In episode 17, we interview Kathy Oths and Hannah Smith from the University of Alabama about their recent AJHB article “A decade of rapid change: Biocultural influences on child growth in highland Peru” (Vol. 30, Issue 2, Oths is Professor of Anthropology, and Smith is a Master’s student in the program working with Dr. Oths. In this interview, we talk to Oths and Smith about Oths’ long-term work on traditional healers and the impact of travel on birth size, growth, and health in highland Peru, including her perilous flight from the Shining Path at the end of her dissertation work in the 1980s. Smith has been data analyst and accompanied Oths in recent fieldwork in Peru.

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Photo of Oths and Smith conducting fieldwork in Peru courtesy Kathy Oths.

The Sausage of Science is produced by Cara Ocobock and Chris Lynn for the Public Relations Committee of the Human Biology Association. The song in the soundbed is “Always Lyin’” by the Morning Shakes.

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