On To the Best of Our Knowledge, we have deep conversations with a wide array of people about the things that inspire them and the big ideas they draw from that inspiration. In our regular series—Bookmarks, Deep Tracks, and Dangerous Ideas—we ask those individuals to describe their ideas and the inspirations that drive them in their own words.

Bookmarks are stories mined from our secret lives as readers. Stories of intimate relationships and life-changing encounters with books. Stories about the books we can’t forget. In this series, we ask writers and creators to share what they’re reading and how it shaped them, hoping to learn a little about their thinking in the process. 

The atom bomb is a literal dangerous idea. But there are other kinds of dangerous ideas — ideas that are contrarian, counterintuitive or just plain unconventional. In Dangerous Ideas, we ask guests to challenge conventional wisdom with a solution to a problem or an interpretation of the world that might seem confusing and scary, but just might also make perfect sense.

Deep Tracks

What song do you wish you’d written? What’s your favorite obscure album or musical obsession? On Deep Tracks, we ask musicians and creators to tell us about the work they’re performing and listening to. Take a listen and discover something you missed.

Sonic Sidebar

Sometimes a story is bigger than a conversation, and sound design can take us there. Sonic Sidebars are short, richly-textured audio essays from big names and deep thinkers.