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To The Best Of Our Knowledge
January 5, 2019
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Anne and Steve are away for several weeks on assignment — look forward to some exciting stories in the coming months — so January will feature some of our favorite episodes that reflect on new beginnings, chapter turns, and new voices. One thing we noticed when reflecting on some of our favorite stories from last year is how often collaborating with outside producers and reporters raised fascinating questions for us. We'll definitely be doing more of that in the future, but personally, there's a collaborator I'm especially looking forward to working with more in 2019: you.

On Facebook, Twitter, and via email, you left kind words and amazing feedback on our work in 2018. But most of all, we love to hear what questions jump to mind when you hear what we put on the air. Because the show you hear each week is the product of that same process — one great conversation leads to a list of new questions, which leads to new conversations and still more questions. We know you've got plenty of questions of your own, you curious bunch, so start sending them in more often.

Here's an interesting question about how we talk about suicide in the media, raised by Bob, a listener in Canada.

Why is it that the overwhelming majority of these types of interviews take place with only the mothers of the victims?  Why are the fathers not interviewed for their comments and reactions?

I'm not sure Bob! But it would be interesting to talk about it with someone who has studied the relationship between gender, mass violence and the media. And thus, Bob has co-produced a future potential TTBOOK episode.

So, what do you think? What questions do you have after you hear a show pondering whether we should quit social media? Who do you wish you knew more about when it comes to the hidden history of powerful women?

Good questions deserve better answers, so email us and we will find people with the answers you seek. 


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When Time Is The Best Motivator

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Dan Pink has written several books about motivation, work and behavior. His most recent, called “When,” is all about timing. He says people facing an ending seems to push people in new directions.
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The Most Important Job Skill In The New Economy Is Quitting

Anthropologist Ilana Gershon argues that if you want to have a successful career in the US today, you have to be a job quitter.
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Elena Passarello's Book of Beasts

Elena Passarello’s latest book, “Animals Strike Curious Poses,” is a journey through stories of the wild ones: the mammoths, spiders, birds and primates that have left their marks on our society. To the Best of Our Knowledge host Anne Strainchamps talked with Passarello about the “animal gaze” and the legacy of Mozart’s starling, among other animal tales.
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What We Really Ask For When We Ask For Relationship Advice

broken heart
Every week, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond host the popular "Dear Sugars" podcast, where they read listener letters and give relationship advice. Sometimes, they have to parse the questions people think they're asking from the ones simmering beneath the surface.
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Only Grief Can Actually Stop Time. And It's Horrible.

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Author and professor Simon Critchley offers a dangerous idea that concerns time. And death.
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