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.
If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left? Guests: Sabrina Frey Daniel Pink Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey Martin Amis Segments: Prepared To Go, But Still Busy Living When Time Is The Best Motivator Preserving J. Dilla's Legacy With A Beat When Should An Author Call It Quits?
All over the world, nation states are splintering. Separatism is on the rise. What causes nation states to erode? And what happens when they do? Should we fight to hold on to our nation states...or let them go in favor of something new?Guests:John FefferHaleema ShahShannon Henry KleiberMohsin HamidSegments:What Would a Free Catalonia Mean For Spain - and the World?If Nation States Rupture, What's Next?Shaping National Identity in PakistanLove In A Time of Mass Migration
Milwaukee is a city on water, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, split by the historic Milwaukee River. How did it shape the city's history, politics, culture, and people? We find out in this live broadcast from Turner Hall in Milwaukee.Guests: John GurdaDan EganJenny KehlChastity WashingtonBen BarberaRuss KlischDavid DupeeTarik MoodySiobhan MarksVenice WilliamsKim BlaeserMelanie AriensInterviews:The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Milwaukee RiverWho Owns the Great Lakes?Fire, Hops and Beer Wagons: The Beer History of MilwaukeeIf Macro Lagers Are Milwaukee's Beer Past, What Does The Beer Future Look Like?How To Build Flow For A Water ShowTracing the Enormity of the Great Lakes. By Foot.The Garden as Parish, With Water as PrayerBenediction: "A Song for Giving Back"Building Bridges With Water-Themed Art
Trees talk to each other, and even form alliances with other trees or other species. Some are incredibly old — the root mass of aspens might live 100,000 years. In this hour, we explore the science and history of trees. Guests: Mark Hirsch Richard Powers Suzanne Simard Amos Clifford Daegan Miller Interviews: A Year In The Life Of A Tree Listening to the Mother Trees Writing the Inner Life of Trees Bathing in the Beauty of the Trees General Sherman, Karl Marx, and Other Aliases of Earth's Largest Tree
More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. Guests: Betsan Corkhill, Colin McGinn, Lynda Barry, Richard Polt, Tyler Knott Gregson Interviews: Can Knitting Improve Your Health?, How Hands Have Shaped Humanity, Lynda Barry's Radio Drawing Lessons, The Magical Mechanical Typewriter, The Typewriter Poet
Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy? Guests: Chris Emdin, Xuman,Toni Blackman, Jeff Chang, Colson Whitehead Segments: For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, Hip Hop as Diplomacy. Hip Hop as Journalism, Cultural Critic Jeff Chang On Art As A Political Possibility Space, Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad"
Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how an octopus or a parrot thinks? Also, the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to act like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms. Guests: Helen MacDonald,Charles Foster,Peter Godfrey-Smith,Elena Passarello, Interviews: Living Like a Beast,B is for Birdle (the Parrot),The Tentacled Alien From Under The Sea,Why Do We Love to Watch Animals?
As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Guests: David Morris,Mac McClelland,Jim Rendon,Bessel van der Kolk,Juan Thompson Interviews: A Brief History of PTSD,Secondary Violence and PTSD,The Positive Side Of Pain,Feeling Through Trauma,Life With Hunter S. Thompson
Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But what have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind? Guests: Lauren Slater, Charles Raison, Anna Fels, Jaime Lowe Interviews: Your Body or Your Mind, A Pill That Saves Your Life But Destroys Your Body, Treating the Body To Treat The Mind, A Little Lithium for All Of Us?, The High Price of Breaking the Manic Cycle, The International Bipolar Foundation Recommends Stacks of Mental Health Reading
A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world. Guests: Angie Jiang, Kevin Coval, Luis Carranza, Kee Stein, Frances Jensen, Angie Thomas, Tyler Ruzich Interviews: Angie Goes To Washington, Bullying, Buses, Environmentalism, and Donald Trump: The Poetic Thinking of Teens, I'm 17 And I'm Running for Governor, Learning Machines: The Wired Teenage Brain, Author Angie Thomas: Burn It All Down Or Use Those Emotions In My Art, What Teens Need From Adults To Change The World
DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. For African Americans, this can be emotionally-charged. What do you do when you find out one of your direct ancestors was a slave owner? Does it open the door to new conversations about racial justice? Guests: Alex Gee Erin Hoag Annette Gordon-Reed Anita Foeman Interviews: How Do You Know Ruben Gee? Searching for America's Racial History in a Graveyard Uncovering America's Buried History: The Story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings Changing Our Conversation About Race Using Genetic Testing
We grow up scribbling with crayons and covering sidewalks with chalk, and then around middle school most of us stop. Maybe we think it's childish or just too hard. So what can we learn from the people who never stopped making art? We'll talk with activist artist Molly Crabapple and legendary painter/printmaker Frank Stella. And jazz pianist Craig Taborn reflects on a lifetime of improvisation.
For the first time since World War II, far-right and neo-fascist groups are winning converts and votes — all over Europe and also here at home. Why is it happening, and can it be stopped? Guests: Edgar Feuchtwanger Iliaria Maria Sala Rob Riemen Arno Michaelis Pardeep Singh Kaleka Daniel Kalder Interviews: The Nazi Next Door Facing History and Hate Through Museums The Return — And Spread — Of Fascism Understanding The Man Who Hated You Terrible Books Written By Atrocious People
"Magical thinking" gets a bad rap these days. It suggests losing your grip on reality or being so gullible that you'll believe anything - from ghosts to miracles. But what if magic isn't pure fantasy? Maybe it's the gateway to wonder. Guests: Nate Staniforth Michael Muhammad Knight Haleema Shah Chloe Benjamin Interviews: From Stage Tricks to Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder Islam's Hidden History of Magic Why Online Quizzes, Personality Tests and Horoscopes Help You Feel Special Drawing Inspiration For The Fantastical From The Everyday
“The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists? How Bad Can Climate Change Really Get?; Where’s the Great “Climate Change Novel”?; Let’s Get Serious About the Anthropocene; Zulu Time; Lidia Yuknavitch’s Dream World.