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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, 1-Month Subscription

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Satisfy your hunger for new ideas with this interview show that explores the cutting edge of contemporary thinking in politics, religion, economics, science, the arts, and popular culture. Host Anne Strainchamps talks to some of the greatest thinkers, figures, and artists of our time. It's a radio salon where a playwright and a scientist, a theologian and a rock critic might all offer their views on, say, revenge. Inviting a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds to approach a subject creates a kind of depth and richness that's positively riveting.

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    • By Jim on 05-18-04

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, 12-Month Subscription

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    Satisfy your hunger for new ideas with this interview show that explores the cutting edge of contemporary thinking in politics, religion, economics, science, the arts, and popular culture. Host Anne Strainchamps talks to some of the greatest thinkers, figures, and artists of our time. It's a radio salon where a playwright and a scientist, a theologian and a rock critic might all offer their views on, say, revenge. Inviting a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds to approach a subject creates a kind of depth and richness that's positively riveting.

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    • Kicking known science over a cliff

    • By Cora Judd on 05-08-13

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Shirley Jackson

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    On the centennial of Shirley Jackson's birth, we explore the great literary work that she left for us - the stories and novels that continue to resonate in our culture.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Poem is You: New Voices in American Poetry

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity. Poetry is a powerful tool for crafting identity —as we find in the verse of Ojibwe hip-hop artist Tall Paul. It can also help us understand the places we live —as in Carl Sandburg's Chicago poems. And Quan Barry kicks off National Poetry Month with a new series, "The News from Poems," featuring original poems by five major poets that reflect on the anxieties raised by current events.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: H.P. Lovecraft

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    H.P. Lovecraft's weird tales of cosmic horror loom large 125 years after his birth. His literary tentacles have oozed their way into movies, books, games, and graphic novels. We explore Lovecraft's life, work, and legacy. Was he a literary master or a monster?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Back in the sixties, LSD was all the rage — not just in the counterculture but also in psychiatric clinics. Then psychedelics were outlawed and decades of research vanished. Now, psychedelic science is back — and the early results are extraordinary. A single dose of psilocybin can help people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Secret Language of Trees

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Using a complex network of chemical signals, trees talk to each other and form alliances with fellow trees, even other species. In fact, whole forests exist as a kind of superorganism. And some trees are incredibly old. Did you know a single bristlecone pine can live up to 6,000 years? And the root mass of aspens might live 100,000 years? We explore the science and history of trees and talk with Richard Powers about his epic novel "The Overstory."

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: We've Had 30 Years of Prozac. Why Are We Still Depressed?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
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    Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But our 30-year experiment with modern anti-depressants is taking a toll. What have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind? Is it clear that they even work? There are a lot of us who struggle with mood disorders or mental illness of one sort or another. If you do, we here at TTBOOK want you to know that you're not alone. If you're looking for more in-depth knowledge on what you might be going through, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is an incredible resource.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Fermentation

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Something's bubbling in American kitchens: a resurgence of interest in cultured and fermented foods. Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut. Today, we explore fermentation culture in food, technology, art and science.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Narcissism (Repeat)

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Nobody wants to be a narcissist - a relentless, self-loving, self-promoter. But look at Facebook and Twitter. We talk about ourselves all the time on social media. Which raises the question, are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: How To Be Alone

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    If you've ever been alone on Valentine's Day, you probably know how isolating it can be to feel like the only single person in a world full of happy couples. But being alone doesn't have to be shameful. This hour, we're changing the script and making the case for the lovelorn, the loners, the bachelors and spinsters that there's nothing wrong with being alone.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Conspiracy Theories

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Do you believe that the government is keeping secrets from us? That the military is hiding evidence of alien visitations? Maybe you have a hard line to the truth - or maybe you're a sucker for conspiracy theories. Today, we explore why we love conspiracy theories and why we believe them.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Back in the sixties, LSD was all the rage — not just in the counterculture but also in psychiatric clinics. Then psychedelics were outlawed and decades of research vanished. Now, psychedelic science is back — and the early results are extraordinary. A single dose of psilocybin can help people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety. We'll examine this revolution in medicine, and explore the connections between psychedelics and mystical experience.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Philip K. Dick

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Is this Philip K. Dick's world and are we just living in it? It sure seems like it these days, with new versions of his work continuing to fill the media landscape, 35 years after his death. There's the new movie, Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the 1982 classic, Blade Runner, which was based on Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This hour, we explore Dick's life and the enduring power of his visionary, mind-bending science fiction.

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    • By asdfasdfasdf on 12-12-17

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Back in the sixties, LSD was all the rage — not just in the counterculture but also in psychiatric clinics. Then psychedelics were outlawed and decades of research vanished. Now, psychedelic science is back — and the early results are extraordinary. A single dose of psilocybin can help people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety. We'll examine this revolution in medicine, and explore the connections between psychedelics and mystical experience.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Bullies

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a relentless, never-ending 24/7 online phenomenon – cyberbullying. And maybe it's time to find a new way to think about bullying.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Is Socialism Making a Comeback?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    The Democratic Party is facing a new challenge, from the Left. Because for the first time in decades, socialism is making sense to American voters - it's no longer a dirty word for politicians. But could socialism really be a force in American politics? This hour: How and why American Socialism is on the rise. And what does it look like - on the ground and in elected office? 

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Magical Thinking

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    "Magical thinking" gets a bad rap these days. It suggests losing your grip on reality or being so gullible that you'll believe anything — from ghosts and miracles to fortune tellers. But what if magic isn't pure fantasy? Maybe it's the gateway to wonder. We explore the many dimensions of magic — on stage, in religion and in fiction. Also, why millennials are obsessed with astrology.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Revenge of Analog

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Do you miss turntables, vinyl records, cassette tapes, landline phones? Welcome to the analog revival – a movement to roll back digital dominance. This week, how headphones and MP3s ruined music, the pleasure of listening to old 78's, and the politics of nostalgia. The broadcast of this episode also featured a conversation with poet Fady Joudah for our series the News from Poems.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Forgiving the Unforgivable

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Are there certain acts, certain people who are beyond forgiveness? When you're hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most? This hour, the keys to living a more forgiving life.

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