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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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Trips sponsored by

Center for International Policy


Total cost of 47 trips: $78,284.19


Traveler: Charles Stenholm (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.69
source

Traveler: Blanche Lincoln (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,197.00
source

Traveler: Ben Noble (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,197.00
source

Traveler: Marion Berry (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP/DISCUSS IMPACT OF U.S. EMBARGO
Date: May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,874.00
source

Traveler: William Eldridge (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/DISCUSS IMPACT OF U.S. EMBARGO DISCUSS RICE TRADE
Date: May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,697.00
source

Traveler: Jerry Moran (from the office of Jerry Moran)
Destination: HAVANA GULFTREAM
Purpose: EXAMINE AGRICULTURAL TRADE OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $932.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Hemmer (from the office of Jerry Moran)
Destination: HAVANA GULFTREAM
Purpose: EXAMINE AGRICULTURAL TRADE OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $932.00
source

Traveler: Mike Thompson (from the office of Mike Thompson)
Destination: San Francisco/MIAMI/CUBA/MIAMI/San Francisco
Purpose: TO MEET WITH CUBAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, TRADE REPRESENTATIVES AND U.S. INTEREST SECTION OFFICIALS.
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,494.50
source

Traveler: Bob Filner (from the office of Bob Filner)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,205.00
source

Traveler: Mike Thompson (from the office of Mike Thompson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,410.00
source

Traveler: Sam Farr (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,029.00
source

Traveler: Pamela Barry (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,205.00
source

Traveler: J J Piskadlo (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ARAUCA, COLOMBIA
Purpose: RESEARCH: CONFLICT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,280.00
source

Traveler: Cliff Stammerman (from the office of William Delahunt)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ARAUCA, COLOMBIA
Purpose: RESEARCH: CONFLICT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,280.00
source

Traveler: Anthony Silberfeld (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ARANCA, COLOMBIA
Purpose: RESEARCH: CONFLICT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,280.00
source

Traveler: Anna Koeckeritz (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ARAUCA, COLOMBIA
Purpose: RESEARCH: CONFLICT, HUMAN RIGHTS & DRUG POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,280.00
source

Traveler: Edward Steiner (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ARAUCA, COLOMBIA
Purpose: RESEARCH: CONFLICT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,280.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Boxer (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: CALIFORNIA TRADE
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,910.00
source

Traveler: Pamela Barry (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,304.00
source

Traveler: Calvin Dooley (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination:
Purpose: CUBA
Date: Jul 26, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: SANTA BARBARA
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF U.S. - CUBA POLICY
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $350.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Howe (from the office of Pat Roberts)
Destination: MIAMI TO CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $958.00
source

Traveler: Dan Archer (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: HAVANNA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EXPLORE OPENING TRADE WITH CUBA
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,258.00
source

Traveler: John Seggerman (from the office of Lincoln Chafee)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: MEET WITH VARIOUS OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS US-CUBA RELATIONS
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,258.00
source

Traveler: Kent Conrad (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION PRIMARILY IN THE AREA OF AGRICULTURE
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,142.00
source

Traveler: Bob Van Heuvelen (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION PRIMARILY IN THE AREA OF AGRICULTURE
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,181.00
source

Traveler: Timothy Galvin (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION PRIMARILY IN THE AREA OF AGRICULTURE
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,181.00
source

Traveler: Brian Moran (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: TO MEET WITH CUSTOM OFFICIALS & NON-GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS US AGRICULTURAL SALES AND US-CUBAN RELATIONS
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,258.00
source

Traveler: Katherine Mcguire (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: SENATE STAFF FACT-FINDING MISSION TO CUBA IN ORDER TO OBSERVE FIRST-HAND THE SITUATION IN CUBA: PARTICIPATE IN HIGH LEVEL MEETINGS WITH AGRICULTURE, TRADE, FOREIGN RELATIONS, HEALTH, AND EDUCATION OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,258.00
source

Traveler: Pamela Barry (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Tom Harkin (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,386.00
source

Traveler: Mark Halverson (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,650.00
source

Traveler: Maria Gutierrez (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,650.00
source

Traveler: Peter Reinecke (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,700.00
source

Traveler: James Foley (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Sep 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,760.00
source

Traveler: Kim Falcon (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Sep 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,660.00
source

Traveler: Tim Punke (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Traveler: Laura Hayes (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: John Gilliland (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Dennis Rehberg (from the office of Dennis Rehberg)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Erik Iverson (from the office of Dennis Rehberg)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Max Baucus (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Sep 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Traveler: Patrick Meuleman (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
Purpose: STRATEGY MEETING FOR FREEDOM TO TRAVEL TO CUBA
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $850.00
source

Traveler: Anya Landau (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, GA
Purpose: CUBA POLICY RETREAT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $870.00
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
Purpose: TO DEMONSTRATE SOLIDARITY IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT OF OLANCHO'S MARCH FOR LIFE, A MARCH IN PROTEST OF ILLEGAL LOGGING IN HONDURAS AND THE CORRUPTION THAT SUSTAINS IT.
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,628.00
source

Traveler: Jim Jeffords (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: TO ENCOURAGE GREATER TRADE WITH THE STATE OF VERMONT AND TO INVESTIGATE THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STATUS OF CUBA
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,450.00
source

Traveler: Laurie Heim (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: ENCOURAGE GREATER TRADE WITH STATE OF VERMONT. INVESTIGATE CURRENT POLITICAL & ECONOMIC STATUS OF CUBA
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $1,525.00
source



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

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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

    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.