New to TAL? Check out some of our favorite episodes!

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.

I, Luca Galuzzi [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Episode: 10 Beer Though we made this episode two years ago and the quality is not what we do now but in terms of content its one of our all time favorites. We 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 Egyptian Pharaohs you don’t want to miss this episode! Cheers, Prost, Salud, Allinta Qali!

45 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?

39 The Politics of Difference 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 Neanderthals? Putting these questions together, we turn our anthropological lens to hidden assumptions about parenting styles, ancestry, subsistence, and lifestyles, and help draw out how notions of difference are constructed.

37 Long Haul Trucking Through China Trucking is one of the most important, but under studied, forms of transit and economy in contemporary China. Guest Rachel Katz climbed aboard for six months, traveled with truckers, got to know their routes, their families, hardships and opportunities.


A Business for the Future? Redefining Value, Quinoa and the Quest of Pachakuti Foods w/ Alexander Wankel

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 and agrobiodiverse quinoa. It’s better for small-scale farmers, the environment, and for fighting climate change. Check out the project, and if you like it, support them on Kickstarter here!

Pachakuti Foods Website

Overlook Quinoa Aynok'a Photo: Colin Peacock

Overlooking a Quinoa Aynok’a Photo: Colin Peacock

 

Photo: Colin Peacock

Alex and Adam Prepping for the Podcast. Photo: Colin Peacock


Mate: The Drink Beyond a Drink w/ Guilherme Heiden

Bag of Coca and Gourd of Yerba Mate

Coca and Mate by Guilherme Heiden and Adam Gamwell

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, the rise of Jesuit colonialism, Gaucho (cowboy) culture in Southern Brazil, and continues its rise in global popularity.

Many see this drink as beyond a drink – aside from its colorful and unique drinking apparatus made from a dried-out gourd and metal straw. Mate is known to break down barriers between people of different groups, classes, ethnicity, even religions (trust us, you’ll learn about this one).

Join Adam and special guest Guilherme Heiden, a Southern Brazilian mate enthusiast and expert, coming to you live from fieldwork in Peru, as they explore the fascinating, and thirst-quenching world of mate.

Guil and I put together a demonstration video of how to prepare mate too! This is the first in our new series of video podcasts and more! Check out the video on youtube here

~~cheers!

Adam and Guilherme Enjoying Mate on the Mountain Top

Adam and Guilherme Enjoying Mate on the Mountain Top


Happy #WorldAnthropologyDay! Celebrate with these great episodes! #WorldAnthroDay

Support TAL ApeHappy World Anthropology Day!

To celebrate #WorldAnthropologyDay we here at TaL have curated some of our favorite past episodes covering how we approach anthropology and where we see the discipline going in the future! Check out the episodes and as always, let us know what you think.

What are anthropology’s strengths, weaknesses, and where are we going next?? Each episode linked below.

Ep 60 Anthropology without Borders? Bringing the Study of People to the People: On the rise of applied, public, design, and open anthropologies

Ep 59 Return of the Ethnographers: On Fieldwork, what is it like to be in the thick of it?

Ep 39 The Politics of Difference: How do we make our categories?

Ep 25: Why we Do What we Do: Reflecting on how anthropology can be effective in today’s world

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Webpages:

Anthropology without Borders?

Return of the Ethnographers

The Politics of Difference

Why we Do What We Do


Return of the Ethnographers

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, and the challenges of traveling to new social worlds. This is anthropology in action.

© Ben Gebo Photography

© Ben Gebo Photography

 


The World According to Quinoa w/ Adam Gamwell

Quinoa-plant

Photo: The Vegan Woman

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 of TaL co-host and creator Adam Gamwell. We will look at domestication, evolution, nutrition, food and memory, food science, gender, the rise of super foods (one of Adam’s favorite research topics), and more!


Genderless Gingerbread Figures and the Custom of Costumes

Photo: Independent UK

Photo: Independent UK

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 year! Episode 47

Part of our new series Alt_Anthro


Happy World Food Day! Celebrate with TaL as we revisit one of the greatest world foods: Beer!

I, Luca Galuzzi [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

I, Luca Galuzzi [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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 Egyptian Pharaohs you don’t want to miss this episode! Cheers, Prost, Salud, Allinta Qali!


Special Conversation: Reflections on Anthropology: Why do we do what we do?

Sunset in Brighton

Photo: Adam Gamwell 2014

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 more personal direction away from the abstract challenges of climate change or radiation poisoning to how we ourselves deal with these massive issues that are too big for anyone person to approach. What many people feel in the face of such challenges is often a mixture of apathy and paralysis. What can I do? Some people, as Amy points out, cannot even afford to be thinking about things like the environment as something to save, particularly if you are just trying to feed yourself and your family. From this perspective we took some time to think about why we do what we do as anthropologists on This Anthropological Life, and as part of the human community. It was a special, raw moment in the show that means a lot to us, and we hope you’ll get something out of it too. As always comments and questions are welcome.


Coffee Cultures

From the farms of Central and South America and Africa to your favorite neighborhood coffee house, join us as we turn our anthropological eye towards the world of coffee! Connecting the ‘dark beverage’ from across the ancient Americas, to the change in coffee culture in the United States from the 1970s to today, plus Fair Trade, identity, and class coffee cross cuts an immense realm of human social and material life! So grab a cup of joe and join us for a ‘stimulating’ foray into the world of coffee! Season 2, Episode 21.

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