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To The Best Of Our Knowledge
July 27, 2019
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Why I (Don’t) Feel Bad About My Voice

I’m always surprised by how many people say they don’t like the sound of their own voice. Surprised, because I thought it was just me.

When I first started hosting "To The Best Of Our Knowledge," the term “vocal fry” had just entered the mediasphere and I was suddenly, painfully aware of every scratchy, creaky, gravel-y sound that emerged from my throat. In this week’s show, I re-tell the story of how I attempted at first to tame but ultimately to accept my voice — and in the process, discovered just how repressed, criticized, and politicized many voices are.

It’s past time to welcome them all — to podcasts, radio waves, and halls of power. Listen, and be heard.  

—Anne

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Sounding Off On Vocal Fry

Why are so many women criticized for "vocal fry"? Anne Strainchamps talks to podcaster Ann Friedman and NPR pioneer Susan Stamberg about critiques of female voices.
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How Women's Voices Get Silenced (And How You Can Learn To Speak Up)

Woman waiting for moment to speak at a meeting
Veronica Rueckert, a vocal coach and public radio producer and host, shares the ways women are silenced and offers advice for how to best tap into the power of their voice.
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Errol Morris: Thomas Kuhn Threw an Ashtray at Me

Why the filmmaker is still outraged by the famous philosopher of science.
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'This Novel Has Hurt Everyone Around Me': A Frank Conversation with Karl Ove Knausgaard

Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard has published six volumes of intensely personal descriptions of his daily life. But his “honesty” cost him some of his closest relationships, including his marriage.
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