Welcome to the State of Talk podcast, brought to you by the International Society for Conversation Analysis. In this episode, Saul Albert (Loughborough University) conducts a data session with Professor Mardi Kidwell. Professor Kidwell is chair of the department of communication at the University of New Hampshire. Her research deals with all aspects of embodied communication and has centred on studies of police–citizen communication and children’s communication. Her contributions to fundamental conversation analytic work have focused on gaze, facial and bodily orientations, mutual attentiveness and availability, and the overall coordination of practical meaning in interaction.