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Interested in human behavior and how people think? The Measure of Everyday Life is a weekly interview program featuring innovations in social science and ideas from leading researchers and commentators. Independent Weekly has called the show "unexpected" and "diverse" and says the show "brings big questions to radio." Join host Dr. Brian Southwell (@BrianSouthwell) as he explores the human condition. Episodes air each Sunday night at 6:30 PM in the Raleigh-Durham broadcast market and a podca ...
 
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting a doctor has been complicated. Some have turned to telehealth technology, which has existed for a while but has not been widespread historically. That might be about to change. On this episode, we talk with Saira Haque of RTI International about how telehealth might change the future of your interactions with …
 
During the pandemic, much of our collective attention has been focused on COVID-19. But people continue to face a wide range of health challenges. One of those has been the experience of sickle cell disease, a disease that affects many people and their families and yet which hasn’t always received widespread attention. On this episode, we bring tog…
 
Discussions about leadership in organizations have been going on for a long time and we also are starting to see some of those discussions come to the fruition. On this episode, we talk with Kurt Merriweather of The Diversity Movement and Walk West and Tamara Terry, a researcher at RTI International and chair of the new Inclusion and Equity Committ…
 
Our world is influenced constantly by forces operating on small scales beyond what we can see with our naked eyes. New advances in nanotechnology offer potential promise for the future as well as raising concerns for some. On this episode, we talk with Khara Grieger of North Carolina State University about her work on public understanding of nanote…
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, it has not been difficult to find news headlines noting striking disparities between demographic groups. Such headlines alone do not tell us the whole story, though. On this episode, researcher LaShawn Glasgow of RTI International discusses her new essay on health disparities for Health Affairs.…
 
As the world experiences the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have worried about the potential for problematic substance use including alcohol. On this episode, we talk with researchers Carolina Barbosa, Alexander Cowell, and Bill Dowd of RTI International about a survey effort to understand patterns of alcohol consumption in recent month…
 
How we talk about emerging infectious diseases holds important implications for our response and future prevention. On this episode, we talk with Priscilla Wald of Duke University about her book, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, about her perspective on COVID-19 and our past efforts to talk about infectious disease at dif…
 
What might an economic historian's work on Medieval England tell us about our current world? On this episode, we talk with Catherine Casson of the University of Manchester, co-author of Compassionate Capitalism. Her book that turns out to be quite relevant to considerations of corporate social responsibility today as we face challenges associated w…
 
As we re-open some of our public spaces following closures due to COVID-19, now is a time to re-evaluate how we organize such spaces. In recent decades, some public schools have enacted dress codes with the goal of offering a uniform learning environment. In practice, however, some of these efforts might have unintended consequences. What do we kno…
 
On this episode, we sit down with psychologist Marisa Franco to explore two aspects of our everyday lives that can bring some joy and solace, namely friendships and reminiscing about the past. Research suggests there are reasons why the loneliness many are experiencing has real consequences and suggests strategies to address unwanted loneliness.…
 
As we look for answers as to how we might organize and reorganize society and our daily interactions, many people have pointed to the possibilities for us to get help from automation, sometimes in the form of robots. What do we know about how people think about and trust robots in general? On this episode, we talk with Tracy Sanders, a researcher w…
 
In this moment of change, new technologies offer both promise and peril for many people. What if the car in which you were riding could park itself? For some people, that scenario is no longer hypothetical and is a real possibility. On this episode, we talk with Nathan Tenhundfeld of the University of Alabama in Huntsville about his work on human t…
 
When you use computers in your everyday life, how often do you think about computer security? What does the concept of security even mean to researchers and computer professionals at this moment? What should everyone know about security and privacy? On this episode, we talk with engineer and book author Carey Parker about his work to educate people…
 
Each of us lives in a physical place with homes and gathering places and natural landmarks yet we also can be distracted by communication technology. How can noticing where you live affect your understanding of weather and science? On this episode, we talk with an innovative team of researchers and partners from the Maine Mathematics and Science Al…
 
Most of us have individual preferences for the fonts we use for documents and signs, but do those preferences reflect anything other than an aesthetic sense? Could it be that other people are making judgments about us and our ideas based on the font choices we make? On this episode, we talk with Katherine Haenschen of Virginia Tech, whose work sits…
 
Human beings are social; we often cooperate with other people to survive. At the same time, you’ve also likely experienced a desire to be alone sometimes, perhaps to recharge from a busy day around other people. What do we really know about the relationship between social interaction and our well-being? On this episode, we talk with Jeffrey Hall of…
 
Young adults are the future of civic life in any society. At the same time, in the United States and elsewhere, formal political participation by youth has been far from universal in recent years. How could youth be invited and encouraged to participate? On this episode, we talk with Sunshine Hillygus, faculty member at Duke University and co-autho…
 
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