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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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 Questioning Democracy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

“Whose democracy is it?”  Fair question? Or, an unpatriotic one? This hour, we’ll wrestle with democracy by questioning it. 

 But Is It Science? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We explore the edges of science, and hear about the hippie scientists who saved physics, or at least made it fun again, and even got the CIA to pay for their research on ESP.  Also, the troubled history of blood transfusions and the birth of forensic medicine.

 Cross Talk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

There’s no English translation for the Dutch word “Gezellig."Are there things that can never be understood, expressed or experienced outside their home culture?We’re wandering the unmarked maps of cultural translation!

 Living Democracy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ward Cunningham invented the wiki.  But he didn't patent it.  Why?  Because he believed the internet needed to be more democratic. How do you live your democratic ideals?

 Living Democracy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ward Cunningham invented the wiki.  But he didn't patent it.  Why?  Because he believed the internet needed to be more democratic. How do you live your democratic ideals?

 Alan Turing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The driving force behind modern computers, Alan Turing was born a hundred years ago.  In this hour, we celebrate his centennial with conversations about his brilliant mind and tragic life.  Turing committed suicide at age 41, after being persecuted by British authorities for the crime of homosexuality.  But he's with us every time we turn on a computer.    

 Writing Democracy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Some people put their bodies on the line for democracy.  Some pick up weapons.  And some put pen to paper.

 Alan Turing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The driving force behind modern computers, Alan Turing was born a hundred years ago.  In this hour, we celebrate his centennial with conversations about his brilliant mind and tragic life.  Turing committed suicide at age 41, after being persecuted by British authorities for the crime of homosexuality.  But he's with us every time we turn on a computer.    

 Writing Democracy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Some people put their bodies on the line for democracy.  Some pick up weapons.  And some put pen to paper.

 Competition for Sport | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The thrill of victory… the agony of defeat. And the human drama of athletic competition. We love sports. And every 4 years we get the pleasure to watch amateur athletes, at the top of their game, compete in the Olympics. And that got us thinking about competition. Because that's what it's about, right?

 Demanding Democracy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Wikileaks' controversial founder Julian Assange. The first Tea Party activist. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. What do they all have in common? They're Demanding Democracy.

 Information | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We live in "the information age," but what does this mean? We'll give you a short history of information – from talking drums onward. But do we now have too much information? We'll hear how information overload is actually re-wiring our brains.

 Sport Women | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Every four years something amazing happens. We get the chance to watch women in sports. Sure there's the WBA but the biathlon? Or javelin? Or even fencing? Are you as excited about the Olympics as we are? We put together our favorite interviews with women athletes for you.

 Waiting for the Apocalypse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Apocalyptic thinking is everywhere, from predictions about Christian "end times" to the 2012 Mayan prophecy about the end of the world. So what's going on?

 Marshall McLuhan at 100 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

"The medium is the message." "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan is one of the most influential media thinkers of all time, yet he's also one of the most misunderstood.

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