Joe Donahue

For quite some time, the word ‘refugees’ has been met with suspicion and more than a little fear. The 2016 election season and result didn’t help that at all. But there are refugee families trying to assimilate and become more American. Now, a new book details a year in the life of some refugee children as they adjust to their new home.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about that book called “The Newcomers”.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with children learning English at home…with an accent.

In 1997, a classic book on the psychology of racism was published called “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? - And Other Conversations About Race”.  Now that book has been updated and rereleased as a 20th anniversary edition and it seems as fresh as the day it was new.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum about the update of her book on race and education in the US.

Plus we’ll spend an academic minute getting an update on the refugee crisis, going all the way back to 400 BC.

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s probably the most asked question in a young person’s life. For many, answering it is a chore well into adulthood. But when they get to college, they are asked to instantly start down whatever path it is they think they want to take.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear why the arts and sciences should still be a big part of a higher education.

Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of learning and doing things. But few of us know which questions to ask, when to ask them…how to ask a question the right way. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from an Emmy-award-winning journalist Frank Sesno about how asking questions can be the key to learning…and living well.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute getting answers…about the opioid addiction crisis, past and present.

The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". The LEGO Group was founded in 1932. But, The LEGO brick is their most popular product. It has twice been named – “Toy of the Century”.

In his new book  Milk Money, Dartmouth’s Kirk Kardashian asks whether it is right that family farmers in America should toil so hard, produce a food so wholesome and so popular, and still lose money. He looks to uncover the hidden forces behind dairy farm consolidation, and explains why milk--a staple commodity subject to both government oversight and industry collusion--has proven so tricky to stabilize.