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
1:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1174

If you turn on a light, send a text message or watch TV with any device made in the last few years, you’s using LED technology.  Advances in LEDs are happening rapidly...and some of those breakthroughs are coming from unexpected corners. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll meet a college student who invented a new type of LED...and won a prestigious competition along the way.

We’ll also hear how schools need to be turning out more lab technicians than they are now...and spend a academic minute talking about lizard’s tails.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1173

Earlier this year we told you about a law passed in the state of Massachusetts that gives the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education authority over any virtual schools that begin operating in the state.  At the time, there was only one such school...and that’s about to change.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear why a virtual school is literally closing.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
12:04 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1172

Talking about race in America is still an uncomfortable conversation.  But a professor in Boston found that teaching a class on the topic was a great way to bring the conversation to a racially diverse collection of high school students. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about that class and about the new book “High Schools, Race, and America’s Future What Students Can Teach Us About Morality, Diversity, and Community".

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1171

While you were vacationing last summer, there were groups of middle school students around the country on a quest in the search for the origins of life.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology Series returns with the students of the Exxon/Mobile, Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, and learn about their quest to find life on one of the moons of Saturn.

Plus we spend an academic minute exploring the link between the winds and the waters.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1170

The president’s annual State Of The Union Address usually has a little something for everyone...and this year’s was no different.  When it comes to education, the president focused on the very young. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear portions of the president’s speech and hear how one state is trying to get a jump on the trend of early education.    We’ll also learn about a collection of letters from one of America’s great 20th century writers: Kurt Vonnegut.  Plus we spend an academic minute juggling hate speech and the first amendment.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1169

There’s always been a conventional way to get an education.  You go to kindergarten, then grammar school, then high school, then college.  Then it’s off to the workplace, hope you enjoyed the ride, watch your step...have a nice day.  But with economic times being as dodgy as they’ve been over the past five years, that convention has been broken...at least when it come to college.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how the non-traditional student is the new normal.

Plus we spend an academic minute teaching old dogs news tricks.  Young ones, too.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1168

Teaching history can be daunting.  I mean, where do you start?  Even if you narrow it down to American history, there are so many stories that even the best teachers can only scratch the surface.  That’s what makes the “Don’t Know Much About...” book series so much fun.  Author Ken Davis takes a topic, like the presidents of the United States, and leaves you with information you didn’t know you didn’t know. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with Davis about his book about the POTUSes.

Plus we spend an academic minute with a few negative ads.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1167

When you switch on your computer in the morning, what’s the first page you see.  For millions, that home page is Google...and the first thing they notice is the Google Doodle.  Now students are being asked to design there own Google Doodle for a nice scholarship. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll get details of the contest.

We’ll also hear how budget cut backs have changed the lives of some teachers in Chicago, attend a training session for emergency room personnel and spend an academic minute learning about a rare condition that affects a child’s coordination.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1166

Many of us are still trying to make some kind of sense out of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Perhaps that’s impossible.  But in the days after the shooting people swarmed into the town to try and help. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a Red Cross volunteer who went to Newtown the day after the shootings.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:53 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1165

Remember correspondence schools?  That’s when you used to be able to take courses through the mail for complete a diploma or learn a trade.   Well people don’t use the mail for much anymore...they use the internet.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about virtual schools and how a northeastern state preparing for their growth.

We’ll also hear from a student who’s welcoming everyone to her personal jungle in her new a book.  Then it’s off to California for a visit to a traditional Mexican music school.  And we’ll spend an academic minute with out of tune banjos.

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