Anthropology / Everything Human

America’s Postindustrial Futures


  • Field Notes

    Frank stands at the site of his last job, which was at a chemical company.

    America’s Postindustrial Futures

    The current administration’s controversial “America First” trade policies have tapped into a pervasive feeling of abandonment across the postindustrial United States. But not all former factory workers are interested in reviving American industry.

  • Podcast

    why do we bury the dead

    How to Care for the Dead

    How long have we been burying the dead? And why is it so haunting when we can’t set those who have passed to rest?

  • Marketplace

  • Marketplace

    The Dream of the Green Hog Revolution

    Throughout North Carolina, more and more farmers are choosing to raise free-range pigs and sell pasture-fed pork. Will that solve the problems caused by industrial meat production?

  • Field Notes

    At a sanctuary in Cameroon, caregiver Henriette holds Gnala, a 2-year-old chimpanzee who had previously lived in a human household as a pet.

    For Chimps, Human Touch Can Hurt

    An anthropologist spent two years studying care at chimpanzee sanctuaries in Cameroon. She left with a deeper appreciation of how human contact, though necessary to rehabilitate and heal rescued wildlife, can also leave lasting scars.

  • Stranger Lands

    halloween history - Girl dressed in a Halloween costume for the celebration of Dia de los Muertos

    How Halloween Has Traveled the Globe

    Whether trick-or-treating in the United States or costume play celebrations in Japan, Allhallows Eve has taken many forms as its traditions travel the world.