Welcome to the Treehouse Podcast!

In each episode we’ll dig into the world around us, exploring how creativity and imagination drive discovery and innovation. Meet the experts and innovators redefining how we see our world, express ourselves, and challenge what we think we know about the world around us.  

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We all do it, and we all complain about it, so why does small talk exist? Join host, educator, and award-winning storyteller Wesley Della Volla and guest linguistic anthropologist Dr. Sandhya Narayanan as they discuss human connection, linguistic diversity, and the significance of small talk.

Dr. Sandhya Krittika Narayanan is a linguistic anthropologist specializing in the maintenance of multilingualism in indigenous and minority communities around the world, and the relationship between linguistic diversity and social and political change over time. Assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, Sandhya’s fieldwork on the Peru-Bolivian border focuses on the social and linguistic aspects of Quechua and Aymara within the broader region of the altiplano.

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