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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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Nov 8, 2017

Are American higher education institutions stuck in the past? How might the current model of higher education be unable to fully serve students? How could we improve higher education? In this episode, we discuss today's higher education model with Cathy Davidson, an education innovator and distinguished scholar who...

Nov 1, 2017

Public opinion researchers often navigate controversial topics and ask challenging questions. What do we know about the art and science of asking sensitive survey questions? In this episode, we speak with two researchers who explore national opinions on reproductive healthcare and attitudes on abortion.

Oct 26, 2017

Breastfeeding is a vital source of nourishment, but its practice has been contested in the U.S. What barriers to breastfeeding do women and families face? In this episode, we discuss Kimberly Seals Allers' new book, "The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding," and explore...

Oct 18, 2017

How is today's "smart machine age" transforming our society? In this episode, University of Virginia professor Edward Hess shares how technology is creating a demand for certain interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. 

Image credit: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2017).

Oct 11, 2017

Is philanthropy just giving or is there more to that? The North Carolina Community Foundation is engaging in pop-up philanthropy and other unique crowdsourcing activities. In this episode, we speak with Jennifer Tolle Whiteside of the Foundation about innovations in philanthropy.