PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge

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To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.

Cinephilia (Updated) Dec. 13, 2015

In this hour, we explore people's obsessions with movies and talk with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Room 237 - Manohla Dargis; Werner Herzog Strives for the 'Ecstatic Truth'; Frank - Jon Ronson; Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.

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Why We War Dec. 13, 2015
Why We War The Worth of War; War is Beautiful; War is Revenge; Is War Inevitable?; 50th Anniversary of "A Love Supreme".
Rising sea levels, brutal storms and droughts, record temperatures...is there anything we can do about climate change? As world leaders gather at the Paris Climate Summit, we consider a range of proposals - from geoengineering and new green technology to
Handwork Dec. 6, 2015
More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they need another scarf or afghan, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. This hour explores the therapeutic value of drawin
Automate It Nov. 29, 2015
Automated machines are taking over our lives. They're not the scary robots you see in movies, but more and more of today's technology - from smart phones to airplanes - is automated. And some of the world's biggest companies are racing to come up with a "
Late Bloomers Nov. 29, 2015
Are you afraid of getting old? Most people are, but studies show we're usually happier in our 60s and 70s. Aging often brings wisdom and resilience - and a new creative spark. We celebrate the fine art of aging - and hear about some artists who remade the
An Attitude of Gratitude Nov. 22, 2015
Thanksgiving How to Cultivate Gratitude; Raising Gracious Children; The Problem with Gettng Help; Gifting is, well, complicated; Punk Turns 40!; Patti Smith.
The Voice Nov. 22, 2015
Both practically and symbolically, our voices are one of the primary ways that we interact with the world around us. Since ancient Greece, the voice has represented participatory democracy, and today we still argue about whose voices to include in our nat
Very New Poems (update) Nov. 15, 2015
Poetry is back! Elegy for a Dead World; Narrator-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel; A Poet's Glossary; The Poet Laureate of Twitter; Veterans Day.
There are many ways to live dangerously. Sure, you can take part in a death defying feat like skydiving, but living dangerously also sometimes involves taking intellectual risks, opening up, and being honest with yourself. To the Best of Our Knowledge rec
Short Stories Nov. 8, 2015
We explore what makes a short story with Ben Marcus, Jesse Eisenberg and Diane Cook. Also, Margaret Atwood on her new novel. Addicted to Short Stories; Ben Marcus on Robert Coover's "Going for a Beer"; Jesse Eisenberg the Writer; From "This American Life"
New African Voices Nov. 8, 2015
Welcome to the next generation of African writers. They’re young, multi- lingual, and breaking out of all the old literary boxes. This hour, why Africa has one of the most exciting literary scenes on the planet. New African Literature; Somali-A
Writing Funny (Update) Nov. 1, 2015
We explore the fine art of comedy writing with Simon Rich, Bob Odenkirk and Megan Amram. And we dissect a cultural icon -- "The New Yorker" cartoon with the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff. Spoiled Brats - Simon Rich; Bob Odenkirk on Comedy as an A
For all the amazing discoveries that scientists have made, the cosmos is still full of mysteries - from dark matter to quantum entanglement. Will physicists ever explain the universe, or is it fundamentally unknowable? We explore the frontiers of physics
H.P. Lovecraft Oct. 25, 2015
H.P. Lovecraft's weird tales of cosmic horror loom large 125 years after his birth. His literary tentatcles have oozed their way into movies, books, games and graphic novels. We explore Lovecraft's life, work and legacy. Was he a literary
Ghost Stories (update) Oct. 25, 2015
Celebrate Halloween with this spooky hour full of ghost stories from our wonderful listeners, and real-life tales of the paranormal. Haunted houses, near-death experiences, and spectral raccoons... so many ways to be un-dead. Being Terri
Check Your Privilege Oct. 18, 2015
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 orientati
Extinction (Update) Oct. 18, 2015
Our planet is facing a mass extinction crisis. By the end of the century, we could lose up to half of all living species. But people are working hard to save endangered species and habitats, and a few scientists are even trying to bring lost species - lik
Self Help Oct. 11, 2015
Every new year brings a fresh start, another chance to remake yourself. We all aspire to be better people, but following through on our goals can often be difficult. How Habits Work — and How to Change Them; Scrutinizing Self-Help; Sonic Sidebar: Should I
Walking Oct. 11, 2015
Walk long enough and far enough, and you will never be the same. This week, stories of people who transformed their lives by picking up their feet, blazing trails, and going off-road. "Walking Saved My Life" - Cheryl Strayed; What Makes Werner Walk?