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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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Jun 13, 2018

In 2015, news coverage was filled with stories about contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan. In the years since, there has been public discussion about what has been done and what could be done to remedy the situation. A few years later, though, we are not hearing about the story everyday. Moreover, there is a fair amount we still do not know about chemical exposure in drinking water in communities all around the world. On this episode, we talk with Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson about her collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Leeds University, RTI International, and the North Carolina Division of Public Health to better understand the water we drink. It is not just a story about chemicals, it is a story about public understanding, public policy, and behavior as well.