How’d it get to be the middle of summer already? I hope you’re finding some down time for exploring this beautiful world of ours, which brings me to our newest interview. The illustrious Anna Thomas shares the story of linguist and anthropologist Carobeth Laird, who dedicated herself to exploring little-known Native American tribes. Her life was not easy, but there are spans of genius, passion, sacrifice and a terrific twist in the story at the end. You’ll want to know about this woman.

Give it a listen — you deserve a little break for inspiration. Then pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it. It’s free– it’s fun– and good wins out in the end. Happy summer.


Anna Thomas on Carobeth Laird


Carobeth Laird was an uneducated teenager with no hopes of attending college when, in 1915, she took a summer course with celebrated anthropologist John Peabody Harrington. Starved for knowledge, the girl fell head over heels in love with linguistics and cultural anthropology. The great man recognized her talent and almost immediately began both teaching and exploiting her. Listen to the story of their strange, profound relationship, and how Laird’s brilliance and powerful sense of self won out in the end.