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.
Without bees, we could find ourselves facing food shortages and a collapse of the green and flowered world. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a peek inside the world of bees, from the once-in-a-lifetime mating flight of the queen bee to the California almond agri-business, where most of the bees in North America go to work.
Is Jennifer Egan's book, "A Visit from the Goon Squad," a novel or is it a series of entangled stories? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Egan talks about her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, as we explore novel novels.
The vocoder started out as a security device designed to scramble voices during phone conversations so the enemy couldn't overhear. But it evolved into the robot voice of popular music.
Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree is having a difficult time. Her mother has just died and business is down at her family's gator-wrestling theme park, Swamplandia! So begins Karen Russell's critically-acclaimed debut novel, "Swamplandia!" We'll meet Russell, as we explore theme parks. Also, getting high at Disney World.
What goes on inside the mind of a painter, or a musician, or a poet? What sparks creativity? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, new neuroscience takes us inside the creative mind.
If you think the influence of Shakespeare is confined to the page and the stage, think again.
Socrates famously said "the unexamined life is not worth living." But does rigorous self examination actually lead to a happy or fulfilled life?
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?
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.
China Mieville’s new novel, “Embassytown,” features sentient beings famous for their unique language and a woman who’s a living simile. We’ll meet China Mieville, as we explore the language of science fiction.
What kinds of personal information have you posted online recently? Your credit card number? Your mother’s maiden name? A photo of yourself drinking a beer? Whatever it is, these details could ruin your career, your marriage, or even your entire future. We’ll explore social networks and the death of privacy.
“Whose democracy is it?” Fair question? Or, an unpatriotic one? This hour, we’ll wrestle with democracy by questioning it.
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.
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!
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?