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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

  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

    Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
  • 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.
  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

    For decades psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite.

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

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

  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

    Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
  • 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.
  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

    For decades psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite.

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U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress - $122,397.98 spent on 33 trips
41.9% spent on Democratic Party
4.1% spent on Independent Party
54.1% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $3,646.40

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
March 26, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (3 days)
Germany
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,192.50

DANNER, PAT - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual Congress-Bundentag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,847.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,662.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,046.31

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $2,633.60

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,611.50

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,139.00

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - To attend the 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,227.74

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - 18th Annual Congress-Bundestag Exchange Seminar
Total Cost - $2,128.37

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,835.50

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy
Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $5,104.91

LAFALCE, JOHN J - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,606.00

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - attend Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $807.60

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,011.40

MATHESON, JIM MR - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congressional Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

PICKETT, OWEN B - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $1,290.00

ROMERO-BARCELO, CARLOS - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $4,600.40

ROSS, MICHAEL A - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual congress-Budentag seminar
Total Cost - $7,165.64

SLAUGHTER, LOUISE M - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual congress - Bundetag Seminar
Total Cost - $704.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 15, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (2 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Attend 20th Annual Congress Berndestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,065.00

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,555.20

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GERLACH, JIM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives, and EU and NATO officials to discuss the US - German relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN
Purpose - Meeting of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a parliamentary exchange program between US Congressional and German Government leaders
Total Cost - $2,401.30

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of mutual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace process and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $7,091.98

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Twin Cities, MN
Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Total Cost - $1,179.25

DEAL, NATHAN - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of manual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace processes and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

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

  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

    Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
  • 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.
  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

    For decades psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite.