Recently, we had an opportunity to highlight various dimensions of partnership that have made our show a gratifying experience over time. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) established the ACCORD (Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities) project to address health disparities that many people have faced during the nation’s public health emergency. We were lucky enough to interview two people involved with that effort: NCCU faculty members Seronda Robinson and Brittany Baker. You can listen to the episode here.
Highlighting the challenges of conducting social science research amidst trying circumstances offered a full-circle moment for our show in some ways, as NCCU’s resident public radio station, WNCU, and its neighbor in Durham, the nonprofit research institute RTI International, have produced The Measure of Everyday Life since fall 2014 despite our changing information environment, budget constraints, and the challenge of making stories about research relevant for a wide range of radio listeners. Throughout it all, it has been clear that the best partnerships are those that call for some sacrifice from all parties but that also result in something greater than would have been otherwise possible. As we have learned during the pandemic, working together is often a better alternative to struggling apart.