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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 »

Most Recent Episodes

#1439: "Sesame Place Now A Certified Autism Center"

Last year, Sesame Street was in the news for introducing a Muppet character with autism. Now, a theme park based on the show has been designated a certified autism center. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about the changes this year at Sesame Place. We'll also explore how people with autism and other conditions are finding their way into the media, talk to a big time comet hunter, and spend an Academic Minute looking out for asteroids. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tbook1439.mp3 (more...)

#1438: "Communicating Science The Alan Alda Way"

Back in 2015, we ran an interview with actor Alan Alda about the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Since then, the center has been conducting workshops with scientists and other professionals around the country teaching the best ways to clearly communicate complex ideas. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the director of the center to get an update on how their mission continues to evolve. We'll also spend an academic minute checking out some nasty tattoos. Well, at least the nasty stuff in the ink. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tbook1438.mp3

#1437: "Campus Confidential – Again"

Chances are pretty high that an undergraduate student...even one attending an elite institution...will be taught mostly by overworked and underpaid adjunct professors and graduate students who have received no teacher training. While this may be great news for the university's bottom line, does it really constitute a quality education for their students? Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll listen again as a veteran professor talks about how bare-knuckle interdepartmental politics have become a way of life, and how students should evaluate and apply to colleges in the first place. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/tbook1437.mp3 We'll also spend an academic minute growing food in an unusual setting: Mars. (more...)

#1436 "Common Core Vs Democracy"

Common Core has been the starting point for many a lively, and at times agitated discussion. Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to a political science professor whose new book calls it a threat to democracy. We'll also spend an Academic Minute with another famous boogey man: Frankenstein. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/tbook1436.mp3 (more...)

#1435: "One Goal"

After years of economic decline and racial tension, a city in Maine that has become a popular landing spot for Somali refugees came together a couple of years ago over a very special soccer team...and a very special game. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear author Amy Bass's story of how one team, one coach and one goal united this New England community. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/tbook1435.mp3 Then we'll stay in New England with a conversation about the rising cost of college in Massachusetts...and the rising amount of student debt it's causing. And we'll spend an Academic Minute looking for a right to education. (more...)

#1434: "When Grit Isn't Enough"

We're hearing an awful lot about 'grit' these days when it comes to education. The popular narrative is if a student has grit and determination, than they will be successful, no matter what racial and financial roadblocks are in their way. A long time educator has her doubts. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about the new book called When Grit Isn't Enough. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/tbook1434.mp3 We'll also spend an Academic Minute learning from our mistakes.

#1433: "Meet The Urban Assembly"

#1433: "Meet The Urban Assembly"

We try to get around here at TBOOK central. A few weeks ago we loaded up the truck and attended a two day seminar on character education. The event took place in New Orleans, so of course one of the people I met and talked to is doing their work in New York City. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll introduce you to The Urban Assembly. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/tbook1433.mp3 Then we'll talk to Victoria Stopp, a teacher and medical professional who suffered an on the job injury, and hear about her book where she tells how she has been living with pain, and without pills...plus we'll spend an Academic Minute looking at both sides of human character. (more...)

#1432: "The Newcomers"

For quite some time, the word 'refugees' has been met with suspicion and more than a little fear. The 2016 election season and result didn't help that at all. But there are refugee families trying to assimilate and become more American. Now, a new book details a year in the life of some refugee children as they adjust to their new home. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll hear about that book called "The Newcomers". https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/tbook1432.mp3 We'll also spend an Academic Minute with children learning English at home...with an accent. (more...)

#1431: "Character Education"

Recently there has been talk about returning citizenship and character education to public schools across the country. This has caused some controversy as you might expect. But according to at least one national educator, it really shouldn't. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a discussion about character education. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/tbook1431.mp3 Then we'll hear from a mental health trauma expert about the aftermath of another school shooting, lighten the mood with some preschoolers talking about their favorite TV character...and spend an Academic Minute looking for the Abominable Snowman.

#1429: "History Class: The Life And Times Of Grant"

#1429: "History Class: The Life And Times Of Grant"

The man who introduced Alexander Hamilton to a new generation is at it again. After Hamilton, he wrote about George Washington and now he's taken on the story of another American icon: Ulysses S Grant. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we return to history class and learn about the Civil War hero and 18th President of the United States. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/tbook1429.mp3 We'll also spend an Academic Minute going way back in history, to when early humans started thinking like humans.

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