To the Best of Our Knowledge
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, December 14, 2014 12:00amwe explore the fine art of comedy writing Spoiled Brats - Simon Rich; Bob Odenkirk on Comedy as an Act of Truth and Destruction; Science...for Her! - Megan Amram; The New Yorker Cartoons - Bob Mankoff; Dangerous Idea: Can Too Much Christmas Drive Kids to Kill?; What Do Your Passwords Say About You?.
Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:00amTelevision used to be formulaic. Today, it’s the best gig around. We examine the explosion of high quality TV, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men, and talk with the creator of HBO’s True Detective. TV Revolution - Alan Sepinwall; True Detective - Nic Pizzolatto; TV and Literature - Lorrie Moore; "Husbands" - Brad Bell & Jane Espenson; Dangerous Idea: A Different Draft?; On Our Minds: Iraq War Poetry.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 12:00amDoes death gives life meaning? You might think so, looking at the prominence of death and the afterlife in so many religions. For millennia, people have dreamed about immortality, and now transhumanists are trying to extend life by merging our selves with machines. Also, with so much of our lives lived online, how do we plan for our digital afterlives? "The Mysteries of Life are More Present"; "Not Knowing Is Itself Liberation"; Death After Dying; Mourning in the Digital Age; Humanity Beyond the Human; Reset: A Digital Afterlife Radio Drama; If the Earth Was Destined to Die ... A Thought Experiment; "Death Doesn't Bother Me, Anyway" Pt. 5.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 12:00amIn his short life, British mathematician Alan Turing changed the world. He cracked the code that helped defeat the Nazis, dreamed up artificial intelligence, and laid the foundation for the computer age. Patrick Sammon - Turing's Final Years; Andrew Hodges - The Roots of Turing's Genius; Alan Garner - Running With Turing; Mohan Embar - The Turing Test; Brian Christian - The Most Human Human; BookMark: "My Struggle" by Karl Ove Knausgaard; On Our Minds: P.D. James.
Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:00amThe Secret Language of Plants Thinking Like a Forest - Suzanne Simard; What a Plant Knows - Daniel Chamovitz; Sonic Sidebar: Data Garden Quartet; Plant Intelligence - Jeremy Narby; The Grammar of Animacy; Dangerous Idea: Question Your Beliefs; On Our Minds: Ralph Nader .