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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 18, 2018

This week we feature three stories from participants in the Duke University Social Science Radio Workshop about dimensions of politics in the United States. Each story explores how our everyday life intersects with politics and political communication research.  

Jan 10, 2018

American culture is obsessed with rating everything. Schools are no exception. How are schools ranked? How do those ratings affect the behaviors of parents and students?

Ben Dalton is an education researcher and the director of the U.S. News & World Report "Best High Schools National Rankings". In this episode, he joins...

Dec 20, 2017

What does music do to our brain? How can we use music therapy to help people? In this episode, Dr. Jayne Standley shares how she applies evidence-based music therapy to teach skills to premature infants and reflects on her career as one of our foremost experts on the use of music to help people. 

Dec 13, 2017

Can behavioral science help reduce deaths from household dangers? This week, we talk with experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and RTI International about CO poisoning. 

Dec 6, 2017

Typewriters are not dead. How does this manual technology persists? What does that say about our society? Filmmaker Doug Nichol joins us to talk about his film, California Typewriter, and our relationship with media and technology.