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