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The Arch and Anth Podcast

The Arch and Anth Podcast aims to provides entertaining and educational content about archaeology and anthropology. Hosting the show is me, Dr Michael B. C. Rivera, an expert in the study of human biology, human behavior and human societies worldwide, from the earliest beginnings to modern times (you can read more about me here).

This podcast is aimed at a broad audience. There is no assumption that listeners will already be well-informed about the study of people and what that involves. Through interviews with various guests, the podcast will address a wide enough range of topics for you to find something of interest. All episodes will be designed to be thought-provoking and entertaining for all!

Nov 29, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Matthew May (Oakland University) talks about his sociological research that focuses on how religion, health, work and family life intersect with each other.

How do sociologists and social scientists use survey data to give a better understanding of the role of religion in today's society? How does...


Nov 27, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Stacy Hackner (University College London) is on the show to talk about the bioarchaeology of women, focusing on the tibia (or shin bone) and what that can tell scientists about divisions of labor in the past.

We also discuss the history of looking at tibial measurements and robusticity, and how...


Nov 25, 2019

On this Monday episode, Ella Beaudoin (The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Human Origins Program) talks about a whole range of topics: science communication with diverse and religious publics, evolutionary anthropology as a discipline and fieldwork experiences at Koobi Fora in northern Kenya.

Why is it...


Nov 22, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Craig Poku (University of Leeds) speaks to us about aerosols and their role in the formation of fog.

Because fog can significantly affect surface visibility levels and human life, it is important for climate and atmospheric scientists to study the physical processes that lead to fog formation. An...


Nov 20, 2019

Today, Dr. Michelle Cameron (University of Toronto) shares her work in bioarchaeology, bone biomechanics and human ecology.

We first speak broadly about human adaptability and the ways human bone may change shape in reaction to cultural and environmental influences over life. We then dig deeper into Michelle's work...