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#4 "Killer Docs, Imagined Landscapes, Political Lies, and Emotional Risk:" this month on TFS

In this month’s panel discussion, Jodie (1:14) tells us about documents with agency: “Ideas just get up and grow legs, and they run away with themselves.” (Trigger warning: this segment mentions the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. If you want to avoid that part, skip to 3:45.) Next, Ian (6:00) considers what it’s like to live in an imaginary landscape: “the kind of imaginary landscape that I’m talking about [is] where the one that’s around you,...

Duration: 00:29:30

#3 The flies that bind: Assa Doron talks waste in India

“The flies that go from feces into the water, into the food, don’t look at your bank account…” When a problem cuts across social divisions, “we call this the ‘binding crisis.’ What are the ‘binding crises’ that would generate enough political will and drive amongst a population that’s polarized around caste, class, gender?” Dr. Assa Doron, associate professor of anthropology at ANU (, spoke to our own Ian Pollock about India’s waste, both...

Duration: 01:04:16

#2 Tanisha Jowsey talks "medical tribes"

"Part of my role in teaching medical students is to peel back the inculturation that they're in, to be able to relate with patients. Remember before you were a med student, what it actually meant to be the person sitting with your dying grandmother...That's something that, as an anthropologist, that's part of my role is to be able to see where those boundaries are, what it means to be a doctor, and what it means to not be a doctor." Dr. Tanisha Jowsey, a medical anthropologist at the...

Duration: 00:47:23

#1 This Month on TFS

Julia, Simon, Jodie, and Ian preview what's coming up on in the coming month. On today's show, Jodie (1:40) follows up on 2015 fracas at Yale about free speech and Halloween, in response to a discussion on Sam Harris' podcast "Waking Up" (; Simon (7:10) takes us to Iran for a look at gender-segregated public transportation, and the ways rules unwind in authoritarian countries, original research he'll present...

Duration: 00:18:14

Introducing The Familiar Strange

Welcome to The Familiar Strange! In this brief introduction, the four hosts of the show introduce themselves, the podcast, and The Familiar Strange blog ( This is a podcast about doing anthropology. In intimate conversations and open panel discussions, the hosts (four PhD students) and our guests (senior academics and experts) explore the world by taking part and being with, struggling toward knowledge through experience. Brought to you with support from...

Duration: 00:06:50