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Community Ties: WNCU Staff Outside the Studio

Each week, WNCU (90.7 FM in the Raleigh-Durham listening area) broadcasts an episode of The Measure of Everyday Life. We are grateful for that effort, but we also are proud to be associated with people who support their neighbors and contribute to community life in myriad ways. A great example of that has been the courageous effort of WNCU news…

Spotlighting Social Science to Address Political Polarization

We often have the opportunity to celebrate efforts to apply social science thinking to real-world problems. Recently, we sat down with Duke University ethics professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to talk about his work with Duke’s Bass Connections program to bring together an interdisciplinary team to reduce the incivility that stems from political polarization. We talked about what mathematicians and philosophers can…

Brad Pitt, Math Class, and The Measure of Everyday Life

Quantitative analysis has enjoyed a new spotlight in recent years, as prognosticators in fields ranging from politics to sports have embraced advanced analytic techniques to make decisions. In the 2011 film Moneyball, Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, a former professional baseball player who became a front office executive for the Oakland A’s and embraced unconventional methods for using statistics to…

On Music, Education, and Society

The public radio station that produces our show, WNCU, has long stood as a platform for the arts. If you walk into the WNCU studio, you’ll find the signatures of many famous musicians and artists. From that vantage point, it might seem surprising that our program, a program that explores how research can improve the human condition, would have a home at WNCU and…

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…