Dr. Chip Colwell is the editor-in-chief of SAPIENS, a co-host of the SAPIENS podcast, and the former senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has authored and edited 12 books, including Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture.
Dr. Jen Shannon is a museum curator and an associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a co-host of the SAPIENS podcast. She is the author of Our Lives: Collaboration, Native Voice, and the Making of the National Museum of the American Indian.
The Problem With Abstract Threats
In this episode, anthropologists consider what the novel coronavirus reveals about how humans negotiate crises that seem too big to be real. // Listen NowSubscribe
What Pandemics Leave Behind
In Venice, archaeologists have uncovered the dawn of the modern quarantine—and one of our favorite modern myths. // Listen NowSubscribe
Police Violence and the Pandemic
An interview with anthropologist Laurence Ralph, who wrote The Torture Letters, reveals how legacies of anti-black racism connect to the COVID-19 pandemic. // Listen NowSubscribe
Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Be Good for the Environment?
Archaeological research into environmental impacts of the Black Death in Eurasia and historic pandemics among Native Americans during European colonization may provide answers to possible impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. // Listen NowSubscribe
Preppers and the Pandemic
Were preppers more prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic than others? The SAPIENS podcast turns to an anthropologist on the inside of the preppers movement to find out. // Listen NowSubscribe