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.
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.