American RadioWorks Series

American RadioWorks Series


The Science of Smart, Greater Expectations & The New Face of College 

AM 1370 is proud to present three American RadioWorks (ARW) specials Sundays at 9 p.m. in September. ARW is a highly esteemed national documentary unit of American Public Media that produces documentaries, series projects, and podcasts for public radio.

The Science of Smart  Listen On-Demand Any Time (aired Sunday, September 7 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370 )
Until recently, we didn't know much about the best ways to learn. Now that's changing. Over 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 American RadioWorks 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.

Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core   Listen On-Demand Any Time (aired Sunday, September 14 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370)
There's plenty of controversy surrounding the Common Core, a new set of education standards adopted by most states. Getting less attention is what the standards actually say, and the fact that many teachers like them. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Many teachers say those changes are desperately needed, but some are worried about new Common Core tests and whether they will help improve schools or get in the way of better education.

The New Face of College  Listen On-Demand Any Time (aired Sunday, September 28 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370)
The 21st Century college student is likely to be older than traditional students. She's more likely to be female, working and Hispanic or African-American. She's more likely to be a mom. She's less likely to attend college full time or finish in four years. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how universities are adapting to their new students. We visit Amherst College, a leader among elite schools in recruiting and serving non-traditional students. We see how the University of Texas-El Paso, where most undergraduates are Hispanic and low-income, is becoming a top-tier research university. And we travel to a tiny college on an Indian reservation in eastern Washington that is trying to bring liberal arts to migrant farm workers.

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