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This Anthro Life

This Anthro Life is an Anthropology podcast centered on crowdsourcing the Human Condition. Every other week we bring you a round-table conversation offering a unique cross cultural and time spanning perspective on all things people, from objects and ideas to the countless possibilities encountered in everyday global life. From producers Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins in Boston, MA.

We’re anthropologists on a mission, inspired by Anthropologist Ruth Benedict’s claim that anthropology’s job is to make the world safe for human differences. More than ever, anthropology matters because ecological and political crises that affect the world force us to recognize on an individual scale that there is no ‘outside’ from which we can just sit back and observe. Rising nationalism, resource shortages, rights abuses and migration are realities that characterize the daily lives of many around the globe. We podcast to reveal the social processes and systemic violence behind those issues and give listeners positive tools to better engage and thrive in today’s world.

Ryan and Adam have also presented the work of TAL at multiple national conferences. At nearly 100 episodes, Adam and Ryan are excited to see what topics and themes come to characterize TAL for the next hundred. Episodes run between 20 to 30 minutes – just long enough for a quick morning commute or a workout. In twice-monthly Conversations episodes our hosts participate in an open-format dialogue with themselves or a guest, diving into the hidden worlds behind topics like protesting, beer, emoji, democracy through an anthropological lens.

This Anthro Life is an official collaborator with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and SAPIENS. Additionally, This Anthro Life has published about podcast pedagogy on the University of Toronto Press blog Teaching Culture and has produced a crossover series in collaboration with the prominent international anthropology blog Anthrodendum.