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…

SwitchPoint 2017: A Haven for Social Good

A reflection on global health conference SwitchPoint 2017 by correspondents Nupoor Kulkarni and McCall Wells   Innovation, progress, ideation—buzzwords that start to lose their meaning the more you hear them. In an era of apps, tweets, LinkedIn networking connections, and various other unique technological innovations, the goal of tech is to cross boundaries, and more than providing a service, to…

Making surveys more usable

The world of survey research has changed a lot in 100 years. On an upcoming episode of WNCU’s The Measure of Everyday Life, experts Jennifer Romano-Bergstrom of Instagram and Emily Geisen of RTI International will discuss their new book, Usability Testing for Survey Research, which offers a path forward for ensuring the usability of new survey techniques. Stay tuned for details!

Community Power

Correspondent Marina Poole reflects on our most recent episode, “Building Resilience,” and a potential upside to natural disaster. Climate change has become a hot issue for city planners around the world, as cities and communities increasingly face extreme weather events, such as the increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes. Typically, when we discuss boosting resilience to climate change, we hear…

Putting the Shoes On

Correspondent McCall Wells reflects on “Aging and Future Long-Term Care” episode and childhood memories with her dad to explore Americans’ capacity for empathy in the face of national strife. If it doesn’t affect you, is it a problem? Don’t worry, this isn’t a riddle that’ll leave you wondering whether or not the tree made a sound in your absence. Rather, my…

Fact and Fiction in Science Stories

By Marina Poole A first-person account of correspondent Marina Poole’s reaction to one of The Measure of Everyday Life radio show’s newest episodes, “Uncertainty in Science and Society.” When it comes to understanding science, it can be really important to get the details straight. But sometimes, for some people, trying to understand all those challenging facts can become, well, pretty…