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

StoryWorlds  

In this show, we explore the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  How to Build Fantastical Fictional Universes; The Secret History of Twin Peaks; A Haunting Story of Lincoln, Love and Loss.

Extra: Neil Gaiman Brings Us to the End of the World  

Chaotic headlines out of Washington, ice melting in Antarctica, world temps rising and global conflict on the rise… it could be worse.  It could be Ragnarok.  

How To Be Alone  

If you've ever been alone on Valentine's Day, you probably know how isolating it can be to feel like the only single person in a world full of happy couples. But being alone doesn't have to be shameful. This hour, we're changing the script and making the case for the lovelorn, the loners, the bachelors and spinsters that there's nothing wrong with being alone. Why Some Breakups Are More Painful Than Others; Battling Loneliness In The Big City; A Loners' Manifesto; The Value Of Solitude; A Solo Walk Halfway Across the Globe; Getting Wild In the Suburbs.

Extra: Philip Glass at 80  

It’s really hard to exaggerate the influence that Philip Glass has had on contemporary classical music. In honor of his eightieth birthday, here's a re-aired conversation with the composer about his memoir, "Words Without Music."

Extra: Philip Glass at 80  

It’s really hard to exaggerate the influence that Philip Glass has had on contemporary classical music. In honor of his eightieth birthday, here's a re-aired conversation with the composer about his memoir, "Words Without Music."

Original Sin  

The story of Adam and Eve is as old as sin.  But it’s a lot more than a Bible story. Original Sin at the Heart of All Political Divides; The Imprint of Original Sin on Western Culture; A Blessing in the Garden; When Sin Bears Fruit.

Original Sin  

The story of Adam and Eve is as old as sin.  But it’s a lot more than a Bible story. Original Sin at the Heart of All Political Divides; The Imprint of Original Sin on Western Culture; A Blessing in the Garden; When Sin Bears Fruit.

A Borderless World?  

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn't have to be that way? This hour, we explore a world without borders. Artist Molly Crabapple On Why Borders Are Unnecessary; The Case For Open Borders; Why Borders Are Becoming Irrelevant; Rethinking The History Of Mass Migration In America; Life As An Undocumented Immigrant; The Hidden Life of An Economic Migrant.

A Borderless World?  

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn't have to be that way? This hour, we explore a world without borders. Artist Molly Crabapple On Why Borders Are Unnecessary; The Case For Open Borders; Why Borders Are Becoming Irrelevant; Rethinking The History Of Mass Migration In America; Life As An Undocumented Immigrant; The Hidden Life of An Economic Migrant.

Extra: Daniel Schorr on How Journalists Keep Politicians Honest  

We find ourselves wondering how legendary muckrakers might have reacted to some of these first Trump press briefings.

Extra: Daniel Schorr on How Journalists Keep Politicians Honest  

We find ourselves wondering how legendary muckrakers might have reacted to some of these first Trump press briefings.

Hell is Other People  

How do you cope with unpleasant people? When there’s no escape and you’re stuck with someone you can’t stand, what do you do? What Sartre Meant by “Hell is Other People”; His Other Name Rhymes with “Glass Poles”; The Case Against Empathy; Why It Pays to Be Civil; Two Years Living Under Glass.

Hell is Other People  

How do you cope with unpleasant people? When there’s no escape and you’re stuck with someone you can’t stand, what do you do? What Sartre Meant by “Hell is Other People”; His Other Name Rhymes with “Glass Poles”; The Case Against Empathy; Why It Pays to Be Civil; Two Years Living Under Glass.

Extra: Mark Greif on Why He’s “Against Everything”  

In this podcast, Mark Greif, co-founder of the literary magazine n+1 and author of “Against Everything,” reflects on the art of being a cultural critic.

Mark Greif on Why He’s “Against Everything”  

In this podcast, Mark Greif, co-founder of the literary magazine n+1 and author of “Against Everything,” reflects on the art of being a cultural critic.

Artificial Creativity  

Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence — machines that can create. But don’t throw away your paintbrush yet. Machine Music Theory 101; Cracking the “Bestseller Code”; My Robot Could Paint That; Creative Differences with Android Lloyd Webber; Nothing Left To Do But Write Songs.

Artificial Creativity  

Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence — machines that can create. But don’t throw away your paintbrush yet. Machine Music Theory 101; Cracking the “Bestseller Code”; My Robot Could Paint That; Creative Differences with Android Lloyd Webber; Nothing Left To Do But Write Songs.

Extra: Putting Music to the City of Broad Shoulders  

Charles Monroe-Kane talks to David Nagler about setting Carl Sandburg's poems to music.

Putting Music to the City of Broad Shoulders  

Charles Monroe-Kane talks to David Nagler about setting Carl Sandburg's poems to music.

Man Up  

Be strong, be tough, don’t cry – boys are bombarded with messages about being a man and the “male code” beginning around five or six years old. By high school, it’s second nature. But it can also be toxic. Angry on the Outside, Sad on the Inside; Behind the Mask of the “American Male”; 10 Responses to the Phrase “Man Up”; The Men’s Rights Movement, Then and Now.

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