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#1349 "Leadership and Bachelors and Warm Lines (OH MY!)"

If you want to get ahead in life, you have to learn to make good decisions. And that should start at an early age. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear about a program in upstate New York called the Leadership project that is working to help 5th graders make good choices. We'll also hear about a new bachelor's degree in homeland security, find out what a warm line is (hint: it's kinda like a hot line...only less urgent), and we'll spend an academic minute learning from our mistakes.

#1348 "Educational Ethics"

Being a teacher means mastering quite a few disciplines. Communication, innovation, empathy and you may not have thought of this one...ethics. In fact, educators come across ethical dilemmas almost every day...and how they deal with them affects students in profound ways. Not to mention themselves. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the co-author of a new book on educational ethics. We'll also spend an academic minute seeing if lapses in ethics can be blamed on your hormones.

#1347: "Finding NEEMO"

If you want to train someone for a mission to the International Space Station here on Earth, you have to find a place that can be...space station-y. To do that, NASA is going off shore. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to a scientist who is taking part in this year's edition of Project NEEMO. We'll also hear how students can stay smart over the summer...and spend an academic minute checking out the size of the galaxy.

#1346 "Political Science And Brexit"

There are some events that a whole lot of us get up for. Sports fans love the Super Bowl and the World Series and the World Cup. Movie fans wait for the newest sequel or big blockbuster. Most of us pay close attention to the elections. But for a political scientist...nothing this year will come close to Brexit! Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to a political science professor who is also an expert on European politics about the ins and outs and squiggles yet to come about the UK's recent vote. We'll also spend an academic minute looking for what we really want in a politician, virtue, vice or something in between.

#1345: "Know Your Audience"

Know your audience. That's something that writers and performers are told all the time. It's also important for teachers to not only know your audience, but to also know how to talk to them. It's called culturally tailored education, and it's an approach that's being used around the country to bring important information about health to a racially diverse population. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the director of one of these programs in western New York State. We'll also spend an academic minute learning what academics do when they are not academic-ing.

#1344 "The Cyber Secretary"

Remember when you got your first computer and had to make up a password for the first time? That was your introduction to the world of cybersecurity. That world has gotten a lot larger. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to a homeland security official about cybersecurity in and out of schools. We'll also hear about NY State's trans gender bathroom policy...or lack thereof, find out if the water in the state's schools is safe to drink...and spend an academic minute longing for your smart phone.

#1343 "Pushout - The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools"

They always tell me not to start the show with number and I try to obey. But these numbers are pretty stark. African American girls make up 16 percent of the school population in the US...but they are a third of all school related arrests in the country. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to a leader in the fight for justice for black girls in school. We'll also spend an academic minute looking at what the change in US-Cuban relations means for race relations on the island.

#1342 History Class: Abe Lincoln - Self Made Politician

It's been a while since we rang the bell and invited you into history class here at TBOOK University, and given the current atmosphere in the political world, why not talk about one of the most revered politicians in American history. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, Sidney Blumenthal talks about the first volume in his massive new project exploring the history of the man who some consider the greatest President of the United States. We'll also spend an academic minute debating whether you can actually call someone the greatest, when whole populations weren't allowed to participate.

#1340 "Cleveland Rocks!"

I said it before and it's still true today: I love a good road trip. Earlier this year I took one to Cleveland, Ohio and got to see some amazing new technology at the medical college of Case Western Reserve University. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll see how virtual reality is saving lives today...and training students to save more in the future. Then we'll head to northern New York where several schools are practicing something called restorative justice. And we'll also spend an academic minute learning all about the dump...or the landfill, whichever floats your boat.

#1339: "Reading Reconsidered"

Reading is the core of the Common Core. For the most part, education cannot begin without a student first learning how to read. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the co-author of the new book Reading Reconsidered, which looks at the power of reading and how it is being taught on all levels...or at least, maybe, how it should be. We'll also spend an academic minute finding out what type of person is more likely to be part of the grammar police.

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