I'm a lefty, liberal, secular, progressive anthropologist who teaches in a conservative place. The blog and podcast are my sanity. Follow me on Twitter @AnonymousAnthro or read the blog at theanonymousanthropologist.com
What is Culture? While central to the definition of humanity, “culture” itself is notoriously difficult to define. Inspired by a listener question, this podcast covers the rationale for its application to humans alone among all animals.
DNA and the Inheritance of Traits. In this episode, I lay the groundwork for later discussions about "race," sexuality, and a whole host of other topics by explaining the basics of genetic inheritance. In other words, I tell you why your science teacher was wrong when he told you that brown eyes are dominant and blue eyes are recessive.
Homosexuality Isn't a Choice, It's an Option! This episode explains the origin of the term "homosexual" and attempts to place it in historical and cultural context. As it discusses sex and sexuality, it is not safe for work (NSFW) and not appropriate for children.
Guns. In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting on December 14, 2012, it was impossible to talk about anything else. Why do Americans love their guns so much? And why do they shoot them in schools?