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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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    Food for Thought

    What we eat can often say a lot about us. ...

    What we eat can often say a lot about us. But why do we consider certain foods more appealing than others? In this hour, we look a the trends and tastemakers who shape our feelings about food. The Buzz Behind Food Trends; Sonic Sidebar: Food Preferences; Julia Child and the Love of Cooking; Food Anxieties; BookMark: Mishy Harman; On Our Minds: Jerusalem.

    May 24, 2015 Read more
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    Inside Cuba

    As Cuba and the U.S. restore diplomatic relations, what's in ...

    As Cuba and the U.S. restore diplomatic relations, what's in store for Americans who want to visit Cuba? And for Cubans wanting more prosperity? Steve Paulson recently traveled to Cuba and brought back new stories about our island neighbor. From diplomacy to culture, we tackle jazz, baseball and politics. Life as a Cuban Tour Guide; Why the Opening Between Cuba and the U.S.?; Rainforest Remedies; American Expat Finds His Home in Cuban Jazz; Cuban Rhythms; Baseball Diplomacy.

    May 24, 2015 Read more
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    Food for Thought (Updated)

    What we eat can often say a lot about us. ...

    What we eat can often say a lot about us. But why do we consider certain foods more appealing than others? In this hour, we look a the trends and tastemakers who shape our feelings about food. The Buzz Behind Food Trends; Sonic Sidebar: Food Preferences; Julia Child and the Love of Cooking; Food As Religion; BookMark: Michelle Wildgen on "Crossing to Safety"; 1971 - An FBI break-in that rocked the nation.

    May 24, 2015 Read more
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    Life, Art, and Therapy

    Whatever happened to psychoanalysis?  It used to be the most ...

    Whatever happened to psychoanalysis?  It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man.  Analyst Adam Phillips says we got Freud all wrong; he remains a radical thinker if we know how to read him.  This hour explores the connections between therapy and art. Rethinking Freud - Adam Phillips; Growing Up Freudian - Erin Clune; Cartooning & Psychotherapy - Alison Bechdel; Art as Therapy - Alain de Botton; BookMark: Nic Pizzolatto on Absalom, Absalom!; On Our Minds: James McBride .

    May 17, 2015 Read more
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    Amusement Parks

    It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, ...

    It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, Six Flags, or Pacific Park -- to a kid, all amusement parks are magical. This hour we take a trip to the land of funnel cake, freak shows and fast rides.  How Amusement Parks Modernized America; Coney Island A Century Ago; Behind the Scenes of a Sideshow; The Most Unusual Roller Coaster in the World; Getting High At Disney World; Walt Disney and the Cultural Significance of the Theme Park.

    May 17, 2015 Read more
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    Going Wild

    Looking for wildness, inside and out. Kids Go Wild; How ...

    Looking for wildness, inside and out. Kids Go Wild; How To Reclaim Your Sense of Wonder; The Adventure Gap: Diversity In Outdoor Recreation; "More Hawk Than Human": Helen Macdonald Battles Grief With a Goshawk; BookMark: Werner Herzog on "The Peregrine"; The Dead Lands - Ben Percy's Post-Apocalyptic Wilderness Thriller.

    May 10, 2015 Read more
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    Hitchhiking (Updated)

    Does anyone still hitchhike?  Cult film director John Waters does. ...

    Does anyone still hitchhike?  Cult film director John Waters does.  At the age of 66, he hitchhiked 2,800 miles, from Baltimore to San Francisco.  He tells us about the people who picked him up, along with some who didn't.  And did the America Interstate System pave the way for fear and violence on the highways? Killer on the Road - Ginger Strand; Carsick: Hitchhiking Across America - John Waters; Anywhere - Mishy Harman; PEN World Voices Festival Chairman on Charlie Hebdo Controversy; Colm Toibin on Poet Elizabeth Bishop; BONUS SEGMENT -- Sonic Sidebar: John Waters' Hitchhiking Playlist.

    May 10, 2015 Read more
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    Remembering the Vietnam War

    Forty years ago, the U.S. ended its war in Vietnam, ...

    Forty years ago, the U.S. ended its war in Vietnam, but we're still fighting over its legacy - in foreign policy and military strategy, and also in books and movies. But there's one question Americans rarely ask: what does the war mean to the Vietnamese themselves?  Taking Revenge Against Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"; A Vietnamese Doctor's Unforgettable Diary; How Soldiers Cope with Killing; War Criminal?; BookMark: Paul Beatty on "The Nazi and the Barber"; The Man Who Invented Chemical Weapons.

    May 3, 2015 Read more
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    The Thrill of the Fight

    Forget baseball. Boxing just might be our national sport. After ...

    Forget baseball. Boxing just might be our national sport. After all, the highest paid athlete in the country is a fighter. And a long awauted superfight between this generation's best boxers has earned millions in ticket sales. This hour, we explore the popularity and enduring appeal of combat sports.  The Ecstasy of the Fight; Inside the Mind of a Fighter; The Professor Who Became a Cage Fighter; The Toughest Teen in the World; Dangerous Idea: Can Real Life Superheroes Fight Crime?; 'The Hunger Games' Meets Ancient Rome in 'An Ember in the Ashes'.

    May 3, 2015 Read more
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    The Quantified Self

    Can the self actually be quantified? This hour, we examine ...

    Can the self actually be quantified? This hour, we examine the growth of personal data collection. From Bites to Bytes - Quantifying the Everyday; Does Data Give Life Meaning?; The Sonified Self - Transforming Data Into Music; Our Automated Future; Chronicling, then Letting Go.

    Apr 26, 2015 Read more
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