Around the Web Digest: Week of April 13

Happy Sunday, folks! Here’s a roundup of what you might have missed last week. If you read only one thing, check out Sarah Kendzior’s article on minimum wage workers in St. Louis. I also highly recommend the BORDERLAND website that NPR has put together. As usual, if you have any news or blogs that you want me to share, please send me an email at or hit up on Twitter @dtpowis.


NPR has put together an amazing collection of stories from the U.S.-Mexico border, called BORDERLAND. (NPR)

As part of a series on borders and globalization, Barak Kalir explored the topic of deportation. (Allegra Lab)

If you read one thing from this list: Sarah Kendzior has documented the lives of minimum wage workers, and their struggle to demand a living wage. (Medium)

I had no idea that University of California graduate students were unionized. (Al Jazeera)

In an effort to create a venue where anthropologists can engage the public in new and exciting ways, the BOAS Network has officially launched this week! (BOAS Network)

If you weren’t able to make it to the AAPA meeting in Calgary last week, Marc Kissel has some final thoughts on what you might have missed. (Archaeology Conversations)

Pharmaceuticals may not be doing your microbiome any favors. (NPR)

Mackenzie Cramblit, Yidong Gong, and Jay Hammond have written a compelling reflection on an STS/Asia workshop, in which they discuss the symbiotic relationship between anthropology and STS. (Somatosphere)

Is money still speech when one accounts for race? Here’s a different look at the McCutcheon case. (The Atlantic)

For care so much about individualism, Republicans sure have it in for the pregnant female body. (New York Times)

Carmen Nobel wrote a handy article on business at the intersection of race and gender. (Forbes)

Hey Millenials – remember the TV show, All That? Remember how progressive it was? (The Atlantic)

A New York Times op-ed on morality cited a eugenicist, so Jessica Blatt called them out. (Africa is a Country)

If you’re keeping up, here’s the fourth installment in Marie-Pierre Renaud’s (Fake) Geek Girl Project. (The Geek Anthropologist)

College Humor points out the absurdity of the thigh gap trend – from a satirically anthropological perspective. (YouTube)

Anthropoliteia contributor Monica Eppinger was on NPR to talk about Ukraine. (NPR: St. Louis)

If you heard that Jews were being made to register in Ukraine, or forfeit their citizenship, it wasn’t true. (KHPG)

Karolina Follis and Lidia Kuzemska had a discusson on the relationship between Europe and Euromaidan. (Allegra Lab)

Taras Fedirko has written on how protesters and authorities confront each other in the context of the Maidan and Berkut riot police in Ukraine. (Anthropoliteia)

Finally, if you’re like me, you have a #deepaffinity for the embarrassingly white. Matthew Mellon and Nicole Hanley Mellon have a deep affinity for Africa, despite having never been there, because they saw the film “Out of Africa” and collect Hemingway. (Jezebel)

Dick Powis

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at