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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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Apr 7, 2021

In many U.S. families, chores tend to fall on the shoulders of parents – and sometimes one parent – while children don’t contribute as much as a parent might like. Family life is not exactly the same around the world, however. In this episode, we talk with Lucia Alcala, a faculty member at California...

Mar 31, 2021

For people who have the resources to participate, an important portion of life now is spent online on the Internet. Some of those online activities now include political expression and political behavior. On this episode, we talk with Deen Freelon of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about what we...

Mar 17, 2021

Many of us have had opportunities to cry in recent months. Why do we shed tears at all, though? Why do people cry? On this episode, we talk with clinical psychologist Lauren Bylsma of the University of Pittsburgh about a common experience that we don't yet fully understand.

Mar 10, 2021

What if helping people with their rent could affect the COVID-19 pandemic? On this episode, we talk with Christopher Timmins, Kay Jowers, and Annabel Hu of Duke University about a new paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Feb 24, 2021

Many of us have faced challenges during this past year as the world has coped with a pandemic. What do we know about how families cope and adapt in such situations? On this episode, we talk with Alyssa Witting of Brigham Young University about families in the midst of mass trauma.