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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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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New Atlantic Initiative, part of American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC - $108,593.02 spent on 32 trips
16.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
83.5% spent on Republican Party

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Manassas, VA
Purpose - bipartisan retreat for US house of representatives ways and means and US Senate Finance Committee members for policy discussions on economic, tax and deficit issues
Total Cost - $670.19

HARMAN, JANE - Democratic Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Aspen, CO
Purpose -
Total Cost - $4,655.00

HUTCHINSON, WILLIAM ASA - Republican Party
June 23, 2001 - June 24, 2001 (2 days)
Vail, CO
Purpose - Participate in panel.
Total Cost - $3,233.00

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Manassas, VA
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $377.39

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 21, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - World Forum
Total Cost - $900.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 19, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (4 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - 2003 World Forum
Total Cost - $954.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
Berlin, Germany
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - Attend conference on international terrorism
Total Cost - $1,266.58

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Manassas, VA
Purpose - AEI Economic Policy congressional Retreat. Robert Trent Jones Club
Total Cost - $765.86

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - economic policy retreat
Total Cost - $600.08

SANFORD, MARSHALL C JR - Republican Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Denver, CO
Purpose - Social security - gave speech
Total Cost - $815.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Avon, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - panel discussions
Total Cost - $2,710.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Gainesville, VA
Purpose - panel discussion on economy and taxes
Total Cost - $377.39

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
June 24, 2000 - June 27, 2000 (4 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Attendance at AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $4,390.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 9, 2000 - March 12, 2000 (4 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Air fare for Senator's spouse to accompany Senator Biden to the New Atlantic Initiative Conference on Balkan Strategies. Senator Biden was already in Paris on Foreign Relations Committee business
Total Cost - $4,252.03

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,077.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,399.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
June 20, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (4 days)
Vail, CO
Purpose - Forum. Washington, DC - Vail, CO
Total Cost -

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 21, 2003 (2 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Attend the AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $2,020.50

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 22, 2001 - June 24, 2001 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Total Cost - $710.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Participate in a panel discussion on counter terrorism
Total Cost - $4,124.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Participate in AEI World Forum panel discussion
Total Cost - $5,697.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Moderator in group discussions for the 2004 AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $3,210.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Speaking engagement and panel participation - AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $3,210.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $4,900.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - Congressional issues forum
Total Cost - $5,082.00

THOMPSON, FRED - Republican Party
July 22, 2001 - July 24, 2001 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - To moderate and participate in panel discussions
Total Cost - $480.00

THOMPSON, FRED - Republican Party
June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - to moderate and participate in panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,692.00

BINGAMAN, JEFF - Democratic Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Purpose - To participate in AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $4,670.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Avon, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,210.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - Moderator in group discussions for the 24th annual AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $5,183.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): Vail Valley Foundation
Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Total Cost - $27,962.00

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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.