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 December 17, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1265

Dr. Otis Brawley is a professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. He is also the chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society. He talks this week about the War on Cancer.
Credit Bob Barrett / WAMC News

43 years ago this month, President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, effectively starting the so-called War on Cancer.

The law greatly increased the amount of money earmarked for cancer research and scientific study. So, how’s that war going?

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with the chief science officer of the American Cancer Society about the past, present future of cancer research.

We’ll also visit a high school in Niagara Falls that is devoting a lot of time and money into STEM education.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1264

Dr. Linnea Baudhuin talks about the at-home genetic test 23andMe with Bob Barrett on this week's program. Dr. Baudhuin is Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Co-Director of the Personalized Genomics Laboratory, Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine, and the Clinical Genome Sequencing Laboratory at the Clinic.
Credit Mayo Clinic dot org

We’ve talked a lot about genetic testing on this program over the past year or so. The amount of data that can come from the human genome seems to be growing by the day.

And there are companies that are using that data to market genetic tests for home use. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a test called 23 and Me…and find out why the FDA has banned it from being used as a genetic health screen in the US.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1263

Even with all the innovations and new teaching techniques schools have introduced in the last few decades, the actual school day has looked pretty much the same.  Students go to class, listen to a teacher and take notes, then are off to do homework or study for an exam.  But there is a trend starting to take hold in some schools that reverses that school day. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about schools that are flipping classes…and how it has succeeded where other innovations have failed.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1262

Moving from one temporary home to another with an occasional stint living in a car isn't exactly the roadmap to academic success. In fact, it makes it almost impossible. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear the story of a homeless student in Washington State.

We'll also find out that all those times your teacher told you to sit up straight, well it was good advice. And we'll spend an academic minute separating the good exercise from the not so good.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1261

Ever drive down the road and pass one of those historical markers a lot of places erect and wonder what it's all about?

You can do that a lot...and if you stopped at all of them you'd never really get anywhere. Not to worry and, please excuse me for using this way overused line but...there's an app for that. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the people behind Next Exit History, and learn how a stop for coffee on a road trip turned into nationwide historical database.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
11:17 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1260

Do you remember the movie "Mean Girls"? The screenplay to the 2004 film was written by Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star Tina Fey, who also had a role in the film.

The movie was a worldwide hit and remains almost a cult favorite 10 years later. But did you know it was based on a non-fiction book called "Queenbees and Wannabees"? Now the author of that book has left the world of girls and has headed over to the boys.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with author Rosalind Wisemen about her book about boys' world: Masterminds and Wingmen.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1259

Credit Emory University

Emory University in Atlanta is one of the top private universities in the US, with over 14 thousand students and an endowment in the billions.

And in the past few weeks its had something else of national importance: Ebola patients. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to some people behind the scenes of treating, and curing, patients with Ebola at Emory.

We'll also hear why the CDC pushing even harder for your school age kids to be vaccinated, follow a family from a life in the fields to life on campus.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1258

The advances made in the past decade or so in genetic testing have been astounding…and research in this area continues to go forward in labs and universities across the country. But there’s another place genetic tests are starting to pop up: homes. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the growth of in-home genetic testing and why this d0 it yourself trend may not always be a good idea.

We’ll also hear the story of a couple a veterans who are using training of the mind to leave the battles of war behind.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1257

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It takes a lot to survive a zombie apocalypse: speed, endurance, cunning…and apparently a working knowledge of calculus.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of the new novel Zombies and Calculus and see why surviving a zombie attack takes brains.

We’ll also hear an essay about running away from your school bully straight into adolescence. I’ll talk to a Florida ROTC teacher who recently wrote a book about how to get into the college of your choice…and pay for it.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1256

Former US Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch
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It seems like every other day someone in the media is talking about the American education system being "broken". They say it...and everyone nods in agreement. But one of the foremost authorities on education in the US says that public schools are doing fine...the real problem is the  growing trend towards privatization.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to former US Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, who calls the privatization movement a Reign of Error.

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