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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 29, 2018

On this week's episode of TMEL, we join Dr. Aria Chernik, founder and director of Open Source Pedagogy Research and Innovation at Duke University, as she explores the idea of bringing the key elements of open source thinking into classrooms and educational settings. 

Aug 22, 2018

We regularly use symbols and metaphors to represent ideas and concepts that we can't necessarily see.  In this episode, we talk with cognitive scientist and researcher, Dr. Rose Hendricks of FrameWorks Institute, about why the words and metaphors we use matter.  Join us as Dr. Hendricks details how we think about time,...

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.