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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 podcast of each show is available online the Wednesday following. The show is made possible by RTI International.

Have thoughts on the show? Let your voice be heard by rating us. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @MeasureRadio.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

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 podcast of each show is available online the Wednesday following. The show is made possible by RTI International.

Have thoughts on the show? Let your voice be heard by rating us. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @MeasureRadio.

    Online Lurking and Society

    Online Lurking and Society

    Many of us sometimes scroll through the comments posted in reaction to a news article or social media post. How important is that and why might it matter? On this episode, we talk with Gina Sipley of the State University of New York Nassau Community College and author of a new book called Just Here for the Comments: Lurking as Digital Literacy Practice.

    • 29 min
    What the Deaths of Unknown People Can Tell Us

    What the Deaths of Unknown People Can Tell Us

    When some people die, no one comes to claim them. The death of people without easily identified social network ties can signal a different sort of loss, a loss for a society which comprises alienation and disconnection. On this episode, we talk with researchers Pamela Prickett of the University of Amsterdam and Stefan Timmermans of UCLA about their new book, The Unclaimed: Abandonment and Hope in the City of Angels. 

    • 30 min
    Narcissism and News Personalization

    Narcissism and News Personalization

    What people now see presented on online platforms often reflects personal information about them, a situation which has raised alarms for some commentators. Might your personality affect whether you worry about data privacy protection and consequences for society? On this episode, we talk with Lisa Farman of Ithaca College about her work on this topic.

    • 29 min
    Uplifts Help Offset Traumatic Loss

    Uplifts Help Offset Traumatic Loss

    Traumatic loss, such as the death of a person close to you, can affect your everyday wellbeing in many ways. On this episode, we talk with researchers who have explored ways people can cope with such loss: Alexandra Early of RTI International and Caitlin Reynolds and Shevaun Neupert of North Carolina State University.

    • 29 min
    Media Technology and Our Children

    Media Technology and Our Children

    Parents often talk with family and friends about the roles of media in their children's lives, for better or worse. What can academic research tell us about what is ok for our kids? On this episode, we talk with Dr. Katie Davis of the University of Washington, author of a new book for MIT Press called Technology’s Child: Digital Media’s Role in the Ages and Stages of Growing Up.

    • 29 min
    Depopulation and the Future of Cities

    Depopulation and the Future of Cities

    The idea that we have more and more people on this planet has been prominent in recent decades but some researchers now project a future of declining population in some parts of the world, including the United States, which has implications for our physical infrastructure. On this episode, we talk with engineering researchers Sybil Derrible and Lauryn Spearing of the University of Illinois Chicago about a depopulated future. 

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Katie Joy B. ,

Sociology Supreme

Brian and his highly knowledgeable guests are making sociology fun again! The wide variety of topics they cover and the engaging way in which they deliver them had me hooked from my very first listen. They’re also personable and funny, which let’s be honest; isn’t always the easiest to find in the Sociology world. Thanks for putting out such a great show Brian - keep up the great work!

WuKAZUKI ,

Hurray for Social Science Podcasts!

The Measure is the best interview podcast for social science topics. I’ll let that previous sentence sink in for a moment to appreciate where we are as a civilization technologically-speaking.

Dr. Brian Southwell speaks with researchers and the resulting interviews are informative, insightful, and exceptionally interesting. My brain feels like it’s exercising (in the best way possible) when I listen.

Oh, and because I know it matters to me... don’t worry, the sound quality is beautiful.

ChristiePS ,

Straightforward, diverse topics, great interviews

Brian Southwell is an excellent interviewer, and his guests are not only expert but great storytellers. These episodes are short on time and long on information that is interesting to both those knowledgeable about the social sciences and those unfamiliar. In particular, the topics are usually those relegated to the halls of academia, but Brian and his guests make them interesting and accessible to the broader public. If there is any issue you think you'd like to know more about, I recommend finding it in the back catalogue and giving a listen. You're sure to find it, and sure to enjoy.

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