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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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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.

    Fonts and Favorability

    Fonts and Favorability

    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 at the intersection of digital information environments and political participation.

    • 29 min
    Everyday Interactions and Human Thriving

    Everyday Interactions and Human Thriving

    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 the University of Kansas about his research on relationships, social interaction, and perceptions of well being.

    • 30 min
    Youth and Civic Action

    Youth and Civic Action

    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-author of a new book called Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action. 

    • 29 min
    Everyday Ecology

    Everyday Ecology

    Even in our quietest moments, we are not alone. Most spaces are inhabited by myriad microscopic creatures, many of whom are typically unseen to us. We talk about the implications of this microscopic world for the everyday life of humans with biologist and author Rob Dunn of North Carolina State University.

    • 29 min
    Habits and Behavior Change

    Habits and Behavior Change

    Are habits bad for your health? Author BJ Fogg argues habits are not necessarily a vice but also can be a tool for shaping our own positive behavior. We talk with him on this episode

    • 30 min
    The Usefulness of Higher Education

    The Usefulness of Higher Education

    Popular culture in the U.S. and elsewhere in recent years suggests college as a rite of passage that often comes right after high school. Is higher education currently useful and achievable for all, though? On this episode, we talk with Paul Tough about his book, The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes Us or Breaks Us.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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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