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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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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


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

Ending With A Flourish

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 1:00pm

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.

Categories: Syndicated

Is Capitalism Broken?

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 1:30pm

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?

Categories: Syndicated

The Art of Reinventing Yourself

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:15pm

Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith.

Categories: Syndicated

Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 1:00pm

Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.

Categories: Syndicated

Harassment In The Lab

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 1:00pm

Sexism has no boundaries, as we're quickly discovering. But what impact does it have on scientific discovery if sexist behavior drives women out of science entirely?

Categories: Syndicated

Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 1:00pm

Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might.

Categories: Syndicated

Extra: Making Peace With Monsters

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 4:45pm

This is the story of a lonely, disturbed teenager desperately in need of a friend. His name was Jeff. Or as you know him, Jeffrey Dahmer — the serial killer.

Categories: Syndicated

Working For A Weekend That Never Seems To Come

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 1:00pm

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

A New Clash Of Civilizations?

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 1:00pm

When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? And who do we think is coming for it?

Categories: Syndicated

Extra: Discovering the Hidden Roots of Koreans Living In Japan

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 9:00pm

One of the finalists for the National Book Award this year is Min Jin Lee, for her novel "Pachinko."

Categories: Syndicated

Beyond the Echo Chamber

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 8:30pm

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

Even Stranger Things

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 12:00pm

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.

Categories: Syndicated

Extra: Virtually Anywhere

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:30pm

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.

Categories: Syndicated

You Had To Be There

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 5:30pm

Home entertainment options have never been richer, but public places like movie theaters and performance spaces are suffering. What do we lose when everyone stays home?

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Center of the World

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:00pm

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

Categories: Syndicated

Is the Universe a Number?

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 3:00pm

For centuries, mathematicians have been looking for the deep design, the mathematical code to explain everything from microorganisms to spacetime. But it’s a dangerous quest.

Categories: Syndicated