Episode Archives

Fermented tea

Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 15, 2015

Previous Airdates:

March 15, 2015
October 02, 2016
November 25, 2017

Abstaining from alchohol in January?

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 06, 2018

Previous Airdates:

January 04, 2015
January 17, 2016
January 01, 2017
January 04, 2018
January 05, 2019

Karl Marx

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2014

Previous Airdates:

June 01, 2014
January 04, 2015

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We take a closer look at negative stereotypes about African American men, how those biases affect our justice system, and what we might be able to do about it.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 21, 2014

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December 21, 2014

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Does death gives life meaning? You might think so, looking at the prominence of death and the afterlife in so many religions. For millennia, people have dreamed about immortality, and now transhumanists are trying to extend life by merging our selves with machines.

In this hour, we...Read more

Original Air Date:

December 07, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 30, 2015
December 07, 2014

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How do we mark death and celebrate lost lives around the globe? In this hour, we hear stories from inside the funeral industry, wonder why dead bodies can compel or repel us, and learn about the new Ghanaian tradition of "fantasy" coffins inspired by people's work and dreams.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 30, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 23, 2015
November 30, 2014

TTBOOK

In this hour, we explore the medical, spiritual and psychological questions about the moment of death.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 23, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 16, 2015
November 23, 2014

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“Death is not a failure,” writes Dr. Atul Gawande. “Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things.” We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life?  Some doctors don't know how to talk...Read more

Original Air Date:

November 16, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 09, 2015
November 16, 2014

TTBOOK

We talk with experts about how to begin difficult conversations about making death a greater part of life, and how they can transform both the dying and the surviving.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 09, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 02, 2015
November 09, 2014

Karl Marx

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2014

Previous Airdates:

June 01, 2014
January 04, 2015

chairs on a beach

It's the "silver tsunami" — the massive numbers of people now entering their senior years.  And for all those now retiring? They’re trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 26, 2014

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January 26, 2014

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How often do we credit children with deep thoughts?  With profound or subtle thinking?  In this hour, we introduce some youngsters who've accomplished remarkable things:  written books, gone viral on the internet, and helped heal a community.  And we talk with psychologists...Read more

Original Air Date:

December 15, 2013

Previous Airdates:

December 15, 2013

Mean people

The a**hole certainly isn't on any endangered species lists.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  We're seeing a population explosion.  So we have to ask — Are we living in the "Age of the A**hole"?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 27, 2013

Previous Airdates:

January 27, 2013

Person walks in front of light wall.

Is this Philip K. Dick's world and are we just living in it? It sure seems like it these days. This hour, we explore his life and work. Read more

Original Air Date:

January 20, 2013

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October 07, 2017
January 20, 2013

woman fighting

We put together our favorite interviews with female athletes.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 29, 2012

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July 29, 2012

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Worried about climate change? Trying hard to reduce your carbon footprint? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, living small and liking it – an argument in favor of the radically local life.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 02, 2010

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May 02, 2010
May 15, 2011

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Science and the Search for Meaning: Five Questions, Part Five: Can Science be Sacred?

What if you don't believe in God, and the thought of church makes you queasy? Can you still experience the sacred? There's a growing movement of secular scientists who revel in the awe...Read more

Original Air Date:

December 19, 2010

Previous Airdates:

December 19, 2010

TTBOOK

Worried about climate change? Trying hard to reduce your carbon footprint? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, living small and liking it – an argument in favor of the radically local life.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 02, 2010

Previous Airdates:

May 02, 2010
May 15, 2011

bialys bread

Join us for stories about bread in this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 14, 2004

Previous Airdates:

November 14, 2004
July 10, 2005

bialys bread

Join us for stories about bread in this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 14, 2004

Previous Airdates:

November 14, 2004
July 10, 2005

A peek into Steve's office.

In case it’s not obvious: we LOVE books on TTBOOK. But we’re also incredibly picky about which books we choose for interviews.Read more

Doug Gordon heads off to host and produce "Beta" on WPR Next.

TTBOOK staffers share some of our favorite interviews and shows produced by our favorite Canadian. Read more

Towering radio

We remember the magical moments of chemistry in certain interviews; the brilliant sound design that emerged from particular studio sessions; the stories that took us places and those that changed us.Read more

News From Poems

For National Poetry Month, To The Best Of Our Knowledge celebrated poetry with original work by five leading American poets, written in response to current events.Read more

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