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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

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 ICYMI: Our Invisible, Treacherous, Cynical, Wise, Miraculous World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:44

Haven’t listened in a while? In case you missed it, here's a sampling of what we’ve heard on the show recently. Shows featured: Our Invisible Universe Roadtrippin’ What Is School For?  Against Cynicism Loving Bees 

 Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life? [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:58

Guests: Ayelet Waldman Stephen Ross Katherine MacLean Daniel Kasza William Richards Interviews in this hour: Ayelet Waldman Talks about Depression, LSD, and Her Marriage With Michael Chabon How Psychedelic Drugs Will Revolutionize Psychiatry Lessons from a Psychedelic Guide On A Mountain Top, With Ayahuasca And Frog Poison Psychedelics and God Psychedelics: The Next Revolution in Psychiatry?

 The Einstein You Don't Know [Extra] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:20

There are the female scientists you can name, and the ones forgotten by history. Like Mileva Marić-Einstein. She might just have been more brilliant than Albert was — but we'll never know.  Guests: Marie Benedict

 Striving To See in a Vast, Invisible Universe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:58

From our narrow vantage point on Earth, how can we see what's out there, beyond our skies? Guests: Francis Halzen Priya Natarajan Seth Shostak Don Gurnett Neil deGrasse Tyson Interviews in this hour: How To Catch A Neutrino How Do We Investigate The Invisible Parts of the Universe? Search For Life In All The Wrong Places What Can You Hear In Space? The Universe Is Under No Obligation To Make Sense To Us 

 Being Sincere in a Cynical World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:58

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for sincerity. Guests: Jason Rohrer Christy Wampole Christian Picciolini Ingrid LaFleur Interviews in this hour: "You Are Our Miracle": A Game To Make You Love Your Fellow Player The Toll of Living Awash in Irony Can You Change The Mind Of A White Supremacist? Envisioning a Better Today Through The Tomorrows of Afrofuturism

 The Best Of To The Best Of Our Knowledge in 2017 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:10

A taste of some of our best interviews from 2017.

 Is Socialism Making a Comeback? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:55

It was a dirty word 25 years ago. But now, more and more people are identifying as Socialists…in America and on the ballot. Guests: Kshama Sawant Sean Wilentz Cheryl Blue Andrew Haug Erik Olin Wright Brother Ali Interviews in this hour: How Socialism Won in Seattle In Defense of Liberals Milwaukee's Socialist Experiment Rethinking Socialism for Today Brother Ali on Islam, the Left, and Hip Hop

 Loving Bees | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:20

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit. Guests: Heather Swan Nicole Lindsey Timothy Paule Thor Hanson Christof Koch Tania Munz Stephanie Elkins Peter Sobol Anne Strainchamps Interviews in this hour: Falling In Love With Bees 'Medicine' Why We Ought to Live a 'Pro-Bee Lifestyle'  Rebuilding Detroit, Hive by Hive 'Honeybee' How Do We Wrap Our Minds Around Bee Consciousness? Waggle Dancing with Karl von Frisch 'To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee'

 Jeff Kripal at the Edge of Belief [Extra] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:42

Jeff Kripal is a highly original, even maverick, historian of religion. In this conversation — part of a collaboration with the LA Review of Books — Kripal takes Steve to where all the weird stuff we can’t explain lives ... or hides. Guests: Jeff Kripal

 Mind of a Terrorist [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:58

When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence. Guests: Mubin Shaikh Clark McCauley Åsne Seierstad Tanya Luhrmann Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Interviews in this hour: The Reformed Radical The Psychology of Terrorism What Can Americans Learn from a Norwegian Massacre? Let’s Change the Way We Think About Thinking The Buddhist Master Who Went on a Four Year Wandering Retreat

 Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:56

Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might. Guests: Jane Goodall Laura Kehoe Frans de Waal Barbara King Ara Norenzayan Jeff Schloss Andrew Newberg Interviews in this hour: Do Chimpanzees Have Spiritual Experiences? How “Big Gods” Transformed Human History An Evolutionary Biologist Searches for God What Bliss Looks Like In Your Brain

 When Is A Road Trip Something More? [Rebroadcast] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:55

We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel. Guests: Finn Murphy Manal al-Sharif Rebecca Solnit Lawrence Ross David Roberts Simon Parkin Interviews in this hour: Put It In Boogie Gear On the Backslide Driving While Female What If We Forget How to Get Lost? A Guidebook to the 'Blackest Road Trip Ever' The Most Boring Video Game Ever Made

 In Search of "Real" Food | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:59

What if the guiding principle we used in cooking, eating and growing food was love? From an Iranian-American kitchen to the chocolate forests of Ecuador, we explore new ways to express deep flavors and personal identity through food and cooking. Guests: Simran Sethi Samin Nosrat Michael Twitty Josh Noel Interviews in this hour: The Frightening Sameness Beneath Hundreds of Flavors Kosher/Soul — Cooking the African-Jewish Diaspora Anyone Can Cook—With the Right Elements  Does "Selling Out" Make a Difference You Can Taste?

 Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:57

It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we? Guests: Devorah Baum Lucas Mann Thomas Curran Stephen Greenblatt Susan Bandes

 Beyond the Echo Chamber [REBROADCAST] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:42

When did we retreat to our Red and Blue Facebook pages? It’s not just that America is politically polarized. We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. That isolation is breeding an ugly, seething hatred of the other side that feels poisonous and dispiriting. So what can we do? In this hour, we hear how conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes lost his faith in the GOP and why a former CEO of NPR left his liberal bubble. Also, how Black Twitter has created its own safe space. Guests: Charlie Sykes Ken Stern Meredith Clark Nancy MacLean Jeanne Safer Richard Brookhiser Segments: How The Right Lost Its Mind And Charlie Sykes Lost His Faith In The GOP A Former NPR Executive Leaves His Liberal Bubble Behind The Blend Of Jokes and Social Justice That Is Black Twitter What Does An Obscure Economist Have To Do With The Koch Brothers? You Don't Have To Vote Like Me To Love Me


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