A show about the little things we do as people that shape the course of humanity.

Life is complicated, but we love simple answers. AI and robotics are changing the nature of work. Emojis change the way we write. Fossil Fuels were once the engine of progress, now we’re in a race to change how we power the planet. We’re constantly trying to save ourselves…from ourselves. This Anthro Life brings you smart conversations with humanity’s top makers and minds to make sense of it all. We dig into truth and hope in our creative potential through design, culture, and technology. Change your perspective. Crafted + Hosted by Dr. Adam Gamwell. From Missing Link Studios in Boston, MA.

A production of Missing Link Studios in Boston, MA.

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Emojis & Hieroglyphics Will Emojis be the death of writing? Are emojis modern day hieroglyphs? Is the increased use of emojis in textual conversations a sign of the end of language as we know it? We discuss the origin of emojis as well as the importance of actively seeking to understand the hidden biases of language.

The Happiness Fetish What kinds of things make us happy? How does happiness inhere in objects or how to we use objects to display our happiness?

Who Makes the Show?

Dr. Adam Gamwell

Host + Executive Producer

Design Anthropologist +
Digital Producer
Co-Founder of Missing Link Studios

Dr. Adam Gamwell is a Design Anthropologist, ethnographic podcaster and co-founder of Missing Link Studios, a social impact storytelling and analytics agency.

He has been a podcaster since 2013 when he created This Anthro Life and began experimenting by mixing audio, storytelling and anthropology. He especially enjoys producing and consulting for individuals and organizations who wish to spread public benefit through media. 

Read more about Adam’s work here
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What Our Listeners Say

Anthropology and podcasts – two of my favorite things! Super helpful to have a media for the masses that talks about such important things. Highly recommended!

Katrina Z.

In the past 25 years I’ve taken undergrad and grad classes in anthro, I’ve read a lot of anthro books (including editing 7 of them), I exhibit books every year at AAA, and only after listening to TAL do I really understand how anthropologists THINK.

Major, major shout-out to @thisanthrolife. I’ve been binging and it’s GREAT. These guys get what’s wrong with anthropology these days while still emphasizing what’s oh-so-right about it. They’re the counter.

Don

In the past 25 years I’ve taken undergrad and grad classes in anthro, I’ve read a lot of anthro books (including editing 7 of them), I exhibit books every year at AAA, and only after listening to TAL do I really understand how anthropologists THINK.

Major, major shout-out to @thisanthrolife. I’ve been binging and it’s GREAT. These guys get what’s wrong with anthropology these days while still emphasizing what’s oh-so-right about it. They’re the counter.

Don

So interesting to hear about the wide range of work. Presented in a way that is accessible. Given the troubled times we find ourselves in, this kind of analysis (in-depth, thoughtful and carefully explained) is worthwhile!

iTunes Review

I’m an anthropologist myself and it’s hard to keep up to date with the debates since I’m not in academia. This show is a good way to do just that. Additionally, it matches insightful and sometimes theoretical conversations with contemporary conversations in a way that is a breeze to listen to. Keep it coming!

iTunes Review

Wow! Thought Provoking. Very well done. Informative & Substantial. I listen to each one.

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