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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…

Training Storytellers to Translate Research into Practical Insights

Regularly, Duke University sponsors an innovative course called the Social Science Radio Workshop in which a group of students work with Brian Southwell (who is host of The Measure of Everyday Life, RTI International program director, and a Duke faculty member) to explore how public media can put a spotlight on new ideas emerging from university research. We sometimes have…

Exploring Unexpected Innovations

Social science research can help us find new and interesting ways to deploy current technologies for new purposes. We discussed an example of that on an episode of the show in which we interviewed Niranjan Karnik of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. We specifically talked with Dr. Karnik about his team’s use of mobile phone technology to…

How We Learn to Think

We often have the honor of getting to ask large questions about the human condition. Sometimes those questions invite us to venture far beyond our studio in Durham, NC, to talk with researchers who are doing innovative research. A refreshing example of that happened when we interviewed Cecilia Heyes of the University of Oxford regarding her Harvard University Press book,…