50 episodes

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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 729 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.

    Taking Pop Seriously

    Taking Pop Seriously

    Pop music is a gazillion-dollar industry that churns out hits and creates celebrities. It seems like the definition of ephemeral – today’s chart topper is gone tomorrow. But pop music is a powerful vehicle for bringing people together, and fans - from K-pop to the #FreeBritney movement — have something to teach us about community and hope.

    Original Air Date: March 26, 2022

    Interviews In This Hour: 

    When we're disconnected, can we reconnect through K-pop? — From pop to punk: Shaping our musical identities — How a fan movement freed a pop star from her gilded cage

    Guests: 

    Regina Kim, Kyla Nicole, Kelefa Sanneh, Samantha Stark

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    • 51 min
    Going for Broke: Can Work Be Love?

    Going for Broke: Can Work Be Love?

    How we live is indelibly intertwined with the care and empathy we give to each other. What if we put care into helping Americans find homes and build dwellings, into keeping their bodies and minds sound, and finding meaningful and well-paid work? In this three part series, "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project bring you real life stories about economic struggle in our time, as well as ideas for solutions.

    In this final part of our series, we’re talking about work — about the right to meaningful work, the search for jobs that pay enough to live, and what happens to people who look for work while also having a disability that’s invisible to most.

    Original Air Date: November 19, 2022

    Guests:

    Andrea Dobynes Wagner — Angela Garbes — Rodrigo Toscano — Barbara Ehrenreich

    Interviews In This Hour:

    Do they need to know that I'm blind? — The work of care is vital. Why don't we pay like it is? — A sonnet for a lineworker — Barbara Ehrenreich on writing the American labor story

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    • 51 min
    Going for Broke: Making Up Our Minds

    Going for Broke: Making Up Our Minds

    How we live is indelibly intertwined with the care and empathy we give to each other. What if we put care into helping Americans find homes and build dwellings, into keeping their bodies and minds sound, and finding meaningful and well-paid work? In this three part series, "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project bring you real life stories about economic struggle in our time, as well as ideas for solutions.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health challenges can push people into poverty. Meanwhile, the experience of financial desperation can also create even more trauma, even more suffering. How do you break the cycle? How do we truly care for people mentally and financially?

    If you or someone you know are having mental health struggles, we wanted to make sure you are aware of some resources. The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by calling 9-8-8. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reminds us that one in five people in the US has a mental health concern every year. You can find support and education at their web site, nami.org.

    Original Air Date: November 12, 2022

    Guests:

    Alex Miller — Katie Prout — Daniel Bergner — Maia Szalavitz

    Interviews In This Hour:

    Trauma and poverty: The perfect storm experienced by U.S. veterans — Learning to cope when mental health care feels out of reach — More than one way to treat a mind — How harm reduction disrupts painful cycles of addiction

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    • 51 min
    Going for Broke: Change of Address

    Going for Broke: Change of Address

    How we live is indelibly intertwined with the care and empathy we give to each other. What if we put care into helping Americans find homes and build dwellings, into keeping their bodies and minds sound, and finding meaningful and well-paid work? In this three part series, "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project bring you real life stories about economic struggle in our time, as well as ideas for solutions.

    In the first of three episodes of "Going For Broke" all about the care economy, we're thinking about housing. Many of us would consider it a basic human right. But in America, it can be hard to come by.

    Original Air Date: November 05, 2022

    Guests:

    Bobbi Dempsey — David Harvey — Annabelle Gurwitch — Justin Garrett Moore

    Interviews In This Hour:

    When the walk home from school keeps changing — Creating a compassionate geography — More supportive housing can start with sharing space. And upending assumptions. — The infrastructure of care

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    • 52 min
    Generation Witch

    Generation Witch

    As a culture we’ve long been fascinated by witchcraft, with witches through the ages practicing magic and making spells. Even through the spread of misinformation, and when they’ve been hunted and silenced. We take you from the 17th century to the online witch communities of today.

    Original Air Date: October 30, 2021

    Guests:

    Honey Rose — Rivka Galchen — Chris Gosden — Quan Barry

    Interviews In This Hour:

    WitchTok, the super-connected coven — Are you now, or have you ever been, a witch? The witch hunt of Kepler's mother — From alchemy to internet witchcraft — the thousand-year history of magic — Spellcraft, field hockey and Emilio Estevez — the girl power of novelist Quan Barry's teen witches

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    • 51 min
    Our Time of Mourning

    Our Time of Mourning

    Is there a better way to talk about death? And to grieve? So many people have died during the pandemic — 4.8 million and counting — that we're living through a period of global mourning. And some people — and certain cultures — seem to be better prepared to handle it than others.

    Original Air Date: June 19, 2021

    Guests:

    Heather Swan — Gillian O'Brien — Charles Monroe-Kane — Gabe Joyner — Rafael Campo

    Interviews In This Hour:

    The Barred Owl Who Came To Visit — How The Irish Talk About Death — How To Remember A Beloved Brother? A Memorial Tattoo — A Physician-Poet Bears Witness to the Pandemic's Lost Voices

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
729 Ratings

729 Ratings

kateinkansas ,

This podcast is a gift

I don’t watch much television but I do listened to podcasts . This is the best I have found in quite some time. I appreciate the breadth of subjects addressed and deeper and sometimes surprising “dive” given the topics. in a podcast world of loud voices, sensationalism, and jangling music I especially appreciate the pace and gentle way this podcast is created. I find these pieces to be a catalyst for my curiosity and my book list of “want to read” is growing from this podcast and the companion books and authors effort. Rather than focus on office sensationalism and stressors in the world this podcast points to our gifts. Thank you thank you, I am a big fan and recommend it to all of my friends and family.

DavidJWatkins ,

Sorry to see this show stagnate

I’ve been a loyal listener to TTBOOK for decades, way before it came to podcasting, but it’s very hard to listen for the past several years. So much of the content always funnels back to the topics of racism, pandemic, or climate change. I know that those topics have dominated our culture’s conversations lately, but can you just give it a rest? Not everything has to relate back to the pandemic or racism. I loved TTBOOK back in the day because it was a deep escape from the news and information that we drown in every day. Please consider bringing back some of that vibe.

greatful fool ,

No worries!

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Fills me with gratitude.
Encourages me to keep on living.

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