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Where’s TaL?

Where’s TaL?

Hey folks, As you may have noticed, things have been quiet around the TaL studios as of late. Well, we promise its all for a good reason! Each of your intrepid hosts are currently out and about in the world doing what we do best, or at least what we do pretty darn well :), […]

TaL Gets a Shout Out in new publication!

TaL Gets a Shout Out in new publication!

Hey Everyone, As you may know,  one of the main goals for us here at This Anthropological Life is to make anthropology public – to make our methods, subjects, and ways of thinking accessible to everyone. We’re excited to let you know that This Anthro Life got a brief shout out in a new publication […]

Syncretism in the Land of Sacred Stones w/ Holly Walters

Syncretism in the Land of Sacred Stones w/ Holly Walters

Sometimes ethnographic investigations are pretty straight forward. Sometimes, its like getting submerged in a ball pit with the task of sorting all of the colors, figuring out which ones are older than the others, and grappling with any surprises (and there will be surprises) that come your way. Join us as we talk with Anthropologist […]

Unearthing the Past: Interview w/ Ryan Collins

Unearthing the Past: Interview w/ Ryan Collins

Ever wanted to know what its like to be an archaeologist? Can you really dig a whole and interpret the past with the materials you find? Is anything about Indiana Jones accurate? Tune and listen to host Ryan Collins talk about his experiences with Archaeology and research in Ancient Mesoamerica as part of our TAL Fieldwork […]

Skiing in the Snow

Alpine Skiier

  Relating back to our episode on Buried in Snow, Brandeis anthropology MA student Katherine Peterson comes on the show to talk to Ryan and Aneil about her experience growing up in a New Mexico ski town and being a ski instructor. As always, we dive into an anthropological conversation about the nature of fun […]

Human Endurance w/ Ben Gebo

Human Endurance w/ Ben Gebo

Join us for our 50th episode! Return guest host Ben Gebo joins Adam, Aneil, and Ryan as we uncover the human quest to endure, and to push ourselves to the limit. From marathons to surviving evolution, we tackle time and space to bring you an incredible story of the human will to find, and surpass, […]

Buried in Snow!

Buried in Snow!

It’s winter time here in the northern hemisphere, and in New England that means snow… a lot it. What can we learn from it? Join Aneil and Ryan as they dive (or attempt to unbury) the human connections between snow, weather, and humanity during the days of frost. Episosde 51.

The World According to Quinoa: Interview w/ Adam Gamwell

The World According to Quinoa: Interview w/ Adam Gamwell

Today we dive into the world of food! Come hungry as we introduce the world of food studies and explore the changing roles and meaning food has had over the millennia, and how we can explore ways to fight local hunger and global food insecurity, all through the research lens of TaL co-host and creator […]

How Humans Cope

How Humans Cope

How do humans cope in the face of uncertainty, challenges, and trauma. Join your friendly neighborhood co-hosts Adam and Ryan as we explore coping across time, scales and space! From the individual to the cosmos, we find connections and gaps in how we as humans find ways to cope with the unknown, the troubling, and […]

Genderless Gingerbread Figures and the Custom of Costumes

Genderless Gingerbread Figures and the Custom of Costumes

Ryan and Adam explore genderless gingerbread cookies in Australia – do these cookies reveal something about shifting gender paradigms? Also, we explore a bit about how and why we wear costumes. It may not be Halloween here in the United States, but this doesn’t mean we only wear costumes once a year! Episode 47 Part of […]

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