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To the Best of Our Knowledge

To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.

Last Build Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:35:14 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2017 by Wisconsin Public Radio

Rethinking The Reviewer

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:15:00 -0500

If everyone’s a critic online, does it mean that cultural criticism doesn’t matter anymore?

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Why We War

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?

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Sentimentality for Silicon

Sat, 2 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0500

Do you love your laptop? Feel affection for your phone? Some of us spend more time with our devices than our families. How deep do those attachments go?

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Striving To See In A Vast, Invisible Universe

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0500

The latest total solar eclipse will cross the US for the first time in a hundred years. But besides chasing eclipses, how else can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?

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Imagining Climate Change

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0500

“The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists?

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In The Company Of Wolves

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 18:00:00 -0500

While their domesticated cousins sleep on our beds, Congress debates wild wolves’ survival. This hour, we’ll explore our complicated relationship with our canine cousins, and the feelings they evoke – fear, hatred, and also love.  

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Making A Home

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:15:00 -0600

Anyone who’s moved knows how difficult it can be to settle into a new place. Whether it’s another country or an apartment just down the block, it takes time and work to get comfortable. We’re living through a period of mass human migration, with people on the move all over the planet. This hour, we’re talking about home – how to take an unfamiliar place and make it yours.

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Can An Evil Man Be A Decent Person?

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:30:00 -0500

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?

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Telling A Life

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Psychologists say telling a good life story can make you happier. But do we also create an inauthentic version of ourselves if we turn everything into a narrative?

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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Social media has brought us all closer together.  Sometimes that's a good thing.  But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. 

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The Art of Reinventing Yourself

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:15:00 -0500

Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith.

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Get Happy

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:15:00 -0600

Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. 

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Do Protests Still Matter?

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:00:00 -0500

When you don't have a voice, when you feel like lawmakers just won't listen to you, protest is one way of capturing the world's attention. But does it work? 

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When Is A Road Trip Something More?

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:15:00 -0500

We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel.

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The Real Ways That "Fake News" Shapes What We Believe

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:30:00 -0500

Everyone in your Facebook feed is falling for fake news–sharing it even when there's no way it can be true. But not you, right? You can tell the difference. Or can you?

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Locked Up

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:30:00 -0500

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?

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Peak Performance

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0500

Yosemite is climbing’s mecca. It’s where Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell stunned the world with their dazzling climbs.

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Gateway Moments: Live from St. Louis

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:45:00 -0500

We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable.

This hour, in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, explores various examples of crossing over, to racial understanding, to recovery and to greater unity and love.

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Extra: One Woman Who Sounds Like Twenty

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 18:30:00 -0500

Low-fi artist Syna So Pro loops with love.

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This Will Shock You

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 21:30:00 -0500

The virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art, both as an aesthetic and as a way of life.  

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Extra: Changing A Place By Documenting It

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Filmmaker Laura Stewart on how being filmed affects documentary subjects, and how that affects the truth you can tell.

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Extra: David Byrne is Thinking About How Music Works

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 -0500

The former Talking Heads frontman is one of those artists who just keeps reinventing himself.

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Forgiving the Unforgivable

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:30:00 -0500

Are there certain acts, certain people who are beyond forgiveness? When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most? This hour, the keys to living a more forgiving life.

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Extra: Mark Frost Takes Us Inside the Secret History of Twin Peaks

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00:00 -0500

"Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost takes a deep dive into the history of the strange Pacific Northwest town and its surreal residents in “The Secret History of Twin Peaks.”

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Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief

Sun, 14 May 2017 21:30:00 -0500

Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might.

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Extra: The Evolutionary Advantage of Faith

Thu, 11 May 2017 22:15:00 -0500

Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion? Jeff Schloss doesn’t think so. He’s a biologist who studies the evolutionary origins of religion. He’s also an observant Christian who’s had his own profound moment of revelation. In this extended interview, Schloss probes the new science of religion — and whether certain spiritual experiences simply cannot be explained.

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Frankly, I Don’t Give a Damn

Sun, 7 May 2017 20:15:00 -0500

In this hour, we explore what the superpower of not giving a f--- might allow you to do. 

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The News From Poems: “November Eyes on Main Street”

Thu, 4 May 2017 15:30:00 -0500

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.

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Center of the World, Ohio

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:30:00 -0500

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.

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The News From Poems: "WTF"

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:30:00 -0500

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. 

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