Discussing Mental Health During a Pandemic

[Guest post by Lissette M. Saavedra and Anna C. Yaros] Across the United States, it long has been a struggle for mental health service provision to meet the needs of individuals with mental illness. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone especially hard, including parents, youth, front-line workers and first responders. Everyone has had to adapt quickly to living in quarantine,…

Visiting the Doctor from Your Living Room: Telehealth in Everyday Life

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many aspects of everyday interactions, often rendering more difficult what we previously might have taken for granted. Going to the grocery store, visiting relatives, and attending school have been different for many people than in the days before the unfolding of the public health crisis. Amidst these challenges, however, innovators also have been looking for…

Finding Our Past in Today’s Dilemmas

[Post by our host, Brian Southwell] We face choices every day. All of those choices are constrained by the circumstances in which we live, but nonetheless we often have opportunities to look at the world in one of several different ways. On our show, we have been making choices about what topics and people to feature for our listeners. Given…

A Disruption of Everyday Life

What a few weeks we have all experienced, as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many of our usual patterns around the world. We strive to produce relevant and timely interviews, but many of our recent episodes now are particularly evocative given the state of the world. We’ve talked about the importance of social interaction, for example, with Jeffery Hall of…

Five Years of Social Science Stories

January 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the debut of The Measure of Everyday Life. Getting the show on air in the first place was no small feat and keeping it there weekly as a service to our listeners has reflected often heroic effort that happened quietly and without fanfare. As a public radio station without enormous coffers, WNCU has…

Guest Post: Finding Research in Action at the Market

When you hear the words “Farmers Market,” what comes to mind? Stalls of organic produce, Mason jars full of different picked oddities, maybe a few handcrafted items? The term “Farmers Market” can bring up a lot of different images in a person’s mind or maybe nothing at all if they’re unfamiliar with the concept or have never been to one.…

Gratitude for Connections

As we close another calendar year and a holiday season arrives in the U.S., we are grateful for the connections we share with our listeners. This time of year offers opportunities to look back and look ahead, and also to reflect on the connections between people in various communities that could be strengthened or built. [Image: Peace and Plenty by…

Social Science to Improve How We Talk about Weight

We explore a wide range of issues on The Measure of Everyday Life that social science researchers have explored. One of the challenges that researchers face is a tendency for academic papers to present topics in broad and abstract terms, partly because of format and formality, rather than offering insight regarding the emotional responses and even mundane logistical challenges people…

A Protected Space

The interview didn’t seem likely to happen. We were scheduled to talk with David Gill, a faculty member at Duke University who investigates marine science and conservation. We wanted to talk with David because his work not only has direct implication for the health of our planet but also because his work intersects with human behavior. He considers ocean conservation…

To Go to Sugar Hill

Every day, we encounter a dizzying array of disparate stimuli. We interact with a wide array of information as we live our lives, whether it be the sensation that the afternoon air is getting more humid before a sudden storm or a text message from a friend or a video presentation on a new policy at work. We are used…