The Best of Our Knowledge

Fridays, 3pm - 3:30pm

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. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1242

Credit The New Press

One in three American young people will be arrested before the age of 23, and many will spend time in institutions that used to be called "reform schools" or "rehabilitation camps"...but can really only be described as prisons.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the author of an extensive study of the juvenile justice system and learn just what is happening to children behind bars.

We'll also spend an academic minute looking at the health care people get while in jail.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1241

Think about the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He took office in the depths of the great depression and guided the country through the last days of World War II.   But while FDR’s first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the 18 months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll celebrate Independence Day with a trip back to history class...and learn about the most important days of FDR.

We'll also spend an academic minute understanding history by using math.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1240

A rock is a rock is a rock...right? Well, maybe. Geologists and geochemists who study the rock that makes up our planet have found that the solid rock under our feet may not be as solid as we think.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with a look at the constant shift of the structure of the Earth...and how that may have clues to the origins of life on the planet.

We'll also spend an academic minute studying life on the Bering Strait...before it was a strait.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1239

The number of students who drop out of high school is still too high in many cities...and the percentage gets higher when talking about minority students.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll about a west coast city’s efforts to fight the dropout rate in African American students.

Then we'll head to the clinical laboratory and learn about Micro RNAs...and what they can tell us about heart attacks. Hear about a book where the questions are way cooler than the answers...and spend an academic minute talking to robots.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1238

It’s no secret that at a time when even people with college degrees are having trouble finding a good job, the growing number of people who fail to even finish high school is a growing problem in many American cities.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear what a city in Ohio is trying to do about the problem.

We’ll also hear from a high school senior who has been a target for colleges around the country…for years. Then it’s a trip to the lab where scientists are trying to turn “o-mics” into personalized medicine.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1237

It's no secret that some of the greatest writers the world has known have also been some of the biggest drinkers. But is there a connection between the remarkable creativity of an Earnest Hemingway or John Cheever and the contents of their favorite bottle?

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll from author Olivia Laing who tackles that question in her latest book.

We'll also spend an academic minute trying to find out why some things just make you laugh.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1236

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education published a report called "A Nation at Risk - the Imperative for Education Reform", which essentially said the country's schools were failing.

That report started the school reform movement and, according to some educators, began a system designed to punish teachers rather than enrich students.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to a school superintendent from Texas who thinks public education in the US is under attack.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1235

Any real estate agent will tell you, when you look for a place to live...it's location, location, location. We all like to make a home in a nice, livable neighborhood. But what makes a neighborhood livable? Some extremely small organisms can live in some extremely nasty places.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with a look at the extreme environments some microbial life calls home.

We'll also spend an academic minute with science fiction that's not quite fiction any more.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1234

Jim Ziolkowski, founder of buildOn
Credit buildOn.org

We’ve heard many times that the key to getting out of poverty is education.

But schools cost money…something that is in short supply in the most impoverished areas of the world.  That’s a problem that Jim Ziolkowski has spent the last 20 years trying to solve. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the beginnings of the non-profit called buildOn that is helping the poorest around the world find education…including here in the US.

We’ll also spend an academic minute trying to find out what a livable wage looks like.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1233

Recently, the technology company Qualcomm announced a 10 million dollar prize to anyone who can invent a medical tricorder.  That's right, the machine that Dr. McCoy used in Star Trek to diagnose everything from  Rigellian Fever to the Phage. The thing is, doctors are already using hand held technology to do some diagnosis...smart phone.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear how doctors in Africa are using smart phones to fight disease.

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