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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.

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When Is A Road Trip Something More? [Rebroadcast]

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 1:00am

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

Categories: Syndicated

In Search of "Real" Food

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 6:30am

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?

Categories: Syndicated

Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion?

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 7:00am

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:

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Categories: Syndicated

Beyond the Echo Chamber [REBROADCAST]

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:00pm

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. What is that isolation doing to us? What can we do to escape it?

Categories: Syndicated

Working For A Weekend That Never Seems To Come

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:00pm

Across professions, half of Americans surveyed say they’re exhausted from work. More and more of us feel scrambled, tired and drained. Are we facing daily lives more prone to burnout? And what can we do about it?

Categories: Syndicated

Women Who Rule

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:00pm

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.

Categories: Syndicated

Center of the World [REBROADCAST]

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:00pm

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.

Categories: Syndicated

What is School For? [REBROADCAST]

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 12:00pm

Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens? 

Categories: Syndicated

The Third Act

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:30pm

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?

Categories: Syndicated

Is The Nation State Splintering?

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 4:45pm

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?

Categories: Syndicated

Making Waves: Live in Milwaukee

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 3:00pm

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.

Categories: Syndicated

The Secret Language of Trees

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 3:00pm

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.

Categories: Syndicated

Handwork

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 4:30pm

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. 

Categories: Syndicated

Hip Hop Future

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:00pm

Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?

Categories: Syndicated

Thinking With Animals

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 3:00pm

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.

Categories: Syndicated