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To The Best Of Our Knowledge

To The Best Of Our Knowledge

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To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning public radio show that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas.

Latest Episodes

How Africans Are Building The Cities Of The Future

Africans are moving into cities in unprecedented numbers. Lagos, Nigeria, is growing by 77 people anhour— it's on track to become a city of 100 million. In 30 years, the continent is projected to have 14 mega-cities of more than 10 million people. It's perhaps the largest urban migration in history. These cities are not like Dubai, or Singapore, or Los Angeles. They’re uniquely African cities, and they’re forcing all of us to reconsider what makes a city modern. And how and why cities thrive. To find out what's going on, we go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to talk with entrepreneurs, writers, scholars and artists. In this hour, produced in partnership with theConsortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)— a global consortium of 270 humanities centers and institutes — we learn how the continent where the human species was born is building the cities of the future. Original Air Date:December 14, 2019 Guests: Dagmawi Woubshet—Julie Mehretu—Emily Callaci—James Ogude—Ato Qyayson—Teju Cole—Meskerem Assegued Interviews In This Hour: Rediscovering the Indigenous City of Addis Ababa—'People As Infrastructure'—A Tour Of The Networked City—'I Am Because We Are': The African Philosophy of Ubuntu—How Pan-African Dreams Turned Dystopic—Decoding Global Capitalism on One African Street—Life in the Diaspora: How Teju Cole Pivots Between Cultures—Can Artists Create the City of the Future? Further Reading: CHCI

51 min5 d ago
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How Africans Are Building The Cities Of The Future

Secrets of Alchemy

Once upon a time, science and magic were two sides of the same coin. Today, we learn science in school and save magic for children’s books. What if it were different? What would it be like to see the world as an alchemist? Original Air Date:September 19, 2020 Guests: Sarah Durn—Pamela Smith—William Newman—Charles Monroe-Kane—Jason Pine Interviews In This Hour: Transmutation Of The Spirit—The Historical Lessons Embedded in Alchemical Recipes—Was Sir Isaac Newton 'The Last of the Magicians'?—The Buried Secrets of Czech Alchemy—Drug Store Alchemy in the Ozarks

51 min1 w ago
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Secrets of Alchemy

Books We Can't Forget

Is there a book you can’t forget? A book that left a mark on you? On Bookmarks, our micropodcast, we share tiny stories from writers, about the books they love most. This week, we’ll preview Season One and celebrate books and reading with an eclectic cast of writers from around the country. Original Air Date:November 16, 2019 Guests: Chloe Benjamin—Anne Lamott—Rebecca Traister—Natalia Sylvester—Tommy Orange—Pamela Paul—Shannon Henry Kleiber—Jericho Brown—Susan Orlean Interviews In This Hour: Anne Lamott on 'Pippi Longstocking'—Powerful Book Encounters—Tommy Orange on 'A Confederacy Of Dunces'—Reading As Our First Window To The World—A Book Club On The Day Of The Book Choosing—Jericho Brown on 'The Witches Of Eastwick'—The Book Burning That Brought All Of Los Angeles Together Further Reading: "Bookmarks" Podcast from TTBOOK

51 min2 w ago
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Books We Can't Forget

Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?

If you wrote a list of all the things you own in your house, how long would it be? We surround ourselves with possessions, but at what point do they start to possess us? Original Air Date:September 05, 2020 Guests: Angelo Bautista—Eula Biss—Adam Minter—Giles Slade—Clare Dolan Interviews In This Hour: The Magnum Opus Of Pointless Stuff—'A $400K Container For A Washing Machine': An Author Grapples With The Inherent Ickiness Of Homeownership—The Global Garage Sale—Why Stuff Doesn't Last Anymore—A Museum Of The Mundane

51 min3 w ago
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Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?

Up All Night

How well do you sleep? Every night, millions of us turn out the lights hoping and praying for a good night’s sleep. And every night, millions of us lie awake in the dark. We explore what keeps us up, and what happens when we embrace the times when we just can't seem to rest. Original Air Date:March 07, 2020 Guests: Steve Paulson—Guy Leschziner—Daniel Pink—Marina Benjamin—Ada Calhoun Interviews In This Hour: A Shadow Self Emerges from the Darkness—Tales From The Wee Hours—Developing a 'Nocturnal Literacy'—Kicking Your Nap Up A Notch...With Coffee—The Things That Keep Gen X Women Up At Night

51 minAUG 29
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Up All Night

Growing Justice

A new generation of Blackfarmers are working to reclaim land, hoping to grow justice along with vegetables and plants. Original Air Date:August 22, 2020 Guests: Leah Penniman—Savi Horne—Venice Williams—Marcia Chatelain Interviews In This Hour: How Black Farmers Lost 14 Million Acres of Farmland — And How They're Taking It Back—'When You Hold Land You Have to Keep It'—My Garden Is An Outdoor Parish—Cooking Greens: A Delicious Family History Lesson—The First Job, The Polling Place, The Community Space: How McDonald's Became 'The Closest Thing To Home' For Black Communities

51 minAUG 22
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Growing Justice

Out Of The Mental Illness Box

When treating mental illness, you know the drill. Take your meds. Call me in the morning. Let's check in on how you feel in a few months. Repeat. But maybe there’s something else you can add to that toolkit. We talk with a psychiatrist who prescribes exercise as medicine, a woman who treats her anxiety with horror films, and the scientists examining how depression can be treated with psychedelics. Need to talk? Contact theNational Alliance for Mental Illnessat 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact theNational Suicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Original Air Date:February 15, 2020 Guests: Eliza Smith—Claudia Reardon—Shira Erlichman—Rosalind Watts—Charles Raison—Roland Griffiths—Robin Carhart-Harris Interviews In This Hour: Treating Anxiety With Horror Films—Do 10 Burpees And Call Me In The Morning—...

51 minAUG 15
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Out Of The Mental Illness Box

Searching for Order in the Universe

When things don't go the way they're supposed to — viruses, star systems, presidents, even fish — we're often desperate to explain the chaos. In this episode, we search for order in the universe. Original Air Date:August 08, 2020 Guests: Patrik Svensson—Lulu Miller—Alexander Boxer—Margaret Wertheim—S. James Gates Jr. Interviews In This Hour: The Weird World Of Eels—We Call Them Fish. Evolution Says They're Something Else.—The Original Algorithm Was Written In The Stars—Seeing The World With A Mathematician's Eyes Further Reading: Nautilus: Eels Don’t Have Sex Until the Last Year of Their Life—NYAS: The Mystery of Our Mathematical Universe

51 minAUG 8
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Searching for Order in the Universe

Loving Bees

Bees stir each one of our senses — the zen-like hum, the sweet honey, the waxy smell of wildflowers mixed with hard work, the vibrant orange and black bodies attached to window-paned wings. If they land on us, and we are calm, say beekeepers, it will be a gentle touch; they will sting only to save their lives. Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit. We explore the art to building a relationship with bees, and the science of how they thrive and what we might do to preserve them for future generations. Original Air Date:July 28, 2018 Guests: Heather Swan—Nicole Lindsey—Timothy Paule—Thor Hanson—Christof Koch—Tania Munz—Stephanie Elkins—Peter Sobol—Anne Strainchamps Interviews In This Hour: Falling In Love With Bees—Listening To The Mood Of The Hive—'Medicine'—Why We Ought to Live a 'Pro-Bee Lifestyle'—Rebuilding Detroit, Hive by Hive—'Honeybee'—How Do We Wrap...

52 minAUG 1
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Loving Bees

Mysteries of Migration

If you had to travel 500 miles across country, on foot, with no map, no GPS, without talking to anyone —to a destination you've never seen, could you do it? It sounds impossible, but millions of creatures spend their lives on the move, migrating from one part of the Earth to another with navigation skills we can only dream of. How do they do it —and what can we learn from them? Original Air Date:July 25, 2020 Guests: Moses Augustino Kumburu—David Wilcove—Stan Temple—David Barrie—Sonia Shah Interviews In This Hour: The Serengeti's Great Migration, Up Close—Why Do Animals Migrate?—Sandhill Cranes Make The Long Journey South—The Greatest Navigators on the Planet—The High Costs — And Potential Gains — Of Migration, Both Animal And Human

51 minJUL 25
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Mysteries of Migration

Latest Episodes

How Africans Are Building The Cities Of The Future

Africans are moving into cities in unprecedented numbers. Lagos, Nigeria, is growing by 77 people anhour— it's on track to become a city of 100 million. In 30 years, the continent is projected to have 14 mega-cities of more than 10 million people. It's perhaps the largest urban migration in history. These cities are not like Dubai, or Singapore, or Los Angeles. They’re uniquely African cities, and they’re forcing all of us to reconsider what makes a city modern. And how and why cities thrive. To find out what's going on, we go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to talk with entrepreneurs, writers, scholars and artists. In this hour, produced in partnership with theConsortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)— a global consortium of 270 humanities centers and institutes — we learn how the continent where the human species was born is building the cities of the future. Original Air Date:December 14, 2019 Guests: Dagmawi Woubshet—Julie Mehretu—Emily Callaci—James Ogude—Ato Qyayson—Teju Cole—Meskerem Assegued Interviews In This Hour: Rediscovering the Indigenous City of Addis Ababa—'People As Infrastructure'—A Tour Of The Networked City—'I Am Because We Are': The African Philosophy of Ubuntu—How Pan-African Dreams Turned Dystopic—Decoding Global Capitalism on One African Street—Life in the Diaspora: How Teju Cole Pivots Between Cultures—Can Artists Create the City of the Future? Further Reading: CHCI

51 min5 d ago
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How Africans Are Building The Cities Of The Future

Secrets of Alchemy

Once upon a time, science and magic were two sides of the same coin. Today, we learn science in school and save magic for children’s books. What if it were different? What would it be like to see the world as an alchemist? Original Air Date:September 19, 2020 Guests: Sarah Durn—Pamela Smith—William Newman—Charles Monroe-Kane—Jason Pine Interviews In This Hour: Transmutation Of The Spirit—The Historical Lessons Embedded in Alchemical Recipes—Was Sir Isaac Newton 'The Last of the Magicians'?—The Buried Secrets of Czech Alchemy—Drug Store Alchemy in the Ozarks

51 min1 w ago
Comments
Secrets of Alchemy

Books We Can't Forget

Is there a book you can’t forget? A book that left a mark on you? On Bookmarks, our micropodcast, we share tiny stories from writers, about the books they love most. This week, we’ll preview Season One and celebrate books and reading with an eclectic cast of writers from around the country. Original Air Date:November 16, 2019 Guests: Chloe Benjamin—Anne Lamott—Rebecca Traister—Natalia Sylvester—Tommy Orange—Pamela Paul—Shannon Henry Kleiber—Jericho Brown—Susan Orlean Interviews In This Hour: Anne Lamott on 'Pippi Longstocking'—Powerful Book Encounters—Tommy Orange on 'A Confederacy Of Dunces'—Reading As Our First Window To The World—A Book Club On The Day Of The Book Choosing—Jericho Brown on 'The Witches Of Eastwick'—The Book Burning That Brought All Of Los Angeles Together Further Reading: "Bookmarks" Podcast from TTBOOK

51 min2 w ago
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Books We Can't Forget

Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?

If you wrote a list of all the things you own in your house, how long would it be? We surround ourselves with possessions, but at what point do they start to possess us? Original Air Date:September 05, 2020 Guests: Angelo Bautista—Eula Biss—Adam Minter—Giles Slade—Clare Dolan Interviews In This Hour: The Magnum Opus Of Pointless Stuff—'A $400K Container For A Washing Machine': An Author Grapples With The Inherent Ickiness Of Homeownership—The Global Garage Sale—Why Stuff Doesn't Last Anymore—A Museum Of The Mundane

51 min3 w ago
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Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?

Up All Night

How well do you sleep? Every night, millions of us turn out the lights hoping and praying for a good night’s sleep. And every night, millions of us lie awake in the dark. We explore what keeps us up, and what happens when we embrace the times when we just can't seem to rest. Original Air Date:March 07, 2020 Guests: Steve Paulson—Guy Leschziner—Daniel Pink—Marina Benjamin—Ada Calhoun Interviews In This Hour: A Shadow Self Emerges from the Darkness—Tales From The Wee Hours—Developing a 'Nocturnal Literacy'—Kicking Your Nap Up A Notch...With Coffee—The Things That Keep Gen X Women Up At Night

51 minAUG 29
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Up All Night

Growing Justice

A new generation of Blackfarmers are working to reclaim land, hoping to grow justice along with vegetables and plants. Original Air Date:August 22, 2020 Guests: Leah Penniman—Savi Horne—Venice Williams—Marcia Chatelain Interviews In This Hour: How Black Farmers Lost 14 Million Acres of Farmland — And How They're Taking It Back—'When You Hold Land You Have to Keep It'—My Garden Is An Outdoor Parish—Cooking Greens: A Delicious Family History Lesson—The First Job, The Polling Place, The Community Space: How McDonald's Became 'The Closest Thing To Home' For Black Communities

51 minAUG 22
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Growing Justice

Out Of The Mental Illness Box

When treating mental illness, you know the drill. Take your meds. Call me in the morning. Let's check in on how you feel in a few months. Repeat. But maybe there’s something else you can add to that toolkit. We talk with a psychiatrist who prescribes exercise as medicine, a woman who treats her anxiety with horror films, and the scientists examining how depression can be treated with psychedelics. Need to talk? Contact theNational Alliance for Mental Illnessat 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact theNational Suicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Original Air Date:February 15, 2020 Guests: Eliza Smith—Claudia Reardon—Shira Erlichman—Rosalind Watts—Charles Raison—Roland Griffiths—Robin Carhart-Harris Interviews In This Hour: Treating Anxiety With Horror Films—Do 10 Burpees And Call Me In The Morning—...

51 minAUG 15
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Out Of The Mental Illness Box

Searching for Order in the Universe

When things don't go the way they're supposed to — viruses, star systems, presidents, even fish — we're often desperate to explain the chaos. In this episode, we search for order in the universe. Original Air Date:August 08, 2020 Guests: Patrik Svensson—Lulu Miller—Alexander Boxer—Margaret Wertheim—S. James Gates Jr. Interviews In This Hour: The Weird World Of Eels—We Call Them Fish. Evolution Says They're Something Else.—The Original Algorithm Was Written In The Stars—Seeing The World With A Mathematician's Eyes Further Reading: Nautilus: Eels Don’t Have Sex Until the Last Year of Their Life—NYAS: The Mystery of Our Mathematical Universe

51 minAUG 8
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Searching for Order in the Universe

Loving Bees

Bees stir each one of our senses — the zen-like hum, the sweet honey, the waxy smell of wildflowers mixed with hard work, the vibrant orange and black bodies attached to window-paned wings. If they land on us, and we are calm, say beekeepers, it will be a gentle touch; they will sting only to save their lives. Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit. We explore the art to building a relationship with bees, and the science of how they thrive and what we might do to preserve them for future generations. Original Air Date:July 28, 2018 Guests: Heather Swan—Nicole Lindsey—Timothy Paule—Thor Hanson—Christof Koch—Tania Munz—Stephanie Elkins—Peter Sobol—Anne Strainchamps Interviews In This Hour: Falling In Love With Bees—Listening To The Mood Of The Hive—'Medicine'—Why We Ought to Live a 'Pro-Bee Lifestyle'—Rebuilding Detroit, Hive by Hive—'Honeybee'—How Do We Wrap...

52 minAUG 1
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Loving Bees

Mysteries of Migration

If you had to travel 500 miles across country, on foot, with no map, no GPS, without talking to anyone —to a destination you've never seen, could you do it? It sounds impossible, but millions of creatures spend their lives on the move, migrating from one part of the Earth to another with navigation skills we can only dream of. How do they do it —and what can we learn from them? Original Air Date:July 25, 2020 Guests: Moses Augustino Kumburu—David Wilcove—Stan Temple—David Barrie—Sonia Shah Interviews In This Hour: The Serengeti's Great Migration, Up Close—Why Do Animals Migrate?—Sandhill Cranes Make The Long Journey South—The Greatest Navigators on the Planet—The High Costs — And Potential Gains — Of Migration, Both Animal And Human

51 minJUL 25
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Mysteries of Migration
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