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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 15, 2020

Young adults are the future of civic life in any society. At the same time, in the United States and elsewhere, formal political participation by youth has been far from universal in recent years. How could youth be invited and encouraged to participate? On this episode, we talk with Sunshine Hillygus, faculty member...

Jan 8, 2020

Even in our quietest moments, we are not alone. Most spaces are inhabited by myriad microscopic creatures, many of whom are typically unseen to us. We talk about the implications of this microscopic world for the everyday life of humans with biologist and author Rob Dunn of North Carolina State University.

Dec 19, 2019

Are habits bad for your health? Author BJ Fogg argues habits are not necessarily a vice but also can be a tool for shaping our own positive behavior. We talk with him on this episode.

Dec 11, 2019

Popular culture in the U.S. and elsewhere in recent years suggests college as a rite of passage that often comes right after high school. Is higher education currently useful and achievable for all, though? On this episode, we talk with Paul Tough about his book, The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes Us...

Nov 20, 2019

Our public silence about women's health can have implications for our collective health and well being. On this episode, we talk with Duke University's Libby Dotson about work at Duke to bring together medicine, engineering, and the arts for an innovative campaign to encourage more public consideration of women’s health.