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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.

To The Best Of Our Knowledge Wisconsin Public Radio

    • Philosophy
    • 4.5 • 624 Ratings

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.

    Living With Loneliness

    Living With Loneliness

    After a pandemic year of social isolation, we knew loneliness would be a problem. But public health officials have been warning for years that in countries all over the world, rates of loneliness are skyrocketing. How did loneliness become a condition of modern life?

    Original Air Date: April 10, 2021

    Guests:

    Jason Rohrer — Samantha Rose Hill — Claudia Rankine

    Interviews In This Hour:

    My Friend Samantha (The A.I.) — How Loneliness Can Lead to Totalitarianism — Being Black and Alone in America

    • 51 min
    Music On Your Mind

    Music On Your Mind

    Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music. We examine the unexpected power of song to supercharge the human mind.

    Original Air Date: August 17, 2019

    Guests:

    Shannon Henry Kleiber — Oliver Sacks — Francine Toder — Anne Basting

    Interviews In This Hour:

    The Power Of Music And Memory: 'Music Was Waking Up Something Within Each Of Them' — The Deep Connections Our Brains Make To Music — It's Never Too Late To Learn To Play — MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting On Asking People With Dementia 'Beautiful Questions'

    • 51 min
    Who Owns Seeds?

    Who Owns Seeds?

    It's easy to take seeds for granted, to assume that there will always be more corn or wheat or rice to plant. But as monocropping and agribusiness continue to dominate modern farming, are we losing genetic diversity, cultural history, and the nutritional value of our food? We speak to farmers, botanists and indigenous people about how they are reclaiming our seeds.

    Original Air Date: September 14, 2019

    Guests:

    Bob Quinn — Robin Wall Kimmerer — Seth Jovaag — Cary Fowler

    Interviews In This Hour:

    Where Did We Go Wrong With Wheat? — The Wisdom of the Corn Mother — The Seeds Of Tomorrow: Defending Indigenous Mexican Corn That Could Be Our Future — Saving Seeds For Future Generations — Ancient Grains, Native Corn, And The Doomsday Seed Vault: How Growing Food Might Survive Disaster

    • 51 min
    Decolonizing the Mind

    Decolonizing the Mind

    Colonization in Africa was much more than a land grab. It was a project to replace — and even erase — local cultures. To label them inferior. Music, arts, literature and of course language. In other words, it permeated everything. So how do you undo that? How do you unlearn what you’ve been forced to learn?

    Original Air Date: March 20, 2021

    Guests:

    Adom Getachew — Simon Gikandi — Ngugi wa Thiong’o

    Interviews In This Hour:

    Reckon with the Past To Decolonize the Future — Reclaiming the Hidden History of Blackness — Never Write In The Language of the Colonizer

    • 51 min
    Discovering America's Black DNA

    Discovering America's Black DNA

    DNA tests are uncovering family histories. In some cases they're also revealing mixed bloodlines and the buried history of slavery. For African Americans, this can be emotionally-charged. What do you do when you find out one of your direct ancestors was a slave owner? And does it open the door to new conversations about racial justice and social healing?

    Original Air Date: March 10, 2018

    Guests:

    Alex Gee — Erin Hoag — Annette Gordon-Reed — Anita Foeman

    Interviews In This Hour:

    How Do You Know Ruben Gee? — Searching for America's Racial History in a Graveyard — Uncovering America's Buried History: The Story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings — Changing Our Conversation About Race Using Genetic Testing

    Further Reading:

    "Black Like Me" podcast

    • 52 min
    Jazz Migrations

    Jazz Migrations

    Music crosses boundaries between traditional and modern, local and global, personal and political. Take jazz — a musical form born out of forced migration and enslavement. We typically think it originated in New Orleans and then spread around the world. But today, we examine an alternate history of jazz — one that starts in Africa, then crisscrosses the planet, following the movements of people and empires — from colonial powers to grassroots revolutionaries to contemporary artists throughout the diaspora.

    This history of jazz is like the music itself: fluid and improvisatory.  

    In this hour, produced in partnership with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) — a global consortium of 270 humanities centers and institutes — we hear how both African and African-American music have shaped the sound of the world today.

     

    Original Air Date: July 04, 2020

    Guests:

    Meklit Hadero — Valmont Layne — Gwen Ansell — Ron Radano

    Interviews In This Hour:

    How Meklit Hadero Reimagined Ethiopian Jazz — So You Say You Want A Revolution — Reclaiming the Hidden History of South African Jazz — 'We Are All African When We Listen'

    Further Reading:

    CHCI Ideas from Africa Hub

    • 51 min

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624 Ratings

624 Ratings

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