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40 minutes | 10 months ago
E25 Product Design Ethnography with Dr. Amy Goldmacher
Business anthropologist Dr. Amy Goldmacher discusses how her ethnographic work empowers product and software designers to better understand their users and customers. Using anthropological research methods, she helps design new and improved products, software, and experiences that better meet people’s needs.
55 minutes | 10 months ago
E24 Pubic Hair Grooming as Cultural Practice with Lyndsey Craig
Lyndsey Craig delves into the anthropology of pubic hair grooming, discussing sexual signaling, the symbolism of pubic hair with respect to hygiene, marital status, or fertility, how body hair is tied to beauty aesthetics, and how the removal of hair is both an intimate practice and a form of identity communication.
72 minutes | 10 months ago
E23 Psychiatric Culture Clashes with Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster
Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster is a medical anthropologist whose book Psychiatric Encounters explores how culture shapes the diagnosis, care, and outcomes of mental illness in a mental hospital in Yucatan, Mexico.
92 minutes | 2 years ago
E22 Converting Belief at a Creationist Theme Park with Dr. James Bielo
Anthropologist of religion Dr. James Bielo explores the creationist theme park Ark Encounter, and how its carefully choreographed design seeks not simply to entertain, but to transform the minds of attendees.
52 minutes | 2 years ago
E21 Antarctic Anthropology with Dr. Jessica O’Reilly
Environmental anthropologist Dr. Jessica O’Reilly works in the least populated continent on earth by far: Antarctica. Working with an array of scientists, she turns the anthropological gaze on science itself, helping to demystify the scientific process and how scientists come to know what they know.
80 minutes | 2 years ago
E20 American Mosques with Jacqueline Fewkes
Researching the history and architecture of mosques in America, anthropologist Dr. Jacqueline Fewkes examines the relationship between local history, physical space, and social practice to showcase the incredible diversity of contemporary Muslim communities.
68 minutes | 3 years ago
E19 The Culture of Teeth with Dr. Julia Boughner
Why do modern humans in industrialized nations face dental problems that don’t affect primates, modern hunter-gatherers, and previous generations of humans? Biological Anthropologist Dr. Julia Boughner explains how cultural practices affect the development of our teeth and jaws.
81 minutes | 3 years ago
E18 Language, Time, and the Anthropology of Arrival with Dr. David Sutton
Cultural anthropologist Dr. David Sutton explains why fictional films and television sitcoms can be important in revealing hidden cultural rules, and discusses what the movie Arrival gets right, and wrong, about language, time, and anthropology.
88 minutes | 3 years ago
E17 The Folklore of International Adoption with Dr. Patricia Sawin
Adoption is a culturally and historically complicated process that we like to envision as purely altruistic, yet usually involves moving children from less- to more-advantaged communities. Folklorist and anthropologist Dr. Patricia Sawin examines how parents’ stories of international adoption help build new families, while sometimes over-simplifying difficult issues of race, privilege, and the power and limits of love.
68 minutes | 3 years ago
E16 Free Food in the Corporate World with Jesse Dart
At the intersection of business anthropology and the anthropology of food, Jesse Dart researches how and why tech companies offer their employees free food. Looking at the same company’s practices in several different countries, he draws out how patterns of eating reflect regional cultural beliefs about labor, land, and tradition, and how corporate practices both reflect and transform these ideas as well.
76 minutes | 3 years ago
E15 Steampunk Archaeology & the Anthropology of Science Fiction with Gail Carriger
Gail Carriger is an archaeologist and bestselling author whose steampunk romance series reimagines the technology, social diversity, and moral rigidity of Victorian England. While her British Isles are home to werewolves, vampires, and the occasional preternatural, the fantasy elements allow her to explore historical and contemporary issues of colonialism, gender and sexuality, social class, and technological fads.
79 minutes | 3 years ago
E14 Political Divisiveness & the Encouragement of Violence with Dr. Jennie Burnet
When leaders of multicultural societies emphasize ethnic division over national unity, assigning blame to the “other” and focusing on our differences rather than our similarities, the stage is set for political violence… or worse. Dr. Jennie Burnet’s research into the causes and consequences of the 1994 Rwandan genocide reveals why we should be concerned about the current political moment in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, but it also suggests ways people can come together and take action to unify. Through diverse political representation, adept leadership, and public reinforcement of unity over division, other nations can avoid the catastrophic legacy that Rwandans are still recovering from today.
82 minutes | 3 years ago
E13 The Shifting Tides & Interpersonal Politics of Archaeology with Dr. Katie Kirakosian
By looking at the lives and changing politics of archaeologists studying New England shell middens, Dr. Kirakosian examines how meaning shifts over time, how knowledge is created, whose knowledge counts, and why responsible science means taking into account the power and perceptions of the people behind the research.
55 minutes | 4 years ago
E12 Friendship Beyond Dementia - The Anthropology of Aging with Dr. Janelle Taylor
Aging is a cultural phenomenon, made easier or harder depending on our expectations of friendships and families and our beliefs about what makes us a person. Medical Anthropologist Dr. Janelle Taylor talks about her research into successful friendships with folks with dementia, how friendships can adapt in the face of dementia, and why those relationships are crucial to patients and their family caregivers.
60 minutes | 4 years ago
E11 Prison Labor, Fighting Wildfires, & Crafting New Identities with Lindsey Raisa Feldman
To combat growing the wildfires in Arizona, select inmates are temporarily released from prison to battle the flames. In this episode, I talk with anthropology doctoral candidate Lindsey Raisa Feldman works alongside and photographs the complex labor politics of these men and women, whose dangerous job is both exploitative and intensely meaningful.
60 minutes | 4 years ago
E10 Racism, Educational Anthropology, & Everyday Terror with Dr. Jeanine Staples
Dr. Jeanine Staples, Associate Professor at Penn State, researches the intersection of race, gender, education, and literature, revealing how young black girls internalize social messages about their lack of worth, how those messages threaten the girls’ health and well-being, and how schools both perpetuate the messages and offer a unique opportunity to stop them.
72 minutes | 4 years ago
E9 The River is a Goddess - Environmental Anthropology with Dr. Georgina Drew
The Ganga River in India is a goddess – but does that mean she provides for her followers, or her followers need to protect her? Environmental Anthropologist Dr. Georgina Drew explains how a river is many things to its surrounding inhabitants, and how taking an ethnographic approach means viewing the partnership between the environment and culture, as well as how each impacts the other.
62 minutes | 4 years ago
E8 Understanding Transgender Health & Identity
Transgender politics have been everywhere lately, from North Carolina bathrooms to Presidential tweets, and sociology doctoral candidate Brett Nava-Coulter explains why the category of transgender is both diverse and complicated, and why policy protecting transgender youth is so important.
73 minutes | 4 years ago
E7 Ancient Bones and Peaceful Coexistence with Dr. Sara K. Becker
Bioarchaeologist Dr. Sara K. Becker examines the patterns found on the skeletal remains of the Tiwanaku, a state that emerged in Peru and Bolivia 1000-1500 years ago. By understanding the life, labor, and health of the Tiwanaku people, Dr. Becker hopes to understand how such a large and ethnically diverse community lived in peaceful coexistence.
42 minutes | 4 years ago
E6 Bharat Babies Books & Business Anthropology with Sailaja Joshi
To combat misrepresentation (and lack of representation) of South Asian cultures in American children’s literature, Sailaja Joshi founded Bharat Babies, an independent publishing house that creates books for young children, telling “stories about India's Heritage.” Sailaja talks about growing up Indian American, why cultural representation matters, and why anthropology should be central in any business endeavor.
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