In June, American Public Media announced that it would no longer be producing Live from Here, the music and variety show hosted by musician Chris Thile. Live from Here was a KPR staff favorite, and we were very saddened by this news. Fortunately, we will be able to continue to broadcast repeat performances of Live from Here through September on Saturdays from 5-7 p.m, and there is no shortage of great public radio programming to choose from! Starting in August, the show To The Best Of Our Knowledge will replace Live from Here from 10 a.m.-Noon on Sundays.
To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show where long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world. Host Anne Strainchamps has 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.
The show considers ideas big and small, conventional and dangerous, and marshals them into shows centered around a theme. A show's theme sometimes centers on a big question, other times it will zero in on the small things that give us pause. A good theme is a conversation starter: is the Internet making us stupid? Can a computer truly be creative? Are humans innately good? What’s the best road trip you ever took? Once they pick the theme, they dig in with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all. And hopefully, when they’re done, they’ve animated the questions along with the answers, opening both our own minds and yours.
We will announce the shows that will be replacing the Live from Here slot on Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that announcement!