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Academic Minute

Freedom of speech is one of our most cherished freedoms, and one of our most misunderstood.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, an expert in media law talks about the first amendment’s long reach…and its limits.

We’ll also talk to a northeast college president about spending another spring with COVID, and spend an Academic Minute with cognitive contact tracing.

Last week we talked about getting into college in the age of COVID. But once you get in, there’s figuring out how to pay for it.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the price families are paying for college.

We’ll also hear how the pandemic is turning basic training into really basic training, and spend an Academic Minute seeing how parents are coping with virtual learning.

The prison population in the U.S. is well over 2 million people, and that means a lot of families are looking for ways to heal and stick together.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about P.O.P.S. - The Club, a school based program that helps students with an incarcerated parent or family member.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with young people dealing with prison from the inside.

There is a small but growing world of high-achievement education giving rise to after-school learning centers, spelling bees, and math competitions.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the trend towards hyper-education.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with superheroes and race relations.

Steve Sheinkin

Take one children’s author and one school librarian, and add a global pandemic, and you get a recipe for innovation. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how these two started an on-line game show that pits authors against the fans of their books.

You can watch the Author/Fan Face-Off HERE!

We’ll also look at some spring break research, and spend an Academic Minute with some artistic nuttiness.

HFS Books

Every year students around the country work hard, sacrifice and study to earn their PhD. But is earning that ultimate degree worth it?
Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a pair of professors who think the PhD as it currently exists is a relic that needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up.
We’ll also spend an Academic Minute trying to keep teachers.

Bob Barrett

You really do get to meet a lot of cool people when you put together a radio show every week. Earlier this year met an author and the keeper of his family’s business and that business is Dracula.

Nick Follger

At the end of most years, we spend a couple of weeks looking back at the important stories of the past 12 months. But this year, frankly, they weren’t exactly merry. So this year, we’ll just revisit some of the most interesting people we met this year.
We’ll talk to the artist who helped bring the Beatles to life on Saturday morning, and another who illustrated her own story, plus an Academic Minute looking for laughs.

Watch Ellen Forney's Ted Talk HERE.

World Almanac

There are many things that we have had to learn to live without here in 2020, but there is one annual tradition that will not be stopped by the corona. It’s the annual World Almanac and Book of Facts. The new edition for 2021 has just been released and it’s over one thousand pages of things you need to know, want to know, and had no idea that you wanted to know but are now glad you do.

Quinn Evans/Sandra Averhart / Brentwood Elementary School/WUWF Public Media

The past couple of weeks we have explored distance learning from the instructors and the parents’ point of view. Looks like it’s time to hear from the students.


Today on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how a brother and sister are tackling the school year.


Also stories about music and art education…and we’ll spend an Academic Minute playing games.
 

Bob Barrett / WAMC

Two educators at a northern New York college are about to roll out some new workshops to help today’s teachers meet the needs of today’s students. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about this teach-for-the-future project at SUNY Adirondack.

Island Books

Protect the health of the planet and you protect your own health. That’s an extremely boiled down version of the new book called “Planetary Health – Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves”. The emerging field of planetary health connects the dots between changes in Earth’s environment and the general wellbeing of us humans wandering around the planet. One of the co-editors of the book is Dr. Samuel Myers. Sam Myers is Director of the Planetary Health Alliance and a Principle Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H.

PublicAffairs Books

It’s no secret, America’s public schools are not having a stellar year. As the country continues to grapple with COVID-19, economic uncertainty, and social unrest, securing the funding needed to ensure a well-rounded, top-quality education for all of our nation’s students, from pre-K to grade 12, seems more difficult than ever. So why shouldn’t concerned parents place their trust in the private sector and vote to support charter schools and voucher programs?

As the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century made its way onto college campuses, the leaders of those institutions needed to find a way to keep the peace while making big changes.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how college presidents straddled the campus color line.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with equality on the links.

Google Classroom has been around for a few years, and it has never been more popular.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about distance learning tools from this tech giant.

We’ll also talk about one of the roadblocks to distance learning: broadband internet access…and we’ll spend an Academic Minute looking for some magic.

UWF

As colleges begin to reopen around the U.S. some are shutting right back down again.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about a new survey from The Princeton Review about how top colleges are planning on reopening for the Fall.

The current crop of school age children are more social media and less social social. But the coronavirus lockdowns are having an effect.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a report on the pandemic and Generation Z.

Junior Achievement

We’ve heard a lot about going back to school in the fall from parents and teachers and administrators, but what do the students think?

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear the results of a Junior Achievement survey.

We’ll also learn how the army is adjusting its recruiting strategy, look at the results of distance learning, and spend an Academic Minute respecting digital literacy.

Every library Institute

When students go back to school every fall, it takes a while to get them back up to speed and learning again. It’s called a summer slide. Now a group of school librarians are worried about a larger gap and are ready to help. The Every Library Institute has published a white paper report on the topic.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the fight against COVID slide.

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.

If you were asked to name a group of classic US political villains, Joe McCarthy’s name would be right near the top of most lists. But for a four year period, that wasn’t the case.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about a new biography of this American demagogue.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute whipping up a little laughter.

NOAA

The Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded in April of 2010. But it was 10 years ago this month that the oil began showing up on the shore.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a researcher and an emergency manager about the history of the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute recreating the spill in a lab.

New South Books

A man born into slavery eventually became the first African American elected to Congress from Alabama.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about Benjamin Sterling Turner, and hear how his story became a children’s book.

We’ll also hear how a jazz ensemble teacher and his  students are dealing with distance learning, and spend an Academic Minute traveling during a pandemic.

Bob Barrett

A lot of people who are stuck at home staring out the window are learning to enjoy what’s flying around outside that window.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about a new course on the joy of birdwatching.

We’ll also hear how students are making up for lost learning and some awesome technology. And we’ll spend an Academic Minute with our mixed-race future.

“The decade of progressive change”…that’s what a retired English teacher called the years 1967 to 1977 when he taught in New Orleans. He says that was the perfect time and place for innovation.

Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about creativity and chaos.

We’ll also hear how recruiters are getting busy and spend an Academic Minute with sour dough lessons.

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

AACC

The next phase of testing for COVID-19 will be testing to see if people have antibodies for the virus. But some scientists have written a paper saying “slow down”.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation about serum testing for the coronavirus.

We’ll also learn how a reporting error is hurting student’s credit scores, using screen time to explore the outdoors, and spend an Academic Minute with platinum cancer drugs.

There is a small but growing world of high-achievement education giving rise to after-school learning centers, spelling bees, and math competitions.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the trend towards hyper-education.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with childhood anxiety.

Courtesy Santa Rosa County School District

School schedules and work schedules are competing for time and space in the home right now.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how books and stories are helping to keep the peace.

We’ll also hear about the rise of contact tracers, learn how labs rearranging their priorities, and spend an Academic Minute with some timely nursing.

To understand how life developed and thrived in prehistoric times, it’s a pretty good idea to start by saving the life that’s still walking around.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conservationist talks about saving the last rhinos.

We’ll also hear how students at some rural colleges are coping with COVID, and spend an Academic Minute looking for ET.

When you stop and think about it, archaeologists basically study stuff people left lying around. So how can they study a city that completely disappears every year?

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll experience the archaeology of Burning Man.

We’ll also hear how at least one graduating got a socially distant ceremony, and spend an Academic Minute studying the humanities.

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