96-11-03-A Boris Yeltsin is still the president of Russia, but some analysts say he's no longer running the country because of his failing health. Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, who's in charge of Russia? Also, a revisionist biographer argues that Josef Stalin was murdered.Tuesday November 5 Human Migrations
96-11-03-B In the hunt for the origins of the human race, scientists are now tracking tiny strands of DNA. As it turns out, the true history of human migration is wrriten in our blood. This afternoon at three on To the Best of Our Knowledge, a look at the peopling of our planet, down ancient footpaths and along concrete highways.Wednesday November 6 Food and Sustainability
96-11-03-C Food is more than just what we eat. It's one key to sustainable living. Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, the new food ethic that's sweeping across America. Locally-gown, organic foods are in -- and they're changing supermarkets, restaurants, and home-cooking.Thursday November 7 Feminism
96-03-10-C Is the Women's Movement passť? The generation gap -- between Second Wave feminists and their daughters. Does Gloria Steinem have something to say to women in their twenties? Are they willing to listen? Also -- an egalitarian society that already exists.Friday November 8 Re-thinking Evolution
96-03-17-B In schools across America, science classes have taught Darwin's theory of evolution as fact for decades, raising the hackles of Creationists. Now even some scientists claim that Darwin got it wrong. We'll re-think evolution this hour, and hear from two scientific critiques of natural selection. Also, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould on why Darwin is still a radical thinker.
96-11-00-A Stephen Carter reveals a personal view of the importance of integrity. Tina Rosenberg reveals the past and present of Eastern Europe. And an abusive parent explains how she managed to change life for herself and her kids.Tuesday November 12 Fall Pledge '96
96-11-00-B The hour includes a few our best science interviews. We'll visit with whales, let a scientist from Greenland tell us about the next ice age, and explore the virtues of memory metal.Wednesday November 13 Fall Pledge '96
96-11-00-C We'll go from coast to coast today, and travel in time as well as spirit. We'll spend time in the Pacific Northwest examining our past with David Guterson, and looking for the richness of spirit on the Georgia coast with John Berendt. We'll end the hour by making everyday sacred.Thursday November 14 February Pledge '96
96-02-00-A Economist Jeremy Rifkin argues the merits of the thirty-hour work week. We'll share lessons for children from the son of accused spies Julius and Ethel Rosenburg. And Education consultant Parker Palmer with insights into the inner life of children. (96-02-11-A)Friday November 15 February Pledge '96
96-02-00-C TV commentator Andy Rooney talks about his life as a reporter during World War II. A community architect describes "The New Urbanism," which tries to recreate the benefits of small town life in an urban environment. And a California peach farmer offers a taste of the perfect peach.
96-11-17-A The stories about downsizing are frightening -- such as forty thousand employees being laid off by AT&T, or workers fired after thirty years at a single company. Do companies need to downsize to stay competitive? This afternoon at three on To the Best of Our Knowledge, the politics and the ethics of corporate layoffs.Tuesday November 19 Invention
96-02-18-B Has this ever happened to you? You get an ingenious idea, scrirbble it on a napkin, look at it again and decide to throw it away, only to kick yourself later when someone else patents it? This afternoon on To the Best of Our Knowledge, a look into the minds of great inventors to find the source of their bright ideas. Do the rest of us have what it takes?Wednesday November 20 Golden Years
96-11-17-C More and more, people are living into their seventies, eights, and beyond. This afternoon at three, just how golden are those "golden" years? Answers from a daughter who parents her elderly father, a doctor who won't lie to the dying, and a chronicler of some famous late bloomers.Thursday November 21 Immigration
96-11-10-A "Give me your tired, your poor, your heddled masses yearning to breathe free...." -- Ms. Liberty's words once welcomed newcomers to our shores, and made America a great immigrant nation. Are we still that today? This afternoon at three on To the Best of Our Knowledge, how unprecedented immigration is forging a new national identity.Friday November 22 Science of Personality
96-11-10-B What makes us who we are? Is it our DNA? Our childhood experiences? Our birth order? This afternoon at three on To the Best of Our Knowledge, the new science of personality. Also Jungian analyst James Hillman on why scientists will never uncover the true secrets of character.
96-01-21-A The world used to be so simple -- whether you were a capitalist or a communist, you knew your enemy. These days, the clash of cultures is more complicated--and maybe more dangerous. In the next hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Jihad versus MacWorld--a conflict that threatens democracy. Also-- the link between trust-- and prosperity. Stay tuned!Tuesday November 26 Extinction
96-05-05-B Some of the world's most exotic animals are on the verge of extinction - tigers, rhinos, pandas and mountain gorillas all face a clouded future. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll take you to the jungles of India in search of wild tigers, and to the French Frigate Shoals, where the last Hawaiian monk seals live.Wednesday November 27 Real Bodies
96-01-14-C In your mind's eye you're a supermodel. But in the eyes of the world, you're pure spuds and a six- pack. Or, picture this, you have the face of an angel and the physique of a god, but you're paralyzed from the neck down. Or maybe you're okay, but you think there's really something wrong with smokers, and all those fat people who don't even work out. It's healthism and real bodies, this afternoon on To the Best of Our Knowledge.Thursday November 28 Reading
96-11-10-C Whether we curl up with them by the fire or bury our noses in them on the subway -- books are an escape into another world. This afternoon at three on To the Best of Our Knowledge, a celebration of reading. How to raise a literate child. And why those in power have feared the novel.Friday November 29 Africa
96-03-31-A Africa is the birthplace of humanity, and home of some of the world's most exotic animals. It's also been home to some our bloodiest civil wars. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, why anarchy reigns in so many African nations, and how democracy movements are beginning to transform the political landscape. Also, stories from Zimbabwe - a young writer searches fro ways to reconcile her heritage with life in America.
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