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

Writing Truth and Lies

We all tell stories about our lives: funny stories, happy stories, sad stories. But are they true stories? In an age of "alternative facts" and "fake news," we're all thinking harder about why truth matters – not just in politics, but in our personal lives. A biographer, a poet, a memoirist and a filmmaker describe the moral struggle and personal cost involved in telling not just the truth, but the whole truth. *Guests: *Caroline Fraser, Terese Marie Mailhot, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Errol Morris

Building A Better Ballot Box

How do we put the fairness and the fun back in American elections? In this hour, we present a few simple ideas for how to remake the electoral process. Some are small tweaks — like mandatory voting — that could make the whole system run more smoothly: Others may sound a little crazy, like letting 10-year-olds vote. Or creating a marketplace where people buy, sell and trade their votes. Or making election day a national holiday, with parades. And cake. **Guests: **Carol Anderson, Jason Brennan, Pippa Norris, E. Glen Weyl, Jonathan Bernstein, Eric Liu

Even Stranger Things [Rebroadcast]

Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal. Guests: Joe McMoneagle, Annie Jacobson, Marge Bradley, Paul Selig, Tanya Luhrmann, Michael Shermer, Tiya Miles

Discovering America's Black DNA [Rebroadcast]

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

Pick Your Poison

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you. Guests: Deborah Blum, Kathryn Harkup, Amy Stewart, Kate Moore

What's Wrong With Men? [Rebroadcast]

The right-wing politics and bro culture of The Proud Boys is attracting young, white men nationwide. Founder Gavin McInnes believes "95% of American women" would be happier at home. Where does his vision of "being a man" fit in 2018? Guests: Gavin McInnes, Alexandra Hall, Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre, Warren Farrell, Ashanti Branch

Listening to the City

Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who've trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different. Guests: David Rothenberg David Haskell Aaron Henkin Wendel Patrick Jennifer Stoever Pierre Schaeffer Vivienne Corringham Interviews in this hour: Deep Listening with Electric Ears Listening To Trees As Fellow Citizens Hearing Baltimore Block By Block Can You Hear Segregation and Intolerance? The City, The Original Music Sample Bed Singing The Song of a City

Magical Thinking [Rebroadcast]

"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 in this hour: 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 Ways We Are Born — Again and Again

If you think of your life as a series of births, what changes? The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and profound. Some people actually call those passages re-birth. But why does the birth metaphor matter? This hour, we examine midwives, trans men, and born again Christians. Birth. Rebirth. And Born Again. Interviews in this hour: The Power of Choice When You're Giving Birth Where Are the Midwives? Midwives in the Golden Age of Television Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity "Happy In My Own Skin": The Transition from Bess To Benn What Does it Really Mean to Be a Born Again Christian?

Rethinking David Foster Wallace

On the tenth anniversary of his suicide, David Foster Wallace faces renewed criticism over his treatment of women, in his life and work. Fans and critics are re-reading his work, struggling to reconcile genius with misogyny. Guests: Clare Hayes-Brady Colleen Leahy Makini Allwood David Foster Wallace Amy Wallace-Havens Interviews in this hour: The Genius and The Misogynist David Foster Wallace On "Infinite Jest" A Podcast For Readers Struggling with The 'Virtuosic Masterpiece' of the 'Great American Hype Machine' Our Final Conversation with David Foster Wallace "I Can Still Hear His Voice": Amy Wallace-Havens Remembers Her Brother Life and Work In The Mind of a Literary Giant

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