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 January 2, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1163

Anybody in the mood for an old fashioned, year-end best of show?  Good, because you’ve just tuned into one.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll take another listen to some of our most interesting stories of the past year.

We’ll learn about a school in Brooklyn that uses Applied Behavioral Analysis to help teach children with autism.  Hear the frustrations of teachers trying to advance their careers in a tough political and economic climate.  And find out about a computer that is making to move from games shows to clinical labs.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1162

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1162

We made it!  The year is just about over, and it was a year with a lot of loud politics.  But how many Americans really understand the system behind the politics?  There has been a call for a greater emphasis on civics education in the US. We spoke about that earlier this year with an author who says the only way to bridge the education gap between the rich and inner city schools is to realize that there is also a gap in those student’s life experiences.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, why schools should say No Citizen Left Behind.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1161

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1161

The search for energy continues to be one of the driving forces of our economy and policy.  Now, the University of Massachusetts is offering a doctoral program in wind power to speed the development of this source of renewable power. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a pair of professors at U-MASS about the program.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1160

How free is free speech on America’s college campuses?  There are some schools that seriously restrict speech and expression and there are some that feel it’s leading to a less tolerant society.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a first amendment lawyer about the state of free speech on campus.

We’ll also hear how the number of women graduating with science degrees is leading to rise in the number of women in the lab.

And we’ll spend an Academic Minute finding out what they’re looking at in those labs.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1159

During the presidential election season there was a lot of talk about illegal aliens.  Well, get ready...we’re about to talk about aliens again...but the other kind, the ones from outer space. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our astro-biology series returns with a look at the search for extraterrestrial life, and what finding it might mean for our society.

Then we’ll spend an Academic Minute taking a look at a very different kind of aliens species...one that is already having consequences here on Earth.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1158

Nobody who has ever read Moby Dick is going to walk away thinking Captain Ahab was a well adjusted specimen.  And Ahab may have fewer issues than some of Melville’s other characters.  Now, English Lit students are trying to diagnose just what the heck was going on with those classic characters. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, diagnosing literature.

Then we’ll hear about a number of NIH grants to study autism, find out how Sallie Mae can help you get the most bang for your college buck...and spend an Academic Minute getting out the youth vote.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1158

Nobody who has ever read Moby Dick is going to walk away thinking Captain Ahab was a well adjusted specimen.  And Ahab may have fewer issues than some of Melville’s other characters.  Now, English Lit students are trying to diagnose just what the heck was going on with those classic characters. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, diagnosing literature.

Then we’ll hear about a number of NIH grants to study autism, find out how Sallie Mae can help you get the most bang for your college buck...and spend an Academic Minute getting out the youth vote.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
8:48 am
Fri November 23, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1157

Remember the story of Johnny Appleseed...the man who legend says roaming the country planting his seeds wherever he went?  Well, Janisse Ray isn’t roaming the country planting seeds, she’s touring colleges and universities talking about the importance of saving different varieties of seeds before they are lost forever. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from Janisse about The Seed Underground.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1157

Remember the story of Johnny Appleseed...the man who legend says roaming the country planting his seeds wherever he went?  Well, Janisse Ray isn’t roaming the country planting seeds, she’s touring colleges and universities talking about the importance of saving different varieties of seeds before they are lost forever. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from Janisse about The Seed Underground.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1156

History is happening every day.  Some days may be more notable than others, but we never know when we wake up in the morning if today is going to be a day that will be remembered forever.  50 years ago, there were 13 days in October that became some of the most tense in American history.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and hear how the history books remember those days.

Then we’ll head to Philadelphia, where a group of students are working to make school safe for everyone, include LGBT students.

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