The Best of Our Knowledge

The Best of Our Knowledge

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Every day, faculty members at schools and universities throughout the world are making discoveries that shape our ways of thinking and redefine our understanding of today's knowledge-driven society. Since 1990, The Best of Our Knowledge has highlighted breakthroughs across disciplines and across the globe, putting you in touch with the men and women at the forefront of their fields.More from The Best of Our Knowledge »

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#1379: "Girls Who Code"

When we talk about learning a second language in school we're usually talking about Spanish or French or Mandarin. But one of the most important languages a student can learn today is computer code, and it seems not many girls are signing up. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from the founder [...]

#1378: "Betsy DeVos – In Her Own Words"

The first time new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tried to visit a school her first week on the job, she was blocked by protesters. It was an unsettling debut for one of the most controversial cabinet appointments, ever, from nomination to confirmation. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from Secretary DeVos, [...]

#1377: "Ask More Questions"

Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of learning and doing things. But few of us know which questions to ask, when to ask to ask a question the right way. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from an Emmy-award-winning journalist Frank Sesno about [...]

#1375: "You've Been Learning Wrong"

We all have a picture in our head about what the perfect learning environment looks and sounds like. Secluded, comfortable, quiet. Yeah, that's pretty much all wrong. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the author of the book How We Learn...and learn how most of us get it all wrong. We'll [...]

#1374: "Empire State Education Policy"

So we're going to start out close to home this week. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently toured the state promoting his legislative plans for the New Year. He spent a lot of that time talking about education...and leaders around the state noticed. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear reaction to education [...]

#1373: "Teaching Politics – Starting From Scratch"

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk again with Dr. Adam Carrington, an assistant professor of politics, and not only put the election in historic perspective, but see how history will talk about our choices.

#1372: "Education Needs Communication"

Let's start the New Year off with a slogan: education needs communication. Not my best work, but the point is learning to communicate and listen is something many of us need help with. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from the author of a journal article of effective forms of communication. commu

#1371: "Talking Science With Ira Flatow...Again"

When I was going over segments to replay on the program at the end of the year, I remembered this one from April and remembered what fun I had producing it. Hope you have fun listening again. Back in the early 1970s, a new network called National Public Radio hired a young producer who had [...]

#1370: "Let's Meet Some Cool People Again"

I get to say this every year about this time and it's still true: you meet the most interesting people when you do a public radio show about knowledge! Today, and next week on the Best of Our Knowledge we'll look back at a few of my favorite conversations with from this past year with [...]

#1369: "So You Wanna Be A Teacher"

A lot of new teachers are becoming ex-teachers in a year or two, and that makes it increasingly difficult for the teachers who stay to live a well-rounded life while also being effective in the classroom. Basically, they have to learn to get a life. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge we'll talk to [...]

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