This Anthro Life

This Anthro Life

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This Anthro Life is a conversational podcast that brings listeners 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 anthropologist Adam Gamwell and friends as they venture into the countless possibilities encountered in everyday global life. From Missing Link Studios in Boston, MA. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisanthrolife/support


The Surprising Connections between Climate Finance, Sacrifice and the Spirit of Capitalism
Jul 9 • 48 min
In this episode, Adam and Aneil reflect on Aneil’s fieldwork in climate finance. Climate finance is an area of finance focused on mobilizing investment for climate change solutions, namely infrastructure that is sustainable. Aneil’s research is centered…
Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences, performed by Taylor Genovese: Storyslamming Anthropology Series
Jun 24 • 16 min
Storyslamming Anthropology Series, Story 2. Written and Performed by Taylor Genovese In recent years, the terms Public and Anthropology have been paired with more frequency. Yet, what this seemingly suspect partnership is, how it could function, and what…
EPIC 2019: Agency in the Digital Age with Julia Haines and Lisa diCarlo
May 21 • 53 min
Welcome to This Anthro Life x EPIC 2019. This is the first episode in our 2019 collaboration with the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community or EPIC. EPIC is a professional organization that brings together ethnographers and social science…
How to Think like an Ethnographer with Jay Hasbrouck
May 14 • 35 min
Adam sits down (in a cafe, so this is live, people) with Jay Hasbrouck, Founder and Principal of Filament Insight and Innovation and author of Ethnographic Thinking: From Method to Mindset, a how-to guide for anyone looking to better understand and apply…
Don’t Yuck My Yum w/ Julie Lesnik (Edible Insects, pt 3)
May 6 • 50 min
Adam and Andrea continue the conversation with Julie Lesnik, author of Edible Insects and Human Evolution, but this time they’re going prehistoric. Oh, and they’re talking about gorillas and chimpanzees too. Learn how to fish for termites, why we wish we…
A Bugless Life w/ Julie Lesnik (Edible Insects, pt 2)
Apr 28 • 47 min
Think you could eat a cricket? What about a spider? In this episode of TAL Adam Gamwell and guest host Andrea Eller are chatting with Julie Lesnik about her new book, Edible Insects and Human Evolution. Listen in as they discuss why Americans tend to be…
Why Don’t You Eat Bugs?
Mar 28 • 32 min
Edible Insects part 1. Will crickets ever catch on as an alternative source of protein in the United States? How about cockroach “milk”? Why do people in so many parts of the world NOT eat insects? Where does that disgust for or against eating certain…
The Social Life of Robots, pt 2: Sex and Temperament in Three Cyborg Societies
Feb 28 • 34 min
Part 2 of The Social Life of Robots, with Emma Backe. In this episode hosts Adam Gamwell, Ryan Collins and Emma Backe tackle sex and gender norms underlying digital voice assistants like Siri, Cortana and Alexa, the history and gendering of science and…
Heritage Survival Across Borders: Identity, Language and Migration
Feb 21 • 56 min
Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration between the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Anthropological Association, and This Anthro Life Podcast. In this fifth and final episode, Adam Gamwell,…
The Social Life of Robots, pt 1: Spoiler Alert
Feb 6 • 32 min
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…
The Craft of Curation
Jan 8 • 43 min
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…
Switched on Pop
Dec 19, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Weaving Social Fabric: The Craft of African Fashion
Dec 10, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Sharing Sonic Space: Music as Home, Soul and Connector
Nov 9, 2018 • 41 min
“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.…
Art is a Movement
Oct 9, 2018 • 37 min
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…
EPIC Evidence with Dawn Nafus and Tye Rattenbury
Sep 19, 2018 • 58 min
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…
The Awe is Shared: Evolution and Public Science with Andrea Eller - This Anthro Life
Aug 17, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Its Only an Evil Cactus if Donkeys Chase You: Ethics and Psychedelics with Hamilton Morris - This Anthro Life
Jul 23, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Tech Ethnography, Data and Social Justice w/ Dr. Tricia Wang
Jul 10, 2018 • 65 min
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…
EPIC Innovation w/ Dr. Alexandra Mack - This Anthro Life
Jun 1, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voices, Storytelling and Solution Finding
Apr 30, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Marching for Science w/Valorie Aquino - This Anthro Life
Apr 11, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Brave Community: Teaching Race in the American Classroom w/ Janine de Novais
Feb 14, 2018 • 57 min
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…
#MeToo: Stories in the Age of Survivorship by Emma Backe - This Anthro Life
Feb 9, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Carving a Niche between Software and Social Science: Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson
Jan 31, 2018 • 63 min
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…
Diversity + Inclusion in Higher Education, part 1
Jan 15, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Encounters Unforeseen: A Bicultural Retelling of 1492 with Andrew Rowen
Dec 13, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Coming to Our Senses - This Anthro Life
Nov 27, 2017 • 32 min
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.…
Are Emojis and Hieroglyphs Universal Language?
Oct 26, 2017 • 36 min
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…
The Yin and Yang of Design Anthropology with Dr. Elizabeth Dori Tunstall
Oct 11, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Fall for This Anthro Life: Back in Action, New Content, and our Patreon Campaign - This Anthro Life
Sep 27, 2017 • 28 min
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…
The Happiness Fetish Revisited
Jul 24, 2017 • 22 min
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…
Conversations and Podcasting as Social Technology - This Anthro Life
Jul 14, 2017 • 35 min
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…
The Stories Bones Tell w/ Kristina Killgrove - This Anthro Life
Jun 28, 2017 • 33 min
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…
Anthropology + Science Journalism = A New Genre? w/ Daniel Salas of SAPIENS - This Anthro Life
Jun 21, 2017 • 22 min
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…
Anthropology has Always been Out There w/ Ed Liebow and Leslie Walker of the AAA - This Anthro Life
Jun 14, 2017 • 45 min
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…
Writing “in my Culture” w/ Zoe Wool and Alex Golub of Savage Minds
Jun 7, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Visual Anthropology Revisited, pt 2 - This Anthro Life
Jun 2, 2017 • 29 min
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…
Visual Anthropology Revisited, pt 1 - This Anthro Life
May 31, 2017 • 31 min
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…
On the Craft of Writing w/ Dr. Anita Hannig - This Anthro Life
May 17, 2017 • 14 min
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…
Free Think 6 – Who Are the 13,000? - This Anthro Life
May 12, 2017 • 18 min
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…
Dating your Ancestors is Complicated: The Strange Case of Homo Naledi
Apr 26, 2017 • 33 min
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…
Culinary Catalysts and Scientific Shifts: Peruvian Quinoa in the Age of Genetics and Gastronomy - This Anthro Life
Apr 19, 2017 • 36 min
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…
FreeThink 5: Finding Balance in the Midst of Burnout - This Anthro Life
Apr 12, 2017 • 33 min
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…
The Power of Vulnerability Revisited - This Anthro Life
Mar 22, 2017 • 57 min
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…
FreeThink #4: On Art, Creativity, and Bringing Awe back to Anthropology - This Anthro Life
Mar 15, 2017 • 40 min
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 public…
Investigating the Untethered Journey between Psychedelic Science, Medicine, and Drug Scheduling with Hamilton Morris - This Anthro Life
Feb 15, 2017 • 37 min
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…
Waiting w/ Serra Hakyemez - This Anthro Life
Feb 8, 2017 • 34 min
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…
D+A #2: What Makes a Protest Successful and How do I get involved? - This Anthro Life
Feb 6, 2017 • 5 min
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…
Protesting the Powers that Be and Being the Power that Protests w/ Jara Connell - This Anthro Life
Feb 1, 2017 • 29 min
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…
D+A Minisode 1: How to Deal with Change w/ Dr. Andi Simon - This Anthro Life
Jan 30, 2017 • 5 min
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…
When your Business Stalls, it’s time to Evolve: Unpacking Corporate Anthropology with Dr. Andi Simon - This Anthro Life
Jan 25, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Emojis + Hieroglyphics = Universal Language? - This Anthro Life
Jan 18, 2017 • 36 min
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…
FreeThink 3: PRX Podcast Garage Meetups, Building Bridges, and Expanding the Podcast - This Anthro Life
Dec 5, 2016 • 4 min
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…
Don’t Panic! The Neuroscience behind falling into Balance w/ Vivek Pandey Vimal - This Anthro Life
Nov 23, 2016 • 30 min
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…
On Kindness and What the World Needs Now w/ Hannah Brencher - This Anthro Life
Nov 17, 2016 • 24 min
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…
Multi-species and non-Human Centered Anthropology: Conversations Revisited - This Anthro Life
Nov 2, 2016 • 28 min
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…
Myths of American Democracy: Contradictions, Troubling Numbers, and Searching for Sense in the System - This Anthro Life
Oct 19, 2016 • 27 min
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…
FreeThink #2 – Moving Beyond the Mic: On Collaborations and Working Across Disciplines - This Anthro Life
Oct 19, 2016 • 18 min
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…
Revisiting Beer
Oct 12, 2016 • 58 min
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…
FreeThink #1: TaL Back in the Studio! What’s Next?? - This Anthro Life
Oct 10, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Is Corporate Anthropology Selling Out? A Conversation on Consulting with Vyjayanthi Vadrevu - This Anthro Life
Jul 19, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Making Sense of Finance: Boundaries, Institutions, and Power with Caitlin Zaloom - This Anthro Life
Jun 12, 2016 • 33 min
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…
Guest Podcast: Food Futures: Playing our Way to Conservation? Experimental Economics in the Andean Countryside - This Anthro Life
May 25, 2016 • 36 min
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.…
Stewardship and Heritage: Bringing Archaeology to the Public with Emily Jane Murry - This Anthro Life
May 24, 2016 • 12 min
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…
Faded Paint and Yellowed Photos: On, Image, Inspiration, and Memory with Javier Urcid - This Anthro Life
Mar 28, 2016 • 8 min
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…
A Business for the Future? Redefining Value, Quinoa and the Quest of Pachakuti Foods w/ Alexander W
Mar 23, 2016 • 42 min
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.…
Exploring Boundaries: From Access to Female Sexworkers to the Question of Research - This Anthro Life
Mar 18, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Mate: The Drink Beyond a Drink w/ Guilherme Heiden - This Anthro Life
Mar 7, 2016 • 38 min
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…
Anthropology without Borders? Bringing the Study of People to the People - This Anthro Life
Feb 8, 2016 • 55 min
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…
History, Power, and a Mapuche Bible: A Shaman’s Story with Ana Mariella Bacigalupo - This Anthro Life
Jan 11, 2016 • 47 min
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…
The Thrill of Discovery - This Anthro Life
Nov 12, 2015 • 34 min
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…
Return of the Ethnographers: Life After Fieldwork
Oct 6, 2015 • 61 min
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…
Back from the Field: Syncing into Holly Walter’s Research Part 2 - This Anthro Life
Sep 29, 2015 • 57 min
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…
Applying, Designing, and Bringing Anthropology to the Public
Sep 18, 2015 • 11 min
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…
Syncretism in the Land of Sacred Stones w/ Holly Walters - This Anthro Life
Apr 24, 2015 • 45 min
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…
Unearthing the Past: Interview w/ Ryan Collins
Apr 9, 2015 • 38 min
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…
Human Endurance w/ Ben Gebo - This Anthro Life
Mar 27, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Buried in Snow! Thinking about landscapes as they change
Mar 3, 2015 • 41 min
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…
The World According to Quinoa w/ Adam Gamwell - This Anthro Life
Jan 24, 2015 • 66 min
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…
How Humans Cope
Jan 24, 2015 • 42 min
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…
Genderless Gingerbread Figures and the Custom of Costumes - This Anthro Life
Jan 24, 2015 • 4 min
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…
Ebola: The Passion and the Politics (Virology pt 2)
Dec 1, 2014 • 44 min
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…
The Happiness Fetish - This Anthro Life
Nov 24, 2014 • 17 min
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…
Ecologies of Happiness - This Anthro Life
Nov 18, 2014 • 20 min
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 —- Send in a voice message:…
Turns out, Beer is pretty important to human history
Oct 24, 2014 • 58 min
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…
iPhone, Therefore I am.
Oct 6, 2014 • 40 min
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…
Police Militarization, Race, Trust, Violence and Ferguson, MO
Sep 29, 2014 • 45 min
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…
Humans as a Playful Species w/ Michael D’Angelo, Host of Old School Game Show - This Anthro Life
Sep 24, 2014 • 49 min
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…
The Burning Man Experience w/ Ben Gebo Part 2! - This Anthro Life
Sep 18, 2014 • 41 min
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,…
The Burning Man Experience w/ Ben Gebo - This Anthro Life
Sep 7, 2014 • 46 min
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…
Ebola and Virology - This Anthro Life
Aug 18, 2014 • 49 min
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.…
Long Haul: The Lives of China’s Truckers w/ Rachel Katz - This Anthro Life
Aug 5, 2014 • 52 min
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…
Urban Cycling - This Anthro Life
Jul 29, 2014 • 54 min
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…
Access Denied: Protests, Urban Green Spaces, and Changing Transportation - This Anthro Life
Jul 22, 2014 • 37 min
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…
Lost in Space: From the Universe to the Space Between Atoms - This Anthro Life
Jul 18, 2014 • 49 min
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…
Stress Test w/ Guest Luke Hanlin - This Anthro Life
Jul 10, 2014 • 50 min
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 —- This episode is sponsored by…
Reproducing Rights and Wrongs: Personhood, Religious and Reproductive Freedoms, Gender, and SCOTUS - This Anthro Life
Jul 2, 2014 • 61 min
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…
The Beautiful Game: World Cup 2014 - This Anthro Life
Jun 24, 2014 • 53 min
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…
The Power of Vulnerability - This Anthro Life
Jun 11, 2014 • 58 min
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…
Up in the Cloud: Computing in the 21st Century (so far) - This Anthro Life
Jun 4, 2014 • 48 min
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…
A House to Make a Home? w/ Guest Mengqi Wang - This Anthro Life
May 29, 2014 • 55 min
“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…
Let There Be Light! - This Anthro Life
May 21, 2014 • 49 min
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…
Special Conversation: Reflections on Anthropology: Why do we do what we do? - This Anthro Life
May 20, 2014 • 29 min
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…
Environmental Anthropology, pt 1. Nature, Culture, Power - This Anthro Life
May 8, 2014 • 45 min
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,…
The Politics of Difference and Relatedness - This Anthro Life
Apr 28, 2014 • 53 min
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…
Non-Human Rights, with new co-host Amy Hanes - This Anthro Life
Apr 28, 2014 • 59 min
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).…
Visual Anthropology Revisited - This Anthro Life
Apr 16, 2014 • 56 min
Join us for an ‘enlightening’ trip as we ‘shed some light’ on the world of sight, seeing, and visual anthropology. In this episode we explore the deep impact of visual culture across the globe and time from ancient Greece to the invention of photography…
Coffee Cultures - This Anthro Life
Apr 8, 2014 • 44 min
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…
Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Visual Storytelling - This Anthro Life
Apr 1, 2014 • 59 min
Turning 75 isn’t only a big deal for Batman, it also marks a generational tradition of using graphic media to illustrate, comment on, and showcase different aspects of our own society. Even so, comic books have their roots in ancient media from sculpture,…
The Crisis in Crimea with guest Dr. Emily Canning - This Anthro Life
Mar 25, 2014 • 48 min
Join us today for a very special episode with Central Asian expert Emily Canning. Today we turn our anthropological lens to the ongoing international conflict over Crimea: international relations and reactions, nationalism, language and media portrayal,…
Garbology, Space Junk and Digital Dumping - This Anthro Life
Mar 18, 2014 • 53 min
3/18/14 We will be discussing the world of disposable objects and material culture: garbage culture and digital dumping, polluting the (final) frontier – yes, garbage in space, and more! Podcast Available here Material Culture part 1 here Explore more…
Altered States, part 2 with Ben Gebo - This Anthro Life
Mar 6, 2014 • 60 min
Head on over to our Podcasts page and stream the episode or download it for a mind bending journey through the worlds of psychedelics and hallucinogenics, the effects of music on the brain, the human drive for engaging in altered states of consciousness…
Altered States of Consciousness - This Anthro Life
Feb 25, 2014 • 49 min
Hey y’all – we had a great show today and would love for you to check it out and hear what you think! Continuing some of the themes we’ve been building over the course of season two, we’ve traveled from beer, to locomotion, then to sleep, dreams, and now…