9 episodes

How much of our behavior, belief systems and assumptions about others are dictated by our geography?

The Accidental Anthropologist, hosted by Catherine Zinger, explores universal themes from diverse cultural perspectives to help listeners suspend default assumptions about how things “should be done.”

Catherine’s multicultural background and experiences as a Filipina/American/Canadian living in Europe for 20+ years have made her culturally-astute at embracing “the new normal.” She approaches each interview and topic with sensitivity, humour, authenticity and kindness.

The Accidental Anthropologist Catherine Zinger

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

How much of our behavior, belief systems and assumptions about others are dictated by our geography?

The Accidental Anthropologist, hosted by Catherine Zinger, explores universal themes from diverse cultural perspectives to help listeners suspend default assumptions about how things “should be done.”

Catherine’s multicultural background and experiences as a Filipina/American/Canadian living in Europe for 20+ years have made her culturally-astute at embracing “the new normal.” She approaches each interview and topic with sensitivity, humour, authenticity and kindness.

    Deeper Voices - Men from Around The World Share What's Restored Their Faith In Humanity During The Pandemic

    Deeper Voices - Men from Around The World Share What's Restored Their Faith In Humanity During The Pandemic

    In the season finale of The Accidental Anthropologist, host Catherine Zinger asks 25 men from age 17 to 64 one question: "What is one thing during the pandemic that has restored your faith in humanity?" Hear their perspectives from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa and Australia. 

    • 36 min
    Mind The Gap! Generational Differences & Approaches to Social Media in America

    Mind The Gap! Generational Differences & Approaches to Social Media in America

    In this second installment of this special series on social media, Catherine and her 16 yr old daughter review and share the highlights of a panel discussion with five American women from the teens through to the 50's about their mindsets, habits, and general attitudes towards social media. 

    • 48 min
    Mind the Gap: Generational Differences & Approaches to Social Media in Europe

    Mind the Gap: Generational Differences & Approaches to Social Media in Europe

    Have you ever seen something written on social media and thought, "That was clearly posted by someone who is a few decades younger/older, than me..." or dismissed an entire social media platform because you think it doesn't suit your age?

    In this episode, Catherine and her 16 yr old daughter discuss  how different age groups differ in their thinking and approach to social media based on a panel discussion of 5 women across 5 generations in Europe. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Time Travel Test: Grit, Growth & The Gratitude That Comes With Getting Older

    The Time Travel Test: Grit, Growth & The Gratitude That Comes With Getting Older

    Gratitude...again?!

    True, this is a wellness theme that's been "lathered on thick" by anyone with a soapbox but given the worldwide weariness AND wariness of living in lockdown, I ask the following question to explore gratitude from a slightly different angle...

    If you could go back in time to a younger, fitter or idealised version of yourself (50's, 40's, 30's, 20's or teens, etc.) but you could NOT take the experience, knowledge and wisdom you've gained since that time, would you go back?

    • 22 min
    2mm - White Parenting of Black Children, A Black American Mother's Perspective

    2mm - White Parenting of Black Children, A Black American Mother's Perspective

    The final episode of this special 4-part series on white parenting and the racial implications of raising black children as seen through the lens of a Black mother in America, Chrystal, an attorney in New York.

    The second half of this episode moves beyond parenting where Chrystal addresses the expressions and comments often made to the Black community and why they are so offensive. 

    • 51 min
    2mm - White Parenting of Black or Mixed-Race Children, A Canadian Perspective

    2mm - White Parenting of Black or Mixed-Race Children, A Canadian Perspective

    Beth, a Canadian mother of an adopted Ethiopian boy, shares lessons and observations from her parenting journey. More than anything though, Beth celebrates her son's rich African heritage and gives her take on the role of community in raising Black children .

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

LRW62 ,

USA

I have really enjoyed listening to the different perspectives presented. I look forward to the third episode. I did feel a little upset as an American over the second persons characterization of our country. I feel like her comments were a form of discrimination. To dismiss a whole country and its people without having really been here to see for herself. I felt that because she has lived a life of privilege, we as a country were beneath her elevated social class.

SeattleMinou ,

Refreshing and Captivating!

I can’t get enough of this podcast! Catherine provides insight on topics that I care deeply about - the kind of material you want to stay up late chatting about with your girlfriends. I can’t wait for more!

Tirolemone ,

Interesting interview

Since I know Catherine’s writing I thought I would enjoy her podcast and I did. It was very interesting, fast paced, and well edited. I am very curious for the next episode.

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