Anthropological Airwaves is the official podcast of the journal American Anthropologist. Building on the journal’s commitment to four-field, multimodal research, we host conversations about anthropological projects, from fieldwork and publishing to the discipline’s role in public debates. We aim to ask a series of fundamental questions about past, present, and future disciplinary practice, and to learn from those who chart new paths for a more broadly engaged anthropology.

If you have ideas for future episodes, you can send your proposals to the Anthropological Airwaves email account: amanthpodcast@gmail.com. Anar Parikh, the associate editor for podcasts at American Anthropologist, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. Her research considers questions of political belonging at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and diaspora.

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Episode 13. In this episode, producer Diego Arispe-Bazan introduces two interviews. The first is between Penn grad student Josh Franklin and Professor Carolyn Sufrin. They discuss her recent book, Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars (2017), interspersed with news clips and testimonials on the topic. After a rare recorded quote by Sigmund Freud, Diego returns in the second half of the episode to talk with Xochitl Marsili-Vargas to discuss the ways that psychoanalytic discourse circulates outside of the clinic through questions such as “what you really mean is,” the kinds of conversations one might have with strangers, and reflect on the differences between mental health care in Argentina and the United States. Click here for the transcript of this episode.

Episode 12. In this episode, producer Nooshin Sadeq-Samimi interviews Laura Kunreuther. They cover a range of issues related to how voice and sound figure into the political process, focusing on Kunreuther’s monograph Voicing Subjects: Public Intimacy and Mediation in Kathmandu and her recent article in Cultural Anthropology “Sounds of Democracy: Performance, Protest, and Political Subjectivity.” Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Decolonizing Museums in Practice with the Museum Ethnographers Group,” Part 3: Interview with Wayne Modest. In this follow-up to our two-part special feature on the 2018 Museum Ethnographer’s Group conference “Decolonizing the Museum in Practice,” held in April of last year, we interview Dr. Wayne Modest, director of the Research Center for Material Culture. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 11. In this episode, we speak with Professors Adia Benton of Northwestern University and Miriam Ticktin of The New School about multimodal and public anthropology through the lens of humanitarianism. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 10. In this episode of Anthropological Airwaves, we talk with Tiffany Earley-Spadoni (University of Central Florida) and Stefani Crabtree (Penn State) about digital archaeology, covering both its more humanistic and computational modes. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Decolonizing Museums in Practice with the Museum Ethnographers Group,” Part 2: Stories and Objects. In this two-part special feature, we think with the Museum Ethnographer’s Group conference “Decolonizing the Museum in Practice,” held in April 2018. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Decolonizing Museums in Practice with the Museum Ethnographers Group,” Part 1: Legacies and Futures. In this two-part special feature, we think with the Museum Ethnographer’s Group conference “Decolonizing the Museum in Practice,” held in April 2018. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 9. This episode features Adrienne Lo (Waterloo) and Jonathan Rosa (Stanford) talking about race and language in Korea and the United States. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

In the fourth and final episode of this special feature on “The Military Present,” Emily Sogn and Vasiliki Touhouliotis discuss war, injury, and the production of ungovernable life in Iraq and beyond with anthropologist and physician Omar Dewachi (American University of Beirut). Click here for the transcript of the episode.

In the third episode of this special feature, “The Military Present,” Wazhmah Osman, filmmaker and professor of media studies and production, discusses the United States’s dropping of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) – the largest and most powerful nonnuclear weapon ever used – in Afghanistan in April of 2017. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

In the second episode of this special feature, “The Military Present,” Vasiliki Touhouliotis and Emily Sogn continue to elaborate an anthropologically informed view of the militarized logics operating in our public discourse. They speak with Madiha Tahir (Columbia) to interrogate drone warfare by turning our eye-in-the sky gaze to focus instead on action and effects on the ground. Click here for a transcript of the episode.

In the first episode of this special feature, “The Military Present,” Vasiliki Touhouliotis and Emily Sogn present us with an anthropologically informed view of the militarized logics operating in our public discourse and speak with Dr. Joseph P. Masco (Chicago) to help historicize these logics and discourses to understand the work that they do in creating our “military present.” Click here for a transcript of the episode.

Episode 8. This episode features an interview with Laurence Ralph (Harvard) at the AAAs about his ethnographic work on violence, injury, and healing on Chicago’s South Side. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 7. This episode features a discussion with Ralph Holloway (Columbia) and Shara Bailey (NYU) about the different methods biological anthropologists use to study human evolution through comparative anatomy and more. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 6. This episode features interviews with Carolyn Rouse and Brent Luvaas about their multimodal research into various projects of self-making and becoming in religious and fashion media. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 5. This episode features timely interviews with Jason De León and Hilary Parsons Dick about immigration policy and immigration discourse in relation to Trump’s border wall as well as the roles and responsibilities that anthropologists have in the public sphere. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 4. This episode features interviews with Monique Scott and Salam Al Kuntar about museums and how they engage with different publics through their exhibitions and programming. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 3. This episode features an interview with Damien Stankiewicz about his recent article in American Anthropologist, “Against Imagination: On the Ambiguities of a Composite Concept,” and his thoughts on anthropology’s public engagement conundrums. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 2. This episode features interviews with Nazia Kazi and Mariam Durrani about the present realities and historical continuities of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism in America. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

Episode 1. This episode includes an interview with Deborah Thomas about her vision for the journal and website as well as a discussion about the nexus of race and science. Click here for the transcript of the episode.

 

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