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Each week To the Best of Our Knowledge delivers in-depth interviews with nationally and internationally-known guests whose passion for new ideas will challenge and engage. Hosted by Jim Fleming, this interview magazine is thoughtful and penetrating, and features fascinating topics and guests
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Latest episode: January 20, 2018 | 11:30 am - Can An Evil Man Be A Decent Person?

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Can An Evil Man Be A Decent Person? (51:38) January 20, 2018 | 11:30 am

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?

Who's Watching Us? (51:31) January 13, 2018 | 11:00 am

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

Renunciation (52:59) January 06, 2018 | 11:00 am

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

Ending With A Flourish (51:00) December 30, 2017 | 11:00 am

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.

Is Capitalism Broken? (51:22) December 23, 2017 | 11:30 am

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

The Art of Reinventing Yourself (51:21) December 15, 2017 | 8:15 pm

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.

Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence December 09, 2017 | 11:00 am

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.

Harassment In The Lab (51:22) December 02, 2017 | 11:00 am

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?

Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief (51:22) November 25, 2017 | 11:00 am

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

Extra: Making Peace With Monsters (29:14) November 22, 2017 | 2:45 pm

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.

Working For A Weekend That Never Seems To Come (51:33) November 18, 2017 | 11:00 am

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?

A New Clash Of Civilizations? (58:02) November 11, 2017 | 11:00 am

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?

Extra: Discovering the Hidden Roots of Koreans Living In Japan (21:59) November 09, 2017 | 7:00 pm

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

Beyond the Echo Chamber (57:47) November 04, 2017 | 6:30 pm

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?

Even Stranger Things (54:39) October 28, 2017 | 10:00 am

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.

Extra: Virtually Anywhere (18:25) October 26, 2017 | 10:30 am

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.

You Had To Be There (53:34) October 21, 2017 | 3:30 pm

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?

Center of the World (54:13) October 14, 2017 | 10:00 am

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

Is the Universe a Number? October 07, 2017 | 1:00 pm

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.

What is School For? (57:48) September 30, 2017 | 5:15 pm

Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens? 



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