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American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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World Economic Forum - $177,899.20 spent on 42 trips
42.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
58.0% spent on Republican Party

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $6,894.50

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $9,881.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 25, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (7 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participant and attended meetings
Total Cost - $8,606.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in and attend conference
Total Cost - $2,009.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 20, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend and participate in forum
Total Cost - $5,349.40

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $3,450.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Total Cost - $1,425.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $3,440.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 26, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Forum's annual meeting
Total Cost - $7,490.53

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Total Cost - $7,161.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,802.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost -

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
January 21, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in forum
Total Cost - $8,983.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - conference participation
Total Cost - $6,894.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (3 days)
Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Forum meetings
Total Cost - $2,465.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Conference participation
Total Cost - $3,650.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in forum
Total Cost - $1,833.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (7 days)
Geneva, Switzerland - Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $7,004.22

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - attend conference and give presentation on American legislative perspectives
Total Cost - $6,894.50

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participant
Total Cost - $1,993.50

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate on a panel, Jan. 29-30 at personal expense
Total Cost - $4,640.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant on panel
Total Cost - $7,211.00

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - to discuss the future of NATO
Total Cost - $3,650.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant in World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos
Total Cost - $9,464.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participated in WEF annual meeting
Total Cost - $270.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - congressman participated in forum
Total Cost - $7,907.84

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speech and fact finding
Total Cost - $1,742.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - World Economic Forum Conference
Total Cost - $927.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 22, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attendance at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
Total Cost - $2,058.58

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - speaking engagement at work economic forum annual meeting
Total Cost - $6,038.56

GRAHAM, BOB - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $1,727.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 27, 2001 (3 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Speech, participation in Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,380.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participation in forum (four day event)
Total Cost - $1,711.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Conference
Total Cost - $5,919.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the world economic conference
Total Cost - $5,052.10

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in workshops
Total Cost - $2,156.00

TORRICELLI, ROBERT G - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To attend World Economic Forum conference
Total Cost - $1,871.00

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participate in the Forum's 30th annual meeting
Total Cost - $180.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (5 days)
Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in panels on various economic issues
Total Cost - $8,475.38

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 25, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels, meet with world leaders
Total Cost - $5,549.58

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 22, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels
Total Cost - $1,878.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in World Economic Forum meetings as part of CODEL Portman
Total Cost - $864.01

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

Recent Posts

  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.