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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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Mar 20, 2019

In the 21st century United States, we regularly hear about polarization and differences in what people think based on where they live. Whether a person lives in an urban area or a rural area has been particularly important to this consideration. Perhaps, though, the rural-urban divide that we imagine isn’t quite what...


Mar 13, 2019

How do human beings gain the ability to think? For many years, scientists have looked at the role of genetic evolution. In many ways, though, that process also may depend on our interaction with other people. In other words, at least some of how we think may be shaped by cultural evolution. On this episode, we talk with...


Mar 6, 2019

Various media and platforms offer us opportunities to present historical evidence and narratives. To what extent can actors perform history? Does history belong on stage? On this episode, we explore these questions in the context of a recent play inspired by the events of World War II as we sit down with Arthur...


Feb 27, 2019

Research and discussion on health, social, and civic concerns in recent years sometimes have focused on the notion of intersectionality. What exactly does that idea mean and what does it highlight about the multiple identities people hold? On this episode, we talk with Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards of Duke University about...


Feb 20, 2019

As local leaders search for solutions to challenges, it can be helpful to hear about how other communities have successfully addressed similar problems. A new initiative spearheaded by the University of North Carolina School of Government and public media organization UNC-TV is doing just that with a regular series...