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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Science and the Search for Meaning – Part One: What Is Life?

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Scientists can now explain virtually every stage of the evolutionary process. But there's a basic question that still mystifies even the best scientists: How did life first begin on Earth? Or to put in another way, how did non-life somehow turn into life? And can we say the Earth itself is alive? In this hour, we'll talk with James Lovelock about his Gaia theory, and explore the question, What is Life?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Mind and Body

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    For decades Carl Jung's Red Book remained the most famous unpublished book in the history of psychology. Jung refused to publish it during his lifetimes, and his heirs kept it locked up after he died. The Red Book recorded Jung's visionary paintings and laid out his radical ideas for a new kind of psychology. In this hour, we'll tell you why this legendary book will change our thinking about Carl Jung.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: How to Disappear

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Have you ever thought about disappearing? Wiping out your old identity and starting fresh, with a new name, a new life… a new self? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, how to disappear completely. Join us for a crash course! You too can vanish without a trace. And we have the founder of the Federal Witness Protection Program to tell us how the professionals do it.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Albert Camus

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Albert Camus was many things: war hero, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and one of the 20th century’s most fascinating public thinkers. We examine the life and legacy of Camus on his 100th birthday: how a poor kid from Algeria became a revered French writer, hungry to find meaning in an absurd world, and why Camus still has a lot to tell us about a world mired in political violence.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Marshall McLuhan at 100

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    “The medium is the message.” “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” Those are just a few of Marshall McLuhan’s famous quotes. McLuhan is one of the most influential media thinkers of all time, yet he’s also one of the most misunderstood. In this hour, we’ll explore Marshall McLuhan’s big ideas as we salute the centenary of his birth.

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    • Guys Read: True Stories

    • By: Jon Scieszka, Jim Murphy, Elizabeth Partridge, and others
    • Narrated by: Bruce Thomas, Hillary Huber, Robin Weigert, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
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    A star-studded group of award-winning nonfiction authors and journalists provides something for every listener, all aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Compiled and edited by real-life literature legend Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: True Stories is a mind-blowing collection of essays, biographies, travelogues, and more, all proving that the truth is most definitely out there.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Doing the Math (Updated)

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Why do Americans suck at math? And why do so many claim to hate math? In a recent survey, a third of respondents said they'd rather clean the bathroom than solve an equation. In today's show, mathematicians tell us what we're missing.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Singing the Revolution

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    We sang it during the civil rights movement, on marches, on buses, and in the face of violence. We sang it for workers rights, and to protest the war in Vietnam, on the mall in Washington. Sometimes, we sang it hand in hand, our arms criss-crossed across our bodies, swaying. More than any other, "We Shall Overcome" has become the to-go song to summon courage and hope, and a spark to ignite or sustain a revolution. In this hour, singing the revolution.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Singing the Revolution

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    We sang it during the civil rights movement, on marches, on buses, and in the face of violence. We sang it for workers rights, and to protest the war in Vietnam, on the mall in Washington. Sometimes, we sang it hand in hand, our arms criss-crossed across our bodies, swaying. More than any other, "We Shall Overcome" has become the to-go song to summon courage and hope, and a spark to ignite or sustain a revolution. In this hour, singing the revolution.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Astrobiology

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Emerging insights from the new science of astrobiology paints a picture of a universe seeded with potential life. While astronomers discover new exoplanets every other week or so, biologists are finding unexpected life in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. Together, their work is leading to a discovery most believe is inevitable: biological life on another planet.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Psychedelics

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, Timothy Leary nearly killed the psychedelic revolution. He did more than anyone to popularize LSD and urged us all to "turn on, tune in, drop out." But Leary's indiscriminate use of mind-altering drugs created a backlash, and made them taboo for serious scholars.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Mind and Brain

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Neuroscientists have made remarkable discoveries about the brain, but so far, no one's come close to cracking the biggest mystery of all - the connection between the brain and the mind: how a tangle of neurons inside your skull produces...you.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Science and the Search for Meaning - Part Two: What Does Evolution Want?

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    If there's one strand of evolutionary theory that sticks in the craw of nearly every religious believer, it's the idea that human beings are just an evolutionary accident. But what if we aren't? What if the evolution of humans, or some brainy creature like us, was inevitable once life first appeared on Earth? In this hour, we'll talk with maverick paleontologist Simon Conway Morris and explore the question "What does evolution want?"

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

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 51 mins
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    David Foster Wallace changed the landscape of American writing. His novels dissect our media-saturated culture in unflinching detail. And his essays are passed around to friends with the words, "You have to read this." He became a literary rock star in his early thirties for his sprawling novel Infinite Jest, which introduced the world to his looping, verbose, cerebral style.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: How to be Funny

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    A little laugh goes a long way. This week, we’re taking a crash course in how to be funny. From Chicago’s famous Second City, to a humor research lab, this hour's a laugh riot. We also talk with a laughter coach, Canadian comic Mary Walsh, and longtime New Yorker humorist Ian Frazier. Giggle on!

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, The Malleable Mind

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour we'll hear the latest science on brain plasticity. First, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher Norman Doidge (The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science). Next, author Daniel Pinchbeck (2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl), and more.

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    • Amazing Grace 2

    • More Conversations About the Life of the Soul (To The Best of Our Knowledge)
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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    This collection of powerful moments from a beloved public radio program tries to capture the essence of what matters most in life. With wisdom and compassion, humor and courage, respect and awe, celebrities and ordinary people share their best thinking about how to live and how to die. No matter what your spiritual orientation, these stories will enlighten and entertain you. And they'll dare you to keep an open mind.

    • More Conversations About the Life of the Soul (To The Best of Our Knowledge)
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 06-15-06
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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Cultural Commons

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, Lewis Hyde, MacArthur Fellow, Creative Writing Professor and author of Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership tells Steve Paulson that he is skeptical of the entertainment industry's insistence that intellectual property is just like physical property. He invokes the cultural commons – that vast store of art and ideas from the past that enrich everybody's present.

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    • Electrons To Enlightenment (To The Best of Our Knowledge Series)

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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    This five-part series from To The Best of Our Knowledge series examines the conflict between science and religion, featuring conversations with many of the world's leading figures in this debate.

    Topics include evolution vs. creationism; the relationship between brain and mind; God and the origins of the universe; and more.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Power of Play (Updated)

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Remember those carefree summer days you had as a kid, playing tag or pickup softball in the park? Sure, it may just seem like fun and games, but it may also have been invaluable training. A new generation of researchers is discovering that play is how the young brain prepares for adult life. This hour – as if you needed a reason — a reminder to get out and have some fun.

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