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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
    • 4.9, 18 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.

    Talking about Emerging Infectious Diseases

    Talking about Emerging Infectious Diseases

    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 different moments in history.

    • 29 min
    Social Responsibility in History

    Social Responsibility in History

    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 with the COVID-19 pandemic and social inequities.   

    • 29 min
    Student Dress Codes and Inadvertent Effects

    Student Dress Codes and Inadvertent Effects

    As we re-open some of our public spaces following closures due to COVID-19, now is time to re-evaluate how we organize such spaces. Some public schools have enacted dress codes in recent decades that might have unintended consequences in practice. On this episode, we talk with psychology researchers Bridget Pittman-Blackwell of North Carolina Central University and Erin Dobbins of RTI International on their collaboration with nonprofit organization WomenNC to explore dress codes and student experiences. 

    • 29 min
    Friendship and Reminiscing in a Pandemic

    Friendship and Reminiscing in a Pandemic

    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.

    • 29 min
    Relationships with Robots

    Relationships with Robots

    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 with The MITRE Corporation and the author of numerous compelling papers on human-robot relationships.

    • 29 min
    Human Trust in Automated Cars

    Human Trust in Automated Cars

    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 trust in automated tools.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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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