Overcoming student loneliness
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5d ago
Research shows that college students are increasingly lonely. We’ll dive into a study that examines students’ mental health and how colleges and universities are fostering community and belonging. And the use of artificial intelligence in writing scientific research has skyrocketed. But does it create accuracy concerns ..read more
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FAFSA’s troubled rollout and advocating for school safety
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by WAMC
2w ago
The rollout of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, has been rocky this year. We’ll dig into how the bumpy rollout could affect colleges and universities. It’s been more than 6 years since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida. We’ll speak with Parkland parent and school safety advocate Max Schachter. And high school students in upstate New York are exploring careers in trucking.   ..read more
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Nate Powell and the legacy of “Lies My Teacher Told Me”
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by WAMC
2w ago
Published in 1995, James W. Loewen’s “Lies My Teacher Told Me” continues to challenge the U.S. education system and everything we thought we knew about American history. The book has now been adapted into a graphic novel. On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge we’ll speak with illustrator and National Book Award-winning comics artist Nate Powell ..read more
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Leonardo da Vinci’s machines and children’s theater
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by WAMC
3w ago
On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge: For five centuries, the world has benefitted from the artistic and scientific contributions from Leonardo da Vinci. A touring exhibit brings the Renaissance polymath’s ideas to life. We’ll go behind the scenes at America’s largest theater company for young people.   And it’s time for students preparing for college to fill out their federal student aid applications ..read more
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Bioacoustics and a cacophony of cicadas
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1M ago
On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge: Researchers are using artificial intelligence to listen in on the animal kingdom. Periodical cicadas this spring are singing in enormous numbers across the United States. It’s reunion hundreds of years in the making. And we’ll speak with young students who are exploring careers in education ..read more
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An AI-assisted commencement and blending art with tech
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by WAMC
1M ago
On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's bicentennial commencement will feature a special guest, brought to life with artificial intelligence technology. Students at Union College blend traditional fine art with advanced technology. And an indigenous student graduating from a South Dakota high school shares his ideas with an international audience ..read more
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Fantastic Fungi and evolving frogs
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by WAMC
1M ago
The 2019 documentary Fantastic Fungi continues to mesmerize audiences with its time-lapse photography and perspectives on perhaps the most misunderstood kingdom of life. The film has been remastered and is now showing in theaters. We’ll speak with director Louie Schwartzberg. And new research shows frogs are evolving faster than we thought ..read more
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The closing of Saint Rose
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by WAMC
2M ago
The College of Saint Rose, a private four-year institution in Albany, New York, will close at the end of the spring semester. We’ll hear from students and faculty who are facing important decisions on their education and employment ..read more
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Protecting soil and scanning collections
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by WAMC
2M ago
The documentary “Common Ground,” a follow-up to 2020’s “Kiss the Ground,” examines the U.S. agricultural system and the industrial threats to the nation’s farmland. On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll speak with film co-director Josh Tickell. And advanced 3D imaging is letting scientists examine and share museum specimens in a new way ..read more
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The Night Visitors
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by WAMC
2M ago
Hairy bodies. Compound eyes. Feather-like antenna. The perhaps misunderstood moth is in the limelight in the experimental documentary film, “The Night Visitors.” The movie provides a glimpse into a world many of us overlook. We’ll speak with filmmaker Michael Gitlin ..read more
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