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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.

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National NAACP - $42,793.17 spent on 36 trips
93.5% spent on Democratic Party
6.3% spent on Independent Party
0.3% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 15, 2000 - April 16, 2000 (2 days)
Oakridge, TN
Purpose - Keynote speaker for Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Total Cost - $970.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
April 27, 2002 - April 27, 2002 (1 days)
Americus, GA
Purpose - deliver keynote speech
Total Cost - $500.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
July 8, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (1 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - speak on panel
Total Cost - $1,459.09

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (2 days)
Denver, CO
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,203.00

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
October 10, 2003 - October 11, 2003 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,017.00

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
October 25, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,413.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,029.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
November 9, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (2 days)
Carbondale, IL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $645.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
April 13, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $3,382.79

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
November 16, 2001 - November 17, 2001 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $3,559.63

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 9, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (1 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Participate as a panelist at 92nd annual convention
Total Cost - $1,044.25

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 23, 2001 - March 24, 2001 (2 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Keynote speaker for Freedom Fund dinner
Total Cost - $300.75

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 6, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (3 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - speak at annual conference
Total Cost - $315.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
October 25, 2001 - October 26, 2001 (2 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - Keynote speaker
Total Cost - $3,292.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speaker on "Women in the NAACP"
Total Cost - $2,750.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 12, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - keynote speaker at NAACP freedom fund dinner
Total Cost - $2,368.50

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 25, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (4 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - speak at a public policy reception; NAACP career day speaker; NAACP hip-hop summit speaker; NAACP freedom fund dinner speaker
Total Cost - $3,780.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
May 21, 2004 - May 21, 2004 (1 days)
Columbia, SC
Purpose - Speech to South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP
Total Cost - $1,300.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
July 12, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (1 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Speak at NAACP members at annual convention
Total Cost - $108.00

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
July 12, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (1 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $149.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
January 14, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Dr. Martin Luther King Event
Total Cost - $894.90

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
February 13, 2005 - February 13, 2005 (1 days)
Springfield, IL
Purpose - Springfield Branch NAACP 84th Annual Lincoln - Douglas Banquet
Total Cost - $582.78

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
April 9, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (2 days)
Cleveland, OH
Purpose - Speak at Freedom Fund Banquet
Total Cost - $493.90

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 30, 2004 - May 2, 2004 (3 days)
San Diego, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Springfield College
Purpose - Keynote speaker at NAACP training conference; Plenary speaker at Springfield College Conference for Social Service Providers
Total Cost - $801.00

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Speaker
Total Cost - $298.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 16, 2004 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Deliver speech
Total Cost - $435.25

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
October 9, 2004 - October 10, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,494.39

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 15, 2004 (1 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,022.70

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
June 10, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (2 days)
Knoxville, TN
Purpose - Speaking event: Freedom Fund dinner
Total Cost - $517.60

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
May 27, 2005 - May 29, 2005 (3 days)
Destin, FL
Purpose - The Congressman moderated a general session at the NAACP leadership 500 Summit in Destin, FL
Total Cost - $1,351.40

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Charlotte, NC
Purpose - Speak at Daisy Bates Forum on Education
Total Cost - $538.91

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Fairbanks, AK
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
July 10, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (2 days)
Milwaukee, WI
Purpose - To participate as a guest speaker at the 2005 Annual NAACP Convention
Total Cost - $1,067.33

LEWIS, JOHN - Democratic Party
September 17, 2005 - September 18, 2005 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost -

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
October 8, 2005 - October 9, 2005 (2 days)
Portland, ME
Co-sponsor(s): City of Portland
Purpose - Speech/presentation
Total Cost - $709.00

LEWIS, JOHN - Democratic Party
November 3, 2005 - November 4, 2005 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Congressman was being honored/speaking engagement
Total Cost -

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.