Taking Measure of the Metric System in the United States From currency and commerce, food labels to laboratories, the metric system is the foundation of many science and math fields. To mark our 100th episode (a multiple of 10, which is the basis for the metric system!), we spoke with Elizabeth Benham, Metric Program Coordinator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, about the presence of the metric system in our everyday lives.
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The U.S. Doesn't Use The Metric System. Or Does It?

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The U.S. Doesn't Use The Metric System. Or Does It?

The U.S. Doesn't Use The Metric System. Or Does It?

The U.S. Doesn't Use The Metric System. Or Does It?

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A cosmetic product being poured into a measuring jug in France. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that hasn't fully adopted the metric system. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A cosmetic product being poured into a measuring jug in France. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that hasn't fully adopted the metric system.

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From currency and commerce, food labels to laboratories, the metric system is the foundation of many science and math fields. And while the United States hasn't fully adopted the metric system, the International System of Units (or SI, as it's officially known) has a role to play in our everyday lives.

To mark our 100th episode (a multiple of 10, which is the basis for the metric system!), we spoke with Elizabeth Benham, Metric Program Coordinator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, about the history of the metric system in the United States.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson and edited by Viet Le.