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To The Best Of Our Knowledge

Summary: 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 activists — people with big ideas and a passion to share them. For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.

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  • Artist: Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Copyright: Copyright 2019 by Wisconsin Public Radio

Podcasts:

 Books We Can't Forget | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 — Natalia Sylvester — Tommy Orange — Pamela Paul — Shannon Henry Kleiber — Jericho Brown — Susan Orlean Interviews In This Hour: Anne Lamott on 'Pippi Longstocking' — Powerful Book Encounters — Tommy Orange on 'A Confederacy Of Dunces' — Reading As Our First Window To The World — A Book Club On The Day Of The Book Choosing — Jericho Brown on 'The Witches Of Eastwick' — The Book Burning That Brought All Of Los Angeles Together

 The Secret Language of Trees [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 100,000 years. In this hour, we explore the science and history of trees. Guests: Mark Hirsch, Richard Powers, Suzanne Simard, Amos Clifford, Daegan Miller

 Going Underground | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 ourselves. Guests: Robert Macfarlane, Jill Heinerth, Ben Holtzman, Werner Herzog, Christine Desdemaines-Hugon

 Rituals of Fear | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:07

What if experiencing dread — the horror of it all — is good for you? Guests: Amy Stewart, Kathryn Harkup, Gemma Files, Dan Chaon, Blanche Barton

 If Your Clothes Could Talk [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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: Angelo Bautista, Avery Trufelman, Carolyn Smith, agnès b., Jo Paoletti

 The Power Of Pleasure and Joy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 delight. Guests: Ross Gay, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Laurie Santos, Lynne Segal

 Your Miraculous And Mysterious Body [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 Mezrich, Missy Makinia, Porochista Khakpour, Gavin Francis

 Filtering Free Speech | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:42

The line between free speech and hate speech isn't always clear. When does sensitivity become censorship? Guests: Walter Mosley, Jonathan Haidt, Dorothy Kim, Alissa Quart, David Maraniss

 What Sparks Creativity? [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:06

Where does creativity come from? And what exactly is going on in your brain when the Muse descends? Guests: Heather Berlin, Siri Hustvedt, Jim Holt, Mary Sharrat, Nathaniel Mary Quinn

 Who Owns Seeds? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 Quinn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Seth Jovaag, Cary Fowler

 New Voices In Native American Writing [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 Foerster, Tommy Orange, Terese Marie Mailhot, David Treuer, Kevin Goodan, Tall Paul

 What's Wrong With Work? [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 about. What’s wrong with work — and how do we fix it? Guests: Alissa Quart, David Graeber, James Livingston, Niki Okuk, Studs Terkel

 Should You Delete Your Facebook Account? [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 better? Guests: Jaron Lanier, Ethan Zuckerman, Whitney Phillips, DeRay Mckesson, Yuval Noah Harari

 Music On Your Mind | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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. Guests: Shannon Henry Kleiber, Oliver Sacks, Francine Toder, Anne Basting

 Why We Fight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 watch. *Guests: * Kate Sekules, Jonathan Gottschall, Ronda Rousey, Thomas Page McBee, Charles Monroe-Kane, Steve Paulson

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