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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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    • Sometimes great, very uneven

    • By Jim on 05-18-04

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Alan Turing

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 51 mins
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    In his short life, British mathematician Alan Turing changed the world. He cracked the code that helped defeat the Nazis, dreamed up artificial intelligence, and laid the foundation for the computer age.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Psychedelics

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    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. Now a new generation of scientists is studying hallucinogens, and finding remarkable effects. In this hour, we'll take you to the cutting edge of psychedelic research.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Back in the sixties, LSD was all the rage — not just in the counterculture but also in psychiatric clinics. Then psychedelics were outlawed and decades of research vanished. Now, psychedelic science is back — and the early results are extraordinary. A single dose of psilocybin can help people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety. We'll examine this revolution in medicine, and explore the connections between psychedelics and mystical experience.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Out National Parks

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Wallace Stegner put it this way. "National Parks are the best idea we ever had". This weekend, the National Park Service celebrates its birthday by making the parks free for a day. We're celebrating with an hour on the history and politics of national parks. And we'll meet some folks whose lives have been changed by experiences they had in the parks.

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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, 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: Religious Belief, Secular Values

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    What would a secular society really look like? We take an unconventional look at religion, the fiction it inspires, and reflect on why William James' classic book on mysticism, The Varieties of Religious Experience, still matters.

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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, 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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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • Singular Brains
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this hour, we get to know a few autistic people with Asperger's Syndrome and we learn about music's effect on the brain....

    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Thinking about Thinking

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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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: 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, 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.

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    • Kicking known science over a cliff

    • By Cora Judd on 05-08-13

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Reviving Classical Music

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, classical musicians don't come with better pedigrees than violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. She's been wowing audiences since she was four, performs all over the world and has commissioned many new works. In this hour, Meyers talks about why she chose to record popular songs for her new album, from Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" to the tunes her Japanese grandmother used to hum to her.

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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: Airports

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 2 hrs
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    "I suspect that the airport will be the true city of the next century. The great airports are already suburbs of an invisible world capital, a virtual metropolis whose faubourgs are named Heathrow, Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Nagoya, a centripetal city whose population forever circles its notional centre, and will never need to gain access to its dark heart."

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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: Marshall McLuhan at 100

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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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: More Wonder!

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    When’s the last time you were wonderstruck? Would your life be richer for more wonder? What wonder is, how to make it, where to find it and what it does for us... we all get gently awed in this hour.

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