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The Measure of Everyday Life: Social Science Radio

Thu, May 25, 19:30 to 21:30, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 2, Indigo Ballroom B


Many social scientists lament the disjuncture between their academic publications, public policy decision-making, and public discourse. To bridge that gap, a team involving a public radio station, a nonprofit research institute, and universities have developed The Measure of Everyday Life, a weekly show on social science that debuted in January 2015 and has appeared weekly on Sunday nights since then. Thus far, the experiment has been a success, as the show has improved WNCU’s ratings over a previous show in that time slot and its archived podcasts have been downloaded in more than 50 countries around the world. We want to bring the show to life at the next ICA conference, and will play two years of past episodes on a loop in one of the conference’s shared spaces as well as provide our host, Dr. Brian Southwell, to answer questions about the show’s development and future directions.