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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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    Mayors (update)

    What if Mayors Rules the World If Mayors Ruled the ...

    What if Mayors Rules the World If Mayors Ruled the World; Participatory Budgeting; SONIC SIDEBAR: Mayor Dave; The Mayor of Reykjavik; A DANGEROUS IDEA!; Keija Parssinen on her novel "The Unraveling of Mercy Louis".

    Jul 26, 2015 Read more
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    The Art of Reading

    It used to be easy to get lost in a ...

    It used to be easy to get lost in a good book, but now lots of people say reading is boring. Scientists say all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains. So we examine the new science of reading, and meet celebrated New Yorker book critic James Wood. Also, Jordanian scientist Rana Dajani tells the remarkable story of how she started a reading program for kids at her local mosque, which has spread to hundreds of libraries across the Middle East. And Princeton historian Tony Grafton uncovers the history of reading by looking in the margins of books. In our last segment, Jonathan Gottschall's dangerous idea is to remove padded gloves from combat sports to reduce the brain damage of fighters. And renowned MMA fighter Ronda Rousey describes her long, hard road to the top. Why it's Hard to Read in the Electronic Age; What Makes a Good Book Critic?; Teaching Kids to Love Books in the Middle East; Reading History from the Margins; Take Off the Gloves; The Toughest Woman in the World.

    Jul 26, 2015 Read more
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    Power of Play (Updated)

    Remember those carefree summer days you had as a kid, ...

    Remember those carefree summer days you had as a kid, playing tag or pickup softball in the park? Sure, it may just seem like fun and games, but it may also have been invaluable training. A new generation of researchers is discovering that play is how the young brain prepares for adult life. This hour — as if you needed a reason — a reminder to get out and have some fun. Learning Through Play; A Perfect Playground; The Strangest Playground In the World; An Animated Life; Video Games In The Classroom.

    Jul 19, 2015 Read more
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    74 Is The New 24

    74 is the new 24 Giorgio Moroder—The 75-year-old Father of ...

    74 is the new 24 Giorgio Moroder—The 75-year-old Father of Disco—is Back; Buffy Sainte-Marie on Her New Album, "Power in the Blood"; The Benefits of Playing Music in Your Vintage Years; Old Masters and Young Geniuses; Philip Glass on his Memoir "Words Without Music".

    Jul 19, 2015 Read more
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    Barbecue

    Supersized slabs of juicy ribs cooked over a wood fire ...

    Supersized slabs of juicy ribs cooked over a wood fire until the meat slides right off the bone. Food doesn't get more American than barbecue. It's part of our roots. And it's tangled up in our racial history. In this hour, we celebrate barbecue and explore its secret history. Barbecue: America's National Folk Food; The Queen of Barbecue; Barbecue and Racism; KC BBQ; Man Alive!: Struck by Barbecue.

    Jul 12, 2015 Read more
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    Future Faces (Updated)

    The Future of the Face: how science, technology and art ...

    The Future of the Face: how science, technology and art are transforming our faces The NSA Wants Your Faceprint - Do You Know Why?; Artist Uses Makeup To Fool Surveillance Cameras; Former Model Tells The Story Of Her Face; Meet The Surgeon Behind The World's First Complete Facial Transplant; Photographer Faces His Future.

    Jul 12, 2015 Read more
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