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The Best Of Our Knowledge

Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.

Twitter: @TBOOKnowledge

Ways to Connect

Mayo Clinic

The fight against COVID-19 is going on today in clinics and hospitals and testing sites. But that fight began in a clinical lab.

Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk with a microbiologist from the Mayo Clinic about how the coronavirus was identified and how tests are being developed.

Find Dr. Pritt's blog called Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites here.

UWF

The coronavirus has forced colleges and universities to switch to online classes. And that’s forced teachers and students to adapt in a hurry.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how one university is making the switch, and how congress adjusted the GI Bill.

We’ll also talk about medical education, and spend an Academic Minute with political humor and gender.

Ellen Forney

So you’re a successful cartoonist and you want to tell the story of your life with bipolar disorder, what do you do? Ellen Forney started drawing. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about her very personal graphic memoirs. 

See Ellen Forney's Ted Talk here.

We’ll also hear how to save the world with video games from Jane McGonigal, an author, public speaker and video game designer.

Find Jane McGonigal's Ted Talks here.

A pair of film makers from Florida has explored the history of the Vietnam War from an interesting perspective: surfing.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we follow the journey back to China Beach. We’ll also hear about the Army’s new recruiting campaign.

Most students look forward to building a life and becoming independent, but for millions of young adults that opportunity seems far away.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about these young people who are disconnected from success.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with successful students who feel like impostors.

There is still a feeling that the quality of writing from today’s students is not what it should be. The issue may not be with the students. Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear why improving the quality of writing may start with the death of the 5 paragraph essay.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute looking for education potential in your genes.

I’m Bob Barrett…that’s this week on The Best of Our Knowledge.

Bob Barrett

Studying history, including your own family history can be fascinating. And if one of your ancestors happened to write the original novel Dracula, well how cool is that? And there might be a little actual history involved in that story.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to Dacre Stoker, the great grandnephew and keeper of the estate of Bram Stoker.

We’ll also spend an academic minute looking for less famous vampires.

Want to teach accounting students about real world tax returns? Send them out in the real world to do people’s taxes. That's what students at a Florida university are doing, they're volunteering with the United Way's VITA program.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how students are getting involved while getting credit

The world’s coral reefs are magnificent living organisms that are teeming with all forms of sea life. Today on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to one of the leading scientists studying the reefs about his new memoir and find out if the future of ocean life is bright.

Beatles Cartoon Art Show

A significant number of colleges are basing their admissions on a student’s grades rather than test scores.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about a new set of answers to the GPA vs test scores question.

We’ll also meet someone who went from art school to the Beatles. Scooby Doo, too. And we’ll spend an academic minute writing an autobiography.

As we head into Black History Month we’ll hear stories about Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner and Dr. King. But there are so many other fascinating stories to tell.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a remarkable school for young black students in 19th Century New York City.

We’ll also spend an academic minute with a not so well known African American historian.

HMH Books

There are students who, due to lack of interest or ability, are just not ready for college. That can make a huge difference in their future.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how our college years can make or break us.

We’ll also look at school based health centers, and spend an Academic Minute with everyone’s hero: mom.

C-SPAN

For the fourth time in American history, congress has started impeachment proceedings against the president. However, this is not a new or particularly American experience.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we open up history class to look at the past, present and future of impeachment.

We’ll also look at the advantages and the academic future of being bilingual.

PRX

One of the best ways to educate yourself about a community is to read, watch or listen to their local media. But independent local media outlets are becoming scarce.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we present the story of the death, and possible resurrection of the Missoula Independent.

We’ll also talk about medical ethics inside the lab, and spend an Academic Minute with big and small dogs.

One of the things I love about producing this program every week is I get to meet and talk to some really fascinating people who are way smarter than I am. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll reintroduce you to traveling school evaluator and the director of the Mississippi Blues Trail.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with your brain on music.

Coming to the end of the year is a good time to look back at some our favorite conversations of 2019, including one about the impact of science on the cold war.

We’ll also spend some time reviewing the teacher labor actions from early in the year…and spend an Academic Minute checking time on your body clock.

©Paul Kitagaki Jr.

After the start of World War II, more than 110 thousand Japanese-Americans were rounded up and taken to desolate detention camps. For most of us this is a dark stain on American history. For Paul Kitagaki, it’s personal. For more than a decade he has been tracking down and photographing survivors of the camps and their families. Now, the project has all come together in the stunning new book “Behind Barbed Wire – Searching for Japanese-Americans Incarcerated during World War II”.

We can accumulate a lifetime of knowledge and lose it all to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers continue to look for ways to combat this loss.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a pair of researchers who are taking two very different approaches to Alzheimer’s disease.

We’ll also hear from the Alzheimer’s Association…and spend an Academic Minute studying a population of healthy agers.

Most students whose high school career was all about college preparation likely don’t end up in community college. That means teachers at community colleges have challenges that university instructors likely don’t even think about. Getting past those challenges is the topic of Felicia Darling’s new book Teachin’ It – Breakout Moves That Break Down Barriers for Community College Students. Dr. Darling is an education researcher and long-time community college math teacher.

Whenever we hear the word fake these days, the mental reflex is to think the word news. But fakes have been a part of society, well pretty much forever. It’s the history of fakes that we’re talking about today with Dr. Lydia Pyne, a writer and historian of science, and currently a visiting researcher at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her new book is called “Genuine Fakes – How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff”.

In 2016, Dr. Monique W. Morris examined the experience of black and brown girls in school with her book “Pushout - The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”. We spoke to her about the book when it came out. Now she’s back with a further exploration of the experience of young girls of color in school with her follow up called “Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues – Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls”.

So you’ve just figured out how to survive in college and now it’s time to take on the business world. That presents a whole new bucket of issues.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about navigating the dos and don’ts of workplace culture for someone just getting started.

See Advice From Someone Else's dad HERE!

We’ll also hear from a history major who decided to travel before jumping into business, and spend an Academic Minute with language and nationalism.

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We love our devices. Phones, tablets, games, fit bits…there’s a gadget or gizmo to keep us busy at all times. But is that helpful?

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how our devices may be disrupting development, and how to respond.

We’ll also hear about a new online poll school, and spend an Academic Minute with some interesting yays and nays.

ted dot com

Video games are everywhere. The industry continues to grow, and the games themselves do serve a purpose.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll meet Jane McGonigal, a game designer who creates games that educate and heal. You can listen to Jane's TED Talks Here and Here.

Bob Barrett

A city as unique as New Orleans is bound to have a colorful history. Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the characters who created this unique American city.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute reporting on disasters.

I’m Bob Barrett…that’s this week on The Best of Our Knowledge.

More students than ever are taking AP classes in high school. That means more ambitious goals for many schools. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation about the past, present and future of advanced placement classes.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute looking for critters and stuff in your water.

If you attend college looking for vocational training, you may end up with a degree, a certificate, and maybe a special badge in empathy. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation about digital badges.

We’ll also hear about reports and programs focusing on preventing gun violence in school, and spend an Academic Minute with a mass shooting database.

Advances in technology over the past decade or two have been amazing, rapid, and for many of us, terrifying. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about a new book of terrifyingly awesome technology for students.

We’ll also talk about new training for ordering medical tests, learn how mental illness can lead to deportation, and spend an Academic Minute embracing students with disabilities.

The state of higher education the in US has changed dramatically since the end of World War II. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, 75 years of American higher ed.

We’ll also talk schools partnering for a nursing degree, and spend an Academic Minute learning to apologize.

Here’s a quick quiz, who was the architect of the New Deal? Easy? You’d think so, however it appears 18% of you think the the answer is AOC, not FDR. Today on The Best of Our Knowledge, the somewhat depressing results of a survey about the state of civics education in the US.

We’ll also talk about the 100th anniversary of a major scientific breakthrough, and spend an Academic Minute building a tavern.

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