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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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Feb 26, 2020

Each of us lives in a physical place with homes and gathering places and natural landmarks yet we also can be distracted by communication technology. How can noticing where you live affect your understanding of weather and science? On this episode, we talk with an innovative team of researchers and partners from the...

Feb 19, 2020

We can now save lives through organ implants but that possibility doesn’t benefit everyone equally. On this episode, we talk with Dr. Ebony Boulware of Duke University's School of Medicine about the ways that social and geographic dimensions of patients’ lives can constraint their medical options and interactions.

Feb 12, 2020

Most of us have individual preferences for the fonts we use for documents and signs, but do those preferences reflect anything other than an aesthetic sense? Could it be that other people are making judgments about us and our ideas based on the font choices we make?

On this episode, we talk with Katherine Haenschen...

Jan 29, 2020

Human beings are social; we often cooperate with other people to survive. At the same time, you’ve also likely experienced a desire to be alone sometimes, perhaps to recharge from a busy day around other people. What do we really know about the relationship between social interaction and our well-being? On this...

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...