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.
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Raising Helpful Adults
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 cultural differences in family life.
The Evolution of Online Activism
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 various forms.
Why People Cry
Many of us have had opportunities to cry in recent months. Why do we shed tears at all, though? Why do people cry? On this episode, we talk with clinical psychologist Lauren Bylsma of the University of Pittsburgh about a common experience that we don't yet fully understand.
Housing Evictions and COVID-19
What if helping people with their rent could affect the COVID-19 pandemic? On this episode, we talk with Christopher Timmins, Kay Jowers, and Annabel Hu of Duke University about a new paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Family Dynamics and Societal Emergencies
Many of us have faced challenges during this past year as the world has coped with a pandemic. What do we know about how families cope and adapt in such situations? On this episode, we talk with Alyssa Witting of Brigham Young University about families in the midst of mass trauma.
The Science of Hope
We have been talking a lot about hope during these challenging days. What do we know about how hope actually operates? On this episode, we talk with psychologist Christian Waugh of Wake Forest University about the effects of anticipation on our lives.
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!
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.
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.