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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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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.

Oct 12, 2016

What does it mean for an ad to work? Marco Yzer joins us for a discussion on perceived message effectiveness of ads.

Oct 5, 2016

Nori Comello joins us for a fascinating discussion about how understanding identity can influence communication.

Sep 28, 2016

How do we navigate the economic data that appear in the news? We are joined by Ferrel Guillory and John Quinterno to help us understand those numbers in the media.

Sep 22, 2016

Robert Furberg shares his insights on the effects of wearable technology on human behavior.

Sep 15, 2016

Brenda Berg of BEST NC joins us for a discussion on the state of teaching and teacher preparation.

Aug 31, 2016

Jon Poehlman shares his experiences in international public health work from the lenses of an anthropologist.

Aug 24, 2016

Lori-Ann Palen joins us for a discussion on positive youth development.

Aug 17, 2016

Researchers Kevin Strom and Brian Aagaard join us for a discussion about their breakthrough research on racial disproportionality in traffic stops and police behavior.

Aug 10, 2016

Filmmaker, writer, and producer James Redford joins us for a discussion about his film Resilience. We talk about the scientific exploration of adverse childhood experiences, how those experiences impact adult life, and what we can do to address such impact.  

Aug 3, 2016

Farmers have seen dramatic changes over the past 100 years, with many experiencing through highs and lows. Dr. Jim Dunphy joins us for his perspective on the human side to farming. We also hear a special feature about the ways universities have been involved in agricultural innovation. 

Jul 27, 2016

TV legend Norman Lear and communication specialist and media producer Caty Borum Chattoo join us for a conversation about the use of entertainment media for social change.

Jul 20, 2016

Mimi Chapman joins us for a discussion on art, immigration and migration, and social work.

Jul 14, 2016

Mai Thi Nguyen joins us for a discussion about the shared economy as it relates to housing and community development.

Jun 29, 2016

NPR science correspondent Joe Palca joins us for a discussion about how science is discussed in the news.

Jun 23, 2016

As part of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Pallavi Phartiyal joins us for a discussion about the intersection between science and advocacy.

Jun 15, 2016

Previous guest Tom Jensen joins us again for a discussion about a surprising presidential candidate who appeared in a 2015 poll by Public Policy Polling.

Jun 9, 2016

Jodi Flick joins us for a compelling discussion about suicide and how it reflects and affects the world in which people live.

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