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The Measure of Everyday Life

“The Measure of Everyday Life” is a weekly interview program, hosted by Dr. Brian Southwell, featuring social science researchers who endeavor 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 each Sunday night from 6:30 – 7 p.m. in the Durham listening area and a podcast of each show is available online the Wednesday following the original airing. The show is made possible by RTI International. Have thoughts on the show? Let your voice be heard by rating us. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @MeasureRadio.
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May 17, 2017

The ability to read and understand words is immensely powerful. Yet, many societies around the world have a high percentage of adults who can't read. How do we improve global literacy rates? Jennae Bulat shares lessons learned about international literacy education through her work at RTI International.

May 10, 2017

Communities have the power to enrich and better the life of people, but community groups often don't use the resources that exist around them. Why is that? How can we bridge the gap between research and community action? In this episode, Jennifer Bowles and John Killeen discuss the many ways institutions can step up to support community organizations. 

 

May 3, 2017

We've come to a point where the word "surveys" no longer triggers images of someone walking door-to-door interviewing people. Cell phones, tablets, and other devices are changing the ways surveys are conducted, though researchers are still discovering the best ways to ask questions. In this episode, the authors of Usability Testing for Survey Research discuss how to improve the ways we ask questions through survey research.

Apr 27, 2017

Policy can have major implications with the ways we live our everyday lives. But how do policy nuances unleash this broad social change? Deondra Rose of Duke University shares stories of her research on how social policies have altered the American landscape.

Apr 12, 2017

Math is known to induce anxiety in many people. How can we restructure the way we teach math to improve confidence with a subject so important in our society? Psychology researcher Lisa Fazio joins us to discuss her novel work on math education in public schools and what she has learn about teaching math.

Apr 5, 2017

How does social science shape sports? Former UVA basketball star and Director of UNC's Center of Sport Business, Dr. Deborah Stroman, discusses methods of quantifying athletic talent and cultivating leadership on and off the court. 

Mar 29, 2017

What is the state of public health in India today? Representatives from RTI Global India join us to discuss the work they are doing around noncommunicable diseases in India. We also hear a special feature from Alyssa Jordan on how youths are working with policy makers to reduce teen smoking rates. 

Mar 22, 2017

Why do some communities fare better than others in responding to natural disasters? Is there a correlation between neighborhood camaraderie and disaster recovery? Daniel Aldrich of Northeastern University discusses how building resilience in communities could improve recovery efforts based on his work and experience in New Orleans, Japan, and India. 

Mar 15, 2017

Despite the fact that we are all aging, only a small percentage of adults think about their long-term care needs. Even less actually pay for long-term care insurance. We discuss why this happens and what the perceptions are around aging and long-term care with Joshua Wiener.

 

Mar 8, 2017

What exactly is uncertainty? How do people deal with this concept in science and in their everyday lives? Novelist Chrissy Kolaya joins us to discuss the idea of uncertainty as it relates to her novel, Charmed Particles, which explores public attitudes towards science and the fear of the unknown.

Mar 1, 2017

Despite the United States being as diverse as it is, people don't always benefit from interactions with individuals who've had different experiences than themselves. What's the consequence of our separation? How do people from different social groups interact with one another? Duke Professor Sarah Gaither helps us navigate these questions. We also hear a special segment from McCall Wells about refugees in America. 

Feb 22, 2017

Can virtual reality forever change human interactions? Laura Wagner joins us to discuss how virtual reality is revolutionizing social science research. 

Feb 15, 2017

How are cities evolving and changing? We explore this theme in three segments about gentrification, social entrepreneurship, and urban innovation as it relates to equity.

Feb 1, 2017

Helping students finish high school benefits us all. Communities in Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) is constantly working to show us why it matters to keep kids and adolescents in school. In this episode, Eric Hall, CEO and Founder of CISNC, joins us to discuss how they promote school retention.

Jan 25, 2017

Contrary to what we’re often told as children, words can hurt us just as badly as sticks and stones. Does that mean words should be subject to the same regulation as other weapons? We sat down with Duke professor of linguistics, Michael Newcity, and Washington Post reporter, Janell Ross, to explore freedom of speech, offensive language, and political correctness. 

Jan 18, 2017

How do maps reflect our society? LaDale Winling of Virginia Tech joins us to explore the role of maps in our lives. We also hear from Marina Poole as she speaks with CityLab's Laura Bliss about the ways online tools might reflect human biases.  

Jan 11, 2017

We are celebrating two years on air with a special anniversary episode highlighting some compelling moments from our conversations with researchers, professionals, and people from everyday life.

Dec 21, 2016

We've all seen cute cat videos online, but why do they stir our emotions? Jessica Gall Myrick joins us to discuss why media content elicits such strong emotional responses.

Dec 14, 2016

"I think public intellectuals have a responsibility - to be self-critical on the one hand, to do serious, nuanced work rigorously executed; but to also be able to get off those perches and out of those ivory towers and speak to the real people who make decisions" (Michael Eric Dyson). RTI's innovative new program, RTI Scholars, is meant to bridge the work of university faculty members with the public sphere. In this episode, we speak with Jackie Olich and two current RTI scholars about the program and its importance.

Dec 7, 2016

How can society curb the impact of natural disasters? Gavin Smith, director for the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, shares his perspectives on hazard mitigation and how to plan for longterm resilience. 

Nov 23, 2016

Economic uncertainty has many authors. Predatory loans are an important part of the equation. In this episode, Peter Skillern of Reinvestment Partners joins us to talk about financial literacy and intervention.  

 
 
Nov 15, 2016

How can we understand racial disparities in income? Join us as we talk with Duke University researchers from Data+ about their findings from the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color.

 
Nov 9, 2016

The team revisits the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research's annual conference to talk with researchers about how the field has evolved and forced them to adapt. We hear from Mark Schulman (Abt SRBI), Lisa Carley-Baxter, and Martin Blanchette (RTI) about their perspectives.

Oct 26, 2016

Amanda Allen of NC State University joins us to discuss movements in the classroom and its benefits.

Oct 19, 2016

What is the state of mental health like in Nepal? Ashley Hagaman of Arizona State University joins us for a discussion on her experiences researching suicide and other mental health issues in Nepal.

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