Joey Skaggs is a master of the hoax. His elaborate pranks have been fooling media outlets since the 1960s.

A "Good News" newspaper

Mountain climber Warren MacDonald was 32 when his doctors told him he’d spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. It’s not that he didn’t believe them. After all, he’d just lost both his legs. But Warren MacDonald refused to be defeated by the worst news he could ever hear.  He...

Piles and piles of books

With her decision to step down as the chief book critic for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani sent the book world reeling. In this piece from our archive, authors reflect on the impact of the NYT's' infamous head book critic.

Masculinity is back.  The side of masculinity that stayed home and watched TV during the feminist revolution enjoys “The Man Show” on Comedy Central reveling in beer and babes, while Hooters is a commonplace chain across the country. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, is the...

bates motel

It killed off its star after only forty minutes in the most violent scene in American film to date. Fifty years after its original release, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" still has the power to shock. Film critic David Thomson tells us the story behind the making of "Psycho" and how Hitchcock...

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.


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