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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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    • By Larry on 08-13-03

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

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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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: Seeing and Perceiving

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Oliver Sacks has an unusual problem. He can't recognize other people's faces. In fact, he doesn't always recognize himself when he's looking in the mirror. Sacks is also a neurologist who's fascinated by brain disorders. We'll talk with Sacks and with the painter Chuck Close, who also suffers from face-blindness. In this hour, the many ways of seeing the world.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • Telling Addiction
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Mary Karr is a best-selling writer, a mother and an alcoholic. In this hour, Karr talks about her journey from addiction to awe. Also, we hear from a doctor who claims he beat the bottle by taking a commonly prescribed drug that could help millions of people - if only pharmaceutical companies could make money off it. And, the addictive lure of life on line - in the documentary Life 2.0.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, The Malleable Mind

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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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

    • Atheism and Its Critics
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Atheists have been called the most hated minority in America. And yet recent atheist manifestos by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris have all made the best-seller list. So have these atheists changed our thinking about religion? We'll talk about the New Atheism with Richard Dawkins and two of his critics.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Challenge Climate Change

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Remember Kyoto? Now it's Copenhagen. The UN's current climate treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, was never ratified by the US. And now, we're in the hot seat. In this hour, we'll talk with Gaia theorist James Lovelock and Whole Earth Catalogue founder Stewart Brand. Also, The Yes Men Fix the World… coming to a theater near you.

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    • The Meaning of Life in 5 Easy Lessons (To the Best of Our Knowledge Series)

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
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    The Meaning of Life in 5 Easy Lessons.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Writing Democracy

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Some people put their bodies on the line for democracy. Some pick up weapons. And some put pen to paper. Writers who use their gifts to speak truth to power have a special place in the annals of literature. We revere them for their conscience and their courage. In this hour, some of the world’s most celebrated writers talk with us about the literature of democracy.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Language of Science Fiction

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    China Mieville’s new novel, Embassytown, features sentient beings famous for their unique language and a woman who’s a living simile. Ursula K. LeGuin says that Embassytown is “a fully-achieved work of art.” We’ll meet China Mieville, as we explore the language of science fiction. Also, the far-out, cosmic poetry of Sun Ra.

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

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Albert Einstein died more than half a century ago, but there's still a raging debate over what he thought about religion. He once said "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." In this hour, what exactly did Einstein conclude about religion? We'll hear from leading scientists and religious scholars, including Richard Dawkins, Steven Weinberg and Elaine Pagels, as well as Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson.

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

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • 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: 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

    • David Foster Wallace
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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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: Portrait of the Artist

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs
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    Patti Smith revolutionized rock'n'roll in the Seventies by fusing poetry with rock music. Now, she's written a remarkable memoir about her emergence as an artist, and her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In this hour, we'll talk with Patti Smith, and hear from acclaimed novelist Ian McEwan about his vieiws on fiction and today's literary world.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • The Art of Noise
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Anne D. LeClaire was walking along the beach on Nantucket Sound when she heard a voice. The voice said, "Sit in silence." LeClaire turned to look but there was no one there. In this hour, Anne D. LeClaire talks about this experience seventeen years ago and how it inspired her to remain silent for two days every month. Also, we'll listen to some "noise music" as we focus our attention on "noise."

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    • Amazing Grace 2

    • More Conversations About the Life of the Soul (To The Best of Our Knowledge)
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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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
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 06-15-06
    • 4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: A Sense of Place

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    How much do you know about the place where you live? You probably know your neighbors, your local schools, the grocery store... but can you describe what your neighborhood looked like before there were houses in it? Can you name the native birds and plants and insects? How much local history can you tell? In this hour, constructing a sense of place. Lessons in the new localism. And, a history of walking.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Creative Brain

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Creativity is a little like obscenity: You know it when you see it, but you can't exactly define it....unless you're a neuroscientist. In labs around the country, a new generation of scientists tackles the mystery of human creativity - where it comes from and how it works.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • Consciousness
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this hour, we'll explore the mystery of consciousness. First, artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky. Next, physicist Roger Penrose. Then, philosopher Daniel Dennett and New Age guru Deepak Chopra. Neuro-psychiatrist Louann Brizendine ( The Female Brain) will join us, followed by former Buddhist monk Alan Wallace ( Contemplative Science). Finally, author Daniel Tammet ( Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant).

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