To the Best of Our Knowledge

Jim Fleming

Cracking open the world and the ideas that fuel its engine, with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all.

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  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00am
    Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction.  This week, we introduce the “Lab Lit” movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals of scientists and science culture Science in Fiction - Jennifer Rohn; Archangel - Andrea Barrett; Sonic Sidebar: Antarctica in Fiction and Art; Women and Plants - Elizabeth Gilbert; BookMark - Karl Ove Knausgaard on "The Flame Alphabet"; On Our Minds: Science and the Avant Garde.
  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00am
    Brutal storms, rising seas, drought... you've seen the headlines. Our climate changed future seems pretty scary. But do all the messages about climate catastrope keep people from taking action to slow carbon emmissions or prepare for changing weather? What would happen if we looked to the future with hope? A Hopeful Message - Frances Moore Lappé; Rethinking Nature; Sonic Sidebar: FutureCoast; Climate International; BookMark: Benjamin Kunkel; On Our Minds: Sacred Economics.
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:00am
    What we eat can often say a lot about us. But why do we consider certain foods more appealing than others? In this hour, we look a the trends and tastemakers who shape our feelings about food. The Buzz Behind Food Trends; Sonic Sidebar: Food Preferences; Julia Child and the Love of Cooking; Food Anxieties; BookMark: Mishy Harman; On Our Minds: Jerusalem.
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:00am
    Philosophers get a bad rap - they're written off as too academic, too detached from daily life. But we're seeing a philosophy revival, from philosophy cafes to philosophers as therapists.  From the Stoics to Spinoza, an argument for why philosophy still matters. Philosopher and Wolf - Mark Rowlands; Sonic Sidebar: Rebecca Goldstein on Plato; Philosophy as Therapy - Jules Evans; Spinoza's Heresy - Steve Nadler; BookMark: Eric Jarosinski; On Our Minds: The Perfect Peach.
  • Sunday, July 6, 2014 12:00am
    Who is a patriot? The Snowden Files; 1971 - An FBI break-in that rocked the nation; First Tea Party Activist - Keli Carender; James Yee – Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo ; Bookmark: Kim Stanley Robinson; On Our Minds: The Fight for the Four Freedoms.