We spend the hour talking with Hugh Raffles about his new book, The Book Of Unconformities: Speculations On Lost Time. It’s part natural history, part memoir, part meditation on the relationships between people and rocks throughout time.

We are delighted to bring you this conversation with Hugh Raffles on his career and process, what he is learning from newer generations of anthropologists, crafting an authorly voice, and supporting others to find and craft theirs.


The Book of Unconformities is Hugh Raffles’s meditation on the unlikely human stories unearthed in some of the oldest things in the earth and the questions they raise about the very nature of anthropology and memory itself.

In this episode, I stumble my way through this dense, dumbfounding work, asking Hugh Raffles about the different valences of deep time, how to talk about recurring loss, and what stones do to the anthropological imagination.

Today on Soundwalker, David Rothenberg talks to anthropologist and writer Hugh Raffles about The Book of Unconformities, his latest epic work, a journey across the globe through personal tragedy, cultural conflict, and the raw qualities of the Earth. A book impossible to summarize, but fascinating to talk about.

Your weekly trip across the world with radio, stories, histories, languages and more. A travel show turning chaos into different chaos. In this hour I revisit butterflies, this time in Benin. Little windows of local radio fluttering in from Cotonou, Radio ORTB Atlantic FM.

WICN Public Radio’s Inquiry welcomes back award-winning writer Hugh Raffles. His new book is about loss, deep time, historic time, and how minerals and rocks become part of our history.

In this episode of The Agony Column, Rick Kleffel speaks with author Hugh Raffles who tells him: “Insects become a way of making sense of the world.”

Michael Krasny talks with author and anthropologist Hugh Raffles about his book Insectopedia, which explores the ties between human beings and insects.

With spring upon us and summer a mere two months away, there will be many more insects buzzing about. Before you pull out the bug spray and the citronella tiki torches, why not learn a bit more about these creepy crawlers?

Hugh Raffles, author of Insectopedia, an acclaimed new book on the swarming, seething world of infinite curiosities and creepy nightmares, was off on a new expedition: a bug safari in Central Park.

Anthropologist Hugh Raffles ruminates on human-insect relationships around the world in his new book Insectopedia. Japanese insect boys, Chinese fighting crickets, insect minds, insect music…

The western honeybee, misnamed Apis mellifera (“honey-carrier”) by Linnaeus, is probably the most loved of all insects.

On KPFA Berkeley’s The Sunday Show with Philip Maldari, Hugh Raffles talks about his new book, Insectopedia.

What makes an insect beautiful? What should we think about the next time we crush an insect? Should we fear insects? How did the Nazis use insect language? Why are insects erotic?

Meditations on ethnography: American Ethnologist asks questions about Amazonia, fieldwork, multi-species ethnography, and writing.