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Podcast Library

Our revamped podcast library featuring content from our official podcast collaborators is an effort to increase collaboration between our members and the field at large, and enhance the public’s general understanding of anthropology. Podcasts that provide transcripts have been notated below. Interested in joining the AAA podcast family? Send us a link and a description of your podcast. 


Crowdsourcing the human condition to inspire communication, foster wonder and generate empathy. 

Our mission is to show how complex our world truly is and how that’s mysterious and challenging, but always a beautiful thing. We expose injustices by revealing often hidden assumptions in everyday language, technology use, or body gestures. We are driven by the values of increasing social consciousness, empathy and promotion of diversity and honest inquiry. We promote these values in an inclusive, entertaining way through our podcast and publications.  

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Welcome to A Story of Us brought to you by the graduate students of Anthropology at The Ohio State University in partnership with the American Anthropological Association. 
The mission of the A Story of Us podcast is to increase public understanding and access to the field of anthropology. We seek to identify who anthropologists are, what we study, and how we perform our research. We also seek to explain why anthropology is relevant to understanding diversity, our origins, human variation, and behavior. All episodes are produced in a way that is understandable to listeners who have little to no anthropology background.


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AnthroPod is produced by the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the AAA. 

In each episode of Anthropod, we explore what anthropologists and anthropology can teach us about the world and people around us.


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Anthropological Airwaves is American Anthropologist's flagship podcast, exploring the craft of anthropology in all of its forms. Building on the journal’s commitment to four-field, multi-modal 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. 


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RadioCIAMS is a podcast of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies. Our mission: to probe the critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers.


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Welcome to AnthroTalks, an audio extravaganza on the magical mundaneness of everyday life. Designed by practicing anthropologists, and supported by the National Association for Practicing Anthropologists, this show celebrates diversity of thought, culture and practices.
We’ve talked to a trillion people, give or take. This extravaganza is bigger than us founders. Every month we bring you conversations and videos that speak to the dramatic and not-so-dramatic forces that shape our lives and livelihoods. We want to crowdsource new topics with you. Whose voices do you want to hear? What nuggets of every day life do you want to explore?


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How many ways are there to be human? Each week Anthropologist on the Street Dr. Carie Little Hersh invites another anthropologist or cultural expert to illuminate the hidden ideas, practices, and power dynamics that make our lives both familiar and strange.


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"How did race become such a flashpoint in modern society, and why does it remain contentious in our genomic age?" In this first-of-its-kind transdisciplinary podcast, biological anthropologist Jim Bindon joins with cultural anthropologist Lesley Jo Weaver and historian of science Erik L. Peterson to explore our species' centuries-long debate over how to define the physiological and psychological difference, and why it continues to matter today.


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The Familiar Strange is a podcast about doing anthropology: that is, about listening, looking, trying out, and being with, in pursuit of uncommon knowledge about humans and culture. In intimate one-on-one conversations and open panel discussions, the hosts (four PhD students) and our guests (senior academics and experts) explore the world, dissect anthropological method and practice, and work to build a global anthropology community.


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Online Gods is part theoretical exploration into some of the key concepts in the anthropology of media, and part research into how increased online interaction is changing the public sphere. Taking India and the India diaspora as its focal point, the podcast continues the anthropological tradition of bringing the global and the specific into conversation with one another as it analyses what online discussions do to political participation, displays of faith, and feelings of national belonging. Hosted by Ian M. Cook, Online Gods is a key initiative of the European Research Council funded project ONLINERPOL led by Sahana Udupa at LMU Munich.


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What makes you … you? Is it your DNA, culture, or environment? SAPIENS podcast series explores our world in new ways through the window of anthropology.

Series hosts Dr. Jen Shannon from the University of Colorado, Dr. Esteban Gómez from the University of Denver, and SAPIENS Editor-in-Chief Dr. Chip Colwell from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will speak with scientists from around the globe to source answers rooted in anthropology. Stories range from exploring the complications and accuracy of at-home DNA tests to how outer space is a cultural invention.

SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human is available for download at SAPIENS or on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and most podcatchers.

Transcripts Available for Seasons 1 & 2, and currently under productions for Season 3


Every Sunday on The Dirt, Anna and Amber bring you exciting stories about all the weird, amazing, mysterious, and fascinating human past we all share!

Over here at The Dirt, our curiosity never quits when it comes to the human story! Whether it’s eerie happenings or early hominins, there’s always a great story to tell.

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AnthroDish is a podcast about food, culture, and identity, where host and anthropology PhD student Sarah Duignan interviews guests on food-related topics that speak to their experiences or expertise surrounding food. AnthroDish explores the many ways in which food relates to our cultures (and sub-cultures), as well as the role food plays in maintaining or changing personal and community identities. If you're curious about the new and exciting food research coming out of academia, or you're interested in the unique and fascinating lives of everyday people who have been shaped by their relationship with food, this show is for you!

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Sausage of Science is a podcast for the Public Relations Committee of the Human Biology Association. We interview relevant visiting lecturers and cast edits of their lectures and (more and more) do short-form interviews of colleagues with recent publications, especially ones in the American Journal of Human Biology.



Best, C. Podcast is a student-run project initiated in March 2017 by Sociology & Anthropology graduate students Anne-Marie Turcotte, John Bryans and Kris Millett, all members of Concordia University’s Ethnography Lab in Montreal Canada. While Best, C. offers a fun, accessible platform for the diffusion of student research via an informal interview format, it also turns the lens back on the people behind the research and the atypical journeys taken that renders them singular and captivating.  

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Conversations in Anthropology is a podcast about life, the universe, and anthropology produced by David Boarder Giles, Timothy Neale, Cameo Dalley, Mythily Meher, and Matt Barlow. Each episode features an anthropologist or two in conversation, discussing anthropology and what it has to tell us in the twenty-first century. This podcast is made with support from the Faculty of Arts & Education at Deakin University.

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Coastal Routes Radio features stories of coastal community resilience and innovation around North America. Their premiere episodes are part of a special series called, “Social FISHtancing”, which investigates the impacts of the COVID-19 on fishing families and communities. Each week they'll speak with people from small-scale fisheries to follow along with how they are being impacted and how they are responding to shifting seafood markets and consumer needs. Coastal Routes Radio is produced at the University of Guelph and is an initiative of the Coastal Routes project, a network of researchers, coastal communities, and non-profit organizations all united by our mission of supporting verdant, sustainable, and just coastal livelihoods and places. 


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Archived Podcasts

[Listen] AAA Past President Yolanda Moses celebrated National Anthropology Day with an interview highlighting the RACE: Are We So Different? public education project on the Marin County Public Radio, KWMR.

[Listen] Barbara Clark (U London - Queen Mary) is a linguistic anthropologist working as the Visiting Research Fellow for the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film.

[Listen] Robin Nagle (New York U/Department of Sanitation) is an anthropologist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, a clinical associate professor of anthropology and director of the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University.

Spotlight on Bioanthropology

[Listen] Julienne Rutherford (U Illinois at Chicago) is a biological anthropologist and assistant professor of Women, Children, and Family Health Sciences and adjunct assistant professor of Anthropology.

Interview with Anthropology News Contributing Editors

[Listen] Kristen Ghodsee (Bowdoin College) is currently a contributing editor for the Anthropology News columns of the Soyuz Network and the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

AAA's first Public Policy Award winner, Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes shares her excitement over the honor and discusses her influential anthropological work in this podcast. Click here to listen.

AAA's Director of Publishing speaks with President of SSRN about AAA's latest open access tool, Anthropology and Archaeology Resource Network (AARN): Click here to listen.


Anthropologists in the Field 

Find out what anthropologists are doing while conducting their fieldwork.

Ordinary Anthropologists Doing Extraordinary Things 

Meet every day anthropologists who are bringing innovation to the forefront of the field.

Virginia DominguezInside the President's Studio 

Get to know anthropologists across all sub-fields in this podcast series by Past President Virginia Dominguez (2010-2011)

Profiles In Practice 

This online interview series, by CoPAPIA, is geared toward students interested in anthropology, but uncertain about the career paths that await them following graduation.

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