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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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Episodes

Magical Thinking [Rebroadcast]

9/22/2018
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"Magical thinking" gets a bad rap these days. It suggests losing your grip on reality or being so gullible that you'll believe anything - from ghosts to miracles. But what if magic isn't pure fantasy? Maybe it's the gateway to wonder. Guests: Nate Staniforth Michael Muhammad Knight Haleema Shah Chloe Benjamin Interviews in this hour: From Stage Tricks to Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder Islam's Hidden History of Magic Why Online Quizzes, Personality Tests and Horoscopes...

Duration:00:50:59

The Ways We Are Born — Again and Again

9/15/2018
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If you think of your life as a series of births, what changes? The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and profound. Some people actually call those passages re-birth. But why does the birth metaphor matter? This hour, we examine midwives, trans men, and born again Christians. Birth. Rebirth. And Born Again. Interviews in this hour: The Power of Choice When You're Giving Birth Where...

Duration:00:50:59

Rethinking David Foster Wallace

9/8/2018
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On the tenth anniversary of his suicide, David Foster Wallace faces renewed criticism over his treatment of women, in his life and work. Fans and critics are re-reading his work, struggling to reconcile genius with misogyny. Guests: Clare Hayes-Brady Colleen Leahy Makini Allwood David Foster Wallace Amy Wallace-Havens Interviews in this hour: The Genius and The Misogynist David Foster Wallace On "Infinite Jest" A Podcast For Readers Struggling with The 'Virtuosic Masterpiece' of...

Duration:00:52:53

What's Wrong With Work?

9/1/2018
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It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk about. What’s wrong with work — and how do we fix it? Guests: Alissa Quart David Graeber James Livingston Niki Okuk Studs Terkel Interviews in this hour: Even With Jobs, The Middle Class Is Feeling the Squeeze We Joke About Some Jobs Being BS. But Is There An Epidemic Of Pointless Work? F*** Work Fixing the Workplace By Handing It To...

Duration:00:50:59

ICYMI: Our Invisible, Treacherous, Cynical, Wise, Miraculous World

8/27/2018
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Haven’t listened in a while? In case you missed it, here's a sampling of what we’ve heard on the show recently. Shows featured: Our Invisible Universe Roadtrippin’ What Is School For? Against Cynicism Loving Bees

Duration:00:03:44

Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life? [Rebroadcast]

8/25/2018
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Guests: Ayelet Waldman Stephen Ross Katherine MacLean Daniel Kasza William Richards Interviews in this hour: Ayelet Waldman Talks about Depression, LSD, and Her Marriage With Michael Chabon How Psychedelic Drugs Will Revolutionize Psychiatry Lessons from a Psychedelic Guide On A Mountain Top, With Ayahuasca And Frog Poison Psychedelics and God Psychedelics: The Next Revolution in Psychiatry?

Duration:00:50:59

The Einstein You Don't Know [Extra]

8/23/2018
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There are the female scientists you can name, and the ones forgotten by history. Like Mileva Marić-Einstein. She might just have been more brilliant than Albert was — but we'll never know. Guests: Marie Benedict

Duration:00:15:20

Striving To See in a Vast, Invisible Universe

8/18/2018
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From our narrow vantage point on Earth, how can we see what's out there, beyond our skies? Guests: Francis Halzen Priya Natarajan Seth Shostak Don Gurnett Neil deGrasse Tyson Interviews in this hour: How To Catch A Neutrino How Do We Investigate The Invisible Parts of the Universe? Search For Life In All The Wrong Places What Can You Hear In Space? The Universe Is Under No Obligation To Make Sense To Us

Duration:00:50:59

Being Sincere in a Cynical World

8/11/2018
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Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for sincerity. Guests: Jason Rohrer Christy Wampole Christian Picciolini Ingrid LaFleur Interviews in this hour: "You Are Our Miracle": A Game To Make You Love Your Fellow Player The Toll of Living Awash in Irony Can You Change The Mind Of A White Supremacist? Envisioning a Better Today Through The Tomorrows of Afrofuturism

Duration:00:50:59

The Best Of To The Best Of Our Knowledge in 2017

8/10/2018
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A taste of some of our best interviews from 2017.

Duration:00:03:10

Is Socialism Making a Comeback?

8/4/2018
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It was a dirty word 25 years ago. But now, more and more people are identifying as Socialists…in America and on the ballot. Guests: Kshama Sawant Sean Wilentz Cheryl Blue Andrew Haug Erik Olin Wright Brother Ali Interviews in this hour: How Socialism Won in Seattle In Defense of Liberals Milwaukee's Socialist Experiment Rethinking Socialism for Today Brother Ali on Islam, the Left, and Hip Hop

Duration:00:55:55

Loving Bees

7/28/2018
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Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit. Guests: Heather Swan Nicole Lindsey Timothy Paule Thor Hanson Christof Koch Tania Munz Stephanie Elkins Peter Sobol Anne Strainchamps Interviews in this hour: Falling In Love With Bees 'Medicine' Why We Ought to Live a 'Pro-Bee Lifestyle' Rebuilding Detroit, Hive by Hive 'Honeybee' How Do We Wrap Our Minds Around Bee...

Duration:00:53:20

Jeff Kripal at the Edge of Belief [Extra]

7/26/2018
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Jeff Kripal is a highly original, even maverick, historian of religion. In this conversation — part of a collaboration with the LA Review of Books — Kripal takes Steve to where all the weird stuff we can’t explain lives ... or hides. Guests: Jeff Kripal

Duration:00:37:42

Mind of a Terrorist [Rebroadcast]

7/21/2018
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When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence. Guests: Mubin Shaikh Clark McCauley Åsne Seierstad Tanya Luhrmann Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Interviews in this hour: The Reformed Radical The Psychology of Terrorism What Can Americans Learn from a Norwegian Massacre? Let’s Change the Way We Think About Thinking The Buddhist Master...

Duration:00:50:59

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

Duration:00:50:58

Beyond the Echo Chamber [REBROADCAST]

6/16/2018
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When did we retreat to our Red and Blue Facebook pages? It’s not just that America is politically polarized. 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. That isolation is breeding an ugly, seething hatred of the other side that feels poisonous and dispiriting. So what can we do? In this hour, we hear how conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes lost his faith in the...

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. Guests Kara Cooney Madeline Miller Natalie Haynes Emily Wilson Serenity Young Romare Bearden Interviews The Hidden Queens of Egypt The Mother of All Witches Romare Bearden’s “Circe,” Black and Powerful What A Feminist Writer Learned From An Ancient, Racist, Sexist...

Duration:00:51:32