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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.

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Brookings - $24,111.70 spent on 10 trips
51.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
48.6% spent on Republican Party

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Total Cost - $2,946.09

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
January 10, 2002 - January 13, 2002 (4 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Total Cost - $2,111.00

JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - welfare reform and Beyond Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $4,547.00

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - congressional retreat on welfare reform
Total Cost - $1,687.50

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Total Cost - $2,108.18

MINK, PATSY - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Total Cost - $4,324.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (4 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - welfare reform summit
Total Cost - $3,057.75

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Total Cost - $1,294.12

BINGAMAN, JEFF - Democratic Party
January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - To attend a welfare reform conference
Total Cost - $1,133.00

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Milwaukee, WI
Co-sponsor(s): Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Johnson Foundation
Purpose - To speak at Progressive Mayors - New Cities Project Conference
Total Cost - $903.06

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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  • 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.