To the Best of Our Knowledge

Series produced by Wisconsin Public Radio

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To the Best of Our Knowledge is a radio show about big ideas that fuel deep insights into our world through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.

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.

TTBOOK is available by annual carriage fee. Please contact Sean Nesbitt at sean.nesbitt@prx.org for more information. Hide full description

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... Show full description


Additional Files

263 Pieces

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HOUR ONE: "Living With Loneliness" - In countries all over the world, rates of loneliness are skyrocketing. How did it become a condition of modern...

  • Added: May 20, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "How To Be An Ethical Traveler" - Uttakleiv, Norway, population 13, is inundated by 250,000 tourists every year. This hour, how can we tr...

  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "Writing As A Political Act" - In peaceful times, and in moments of violence, writers have used their art as protest, remembrance, and so...

  • Added: May 06, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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HOUR ONE: "Our Virtual Reality" - Not everyone has a big yard to stretch out in while sheltering in place. But maybe all you need is a virtual spac...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:59
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HOUR ONE: "Poetry In A Troubled Time" - Why do people turn to poetry during troubled times? Poetry is often the one language we need. Join us for a...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "Plants As People" - If plants are intelligent beings, how should we relate to them? Do they have a place in our moral universe? Should t...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:59
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HOUR ONE: "Forged By Hand" - You would think that handcrafting, like iron forging and copper smithing, would be on the way out. But COVID has shown...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "Writing The Climate Change Story" - Floods, wildfires, winds and extreme temperatures. This hour, the novelists and journalists who are ...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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HOUR ONE: 'Taking Pop Seriously" - Korean pop music has been breaking global charts and hearts, selling millions of records every year. Is is time ...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:59
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HOUR ONE: "Secrets Of Alchemy" - The leading science of the 17th century was alchemy, the transformation of matter. What was it really? Could we st...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "When Mountains Are Gods" - Science tells us mountains are giant piles of rock, formed millions of years ago. But that's not all they are...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "The Tangled Roots Of War And Peace" - 1936 was an ominous year. A young George Orwell was headed to battle in Spain. But first, he plant...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:59
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HOUR ONE: "Growing Justice" - Where does the racial justice movement need to go next? How about back to the land. HOUR TWO: "Everything is Exhaus...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:59
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HOUR ONE: "Worshiping Waterfalls" - Jane Goodall has seen chimpanzees stop at a roaring waterfall and bristle with excitement. Are they having spir...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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HOUR ONE: "Rewriting The Romance Script" - Love is in the air, as it has been every Valentine's Day since 496. And we're still trying to get it rig...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "To All The Dogs We've Loved" - Picture yourself half way through a thousand mile sled dog race. What do you think about? This hour, adve...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:00
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HOUR ONE: "Our Time Of Mourning" - Year three of the pandemic. Where should we go to mourn our losses? We'll look for answers from generations past...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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HOUR ONE: "Searching For Order In The Universe" - The universe is full of mystery. This hour, what do fish and eels have to do with the maddening s...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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HOUR ONE: "Journeys Through Gender" - Once upon a time there were two genders. He and She. Not anymore. So what are your pronouns? HOUR TWO: "The...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01