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June 24, 2019

Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences, performed by Taylor Genov…

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, ho...

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May 21, 2019

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

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 a...

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May 14, 2019

How to Think like an Ethnographer with Jay Hasbrouck

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 ...

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May 6, 2019

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

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 fis...

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April 28, 2019

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

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 …

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March 28, 2019

Why Don't You Eat Bugs?

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 …

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Feb. 28, 2019

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

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 a...

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Feb. 21, 2019

Heritage Survival Across Borders: Identity, Language and Migration

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 f...

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Feb. 6, 2019

The Social Life of Robots, pt 1: Spoiler Alert

In the pop culture imagination, perceptions of robots and AI occupy a space of mystery and intrigue that gravitates between harbingers of impending societal collapse and bringers of mythical salvation. However, where does con...

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Jan. 8, 2019

The Craft of Curation

Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Anthropological Association, and This Anthro Life Podcast. In this episode, Adam ...

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Dec. 19, 2018

Switched on Pop

On this episode of This Anthro Life, hosts Adam Gamwell and Matt Artz are joined by assistant professor and musicologist Nate Sloan and music journalist and songwriter Charlie Harding, the hosts of Switched on Pop, a podcast ...

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Dec. 10, 2018

Weaving Social Fabric: The Craft of African Fashion

Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move , an audio collaboration from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Anthropological Association and This Anthro Life Podcast In the US, fashion has...

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Nov. 9, 2018

Sharing Sonic Space: Music as Home, Soul and Connector

“I hope that more people will listen to more music outside of their own little comfort zone. I think that we enrich ourselves, we are better human beings when you open up your heart to other cultures, other music, to …

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Oct. 9, 2018

Art is a Movement

Welcome to CultureMade: Heritage Enterprise in a World on the Move, an audio collaboration series from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Anthropological Association and This Anthro Life Podcast. Join hosts Ada...

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Sept. 19, 2018

EPIC Evidence with Dawn Nafus and Tye Rattenbury

This Anthro Life is opening the conversation with EPIC (the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community) on the theme of Evidence. Taking center stage at this year's Annual EPIC Conference. “Evidence” is a subject of increasing...

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Aug. 17, 2018

The Awe is Shared: Evolution and Public Science with Andrea Eller - T…

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, And...

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July 23, 2018

Its Only an Evil Cactus if Donkeys Chase You: Ethics and Psychedelics…

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. T...

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July 10, 2018

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

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 want...

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June 1, 2018

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

Welcome back listeners! Adam and Ryan have taken some time away as of late to finish and defend their dissertations. Now that Ryan is done, and Adam defends in just one week (so close!), TAL is getting back into gear …

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April 30, 2018

Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voi…

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 Approac...

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April 11, 2018

Marching for Science w/Valorie Aquino

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 …

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Feb. 14, 2018

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

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 l...

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Feb. 9, 2018

#MeToo: Stories in the Age of Survivorship by Emma Backe: Story Slamm…

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 th...

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Jan. 31, 2018

Carving a Niche between Software and Social Science: Anthropology in …

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 an...

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