To The Best Of Our Knowledge show

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

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 Apocalypse, Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.

 The Other Money | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.

 Kicking Off the Coasts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.

 Surrounded by Sound | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this hour, we find ourselves surrounded by sound. The sounds of nature, cosmic horror, capitalism, and experimental electronics. Bernie Krause on "The Great Animal Orchestra"; Dean Lockwood on H.P. Lovecraft's Sonic Horror; TTBOOK Theme Remix Promo; Timothy Taylor on "The Sounds of Capitalism"; TMBG TTBOOK Jingle; Suzanne Ciani on Her Electronic Sounds and Music.

 Surrounded by Sound | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this hour, we find ourselves surrounded by sound.  The sounds of nature, cosmic horror, capitalism, and experimental electronics.

 Medicine and Compassion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Modern medicine can treat disease at a molecular—or even atomic – level.  And today’s surgeons can fix things the naked eye can’t even see.  But there’s one thing every patient wants that no technology in the world can provide: compassion.  In this hour, doctors talk about the feeling side of their profession. Zorba Paster on Buddhism and Medicine; Susan Ehrlich: When the Patient is Your Father; James Orbinski on his Time with Doctors Without Borders; Danielle Ofri on Suicide and Medicine; Andrew Weil: A Doctor's Recipe for Happiness.

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

Our world is increasingly unthinkable.  It’s a world of tectonic shifts, strange weather and oil-drenched seascapes.  So maybe it makes sense to look to the horror genre to help us think about our unthinkable world. We’ll explore the philosophy of horror. Also, the celebrated film director, John Landis, on movie monsters. Colson Whitehead on "Zone One"; Jason Zinoman on "Shock Value"; John Landis on "Monsters in the Movies"; Maggie Nelson on "The Art of Cruelty"; Eugene Thacker on Horror and Philosophy.

 Giving It Away | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It's the season of the gift. Join us as we take a look at global gift cultures, gift economies, major philanthropy and community giving.Also, is it easier to give or to receive?

 Thinking About Thinking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel laureate psychologist.  So he’s the perfect person to give us a new way of thinking about thinking, which is exactly what he does in his new book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”  In this hour, Kahneman tells us about the two systems that drive the way we think. 

 Under Your Skin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Do you have a tattoo?  One in five American adults do.  It seems there are tattoo parlors everywhere.  What’s most popular?  Quotes from great works of literature. "So it goes."

 Writing War Fiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

 Sometimes the truth about war isn’t a headline in the newspaper or an in-depth report on the radio.  Sometimes, it takes fiction to tell the truth.  In this hour, this year’s best new novels about war.  

 Deep Blue Sea | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Even now, the oceans of the world are terra incognita.  We’ve explored only 5-10 percent of them on a planet mostly comprised of water.  We ignore the oceans at our own peril.

 How to Fail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Failure is a four letter word in America. Most of us do everything we can to avoid it.  But what if we've got the wrong idea about failure - and it's all a matter of learning the right way to do it?

 Rerun Culture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Tribute albums, reunion tours and mash-ups.  If pop culture’s all about the new, why is there so much wallowing in our immediate past?  Simon Reynolds joins us to talk about his book, “Retromania.”   Is this retromania a death knell for our own originality?

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

Nature writing conjures up images of remote mountains, exotic birds, and the solitary hiker in pristine wilderness.  But maybe it’s time to rethink our notions of what it means to write about nature.

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