What's on This Week

08.19.2017
Viewing the galaxy
On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States for the first time in a hundred years. For millions of people in its path, it’ll be like opening a window...
11.08.2015
(was 08.20.2017)
Short stories can be harder to write than novels, but just as great. This week, four writers who’ve mastered the art of the short story join us to celebrate the form and share new...

On Our Minds

Larry Brilliant is a doctor, co-founder of the digital social network the Well, and he was the first executive director of Google.org. But back in the Sixties, he was a...
Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad just won the 2016 National Book Award. Steve Paulson spoke with him about this powerful, sweeping epic. Hear an excerpt of...
This month the National Book Awards will announce this year’s winners. Among the finalists is Jacqueline Woodson’s novel “Another Brooklyn.” It’s her first adult novel in two...

The News From Poems

Throughout the month of April, To the Best of Our Knowledge will celebrate poetry with original work by five leading American poets, written in response to current events.