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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.

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 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

 Is Anger Useful? [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 Traister, Cristen Conger, Caroline Ervin, Richard Davidson, Alice Walker

 Finding Your Voice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 Thorpe, Keith Powell, Susan Stamberg, Ann Friedman, Veronica Rueckert, Bernie Krause

 Writing Truth and Lies [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 involved. Guests: Caroline Fraser, Terese Marie Mailhot, Karl Ove Knausgård, Errol Morris

 Difficult Summer Reading | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 something more substantial? Guests: Colleen Leahy, Makini Allwood, Jorge Luis Borges, Orhan Pamuk, Maryanne Wolf, Codex Seraphinianus, Emily Parker, Junot Diaz, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, Charles Miers

 Religion Without Doctrine [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 Krohn, Jeff Kripal, Elaine Pagels, Jericho Brown

 Pick Your Poison [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you. Guests: Deborah Blum, Kathryn Harkup, Amy Stewart, Kate Moore

 Why Do We Meet? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 meaningful? Guests: Priya Parker, Mamie Kanfer Stewart, Angelo Bautista, James Ogude

 The Ways We Are Born — Again and Again [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 profound. Some people actually call those passages re-birth.  Guests: Arlene Stein, Wendy Kline, Benn Marine, Greg Cootsona

 The Weird, Wild World of Mushrooms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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 Millman, Paul Stamets, Eugenia Bone, Michael Pollan, Dennis McKenna, Robin Carhart-Harris


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