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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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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...

Dec 19, 2018

Holidays seasons bring challenges at the dinner table as people try to find healthy ways to feed themselves and their families. On this episode of The Measure of Everyday Life, we talk with public health nutrition expert Casey Terrell about how communities can get useful information about what and when to eat.

Dec 12, 2018

A group at Duke University thinks they have a potential solution to a problem we face: political polarization and the coarsening of public discourse. On this episode, we talk with Duke ethics and philosophy professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong about the project.

Dec 5, 2018

When you think about an idea like democracy, what might come to mind is people waiting in line to vote or participating in a town hall in a public space. Our public sphere, however, also involves technology. You can post a comment on social media or look up information on a town ordinance or read political news in the...