Today most of us are time-pressed and often trying to learn on the run. Be it listening to podcasts or watching vlogs, learning from our mobile devices has become the norm. Given that, I have put together this short list of the best anthropology podcasts from my perspective. Give them a try.
1. This Anthro Life by Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins
This Anthro Life is a round-table conversation offering a unique cross cultural and time spanning perspective on all things people, from objects and ideas to the countless possibilities encountered in everyday global life. From producers Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins in Boston, MA.
Note: I am involved with This Anthro Life, and certainly, that has factored into my decision to rank it number one, but I also really feel it is the best. That is exactly why I got involved as a volunteer and guest host for the business and design anthropology episodes.
2. AnthroPod by Society for Cultural Anthropology
AnthroPod is produced by the Society for Cultural Anthropology. The Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) emerged in the mid-1980s as a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Its creators imagined it as a forum for discussing and debating all aspects of anthropology connected with the key concept of culture. Each episode, we explore what anthropologists and anthropology can teach us about the world and people around us.
3. Anthropology by Oxford University
Podcasts from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. The School is renowned for its contributions to anthropological theory, its commitment to long-term ethnographic fieldwork, and its association with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the anthropology of visual and material culture. Home to over forty academic staff, over a hundred doctoral students, twelve Master’s programmes, and two undergraduate degrees (Human Sciences; Archaeology and Anthropology), Oxford anthropology is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centers for teaching and research in the discipline. It came top of the Power (research excellence + volume) rankings for anthropology in the UK in RAE 2008.
4. A Story of Us by Ohio State Anthropology graduate students
An original podcast brought to you by the graduate students of the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University. Anthropology at Ohio State University traces its roots to 1885 when University Trustees invited the Ohio State Historical and Archaeological Society to move its growing anthropological collections and staff to campus, occupying Sullivant Hall. Twice a month a podcast is posted to explore the human experience!
5. Camthropod by Cambridge Anthropology
Camthropod is produced by a collective of staff and students from the Cambridge Department of Social Anthropology. They broadcast regularly during term time. Camthropod includes interviews with visiting speakers about their work, as well as audio pieces presenting aspects of our research or just things that interest us about daily life.
6. Anthropological Airwaves by the Journal American Anthropologist
Anthropological Airwaves is the official podcast of the Journal American Anthropologist. It explores the craft of anthropology in all of its forms. Building on the journal’s commitment to four-field, multimodal research, the podcast hosts conversations about anthropological projects—from fieldwork and publishing to the discipline’s role in public debates. By demystifying the craft of anthropology, the podcast broaches a series of fundamental questions about past, present, and future disciplinary practice, and charts new paths for anthropological engagement.
What are Consulting Podcasters?
At the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) 2018 annual meeting in Philadelphia, Adam Gamwell and I presented a paper on the topic of anthropology podcasting as part of the New Methods, Interventions And Approaches session.
The session was recorded for the SfAA Podcasting project. You can listen to it here: