PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge

PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge

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To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.

Episodes

Forgiving the Unforgiveable  

Are there certain acts, certain people who are beyond forgiveness? When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most? This hour, the keys to living a more forgiving life. Reconciling With My Rapist; How Does It Feel To Forgive?; The Four Key Steps To Forgiveness; Making Peace With My Father, With Help From Dante; Hari Kunzru on American Guilt.

Mark Frost Takes Us Deep Inside the Secret History of Twin Peaks  

Mark Frost takes us deep inside the secret history of Twin Peaks.

Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief  

Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might. Do Chimpanzees Have Spiritual Experiences?; How “Big Gods” Transformed Human History; An Evolutionary Biologist Searches for God; What Bliss Looks Like In Your Brain.

Extra: The Evolutionary Advantage of Faith  

Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion? Jeff Schloss doesn’t think so. He’s a biologist who studies the evolutionary origins of religion. He’s also an observant Christian.

Frankly, I Don't Give a Damn  

In this hour, we explore what the superpower of not giving a f--- might allow you to do. Breaking Out of The "Feedback Loop from Hell"; Menefreghismo; Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze; The Impossibility of Actually ‘Having It All’.

The Mississippi  

The Mississippi River is an American icon. It's a body of water that’s been shaped as much by cultural processes as by environmental ones. From the state lines it draws to its role in literature and the arts, it’s a river that flows deep in the American psyche. This episode is about the boundaries and horizons of the Mississippi — its deep geologic past, its history as a route to freedom, and its meaning today.  A Hawk and a Warbler; When The Mississippi Met the Atlantic; Life on Mark Twain's Mississippi; The Music and Meaning of Sounding 'Mark Twain'; Boundary and Horizon: The Mississippi River in African-American History.

The News From Poems: “November Eyes on Main Street”  

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.

Center of the World, Ohio  

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.

Center of the World, Ohio  

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.

The News From Poems: “WTF”  

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future.

Repeat When Necessary  

Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have a compulsion we can’t give up. Maybe that’s a good thing? The Psychology of Why You Can’t Stop Checking Your Phone; Tracing the Patterns of an Obsessive Mind; When Obsessive Thoughts Take Control Of Your Life; How Obsession and Compulsion Powered American Genius.

The News From Poems: “Ode To the Dead of Bowling Green”  

Poet Nick Lantz has been thinking about political spin and how his poems can play off the language of politics. 

The News From Poems: “Ode To the Dead of Bowling Green”  

Poet Nick Lantz has been thinking about political spin and how his poems can play off the language of politics. 

Extra: "Fargo" Showrunner Noah Hawley  

Noah Hawley talks about turning the Coen Brothers' film, "Fargo," into a critically-acclaimed TV series

How To Think Like a Scientist  

Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really, as long as you have insatiable curiosity and a passion to experiment. The World Is Your Lab; Could a 50 Cent Microscope Change the World?; Cooking With Neil deGrasse Tyson; Freeman Dyson, at 93, Looks Back on a Legendary Career in Science.

The News From Poems: “Brush With Cymbals”  

In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.

The Revenge of Analog  

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s something more. But analog is back in style. The Analog and The Digital, A Harmonious Double Life; The Unmistakable Pop and Hiss of a Good Record; The World Isn’t Perfect, And The One In Our Ears Shouldn’t Be Either; Recovering the Lossiness of “Tom’s Diner”; Could the Internet Be The World’s Greatest Piece of Collaborative Art?.

Extra: Nick Offerman on the Craft and Wisdom of Wendell Berry  

The former “Parks and Recreation” star has an unlikely hero: the Kentucky writer and champion of rural culture.

The Poem is You: New Voices in American Poetry  

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity. In a “Post-Truth” Era, Should You Get Your News From Poems?; American Poetry Has Never Been So Diverse; A Young Artist Reclaims Ojibwe Language Through Hip-Hop; Setting Sandburg’s City of Broad Shoulders to Music.

The News From Poems: “Inaugural”  

Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.  And she’s invited other poets to join in. 

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