The best answers come from people closest to the problem


Matt Gusmerotti

This episode from Ayman Aouinat in fall 2020’s ANTH 405, Public Anthropology and Global Environmental Challenges, class at Colorado State University examines professionals in anthropology and how those closest to the issues are more likely to solve the issue at hand. Front and center is a government’s responsibility to listen to its people. To exemplify this, Aouinat describes the U.S. government’s response to issues, including pesticides and COVID-19. Also included is an example of tuberculosis treatment from Peru. Aouinat closes by describing how Indigenous communities should be consulted for their knowledge on stewardship of the land. At the heart of this episode are the problems of ego and ignorance. Listen in for solutions.