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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Mind of a Terrorist

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we're always left with is why. What ideology or belief or loyalty would compel someone to do something so horrific? This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Knowing Animals

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how a chimp or a parrot thinks and experiences the world? We'll talk with some naturalists and scientists who're trying, including Helen Macdonald and Frans de Waal. And the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to live like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Cinephilia (Updated)

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    What is it about certain films, and certain directors, that inspires obsession? Maybe because these directors are obsessed themselves. Like the legendary Werner Herzog, who hauled a full-scale ship over a mountain.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: This Martian Life (Repeat)

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    We hear from a Mars One finalist and from the commander of one of NASA's Mars simulations; for eight months she lived in a dome on the side of a volcano. Also, two science fiction heavyweights: Andy Weir describes the improbable origins of his blockbuster novel The Martian, and Kim Stanley Robinson wonders what it would be like to travel to the nearest habitable star system 12 light years away. His answer? Like being trapped in a Motel 6.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Check Your Privilege

    • By: Jim Fleming
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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: Flammable Fiction

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    What's the hot new thing in fiction? Fire! Today, novelists Jesse Ball and Joe Hill talk about their incendiary new fiction. And we meet a pyromaniac-turned-firefighter who can really light up a page. Join us for an hour of flammable fiction.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Fermentation (Updated)

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Something's bubbling in American kitchens: a resurgence of interest in cultured and fermented foods. Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut. Today, we explore fermentation culture in food, technology, art and science.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Edge of the Run

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    We run for all sorts of reasons - to lose 10 pounds, to win an Olympic medal, or simply because it's fun. Some even run as a spiritual practice. Today, why we run - and how far and how fast can humans go?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Illuminating Us

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Light has long been a powerful metaphor for holiness and truth, and rightly so. From the stars in the sky to the bulbs in our homes, light touches every facet of human life. This hour, a look at the natural, artificial, and symbolic light that colors our history - and our future.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Voice

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Both practically and symbolically, our voices are one of the primary ways that we interact with the world around us. Since ancient Greece, the voice has represented participatory democracy, and today we still argue about whose voices to include in our national conversations. But even though we might think of our voices as our own—and ourselves as free to use them—it turns out that the voice is one of the most disciplined, trained, standardized, regulated dimensions of human life and expression.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Mississippi

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    The Mississippi River is an American icon. It's a body of water that's been shaped as much by cultural processes as by environmental ones. From the state lines it draws to its role in literature and the arts, it's a river that flows deep in the American psyche. This episode is about the boundaries and horizons of the Mississippi — its deep geologic past, its history as a route to freedom, and its meaning today.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Our Mysterious Universe

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    For all the amazing discoveries that scientists have made, the cosmos is still full of mysteries - from dark matter to quantum entanglement. Will physicists ever explain the universe, or is it fundamentally unknowable? We explore the frontiers of physics and ponder what it means to live with mystery.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Locked Up

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but a national prisoner strike on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot is drawing new attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Memory, Mind & The Self

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    New York Times columnist David Brooks is best known for his political writing, but he's also fascinated by recent findings in psychology and neuroscience. In fact he says many of our public policies fail because we're not actually the rational decision makers we think we are. In this hour, we'll talk with David Brooks, also, rising jazz star Vijay Iyer on the neuroscience of music.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The New Alone

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    If there's one sweeping societal change that we've failed to put our finger on, it may be this: more people than ever before in America are living alone. And loving it. And, far from being dysfunctional neurotics - people who live alone are happy, socially involved and solvent. In this hour, the new alone. Also, arguments in favor of the uncoupled. And how humanists are re-imagining fellowship - without God.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Minding Mortality

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    Are you deadline driven? Most focused, most productive as “zero hour” approaches? Well, what about the ultimate end, the true end of the time frame. Deadline, indeed. How does knowing that you’re going to die affect your life? In this hour we’re minding mortality.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Rethinking Education

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, you want kids to love learning? Get rid of the emphais on grades and test scores. That's according to Alfie Kohn, one of America's most passionate advocates for progressive education.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Privacy

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    What kinds of personal information have you posted online recently? Your credit card number? Your mother’s maiden name? A photo of yourself drinking a beer? Whatever it is, these details could ruin your career, your marriage, or even your entire future. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we’ll explore social networks and the death of privacy.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Art of Television

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 2 hrs
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    Television used to be formulaic. Today, it’s the best gig around. We examine the explosion of high quality TV, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men, and talk with the creator of HBO’s True Detective.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: H. P. Lovecraft

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    H.P. Lovecraft's weird tales of cosmic horror loom large 125 years after his birth. His literary tentatcles 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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