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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Alyssa Crittenden. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Alyssa Crittenden, often where they are interviewed.

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Alyssa Crittenden. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Alyssa Crittenden, often where they are interviewed.

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Dr. Alyssa Crittenden: The Hadza of Tanzania and Human Evolutionary Biology

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An extremely enlightening and in-depth discussion with researcher and university professor Dr. Alyssa Crittenden about the Hadza, an indigenous, modern hunter-gatherer society living in Tanzania, Africa. In this interview we talk about Dr. Crittenden’s time among the Hadza (about 16 months accumulatively since 2004), conducting research in the field of human evolutionary biology, particularly in the area of food and how we, as a species, evolved in relation to the available foods in our environment. We also discuss the objective realities of the idea of “rewilding” ourselves based on field research among modern-day hunter-gatherers. We talk about what we, in post-modern society, can learn from modern hunter-gatherer cultures, and how we can support those cultures in their stated desires to maintain their cultural lifeways, especially in light of the colonialism that has eradicated the cultures of so many indigenous peoples and put so much pressure on those who remain. If you are interested in the Hadza, a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, food science, indigenous rights, or human evolutionary biology, this is the episode for you.

Contact:

Dr. Alyssa Crittenden Twitter Account

Dr. Crittenden UNLV Profile Page

Ways you can help the Hadza and other indigenous peoples in Tanzania

Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) of Tanzania – A non-profit aiding and empowering the indigenous communities of Tanzania in maintaining their lands and desires to thrive within their culture.

Carbon Tanzania – A program where individuals and organizations can offset their carbon footprint by purchasing certified carbon offsets, the money of which goes towards protecting the wild lands on which the Hadza, and others, live and forage.

Book/Media Recommendations:

Hadza: Last of the First – Documentary about the Hadza

What Place for Hunter-gatherers in Millennium Three?

Why Forage? Hunters and Gatherers in the 21st Century

Ancestral Appetites: Food in Prehistory

The Great Courses: Food Science and the Human Body (especially the first 4 or 5 episodes)

Oct 28 2019 · 1hr 15mins
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Eating Through The Ages – Alyssa Crittenden, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) – Civilizations and Diet, the Impact of Diet on Human Development

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Alyssa Crittenden, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, delivers a thorough overview of anthropology and diet.

Crittenden has spent many years deeply researching the evolution of human behavior, specifically as it pertains to nutrition and reproduction. With a keen interest in the many questions that circulate regarding what makes our human species so incredibly unique, Crittenden’s research taps into the direct links between diet composition, growth/development, as well as the formation of families and child rearing. 

Crittenden discusses her opinions on diet and nutrition. As a nutritional anthropologist, she is particularly interested in historical diets as they relate to what we know today. She delves into a discussion on the paleo diet. The paleo diet, short for Paleolithic diet, sometimes referred to as the caveman diet or stone-age diet is a complete diet that requires an individual to restrict their diet to foods thought to have been readily available to humans throughout the Paleolithic era. Crittenden explains the benefits of various diets and substitutes people can make to stay true to their particular diet. As she states, while the paleo diet is popular, many clinical nutritionists don’t advocate it. From an anthropological perspective, she explains that the enlargement of human brains was related to higher quality food sources. 

The Ph.D. discusses how many diets exist in our society, but most of the world does not have the same dietary options or access. She delves into some of the questions we ponder in relation to our food sources and diet and relates how our microbiome is directly impacted by not only foods we eat but also our environment. She talks about worms and insects and how many people in the world commonly eat them, though most Americans are quite averse to the idea. She explains how the harvesting of insects is more sustainable, as large animals require significant amounts of land for grazing. She details some of the statistics that relate to food growth and crop productivity. Incorporating insects into the diet, Crittenden states is perhaps one of the best ways that we can enhance our food supply, with a lower impact.

The professor discusses how access to adequate nutrition is still a privilege but not a right. Many people in the world are malnourished, unfortunately, and obesity adds another element that contributes negatively to global health. 

Crittenden has worked extensively with the Hadza of Tanzania, East Africa — one of the world’s few remaining hunting and gathering populations. Crittenden’s work has been published often in academic journals and highlighted in notable media sources such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Psychology Today, and many others.

Apr 12 2019 · 40mins
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Eating Through The Ages – Alyssa Crittenden, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) – Civilizations and Diet, the Impact of Diet on Human Development

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Alyssa Crittenden, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, delivers a thorough overview of anthropology and diet.

Crittenden has spent many years deeply researching the evolution of human behavior, specifically as it pertains to nutrition and reproduction. With a keen interest in the many questions that circulate regarding what makes our human species so incredibly unique, Crittenden’s research taps into the direct links between diet composition, growth/development, as well as the formation of families and child rearing. 

Crittenden discusses her opinions on diet and nutrition. As a nutritional anthropologist, she is particularly interested in historical diets as they relate to what we know today. She delves into a discussion on the paleo diet. The paleo diet, short for Paleolithic diet, sometimes referred to as the caveman diet or stone-age diet is a complete diet that requires an individual to restrict their diet to foods thought to have been readily available to humans throughout the Paleolithic era. Crittenden explains the benefits of various diets and substitutes people can make to stay true to their particular diet. As she states, while the paleo diet is popular, many clinical nutritionists don’t advocate it. From an anthropological perspective, she explains that the enlargement of human brains was related to higher quality food sources. 

The Ph.D. discusses how many diets exist in our society, but most of the world does not have the same dietary options or access. She delves into some of the questions we ponder in relation to our food sources and diet and relates how our microbiome is directly impacted by not only foods we eat but also our environment. She talks about worms and insects and how many people in the world commonly eat them, though most Americans are quite averse to the idea. She explains how the harvesting of insects is more sustainable, as large animals require significant amounts of land for grazing. She details some of the statistics that relate to food growth and crop productivity. Incorporating insects into the diet, Crittenden states is perhaps one of the best ways that we can enhance our food supply, with a lower impact.

The professor discusses how access to adequate nutrition is still a privilege but not a right. Many people in the world are malnourished, unfortunately, and obesity adds another element that contributes negatively to global health. 

Crittenden has worked extensively with the Hadza of Tanzania, East Africa — one of the world’s few remaining hunting and gathering populations. Crittenden’s work has been published often in academic journals and highlighted in notable media sources such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Psychology Today, and many others.

Apr 12 2019 · 39mins
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PK Podcast 010: Alyssa Crittenden On The Hadza, Honey And The Human Diet

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Alyssa Crittenden, Lincy assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada joins me to talk about her work amongst the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania, evolution of the human diet and the importance of honey...
Aug 05 2015 · 52mins
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Alyssa Crittenden (1), 10/10/11: "The ontogeny of prosocial behavior: foraging among Hadza hunter-gatherer children"

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Oct 17 2011 · 1hr
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Alyssa Crittenden (2), 10/10/11: "The ontogeny of prosocial behavior: foraging among Hadza hunter-gatherer children"

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Oct 17 2011 · 27mins