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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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Jun 21, 2017

Translating ideas from your head to the world can take many forms. In the last episode of our 3-part series on ideas, we learn how innovators present their ideas to the world. We hear stories about a parent tricking their child to perform, overcoming fears and other emotions, and finding peace. 

Jun 14, 2017

A spark of an idea does not always lead to innovation or sustainable change. In this episode, we explore how innovators at SwitchPoint 2017 develop their ideas through collaboration, communication, and sheer belief. 

Jun 7, 2017

SwitchPoint is a conference like no other, which the organizers describe as a place where "humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology collide." In our first part of a 3-episode series, we visit SwitchPoint 2017 to gain insights on how people conceive ideas and where they draw their inspirations. 

May 24, 2017

Scientific communities are pivotal in the advancement of society through technology, medicine, and new knowledge. But where do large honor societies fit in scientific communities? How do they help shape science policy? Jamie Vernon and John Nemeth of SIGMA Xi discuss the important role honors societies play in the world.

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.

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