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Big Ideas. Listen. Think. TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.

Big Ideas. Listen. Think. TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.
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Madison, WI

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Big Ideas. Listen. Think. TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.

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@TTBOOK

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English

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Episodes

Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief [Rebroadcast]

7/14/2018
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Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might. Guests: Jane Goodall Laura Kehoe Frans de Waal Barbara King Ara Norenzayan Jeff Schloss Andrew Newberg Interviews in this hour: Do Chimpanzees Have Spiritual Experiences? How “Big Gods” Transformed Human History An Evolutionary Biologist Searches for God What Bliss Looks Like In Your Brain

Duration:00:50:56

When Is A Road Trip Something More? [Rebroadcast]

7/7/2018
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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. Guests: Finn Murphy Manal al-Sharif Rebecca Solnit Lawrence Ross David Roberts Simon Parkin Interviews in this hour: 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' The Most Boring Video Game Ever Made

Duration:00:50:55

In Search of "Real" Food

6/30/2018
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What if the guiding principle we used in cooking, eating and growing food was love? From an Iranian-American kitchen to the chocolate forests of Ecuador, we explore new ways to express deep flavors and personal identity through food and cooking. Guests: Simran Sethi Samin Nosrat Michael Twitty Josh Noel Interviews in this hour: The Frightening Sameness Beneath Hundreds of Flavors Kosher/Soul — Cooking the African-Jewish Diaspora Anyone Can Cook—With the Right Elements Does "Selling...

Duration:00:55:59

Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion?

6/23/2018
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It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we? Guests: Devorah Baum Lucas Mann Thomas Curran Stephen Greenblatt Susan Bandes Segments: Why Do We Still Feel Guilty? Reality TV And Other Things We Secretly Love Perfectionism Is Making Young People Miserable. Here’s How To Help. Original...

Duration:00:50:58

Beyond the Echo Chamber

6/16/2018
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We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. What is that isolation doing to us? What can we do to escape it?

Duration:00:57:57

Women Who Rule

6/9/2018
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Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.

Duration:00:51:32

Center of the World [REBROADCAST]

6/2/2018
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Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.

Duration:00:54:13

What is School For? [REBROADCAST]

5/26/2018
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Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens?

Duration:00:57:58

The Third Act

5/18/2018
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If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left?

Duration:00:52:54

Is The Nation State Splintering?

5/12/2018
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All over the world, nation states are splintering. Separatism is on the rise. What causes nation states to erode? And what happens when they do? Should we fight to hold on to our nation states...or let them go in favor of something new?

Duration:00:51:19

Making Waves: Live in Milwaukee

5/5/2018
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Milwaukee is a city on water, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, split by the historic Milwaukee River. How did it shape the city's history, politics, culture, and people? We find out in this live broadcast from Turner Hall in Milwaukee.

Duration:00:53:06

The Secret Language of Trees

4/28/2018
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Trees talk to each other, and even form alliances with other trees or other species. Some are incredibly old — the root mass of aspens might live 100,000 years. In this hour, we explore the science and history of trees.

Duration:00:52:16

Handwork

4/21/2018
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More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload.

Duration:00:51:20

Hip Hop Future

4/14/2018
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Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?

Duration:00:51:56

Thinking With Animals

4/7/2018
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Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how an octopus or a parrot thinks? Also, the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to act like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms.

Duration:00:51:16

Healing Trauma

3/31/2018
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As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be.

Duration:00:50:56

We've Had 30 Years Of Prozac. Why Are We Still Depressed?

3/24/2018
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Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But what have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind?

Duration:00:50:56

What Can We Learn From Teenagers?

3/17/2018
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A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.

Duration:00:51:32

Discovering America's Black DNA

3/10/2018
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DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. 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? Does it open the door to new conversations about racial justice?

Duration:00:54:54

Why Make Art?

3/3/2018
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We grow up scribbling with crayons and covering sidewalks with chalk, and then around middle school most of us stop. Maybe we think it's childish or just too hard. So what can we learn from the people who never stopped making art?

Duration:00:51:18