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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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    Everyday Data

    So much of our daily lives gets turned into data ...

    So much of our daily lives gets turned into data -- our online shopping purchases, phone calls, family photos. We're all surrounded by data, and learning how to harness it could be more transformative than we realize. This week, a look at the new data specialists using their knowledge of numbers to change everything, from music to baseball to health. Can Tracking Your Period Change Women's Health?; Runs, Hits, and Algorithms: How Data is Changing Baseball; By Transforming Data into Music, New York's Income Inequality Gets Amplified; A Novelist Assesses the Beauty of Computer Code; The Box of a Trillion Souls: Stephen Wolfram on the Distant Future; Their Lovely Bones: The Decorated Skeletons of Europe.

    Jun 28, 2015 Read more
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    Finding Nirvana

    As the Dalai Lama turns 80, we reflect on his ...

    As the Dalai Lama turns 80, we reflect on his legacy and remarkable personal history. Also, how various Eastern spiritual traditions have taken root in the West - from yoga to meditation. And the legacy of California's famous utopian experiment at Esalen and its "religion of no religion." The Happy Buddhist; Can a Video Game Teach Kids to Meditate?; Meditation on Death Row; The Religion of No Religion; A Rapper's Homage to Ganesh.

    Jun 28, 2015 Read more
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    How to Love Your Body

    When did "fat" become a four-letter word?  Leaders of the ...

    When did "fat" become a four-letter word?  Leaders of the body acceptance movement say we've become a fat-phobic nation, and it's time to stop shaming fat people.  In this hour, curvy girls and plus-size women talk about the emotional and physical costs of America's toxic obsession with weight and body image.  Brittany Gibbons on Fat Shaming; The Science and Politics of Weight Obsession; A Reading from Dietland; Sarai Walker on Dietland; The History of the Gym; Ruth Reichl on Food Culture.

    Jun 21, 2015 Read more
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    Split Identities (Repeat)

    Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working ...

    Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working class or wealthy? Most of us rotate through many different cultural identities, at work and at home. And sometimes, reconciling them is hard. Becoming Biracial; Mixed Feelings; Hybrid Identities; Sonic Sidebar: Richard Rodriguez on "Brown"; Culture Clash; BookMark: Stoner; On Our Minds: Public Higher Education.

    Jun 21, 2015 Read more
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    Invisible Workers

    If you think about it, every day we receive countless ...

    If you think about it, every day we receive countless services from complete strangers — the newspaper delivered to your door, the trash picked up at the crack of dawn, the fresh fruit for sale at the supermarket. There's a whole army of invisible workers powering our economy who we rarely get to hear about. From the warehouse workers who fill out our online orders, to the migrant laborers who pick our food, even down to the unpaid office intern, this hour we're talking about the hidden workers who make it all happen. True Stories Of A Warehouse Worker; A Day In The Life Of A Migrant Worker; Questioning The Ethics Of Unpaid Internships; The Hidden Jobs That Fill Your Day; Dangerous Idea: Embrace Laziness; Christie Watson on her novel 'Where Women Are Kings'.

    Jun 14, 2015 Read more
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    Japanese Cool

    American children grow up playing Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.  As adults, ...

    American children grow up playing Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.  As adults, they line up for the latest anime movies and hang out in karaoke bars.  In other words -- Japanese culture is serious business.  So serious that Japan's Prime Minister appointed a "Cool Japan" minister to oversee a multi-million-dollar "Cool Japan" campaign.  The goal -- to make Japan one of the world's leading cultural forces.  But wait...Isn't it already?  In this hour, we explore why we crave Japanese pop culture as we delve into Japan's G.N.C. -- Gross National Cool. Japan's G.N.C. -- Gross National Cool; Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga; Sonic Sidebar: Godzilla; Karaoke Fascism; Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter; BookMark: James Wood on "Effi Briest"; On Our Minds: Dean Bakopoulos' New Novel.

    Jun 14, 2015 Read more
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