To the Best of Our Knowledge

TTBOOK began as an audio magazine of ideas - two hours of smart, entertaining radio for people with curious minds. It's sort of journalistic (because some of us are, or used to be, journalists), but it's never about the President's speech to the U.N., weapons inspections in Iraq, or yesterday's stock market disaster. It's the kind of show that would spend an hour on the future of capitalism, or on the roots of Islamic fundamentalism. It might also spend an hour on hair. Or salt. Or pirates, road trips, psychic phenomena, house cleaning, animal intelligence, high energy physics, or how to say you're sorry. (You'll find all those shows in our archives.) It's the kind of show where someone might mention Charlotte Bronte or Anthony Trollope in one segment, U2 or They Might Be Giants in another.

Sunday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

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Anne Strainchamps

Anne Strainchamps is the host of TTBOOK. She co-founded the show, along with Steve Paulson and Jim Fleming, and has been a featured interviewer on the program for more than a decade. She has worked in public broadcasting at WAMU in Washington, DC, and at NPR. She has been a reporter, producer, news director, live talk show host, a food and wine columnist, and a chocolatier.

From To The Best of Our Knowledge

  • Repeat When Necessary
    Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have a compulsion we can’t give up. Maybe that’s a good thing? The Psychology of Why You Can’t Stop Checking Your Phone; Tracing the Patterns of an Obsessive Mind; When Obsessive Thoughts Take Control Of Your Life; How Obsession and Compulsion Powered American Genius.
  • The News From Poems: “Ode To the Dead of Bowling Green”
    Poet Nick Lantz has been thinking about political spin and how his poems can play off the language of politics. 
  • The News From Poems: “Ode To the Dead of Bowling Green”
    Poet Nick Lantz has been thinking about political spin and how his poems can play off the language of politics. 
  • Extra: "Fargo" Showrunner Noah Hawley
    Noah Hawley talks about turning the Coen Brothers' film, "Fargo," into a critically-acclaimed TV series
  • How To Think Like a Scientist
    Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really, as long as you have insatiable curiosity and a passion to experiment. The World Is Your Lab; Could a 50 Cent Microscope Change the World?; Cooking With Neil deGrasse Tyson; Freeman Dyson, at 93, Looks Back on a Legendary Career in Science.
  • The News From Poems: “Brush With Cymbals”
    In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.
  • The Revenge of Analog
    Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s something more. But analog is back in style. The Analog and The Digital, A Harmonious Double Life; The Unmistakable Pop and Hiss of a Good Record; The World Isn’t Perfect, And The One In Our Ears Shouldn’t Be Either; Recovering the Lossiness of “Tom’s Diner”; Could the Internet Be The World’s Greatest Piece of Collaborative Art?.
  • Extra: Nick Offerman on the Craft and Wisdom of Wendell Berry
    The former “Parks and Recreation” star has an unlikely hero: the Kentucky writer and champion of rural culture.
  • The Poem is You: New Voices in American Poetry
    In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity. In a “Post-Truth” Era, Should You Get Your News From Poems?; American Poetry Has Never Been So Diverse; A Young Artist Reclaims Ojibwe Language Through Hip-Hop; Setting Sandburg’s City of Broad Shoulders to Music.
  • The News From Poems: “Inaugural”
    Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.  And she’s invited other poets to join in. 

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