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Why People Cry

Sometimes as we ponder the stars we miss the wonders of the ground on which we walk. Our show invites guests to talk about a wide range of human experiences. Some of our most engrossing discussions — the kind that stay with you for a while after they are done — involve topics that might initially seem to involve routine…

Popular Culture and Mental Health

As we turn to a new year of The Measure of Everyday Life, we recently sat down with Alex Kresovich. He’s a music producer. In fact, he is RIAA-Platinum certified and a Billboard #1 music producer and songwriter who has worked with artists like Panic! at the Disco, Cee Lo Green, and Niykee Heaton. He also is a social science researcher whose work has appeared in outlets such as…

Translating Research into Everyday Health

[Post by host Brian Southwell] Our last new episode of 2020 is fitting given the state of the world. In the episode, we sat down with vaccine researcher and community engagement specialist Dr. Michele Andrasik of the University of Washington to talk about how her work on HIV vaccine research participation has set the stage for vital new work to…

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…