A special bonus episode in honor of the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25, 2021! One of the most-nominated films at this year’s Oscars is “Nomadland,” adapted from a book of the same name by┬ájournalist Jessica Bruder. “Nomadland” is about a 21st-century American phenomenon – the post-2008 increase in (mostly elderly) people who practice “vandwelling,” living in vans, trucks, or other mobile housing and traveling the country in search of seasonal jobs. This episode talks about the characteristics of this nomadic community, how they adhere to an anthropological definition of the term “nomad,” and nomadism in US history.

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