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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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sometimes great, very uneven

    • By Jim on 05-18-04

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Conspiracy Theories

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    Do you believe that the government is keeping secrets from us? That the military is hiding evidence of alien visitations? Maybe you have a hard line to the truth - or maybe you're a sucker for conspiracy theories. Today, we explore why we love conspiracy theories and why we believe them.

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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: We've Had 30 Years of Prozac. Why Are We Still Depressed?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But our 30-year experiment with modern anti-depressants is taking a toll. What have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind? Is it clear that they even work? There are a lot of us who struggle with mood disorders or mental illness of one sort or another. If you do, we here at TTBOOK want you to know that you're not alone. If you're looking for more in-depth knowledge on what you might be going through, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is an incredible resource.

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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, 12-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.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, Electrons to Enlightenment, Part One

    • Science and Religion
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 53 mins
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    First, philosopher Ken Wilber, socio-biologist E.O. Wilson, popular writer on the history of religion Karen Armstrong (The Great Transformation), and evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion). Then, authors Rebecca Goldstein (Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity) and Francis Collins (The Language of God).

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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

    • 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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    • 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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    • Amazing Grace

    • 13 Conversations About the Life of the Soul (To The Best of Our Knowledge)
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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    This special To The Best of Our Knowledge collection contains 13 interviews.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • VERY interesting!

    • By Patricia on 03-01-06
    • 13 Conversations About the Life of the Soul (To The Best of Our Knowledge)
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 57 ratings

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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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    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: Political Correctness? (Updated)

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Racial sensitivity and political tolerance are clearly good, but is it possible to take them too far? This hour, a look at how we talk about touchy subjects – whether political correctness is about safety or censorship.

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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: The Secret Language of Plants

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Scientists are discovering how plants secretly talk to each other. How smart is your geranium, and what does a tree know? Today, we're eavesdropping on the secret language of plants.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Trickster

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    “One of our true superstars of nonfiction." That's how David Foster Wallace described Lewis Hyde. Lewis Hyde talks about his book, Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art. This classic text introduces us to the playful and disruptive side of imagination embodied in trickster mythology. Also, a young anthropologist discovers the importance of the Trickster figure, Coyote, while doing her first fieldwork.

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

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • 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 Alone

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    If you've ever been alone on Valentine's Day, you probably know how isolating it can be to feel like the only single person in a world full of happy couples. But being alone doesn't have to be shameful. This hour, we're changing the script and making the case for the lovelorn, the loners, the bachelors and spinsters that there's nothing wrong with being alone.

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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: Decline of the Middle Class

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    The American middle class used to be living proof that the American dream was alive and well, providing homes and modest savings to anyone willing to work. It’s another story today. In this hour, the decline of the middle class. How rising levels of income inequality shattered middle class dreams. And, how to get them back.

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