30 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.

To The Best Of Our Knowledge Wisconsin Public Radio

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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.

    Rethinking the Holidays

    Rethinking the Holidays

    We’re in the holiday season of the worst pandemic of our lives. Canceling our gatherings is the safe thing to do. But, how can we still — creatively and safely — connect with the people we love? Maybe there are some opportunities for us this year, too.

    Original Air Date: November 28, 2020

    Guests:

    Priya Parker — Stanley Weintraub — Peter Reinhart — Helen Macdonald — Gregg Krech

    Interviews In This Hour:

    A Pandemic Holiday Season Offers Opportunities For Community, Too — Stanley Weintraub on the World War I Christmas Truce — Peter Reinhart on the Spiritual Importance of Bread — Helen Macdonald On 'The Dark Is Rising' — How to Cultivate Gratitude

    • 51 min
    Poetry in a Troubled Time

    Poetry in a Troubled Time

    Why do people turn to poetry during troubled times? We saw it after 9/11 and we're seeing it now as the coronavirus travels around the world. When the world seems broken, poetry is often the one kind of language that helps.

    Original Air Date: April 04, 2020

    Guests:

    Kitty O'Meara — Jericho Brown — Edward Hirsch — Alice Walker — Ken Nordine — Li-Young Lee — Jimmy Santiago Baca

    Interviews In This Hour:

    A Viral Poem For A Virus Time — Can A Poem Be A Prayer? — Poetry In A Time Of Grief And Loss — Hope Rises. It Always Does. — Li-Young Lee's Love Poetry — Ken Nordine's 'Yellow' — Words Can Change Your Life

    • 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 Personal Politics of Sports

    The Personal Politics of Sports

    What do you do when the headlines are freaking you out and the news is making you tense? A lot of people find sports takes their mind off things. It’s like this one worry-free, politics-free zone. Until it isn’t.

    Original Air Date: November 07, 2020

    Guests:

    Kurt Streeter — David Shields — Melissa Joulwan — Michael Powell

    Interviews In This Hour:

    A Year Of Reckoning And Loss In The World Of Sports — The Power of Silence: How Marshawn Lynch Subverted the NFL's Rules — How One Woman Found Her Groove in Roller Derby — The Magic of 'Rez Ball'

    • 51 min
    Rituals of Fear

    Rituals of Fear

    Be still. Prepare the altar. Gather around in a circle. Light the fire. And join us for rituals that will put fear in your heart. Because what if experiencing your fears — the dread, the horror of it all — is good for you?

    Original Air Date: October 26, 2019

    Guests:

    Amy Stewart — Kathryn Harkup — Gemma Files — Dan Chaon — Blanche Barton

    Interviews In This Hour:

    A Garden of Deadly Delights — How To Get Away With Murder According to Agatha Christie — Listener Ghost Story: 'Reset' — The Case for Embracing Horror — Haunting Your Own Life — Listener Ghost Story: 'You Are What You Eat' — The Not-So-Subtle Subversiveness Of Satan Worship — Listener Ghost Story: 'The Lake' — Listener Ghost Story: 'Presidential Phantasm'

    • 52 min
    Everything is Exhausting

    Everything is Exhausting

    Why don’t we all just take moment to acknowledge that we are collectively exhausted? The pandemic, the protests, the President’s Twitter feed — everything is exhausting. But maybe it doesn’t have to be?

    Original Air Date: October 24, 2020

    Guests:

    Katrina Onstad — Emma Seppala — Richard Polt — Filip Bromberg — Lars Svendsen — Anne Helen Petersen

    Interviews In This Hour:

    Can We Not? How The Pandemic Has Made Burnout Worse Than Ever — Sunday Night Blues, Monday Morning (Short) Fuse — Setting Too High A Bar For Success Is Running Us Ragged — To Waste Time Is To Deepen Life — Why Swedes Are Trading Jobs For Meaning — Have You Considered Doing Nothing?

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
583 Ratings

583 Ratings

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

The host of To The Best of Our Knowledge podcast, highlights all aspects of novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

muse4change ,

My all time favorite podcast

A bonafide podcast junkie, I can say without hesitation that TTBOOK is hands down my favorite podcast out of the 60+ podcasts that I subscribe to. Each week I eagerly look forward to an hour of tuning into fascinating interviews that explore myriad topics ranging from the practical to the mystical. My only complaint is that it’s only produced once a week. Thanks to Ann and the team who clearly put a lot of thought into this stellar program.

brewskiknits ,

a treasure

especially now, when all things are pandemic/political, this production provides fascinating explorations in so many directions.. at the same time relating it all to where we are now. i’m so glad WPR survived scott walker!

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