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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!

Dec 30, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Bettina Höchli (Department Consumer Behavior, University of Bern) talks about long-term and short-term goal pursuit and how people may make successful New Year's resolutions.

What are behavioral psychology and behavioral economics? How may consumer behavior research be useful to governments,...


Dec 27, 2019

Today, Robyn Lacy speaks about her expertise and experiences in field archaeology and cultural resources management (or 'CRM').

Robyn has worked at a number of archaeological and cemetery sites doing heritage management, curation, restoration, recovery and reporting, including Woodland Cemetery and Brick Street Cemetery...


Dec 25, 2019

On this festive episode, we hear from Bobby Alcid Rubio (Pixar) talking about working in animation, Filipino identity and his latest film short now on Disney+ entitled, 'Float'.

How did Bobby infuse aspects of his Filipino-American identity and relationship with his son in his storywriting for 'Float'? What hurdles did...


Dec 23, 2019

On a very special Hanukkah episode, Rabbi Neil Amswych (Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe) talks about the beliefs and religious practices of Reform Judaism.

What is the story behind Hanukkah? What was Rabbi Neil's journey from studying astrophysics at university in the UK to working as a Rabbi in the US? What characterizes...


Dec 20, 2019

Today, Dr. Ammie Kalan (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) talks about her research on chimpanzee acoustic communication, conservation and culture.

What drove Ammie to pursue animal research and conservation in the very beginning? How variable is chimpanzee communication? Is there also cultural...