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 October 17, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1152

Almost nobody thinks getting a college education is bad.  The thing is, almost nobody can afford to pay the tuition without a little help.  That brings us to the 529 plans. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about the college savings plans that help families save tax-free for college.

We’ll also get tips from the NIH for ways to start healthy habits throughout the school year...hear about a student in Myanmar who is trying to follow his passion for music... and spend an Academic Minute trying to direct traffic in the sky.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1151

Over a century ago, a scientist set up one of the first microbiology labs in the United States.  Today, that lab is called the National Institutes of Health. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn the history of the NIH on it’s 125th birthday.

We’ll also listen in as students in Pennsylvania protest budget cuts to education...and we’ll talk to the author of a new children’s book with Goldilocks and three dinosaurs.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with some Neanderthals trying to act smart.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1150

From 1988 to 1993, Dania McKeller showed up on ABC TV each week as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years.  After the show left the air, she found a new passion: math. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from Dania about her forth math book for girls.

We’ll also meet a young man who composed, and published a crossword puzzle for the Sunday NY Times when he was only 17.

And we’ll spend an Academic Minute exploring an ancient Israeli mosaic floor.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1149

If you were to look around and find yourself among some flattened, rotating disks of cool dust and gas extending for tens to hundreds of astronomical units, then congratulations, you’ve entered the neighborhood of an irradiated proto-planetary disk.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with a guided tour of that star studded neighborhood..

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute directing traffic in that neighborhood.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1148

Dr. Madeline Levine, author of “TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: Parenting for Authentic Success - Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies or ‘Fat’ Envelopes”

As parents, one of our biggest desires and challenges is for our children to be successful.  The thing is, sometimes we can be real pains in the neck about it and it’s not helping.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of the book “Teach Your Children Well”, and try to find out how understanding and support beat so-called hyper-parenting any day of the week.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute finding out what color are the plants on other worlds.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1147

Schools are becoming more sensitive and proactive about the problem of bullying.  But there are places in schools where there is hidden bullying, or even worse, bullying that’s expected and accepted. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the issue of bullying on school sports teams.

Then we’ll head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where a battle is brewing over a proposed charter school that hopes to raise test scores for minority students.

And we’ll also spend an Academic Minute hearing how going green is putting some companies in the black.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1146

The Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa is the oldest and by far one of the most successful creative writing programs in the country.  How are we measuring success?  Graduates of the program have won virtually every major literary award, including 17 Pulitzer Prize winners, three recent U. S. Poets Laureate, and numerous winners of the National Book Award, MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, and other major honors.  Today on The best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll visit with the current director of the Iowa Writers Workshop.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1145

Millions of students across the country are heading back to school.  In some regions, they already been back for a few weeks.  But in New York City, the new school year is just about to begin. High school can be a rough time even for people who speak English...but for kids who are new to the language and the country, well, you can imagine.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to author Brook Hauser about the year she spent at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn...and the book that came from those experiences.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1144

Do you know what a sedimentary scientist does?  If your answer is “not much”, you misheard me.  Not sedentary...sedimentary.  It’s someone who pretty much digs in the dirt and looks for answers. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a sedimentary scientist and geo-chemist who is searching for the origins on life on Earth..in the Earth.

We’ll also spend an academic minute with plants that don’t need an dirt at all...at least they didn’t a few million years ago.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1143

OK, here’s a statement that reeks with obvious-ness: Students with diabetes have special needs.  The American Diabetes Association is working to train teachers and staff around the country to help with those needs.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the association’s Safe at School program.

We’ll also hear about the scientist who figured out how to study cell division, meet the music man of Durham, North Carolina who keeps band students going with teaching or playing a single note...and spend an academic minute inside your brain.

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