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

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Host:
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

  • Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?
    <p>Psychedelic science is back — and they could help heal people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.</p>
  • Rethinking The Reviewer
    <p>If everyone’s a critic online, does it mean that cultural criticism doesn’t matter anymore?</p>
  • Why We War
    <p>Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?</p>
  • Sentimentality for Silicon
    <p>Do you love your laptop? Feel affection for your phone? Some of us spend more time with our devices than our families. How deep do those attachments go?</p>
  • Sentimentality for Silicon
    We explore our complicated relationships with our digital devices in this hour. Mourning Our Lost And Broken Technology; The Internet Has Made Dying More Miserable; How Can Digital Citizens Reclaim Their Voices Online?; Why We're Alone Even When We're Together; The Bad Sort Of Time Travel.
  • Why Is The Internet Toxic For Women?
    Why do women have to put up with this? And how do they fight back? Abused Game Developers Can’t ‘Just Go Offline’ to Escape; When You’re Under Siege Online, How Can the Law Help?; Facing Fox News and Reddit Trolls, Journalist Lauren Duca Persisted; Writer’s Advice from Roxane Gay: Write Truth and Get Uncomfortable, Online Or Off; A Broad History of Sexism, As Witnessed By A Feminist Scholar.
  • Striving To See In A Vast, Invisible Universe
    <p>The latest total solar eclipse will cross the US for the first time in a hundred years. But besides chasing eclipses, how else can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?</p>
  • Striving To See In A Vast, Invisible Universe
    On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States for the first time in a hundred years. For millions of people in its path, it’ll be like opening a window directly onto the broader universe. Besides chasing eclipses, how else can we see what's out there, beyond our skies? For a full list of segments from this show, visit our beta version of our new website.
  • Imagining Climate Change
    <p>“The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists?</p>
  • Imagining Climate Change
    “The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists? How Bad Can Climate Change Really Get?; Where’s the Great “Climate Change Novel”?; Let’s Get Serious About the Anthropocene; Zulu Time; Lidia Yuknavitch’s Dream World.

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