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Big Ideas. Listen. Think. TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.

Big Ideas. Listen. Think. TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.
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Madison, WI

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Big Ideas. Listen. Think. TTBOOK is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.

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@TTBOOK

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English

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Episodes

Who Owns Seeds?

9/14/2019
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As monocropping and agribusiness continue to dominate modern farming, we speak to farmers, botanists and indigenous people about how they are reclaiming our seeds. Guests: Bob Quinn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Seth Jovaag, Cary Fowler

Duration:00:51:44

New Voices In Native American Writing [Rebroadcast]

9/7/2019
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Every so often, a new literary movement coalesces. A new generation of writers finds a voice. This time they’re young, gifted, and Native American. Guests: Jennifer Foerster, Tommy Orange, Terese Marie Mailhot, David Treuer, Kevin Goodan, Tall Paul

Duration:00:52:06

What's Wrong With Work? [Rebroadcast]

8/31/2019
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It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk about. What’s wrong with work — and how do we fix it? Guests: Alissa Quart, David Graeber, James Livingston, Niki Okuk, Studs Terkel

Duration:00:52:07

Should You Delete Your Facebook Account? [Rebroadcast]

8/24/2019
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You're thinking about hitting “delete” on all of it — Facebook, Twitter. But is that the answer, or should we resolve to stick around and make things better? Guests: Jaron Lanier, Ethan Zuckerman, Whitney Phillips, DeRay Mckesson, Yuval Noah Harari

Duration:00:52:07

Music On Your Mind

8/17/2019
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Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music. Guests: Shannon Henry Kleiber, Oliver Sacks, Francine Toder, Anne Basting

Duration:00:51:43

Why We Fight

8/10/2019
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What makes someone want to walk into a ring and hit someone? Choose to take a punch? Why men — and women — fight. And why so many of us like to watch. *Guests: * Kate Sekules, Jonathan Gottschall, Ronda Rousey, Thomas Page McBee, Charles Monroe-Kane, Steve Paulson

Duration:00:52:24

Is Anger Useful? [Rebroadcast]

8/3/2019
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We’ve been taught to ignore, stifle, or just get over anger for many years — but what if we embraced it? Guests: Rebecca Traister, Cristen Conger, Caroline Ervin, Richard Davidson, Alice Walker

Duration:00:52:56

Finding Your Voice

7/27/2019
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Your voice is unique. It's how your friends and family know you. But how comfortable are you with your voice? And how freely do you use it? Guests: David Thorpe, Keith Powell, Susan Stamberg, Ann Friedman, Veronica Rueckert, Bernie Krause

Duration:00:52:20

Writing Truth and Lies [Rebroadcast]

7/20/2019
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It's a long walk from the truth to the whole truth. A biographer, a poet, a memoirist and a filmmaker describe the moral struggle and personal cost involved. Guests: Caroline Fraser, Terese Marie Mailhot, Karl Ove Knausgård, Errol Morris

Duration:00:52:56

Difficult Summer Reading

7/13/2019
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Summer reading lists are full of so-called "beach books." But if you’ve got enough time to lounge by a pool or swing in a hammock, why not tackle something more substantial? Guests: Colleen Leahy, Makini Allwood, Jorge Luis Borges, Orhan Pamuk, Maryanne Wolf, Codex Seraphinianus, Emily Parker, Junot Diaz, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, Charles Miers

Duration:00:53:15

Religion Without Doctrine [Rebroadcast]

7/6/2019
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What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more unexplainable — primal spiritual experiences? Guests: Elizabeth Krohn, Jeff Kripal, Elaine Pagels, Jericho Brown

Duration:00:52:48

Pick Your Poison [Rebroadcast]

6/29/2019
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Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you. Guests: Deborah Blum, Kathryn Harkup, Amy Stewart, Kate Moore

Duration:00:52:05

Why Do We Meet?

6/22/2019
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We're always online but still have an innate need to meet in person. How can we make gatherings, from dinner parties to work meetings, more meaningful? Guests: Priya Parker, Mamie Kanfer Stewart, Angelo Bautista, James Ogude

Duration:00:51:31

The Ways We Are Born — Again and Again [Rebroadcast]

6/15/2019
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The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and profound. Some people actually call those passages re-birth. Guests: Arlene Stein, Wendy Kline, Benn Marine, Greg Cootsona

Duration:00:52:36

The Weird, Wild World of Mushrooms

6/8/2019
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We owe our past and future existence on Earth to fungi. Some can heal you, some can kill you, and some can change you forever. Guests: Lawrence Millman, Paul Stamets, Eugenia Bone, Michael Pollan, Dennis McKenna, Robin Carhart-Harris

Duration:00:51:56

Music Beyond Genre

6/1/2019
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Even with all the music available today, most of us still listen primarily to just a few comfy genres. But there’s so much more out there — and so much of it defies neat, algorithm-friendly categorization. Guests: Kevin Gift, Wendel Patrick, Philip Glass, Robert Glasper, Toni Blackman, Clarice Jensen, Evelyn Glennie, Nikka Costa

Duration:00:52:04

How To Be An Ethical Traveler

5/24/2019
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Over-tourism is ruining some of our favorite places on earth. Maybe it’s time to think more carefully about where and why we go places. This show was produced in partnership with AFAR Magazine, whose May/June 2019 issue on ethical traveling inspired this episode. Guests: Elizabeth Becker, Dave Eggers, Kathryn Kellogg, Anu Taranath, Barry Lopez

Duration:00:52:44

Loving Bees [Rebroadcast]

5/18/2019
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Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit. Guests: Heather Swan, Nicole Lindsey, Timothy Paule, Thor Hanson, Christof Koch, Tania Munz, Stephanie Elkins, Peter Sobol, Anne Strainchamps

Duration:00:53:24

Listening to the City [Rebroadcast]

5/11/2019
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Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different. That’s what David Rothenberg is doing. He’s a composer and an environmental philosopher who’s made a career of listening to and performing music in the wild, with birds, animals and insects. Lately he’s been giving himself a crash course in the art — and science — of urban...

Duration:00:52:36

Hope: Are We Really Doomed?

5/4/2019
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Hope means believing there’s a future. But can hope co-exist with cataclysmic realities like climate change, or disruptive technological advances like artificial intelligence? What’s ahead for future generations? Guests: Roy Scranton, Anne Lamott, Amy Webb, Victor LaValle, Robert Zubrin

Duration:00:53:13