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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 1, 2023

Many animals live on this same Earth as human beings and often can tell us about environmental changes or dangers if we only know how to listen and observe. On this episode, we talk with filmmaker and researcher Chris Johns of RTI International about why we should care about land snails in Hawaii. 

Jan 25, 2023

War has been in our headlines again recently. What do we know about the effects of war on subsequent violence between family members and neighbors? On this episode, we talk with Jocelyn Kelly, Director of the Program on Gender, Rights, and Resilience at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Jan 18, 2023

On this episode, we hear from students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who worked with Professor Carmen Gutierrez to produce stories exploring current health policy issues. Content has been edited for time. Opinions expressed do not represent the views of WNCU or underwriters. 

Jan 11, 2023

The arrival of a new year can be a stressful time both in terms of opportunities and challenges. What is stress and how do social scientists measure it? On this episode, we talk with anthropologist Achsah Dorsey of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, about stress and everyday life. 

Dec 14, 2022

JAMA Psychiatry recently reported that in the United States we have seen an increase in deaths of despair, instances in which people die from suicide or alcoholism or substance use. Boys and men are particularly likely to suffer in that way. On this episode, we talk with Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution about...