Podcast Season 3


The SAPIENS podcast is an editorially independent series supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation in partnership with the University of Chicago Press and produced by House of Pod.


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 Now


What Pandemics Leave Behind

In Venice, archaeologists have uncovered the dawn of the modern quarantine—and one of our favorite modern myths. // Listen Now


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 Now


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 Now


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 Now