Recovering from pandemic learning loss, Wisconsin’s ties to major physics discoveries

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Teacher Sarah Hoenig asks her first-grade students questions after reading from a book Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Hackett Elementary School in Beloit, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

A politics and government reporter shares some of what he learned covering learning loss for students during the pandemic. Then we get a double shot of major news from the world of physics, with a pair of Wisconsin scientists at the heart of each story.

Featured in this Show

  • How the pandemic affected students

    Research has found that the pandemic led to significant learning loss, based on measures including pass rates and standardized testing. We discuss what that learning loss looks like, and how schools around the country are trying to recoup what students have missed.

  • Wisconsin scientists involved in two new physics discoveries

    Two significant discoveries were made in the field of physics last week, and Wisconsin scientists were at the heart of each. We talk to a scientist from UW-Madison’s IceCube project, as well as a scientist from UW-Milwaukee working on the NANOGrav project, about discoveries they made from observing the farthest reaches of space.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Alec MacGillis Guest
  • Sarah Vigeland Guest
  • Jim Madsen Guest

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