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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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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...

Dec 7, 2022

Every day government officials and researchers and journalists attempt to explain new developments in science or to share insights based on science. Even though that work often involves empirical facts, we sometimes overlook the roles of human emotion. On this episode, we talk with Faith Kearns, environmental science...

Nov 23, 2022

A force that animates all of our lives in some way is the concept of death. What if we had more certainty about what happens when we die? What if a preview of death could inform our life? On this episode, we talk with Marieta Pehlivanova of the University of Virginia about her research on near-death experiences.

Nov 2, 2022

Headlines about traffic accidents are common, but those stories might not tell the whole story. On this episode, we talk with Seth LaJeunesse of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center about how we do -- and should -- talk about traffic injuries and transportation safety.

Oct 12, 2022

Can you tell how well children in a neighborhood are doing just by looking at the neighborhood? On this episode, we talk with Terri Sabol of Northwestern University about the health of school neighborhoods and how geography, education, and student success are related.