This show never fails to hold my interest, even on subjects I'm usually indifferent too. A very imaginitively wide mix of topics from the broad and profound to curious and unique. I wish I had the time to follow up on a lot of the stories. Full of heart and good for the brain.
I downloaded my first installment of the program this week & was surprised. I had expected a round table discussion (misinterpretation of the description), but this format was absolutely fine. Host and guests were all engaging, and both topics were near and dear to me, particularly 'stupidity.' I immediately began playing it for friends and co-workers. Can't get much better praise than that, eh? Later today, I'll be digging back into the archives.
Finally, some good news! Celebrate in the small facets of live from various perspectives, experiences and artists!! Naturally, some of the articles are less interesting than others, but each adds tremendous dimension and insight to the subject - - - subjects I might not ever consider to explore. A serendepity in every program! Even the sad, gorey or less than pleasant bits of information are tasefully presented. Thank you for giving us GOOD NEWS.
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My friend Bruce wanted something "worthwhile" to listen to on his daily commute. I immediately suggested To The Best of our Knowledge -- Thoughtful, thought-provoking radio just like we used to get here in South Africa. Listen to the best thinkers (many authors, singers, politicians and other cultural leaders) talking about a wide range of topics from Status Anxiety and Death to Books and Stupidity.
If you want to be a good dinner guest and impress everybody with the breadth of your knowledge, then this is the programme for you. Even though it's American, To The Best of our Knowledge has a global outlook. Even its piece on South Africa had a different take from what I was expecting. Do yourself a favour. Listen to The Best of our Knowledge: it's worthwhile.
After choosing this title for my monthly subscription based on the reviews I am left wondering who thinks this is entertaining. After loading three episodes on my Otis, it only took me 15 minutes to determine that all three had no value to me. Here is the one topic out of all three that sounded remotely interesting:
A formal fraternity member writes a book detailing how there is violence in fraternities. I thought that I was going to be shocked at the brutality he would mention. However, the most violence he mentions is running down a hallway and being grabbed and pushed by other fraternity members. Is this really news worthy? He sounds pathetic stating how he was a victim because he had so much pressure to fit in that he had to join a fraternity. Please. As a college educated male, I did not join a fraternity and fit in just fine.
As an occasional listener of NPR, these are the kind of programs that caused me to purchase an Audible membership to avoid.
This show is okay, but I think they need an editor. Too many segments seem to drone on to me, even though I generally like their topic selection. It is somewhat similar to This American Life, but TAL really shows how it ought to be done and has it all over this show--not that I do not still listen.
This show is almost always entertaining, always informative. I listen to a lot of radio talk shows, and this is one of my favorites. I like the format of approaching one topic and getting different viewpoints on it. A delight to listen to.
I have mixed feelings on this one. It seems to drone, but there is good info in the programs. I would not suggest listening to this while driving for fear of falling asleep during some segments. I prefer to listen while falling asleep. I can use some of the tidbbits in my classroom, but overall think the interviews are long and just drone on and on. If you want a really GREAT download, try Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me. THAT is EXCELLENT!!
I listen to audio books to escape from the routine sales pitches that circulate endlessly on radio and tv. This is just more of the same crap that you can find anywhere.