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“The Measure of Everyday Life” is a weekly public radio program featuring researchers, practitioners, and professionals discussing their work to improve the human condition. Independent Weekly has called the show ‘unexpected’ and ‘diverse’ and notes that the show ‘brings big questions to radio.'

Episodes air Sunday nights at 6:30 PM EST in the Raleigh-Durham, NC, media market (and also are streamed internationally through WNCU) and are available online the Wednesday following the original airing. WNCU produces the show with major underwriting from the nonprofit RTI International.

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Feb 13, 2019

Pundits have suggested our labor markets are precarious in some ways, perhaps now more than previously. What does that mean for our economy and for you? Sociologist Arne Kalleberg of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill visits us on this episode to discuss precarious employment and the future of work.


Jan 30, 2019

Every day, many people around the world hear about scientific research on health and medicine not by reading the latest peer-reviewed journal articles but by tuning into the news. Gary Schwitzer has spent his career trying to improve what we read and see about health and medicine in the news and he joins us for...


Jan 23, 2019

Popular culture in many countries forecasts a lull in happiness among middle-aged adults. What does social science tell us about happiness, satisfaction, and aging, though? The answers might surprise you. They surprised award-winning author Jonathan Rauch enough that he wrote a book about the data. On this episode, we...


Jan 16, 2019

American identification with religion has changed over time. On this episode, we talk with sociologist Tricia Bruce of the University of Notre Dame about what we know and don’t know about how young Americans are engaged with religion and houses of worship.


Jan 9, 2019

Who gets health insurance in the United States? How has that changed in the past century? We have seen major changes in the predictors of insurance coverage in the past decade alone. In this episode, we talk with Carmen Gutierrez, a public policy professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about her...