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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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472 Ratings
Average Ratings
370
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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!

Great podcast!

By Ayye_Bee - Mar 10 2018
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Very very intriguing conversations & ideas. Every episode so far has had me tuned in.

iTunes Ratings

472 Ratings
Average Ratings
370
48
21
12
21

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!

Great podcast!

By Ayye_Bee - Mar 10 2018
Read more
Very very intriguing conversations & ideas. Every episode so far has had me tuned in.
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To The Best Of Our Knowledge

Latest release on Jan 25, 2020

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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: Religion Without Doctrine [Rebroadcast]

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What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more unexplainable — primal spiritual experiences?

Guests:

Elizabeth KrohnJeff KripalElaine PagelsJericho Brown

Jul 06 2019

52mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: Finding Your Voice

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Your voice is unique. It's how your friends and family know you. But how comfortable are you with your voice? And how freely do you use it?

Guests:

David ThorpeKeith PowellSusan StambergAnn FriedmanVeronica RueckertBernie Krause

Jul 27 2019

51mins

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Rank #4: Rituals of Fear

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What if experiencing dread — the horror of it all — is good for you?

Guests:

Amy StewartKathryn HarkupGemma FilesDan ChaonBlanche Barton

Oct 26 2019

52mins

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Rank #5: Going Underground

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Scientists and explorers have found a whole new world under our feet. It's an exciting place, and it's changing what we know about the planet and ourselves.

Guests:

Robert MacfarlaneJill HeinerthBen HoltzmanWerner HerzogChristine Desdemaines-Hugon

Nov 02 2019

51mins

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Rank #6: Books We Can't Forget

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Is there a book you can’t forget? A book that left a mark on you? We celebrate books and reading with an eclectic cast of writers from around the country.

Guests:

Chloe Benjamin — Anne Lamott — Rebecca Traister — Natalia Sylvester — Tommy Orange — Pamela Paul — Shannon Henry Kleiber — Jericho Brown — Susan Orlean

Interviews In This Hour:

Anne Lamott on 'Pippi Longstocking' — Powerful Book Encounters — Tommy Orange on 'A Confederacy Of Dunces' — Reading As Our First Window To The World — A Book Club On The Day Of The Book Choosing — Jericho Brown on 'The Witches Of Eastwick' — The Book Burning That Brought All Of Los Angeles Together

Nov 16 2019

51mins

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Rank #7: The Secret Language of Trees [Rebroadcast]

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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.

Guests:

Mark HirschRichard PowersSuzanne SimardAmos CliffordDaegan Miller

Nov 09 2019

52mins

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Rank #8: Difficult Summer Reading

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Summer reading lists are full of so-called "beach books." But if you’ve got enough time to lounge by a pool or swing in a hammock, why not tackle something more substantial?

Guests:

Colleen LeahyMakini AllwoodJorge Luis BorgesOrhan PamukMaryanne WolfCodex SeraphinianusEmily ParkerJunot DiazRicardo Pitts-WileyCharles Miers

Jul 13 2019

51mins

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Rank #9: The Power Of Pleasure and Joy

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What if the most unselfish thing you could do was to pursue pleasure and joy? We make the case for the transformative power of joy, pleasure and delight.

Guests:

Ross GayKathryn Bond StocktonLaurie SantosLynne Segal

Oct 12 2019

51mins

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Rank #10: How Africans Are Building The Cities Of The Future

Dec 14 2019

51mins

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Hope: How Do You Make It?

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This hour we talk with people who’ve turned that around and made hope real, whether it’s
through political activism, faith, music, or reading a life-changing novel.

Original Air Date: April 27, 2019

*Guests: *

DeRay MckessonLydia HesterSerene JonesMegan StielstraCommon

*Interviews In This Hour: *

To Make Big Social Change, Start With The PB&J SandwichesTeens Don't Want Hope. They Want Action.Hope, Where Faith Becomes ActionMegan Stielstra On 'The Chronology of Water'Making Hope In Verse

Jan 25 2020

52mins

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Hope: Where Does It Come From?

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Original Air Date: April 20, 2019

Is hope something we’re innately born with, or something we can choose to have? We talk with
people who tell us where they think hope lives in ourselves and our communities.

*Guests: *

Andre WillisSteven PinkerTali SharotAlice WalkerChigozie ObiomaClaire Peaslee

*Interviews In This Hour: *

Defining A New Grammar Of HopeThe Science Of Looking On The Bright SideA Naturalist's Hopeful PilgrimageEverything Is Actually AwesomeWhy Nigerians Are So Much Happier Than AmericansHope Rises

Jan 18 2020

52mins

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Why Go To War?

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What drives us toward armed conflict? And what does it take for peace activists to face down tyrants and military leaders?

**Guests: **

Scott AndersonSamantha PowerBenjamin GinsbergDavid ShieldsLeymah Gbowee

**Interviews In This Hour: **

In The Case Of Iran, Who Decides What Constitutes 'War'?An Idealist Wrestles With The Ethics of Military InterventionThe Worth of WarWar is Beautiful?Is War Inevitable?

Jan 11 2020

51mins

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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

51mins

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In Search Of Real Food [Rebroadcast]

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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 SethiSamin NosratMichael TwittyJosh Noel

*Interviews In This Hour: *

The Frightening Sameness Beneath Hundreds of FlavorsA Little Grammy, A Little Bubbe: A Writer Embodies Family History Through FoodAnyone Can Cook—With the Right ElementsDoes 'Selling Out' Make a Difference You Can Taste?Two Dishes, Two Tastings: A Dinner Party with Simran, Michael, Samin and Josh

Dec 28 2019

52mins

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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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How Africans Are Building The Cities Of The Future

Dec 14 2019

51mins

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Giving Is Complicated [Rebroadcast]

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Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. This hour, unwrapping the tangled emotions behind giving — and getting.

Guests:

Megan Costello — Haddayr Copley-Woods — David Graeber — Anand Giridharadas — Elizabeth Dunn

Interviews In This Hour:

In A Medical Crisis, Small Gestures Are Life-Changing — The Problems With Help You Didn't Ask For — There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Gift — The Strings Attached To Big-Ticket Donations — Giving Happiness That Lasts, Rather Than Things That Take Up Space

Dec 07 2019

52mins

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More Than Just A Game

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The board games we play tell us so much more about ourselves than we think — our history, our politics and our inner psychology.

Guests:

Angelo Bautista — Eric Thurm — Brin-Jonathan Butler — Annelise Heinz — Linda Feinstein — Jeff Yang

Interviews In This Hour:

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

Nov 30 2019

51mins

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Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion? [Rebroadcast]

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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:

Devorah Baum — Lucas Mann — Thomas Curran — Stephen Greenblatt — Susan Bandes 

Interviews In This Hour:

Why Do We Still Feel Guilty? — Reality TV And Other Things We Secretly Love — Perfectionism Is Making Young People Miserable. Here’s How To Help.— Original Sin And The Genesis Of Guilt — Should Judges And Juries Look For Remorse?

Nov 23 2019

52mins

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Books We Can't Forget

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Is there a book you can’t forget? A book that left a mark on you? We celebrate books and reading with an eclectic cast of writers from around the country.

Guests:

Chloe Benjamin — Anne Lamott — Rebecca Traister — Natalia Sylvester — Tommy Orange — Pamela Paul — Shannon Henry Kleiber — Jericho Brown — Susan Orlean

Interviews In This Hour:

Anne Lamott on 'Pippi Longstocking' — Powerful Book Encounters — Tommy Orange on 'A Confederacy Of Dunces' — Reading As Our First Window To The World — A Book Club On The Day Of The Book Choosing — Jericho Brown on 'The Witches Of Eastwick' — The Book Burning That Brought All Of Los Angeles Together

Nov 16 2019

51mins

Play

The Secret Language of Trees [Rebroadcast]

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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.

Guests:

Mark HirschRichard PowersSuzanne SimardAmos CliffordDaegan Miller

Nov 09 2019

52mins

Play

Going Underground

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Scientists and explorers have found a whole new world under our feet. It's an exciting place, and it's changing what we know about the planet and ourselves.

Guests:

Robert MacfarlaneJill HeinerthBen HoltzmanWerner HerzogChristine Desdemaines-Hugon

Nov 02 2019

51mins

Play

Rituals of Fear

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What if experiencing dread — the horror of it all — is good for you?

Guests:

Amy StewartKathryn HarkupGemma FilesDan ChaonBlanche Barton

Oct 26 2019

52mins

Play

If Your Clothes Could Talk [Rebroadcast]

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Whether you know it or not, your closets are filled with personal information. Do you think about what are you saying with your clothes?

Guests:

Angelo BautistaAvery TrufelmanCarolyn Smithagnès b.Jo Paoletti

Oct 19 2019

52mins

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The Power Of Pleasure and Joy

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What if the most unselfish thing you could do was to pursue pleasure and joy? We make the case for the transformative power of joy, pleasure and delight.

Guests:

Ross GayKathryn Bond StocktonLaurie SantosLynne Segal

Oct 12 2019

51mins

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Your Miraculous And Mysterious Body [Rebroadcast]

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Sometimes, we take our body for granted. But even the everyday things it can do – keep our heart beating, fight off illness – are pretty extraordinary. Do you know what your body can do?

Guests:

Josh MezrichMissy MakiniaPorochista KhakpourGavin Francis

Oct 05 2019

52mins

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Filtering Free Speech

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The line between free speech and hate speech isn't always clear. When does sensitivity become censorship?

Guests:

Walter MosleyJonathan HaidtDorothy KimAlissa QuartDavid Maraniss

Sep 28 2019

51mins

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What Sparks Creativity? [Rebroadcast]

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Where does creativity come from? And what exactly is going on in your brain when the Muse descends?

Guests:

Heather BerlinSiri HustvedtJim HoltMary SharratNathaniel Mary Quinn

Sep 21 2019

52mins

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Who Owns Seeds?

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As monocropping and agribusiness continue to dominate modern farming, we speak to farmers, botanists and indigenous people about how they are reclaiming our seeds.

Guests:

Bob QuinnRobin Wall KimmererSeth JovaagCary Fowler

Sep 14 2019

51mins

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iTunes Ratings

472 Ratings
Average Ratings
370
48
21
12
21

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!

Great podcast!

By Ayye_Bee - Mar 10 2018
Read more
Very very intriguing conversations & ideas. Every episode so far has had me tuned in.