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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. For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.

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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. For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.

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Love

By Dog_Art_GML - Mar 19 2020
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I love this podcast but the one thing I wish it had was a show on love and flirting.

Great work!

By Clint and Louise T - May 16 2018
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We’ve Loved TTBOOK since Jim Fleming. Your podcast about trees made us weep!

iTunes Ratings

515 Ratings
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Love

By Dog_Art_GML - Mar 19 2020
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I love this podcast but the one thing I wish it had was a show on love and flirting.

Great work!

By Clint and Louise T - May 16 2018
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We’ve Loved TTBOOK since Jim Fleming. Your podcast about trees made us weep!
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To The Best Of Our Knowledge

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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. For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.

Rank #1: Time Beyond The Clock

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Clocks and calendars chop time into increments. It’s efficient, and it helps us get to meetings on time. But what does time feel like when you stop counting it?

Guests:

Alexander Rose — Douglas Rushkoff — Wade Davis — Brian Swimme — Laura Williams — Rachel Sussman

Interviews In This Hour:

Alexander Rose on The Clock of the Long Now — Reclaiming Time — The Eternal Moment — Brian Swimme on Organic Time — Laura Williams on a Tidal-Powered Moon Clock — What It Looks Like To Live For 600K Years

Jan 04 2020

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Rank #2: Living In Skin

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We all miss touching things — groceries, door knobs, hands, faces. And most of all, skin. The living tissue that simultaneously protects us from the world, and lets us feel it. In this episode, the politics, biology, and inner life of your skin.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2020

**Guests: **

Angelo BautistaTiffany FieldAlissa WatersNina Jablonski

**Interviews In This Hour: **

My Problem With SkincareEven During Quarantine, You Need A 'Daily Dose Of Touch'Reclaiming Scars As Works Of ArtThe Science Of Skin Color

Apr 18 2020

53mins

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Rank #3: Writing Truth and Lies

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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.

Original Air Date: November 10, 2018

*Guests: *

Caroline FraserTerese Marie MailhotKarl Ove KnausgårdErrol Morris

*Interviews In This Hour: *

Little Lie in the Big WoodsWhen It's Real, The Stakes Are Higher'This Novel Has Hurt Everyone Around Me': A Frank Conversation with Karl Ove KnausgaardErrol Morris: Thomas Kuhn Threw an Ashtray at Me

Apr 11 2020

52mins

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Rank #4: Wintering In The Wild

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On this Winter Solstice, what can we learn from the natural world — from animals, from the water — about surviving and even celebrating the cold?

Guests:

Douglas Quin — Piers Vitebsky — T.C. Boyle — Bernd Heinrich — Lucy Jane Bledsoe — Lynne Cox

Interviews In This Hour:

How Animals Sound in Winter — Piers Vitebsky on 'The Reindeer People' — T.C. Boyle Recommends 'Winter World' — Ingenuity of Animals in Winter — Lucy Jane Bledsoe's Antarctic Novel — Swimming to Antarctica

Dec 21 2019

51mins

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Rank #5: Up All Night

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How well do you sleep? Every night, millions of us turn out the lights hoping and praying for a good night’s sleep. And every night, millions of us lie awake in the dark. We explore what keeps us up, and what happens when we embrace the times when we just can't seem to rest.

Original Air Date: March 07, 2020

Guests:

Steve Paulson — Guy Leschziner — Daniel Pink — Marina Benjamin — Ada Calhoun

Interviews In This Hour:

A Shadow Self Emerges from the Darkness — Tales From The Wee Hours — Kicking Your Nap Up A Notch...With Coffee — The Best Time Of Night For Big Ideas — The Things That Keep Gen X Women Up At Night

Mar 07 2020

51mins

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Rank #6: Deep Tracks: Live In Studio

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In times of crisis, we need music. We look at how far people will go — even under quarantine, during a pandemic — to find ways to make music together.

Original Air Date: * *April 25, 2020

*Guests: *

Lisa Bielawa VarttinaBobby McFerrinMokenVijay IyerBrandy ClarkNicole ParisEdward Cage

*Interviews In This Hour: *

Putting The Mood Of COVID-19 To MusicThe Haunting Finnish Acapella of VärttinäThe 50 Voices of Bobby McFerrinA Bold and Beautiful Voice from CameroonVijay Iyer on Jazz, Improvisation and the Origins of MusicCountry Singer Brandy Clark on a Big Day in a Small TownBeatboxing With My Dad

Apr 25 2020

51mins

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Jazz Migrations

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Music crosses boundaries between traditional and modern, local and global, personal and political. Take jazz — a musical form born out of forced migration and enslavement. We typically think it originated in New Orleans and then spread around the world. But today, we examine an alternate history of jazz — one that starts in Africa, then crisscrosses the planet, following the movements of people and empires -- from colonial powers to grassroots revolutionaries to contemporary artists throughout the diaspora.

This history of jazz is like the music itself: fluid and improvisatory.  

In this hour, produced in partnership with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) — a global consortium of 270 humanities centers and institutes — we hear how both African and African-American music have shaped the sound of the world today.

Original Air Date: July 04, 2020

Guests:

Meklit Hadero — Valmont Layne — Gwen Ansell — Ron Radano

Interviews In This Hour:

How Meklit Hadero Reimagined Ethiopian Jazz — So You Say You Want A Revolution — Reclaiming the Hidden History of South African Jazz — 'We Are All African When We Listen'

Further Reading:

CHCI Ideas from Africa Hub

Jul 03 2020

51mins

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Music on Your Mind

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Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music. We examine the unexpected power of song to supercharge the human mind.

Original Air Date: August 17, 2019

Guests:

Shannon Henry Kleiber — Oliver Sacks — Francine Toder — Anne Basting

Interviews In This Hour:

The Power Of Music And Memory: 'Music Was Waking Up Something Within Each Of Them' — The Deep Connections Our Brains Make To Music — It's Never Too Late To Learn To Play — MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting On Asking People With Dementia 'Beautiful Questions'

Jun 26 2020

51mins

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Breaking the Chains

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America is in the midst of what seems like a race revolution. Street protests are continuing across the country. Police departments are enacting changes. Confederate statues are coming down. What's next in the fight for Black equality? We take a hard look at how racism infects not only the police, but the entire criminal justice system.

Original Air Date: June 20, 2020

Guests:

Michelle Alexander — Bryan Stevenson — Ruth Wilson Gilmore — Malcolm Gladwell — Khalil Gibran Muhammad — Connie Rice — Colson Whitehead

Interviews In This Hour:

'The New Jim Crow'? Our Criminal Justice System — The Violence of a Violent Justice System — Can Capitalism Reduce Mass Incarceration? — Fearing the Black Man — Malcolm Gladwell on 'When Police Kill' — 'Why Do Police Do Traffic Stops?' Journalist Malcolm Gladwell On Rethinking Law Enforcement — Reforming The LAPD

Jun 20 2020

51mins

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More Than Just a Game

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We play them to pass the time at family functions, or to relax after a long day of work or school. But board games say so much more than we think — about our relationships, our politics, our histories. We learn the storied history of Mahjong, play a few classic games with some modern twists, and consider the mental brutality that is competitive chess.

*Original Air Date: * November 30, 2019

**Guests: **

Angelo BautistaEric ThurmBrin-Jonathan ButlerAnnelise HeinzLinda FeinsteinJeff Yang

**Interviews In This Hour: **

Picking Up The Pieces Of MahjongWhat You Learn In The 'Magic Circle'Chess, A Perfect Game for Crushing Your Opponent’s Ego

Jun 13 2020

51mins

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Filtering Free Speech

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The line between free speech and hate speech isn't always clear. When college students shout down a campus speaker, when a woman yells racial slurs in a parking lot, or when HR calls with a reprimand — when does free speech violate safe space? When does sensitivity become censorship?

This weekend’s program "Filtering Free Speech" examines the difficult subject of censorship and free expression. In our first interview, acclaimed writer Walter Mosley uses the "N-word" four times to describe a very troubling experience when he was reprimanded for using this word in a Hollywood writers’ room. Mosley, who himself is black, was so angered by the exchange that he resigned from his job.

The "N-word" is intrinsic to his story — not gratuitous — so we have chosen not to bleep the word. On the broadcast our host provides a very clear warning to alert listeners to what they will hear.

If you'd prefer to listen to a censored version, you can listen to one here.

Original Air Date: September 28, 2019

**Guests: **

Walter MosleyJonathan HaidtDorothy KimAlissa QuartDavid Maraniss

**Interviews In This Hour: **

An Uncomfortable Conversation In The Writers' RoomWho Decides Who Should Speak On Campus?White Supremacists Are Embracing Symbols Of The Middle Ages. What's A Medieval Scholar To Do?So You've Been CancelledWhat Can We Learn About Today From The McCarthy Era Blacklist?Who Decides Who Should Speak? The Past And Present Of Free Speech On College Campuses

Jun 06 2020

51mins

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Who Owns Seeds?

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It's easy to take seeds for granted, to assume that there will always be more corn or wheat or rice to plant. But as monocropping and agribusiness continue to dominate modern farming, are we losing genetic diversity, cultural history, and the nutritional value of our food? We speak to farmers, botanists and indigenous people about how they are reclaiming our seeds.

*Original Air Date: * September 14, 2019

**Guests: **

Bob QuinnRobin Wall KimmererSeth JovaagCary Fowler

**Interviews In This Hour: **

Where Did We Go Wrong With Wheat?The Wisdom of the Corn MotherThe Seeds Of Tomorrow: Defending Indigenous Mexican Corn That Could Be Our FutureSaving Seeds For Future GenerationsAncient Grains, Native Corn, And The Doomsday Seed Vault: How Growing Food Might Survive Disaster

May 30 2020

51mins

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Finding Meaning in Desperate Times

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We’ve all been changed by the experience of living through a pandemic. We figured out how to sanitize groceries, mute ourselves on Zoom and keep from killing our roommates. But we’re also tackling bigger, existential questions — how can we, individually and collectively, find meaning in the experience of this pandemic?

*Original Air Date: * May 23, 2020

**Guests: **

David KesslerTyrone MuhammadNikki GiovanniJohn KaagAlice Kaplan

**Interviews In This Hour: **

Grief Is A Natural Response To The Pandemic. Here’s Why You Should Let Yourself Feel It.'You Smell Death': Being A Mortician In A Community Ravaged By COVID-19Nikki Giovanni Reads a Poem of RemembranceDoes Philosophy Still Matter In The Age Of Coronavirus?Why Camus' 'The Stranger' Is Still a Dangerous Novel

May 23 2020

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Our Virtual Reality

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Not everyone has a nice, big yard to stretch out in while sheltering in place from COVID-19. But maybe you don't need one. People are using virtual spaces to live out the real experiences they miss — like coffee shops, road trips, even building your own house on a deserted island, or Walden Pond. In a world where we're mostly confined to our homes and Zoom screens, does the line between virtual and real-life space mean much anymore?

Original Air Date: * *May 16, 2020

*Guests: *

Mark RiechersTracy FullertonSimon ParkinJane McGonigalDonald D. HoffmanSuzanne O’Sullivan

*Interviews In This Hour: *

There's No Pandemic In Animal CrossingI Went To The Woods To Level Up DeliberatelyThe Most Boring Video Game Ever MadeWant to be Happier? Turn Everyday Tasks Into a Game How We Fool Ourselves With The Concept of 'Reality'

Further Reading:

NYAS: Reality Is Not As It Seems

May 16 2020

51mins

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Solace of Nature

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Rustling of leaves, sploshing of water, birds calling, bees buzzing. Wherever you live — city or country, East coast, West coast, or in between — we share common, contemplative experiences on our walks outside. In this hour, we assemble a sonic guide to finding solace in nature.

Original Air Date: * *May 09, 2020

*Guests: *

William HelmreichDavid RothenbergLaura Dassow WallsRobert MoorNate StaniforthAndreas Weber

*Interviews In This Hour: *

The Great Urban Nature ExplorerWhy The Walden Pond Experiment In Self-Reliance Is More Relevant Than EverThe Wisdom of TrailsLose Yourself In The SkyFinding Love In The Ecosystem

May 09 2020

51mins

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The Weird, Wild World of Mushrooms

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We owe our past and future existence on Earth to fungi. Some can heal you, some can kill you, and some can change you forever. And the people who love them are convinced that mushrooms explain the world.

Original Air Date: * *June 08, 2019

*Guests: *

Lawrence MillmanPaul StametsEugenia BoneMichael PollanDennis McKennaRobin Carhart-Harris

*Interviews In This Hour: *

Humanity? It All Started With The Raven and Fungus ManThe Soil-Cleaning, Insect-Warding, Smallpox-Curing Power of MushroomsFrom Candy Caps To Morels: Notes From A Mushroom Hunter's CookbookJohn Cage, Vaclav Halek and the Marvels of Mushroom Music Did Magic Mushrooms Shape Human Consciousness?'Fantastic Fungi' And How To Film Them

May 02 2020

51mins

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Deep Tracks: Live In Studio

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In times of crisis, we need music. We look at how far people will go — even under quarantine, during a pandemic — to find ways to make music together.

Original Air Date: * *April 25, 2020

*Guests: *

Lisa Bielawa VarttinaBobby McFerrinMokenVijay IyerBrandy ClarkNicole ParisEdward Cage

*Interviews In This Hour: *

Putting The Mood Of COVID-19 To MusicThe Haunting Finnish Acapella of VärttinäThe 50 Voices of Bobby McFerrinA Bold and Beautiful Voice from CameroonVijay Iyer on Jazz, Improvisation and the Origins of MusicCountry Singer Brandy Clark on a Big Day in a Small TownBeatboxing With My Dad

Apr 25 2020

51mins

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Living In Skin

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We all miss touching things — groceries, door knobs, hands, faces. And most of all, skin. The living tissue that simultaneously protects us from the world, and lets us feel it. In this episode, the politics, biology, and inner life of your skin.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2020

**Guests: **

Angelo BautistaTiffany FieldAlissa WatersNina Jablonski

**Interviews In This Hour: **

My Problem With SkincareEven During Quarantine, You Need A 'Daily Dose Of Touch'Reclaiming Scars As Works Of ArtThe Science Of Skin Color

Apr 18 2020

53mins

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Writing Truth and Lies

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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.

Original Air Date: November 10, 2018

*Guests: *

Caroline FraserTerese Marie MailhotKarl Ove KnausgårdErrol Morris

*Interviews In This Hour: *

Little Lie in the Big WoodsWhen It's Real, The Stakes Are Higher'This Novel Has Hurt Everyone Around Me': A Frank Conversation with Karl Ove KnausgaardErrol Morris: Thomas Kuhn Threw an Ashtray at Me

Apr 11 2020

52mins

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Poetry in a Troubled Time

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Why do people turn to poetry during troubled times? We saw it after 9/11 and we're seeing it now as the coronavirus travels around the world. When the world seems broken, poetry is often the one kind of language that helps.

Original Air Date: * *April 04, 2020

*Guests: *

Kitty O'MearaJericho BrownEdward HirschAlice WalkerKen NordineLi-Young LeeJimmy Santiago Baca

*Interviews In This Hour: *

A Viral Poem For A Virus TimeCan A Poem Be A Prayer?Poetry In A Time Of Grief And LossHope Rises. It Always Does.Li-Young Lee's Love PoetryKen Nordine's 'Yellow'Words Can Change Your Life

Apr 04 2020

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Doctors Give Us Hope

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This week, To the Best of Our Knowledge comes to you from our kitchens and homes. We’re safe, but we’ve all been thinking about the people on the front lines of the pandemic — doctors, nurses and hospital staffs. We’ve been seeing them on social media — the nurses in NYC wearing garbage bags because there aren’t enough
sterile gowns.  Doctors figuring out those weird new face masks. Those incredibly brave doctors and nurses in Italy, Spain, France, the U.S. This hour we tell some remarkable stories of doctors and scientists who are saving lives.

*Original Air Date: * March 28, 2020

**Guests: **

Larry BrilliantJosh MezrichMissy MakiniaManu Prakash

**Interviews In This Hour: **

The Hippie Doctor Who Helped Eradicate SmallpoxWould You Give Your Kidney to a Stranger?Could a 50 Cent Microscope Change the World?

Mar 28 2020

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Music Beyond Genre

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Even with all the music available today, most of us still listen primarily to just a few comfy genres. But there’s so much more out there — and so much of it defies neat, algorithm-friendly categorization.

Original Air Date: * *June 01, 2019

*Guests: *

Kevin GiftWendel PatrickPhilip GlassRobert GlasperToni BlackmanClarice JensenEvelyn GlennieNikka Costa

*Interviews In This Hour: *

How One Man Became Two MusiciansPhilip Glass Asks 'Where Does Music Come From?'Jazz That Smells Like Teen SpiritHip Hop as DiplomacyA Former Child Pop Star Performs America’s SongbookAn Acclaimed Cellist Goes RogueTouching The Sound Of Everyday Objects

Mar 21 2020

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Traveling By Book

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Before the time of commercial flights and road trips, we traveled to far off places without taking a single step.
All you had to do was open a book. From Africa to England, to a kamikaze cockpit, and to realms of fantasy. Books aren’t just books. They’re passports to anywhere. This hour, we’re traveling by book.

Original Air Date: * *March 14, 2020

*Guests: *

Philip PullmanRuth OzekiRobert MacfarlanePetina Gappah

*Interviews In This Hour: *

Philip Pullman on 'The Pocket Atlas of the World''His Dark Materials' Author Philip Pullman On The Consciousness Of All ThingsA Diary Becomes A Time CapsuleRuth Ozeki on 'Kamikaze DiariesPetina Gappah on 'Persuasion'The Empire Writes Back: Author Discusses Explorer David Livingstone's Complicated LegacyRobert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

Mar 14 2020

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Up All Night

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How well do you sleep? Every night, millions of us turn out the lights hoping and praying for a good night’s sleep. And every night, millions of us lie awake in the dark. We explore what keeps us up, and what happens when we embrace the times when we just can't seem to rest.

Original Air Date: March 07, 2020

Guests:

Steve Paulson — Guy Leschziner — Daniel Pink — Marina Benjamin — Ada Calhoun

Interviews In This Hour:

A Shadow Self Emerges from the Darkness — Tales From The Wee Hours — Kicking Your Nap Up A Notch...With Coffee — The Best Time Of Night For Big Ideas — The Things That Keep Gen X Women Up At Night

Mar 07 2020

51mins

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Why Do We Meet?

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We're always online but still have an innate need to meet in person. How can we make gatherings, from dinner parties to work meetings, more meaningful?

*Original Air Date: * June 22, 2019

**Guests: **

Priya ParkerMamie Kanfer StewartAngelo BautistaJames Ogude

**Interviews In This Hour: **

When We Gather, We Need RitualsThat Completely Pointless Meeting Is Entirely PreventableWatching RuPaul's Drag Race In The Best Way Possible — In A Gay Bar'I Am Because We Are': The African Philosophy of Ubuntu

Feb 29 2020

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Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence

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Restaurants, bars, coffee shops — is there any public place left that doesn’t play background music? Loudly? In
this show, we’re making the case for more silence. Because perhaps some need the drone of TVs, traffic and Muzak, to drown out the pesky sound of thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.

Original Air Date: December 09, 2017

Guests:

Erling KaggeGordon HemptonGeorge Michelsen FoyKyle GannShawn WenJennifer Egan

Interviews In This Hour:

The Contemplative Silence Of A Cold, Lonely Journey A Nature Preserve For The Quiet Of NatureThe Volume Of Absolute SilenceThe Tale of a Mute Piano PerformanceA Silent Soliloquy From The World's Greatest MimeThe Pauses Between Chords of Iconic Rock and Roll

Further Reading:

One Square Inch of Silence, from the documentary "Soundtracker"

Feb 22 2020

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iTunes Ratings

515 Ratings
Average Ratings
401
51
23
16
24

Love

By Dog_Art_GML - Mar 19 2020
Read more
I love this podcast but the one thing I wish it had was a show on love and flirting.

Great work!

By Clint and Louise T - May 16 2018
Read more
We’ve Loved TTBOOK since Jim Fleming. Your podcast about trees made us weep!