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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

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    • 4.5, 515 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.

    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
    Finding Meaning in Desperate Times

    Finding Meaning in Desperate Times

    We’ve all been changed by the experience of living through a pandemic. We figured out how to sanitize groceries, mute ourselves on Zoom and keep from killing our roommates. But we’re also tackling bigger, existential questions — how can we, individually and collectively, find meaning in the experience of this pandemic?

    *Original Air Date: * May 23, 2020

    **Guests: **

    David Kessler — Tyrone Muhammad — Nikki Giovanni — John Kaag — Alice Kaplan

    **Interviews In This Hour: **

    Grief Is A Natural Response To The Pandemic. Here’s Why You Should Let Yourself Feel It. — 'You Smell Death': Being A Mortician In A Community Ravaged By COVID-19 — Nikki Giovanni Reads a Poem of Remembrance — Does Philosophy Still Matter In The Age Of Coronavirus? — Why Camus' 'The Stranger' Is Still a Dangerous Novel

    • 51 min
    Our Virtual Reality

    Our Virtual Reality

    Not everyone has a nice, big yard to stretch out in while sheltering in place from COVID-19. But maybe you don't need one. People are using virtual spaces to live out the real experiences they miss — like coffee shops, road trips, even building your own house on a deserted island, or Walden Pond. In a world where we're mostly confined to our homes and Zoom screens, does the line between virtual and real-life space mean much anymore?

    Original Air Date: * *May 16, 2020

    *Guests: *

    Mark Riechers — Tracy Fullerton — Simon Parkin — Jane McGonigal — Donald D. Hoffman — Suzanne O’Sullivan

    *Interviews In This Hour: *

    There's No Pandemic In Animal Crossing — I Went To The Woods To Level Up Deliberately — The Most Boring Video Game Ever Made — Want to be Happier? Turn Everyday Tasks Into a Game — How We Fool Ourselves With The Concept of 'Reality'

    Further Reading:

    NYAS: Reality Is Not As It Seems

    • 51 min
    Solace of Nature

    Solace of Nature

    Rustling of leaves, sploshing of water, birds calling, bees buzzing. Wherever you live — city or country, East coast, West coast, or in between — we share common, contemplative experiences on our walks outside. In this hour, we assemble a sonic guide to finding solace in nature.

    Original Air Date: * *May 09, 2020

    *Guests: *

    William Helmreich — David Rothenberg — Laura Dassow Walls — Robert Moor — Nate Staniforth — Andreas Weber

    *Interviews In This Hour: *

    The Great Urban Nature Explorer — Why The Walden Pond Experiment In Self-Reliance Is More Relevant Than Ever — The Wisdom of Trails — Lose Yourself In The Sky — Finding Love In The Ecosystem

    • 51 min
    The Weird, Wild World of Mushrooms

    The Weird, Wild World of Mushrooms

    We owe our past and future existence on Earth to fungi. Some can heal you, some can kill you, and some can change you forever. And the people who love them are convinced that mushrooms explain the world.

    Original Air Date: * *June 08, 2019

    *Guests: *

    Lawrence Millman — Paul Stamets — Eugenia Bone — Michael Pollan — Dennis McKenna — Robin Carhart-Harris

    *Interviews In This Hour: *

    Humanity? It All Started With The Raven and Fungus Man — The Soil-Cleaning, Insect-Warding, Smallpox-Curing Power of Mushrooms — From Candy Caps To Morels: Notes From A Mushroom Hunter's Cookbook — John Cage, Vaclav Halek and the Marvels of Mushroom Music — Did Magic Mushrooms Shape Human Consciousness? — 'Fantastic Fungi' And How To Film Them

    • 51 min
    Deep Tracks: Live In Studio

    Deep Tracks: Live In Studio

    In times of crisis, we need music. We look at how far people will go — even under quarantine, during a pandemic — to find ways to make music together.

    Original Air Date: * *April 25, 2020

    *Guests: *

    Lisa Bielawa — Varttina — Bobby McFerrin — Moken — Vijay Iyer — Brandy Clark — Nicole Paris — Edward Cage

    *Interviews In This Hour: *

    Putting The Mood Of COVID-19 To Music — The Haunting Finnish Acapella of Värttinä — The 50 Voices of Bobby McFerrin — A Bold and Beautiful Voice from Cameroon — Vijay Iyer on Jazz, Improvisation and the Origins of Music — Country Singer Brandy Clark on a Big Day in a Small Town — Beatboxing With My Dad

    • 51 min

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I hunched over a buffet and worked on a jigsaw puzzle about loons listening to five or six hours of this podcast. Bees, space, life and death, memory, music... Lots of dreams, various entrevistadores, it feels a little bit like therapy... the wolves podcast with the wolf guy in Yellowstone was really good... oh, and the episode remembering DFW, well...

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