Test score decline, Flipping burgers, Non-profit hospitals

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Cali Greenwood, a first-grader wearing a mask, looks up at her teacher
Cali Greenwood, a first-grader at Scott Elementary School, looks up at her teacher on Portland Public Schools first day of hybrid instruction on Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Portland, Ore. Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Portland Public Schools

We talk to an education policy professor about a decline in nationwide elementary school test scores since the pandemic. Then, a mathematician shares his formula for how often to flip a burger on the grill. Later, we learn more about an investigation into non-profit hospitals.

Featured in this Show

  • Why nationwide elementary school test scores are down and how to catch up on learning

    National test scores among 9-year-olds have dropped since the start of the pandemic. We learn more about the disruption to learning and how to help students catch up.

  • How many times should you flip your burgers?

    A Wisconsin mathematician devised a way to calculate the optimal number of times to flip a burger. We discuss how to apply math to real-life situations.

  • Nonprofit hospitals lag behind for-profit counterparts in charity care

    We talk to one of the authors of a Wall Street Journal investigation finding that non-profit hospitals often don’t fulfill the charity care they get billions of dollars in tax breaks for.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Rich Halverson Guest
  • Jean-Luc Thiffeault Guest
  • Anna Wilde Mathews Guest

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