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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.…
 
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.…
 
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.By Carie Little Hersh
 
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-simplifyin…
 
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…
 
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 colo…
 
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 con…
 
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.…
 
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 relati…
 
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.…
 
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 opportuni…
 
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,…
 
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.…
 
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,…
 
Rev. Dr. Miranda Hassett is an Episcopal priest and anthropologist who explores how political polarization drove a global wedge in the Anglican church, driving some conservative white American Episcopalians to break from the broader American church and to instead look overseas, making alliances with conservative African congregations. Rev. Dr. Hass…
 
Filmmakers Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk talk about kinship, gender roles, and parenting in their award-winning documentary. “The Guys Next Door” features Erik and Sandro, whose friend Rachel offers to be a surrogate for their two children. I sit down in a coffee shop with Amy and Allie to discuss how their film both represents and impacts nontradit…
 
Archaeologist Dr. Lance Greene digs up life on a nineteenth century plantation in North Carolina, where Cherokees, European-Americans, and enslaved Africans lived and worked together. Dr. Greene pieces together archaeological data, historical documents, and fictional writings to provide insight into both how Cherokee were changing to attempt to fit…
 
While it may be true that “breast is best”, it is not always easiest, particularly where women are struggling with overwork and lack of social support. Medical anthropologist Beatriz Reyes-Foster discusses the rising pressure on moms to breast feed, why human breast milk has become a hot commodity in the U.S., and how parents have become creative i…
 
From Indiana Jones to Bones to that graduate student kidnapped by pirates on Archer, there are many different representations of anthropology in pop culture, but what do real anthropologists do? In this first episode of The Anthropologist on the Street podcast, Dr. Angela Jenks explains how anthropology helps us understand what it means to be human…
 
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