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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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Philanthropy is sometimes cited as a force for good in the 21st century. People have donated money for societal gain for hundreds of years, though, and we can learn lessons from the successes and failures of past investments. On this episode, we talk with Michael Meyer of the University of Pittsburgh about his book, Benjamin Franklin’s Last Bet: Th…
 
Chances are that if you have earned a paycheck you have had at least one day negatively affected by the behavior of a co-worker, supervisor, or employee. What do organizational psychologists say about the challenges of problematic employees? On this episode, we talk with book author Dr. Mitchell Kusy, corporate psychologist at Antioch University an…
 
When historians consider this moment through which we are all living, what might they say about social media? On this episode, we talk about the roles social media are playing in the lives of teenagers and young adults today with content creator Lydia Keating of Boston University and Jacqueline Nesi, psychiatry and human behavior professor at Brown…
 
What good might exercise do for our brain? You may have experienced a sense of relief in the short-term after working out. Exercise also can have important long-term effects on our brains. On this episode, we talk with Jennifer Heisz of McMaster University, author of Move the Body, Heal the Mind: Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Dementia and Impro…
 
News headlines often refer to financial concepts such as inflation. Even though many of us spend money almost every week, exactly what money is and how it gets distributed around the world isn’t always clear, though. On this episode, we talk with authors of a new book called Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance: sociologist Mark Davis of…
 
With new technologies, it is now possible to alter a human being into something different than they were. As a result, we are facing new ethical and philosophical challenges. Stefan Sorgner, professor at John Cabot University in Italy, does not think the questions we are facing are all that new. We talk with him on this episode about his new book, …
 
Human beings find inspiration in making music together. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our ability to gather but people have still found ways to sing together. What can we learn from our history of communal singing as we face a difficult present and future? On this episode, we talk with Esther Morgan-Ellis, Associate Professor of Music Histor…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many addiction treatment providers to change from delivering most treatment in person to delivering treatment via telehealth. What can we learn from that experience? On this episode, we talk with Tami Mark, a health economist at RTI International, about using telehealth tools to treat addiction.…
 
One constant during our last two years has been change as we have seen incidence numbers for COVID-19 rise and fall and rise. How do we know that we have the data we need to make sense of the world around us? How should we organize that data? On this episode, we talk with Kody Kinsley, Chief Deputy Secretary for Health for North Carolina (at the ti…
 
The COVID-19 has exacerbated all sorts of public health challenges in the US and around the world. Aside from the direct effects of infectious disease, something that has worried public health officials has been the possibility for increased alcohol use during this difficult time. On this episode, we talk with Carolina Barbosa and Bill Dowd of RTI …
 
School Resource Officers work in schools across the U.S. now, but their placement has led to some controversy. To what extent does having SROs in place reduce violence and crime in schools? To what extent might such placement lead to undesirable consequences? On this episode, we talk with Lucy Sorensen of the University at Albany of the State Unive…
 
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…
 
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