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To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning public radio show that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists — people with big ideas and a passion to share them.For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.

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To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning public radio show that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists — people with big ideas and a passion to share them.For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.

    Doctors Give Us Hope

    Doctors Give Us Hope

    This week, To the Best of Our Knowledge comes to you from our kitchens and homes. We’re safe, but we’ve all been thinking about the people on the front lines of the pandemic — doctors, nurses and hospital staffs. We’ve been seeing them on social media — the nurses in NYC wearing garbage bags because there aren’t enough
    sterile gowns.  Doctors figuring out those weird new face masks. Those incredibly brave doctors and nurses in Italy, Spain, France, the U.S. This hour we tell some remarkable stories of doctors and scientists who are saving lives.

    *Original Air Date: * March 28, 2020

    **Guests: **

    Larry Brilliant — Josh Mezrich — Missy Makinia — Manu Prakash

    **Interviews In This Hour: **

    The Hippie Doctor Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox — Would You Give Your Kidney to a Stranger? — Could a 50 Cent Microscope Change the World?

    • 52 min
    Music Beyond Genre

    Music Beyond Genre

    Even with all the music available today, most of us still listen primarily to just a few comfy genres. But there’s so much more out there — and so much of it defies neat, algorithm-friendly categorization.

    Original Air Date: * *June 01, 2019

    *Guests: *

    Kevin Gift — Wendel Patrick — Philip Glass — Robert Glasper — Toni Blackman — Clarice Jensen — Evelyn Glennie — Nikka Costa

    *Interviews In This Hour: *

    How One Man Became Two Musicians — Philip Glass Asks 'Where Does Music Come From?' — Jazz That Smells Like Teen Spirit — Hip Hop as Diplomacy — A Former Child Pop Star Performs America’s Songbook — An Acclaimed Cellist Goes Rogue — Touching The Sound Of Everyday Objects

    • 51 min
    Traveling By Book

    Traveling By Book

    Before the time of commercial flights and road trips, we traveled to far off places without taking a single step.
    All you had to do was open a book. From Africa to England, to a kamikaze cockpit, and to realms of fantasy. Books aren’t just books. They’re passports to anywhere. This hour, we’re traveling by book.

    Original Air Date: * *March 14, 2020

    *Guests: *

    Philip Pullman — Ruth Ozeki — Robert Macfarlane — Petina Gappah

    *Interviews In This Hour: *

    Philip Pullman on 'The Pocket Atlas of the World' — 'His Dark Materials' Author Philip Pullman On The Consciousness Of All Things — A Diary Becomes A Time Capsule — Ruth Ozeki on 'Kamikaze Diaries — Petina Gappah on 'Persuasion' — The Empire Writes Back: Author Discusses Explorer David Livingstone's Complicated Legacy — Robert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

    • 51 min
    Up All Night

    Up All Night

    How well do you sleep? Every night, millions of us turn out the lights hoping and praying for a good night’s sleep. And every night, millions of us lie awake in the dark. We explore what keeps us up, and what happens when we embrace the times when we just can't seem to rest.

    Original Air Date: March 07, 2020

    Guests:

    Steve Paulson — Guy Leschziner — Daniel Pink — Marina Benjamin — Ada Calhoun

    Interviews In This Hour:

    A Shadow Self Emerges from the Darkness — Tales From The Wee Hours — Kicking Your Nap Up A Notch...With Coffee — The Best Time Of Night For Big Ideas — The Things That Keep Gen X Women Up At Night

    • 51 min
    Why Do We Meet?

    Why Do We Meet?

    We're always online but still have an innate need to meet in person. How can we make gatherings, from dinner parties to work meetings, more meaningful?

    *Original Air Date: * June 22, 2019

    **Guests: **

    Priya Parker — Mamie Kanfer Stewart — Angelo Bautista — James Ogude

    **Interviews In This Hour: **

    When We Gather, We Need Rituals — That Completely Pointless Meeting Is Entirely Preventable — Watching RuPaul's Drag Race In The Best Way Possible — In A Gay Bar — 'I Am Because We Are': The African Philosophy of Ubuntu

    • 51 min
    Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence

    Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence

    Restaurants, bars, coffee shops — is there any public place left that doesn’t play background music? Loudly? In
    this show, we’re making the case for more silence. Because perhaps some need the drone of TVs, traffic and Muzak, to drown out the pesky sound of thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.

    Original Air Date: December 09, 2017

    Guests:

    Erling Kagge — Gordon Hempton — George Michelsen Foy — Kyle Gann — Shawn Wen — Jennifer Egan

    Interviews In This Hour:

    The Contemplative Silence Of A Cold, Lonely Journey — A Nature Preserve For The Quiet Of Nature — The Volume Of Absolute Silence — The Tale of a Mute Piano Performance — A Silent Soliloquy From The World's Greatest Mime — The Pauses Between Chords of Iconic Rock and Roll

    Further Reading:

    One Square Inch of Silence, from the documentary "Soundtracker"

    • 52 min

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