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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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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...

Jan 8, 2020

Even in our quietest moments, we are not alone. Most spaces are inhabited by myriad microscopic creatures, many of whom are typically unseen to us. We talk about the implications of this microscopic world for the everyday life of humans with biologist and author Rob Dunn of North Carolina State University.