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.

From To The Best of Our Knowledge

  • Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief [Rebroadcast]
    <p>Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might.</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/jane-goodall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jane Goodall</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/laura-kehoe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Kehoe</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/frans-de-waal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frans de Waal</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/barbara-king" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barbara King</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/ara-norenzayan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ara Norenzayan</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/jeff-schloss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Schloss</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/andrew-newberg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Newberg</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/do-chimpanzees-have-spiritual-experiences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do Chimpanzees Have Spiritual Experiences?</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/how-big-gods-transformed-human-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How “Big Gods” Transformed Human History</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/evolutionary-biologist-searches-god" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Evolutionary Biologist Searches for God</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/what-bliss-looks-your-brain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Bliss Looks Like In Your Brain</a></p>
  • When Is A Road Trip Something More? [Rebroadcast]
    <p>We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel.</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/finn-murphy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finn Murphy</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/manal-al-sharif" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manal al-Sharif</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/rebecca-solnit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebecca Solnit</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/lawrence-ross" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawrence Ross</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/david-roberts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Roberts</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/simon-parkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Simon Parkin</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/put-it-boogie-gear-backslide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Put It In Boogie Gear On the Backslide</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/driving-while-female" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driving While Female</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/what-if-we-forget-how-get-lost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What If We Forget How to Get Lost?</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/guidebook-blackest-road-trip-ever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Guidebook to the 'Blackest Road Trip Ever'</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/most-boring-video-game-ever-made" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Most Boring Video Game Ever Made</a></p>
  • In Search of "Real" Food
    <p>What if the guiding principle we used in cooking, eating and growing food was love? From an Iranian-American kitchen to the chocolate forests of Ecuador, we explore new ways to express deep flavors and personal identity through food and cooking.</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/simran-sethi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Simran Sethi</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/samin-nosrat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samin Nosrat</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/michael-twitty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Twitty</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/josh-noel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Josh Noel</a></p> <p><strong>Interviews in this hour:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/frightening-sameness-beneath-hundreds-flavors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Frightening Sameness Beneath Hundreds of Flavors</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/koshersoul-cooking-african-jewish-diaspora" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kosher/Soul — Cooking the African-Jewish Diaspora</a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/anyone-can-cook-right-elements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anyone Can Cook—With the Right Elements </a><br> <a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/does-selling-out-make-difference-you-can-taste" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does "Selling Out" Make a Difference You Can Taste?</a></p>
  • Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion?
    <p>It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we?</p> <p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> <ul> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/devorah-baum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Devorah Baum</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/lucas-mann" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Mann</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/thomas-curran" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Curran</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/stephen-greenblatt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephen Greenblatt</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/people/susan-bandes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Bandes</a></p></li> </ul> <p><strong>Segments:</strong></p> <ul> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/why-do-we-still-feel-guilty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Do We Still Feel Guilty?</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/reality-tv-and-other-things-we-secretly-love" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality TV And Other Things We Secretly Love</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/perfectionism-making-young-people-miserable-heres-how-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perfectionism Is Making Young People Miserable. Here’s How To Help.</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/original-sin-and-genesis-guilt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original Sin And The Genesis Of Guilt</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="https://www.ttbook.org/interview/should-judges-and-juries-look-remorse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should Judges And Juries Look For Remorse?</a></p></li> </ul>
  • Beyond the Echo Chamber [REBROADCAST]
    <p>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?</p>
  • Working For A Weekend That Never Seems To Come
    <p>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?</p>
  • Women Who Rule
    <p>Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.</p>
  • Center of the World [REBROADCAST]
    <p>Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.</p>
  • What is School For? [REBROADCAST]
    <p>Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens?&nbsp;</p>
  • The Third Act
    <p>If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left?</p>