To the Best of Our Knowledge
Sunday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on WUSF 89.7
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
- Mad As Hell
Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry -- on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here? Is it possible we’re addicted to outrage? This hour, we explore the advantages and perils of getting mad as hell. A Lovely Day For A Tea Party; Want To Be More Understanding? Get Angry; How 18th Century Philosophers Created Our Age of Anger; The Fury And The Calm of Harvey Milk’s Memory; Addicted to Indignation; Michael Eric Dyson's Message to White America: Get Angry.
- Extra: Every Time You Troll Me, A Scientist Gets Her Due
Every time this medical student gets harassed online, she writes a new Wikipedia bio of a female scientist.
- 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.
- Extra: Building Better Rocket Engines with Empathy
We talk to two experts —Chuck Pezeshski and Indi Young— who think about the role empathy can play in tackling massive design and engineering problems.
- The Mind of a Terrorist
When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. What ideology or belief or loyalty would compel someone to do something so horrific? This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence. The Reformed Radical; The Psychology of Terrorism; What Can Americans Learn from a Norwegian Massacre?; Let's Change the Way We Think About Thinking; The Buddhist Master Who Went On A Four Year Wandering Retreat.
- Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?
psychedelic science is back — and the early results are extraordinary. A single dose of psilocybin can help people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety. We’ll examine this revolution in medicine, and explore the connections between psychedelics a Mother’s Little Helper: LSD?; How Psychedelic Drugs Will Revolutionize Psychiatry; Lessons from a Psychedelic Guide; On A Mountain Top, With Ayahuasca And Frog Poison; Psychedelics and God.
- Love + Evolution: Live in Madison
There’s arguably no greater mystery than who we fall for. Why do some romances fizzle out, while others flourish, and grow into lifelong companionship? What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion? In a live show recorded onstage from the Majestic Theater in Madison, To the Best of Our Knowledge, in partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature, explored the science of love. How do you sustain love in your own life? If the live show inspired you in any way, send us a note at email@example.com. The Wild World of Animal Sex; The Joy of ‘Catching Flies’; Finding Love With 36 Simple Questions (web extra); The New Science of Sexual Fluidity; Comedian Esteban Touma on Love, Marriage and Squirrels; What’s Love Got To Do With Evolution?; A Single Throat and Four Appendages Attempting to Multiply like Cells .
- Extra: What If Richard Dawkins Had It All Wrong?
Forty years ago Richard Dawkins wrote the landmark book “The Selfish Gene,” where he argued that the gene is what drives evolution. But what if he got it all wrong?
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.
- The Gun
The Gun The Cody Firearms Museum; The Gun Myth; the Legend of Sarah Winchester; LIberals! Go Out and Buy a Gun!; Negroes and the Gun; Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives.