The Measure of Everyday Life

The Measure of Everyday Life

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 weekly 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. Have thoughts on what we are doing? Let your voice be heard by rating us and joining the conversation on Twitter by following @MeasureRadio. For more information, see


September 20, 2023 29 mins

People who face challenges from intellectual and developmental disabilities comprise important audiences for many public health communication efforts. What are the best ways to support and work with people in those audiences? On this episode, we talk with communication researchers Molly Lynch, Linda Squiers, and Sidney Holt of RTI International about their work with the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio...

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As another school year starts in the United States, we have opportunities to support students who are considering dropping out of school. On this episode, we talk with Marie-Hélène Véronneau of the University of Quebec at Montreal about interpersonal factors wh...

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September 6, 2023 29 mins

Chances are that you or someone you know has a dog in the house. What do we know about the relationships between people and dogs? On this episode, we talk with authors of The Purest Bond: Understanding the Human-Canine Connection, Jen Goldbeck of the University of Maryland and science writer Stacey Colino. 


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August 30, 2023 29 mins

Social media may play a role in our collective loneliness but researchers now also are attempting to use social media tools to reduce loneliness. On this episode, we talk with two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professors, Barbara Frederickson and Allison Lazard, about their new work to improve mental health using new communication tools. 

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August 16, 2023 29 mins

A new generation of artificial intelligence applications have flooded many workplaces and smartphones. What types of relationships will people have with artificial intelligence technologies? On this episode, we talk about the human dimension of human-computer interaction with Dr. Roshni R...

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August 9, 2023 29 mins

Daycare and early childhood education sites are more than vibrant places with children laughing and eating snacks. Such places also offer important opportunities to promote equity and justice. On this episode, we talk with Dr. Iheoma Iruka of the University ...

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August 2, 2023 29 mins

In recent years, protests and dialog have emerged regarding the roles police units should play in responding to public safety needs. On this episode, we talk with two people involved with producing a new documentary on public safety reform in Durham, NC: Dilsey Davis of RTI International’s...

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July 5, 2023 29 mins

Phrases such as “racial equity” and "social equity" have been prominent in recent years. How to evaluate social interventions with equity in mind has received less attention, though. On this e...

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June 7, 2023 29 mins

We know that social norms can influence many types of behavior. Can social norms predict corruption? On this episode, we talk with Lisa McGregor of RTI International, Read more

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We are fortunate to be able to breathe air and drink water. Everyone doesn’t enjoy the same air and water quality, though. How can we know whether what we consume is safe? What do people think about the air and water in their area? On this episode, we talk with Dr. Courtney Woods of the U...

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The last few years have been challenging for many families. How should we be raising children amidst a changing world? What can we learn from various contexts around the world? On this episode, we talk with Katherine King, director of early childhood development programs at RTI Internation...

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May 10, 2023 29 mins

Any single social media post does not necessarily reflect public opinion, and yet researchers also have found creative ways to use social media tools to assist their work. On this episode, we talk with Stephanie McInnis and Jessica Sobolewski of RTI International about how they are using ...

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May 3, 2023 29 mins

Recently, news headlines have highlighted challenges that homeowners are facing as the Atlantic Ocean rises and changes the shape of our coastline. On this episode, we talk with Kiera O’Donnell of Duke University about the preferences that residents of coastal communities have expressed a...

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April 26, 2023 29 mins

Over the course of a century, baseball has entertained fans throughout the United States and in various parts of the world. The experience today is not quite the same as it used to be, though. In this episode, we talk with Christopher Callahan of Dartmouth College, lead author of a new pap...

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March 15, 2023 29 mins

In recent years, our news headlines have spotlighted challenges in the relationships between local police departments and the communities they serve. On this episode, we talk with Neil Gross and Leon Nixon about their new audiobook, Walk the Walk: How Three Police Chiefs Defied the Odds and Changed Cop Culture

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March 8, 2023 29 mins

Authors sometimes can illuminate aspects of our everyday lives which we sometimes take for granted. Angela Saini does that with her new book, The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule. On this episode, she joins to discuss her historical analysis and assessment of our present condition. 

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March 1, 2023 29 mins

We often hear about snakes as a symbol of ill intention in popular culture and yet that characterization is at odds with what conservation scientists understand to be the nature of the animals. On this episode, we talk with Nicolette Cagle of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She is author of a new book called “Saving Snakes.”

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February 22, 2023 29 mins

Public health workers have faced serious challenges recently, including not only emergent infectious diseases but also human behavior and harassment and complaints. On this episode, we talk with Timothy McCall and Aaron Alford of the National Association of County and City Health Officials about their recent national survey of public health professionals. 

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February 1, 2023 29 mins

Many animals live on this same Earth as human beings and often can tell us about environmental changes or dangers if we only know how to listen and observe. On this episode, we talk with filmmaker and researcher Chris Johns of RTI International about why we should care about land snails in Hawaii. 

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January 25, 2023 29 mins

War has been in our headlines again recently. What do we know about the effects of war on subsequent violence between family members and neighbors? On this episode, we talk with Jocelyn Kelly, Director of the Program on Gender, Rights, and Resilience at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

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