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To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.
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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

Healing Trauma

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:00pm

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. 

Categories: Syndicated

We've Had 30 Years Of Prozac. Why Are We Still Depressed?

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 12:00pm

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?

Categories: Syndicated

What Can We Learn From Teenagers?

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:00pm

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.

Categories: Syndicated

Discovering America's Black DNA

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 1:00pm

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?

Categories: Syndicated

Why Make Art?

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:15pm

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?

Categories: Syndicated

Facing Hate

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 1:00pm

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?

Categories: Syndicated

Magical Thinking

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 1:00pm

"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.  

Categories: Syndicated

Imagining Climate Change

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 1:00pm

“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?

Categories: Syndicated

What's Wrong With Men?

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 1:00pm

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?

Categories: Syndicated

In The Company Of Wolves

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 1:00pm

While their domesticated cousins sleep on our beds, Congress debates wild wolves’ survival. This hour, we’ll explore our complicated relationship with our canine cousins, and the feelings they evoke – fear, hatred, and also love.  

Categories: Syndicated

Can An Evil Man Be A Decent Person?

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 1:30pm

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?

Categories: Syndicated

Who's Watching Us?

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 1:00pm

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.

Categories: Syndicated

Renunciation

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 1:00pm

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?

Categories: Syndicated