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

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • 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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    • Fantastic week after week

    • By Larry on 08-13-03

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

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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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, 12-Month Subscription

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • 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: Women Who Rule

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Where do you go to find models of powerful women? Hatshepsut, Circe, Antigone — the ancient world was full of them, real and mythic. For thousands of years, women ruled the world. Today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Handwork

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. This hour explores the therapeutic value of drawing, knitting and other handcrafts. And, the most coveted gift for writers, English majors and luddites? The manual typewriter.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: What Can We Learn from Teenagers?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    All over the country, a chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They are marching, protesting and demanding a better future as we – the adults – watch them with a kind of heartbreaking pride. These teenagers are not waiting for adults to figure things out for them. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to reshape the conversation around everything from gun control to education to climate change.

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

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • 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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    • Rerun

    • 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
    • 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: 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: 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. 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: 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: Pick Your Poison

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Writing Truth and Lies

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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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. 

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Rethinking David Foster Wallace

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    After years of adulation, David Foster Wallace is now facing a moment of reckoning. On the tenth anniversary of his suicide, more stories have surfaced about his abusive treatment of women. Wallace has become a symbol of lit-bro culture. Where does that leave readers in this #MeToo era? Should we stop reading his books?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Whole Truth

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    One of the biggest challenges a journalist can face is reporting a story when your connection to your source is compromised. They won't talk, or they can't talk, or it's your own father. Can anyone ever uncover the truth, the whole truth, about another person?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: A New Clash of Civilizations?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? What exactly are we talking about when we talk about "the West"? A geographic region? Judeo-Christian heritage? Liberal democracy, free market capitalism? And who do we think is coming for it?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Shirley Jackson

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Doug Gordon
    • 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: 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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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: How To Be Alone

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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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: The Secret Language of Trees

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated 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."

    Regular price: $3.95

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