12 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.

    Empty Nesting Part 2: The Struggle is American - Why Parents in the USA Suffer More from Empty Nest Syndrome than Any Other Culture in the World

    Empty Nesting Part 2: The Struggle is American - Why Parents in the USA Suffer More from Empty Nest Syndrome than Any Other Culture in the World

    Have you ever considered the possibility that the intensity of a parent's pain over their children leaving the nest might be based on geography and cultural norms? In Part 2 of her series of empty nesting, Catherine explores why parents in the USA suffer more than those based in other countries. An American mother of 3 also gives her unique take from Texas.
     

    • 33 min
    Freedom or Fear: How Do Different Cultures Around The World Approach The Empty Nest?

    Freedom or Fear: How Do Different Cultures Around The World Approach The Empty Nest?

    In this first episode of Season 2, Catherine asks the question: Is the acute sense of grief associated with empty nesting an American-only phenomenon or do other cultures suffer as intensely? In addition to storytelling about how she came to this question, Catherine shares the perspective of 8 women across 5 continents who talk about how parents in their respective countries approach this major life benchmark.

    • 31 min
    High Horses: A Prelude to Season 2

    High Horses: A Prelude to Season 2

    It's Season 2! The Accidental Anthropologist is back with a new look & feel & vibe: new artwork, new music and a new life in new lands (Spain AND Gibraltar). In this season opener, Catherine shares her observations about what's trending on social media when it comes to cultural and generational differences. Also she gives an overview of what sort of themes and topics to expect  (empty nesting, ghosting in friendships, dining around the world, etc.) and why Season 2 will be different to the last one.

    • 16 min
    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

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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