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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: David Foster Wallace

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    David Foster Wallace may have understood the modern American better than any writer of our time. His suicide in September of 2008 stunned his friends and fans. Wallace was a master at capturing the way we think, feel and live, and his books and essays conveyed an intimacy that made a lot of people feel like Wallace was a friend they'd never met. In this hour, we celebrate the life and work of the late David Foster Wallace.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Anxiety

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    It's now the most common mental health problem in the world. Anxiety. And the United States is the country with the highest level of anxiety, according to a World Mental Health Survey conducted in 18 countries in 2002. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, award-winning journalist, Patricia Pearson, talks about her personal struggles with anxiety. And psychiatrist Daniel Carlat tells us about the trouble with psychiatry.

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

    • By: Jim Fleming
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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: Edges of Science

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    How do we know what's real? Can science tell us, or is there an unseen reality we'll never understand? We explore the borderlands of knowledge and reflect on some remarkable episodes in the history of science: Nobel laureates who investigated ghosts and a pioneer of quantum physics who found messages in his dreams.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Albert Camus

    • By: Jim Fleming
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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: Psychedelics

    • By: Jim Fleming
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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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    • Human Sigma

    • Managing the Employee-Customer Encounter
    • By: John H. Fleming Ph.D., Jim Asplund
    • Narrated by: Tom Parks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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    This book offers an innovative, research-based approach to one of the toughest challenges businesses face today: how to drive success by effectively managing the moments when employees interact with customers. Based on research spanning 10 million employees and 10 million customers around the globe, the Human Sigma approach combines a proven method for assessing the health of the employee-customer encounter with a disciplined process for improving it.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Atheists, Believers & The Secular

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    Atheists are finally coming out of the closet, and in some cases denouncing religion. Others still crave a sense of the sacred even though they don’t believe in God. Do atheists have something to learn from religion? Why do so many people call themselves "spiritual but not religious"? And why did bestselling novelist Anne Rice split very publicly with the Catholic Church?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Evangelical in America

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Prominent Evangelical leaders are divided on the subject of Donald Trump and some have gone so far as to say the soul of their movement is at stake. This week we talk about the perennial tension between faith and politics, and the evolution of the Religious Right - the movement that shaped the conservative agenda and dominated the political landscape for two decades.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Cavemen

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    Urrrh. Urrrh. (grunt). Whoo. Whoo. Me Caveman. Ugh. Ugh. Is your knowledge Cavemen based on TV commercials? In this hour,Caveman. We'll discover how the Ice Age gave birth to the first modern humans. And, the real secret of evolution…cooking. Also, the founder of today's caveman movement. He grunts in a more modern way.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • Mind and Body
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, Washington Post science writer Shankar Vedantam is the author of The Hidden Brain. He tells Jim Fleming how a great deal of our thinking is shaped by our unconscious minds, such as routine tasks we do automatically.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Life, Art, and Therapy

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    Whatever happened to psychoanalysis? It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man. Analyst Adam Phillips says we got Freud all wrong; he remains a radical thinker if we know how to read him. This hour explores the connections between therapy and art.

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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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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, The Malleable Mind

    • By: Jim Fleming
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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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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Quantified Self

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    A few years ago, the notion of the "quantified self" was the domain of a relatively small group of hackers, engineers, and computer enthusiasts. Now, under its many names—lifelogging, self-tracking, fitness monitoring—it's become one of the fastest growing segments of the technology industry, from Fitbits to the Apple Watch. Its tools are small computers that live in everyday devices: bracelets, phones, televisions, light bulbs. And its promise is a world where we make better choices based on insights provided by the computation of large data sets. But to get to that point means confronting a future that many find disconcerting: homes and bodies integrated with machines that will track our movements, our heart rates, and our feelings.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Wiring the Brain

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    Scientists are launching one of the most audacious projects ever conceived: a detailed map of the human brain, neuron by neron, synapse by synapse. For some scientists, the goal isn't just to map the brain; it's to crack the mystery of consciousness. We explore the "connectome" and the differences between the left and right sides of the brain.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, Einstein, God, and the Universe

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    In this hour, we ask what exactly Einstein concluded about religion. First, a discussion with Richard Dawkins, Elaine Pagels, and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson (Einstein: His Life and Universe). Next, Jungian analyst David Lindorff (Pauli and Jung: the Meeting of Two Great Minds). Then, author David Leavitt, (The Indian Clerk). Finally, mystic Father Thomas Keating.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Thinking about Thinking

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel laureate psychologist. So he’s the perfect person to give us a new way of thinking about thinking, which is exactly what he does in his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. In this hour, Kahneman tells us about the two systems that drive the way we think.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Cross Talk

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    There’s no English translation for the Dutch word “Gezellig." Are there things that can never be understood, expressed or experienced outside their home culture? We’re wandering the unmarked maps of cultural translation!

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Henry David Thoreau

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    Henry David Thoreau died 150 years ago, and he’s still a great American icon. But have you ever wondered exactly why? Thoreau wasn’t exactly the model environmentalist he’s often made out to be. And his account of living at Walden Pond is partly fictionalized; he spent nine years writing and revising it. We examine Thoreau’s legacy and why he still inspires us.

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