Episodes

Feb. 1, 2017

Protesting the Powers that Be and Being the Power that Protests w/ Ja…

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 p...

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Jan. 30, 2017

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

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 ...

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Jan. 24, 2017

When your Business Stalls, it’s time to Evolve: Unpacking Corporate A…

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 …

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Dec. 5, 2016

FreeThink 3: PRX Podcast Garage Meetups, Building Bridges, and Expand…

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, podcas...

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Nov. 23, 2016

Don’t Panic! The Neuroscience behind falling into Balance w/ Vivek Pa…

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 resea...

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Nov. 17, 2016

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

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 yo...

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Nov. 2, 2016

Multi-species and non-Human Centered Anthropology: Conversations Revi…

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...

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Oct. 19, 2016

Myths of American Democracy: Contradictions, Troubling Numbers, and S…

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 ...

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Oct. 19, 2016

FreeThink #2 – Moving Beyond the Mic: On Collaborations and Working A…

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 li...

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Oct. 12, 2016

Beer Revisited

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 …

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Oct. 10, 2016

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

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 …

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July 19, 2016

Is Corporate Anthropology Selling Out? A Conversation on Consulting w…

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 Anthrop...

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June 12, 2016

Making Sense of Finance: Boundaries, Institutions, and Power with Cai…

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...

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May 25, 2016

Guest Podcast: Food Futures: Playing our Way to Conservation? Experim…

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 mak...

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May 24, 2016

Stewardship and Heritage: Bringing Archaeology to the Public with Emi…

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 ...

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March 28, 2016

Faded Paint and Yellowed Photos: On, Image, Inspiration, and Memory w…

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 sh...

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March 23, 2016

A Business for the Future? Redefining Value, Quinoa and the Quest of …

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...

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March 18, 2016

Exploring Boundaries: From Access to Female Sexworkers to the Questio…

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 ...

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March 7, 2016

Mate: The Drink Beyond a Drink w/ Guilherme Heiden

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 f...

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Feb. 8, 2016

Anthropology without Borders? Bringing the Study of People to the Peo…

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 ...

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Jan. 11, 2016

History, Power, and a Mapuche Bible: A Shaman’s Story with Ana Mariel…

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 p...

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Nov. 12, 2015

The Thrill of Discovery

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, disco...

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Oct. 6, 2015

Return of the Ethnographers: Life After Fieldwork

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...

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Sept. 29, 2015

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

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 pilg...

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