Friday, June 14, 2019, 5:00pm
Fungi contain vast, untapped potential, says Louie Schwartzberg — to remediate pollution, reverse climate change, even address chronic disease and mental disorder — something he argues in his film "Fantastic Fungi."
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:55am
Writer Eugenia Bone’s obsession with mushrooms began with her love of eating them and she goes to great lengths to hunt for mushrooms in the wild. She shares notes from her hunts for morels as well as three recipes for how to best enjoy fungal delicacies.
Friday, May 31, 2019, 10:35am
Cellist Clarice Jensen says she thinks her amplified cello can be so much more than the traditional instrument.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 5:05am
Journalist Elizabeth Becker, the author of "Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism," breaks down how we got to this moment in global tourism, and how we might nudge nations, companies and ourselves to become more responsible travelers.
Friday, May 24, 2019, 6:00am
Barry Lopez is an anthropologically-minded travel writer with deep interests in environmentalism and human nature. "To the Best of Our Knowledge" executive producer Steve Paulson asked Lopez why he travels, and how he writes about the people he encounters.
Friday, May 10, 2019, 12:00pm
Conflicts at the intersection of race, culture and sound occur at what sound studies scholar Jennifer Stoever calls "the sonic color line." And it can factor into any space — a gas station, a city park, or even a public sidewalk.
Friday, May 10, 2019, 6:00am
A composer, environmental philosopher and guest producer on "To the Best of Our Knowledge" teaches us how to deeply listen to urban spaces.
Friday, May 3, 2019, 3:05pm
Futurist Amy Webb is hopeful for a better future driven by technology. But we need to be paying closer attention to who's doing the driving, and if we're happy with where we're going and how we get there.
Friday, May 3, 2019, 3:00pm
Victor LaValle is the editor of a collection of short stories where — even in dire situations and terrifying futures — everyone has a place, and a chance at being the hero.
Friday, May 3, 2019, 12:45pm
Fear about the future of the planet keeping you up at night? Aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin has a solution: it’s time to settle Mars.
Friday, May 3, 2019, 5:45am
Conceptually, hope feels big, amorphous, hard to define exactly. But for the past few months, "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" producers have been trying anyway. Scientists, activists, futurists, theologians, artists, authors all weighed in on what they think when they hear the word "hope."
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 5:10pm
Journalist and essayist Roy Scranton has been called "our Jeremiah of the Anthropocene." His book "We’re Doomed. Now What?" is a hard-headed — often terrifying — look at how climate change could transform our planet, and how that impact might shape our daily thoughts and experiences.
Friday, April 26, 2019, 2:30pm
Rapper Common is eager to talk about hope – specifically, how we can make hope in our lives.
Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:00am
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson says hoping for big change is great, but it doesn't go anywhere without small actions where people take care of one another.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:20am
Lydia Hester is 17. A junior in high school with a pile of AP classes. And she has a nearly full-time job as an activist. She does all that, and she’s not even old enough to vote. Yet.
Friday, April 19, 2019, 5:15pm
Hope can seem saccharine. Bland. Trite. But talking about hope with Andre Willis, a philosopher of religion, might make you realize you're not thinking big enough when you think about what hope means.
Friday, April 19, 2019, 12:00pm
How neuroscientist Tali Sharot accidentally stumbled on what’s known as "the optimism bias" — our hard-wired belief that our future will be better than our past or present.
Friday, April 19, 2019, 9:45am
When it comes to hope and optimism, Americans could learn a lot from Nigeria, which has consistently been ranked among the most optimistic nations in the world. Award-winning novelist Chigozie Obioma explains what makes it different there.
Friday, April 5, 2019, 2:05pm
Bernie Sanders may be the public face of American socialism, but if you really want to understand its exploding popularity, you need to understand its pull among millennials, explains Bhaskar Sunkara, the founder and editor of Jacobin magazine.
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5:55am
Author Jacqueline Woodson writes the kind of "black girl narrative" that didn’t exist when she was younger — and she’s always wished she had to read.