To The Best Of Our Knowledge "To The Best of Our Knowledge" is a nationally-syndicated radio show that cracks open the world and ideas that fuel its engine. "TTBOOK" usually produce two hours a week, each revolving around a theme. Once we pick the theme, we dig in with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all. And hopefully, when we're done, we've animated the questions along with the answers.
To The Best Of Our Knowledge

To The Best Of Our Knowledge

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"To The Best of Our Knowledge" is a nationally-syndicated radio show that cracks open the world and ideas that fuel its engine. "TTBOOK" usually produce two hours a week, each revolving around a theme. Once we pick the theme, we dig in with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all. And hopefully, when we're done, we've animated the questions along with the answers.More from To The Best Of Our Knowledge »

Most Recent Episodes

Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion? [Rebroadcast]

It creeps into everything from exercise to pore size, from diet to personal finance, from relationships to parenting style: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. And 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

What Sparks Creativity?

Human creativity — whether it's solving a tough problem or writing a novel — is one of our defining traits. It's also deeply mysterious. Where does that creative spark come from? Guests: Heather Berlin, Siri Hustvedt, Jim Holt, Mary Sharrat, Nathaniel Mary Quinn

In Search of "Real" Food [Rebroadcast]

What makes food "authentic"? Do we need to feel close to where it's made? Know the complete history of where it comes from? Be able to diagram the chemistry of how it dances along our taste buds? How can we quantify the romance between eaters and the food they love? In this hour, we talk about what it means to truly love what you eat and drink — and we ask why it matters. Guests: Simran Sethi, Samin Nosrat, Michael Twitty, Josh Noel

Virtually Anywhere [Extra]

Remember virtual reality? Back in the 1990's, it was going to be the technology of the future. Today, it's here. But we're still figuring out what to do with it. Storytellers and even journalists have begun experimenting — and at forefront is Will Smith. He recently created a virtual reality talk show called "The Foo Show," in which he interviews game developers inside the environments from their favorite games. Will thinks that eventually virtual spaces will go way beyond games into theater, science, and beyond. Guests: Will Smith, Simon Parkin

New Voices in Native American Writing

Every so often, a new literary movement coalesces. A new generation of writers finds a voice. This time they're young, gifted, and Native American. Guests: Jennifer Foerster, Tommy Orange, Terese Marie Mailhot, David Treuer, Kevin Goodan, Tall Paul

Women Who Rule [Rebroadcast]

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? Hatshepsut, Circe, Antigone — the ancient world was full of them, real and mythic. For thousands of years, women ruled the world. Today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends. Guests: Kara Cooney, Madeline Miller, Natalie Haynes, Emily Wilson, Serenity Young, Romare Bearden

What Can We Learn From Teenagers? [Rebroadcast]

All over the country, a chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They are marching, protesting and demanding a better future as we – the adults – watch them with a kind of heartbreaking pride. These teenagers are not waiting for adults to figure things out for them. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to reshape the conversation around everything from gun control to education to climate change. What can we learn from teenagers today? What do they have that the rest of us don't? Guests: Angie Jiang, Kevin Coval, Luis Carranza, Kee Stein, Frances Jensen, Angie Thomas, Tyler Ruzich

The Third Act [Rebroadcast]

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? This week, we're talking about how to face, and in some cases, embrace your third act, whenever it arrives. Whether you're looking at retirement, a late-life job change, an illness or just a lot of birthday candles on the cake — how do you live differently when you reach what's likely to be your final act? Guests: Sabrina Frey, Daniel Pink, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, Martin Amis

Ending With A Flourish [Rebroadcast]

New Years celebrations are all parties and hats, songs and champagne. No one ever seems to talk about the fact that something big just ended. An entire year of life, come and gone. Shouldn't we pause to mourn, or mark its passing with a little reverence? We don't handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let's learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself. Guests: Steve Almond, Ilana Gershon, Sean Hemingway, Simon Critchley, David Giffels

Should You Delete Your Facebook Account?

Your finger's hovering over the "delete" button on your Facebook app. Your friends are abandoning Twitter. Every day brings fresh revelations of data breaches, privacy abuses, Russian spies, trolls. Is it time to hit "delete" on all of it? But then again, we joined these platforms for a reason. In a more perfect world, what could these platforms be doing for us? Guests: Jaron Lanier, Ethan Zuckerman, Whitney Phillips, DeRay Mckesson, Yuval Noah Harari

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