To The Best of Our Knowledge Podcast Marathon 2

Facing Time
Alexander Rose describes an all mechanical clock being constructed in the high desert of Eastern Nevada designed to run for ten thousand years. David Toomey wrote about the research and experiments on time travel being done by some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. Lera Auerbach has lived most of her life in terror of time. Carl Honore relates how the Slowness movement got started and how it’s developed into a revolution. Wade Davis explains the Australian Aboriginal concept of “The Dreaming,” an existence with no linear time.

You are What You Read
William Powers argues the challenges of our new technologies are just the latest versions of problems we’ve faced every time technology changes. Patrick Hennessey and his fellow officers started a book club while serving in Iraq. Timothy Ryback describes Hitler’s private library, what he read, and some of his favorite novels. Amitav Ghosh delights in language and cites some of the many Asian words that have long been in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Integration Stories
Michele Norris remembers her family’s hidden racial past. Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the epic struggle for freedom of the six million people who migrated North from the southern states. Toni Morrison found that racial integration had the unintended effect of magnifying class differences among African Americans. The Bid Whist Ladies have been meeting once a week to play cards for over 25 years. Thomas Chatterton Williams describes loving hip hop music and culture, and why he left it behind.

My Musical Life
Rosanne Cash talks about her latest literary effort, a memoir called “Composed.” Diederick Van Eck has always been fascinated by the colors and textures of van Gogh’s paintings. Gerald Casale and Doug Gordon talk about the return of Devo. Rob Sheffield remembers his fascination with Duran Duran, and the girls who listened to them.

Upcycling
Annie Leonard describes what really happens to most of the plastic bottles consumers carefully wash out and recycle. Tom Szaky’s company turns candy wrappers and juice bottles into pencil cases and backpacks. Mark Frauenfelder talks about some of his DIY projects; from vegetables to cigar box guitars. David Sterritt introduces beatnik filmmaker Bruce Conner, the father of the music video whose video montages prefigure today’s upcycling movement.

Science and the Search for Meaning: Five Questions: What Does Evolution Want?
Simon Conway Morris believes humans, or something like them, were the inevitable outcome of the appearance of life on earth. Robert Richards found that Charles Darwin himself believed evolution marches inevitably toward greater complexity. Ruth Padel is a direct descendent of Charles Darwin who has written poems about her famous ancestor. John Haught is a Roman Catholic theologian and explains his theology of evolution. Paleo-anthropologist John Hawks explains how human beings have evolved since their cave man days, and how the process is continuing.

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