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 August 8, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1142

Prudence Carter is Bob Barrett's guest this week on The Best Of Our Knowledge

Talking about race is never easy.  Talking about inequality among racial groups, and things start getting awkward.  Putting all that into the context of schools and education...congratulations you’ve started an argument.  The fact is that there is educational inequality in the US for many reasons.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll have a conversation about race, culture and inequality in two countries with difficult racial histories: the US and South Africa.

We’ll also spend an academic minute in a galaxy far, far away.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1141

Some parents dread the empty nest syndrome...that time in life when all their children have graduated school and moved off to make a life of their own.  Hey...some parents look forward to it!  One thing is certain...a whole lot of nests aren’t as empty as they thought.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll college grads moving back in with the folks.

We’ll also spend some time with the new president of the University of Vermont...and spend an academic minute developing a social memory.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1140

You learn from your mistakes.  That’s a little nugget of wisdom that’s been passed down through the years...and has the advantage of being true.  At least according to children’s author Barney Saltzberg. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about Saltzberg’s book celebrating the well placed mistake: “Beautiful Oops”.

We’ll also celebrate the 65th anniversary of the best selling children’s books ever: The Little Golden Books.  And we’ll spend an Academic Minute with some young puzzlers.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1139

This computer ‘question answering system” took the country by storm when it won on a popular game show.  What is Watson?  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how clinical laboratories are converting this computer technology into Dr. Watson.

We’ll also hear how students with Autism are being given help to make their way independently through life.  Find out about the importance of music education in school...and spend an Academic Minute learning how a musician’s wife paved the way for his lasting musical legacy.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1138

Survival of the fittest.  British philosopher Herbert Spencer coined that phrase back in the 18 hundreds and its been used as an interchangeable description of Darwin’s term “natural selection”.  But there are new theories that say life flourished on earth by cooperating...not competing. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Origins of Life series takes a look at survival of the most cooperative.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1137

Today, we’re going to talk about civics.  Now wait, before you get ready for a snooze or worse, change the station...hear me out.  There’s a new book out that 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.

We’ll also find out why a group known for farm life and education is building robots...and spend an academic minute helping older drivers.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1136

I think it goes without saying that on this program, we value knowledge.  The fact that we put that word in the title of the show is probably a dead giveaway.  But today we are going to hear from a Columbia University professor who thinks that ignorance hasn’t been given its due.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, is ignorance the driving force behind science?

We’ll also head to Minnesota and meet a high school chess champion...and we’ll spend an Academic Minute learning how cooperation is just how us humans roll.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1135

You can’t see them...but they’re there.  Billions of microscopic life forms just waiting for their chance to grab hold of something and start to grow.  And that includes you.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our astrobiology series gets small with a look at the tiniest life on the planet...and how it fares while off the planet.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute dealing with the issues caused by space travel.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1134

Death and English class often go together...and yes, you’re welcome to insert any joke about your English test scores right here.  The fact is when studying English, you encounter death from the first time you pick up Shakespear.  But how often are students encouraged to write about their own experiences with death. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from the author of Death Education In The Writing Classroom.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute exploring death and a host of other events that can cause grief.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1133

Making sure a child is getting the best education possible has its challenges...not the least of which is struggling to get through to a child with a history of disruptive behavior.  Finding a way to crack this code of disruptive behavior could make a huge difference.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about The Behavior Code.

We’ll also find out about a new effort to grade the nation’s school’s of education. And we’ll spend an Academic Minute with some nice, round numbers.

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