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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Series produced by Wisconsin Public Radio

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To the Best of Our Knowledge is a radio show about big ideas that fuel deep insights into our world 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.

TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.

We consider ideas big and small, conventional and dangerous, and marshal them into shows centered around a theme. A show's theme sometimes centers on a big question, other times it will zero in on the small things that give us pause. A good theme is a conversation starter: is the Internet making us stupid? Can a computer truly be creative? Are humans innately good? What’s the best road trip you ever took?

Once we pick the theme, we dig in with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all. And hopefully, when we’re done, we’ve animated the questions along with the answers, opening both our own minds and yours.

TTBOOK is available by annual carriage fee. Please contact Sean Nesbitt at sean.nesbitt@prx.org for more information. Hide full description

TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.We consider ideas big and small, conventional and dangerous, and marshal them into shows centered around a theme. A show's theme sometimes centers on a big question, other times it will zero in on the small things that give us pause. A good theme is a conversation starter: is the Internet making us stupid? Can a computer truly be creative? Are humans innately good? What’s the best road trip you ever... Show full description


Additional Files

37 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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HOUR ONE: "Empathy for Monsters" - The American soldiers who guarded Saddam Hussein came to like and care about him. This hour: Should we feel empa...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: Think you've got nothing to hide? This hour, find out who's watching us and why. HOUR TWO: How do you tell the story of your life? Songw...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "Renunciation" - January is the season of diets and cleanses. Why do we feel compelled to give up our pleasures? HOUR TWO: "Owning The ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "Endings (In Four Novellas)" - New Year's Eve can be depressing. We don't handle endings very well. This hour, how to end - relationships...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: More and more power is getting consolidated in the hands of a few. If capitalism is broken, what's next? HOUR TWO: Why does an empire c...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "The Art of Reinvention" - Feeling stale? Four artists tell us how they reinvented themselves and how you can too. HOUR TWO: "Peak Perf...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "The Sound of Silence" - Want to get to know yourself better? Try being quiet. This hour, how silence can improve our lives. HOUR TWO: ...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
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HOUR ONE: "Harassment In The Lab" - Sexual harassment happens everywhere, including science. We'll hear stories and possible solutions. HOUR TWO:...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
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HOUR ONE: "Worshiping Waterfalls" - Jane Goodall has seen chimpanzees stop at a roaring waterfall and bristle with excitement. Are they having spir...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
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HOUR ONE: "Burnout" - Ever get the Sunday Night Blues? This hour, how to take back your weekends and the culture of overwork. HOUR TWO: "Getting ...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "Clash Of Civilizations" - President Trump thinks Western Civilization is in trouble. But does the West need saving? HOUR TWO: "Artific...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "The Echo Chamber" - Conservative pundit Charlie Sykes criticized Donald Trump, becoming a left-wing darling. How'd that happen? Welcome ...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "Even Stranger Things" - Paranormal psychic spy hunters? It was a real U.S. Army project. Join us for an hour of even stranger things. ...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "You Had To Be There" - A new generation rediscovers pleasure palaces of the past, abandoned movie theaters and concert halls. What are t...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "Center Of The World" - Opiate addiction. Lost jobs. Lost hope. Producer Charles Monroe-Kane heads back to his Ohio hometown to see why p...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "Is The Universe A Number?" - A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a crocheting mathematician and a man obsessed with the Kabbalah are search...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "What Is School For?" - Some of the hardest working people in America are teachers. So why do they get so much disrespect? This hour, we'...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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HOUR ONE: "Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?" - Psychedelic science is back and the early results are extraordinary. If you knew LSD could he...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
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HOUR ONE: "Rethinking Reviewing" - Social media allows readers to bypass gatekeepers and publish their own opinions. So if everyone's a critic, doe...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58