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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, 1-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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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Self Help

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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Every new year brings a fresh start, another chance to remake yourself. We all aspire to be better people, but following through on our goals can often be difficult.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Making A Home

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Anyone who's moved knows how difficult it can be to settle into a new place. Whether it's another country or an apartment just down the block, it takes time and work to get comfortable. We're living through a period of mass human migration, with people on the move all over the planet. This hour, we're talking about home - how to take an unfamiliar place and make it yours.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Extinction (Update)

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Our planet is facing a mass extinction crisis. By the end of the century, we could lose up to half of all living species. But people are working hard to save endangered species and habitats, and a few scientists are even trying to bring lost species - like passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths - back to life.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Your Attention Please

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    You live in an attention economy. From the moment, you wake up until the tile you go to bed, you're bombarded. By viral videos, news alerts, things trending on Facebook and exploding on the Internet. And that doesn't even include the endless onslaught of ads. How does it feel to know that the commodity everyone wants is inside your skull? This hour, we focus our attention - on attention.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Election 2.0

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Americans head to the polls amid mounting political rhetoric, from both sides, about vote rigging and voter suppression. Maybe it's time to rethink the way we do elections. In this episode, we surface some ingenious, off-the-wall, and counter-intuitive ideas about how to make voting fairer, better, and more fun.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Better-abled

    • By: Anne Strainchamp
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    A fashion model with prosthetic legs, a musician who can't hear, a writer who can't see. Instead of disabled, differently-abled, handicapped - why not better-abled?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: 10-14-2016

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    With summer over, it's getting harder to stay upbeat. The daylight's dying, the temperature's dropping, and there's more dark and more cold ahead. This hour we're offering a respite from the autumn blues, talking about the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness, and also offering some practical advice for how to live well.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Center of the World, Ohio

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Shuttered businesses line the familiar streets of producer Charles Monroe-Kane's hometown in the Rust Belt in northeastern Ohio. The steel mill where his father worked is shut down, locked behind chains. Opioid abuse is rampant, poverty is high, jobs are scarce. But people remain. What keeps them going? What do they hope for? Charles went back to talk with friends, family and community members in a journey to the Center of the World, Ohio.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Why Is The Internet Toxic For Women?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Ask any woman who spends much time online and she'll tell you – being a woman on the internet means coping with abuse and harassment. In one study, nearly half of the women surveyed had been harassed online – and 76 percent of those under 30. As a society, why do we have to put up with this? And how do we fight back?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Hell is Other People

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    How do you cope with unpleasant people? Like the jerk in the next cubicle or your loud-mouth brother-in-law? When there's no escape and you're stuck with someone you can't stand, what do you do? In this show, we consider the adage "hell is other people." Plus a conversation with writer T.C. Boyle on the limits of his own tolerance for other humans.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Check Your Privilege

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Privilege checking has become a mainstay of a certain kind of conversation about race or identity. One person reminds – or accuses – another of enjoying all kinds of unearned advantages, thanks to their skin color, gender, class or sexual orientation. Checking someone else's privilege can be a form of hostility. Checking your own can be an act of humility. Either way, it can oftentimes be painful. But does anyone actually benefit from talking about privilege? This hour, the benefits and drawbacks of talking about privilege.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Beyond the Echo Chamber

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    When did we retreat to our Red and Blue Facebook pages? It's not just that America is politically polarized. We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. That isolation is breeding an ugly, seething hatred of the other side that feels poisonous and dispiriting. So what can we do? In this hour, we hear how conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes lost his faith in the GOP and why a former CEO of NPR left his liberal bubble.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Barbecue

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Supersized slabs of juicy ribs cooked over a wood fire until the meat slides right off the bone. Food doesn't get more American than barbecue. It's part of our roots. And it's tangled up in our racial history. In this hour, we celebrate barbecue and explore its secret history.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Why Is the Internet Toxic for Women?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Ask any woman who spends much time online and she'll tell you – being a woman on the internet means coping with abuse and harassment. In one study, nearly half of the women surveyed had been harassed online – and 76 percent of those under 30. As a society, why do we have to put up with this? And how do we fight back?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Amusement Parks

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, Six Flags, or Pacific Park – to a kid, all amusement parks are magical. This hour we take a trip to the land of funnel cake, freak shows and fast rides.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: When Is A Road Trip Something More?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    For a lot of Americans, summer means that it's time to hit the open road. We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Is the Universe a Number?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    For centuries, mathematicians have been looking for the deep design, the mathematical code to explain everything from microorganisms to spacetime. But it's a dangerous quest. We'll meet a mathematician who got lost in the numerical mysteries of the Kabbalah. And, we'll discover the underlying structure of the universe through crochet.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Awkward

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    When was the last time you said something so mortifying that all you wanted to do was crawl under a rock and hide? We've all been through plenty of uncomfortable moments, but it seems like we rarely talk about them. From teenage angst to cringe comedy, this week we're setting aside the shame and reveling in all things awkward.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Repeat When Necessary

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    What's your compulsion? That thing you can't stop doing or can't live without. Whether it's nail biting or handwashing, most of us have some kind of behavior we just can’t give up. But while compulsions can be a mild annoyance for some, for others, they can be marshalled as a strength, inspiring them to achieve great things. This hour, we explore the upside to compulsions.

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