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The history of psychedelics, and mind and mood altering substances in the United States is a complicated one, rife with bizarre turns and at least a dash of bigotry. Though psychedelics have been intertwined with hippie culture and, to some
Terri Lyne Carrington has been playing and recording music in the company of rarified jazz talent for more than 40 years. A part of that career has been working in education, and beginning in 2005, the drummer began teaching private lessons at
There’s a spot atop California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains where research on snowpack and drought began more than 70 years ago. At one point, there were several labs up and running in the area. Now, just one associated with the University of C
During the past few years, comedians seemingly have become cultural avatars, their performances garnering coverage in news outlets and their perspectives becoming political sign posts. But before anyone ends up headlining a tour or hosting a la
During his 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden had an eye on student-loan debt relief. While there hasn’t been large-scale forgiveness, Biden has continued the pause on repayments that the Trump administration began at the onset of the COVID-
Climate change, shrinking wildlife habitats, rising sea levels, and vanishing species. These are big, important ideas that deserve a proper exploration—just the type of revealing journey you will experience in "The Atlas of a Changing Climate."
When Bill Schutt writes a book, it tends to get messy, at least his non-fiction books. His first was called “Dark Banquet” which dealt with vampire bats and other creatures who feed on blood. To follow that up he wrote “Cannibalism – A Perfectl
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. It is a beloved part of American culture. But its founder, a British scientist named James Smithson, never once set foot on American soil. So, who would
Protect the health of the planet and you protect your own health. That’s an extremely boiled down version of the new book called Planetary Health – Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves. The emerging field of planetary health connects the dots
Now that sending your kids off to school means sending them to the dining room, people need guidance on how to make this new way of learning actually work. This week on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about The Parents’ Distance Learning
Taking over a century of children’s stories and assembling a comprehensive collection is quite an undertaking. Now, make those stories that were originally written in Yiddish, and you end up with an impressive package of all forms of writing an
This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll explore the digitization of libraries. The dream of creating a universal library has been around since there have been libraries. In the digital age, several research libraries wanted to make thi
This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about a new survey from The Princeton Review about how top colleges are planning on reopening for the Fall. We’ll also visit a university campus on a very different looking move-in day, talk a
Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about distance learning tools brought to us by Google. We’ll also talk about one of the roadblocks to distance learning: broadband internet access…and we’ll spend an Academic Minute looking for so
One thing we all learned last year is that the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically shifted the college experience. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the editor of the Princeton Review about his new book that explains gett
June first was the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Over the past few years, there it seems there have been more, and more powerful hurricane hitting the United States, and scenes of massive damage from the storms have almost become
This week, since it was first published in 1995, James W Loewen’s book “Lies My Teacher Told Me – Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” has sold over 2 million copies. In 2018, a new edition of the book was released, with a new p
For 30 years, The Princeton Review has been publishing a comprehensive list of what they determine to be the best colleges in the country. The list is the result of thousands of interviews with students and in-person visits to campuses. The lat
Every year students around the country work hard, sacrifice, and study to earn their PhD. But is earning that ultimate degree worth it? What's wrong with the PhD?
The next phase of testing for COVID-19 will be testing to see if people have antibodies for the virus. But some scientists have written a paper saying “slow down”. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation about serum testing for
On this week's The Best Of Our Knowledge, we discuss birds, a pre-k book program, and terrifyingly awesome technology. Dr. Kevin McGowan is an Ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York who has taught thousands of be
Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the segregationist history of the school choice movement. School choice has been an explosive issue since the day the term was first coined. It was largely touted as a system that would en
Sandra Day O’Connor made history as the first woman on the US Supreme Court. But women have been considered for the court since the 1930s. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll open up history class and talk about the women shortlisted
As the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century made its way onto college campuses, the leaders of those institutions needed to find a way to keep the peace while making big changes. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how
Not every student learns the same way, but given the proper attention, they can all learn. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the founders of a guide to colleges for students who learn differently. The K & W Guide to Colleges
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