About Us

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TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.

We consider ideas big and small, conventional and dangerous, and marshal them into shows centered around a theme. A show's theme sometimes centers on a big question, other times it will zero in on the small things that give us pause. A good theme is a conversation starter: is the Internet making us stupid? Can a computer truly be creative? Are humans innately good? What’s the best road trip you ever took?

Once we pick the theme, we dig in with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all. And hopefully, when we’re done, we’ve animated the questions along with the answers, opening both our own minds and yours.

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Meet Our Staff

Executive Producer

Steve is the Executive Producer and one of the founders of To The Best Of Our Knowledge. He has been a contributing writer for Salon and Nautilus and has written for Slate, Huffington Post and The Atlantic. His radio...More


Anne Strainchamps is the host of TTBOOK. She co-founded the show, along with Steve Paulson and Jim Fleming, and has been a featured interviewer on the program for more than a decade. She has worked in public broadcasting at WAMU...More


Producer Charles Monroe-Kane is the author of Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania. Before TTBOOK, Charles spent almost a decade in Europe, where he started an internet...More


Haleema Shah is a producer and interviewer for To the Best of Our Knowledge. She enjoys telling stories about pop culture, spirituality, and social change.More


Shannon Henry Kleiber is a producer for To the Best of Our Knowledge who is curious about our world.More

Digital Producer

Mark is TTBOOK's digital producer, dreaming up ways to extend discussions on the show to the web and spark new conversations between ourselves, our listeners and guests via social media. He makes it his goal to give listeners a voice in editorial meetings. And yes, he really does read every one of your emails to the show.More

Technical Director

At age 10, Joe Hardtke destroyed his parents’ home stereo trying to sample beats from the radio. A native Wisconsinite, he began his broadcasting career as a teenager at a polka radio station. (Yes. Polka. All day.)...More