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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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    • 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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    • 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: 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: How to Love Your Body

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    When did "fat" become a four-letter word? Leaders of the body acceptance movement say it's time to stop shaming fat people. In this hour, curvy girls and plus-size women talk about the emotional and physical costs of America's toxic obsession with weight and body image.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Self Help

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • 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: Late Bloomers

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Are you afraid of getting old? Most people are, but studies show we're usually happier in our 60s and 70s. Aging often brings wisdom and resilience - and a new creative spark. We celebrate the fine art of aging - and hear about some artists who remade their careers late in life.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Best of 2016

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    It's December and time again for the annual media ritual - the best of list. We're sharing the best of the best of To the Best of Our Knowledge. 2016, the year in interviews.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Why the Classics Matter

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    There's a lot of handwringing these days about the American Empire. Is it doomed to come crashing down the way the Roman Empire did? We'll find some unexpected lessons from Ancient Rome and even earlier, the collapse of Bronze Age civilization. We also celebrate the wisdom of the ancient classics, and hear how one philosopher teaches Plato to Palestinian students.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Getting Jazzed

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz - but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade. We talk with some of today's biggest and most innovative jazz stars, including Esperanza Spalding and Vijay Iyer, and explore the magic of improvisation.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Saving Language

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Thousands of the world's languages are disappearing in the wake of globalization. And because language is the DNA of culture, a lost language is a lost culture. Today, stories from the frontlines of the language revitalization movement. Also, Dr. Larry Brilliant's improbable journey from the Summer of Love and Indian ashrams to the eradication of smallpox.

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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: Hip Hop Future

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy? The hip hop future.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Walking

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Walk long enough and far enough, and you will never be the same. This week, stories of people who transformed their lives by picking up their feet, blazing trails, enduring blisters and frostbite and bad trail food.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Reconciliation

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    After one of the ugliest and most divisive presidential races in history - can America heal? Weeks of vitriolic campaign rhetoric have taken a toll on friends and families. A majority of voters are disgusted with politics and don't believe the next president will be able to unite the country. So where do we go from here? This hour, a look at reconciliation - how to recover personal and political harmony.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Animals in Winter

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Getting through winter requires mental and physical toughness, plus good central heating. But animals have amazing strategies for surviving conditions that make humans whimper. Today, winter survival strategies from our furred and feathered friends. What could we learn from a walrus who spends the winter munching shrimp below 30 feet of polar ice? Or from frogs who survive the entire season awake, but frozen solid?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Telling a Life

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    How do you tell the story of your life? Do you focus on meaning, accomplishment, and hope - or on failure and loss? Psychologists say telling a good life story can make you happier. But do we also create an inauthentic version of ourselves if we turn everything into a narrative? We explore the idea of life stories, and hear why poet and singer Patti Smith chose to "write about nothing" when writing about her own life.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Who Owns Water?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    More than 100 Native Americans nations have come to Standing Rock in solidarity to protest for water rights. This hour we ask a deceptively simple question: Who owns water?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Time Travel

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Time plays such a big part in our lives, it's no wonder we're fascinated by the idea of escaping it. And what better way to escape it that to travel back into the past or forward into the future? This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is it such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Yuck

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    Disgust is such a powerful emotion, and so easily evoked. A single disgusting word or image can make most anyone feel queasy, but it also turns out to be a powerful driver of human behavior, influencing everything from who you love to who you'll vote for. This hour, we're delving into the new science of revulsion.

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