We move from vulnerability, emotions and empathy to violence, culminating next week (6/24/14) on... Read more »
  • The Power of Vulnerability - This Anthro Life
    Episode 29, Season 3 Vulnerability evokes multiple feelings simultaneously-intense discomfort, respect and awe, intimacy, and fear. Why does it resonate so broadly and deeply across contexts? What should we make of it when, in one place, it’s a virtue to strive for and in another its a danger to be avoided?... Read more »
  • Up in the Cloud: Computing in the 21st Century (so far) - This Anthro Life
    Episode 28 Season 3 “Up in the Cloud: Computing in the 21st Century (so far)” online now! The idea of a cloud evokes an immaterial floating world of information. Adam and Aneil turn the anthropological lens towards this idea to deconstruct the hidden material world required to support the immaterial network of... Read more »
  • A House to Make a Home? w/ Guest Mengqi Wang - This Anthro Life
    “A House to Make a Home?” Season 3, Episode 27 Aired 5/27/14 We are joined by guest expert Mengqi Wang to delve into the fascinating world of housing, property, ownership, and exchange! Mengqi’s work revolves around the commodification and changing gender and exchange relations of private housing in contemporary China. We... Read more »
  • Let There Be Light! - This Anthro Life
    Season 3, Episode 26 – Aired 5/20/14 Light is all around us, but we don’t often think about it. Light comes to us as energy, as necessary for vision, as a metaphor for good and seen as counter to darkness. The sun was worshiped in many ancient societies as a deity.... Read more »
  • Special Conversation: Reflections on Anthropology: Why do we do what we do? - This Anthro Life
    For our 25th episode we bring you a special, raw moment in the show in which we turn the conversation more directly to ourselves as anthropologists. The show began as a second part to our Anthropology and Environment series, but as the conversation evolved, Amy helped steer us in a... Read more »
  • Environmental Anthropology, pt 1. Nature, Culture, Power - This Anthro Life
    Are nature and culture separate things? How do our definitions of land, space, and place affect how we view the environment? Trees, bees, garbage, college, and power! Join host Aneil Tripathy for a special episode with guest Alina Pokhrel. Nature, Culture, Power, pt 1.   Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/this-anthro-life/support... Read more »
  • The Politics of Difference and Relatedness - This Anthro Life
    Episode 39, Season 3 Join us this week for a trip to the ancient…present? This week Ryan, Aneil, and Adam cover the politics of difference through an unlikely lens and cutting edge research. Were Neanderthals good parents? What does new archaeological and biological research tell us about European’s genetic relatedness to... Read more »
  • Non-Human Rights, with new co-host Amy Hanes - This Anthro Life
    Episode 23 Non-Human Rights Available now! Join us as we  dive into the world of non-human rights centered around recent court cases dealing with the rights of chimpanzees, our closest non-human cousins (though some might say they are, in fact, human). What are rights, exactly, and who gets to choose who (or... Read more »