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.

CD's of the program are available by calling:1-800-323-9262

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1192

I think it’s safe to say that over the past few decades we have made enormous changes and advances in the way we communicate. Information is flowing at an amazing pace in almost every aspect in life.  However…there is one surprising hold out: the scientific journal. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation on the evolution, or lack thereof, of scientific journals.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1191

For years here on TBOOK we’ve been running our Astrobiology series which, among other things, chronicles scientists’ efforts to discover the origins of life.  And it’s not just life on Earth.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a woman who is a scientist and an explorer doing a long distance search for life on Mars.

We’ll also hear about the discovery of a new species of fish in a very unusual…and dry…location.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1190

We hear a lot about the amount of debt many students take on while attending college.  But how many of those schools are making sure those students know how to deal with that debt...or even understand it once they graduation? Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about one northeast school that now mandates courses in financial literacy for all their students.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute trying to find a little financial sense in the cost of health care in the US.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1189

The question of race is never easy...and it’s not going away anytime soon. This week on The Best Of Our Knowledge, a look at High Schools, Race, and America's Future.

We’ll also spend an academic minute looking at the evolution of skin color.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1188

A subject we’ve hit on a lot here is the challenge of reviving inner city schools and giving those students equal opportunities with more affluent districts.  Funny thing...it’s happening right now. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about some improbable scholars turning around a school system in New Jersey.

We’ll also meet a man who keeps a school system musical without playing a single note...hear commentary about keeping things fun...and spend an academic minute learning about yesterday’s climate on today’s Hudson River.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1187

Although some high school students might disagree with this, science is not a dry topic.  In fact, studying life on Earth, or on any other planet for that matter has to begin in water.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology Series returns with a look at the importance of water in the study...and the origins of life.

Plus we’ll spend an academic minute finding out why humidity makes it harder to keep your cold drink cold.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1186

I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that swift and amazing changes have taken place in this, the digital age.  But according to a pair a executives from Google, we ain’t seen nothing yet. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear a conversation with this pair of high tech execs about what they call the NEW digital age.

We’ll also hear about technology you can wear...and how it is improving the study of people with autism.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1185

Are schools killing creativity in today’s young people.  According to Sir Ken Robinson they are.  He has written about getting to most out of your talents and his new book continues the message. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with Sir Ken Robinson.

We’ll also hear how budget cut backs have changed the lives of some teachers in Chicago and spend an academic minute hearing how family dinners are good for the soul.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1184

Bullying in schools is no longer a dirty little secret.  As awareness of the problem grows, the call for answers gets louder.  So, what’s next?  What can be done to make bullying a thing of the past. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, the final installment of our five part series on bullying.

We’ll also hear from a journalist who set out to write a book about the over-medication of today’s children...and wound up coming to a totally different conclusion.  And we’ll spend an academic minute exploring the surprising gender gap in college.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1183

If someone is going to make a joke about a college major, Art History is usually the first target.  But art history can be an important look at the social and political history of an era...and that was never more evident than the Renaissance.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll take a look at the history of that historically creative time through the lens of two of its giants: Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

And we’ll spend an academic minute with another cultural giant: Dr. Who.

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