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To the Best of our Knowledge

Wisconsin Public Radio

Each week, To the Best of Our Knowledge brings you two hours of in-depth interviews with nationally and internationally-known guests whose passion for new ideas will challenge and engage.

Each week, To the Best of Our Knowledge brings you two hours of in-depth interviews with nationally and internationally-known guests whose passion for new ideas will challenge and engage.
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Madison, WI

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Each week, To the Best of Our Knowledge brings you two hours of in-depth interviews with nationally and internationally-known guests whose passion for new ideas will challenge and engage.

Language:

English


Episodes

Who's Watching Us?

1/13/2018
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Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.

Duration: 00:51:29


Renunciation

1/6/2018
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Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?

Duration: 00:52:54


Ending With A Flourish

12/30/2017
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We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.

Duration: 00:50:56


Is Capitalism Broken?

12/23/2017
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Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?

Duration: 00:51:17


The Art of Reinventing Yourself

12/15/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:51:21


Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence

12/9/2017
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Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.

Duration: 00:51:46


Harassment In The Lab

12/2/2017
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Sexism has no boundaries, as we're quickly discovering. But what impact does it have on scientific discovery if sexist behavior drives women out of science entirely?

Duration: 00:51:18


Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief

11/25/2017
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Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might.

Duration: 00:51:17


Extra: Making Peace With Monsters

11/22/2017
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This is the story of a lonely, disturbed teenager desperately in need of a friend. His name was Jeff. Or as you know him, Jeffrey Dahmer — the serial killer.

Duration: 00:29:28


Working For A Weekend That Never Seems To Come

11/18/2017
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Across professions, half of Americans surveyed say they’re exhausted from work. More and more of us feel scrambled, tired and drained. Are we facing daily lives more prone to burnout? And what can we do about it?

Duration: 00:51:29


A New Clash Of Civilizations?

11/11/2017
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When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? And who do we think is coming for it?

Duration: 00:57:57


Extra: Discovering the Hidden Roots of Koreans Living In Japan

11/9/2017
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One of the finalists for the National Book Award this year is Min Jin Lee, for her novel "Pachinko."

Duration: 00:21:59


Beyond the Echo Chamber

11/4/2017
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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: 00:57:42


Even Stranger Things

10/28/2017
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Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal.

Duration: 00:54:38


Extra: Virtually Anywhere

10/26/2017
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Remember virtual reality? Back in the 1990’s, it was going to be the technology of the future. Today, it’s here. But we're still figuring out what to do with it.

Duration: 00:18:38


You Had To Be There

10/21/2017
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Home entertainment options have never been richer, but public places like movie theaters and performance spaces are suffering. What do we lose when everyone stays home?

Duration: 00:53:33


Center of the World

10/14/2017
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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


Is the Universe a Number?

10/7/2017
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For centuries, mathematicians have been looking for the deep design, the mathematical code to explain everything from microorganisms to spacetime. But it’s a dangerous quest.

Duration: 00:54:39


What is School For?

9/30/2017
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Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens?

Duration: 00:57:58


Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?

9/23/2017
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Psychedelic science is back — and they could help heal people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.

Duration: 00:53:09

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