Episodes

Dec. 31, 2020

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

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 …

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Nov. 26, 2020

More than a Game: Sports, Race, and Masculinity in Diaspora w/ Vyjaya…

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, being interviewed by Vyjayanthi Vadrevu, a business anthropologist and ethn...

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Nov. 11, 2020

Life in the Age of Social Media and Smartphones with Daniel Miller an…

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 …

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Oct. 23, 2020

Getting Down to Business and Making a Career with Anthropology: Guest…

This Anthro Life is based on lifting up the voices and value of anthropologists and human scientists in all fields through sharing their stories, thought leadership, struggles, and winding paths. Today we've got something spe...

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Sept. 30, 2020

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

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 Under. This may sound overly obvious, but people die every day. And …

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Aug. 18, 2020

How to Study Meaning at Scale: AI and Big Data Ethnography, Microcult…

Artificial Intelligence. Natural Language Processing. Machine Learning. Big Data. If you've studied Anthropology at all, you'll likely notice these terms don't often get use, unless you happen to be studying one of these area...

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July 17, 2020

Cyberpsychology: How Life Online Shapes our Minds and What We Can Do …

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 during ...

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June 28, 2020

A Neuroscientist and Marketer walk into a bar: Neuromarketing and the…

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 part of the equation. Psychology, marketing, neuroscience - and yes - anthrop...

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June 5, 2020

The Connected Cup: Coffee, Tea, Happiness and Visual Storytelling Aro…

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 Independent documentary filmmaker and coffee anthropologist Brooke Bierhaus...

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May 6, 2020

Beyond the Prototype: Navigating that Fuzzy Area between Ideas and Ou…

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 you simply sat down at your desk to think through a really cool idea …

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March 29, 2020

How Do You Make a 2.4 Billion Dollar Observatory Disappear?

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 location on M...

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March 21, 2020

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

Produced in collaboration with Experience by Design . We are witnessing a moment in our lifetimes that we will hopefully never see again. The world is gripped in a pandemic of a scale unseen for a century. Beyond the human …

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March 13, 2020

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of …

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 Artific...

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Feb. 13, 2020

Will We Find God with this Machine? Introducing Starstruck

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 location on M...

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Jan. 13, 2020

Brands and the Business of Relationships with Bill Fleming

Bill Fleming stops by to chat with Adam about branding, marketing and design. Bill is a Boston-based Independent Brand & Marketing Strategist, and Business Consultant for Designers. On this episode we talk about what brands a...

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Dec. 31, 2019

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

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 great time to reflect on where we've been, where we're going, and what's it …

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Dec. 16, 2019

Robots, Science Fiction, and the Anthropological Imagination: a Guest…

Special guest podcast! - Adam Gamwell guests on Trending in Education with Mike Palmer. For this week’s extra, Mike is joined by Design Anthropologist and Podcaster, Dr Adam Gamwell, to explore how robots, science fiction, ...

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Nov. 18, 2019

Why More Security Never Feels Like Enough, by Astrid Countee: Storysl…

Why More Security Never Feels like Enough Storyslamming Anthropology Series, Story 3. Written and Performed by Astrid Countee In recent years, the terms Public and Anthropology have been paired with more frequency. Yet, what ...

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Oct. 23, 2019

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

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 series on YouTube. If you haven't seen this series (or some of the spinoffs...

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Sept. 27, 2019

Design Research is Anthropology Applied with Amy Santee

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 conversations that's a few years in the making. Adam has been following Amy's work …

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Aug. 28, 2019

Backpacks and Toe tags: Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border w/ Jas…

In this special interview, TAL's Ryan Collins talks with scholar, activist and artist Jason de Leon about the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border. In addition to these roles, de Leon is a MacArthur Fellow and ...

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Aug. 14, 2019

Where Qualitative Meets Quantitative Data w/ Delve co-founders LaiYee…

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 code transcripts, find insight, and pull actionable insights from data, the con...

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July 22, 2019

GUEST PODCAST: AnthroDish 49: Exploring Quinoa Production through Des…

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 Anthro Dish, a weekly podcast about food identity and culture about design anthro...

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July 9, 2019

The Surprising Connections between Climate Finance, Sacrifice and the…

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. ...

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