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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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Population growth in the U.S. has slowed to its lowest rate since the 1930s according to recent Census data. How should we think about changes in our population size? On this episode, we talk with John Seager, who has written a book on population dynamics and is president and CEO of the nonprofit organization Population Connection.…
 
As we reconnect with neighbors and family members, many people have had a chance to think differently about a question that they have uttered thousands of times before: “how are you?” What does it mean to say you are doing well? How can we measure well-being? On this episode, we talk with Mohsen Joshanloo, associate professor at Keimyung University…
 
When the United States faced the 9-11 crisis in 2001, we heard a lot about first responders and the role they play in saving lives in the face of emergencies. What happens, though, when those first responders are asked to save lives in the middle of a pandemic? On this episode, we talk with Ross Owens, a social scientist with the U.S. Department of…
 
In the United States, employers are planning for people to return to workplaces, yet not everyone is ready to go and some of those who worked onsite throughout the pandemic are exhausted and not fully recovered from the trauma of the past year. On this episode, we talk with psychiatry professor Dr. Nadia Charguia of the University of North Carolina…
 
Addressing our plastic waste problem is important for the health of our planet. On this episode, we talk with two researchers who are trying to help, Mathieu Aguesse and Alexandre Truan of Schoolab and the University of California, Berkeley. They have worked with students and industry partners to generate innovative solutions to our plastic problem…
 
How can we assess the potential impact of policy innovations like requiring policy to wear body cameras? David Yokum of Brown University has argued that experiments can help and he has spent his career -- working for the Obama administration, the mayor's office in Washington, D.C., and various universities -- demonstrating the utility of social sci…
 
The recent gas outage in the Southeastern United States highlighted possibilities for alternatives to gas-powered vehicles. Electric cars have emerged as a prominent option. On this episode, we talk with Dr. John Graham of Indiana University, who served in the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush and is author of a new boo…
 
Examples of imposters have been in the headlines recently but cultural references to the phenomenon might be more prevalent than you realize. On this episode, we talk with two editors of a new book entitled The Imposter as Social Theory: Thinking with Gatecrashers, Cheats and Charlatans. Steve Woolgar is professor emeritus at Linkoping University i…
 
We all have stories about living during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people, though, also have stories to tell about doing research during this challenging time. On this episode, we talk with researchers Seronda Robinson and Brittany Baker about the Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities (ACCORD) at North Carolina Central University.…
 
In many U.S. families, chores tend to fall on the shoulders of parents – and sometimes one parent – while children don’t contribute as much as a parent might like. Family life is not exactly the same around the world, however. In this episode, we talk with Lucia Alcala, a faculty member at California State University, Fullerton, who has studied cul…
 
When I started ITPNT, it dawned on me that I wanted the show to end when I got vaccinated. With my vaccination appointment in sight, and an incredible story of how I brought friends and family together for a silly monster movie, the stars aligned for this to be our final episode. The atmosphere is more relaxed than usual, consider this our "post-Go…
 
For people who have the resources to participate, an important portion of life now is spent online on the Internet. Some of those online activities now include political expression and political behavior. On this episode, we talk with Deen Freelon of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about what we know about online activism in its var…
 
Our guest Jordan Morris is one of the hosts of Jordan Jesse Go!, one of the most influential and long-lasting comedy podcasts ever! His story ‘Bubble’ (which started as a podcast) is also available for pre-order as a graphic novel and is currently being made into a film treatment. We talk about that story along with his new hobby of running, the im…
 
This week Michael begins the episode by regaling listeners with an awful date story and guest Brian has a tale of his own. From there, the discussion turns to dating in general, sports, and the main feature of this episode: Our top five favorite podcasts. If you want to spoil the choices for yourself the lists will be below. A podcast episode about…
 
Our guest this week is Rita Amos, Michael's real life boss! This episode is all about the "Friday the 13th" franchise, which Michael checked out at Rita's insistence. As the episode goes on, it becomes clear that Michael likes the series for very different reasons than most fans. We also talk about the house projects Rita has tackled while quaranti…
 
Rowan Smith is a connoisseur of bizarre, cult cinema. He and Michael chat about the weirdest movies they’ve watched recently which include the kickboxing epic, “Iron Thunder” and the cult-horror classic“Spookies!” The main crux of the episode, however, is the both of them crafting their own Top 5 Best/Worst/Weirdest Youtube videos and sharing them …
 
This week's guest is another one of Michael's very best and oldest friends - Chris Chomiuk. Chris has recently returned home to Minneapolis and has many great stories to tell from his time in South Kourea and Savannah, Georgia. Michael asks him how he's adjusting to life back home on this super bowl Sunday. We also find out what led to Chris joinin…
 
This week's guest is Rivkah Reyes. Rivkah is skilled at many things, but the thing they do not get enough credit for is being a bagel expert. We talk about Mercury being in Retrograde, how the film industry and parents can better help child actors, and Rivkah's catchy and comedic songs! Also, Michael finally found someone else who loves the Musical…
 
Today we have Sean William Brown, author of “Dear Customer” and “Wal-Mart: I Don’t Belong Here” to discuss his role of being a retail worker defender. Sean reached out to Michael after he reviewed his book and addresses some of Michael’s criticisms. We also chat about creepy customers, the difference between a Barnes & Noble Café and a Starbucks, a…
 
This week we’re delighted to be talking to John LeMay, the author of many great books ("The Real Cowboys & Aliens: Old West UFOs", "Writing Japanese Monsters", "The Big Book of Giant Japanese Monster Movies: The Lost Films") that have helped Michael get through quarantining as well as the proprietor of the Lost Films Fanzine. This Fanzine was actua…
 
Despite pandemic complications, many people still have opportunities to look for roommates. The idea of living with a stranger offers metaphors for the larger processes of building communities and societies. What can we learn about the choices people in making in selecting roommates and the biases that people harbor? On this episode, we talk with R…
 
We welcome Delaney Rose to the show this week. Delaney is the heroine behind @WhatJewCookin. @WhatJewCookin is an Instragram for the incredible meals Delaney prepares for herself, her family, and friends. Delaney talks to us about being known in Kentucky as “The 2nd Jewish person I’ve ever met,” the best cooking shows, and the gifts we got for Hanu…
 
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