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To The Best Of Our Knowledge

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To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning public radio show that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and a… read more

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Giving Is Complicated [Rebroadcast]

December 7th, 2019

52:07

Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. This hour, unwrapping the tangled emotions behind giving — and …

More Than Just A Game

November 30th, 2019

51:37

The board games we play tell us so much more about ourselves than we think — our history, our politics and our inner psychology.

Guests:

Angelo …

Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion? [Rebroadcast]

November 23rd, 2019

52:07

It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time …

Books We Can't Forget

November 16th, 2019

51:33

Is there a book you can’t forget? A book that left a mark on you? We celebrate books and reading with an eclectic cast of writers from around the country.

Guests:

Chloe Benjamin — Anne Lamott — Rebecca Traister — 

The Secret Language of Trees [Rebroadcast]

November 9th, 2019

52:05

Trees talk to each other, and even form alliances with other trees or other species. Some are incredibly old — the root mass of aspens might live …

Going Underground

November 2nd, 2019

51:49

Scientists and explorers have found a whole new world under our feet. It's an exciting place, and it's changing what we know about the planet and …

Rituals of Fear

October 26th, 2019

52:07

What if experiencing dread — the horror of it all — is good for you?

Guests:

Amy StewartKathryn HarkupGemma FilesDan ChaonBlanche Barton

If Your Clothes Could Talk [Rebroadcast]

October 19th, 2019

52:05

Whether you know it or not, your closets are filled with personal information. Do you think about what are you saying with your clothes?

Guests:

The Power Of Pleasure and Joy

October 12th, 2019

51:35

What if the most unselfish thing you could do was to pursue pleasure and joy? We make the case for the transformative power of joy, pleasure and …

Your Miraculous And Mysterious Body [Rebroadcast]

October 5th, 2019

52:07

Sometimes, we take our body for granted. But even the everyday things it can do – keep our heart beating, fight off illness – are pretty extraordinary. Do you know what your body can do?

Guests:

Josh MezrichMissy …

Filtering Free Speech

September 28th, 2019

51:42

The line between free speech and hate speech isn't always clear. When does sensitivity become censorship?

Guests:

Walter MosleyJonathan HaidtDorothy KimAlissa QuartDavid Maraniss

What Sparks Creativity? [Rebroadcast]

September 21st, 2019

52:06

Where does creativity come from? And what exactly is going on in your brain when the Muse descends?

Guests:

Heather BerlinSiri HustvedtJim Holt

Who Owns Seeds?

September 14th, 2019

51:45

As monocropping and agribusiness continue to dominate modern farming, we speak to farmers, botanists and indigenous people about how they are reclaiming our seeds.

Guests:

Bob QuinnRobin Wall KimmererSeth Jovaag

New Voices In Native American Writing [Rebroadcast]

September 7th, 2019

52:07

Every so often, a new literary movement coalesces. A new generation of writers finds a voice. This time they’re young, gifted, and Native American.

Guests:

Jennifer FoersterTommy OrangeTerese Marie MailhotDavid …

What's Wrong With Work? [Rebroadcast]

August 31st, 2019

52:07

It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk …

Should You Delete Your Facebook Account? [Rebroadcast]

August 24th, 2019

52:07

You're thinking about hitting “delete” on all of it — Facebook, Twitter. But is that the answer, or should we resolve to stick around and make things …

Music On Your Mind

August 17th, 2019

51:43

Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music.

Why We Fight

August 10th, 2019

51:34

What makes someone want to walk into a ring and hit someone? Choose to take a punch? Why men — and
women — fight. And why so many of us like to …

Is Anger Useful? [Rebroadcast]

August 3rd, 2019

52:06

We’ve been taught to ignore, stifle, or just get over anger for many years — but what if we embraced it?

Guests:

Rebecca TraisterCristen Conger

Finding Your Voice

July 27th, 2019

51:30

Your voice is unique. It's how your friends and family know you. But how comfortable are you with your voice? And how freely do you use it?

Guests:

David ThorpeKeith PowellSusan StambergAnn FriedmanVeronica …

Writing Truth and Lies [Rebroadcast]

July 20th, 2019

52:06

It's a long walk from the truth to the whole truth. A biographer, a poet, a memoirist and a filmmaker describe the moral struggle and personal cost …

Difficult Summer Reading

July 13th, 2019

51:45

Summer reading lists are full of so-called "beach books." But if you’ve got enough time to lounge by a pool or swing in a hammock, why not tackle …

Religion Without Doctrine [Rebroadcast]

July 6th, 2019

52:07

What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more unexplainable — primal spiritual experiences?

Guests:

Elizabeth KrohnJeff KripalElaine PagelsJericho Brown

Pick Your Poison [Rebroadcast]

June 29th, 2019

52:06

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked …

Why Do We Meet?

June 22nd, 2019

51:31

We're always online but still have an innate need to meet in person. How can we make gatherings, from dinner parties to work meetings, more …

The Ways We Are Born — Again and Again [Rebroadcast]

June 16th, 2019

52:07

The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and …

The Weird, Wild World of Mushrooms

June 8th, 2019

51:26

We owe our past and future existence on Earth to fungi. Some can heal you, some can kill you, and some can change you forever.

Guests:

Lawrence …

Music Beyond Genre

June 1st, 2019

51:34

Even with all the music available today, most of us still listen primarily to just a few comfy genres. But there’s so much more out there — and so much of it defies neat, algorithm-friendly categorization.

Guests:

How To Be An Ethical Traveler

May 24th, 2019

51:27

Over-tourism is ruining some of our favorite places on earth. Maybe it’s time to think more carefully about where and why we go places.

This show …

Loving Bees [Rebroadcast]

May 18th, 2019

52:07

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban …

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