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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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Renaissance Weekend - $19,706.68 spent on 11 trips
61.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
38.5% spent on Republican Party

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 1999 - January 2, 2000 (6 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - conference participation
Total Cost - $1,697.60

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Participate in seminars
Total Cost - $1,855.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
December 28, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - enhance understanding of some issues Congress may address this year, especially terrorism.
Total Cost - $2,150.00

CONRAD, KENT - Democratic Party
December 28, 2000 - January 1, 2001 (5 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - Participate in discussions of current issues
Total Cost - $4,360.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
March 21, 2003 - March 23, 2003 (3 days)
Amelia Island, FL
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $674.88

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2003 - January 1, 2004 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
December 30, 2004 - December 31, 2004 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Speech and seminars
Total Cost - $600.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,680.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2002 - January 1, 2003 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in conference sessions
Total Cost - $1,889.20

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?

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