To the Best of Our Knowledge

  • Hosted by Jim Fleming

Cracking open the world and the ideas that fuel its engine, with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all.

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Podcasts

  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 1:00am
    Privilege checking has become a mainstay of a certain kind of conversation about race or identity. One person reminds -- or accuses -- another of enjoying all kinds of unearned advantages, thanks to their skin color, gender, class or sexual orientation. Checking someone else’s privilege can be a form of hostility. Checking your own can be an act of humility. Either way, it can oftentimes be painful. But does anyone actually benefit from talking about privilege? This hour, the benefits and drawbacks of talking about privilege. A Primer On Exploring White Privilege; Let's Stop Talking About Privilege; Sensitivity Or Censorship: How Language Policing On College Campuses Is Shaping America's Future; The Case For Teaching Children About The Origins Of Diversity; What Organizations Get Wrong About Diversity; The Moral Argument For Human Cloning, Genetic Enhancement.
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:00am
    Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. Plus some practical advice for how to live well. Want to be Happier? Turn Everyday Tasks Into a Game; A Little Less Feeling, A Lot More Action; A History of Happiness; How to Find Happiness in Everyday Life and Language; David Morris Recommends “Solo Faces” by James Salter; Rediscovering Henry David Thoreau.
  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:00am
    Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith. Artist Rashid Johnson Explores Race, Yearning and Escape; How Temporary Blindness Taught Teju Cole To See; Why Not Abolish Literary Genres?; From Child Pop Star to Jazz Singer; From the Monkees to Country Rock.
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017 1:00am
    We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel. Put It In Boogie Gear On the Backslide; Driving While Female; What If We Forget How to Get Lost?; A Guidebook to the 'Blackest Road Trip Ever'; Traveling Between Worlds Apart.
  • Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:00am
    You can tell the difference. Or can you? A Reporter's Journey to the Epicenter of Liberal Fake News; Who Shares A Fake Story? Fake Users; When Is It Prudent To Be Paranoid?; Poison in the Soda Pop, and Other Conspiracies That Spring From A Grain of Truth; Radioactive Clocks And The Women Poisoned By Them.