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PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge

Each week To the Best of Our Knowledge delivers in-depth interviews with nationally and internationally-known guests whose passion for new ideas will challenge and engage. Hosted by Jim Fleming, this interview magazine is thoughtful and penetrating, and features fascinating topics and guests

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    Heart of Darkness (Updated)

    Are humans innately violent? The Act of Killing; The Noble ...

    Are humans innately violent? The Act of Killing; The Noble Savage; Better Angels of our Nature; Sonic Sidebar: A Maya Angelou poetry reading; BookMark: "Independent People" by Halldór Laxness; On Our Minds: Being Cold.

    Mar 1, 2015 Read more
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    Workflow (Updated)

    The office has come a long way: from the executive ...

    The office has come a long way: from the executive desk to the cubicle (also known as the "veal-fattening pen"). Today, we explore the changing nature of the American workplace and how corporations rule the world. Life Inc. - Douglas Rushkoff; Cubed - Nikil Saval; Sonic Sidebar: Waitresses; Industrial Musicals - Steve Young; Deep Tracks: Mark Mothersbaugh ; On Our Minds: Kim Gordon.

    Mar 1, 2015 Read more
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    Very New Poems

    Poetry is back! Elegy for a Dead World; Narrator-in-residence at ...

    Poetry is back! Elegy for a Dead World; Narrator-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel; A Poet's Glossary; The Poet Laureate of Twitter; A Dangerous idea from John Waters; On Our Minds: Slavery and Capitalism.

    Feb 22, 2015 Read more
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    Future Faces (Updated)

    The privacy arms race over facial recognition Focusing on Faces; ...

    The privacy arms race over facial recognition Focusing on Faces; Protecting Faces; Sonic Sidebar: Facing Age; Changing Faces; Dangerous Idea: Downloadable Selves; On Our Minds: Laura van den Berg.

    Feb 22, 2015 Read more
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    Love By The Numbers

    We’re exploring love by the  numbers, this week.  36 questions, ...

    We’re exploring love by the  numbers, this week.  36 questions, 40 first dates, and 43 equations – it’s all part of the new mathematical science of love. Love in 36 Questions; To Fall In Love, Do This; Screw Everyone; Calculus of Love -- Why Good Marriages Are Made of Math; Dangerous Idea: Why it's Good to be Alone; Edmund White on the Politics of Promiscuity.

    Feb 15, 2015 Read more
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    Epic Fail (Updated)

    Nobody wants to fail.  But maybe we’ve got the idea ...

    Nobody wants to fail.  But maybe we’ve got the idea of failure all wrong.  Maybe it's not something to avoid, but something to strive for.  .  The Gift of Failure - Sarah Lewis; Twitter's Lovable Misanthrope - Eric Jarosinski; Jodorowsky's Dune - Frank Pavich; Dangerous Idea: DSM as Satire; On Our Minds: Jon Stewart.

    Feb 15, 2015 Read more
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    Writing for a Living

    Ever dream of penning a best-seller? You're not alone. According ...

    Ever dream of penning a best-seller? You're not alone. According to one estimate, more than 80 percent of Americans think they could publish a book. But what does it really take to make it as a writer? Making It As A Writer; MFA or NYC?; The Decline of the Creative Class; Sonic Sidebar: Why I Write; Dangerous Idea: Do Not Write For Free; Self-Publishing Success; On Our Minds: Reinhold Messner.

    Feb 8, 2015 Read more
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    1001 Nights (Updated)

    1001 Nights retold 1001 Nights 101; 1001 Nights: A Retelling ...

    1001 Nights retold 1001 Nights 101; 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh; SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights; Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"; Dangerous Idea: Narcissism is Good; On Our Minds: OKCupid.

    Feb 8, 2015 Read more
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    New African Voices

    Welcome to the next generation of African writers.  They’re young, ...

    Welcome to the next generation of African writers.  They’re young, multi-lingual, and breaking out of all the old literary boxes.  This hour, why Africa has one of the most exciting literary scenes on the planet. New African Literature; Somali-American Fantasy; Nigerian Science Fiction; South African Crime Fiction; Dangerous Idea: A Palace of Unbuilt Roads; On Our Minds: The Poetry of Race.

    Feb 1, 2015 Read more
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    Weird Fiction (R)

    Welcome to the creepy, freaky world of weird fiction - ...

    Welcome to the creepy, freaky world of weird fiction - from H.P. Lovecraft to emerging star Jeff Vandermeer - where there's a very thin line between the real and the surreal.  Also, the modern master of mythic fiction, Neil Gaiman. Southern Reach Trilogy - Jeff Vandermeer; Ursula Le Guin on Science Fiction; H.P. Lovecraft's Sound - Dean Lockwood; "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" - Neil Gaiman; Dangerous Idea: Critical Thinking; On Our Minds: Lawrence Krauss on the Big Questions.

    Feb 1, 2015 Read more