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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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Aug 15, 2018

Though we tend to think of history as a synonym for the past, academic researchers show us history is the struggle to tell accurate stories about complex events and provide relevance for today.  In this episode, we talk with Jason Steinhauer, Director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova...

Aug 8, 2018

Everyday, we talk with other people using language that is filled with pauses, pronouns, and other seemingly mundane utterances.  Might there be more meaning in all that than we realize?  In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jennifer Arnold of UNC-Chapel Hill about the psychology of language.

Aug 1, 2018

On this episode, we travel to the west coast of Scotland through our conversation with cultural anthropologist Mackenzie Cramblit. She describes her remarkable exploration of how people have built a place on the edge of civilization, a place that depends on wildness and rejection for its appeal.

Jul 25, 2018

We sometimes paint a picture of life at university or college as peaceful and contemplative, but students and faculty face some of the same challenges as others in terms of mental health. In fact, they also face some unique stressors. What do we know about higher education and mental health? We talk with experts Gail...

Jul 18, 2018

We often idealize childhood as a time free of stress and yet the truth is that kids face all sorts of challenges, and the place where they work through many of those challenges is a school. As kids face mental health challenges, how well are our schools serving them? Can we possibly be serving youth better? What...