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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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Christopher Reynolds Foundation - $16,981.75 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Educational Fact Finding
Total Cost - $1,971.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba - San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of the Cuban embargo
Total Cost - $1,863.78

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Access the impact of the food and medicine embargo on the Cuban people with a particular focus on the Afro-Cuban population
Total Cost - $2,264.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,648.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Congressional Black Congress trip to Cuba
Total Cost - $1,329.23

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visited constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $1,350.73

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visit constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 31, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Cuba business fact finding
Total Cost - $1,298.26

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 6, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba - Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Explore first hand the issues currently facing the people of Cuba. An opportunity to foster a more pragmatic approach towards dealing with the Cuban government and finding constructive solutions to US/Cuba policy concerns.
Total Cost - $1,555.29

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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    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

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