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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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Apr 27, 2016

We are joined by an ESPN writer and book author, a basketball referee, and a college basketball coach to discuss fan behavior observed in spectator sports. 

Apr 22, 2016

Laura Nyblade and Vanessa Boudewyns join us for a discussion on stigmatization around different health conditions.

Apr 13, 2016

Anupa Bir and Alexandra Bornkessel join us for a discussion on financial capability and education. We also hear from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on how they are working to improve financial capability.

Apr 6, 2016

Brendan Nyhan joins us for a discussion on campaign consultants in American politics.

Mar 24, 2016

We are joined by Tasseli McKay, Chris Lindquist, and Linda Mellgren for a discussion on strengthening families of fathers who were incarcerated.

Mar 16, 2016

Laura Smith and Laurie Coots join us for a discussion about measuring the quality of health care and treatment that people receive in the United States. 

Mar 9, 2016

Dr. Suneeta Krishnan joins us for a discussion on the challenges of vaccinating girls in India.

 

 
 
Mar 2, 2016

Dr. Fay Payton joins us for a discussion about information systems and technology in East Africa. We also hear a special feature with Aaron Williams, Executive Vice President of RTI International's International Development Group and previous director of Peace Corps.

Feb 24, 2016

Karl Feld and Clark Letterman join us for a discussion on conducting opinion research in challenging situations around the world. 

Feb 17, 2016

Patrick Yuli Hsieh of RTI International and Linda Jones of the City of Raleigh join us to explore efforts to improve digital literacy. We also discuss efforts to reduce barriers to meaningful use of online resources.

 
Feb 3, 2016

Anna Wetterberg and Pooja Jani join us for a conversation about efforts to improve rural life through new communication technology and service delivery.

Jan 20, 2016

Representatives from USO of NC and researchers from RTI International join us to discuss how they are working to promote strong, healthy relationships among military families.

Jan 13, 2016

Drs. Megan Comfort and Andrea Lopez join us for a discussion on the burdens of severe deprivation in America.

Dec 23, 2015

What can we learn about the future of public health leadership from someone with a dental degree? Plenty. Dr. Leah Devlin joins us for a discussion on government innovation and public health.

 
 
Dec 16, 2015

Do people understand the Affordable Care Act? We discuss health policy and public opinion with the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and AARP.

 
 
Dec 9, 2015

We explore the health needs of transgender people with three special guests, including Dr. Sari Reisner of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Scout of LGBT HealthLink at CenterLink, and Dr. Monica Scales of RTI International. Veronica Thomas joins us with an extended feature.

Dec 2, 2015

Paul Weisenfeld joins us to discuss Haiti's response after the major earthquake that shook the region five years ago.

Nov 26, 2015

We met with researchers from Google and RTI International to discuss insights on how and why we search for information.

Nov 18, 2015

We try something different this week, with a string of guests from the 2015 Southern Association for Public Opinion Research (SAPOR) conference to discuss the fascinating range of public opinion research. Along the way, we discuss religion, terrorism, and the Affordable Care Act.

 
Nov 11, 2015

Pioneering scholar Dr. Larry Gross joins us for a discussion on sexual orientation research and civil rights.

Nov 4, 2015

In this episode, we discuss the science of rebuilding human services and infrastructures along with the lessons learned from such efforts. Dr. Jean Lambert Chalachala and Dr. Derick Brinkerhoff join us for the discussion.

 

Oct 28, 2015

Is seeing believing? In this episode, we explore the idea of behavioral modeling, indicating that people learn best by being shown rather than by being told what to do. Patient education experts Peter Orton and Bruce Kennedy join us to discuss this topic.

Oct 22, 2015

The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs) has increased dramatically in the past few years. Drs. Annice Kim and Matthew Farrelly join us a for a discussion on the emergence of e-cigarettes and consumer behavior research.

Oct 14, 2015

Susan Carroll and Carlos Juárez, researchers from Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, join us for a discussion on promoting peace in a world beset by conflict. 

 

 
Oct 7, 2015

How can we die well? Dr. Laura Hanson and Franziska Rokoske join us to discuss end of life care.

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