Looking back, looking ahead: Two years of social science stories with WNCU

The Measure of Everyday Life

This January, we are celebrating two years of partnership with WNCU 90.7 FM. Relying on a public radio budget to translate social science research and theory into practical discussion, in-depth interviews with guests in studio, and feature stories by a range of contributors has been challenging at times but has been worth all the effort. We’ve built a forum for precisely the type of research-informed discussion that is sometimes missing in our contemporary information environment. WNCU has been a welcoming and supportive host and we have greatly appreciated their help as they have built on their considerable expertise as music historians and presenters to develop a comfortable home for discussion of everyday life as social scientists see it.

We recently celebrated with a second anniversary episode put together by students in the first Social Science Radio Workshop at Duke University this fall. Thank you to the Social Science Research Institute, Center for Documentary Studies, and Sanford School of Public Policy for their support in making the semester-long workshop a reality.

Our work couldn’t happen without primary underwriting from RTI International, and we are grateful for everything we are able to do to support RTI’s vision of improving the human condition through science.

Upcoming episodes will squarely address timely topics and important work on underappreciated aspects of human life, including the relationship of maps to social inequity, hate speech, measuring and preventing high school drop out, and various aspects of public health in the 21st century. As we move ahead, we now need your support. Tune in every Sunday night at 6:30 PM EST via your radio or the Internet, or download all of our past episodes on our syndicated feed, iHeartRadio, or iTunes. Send us your feedback by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and letting us know what you appreciate about what we are doing and what you don’t.

Lastly, as we acknowledge on the show, we want to thank our listeners for their attention and support. You are why we produce the show, and we are grateful for your help as we work to make social science more central to discussion of our collective future.

–Brian Southwell

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