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This Anthro Life

163 EpisodesProduced by Adam GamwellWebsite

Life is complicated, but we love simple answers. AI and robotics are changing the nature of work. Emojis change the way we write. Fossil Fuels were once the engine of progress, now we're in a race to change how we power the planet. We're constantly trying to save ourselves...from ourselves. Join Ant… read more

163 Episodes | 2014 - 2023

Designing Resilience - Behavioral Science Meets Humanitarian Action with Britt Titus

March 21st, 2023


How to Build a More Resilient World
The COVID-19 pandemic leveled the playing field between those who have the privilege to avoid or mitigate disasters and those who don’t. But the pandemic is just one of many ongoing …

Creating Anthropologists on the Public Stage with Elizabeth Briody & Phil Surles

March 7th, 2023


In today’s episode of This Anthro Life, anthropologists Elizabeth Briody and Phil Surles join host Adam Gamwell to discuss their latest project: …

How to Keep Brands Human in the 21st Century - with Matt Johnson

February 4th, 2023


Consumers today find brands through many online sources, including search engines and social media. And with the rise of hyper-personalized ads, consumers are constantly being bombarded with brands that seem to speak to …

Why the World Needs Tricksters with Shepherd Siegel

January 13th, 2023


Indigenous cultures around the world have a trickster god or figure in their mythos. For example, the Pacific Northwest Native Americans have the …

Designing the Future of Global, Remote Work with Fredrik Thomassen

December 8th, 2022


Show Notes

Building a New Labor Market for Global Design Talent with Fredrik Thomassen

More and more businesses are switching to remote work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But one startup was ahead of the curve, having been …

How Tech can Democratize Scientific Knowledge with Eric Olson

November 3rd, 2022


The vast majority of published scientific literature and new research is hidden behind paywalls. Worse, what few accessible papers available online are oftentimes written in jargon, i.e., specialist language that can …

How Humans Learned to See the Future with Byron Reese

October 26th, 2022


What makes the human mind unique? How do we know there’s a future, and how do we recall the past? In this episode of This Anthro Life, Byron Reese, …

Growing Roots as a National Cultural Anthropologist with Ashley Meredith

July 26th, 2022


Ashley Meredith serves as the National Cultural Anthropologist and Deputy National Historic Preservation Officer for the Federated States of …

The Fight to Save Cultural Memory with Charles Henry

May 11th, 2022


Interdependence is the idea that the wellbeing of our world and for our physical and emotional selves depends on those around us, yet when we find ourselves up against a challenge bigger than ourselves, our sense of …

On Being Heard and Learning to Listen with Nethra Samarawickrema

March 23rd, 2022


When we think about social science and social scientists working out in the world, we tend to jump to the science part, you know jobs that focus on research - consumer research, user experience research, or qualitative …

Bitcoin and the Cryptocurrency Revolution with Mick Morucci

March 10th, 2022


If you’re alive in 2022 you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Whether you’re an active trader, just dabble, or think you’d never touch the stuff, cryptocurrency raises a fascinating challenge to the …

Deep Storytelling: Bicultural History and Fiction with Andrew Rowen

January 18th, 2022


It's a common truism that history is often written by the victors, but it is equally true that the actual story is more complicated. One of the most poignant examples of this is the "discovery" of the new world by …

Build Better Worlds: Anthropology for Game Design, Film and Writing

December 15th, 2021


Have you wondered why fantasy stories mostly are just copies of Medieval Europe? Why pop culture has been so obsessed with zombies? Or why Black …

Being a Human: Adventures in 40,000 Years of Consciousness with Charles Foster

December 2nd, 2021


Charles Foster set out to answer one of the most perplexing questions of all - what sort of creatures are we humans? - in one of the most unique ways possible: immersing himself in experiences that evoke three central …

Podcasting and the Other Side of Storytelling - Reflecting on TAL's 8th Birthday

November 15th, 2021


This Anthro Life turned 8 years old in October 2021. That's a long time for a podcast. When recently invited to share what I've been working on for a …

Learning Forensics, Applying Anthropology with Gabriella Campbell

November 9th, 2021


It's not everyday I get to talk with other anthropology podcasters, and even more infrequently that I get to talk with undergraduate anthropology …

Don't Sell Yourself Short: How to Create a Career Plan

September 17th, 2021


A job search strategy is essential, but what if you don’t even know what to look for or what you want to do? A career plan is something you can do before job searching to define the kind of work you want to do and how …

Transforming Market Research with Qualitative Consciousness in post-liberalization India w/ Dr. Meena Kaushik and Madhuri Karak

July 16th, 2021


Dr. Meena Kaushik takes us through her story from the revolutionary idea in the late 1970s of applying semiotics to brand and market research to …

From Art School to Industry: Passion, Ethics, and Business Impact with Phil Surles

June 16th, 2021


Phil Surles is a cultural anthropologist and consultant who focuses on branding. He works with companies to change their culture for the better and …

So tell me about yourself: Storytelling and the Science of Love with Helen Fisher

June 4th, 2021


If Dr. Hellen Fisher isn’t a household name in your house (yet), her work certainly is. Helen is a biological anthropologist and basically the reason …

Dead People Tell Tales: Segregated Cemeteries in Richmond Virginia w Dr. Ryan Smith

May 14th, 2021


TAL Correspondent Sara Schmieder brings us an all new interview about the power of cemetery restoration, race in the American South, and bringing legacy to light.
Dr. Ryan Smith is a professor of religious history, …

The surprising truths wild horses teach us about the power of ritual, social durability, and surviving the Anthropocene with John Hartigan J

May 5th, 2021


In today’s episode Adam Gamwell and Astrid Countee are joined by multispecies anthropologist John Hartigan jr. John is an anthropology professor at …

The Ghost in the Machine is Not Who You Think: Human Labor and the Paradox of Automation with Mary L Gray

April 8th, 2021


BOOK GIVEAWAY!! Leave a Review of This Anthro Life for a chance to win a copy of Ghost Work! Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser …

Becoming a Business Anthropologist and Mastering the Tools of the Trade w/ Oscar Barrera

March 5th, 2021


Oscar Barrera is a Business Anthropologist based out of Veracruz, Mexico who brings a global mindset to helping businesses turn hurdles into …

They're not Binging TV, they're Feasting: Rethinking Media, Honor and American Culture with Grant McCracken

February 4th, 2021


Take a walk with anthropologist and consultant Grant McCracken and host Adam Gamwell, as they discuss Grant's new book The New Honor Code: A Simple …

How to Manage Social Conflict, Communicate Effectively and Find Common Ground with Jeremy Pollack

January 19th, 2021


In January 2021 armed rioters stormed the US Capitol in a harrowing and politically fomented insurrection. It was an apex of years of divisive and …

The Hidden World of Sh*t (a farewell to 2020)

January 1st, 2021


Language warning. We use the word sh*t a lot in this episode, since it is, in fact all about poop.
To wrap up this crappy, some may even say shitty year, host Adam Gamwell and intern Elizabeth Smyth discuss the origin …

More than a Game: Sports, Race, and Masculinity in Diaspora w/ Vyjayanthi Vadrevu and Stanley Thangaraj

November 26th, 2020


In this episode we meet Dr. Stan Thangaraj, an anthropology professor at the City College of New York whose research includes immigration in the U.S, …

Life in the Age of Social Media and Smartphones with Daniel Miller and Georgiana Murariu

November 11th, 2020


Do you have a sense of how much time you spend each day on social media and smartphone? Whether you can live with them or you can't live with them, we know for most of us, these are ingrained parts of our everyday …

Getting Down to Business and Making a Career with Anthropology: Guest Podcast w Adam Gamwell on Anthro Perspectives

October 23rd, 2020


This Anthro Life is based on lifting up the voices and value of anthropologists and human scientists in all fields through sharing their stories, …

Death Work: The Life and Culture of Forensics with Lilly White

September 30th, 2020


When most people think of forensics or forensic anthropology the first thing that comes to mind are TV shows like CSI or Bones, or maybe in Six Feet …

How to Study Meaning at Scale: AI and Big Data Ethnography, Microcultures and the Future of Innovation w/ Ujwal Arkalgud

August 18th, 2020


Artificial Intelligence. Natural Language Processing. Machine Learning. Big Data. If you've studied Anthropology at all, you'll likely notice these …

Cyberpsychology: How Life Online Shapes our Minds and What We Can Do About It w Julie Ancis

July 17th, 2020


It's no surprise that many of us find ourselves increasingly on mobile devices or the internet. We shop online with ease, connect with friends and family on social media, check the news, and play games. And especially …

A Neuroscientist and Marketer walk into a bar: Neuromarketing and the hidden ways marketing reshapes our brains with Matt Johnson and Prince

June 28th, 2020


Ever wonder why certain new ideas stick while others don’t? We often hear a lot about innovation when it comes to new ideas, but really that’s only …

The Connected Cup: Coffee, Tea, Happiness and Visual Storytelling Around the Globe with Documentarian Brooke Bierhaus

June 5th, 2020


What is it about coffee and tea - two simple drinks - that both transcends culture and is intimately bound up by it? In this episode, Adam talks with …

Beyond the Prototype: Navigating that Fuzzy Area between Ideas and Outcomes with Douglas Ferguson

May 6th, 2020


Today we talk with Voltage Control president Douglas Ferguson and we're taking you beyond the prototype. If you ever run a design sprint, or even if …

How Do You Make a 2.4 Billion Dollar Observatory Disappear?

March 29th, 2020


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a next-generation observatory currently under development that has created a watershed moment for the scientific community and Hawaiian society. This is because of its planned …

A Virus Without Borders: The Design of Public Health, Inequality, and Hope

March 21st, 2020


Produced in collaboration with Experience by Design.  We are witnessing a moment in our lifetimes that we will hopefully never see again. The world …

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity w/ Byron Reese

March 13th, 2020


Gigaom CEO, publisher and author of "The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity" stops by virtually to chat with Adam and guest host Astrid Countee to help us make sense of just what …

Will We Find God with this Machine? Introducing Starstruck

February 13th, 2020


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a next-generation observatory currently under development that has created a watershed moment for the scientific community and Hawaiian society. This is because of its planned …

Brands and the Business of Relationships with Bill Fleming

January 13th, 2020


Bill Fleming stops by to chat with Adam about branding, marketing and design. Bill is a Boston-based Independent Brand & Marketing Strategist, …

Happiness and the Good Life According to the Aztecs w/ Dr. Ryan Collins

January 1st, 2020


A happy New Years! Enjoy this mini-episode with Adam and Dr. Ryan Collins exploring happiness and the good life according the Aztecs. New Years is a …

Robots, Science Fiction, and the Anthropological Imagination: a Guest Podcast TAL's Adam Gamwell on Trending in Education

December 16th, 2019


Special guest podcast! - Adam Gamwell guests on Trending in Education with Mike Palmer.  
For this week’s extra, Mike is joined by Design …

Why More Security Never Feels Like Enough, by Astrid Countee: Storyslamming Anthropology Series #3

November 18th, 2019


Why More Security Never Feels like Enough
Storyslamming Anthropology Series, Story 3. Written and Performed by Astrid Countee
In recent years, the …

100 Years of Beauty and the Beast of YouTube with Chris Chan

October 23rd, 2019


in this episode, Adam and guest host Leslie Walker talk with visual anthropologist and film producer Chris Chan, producer of the 100 Years of Beauty …

Design Research is Anthropology Applied with Amy Santee

September 27th, 2019


At long last we are back! In this episode host Adam Gamwell talks with Design Researcher and Strategist Amy Santee. 
This is one of these …

Backpacks and Toe tags: Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border w/ Jason de León

August 28th, 2019


In this special interview, TAL's Ryan Collins talks with scholar, activist and artist Jason de Leon about the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the …

Where Qualitative Meets Quantitative Data w/ Delve co-founders LaiYee Ho and Alex Limpaecher

August 14th, 2019


In this episode Adam Gamwell talks with Alex Limpaecher and LaiYee Ho, co-Founders of Delve. While Delve is a qualitative research suite, to help …

GUEST PODCAST: AnthroDish 49: Exploring Quinoa Production through Design Anthropology with Dr. Adam Gamwell

July 22nd, 2019


For this episode, we're doing something a little different. I'll be your guest. I got interviewed by the wonderful Sarah Dunigan on her podcast …

The Surprising Connections between Climate Finance, Sacrifice and the Spirit of Capitalism

July 9th, 2019


In this episode, Adam and Aneil reflect on Aneil’s fieldwork in climate finance. Climate finance is an area of finance focused on mobilizing …

Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences, performed by Taylor Genovese: Storyslamming Anthropology Series #2

June 24th, 2019


Storyslamming Anthropology Series, Story 2. Written and Performed by Taylor Genovese
In recent years, the terms Public and Anthropology have been …

EPIC 2019: Agency in the Digital Age with Julia Haines and Lisa diCarlo

May 21st, 2019


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 …

How to Think like an Ethnographer with Jay Hasbrouck

May 14th, 2019


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 …

Don't Yuck My Yum w/ Julie Lesnik (Edible Insects, pt 3)

May 6th, 2019


Adam and Andrea continue the conversation with Julie Lesnik, author of Edible Insects and Human Evolution, but this time they’re going prehistoric. …

A Bugless Life w/ Julie Lesnik (Edible Insects, pt 2)

April 28th, 2019


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 …

Why Don't You Eat Bugs?

March 28th, 2019


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 …

The Social Life of Robots, pt 2: Sex and Temperament in Three Cyborg Societies

February 28th, 2019


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 …

Heritage Survival Across Borders: Identity, Language and Migration

February 21st, 2019


Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration between the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American …

The Social Life of Robots, pt 1: Spoiler Alert

February 6th, 2019


In the pop culture imagination, perceptions of robots and AI occupy a space of mystery and intrigue that gravitates between harbingers of impending …

The Craft of Curation

January 9th, 2019


Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American …

Switched on Pop

December 20th, 2018


On this episode of This Anthro Life, hosts Adam Gamwell and Matt Artz are joined by assistant professor and musicologist Nate Sloan and music …

Weaving Social Fabric: The Craft of African Fashion

December 10th, 2018


Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move , an audio collaboration from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American …

Sharing Sonic Space: Music as Home, Soul and Connector

November 9th, 2018


“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 …

Art is a Movement

October 9th, 2018


Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration series from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the …

EPIC Evidence with Dawn Nafus and Tye Rattenbury

September 19th, 2018


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 …

The Awe is Shared: Evolution and Public Science with Andrea Eller - This Anthro Life

August 17th, 2018


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 …

Its Only an Evil Cactus if Donkeys Chase You: Ethics and Psychedelics with Hamilton Morris - This Anthro Life

July 23rd, 2018


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 …

Tech Ethnography, Data and Social Justice w/ Dr. Tricia Wang

July 10th, 2018


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 …

EPIC Innovation w/ Dr. Alexandra Mack - This Anthro Life

June 1st, 2018


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 …

Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voices, Storytelling and Solution Finding

April 30th, 2018


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 …

Marching for Science w/Valorie Aquino

April 11th, 2018


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 …

Brave Community: Teaching Race in the American Classroom w/ Janine de Novais

February 14th, 2018


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) …

#MeToo: Stories in the Age of Survivorship by Emma Backe: Story Slamming Anthropology #1

February 9th, 2018


Welcome to Story Slamming Anthropology. This series features both innovative narrative and audio performance drawing on the deep toolkit and methods …

Carving a Niche between Software and Social Science: Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson

January 31st, 2018


Design and anthropology have been  seen together with increasing frequency over the last few years, but how  do design and anthropology fit together …

Diversity + Inclusion in Higher Education, part 1

January 15th, 2018


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) …

Encounters Unforeseen: A Bicultural Retelling of 1492 with Andrew Rowen

December 13th, 2017


In this Conversations episode, This  Anthro Life hosts Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins are joined by author  Andrew Rowen to discuss his new novel, …

Coming to Our Senses

November 27th, 2017


In this Conversations episode of This  Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins explore the subject of  sensory ethnography –  a focus in …

Are Emojis and Hieroglyphs Universal Language?

October 26th, 2017


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 …

The Yin and Yang of Design Anthropology with Dr. Elizabeth Dori Tunstall

October 11th, 2017


In this Conversations episode of This Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell and guest host/TAL correspondent Matt Artz  explore the world of Design Anthropology …

Fall for This Anthro Life: Back in Action, New Content, and our Patreon Campaign

September 27th, 2017


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 …

The Happiness Fetish Revisited

July 24th, 2017


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 …

Conversations and Podcasting as Social Technology

July 14th, 2017


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 …

The Stories Bones Tell w/ Kristina Killgrove

June 28th, 2017


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 …

Anthropology + Science Journalism = A New Genre? w/ Daniel Salas of SAPIENS

June 21st, 2017


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 …

Anthropology has Always been Out There w/ Ed Liebow and Leslie Walker of the AAA

June 14th, 2017


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, …

Writing “in my Culture” w/ Zoe Wool and Alex Golub of Savage Minds

June 7th, 2017


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 …

Visual Anthropology Revisited, pt 2

June 2nd, 2017


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 …

Visual Anthropology Revisited, pt 1

May 31st, 2017


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 …

On the Craft of Writing w/ Dr. Anita Hannig

May 17th, 2017


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 …

Free Think 6 – Who Are the 13,000?

May 12th, 2017


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 …

Dating your Ancestors is Complicated: The Strange Case of Homo Naledi

April 26th, 2017


On this episode, Adam and Ryan dive into the complexities of our ever  evolving human family. How we understand our ancient ancestors,  cousins, and …

Culinary Catalysts and Scientific Shifts: Peruvian Quinoa in the Age of Genetics and Gastronomy

April 19th, 2017


This episode of This Anthropological Life presents a little differently from our normal episodes. The Society for Applied Anthropology generously …

FreeThink 5: Finding Balance in the Midst of Burnout

April 12th, 2017


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 …

The Power of Vulnerability Revisited

March 22nd, 2017


This episode focuses on a conversation between Adam and Amy about a TEDtalk titled The Power of Vulnerability presented by Brené Brown. In this …

FreeThink #4: On Art, Creativity, and Bringing Awe back to Anthropology

March 15th, 2017


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 …

Investigating the Untethered Journey between Psychedelic Science, Medicine, and Drug Scheduling with Hamilton Morris

February 15th, 2017


Psychedelia is the culture and experiences of psychedelic substances. Where did all the research on psychedelic drugs go? Could psychedelics be used …

Waiting w/ Serra Hakyemez

February 8th, 2017


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 …

D+A #2: What Makes a Protest Successful and How do I get involved?

February 6th, 2017


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 …

Protesting the Powers that Be and Being the Power that Protests w/ Jara Connell

February 1st, 2017


What does mass-protesting accomplish? Does no arrests equate success? Why is protesting disruptive? And more! In this action packed episode of This …

D+A Minisode 1: How to Deal with Change w/ Dr. Andi Simon

January 30th, 2017


Minisodes are finally here! If this is your first TAL Podcast experience, welcome! We recommend you start off with our regular Conversation series – …

When your Business Stalls, it’s time to Evolve: Unpacking Corporate Anthropology with Dr. Andi Simon

January 25th, 2017


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 …

FreeThink 3: PRX Podcast Garage Meetups, Building Bridges, and Expanding the Podcast

December 5th, 2016


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 …

Don’t Panic! The Neuroscience behind falling into Balance w/ Vivek Pandey Vimal

November 23rd, 2016


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 …

On Kindness and What the World Needs Now w/ Hannah Brencher

November 17th, 2016


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 …

Multi-species and non-Human Centered Anthropology: Conversations Revisited

November 2nd, 2016


Join us for another listen of TAL Conversations favorites on Multi-species and Non-Human Centered Anthropology. Originally aired December 2013, with …

Myths of American Democracy: Contradictions, Troubling Numbers, and Searching for Sense in the System

October 20th, 2016


Do you find yourself increasingly frustrated at the lack of real conversations between candidates and politicians? Are you confused about why someone …

FreeThink #2 – Moving Beyond the Mic: On Collaborations and Working Across Disciplines

October 19th, 2016


Join Aneil, Adam and Ryan for the second FreeThink episode, where they talk unscripted about upcoming projects and potential interdisciplinary …

Beer Revisited

October 13th, 2016


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 …

FreeThink #1: TaL Back in the Studio! What’s Next??

October 10th, 2016


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 …

Is Corporate Anthropology Selling Out? A Conversation on Consulting with Vyjayanthi Vadrevu

July 19th, 2016


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 …

Making Sense of Finance: Boundaries, Institutions, and Power with Caitlin Zaloom

June 12th, 2016


Join TaL’s Aneil Tripathy and Caitlin Zaloom, NYU Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, as they discuss Zaloom’s research on futures …

Guest Podcast: Food Futures: Playing our Way to Conservation? Experimental Economics in the Andean Countryside

May 25th, 2016


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 …

Stewardship and Heritage: Bringing Archaeology to the Public with Emily Jane Murry

May 24th, 2016


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 …

Faded Paint and Yellowed Photos: On, Image, Inspiration, and Memory with Javier Urcid

March 28th, 2016


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? …

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

March 23rd, 2016


We’re back in Peru! Join Adam and special guest Alexander Wankel of Pachakuti Foods for a conversation about the future of food production, …

Exploring Boundaries: From Access to Female Sexworkers to the Question of Research

March 18th, 2016


When designing a research project, a researcher’s initial plans are often interrupted by what data we actually can access. Whether negotiating …

Mate: The Drink Beyond a Drink w/ Guilherme Heiden

March 7th, 2016


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 …

Anthropology without Borders? Bringing the Study of People to the People 5

February 8th, 2016


Join TAL as they explore the meaning and movements behind the buzz words that shape anthropology when it reaches beyond the classroom. Applied, …

History, Power, and a Mapuche Bible: A Shaman’s Story with Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

January 11th, 2016


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 …

The Thrill of Discovery

November 12th, 2015


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, …

Return of the Ethnographers: Life After Fieldwork

October 6th, 2015


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 …

Back from the Field: Syncing into Holly Walter’s Research Part 2

September 29th, 2015


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 …

Applying, Designing, and Bringing Anthropology to the Public

September 18th, 2015


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 …

Syncretism in the Land of Sacred Stones w/ Holly Walters

April 25th, 2015


Sometimes ethnographic investigations are pretty straight forward. Sometimes, its like getting submerged in a ball pit with the task of sorting all …

Unearthing the Past: Interview w/ Ryan Collins

April 9th, 2015


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 …

Human Endurance w/ Ben Gebo

March 27th, 2015


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 …

Buried in Snow! Thinking about landscapes as they change

March 3rd, 2015


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, …

The World According to Quinoa w/ Adam Gamwell

January 24th, 2015


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 …

How Humans Cope

January 24th, 2015


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 …

Genderless Gingerbread Figures and the Custom of Costumes

January 24th, 2015


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 …

Ebola: The Passion and the Politics (Virology pt 2)

December 1st, 2014


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 …

Ecologies of Happiness

November 18th, 2014


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 …

iPhone, Therefore I am.

October 6th, 2014


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 …

Police Militarization, Race, Trust, Violence and Ferguson, MO

September 29th, 2014


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 …

Humans as a Playful Species w/ Michael D’Angelo, Host of Old School Game Show

September 24th, 2014


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 …

The Burning Man Experience w/ Ben Gebo Part 2!

September 18th, 2014


Join us for our first ever extended conversation, part of our new “This Anthropological Life After Hours” extended episode series. On occasion we …

The Burning Man Experience w/ Ben Gebo

September 7th, 2014


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. …

Ebola and Virology

August 18th, 2014


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 …

Long Haul: The Lives of China’s Truckers w/ Rachel Katz

August 5th, 2014


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 …

Urban Cycling

July 30th, 2014


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 …

Access Denied: Protests, Urban Green Spaces, and Changing Transportation

July 23rd, 2014


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 …

Lost in Space: From the Universe to the Space Between Atoms

July 18th, 2014


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 …

Stress Test w/ Luke Hanlin

July 10th, 2014


Episode 33, Season 3
Feeling Stressed? Join Aneil and special Guest Luke Hanlin, Psychology PhD student, as they discuss the psychology of stress and …

Reproducing Rights and Wrongs: Personhood, Religious and Reproductive Freedoms, Gender, and SCOTUS

July 2nd, 2014


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 …

The Beautiful Game: World Cup 2014

June 24th, 2014


Episode 31, Season 3, Aired 6/24/14
Gooooooooooolllllll!!!!! Today we turn our anthropological lens towards the most popular sport in the world and …

The Power of Vulnerability

June 11th, 2014


Episode 29, Season 3
Vulnerability evokes multiple feelings simultaneously-intense discomfort, respect and awe, intimacy, and fear. Why does it …

Up in the Cloud: Computing in the 21st Century (so far)

June 4th, 2014


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 …

A House to Make a Home? w/ Mengqi Wang

May 29th, 2014


“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, …

Let There Be Light!

May 21st, 2014


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 …

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

May 20th, 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. …

Environmental Anthropology, pt 1. Nature, Culture, Power

May 8th, 2014


Are nature and culture separate things? How do our definitions of land, space, and place affect how we view the environment? Trees, bees, garbage, …

The Politics of Difference and Relatedness

April 28th, 2014


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 …

Non-Human Rights

April 28th, 2014


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 …

Visual Anthropology Revisited

April 16th, 2014


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 …

Coffee Cultures

April 9th, 2014


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 …

Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Visual Storytelling

April 1st, 2014


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 …

The Crisis in Crimea with guest Dr. Emily Canning

March 25th, 2014


Join us today for a very special episode with Central Asian expert Emily Canning. Today we turn our anthropological lens to the ongoing international …

Garbology, Space Junk and Digital Dumping

March 18th, 2014


3/18/14 We will be discussing the world of disposable objects and material culture: garbage culture and digital dumping, polluting the (final) …

Altered States, part 2 with Ben Gebo

March 7th, 2014


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 …

Altered States of Consciousness

February 25th, 2014


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 …

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