Airs Sunday, September 7 at 6 p.m.  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.

Airs Sunday, August 31 at 6 p.m. 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.

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain shares his views on separation of church and state in the U.S. and how this differs from his native Ireland.

Airs Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m. Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary?

Bill Beckett spoke with John Howe from the American Federation of Musicians Local 116 about the third annual Big Band Concert and Clinic which takes place Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at Airline High School in Bossier City. The concert is free for all high school and younger students and $10 for adults with proceeds going toward an endowment account for a Scholarship fund. For more information contact The Band House at 318-868-0522.