Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 1:55pm
Astrology, the Myers-Briggs test, and even Buzzfeed place you into the same archetype as thousands of other people. So why turn to them? It comes down to crafting a personal narrative using archetypes.
Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:25pm
Chloe Benjamin is superstitious. So when her second novel, "The Immortalists," debuted at No. 7 on The New York Times bestseller list, she was thrilled for the typical reasons, but also enamored with the luck, mystery and religious overtones of becoming "Number Seven."
Monday, February 19, 2018, 1:35pm
The Doomsday Clock, the historical (some might say hysterical) tracker of how close we are to a human-made catastrophe, has just advanced by 30 seconds.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 3:20pm
Lisa McGirr, historian and author of " The War on Alcohol ," thinks speakeasy nostalgia ignores a big part of the history lesson that the Prohibition offers us.
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 7:30pm
For years, women in science have battled discrimination, boys’ clubs and gendered stereotypes. Now they’re blowing the whistle on sexual harassment, and some eminent career scientists are being held accountable.
Friday, September 29, 2017, 1:15pm
Acclaimed NPR music critic Ann Powers' new book " Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music ," explores how popular music has shaped American ideas and beliefs. The sprawling history illuminates the ways in which music allows people to communicate emotionally and...
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:55pm
Alexander Weinstein talks with Doug Gordon for "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" about how he believes these futuristic technology or actions are more closely rooted in today than we might realize at first glance.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:00am
Chuck Klosterman makes a case for why someone's bad ideas say more about their personality than any of the successes they've had in life.
Friday, September 8, 2017, 5:00pm
It's a rite of passage to find our parents embarrassing, particularly as we start to carve out distinct identities in those early years away from home. For Jeannette Walls, the moment was a bit more extreme.
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 11:20am
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the digital technology that's entered our lives or feel pressured to keep up with your email and Facebook posts? Well, you're not alone. Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff says this technology has changed our relationship to time — that we're living multiple digital...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 11:00am
Although humanity has tried everything from poisons and gases to helicopters and engineered epidemics to wipe coyotes out, coyotes have thrived in the United States.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 2:00pm
The novel, "Lives of the Monster Dogs," tells the tale of a race of biomechanically enhanced, hyper-intelligent dogs created by a Prussian mad scientist. Kirsten Bakis wrote the story 20 years ago, and it’s been a cult favorite ever since.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:00am
If you’re of a certain age, you may remember Michael Nesmith as the Monkees band member who wore the wool hat. But you’re just scratching the surface of Nesmith’s many creative accomplishments.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:00am
Teju Cole is a photographer and photography critic for The New York Times Magazine. His new book, "Blind Spot," is a strange hybrid of photography book and essay collection.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 3:25pm
Pfc. Adam Rogerson, a young soldier from Ohio, was one of the 12 guards to guard Saddam Hussein during his trial and before his execution. He spoke with WPR's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" about his experience guarding Hussein.
Monday, July 31, 2017, 5:15pm
Nikka Costa heads back to her deep musical roots with a new album called "Nikka & Strings, Underneath and in Between."
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3:50pm
Video screens wink from behind palm fronds, grow lights blaze and mounds of shea butter scent the air. A giant 3D grid of black steel scaffolding towers over visitors, bursting with hundreds of tropical plants, handmade ceramic pots and stacks of books. On a good day, a local musician is hovering...
Monday, July 24, 2017, 4:15pm
How does fake news find its way into our social media feeds and how far can it travel? Filippo Menczer, a professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, says "bots" propel fake news into the highest corridors of influence online, even as far as the Twitter feed of the President of the United States.
Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00am
A trucker's cab is a curious vantage point from which to observe the idiosyncrasies of American life, but long-haul trucker Finn Murphy can't think of a better spot to observe and report back.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 6:00am
On the 200 th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth — July 12, 1817 — "To the Best of Our Knowledge" asked Laura Dassow Walls, author of the first full-life of Thoreau in a generation, " Henry David Thoreau: A Life ," to provide a measure of this iconic writer.