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.
#1331: "The Song of the Stars"
Mar 23, 2016 • 25:00
Space is hot. Yes, I do in fact know that outer space is icy cold… but here on planet earth, shows about the planets and exploration of the universe are turning some astrophysicists into rock stars. Well now there’s one who would rather be a star in interpretive dance. Today…
#1332: "Destination Imagination"
Mar 30, 2016 • 25:00
More schools around the country are emphasizing STEM education to help students get a head start in a world that is rapidly becoming more technology driven. But with all that science and math…is there any room for creativity? Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about a group…
#1333: 30 Million Words
Apr 7, 2016 • 24:56
Over the years we’ve heard about the importance of reading to our children from a very young age. Now, there’s research to show that just talking to children from the moment of birth can help their brains develop…and the number of words is extremely important. Today on the Best of…
#1334: Defending Darwin - Evolution Education In The US
Apr 14, 2016 • 25:00
It always strikes us as a little odd when someone talks about either believing or not believing in evolution. While we understand the theological arguments, and trust me we’re not getting into one today, the current scientific evidence shows evolution to be a fact, not a belief system. But still,…
#1335: "Spectrum of Kindness"
Apr 21, 2016 • 25:00
So how should we tackle the subject of autism, as a health or medical issue or as an education issue? You could make an argument for either. April is Autism Awareness Month…and we’re going to look at it as something people live with. And there are stories about all of…
#1336: "Talking Science With Ira Flatow"
Apr 28, 2016 • 25:00
Back in the early 1970s, a new network called National Public Radio hired a young producer out of college who had two special interests: baseball and science. And since the network didn’t plan on doing much sports coverage, he finally got on the air with that other topic. Today on…
#1337: "The 'Stronger Nation' Report"
May 4, 2016 • 25:00
Every year, the Lumina Foundation, a national organization that monitors post-secondary education and works towards increasing the number of Americans with college degrees releases a report on just how many students have gotten that piece of paper. The report for 2016 has just been released. Today on the Best of…
#1338: "Women, The Church And Higher Education"
May 13, 2016 • 25:00
If you spent any of your school years at all in a Catholic school, then you probably spent some time being taught by nuns. Over the years, more and more Catholic schools are turning to lay teachers as fewer women are called to a religious vocation. But there is at…
#1339: "Reading Reconsidered"
May 18, 2016 • 25:00
Reading is the core of the Common Core. For the most part, education cannot begin without a student first learning how to read. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the co-author of the new book Reading Reconsidered, which looks at the power of reading and how…
#1340: "Virtual Reality Use In Education"
May 25, 2016 • 25:00
Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll see how virtual reality is saving lives today…and training students to save more in the future. Then we’ll head to northern New York where several schools are practicing something called restorative justice. And we’ll also spend an academic minute learning all about…