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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

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 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

 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


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