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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 our creative potential through design, culture, and technology. Change your perspective. Crafted + Hosted by Dr. Adam Gamwell. From Missing Link Studios in Boston, MA.

This Anthro Life Adam Gamwell

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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 our creative potential through design, culture, and technology. Change your perspective. Crafted + Hosted by Dr. Adam Gamwell. From Missing Link Studios in Boston, MA.

    From Art School to Industry: Passion, Ethics, and Business Impact with Phil Surles

    From Art School to Industry: Passion, Ethics, and Business Impact with Phil Surles

    Phil Surles is a cultural anthropologist and consultant who focuses on branding. He works with companies to change their culture for the better and focuses on integrating anthropology into industry. From art school to anthropology to industry Phil discusses how he combined all of his passions into his consulting work. Phil, Astrid, and Adam discuss what it means to be an anthropologist working in industry and ethical issues that may arise. Phil is also working on a new platform called Mindshare where businesses can tap into the expertise of human scientists for expert interviews, consulting and more.



    On today’s Episode


    How to study anthropology with the intention of going into industry, not academia

    To intervene or not intervene-- the anthropologists ethical dilemma

    How anthropologists can bring their ethics and methodology to industry and change it for the better

    What is a public intellectual and how does it relate to thought leadership and activism


    Where to Find Phil Surles:

    Twitter

    LinkedIn

    Mindshare



    Episode Credits

    Music (Epidemic Sounds)

    Intro: Embody by Ballpoint

    Outro: Tried in Fire by Ballpoint

    Episode art- Sara Schmieder

    Production- Sara Schmieder, Elizabeth Smyth, and Adam Gamwell


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    • 44 min
    So tell me about yourself: Storytelling and the Science of Love with Helen Fisher

    So tell me about yourself: Storytelling and the Science of Love with Helen Fisher

    If Dr. Hellen Fisher isn’t a household name in your house (yet), her work certainly is. Helen is a biological anthropologist and basically the reason you can date online. She’s an expert on romantic love, gender differences, the evolution of human emotions and attraction. She has also been the Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com and was instrumental in their offshoot, Chemistry.com. She has explored how love patterns are actually deeply coded in our physiology and neuropsychology. We talk about how to understand sex, love, and dating across human behavior, patterns in courtship, and the evolution of bonding.

    But beyond this, Helen is a wildly popular author, TED speaker and public intellectual. To this end brings to the table a wealth of insight into how to translate anthropological insights in ways that feel meaningful to people today.

    Hellen discusses her career path, how she strayed from the field of academia, became an accredited author and eventually an advisor to Match.com We discuss how to handle media attention, the tactics of public speaking, and how to connect to your audiences.

    In this episode we focus on:


    Fisher’s formula for making anthropology matter in the mainstream

    The biological anthropology of how we find love and who we are attracted to

    The ways in which we can apply/sell anthropology in a context outside of academia

    Effective tactics of public speaking and audience engagement


    Guest Bio: Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist who studies human behavior, love, and attraction. She has been the Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com for ten years and was instrumental in their offshoot, Chemistry.com. Additionally Fisher is known for her TedTalks and is even a Ted All-Star but not only is she popular on the TedTalk circuit she also has appeared in several YouTube videos and has written books about love and relationships. Some of her books include Anatomy of Love (2016), Why We Love (2004), and Why Him Why Her? (2009).

    Where to Find Helen Fisher:

    helenfisher.com

    Pew Research on online dating

    Music: Epidemic Sounds


    Girl Like You (Instrumental Version) - Flux Vortex

    Sweet Talk (Instrumental Version) - Tyra Chantey


    Episode Art: Sara Schmieder

    Episode Production: Elizabeth Smyth, Sara Schmieder, Sarah McDonough, Adam Gamwell

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    • 48 min
    Dead People Tell Tales: Segregated Cemeteries in Richmond Virginia w Dr. Ryan Smith

    Dead People Tell Tales: Segregated Cemeteries in Richmond Virginia w Dr. Ryan Smith

    TAL Correspondent Sara Schmieder brings us an all new interview about the power of cemetery restoration, race in the American South, and bringing legacy to light.

    Dr. Ryan Smith is a professor of religious history, material culture, and historic preservation at Virginia Commonwealth University. His latest book Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond’s Historic Cemeteries (2020) explores the history and reclamation of sacred cemeteries through the lens of race. By working with friends groups from various Richmond cemeteries he charts their evolution over time and how abandoned cemeteries have been reborn. Dr. Smith also authored Robert Morris’s Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder (2014) and Gothic Arches, Latin Crosses: Anti-Catholicism and American Church Designs in the Nineteenth Century (2006).



    In this episode we discuss:

    · What it means to be a friend of a cemetery

    · How cemeteries are being revived and protected

    · Segregation and cemeteries

    · The importance of sacred spaces for Black, Jewish, and other marginalized communities



    Links:

    https://www.richmondcemeteries.org/

    https://friendsofeastend.com/

    https://shockoehillcemetery.org/



    Episode Art: Sara Schmieder

    Producers: Sara Schmieder, Adam Gamwell

    Music: Epidemic Sounds

    Bam Bam – Yomoti

    Shades of Purple – Gregory David


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    • 49 min
    The surprising truths wild horses teach us about the power of ritual, social durability, and surviving the Anthropocene with John Hartigan Jr.

    The surprising truths wild horses teach us about the power of ritual, social durability, and surviving the Anthropocene with John Hartigan Jr.

    In today’s episode Adam Gamwell and Astrid Countee are joined by multispecies anthropologist John Hartigan jr. John is an anthropology professor at the University of Texas at Austin. In his latest work, Shaving the Beasts: Wild Horses and Ritual in Spain, John studies the social lives of wild horses in Spain and Catalonia and the Spanish ritual dating back to the 1500s of “Rapa das Bestas”- in which villagers heard wild horses together into public ceremonial rings and shave their manes and tails. Why is an anthropologist studying horses you ask? John’s work dives into the complex social lives of these horses, what happens with human ritual causes violence and social breakdown - in this case amongst horses - and asks the question of how we can learn about human culture from other species?

    In this episode we focus on:


    What studying nonhuman species like plants and horses tells us about being human

    How to do rapid ethnographic fieldwork

    How the sociality of humans shapes and is shaped by other species

    Why ecology needs anthropology and vice versa


    Where to Find John Hartigan:

    John Hartigan Jr. is an anthropology professor at the University of Texas at Austin who focuses on multispecies ethnography, media, and race. He has done fieldwork in Spain, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Detroit, Michigan. Hartigan’s latest book is Shaving The Beast: Wild Horses and Ritual in Spain, in which he explores the ritual of rapa das bestas in Galicia, Spain where villagers heard wild horses together to shave their manes and tails. Through multispecies ethnography, Hartigan tells the story of this ritual through the horses’ eyes, experiencing the traumatic event as he tells the story of the horses and their society. Hartigan has also authored Care of the Species: Cultivating Biodiversity in Mexico and Spain (2017), Racial Situations: Class Predicaments of Whiteness in Detroit (1999), Odd Tribes: Toward a Cultural Analysis of White People (2005), What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation on Race (2010), and Aesop’s Anthropology: A Multispecies Approach.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aesopsanthro



    Music: Epidemic Sounds

    Tilden Parc - The Weekend (Instrumental Version)

    Nebulas [ocean jams]

    Episode Art: Sara Schmieder

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    • 53 min
    The Ghost in the Machine is Not Who You Think: Human Labor and the Paradox of Automation with Mary L Gray

    The Ghost in the Machine is Not Who You Think: Human Labor and the Paradox of Automation with Mary L Gray

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    We'll randomly pick four winners out of the group from anyone who submits a review by May 8th, 2021.  Now just a heads up: We're only counting serious reviews where you write something thoughtful. We'll take five stars of course if you want to just help out, but please no writing "I'm just doing this to get a free book." Feel free to share what you love about the podcast, why you find it valuable, How long you been listening or what keeps you listening? Remember, reviews help others discover the show and help us shape the content based on what you find valuable, so thanks for participating, we can't wait to hear from you!

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    Mary Gray is an anthropologist whose work explores how technology informs work, a sense of identity, and human rights. Gray applies these concepts as the Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and as the Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Additionally she remains in a faculty position at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Gray has also authored books such as In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth and Out In the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America but her most recent book, coauthored with Siddharth Suri Ghostwork: How to Stop Silicon Valleyfrom Building a New Global Underclass focuses on how task based work is being utilized by bigger businesses and how this represents a change in the way we conceptualize work.

    In this episode we focus on:


    What is Ghost Work?
    The gap between what a person can do and what a computer can do
    Algorithmic cruelty
    The future of work and what that means for contract labor
    Tech not as devices, but as conduits for social connection
    How to bring empathy into the workplace


    Where to Find Mary Gray:

    Website:https://marylgray.org/

    Twitter:https://twitter.com/marylgray

    Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/marylgraymsr/

    Music: Epidemic Sounds


    Dylan Sitts - Ice Cold Beverage

    91 Nova - Lushwork

    Blue Steel - Up Here


    Episode Art: Adam Gamwell

    Photograph in Episode Art: Adrianne Mathiowetz

    Episode Production: Elizabeth Smyth, Sarah McDonough, Adam Gamwell


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    • 59 min
    Becoming a Business Anthropologist and Mastering the Tools of the Trade w/ Oscar Barrera

    Becoming a Business Anthropologist and Mastering the Tools of the Trade w/ Oscar Barrera

    Oscar Barrera is a Business Anthropologist based out of Veracruz, Mexico who brings a global mindset to helping businesses turn hurdles into opportunities for positive change. He is an expert in innovation, change management, and strategy. In this episode in partnership with Experience By Design podcast cohosts Adam Gamwell and Gary David dig into Oscar's story to learn the steps he took in moving from academia to business. We also dig into


    follow along case stories of how Oscar used the social sciences to help businesses see and solve organizational problems, find new marketing opportunities, and help people craft new narratives that empower them to be the heroes of their own stories
    why we believe it is not only ethical to bring the social sciences into business, but why it is fundamentally necessary to do so
    how to get started learning the world of business

    This episode is jam packed with great stories and advice!

    Connect with Oscar on LinkedIn

    Oscar's website (Spanish): Antropología Corporativa


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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

denathompson ,

Fantastic Podcast!

I get excited every time I see there’s a new episode. Interviews are engaging and conversational in ways that no other anthro podcast is. As an anthro undergrad who is trying to figure out my future, this podcast has helped give me a language for talking about my interests. I got my current internship at a major tech company because I learned how to talk about my anthro major (in part through listening this podcast) in applied contexts. I’m really fascinated by issues around the future and meaning of work—which is why I loved the recent ‘The Ghost in the Machine’ in episode. Also definitely recommend this podcast for anyone with a curious mind!

Aurorii ,

Engaging and insightful

I love this podcast. It helps keep me engaged with Anthropology in a way that is consumable, insightful, and illuminating. I love starting my day listening in as I learn more about the world around me through an anthropological lens.

My favorite part is the high level overviews of books and research that helps me feel that I am still engaged with anthropology. I can’t recommend this podcast enough!

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Love it!

I’ve listened to every episode. Very interesting.

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