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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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Oct 30, 2019


Underneath the surface of any ocean, there are changes happening, changes that reflect our own behaviors. Our lives are bound up with the health of oceans and yet people sometimes overlook the scope of the problem and possibilities for future solutions. On this episode, we talk with David Gill, a faculty member with...

Oct 23, 2019

For many people, loneliness is a private struggle and yet some researchers have argued that loneliness is widespread. On this episode, we talk with author Jillian Richardson, who has set out to do something concrete to address the plight of loneliness in contemporary America.

Oct 16, 2019

In the wake of weather-related disasters, organizations often set up relief tools and shelters for people. What do we know about what works? How can we improve our practice? In this episode, we talk with Laura DiGrande of RTI International about her research in this area. 

Oct 9, 2019

When people endure trauma, how can we help them heal? Some researchers have argued that alternatives to the conventional medical practices used in places like the United States might help. On this episode we talk with James Gordon of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and Georgetown Medical School about his book, The...

Oct 2, 2019

Innovation can improve our work in many different areas of life. Sometimes it springs from old ideas. On this episode, we talk with social science researcher Lanae Hood of Meredith College. When trying to improve nutrition among food assistance program participants, she looked outside and brought together community...