Religion and Philosophy

A raven on a tree

Our producer Charles Monroe-Kane has a passion for ravens.  The raven has meaning for him from legend and art, to the point where he’s had one tattooed on his forearm.

yoga pose

Yoga is booming in the US, meditation is now a commonplace practice, and Buddhism is busting at the seams right alongside mainstream American religions. But where does this new shift in spiritual culture come from? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we examine the spiritual...

a bingo tumbler

Why do bad things happen to good people? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll explore the question: a random act of chance? God's will? Or, as Bob Dylan put it, "a simple twist of fate"?

bialys bread

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


Former Church of Satan High Priestess Blanche Barton says that worshipping the devil is "ridiculous." She calls Satanic worship less an act of evil, and more an act of subversion and questioning norms.


On Thanksgiving Day most Americans spend at least a little time doing just that – giving thanks.  But followers of a Japanese discipline called Naikan practice what you could call “extreme gratitude.”  They make a point of thanking everyone and everything in their lives – every day....

St. Augustine

Historian Garry Wills tells Jim Fleming that despite his “Confessions,” Augustine was no libertine, and dealt with all the major theological problems of early Christianity.

Dafne Keene as Lyra Silvertongue on HBO's "His Dark Materials"

The return of HBO's adaptation of Philip Pullman's classic series "His Dark Materials" is the perfect time to dive into his new trilogy, "The Book of Dust." The tales of an older Lyra Belacqua probe more deeply into the central question of his earlier books: What is the nature of consciousness? 


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