About The Program

Our vision: “Crowdsourcing the human condition to inspire communication, foster wonder and generate empathy”

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.

This Anthro Life is a production of Missing Link Studios and 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 Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage prominent international anthropology blog Anthrodendum. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Ryan Collins and Dr. Adam Gamwell have also presented the work of TAL at multiple national conferences. With over 120 episodes, Adam and Ryan are excited to see what topics and themes come to characterize TAL for the next hundred. Our episodes run between 20 minutes – just long enough for a quick morning commute or a workout – up to an hour – enough time to kick back and really dig into a story.

In our Conversational 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.

TAL works between public, corporate/industry, scientific and academic cultures. These different social arenas provide an immense wealth of insight and data into human behavior, culture, social norms, and how we (create and) solve problems. But insight can often get buried inside complex language or lost in the contemporary flurry of digital and print publishing. The good thing is we are trained to deal with this kind of informational complexity and know how to turn observation into insight. We do the heavy lifting, sifting, and distilling for you. We make complexity manageable, put context before events, and demonstrate how to think holistically. And here’s the crucial point: we’re educators too. Like good math students, we show you our work, and how we got from A to B. Part of our work on TAL is to provide sources and detailed information about the authors, ideas, theories, and issues we cover on the podcast. You’ll find all this in the show notes of every episode. 

Join Thousands of Listeners Worldwide

We at This Anthro Life are taking things to the next level. But we can’t do it without you. For the past five incredible years we’ve been sharing our anthropological take on all things human. This is going to continue. But like all species that want to survive, we need to evolve. And that’s where you come in.

Because, after all, evolution works at a species level :).

This Anthro Life isn’t just a podcast; we’re a community. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, through email, or come hang out with us at conferences. We want your input, your stories, your views. In short, we want to crowdsource the human condition. To continue telling stories, bringing new perspectives, revealing the beautiful complexity of life. But in a way that is more inclusive to our listeners. We’ll keep on facilitating in-depth conversations, translating and socializing research and insight and we want you to help us figure out what those conversations should be. What you want to hear more about. What you have questions about. What makes you happy, frustrates you, gives you hope.

Reach out online and let’s build the community!

Make a Donation

We’re an independent team of Podcasters. TAL has recently started experimenting with ads to help us cover the costs of production, research, and outreach, but the primary means of support comes from listeners like you. We have a crowdfunding campaign on Patreon as well as we accept donations through our distribution platform, Anchor.fm.

We seek funding because we also want to expand our content to include video, more consistent production, and on-the-scene interviewing. Thus far, TAL has been a self funded endeavor, but with your support you can help make us sustainable in a time when anthropology can contribute so much to the world in terms of social consciousness and bridging boundaries between cultural misconceptions. We can’t do this without your support. Thank you!