The Cost of Living

Juggling finances and financial information can be a challenge for people in all walks of life. Recently, a team of collaborators including United Way of North Carolina, RTI International, and the University of Washington developed a tool to help people make sense of money in the context of everyday finances. You can find the tool here. We had the honor…

The World visits The Measure of Everyday Life

We love connecting not only with researchers but also with journalists and so what a treat it was recently to sit down with Marco Werman of Public Radio International to talk about his experience hosting The World. We explored Marco’s thoughts on the roles of academic sources in contemporary reporting and he was refreshingly candid in his remarks. Thanks to…

Exciting news: new underwriting support

We are pleased to announce new underwriting support from the Craig Newmark Philanthropies for WNCU and The Measure of Everyday Life. Later this year, we will be putting our spotlight on innovations to curb the spread of misinformation in collaboration with the Rita Allen Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and RTI International. The new underwriting will support our reporting and production…

On optimism, climate change, and a new year

Contemporary journalism on climate change perhaps is more prevalent than in previous decades but much of the coverage in major outlets in the U.S. and around the world focuses on either the process of policy debate or on scientific forecasts. Quietly, though, private sector innovation and social science researchers recently have generated intriguing new solution-oriented ideas about how we might…

On Humility and Learning

One of the great opportunities that working with The Measure of Everyday Life provides is the chance to regularly spend time listening and learning. Contemporary life for many of us in the United States is imbalanced such that we have more ways than ever before to broadcast our thoughts and ideas and yet seemingly have only infrequent invitation to sit…

Comic books, board games, and social science?

[Image: Detail from Theft: A History of Music] On The Measure of Everyday Life, we explore the full range of human expression and popular culture as it relates to social concerns. Recently, we saw where that openness can lead. One week, we sat down with Duke University Law School professors James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins to talk about their use…

Measure Radio in Montréal

Host Brian Southwell recently traveled to the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, to talk with attendees at the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) annual conference. Carmen Russell, director of communications for ASA organized the panel, entitled Broadcasting Sociology, and interviewed Brian as well as Andrea Hunter, a former CBC journalist and current professor at Canada’s Concordia University who teaches about radio…

Soledad O’Brien on TMEL

We recently had the chance to talk with award-winning reporter, anchor, documentary maker, and CEO Soledad O’Brien about social movements and the role of journalists for an upcoming episode of the show. She also offered a few words of support. Listen here:

On the origin and sharing of ideas: a three-part series

The Measure of Everyday Life team recently partnered with SwitchPoint to interview speakers from all over the world about how they generate, develop, and present ideas. We are airing a three-part series based on the interviews this month. You can find the first installment here: http://measureradio.libsyn.com/switchpoint-pt-1-conceiving-ideas. Parts two and three are here: http://measureradio.libsyn.com/switchpoint-pt-2-developing-an-idea and http://measureradio.libsyn.com/switchpoint-pt-3-delivery. Plus, we have an exciting array of episodes lined up for…