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.


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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.

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  • Pick Your Poison
    <p>Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you.</p> <p>Guests: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Blum</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kathryn Harkup</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amy Stewart</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kate Moore</a></p>
  • What's Wrong With Men? [Rebroadcast]
    <p>The right-wing politics and bro culture of The Proud Boys is attracting young, white men nationwide. Founder Gavin McInnes believes “95% of American women” would be happier at home. Where does his vision of “being a man” fit in 2018?</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gavin McInnes</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Hall</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warren Farrell</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ashanti Branch</a></p>
  • Listening to the City
    <p>Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different.</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Rothenberg</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Haskell</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Henkin</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendel Patrick</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennifer Stoever</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Schaeffer</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vivienne Corringham</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deep Listening with Electric Ears</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Listening To Trees As Fellow Citizens</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hearing Baltimore Block By Block</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can You Hear Segregation and Intolerance?</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The City, The Original Music Sample Bed</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singing The Song of a City</a></p>
  • Magical Thinking [Rebroadcast]
    <p>"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.  </p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nate Staniforth</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Muhammad Knight</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haleema Shah</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chloe Benjamin</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Stage Tricks to Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Islam's Hidden History of Magic</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Online Quizzes, Personality Tests and Horoscopes Help You Feel Special</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drawing Inspiration For The Fantastical From The Everyday</a></p>
  • The Ways We Are Born — Again and Again
    <p>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?</p> <p>This hour, we examine midwives, trans men, and born again Christians. Birth. Rebirth. And Born Again.</p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Power of Choice When You're Giving Birth</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where Are the Midwives? </a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midwives in the Golden Age of Television</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Happy In My Own Skin": The Transition from Bess To Benn </a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does it Really Mean to Be a Born Again Christian?</a></p>
  • Rethinking David Foster Wallace
    <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clare Hayes-Brady</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colleen Leahy</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makini Allwood</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Foster Wallace</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amy Wallace-Havens</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Genius and The Misogynist</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Foster Wallace On "Infinite Jest"</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Podcast For Readers Struggling with The 'Virtuosic Masterpiece' of the 'Great American Hype Machine'</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our Final Conversation with David Foster Wallace</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"I Can Still Hear His Voice": Amy Wallace-Havens Remembers Her Brother</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Life and Work In The Mind of a Literary Giant</a></p>
  • What's Wrong With Work?
    <p>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?</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alissa Quart</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Graeber</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Livingston</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Niki Okuk</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studs Terkel</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even With Jobs, The Middle Class Is Feeling the Squeeze</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We Joke About Some Jobs Being BS. But Is There An Epidemic Of Pointless Work? </a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F*** Work</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fixing the Workplace By Handing It To The Workers</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studs Terkel on the Meaning of Work</a></p>
  • ICYMI: Our Invisible, Treacherous, Cynical, Wise, Miraculous World
    <p>Haven’t listened in a while? In case you missed it, here's a sampling of what we’ve heard on the show recently.</p> <p><strong>Shows featured:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our Invisible Universe</a></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Roadtrippin’</a></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Is School For? </a></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Against Cynicism</a></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loving Bees </a></p>
  • Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life? [Rebroadcast]
    <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayelet Waldman</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephen Ross</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Katherine MacLean</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Kasza</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Richards</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayelet Waldman Talks about Depression, LSD, and Her Marriage With Michael Chabon</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Psychedelic Drugs Will Revolutionize Psychiatry</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons from a Psychedelic Guide</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On A Mountain Top, With Ayahuasca And Frog Poison</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Psychedelics and God</a><br> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Psychedelics: The Next Revolution in Psychiatry?</a></p>
  • The Einstein You Don't Know [Extra]
    <p>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. </p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marie Benedict</a></p>