Best of 2015

December 27, 2015

You know those end of the year lists?  Best books, movies, music and so on?  This hour, To the Best of Our Knowledge shares the best interviews from 2015.  Plus a booklist or two.

  1. The 36 Questions that Lead to Love

    One of the most interesting stories of 2015 was the idea that is a formula for love—or, more specifically, a series of questions that might fascilitate falling in love. We spoke the author of this study, Arthur Aron, as well as Mandy Len Catron, a woman who used the questions on her partner.

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  2. Helen Macdonald Battles Grief with a Goshawk

    Shattered by her father's sudden death, writer Helen Macdonald began dreaming of wild hawks.  In an effort to move beyond her grief, she bought and trained a wild goshawk -- one of the world's fiercest birds of prey.   But between the bird and her grief, she became, in her words "more hawk than human."

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  3. The Historic Hunt to Record America's Rarest Bird

    In 1935, a group of ornithologists from Cornell University set out on an expedition to find and record America's rarest bird: the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

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  4. Poet Claudia Rankine on Her Award Winning Book, "Citizen"

    In her book "Citizen: An American Lyric," poet Claudia Rankine challenges readers to explore their underlying assumptions about race. She tells Charles Monroe-Kane what compelled her to write the book, and about visiting Ferguson, Missouri.

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  5. Keith Powell on Hollywood's "Urban" Voice Problem

    Before and since Keith Powell's breakthrough role on as Toofer on the sitcom "30 Rock," he has been forced to confront Hollywood's problem with black male voices. In this interview, he tells us how he works within an industry that desperately needs more diverse voices but doesn't truly want them.

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  6. Being Terry Gilliam

    Welcome to the wonderful, wild mind of Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, who went on to direct the acclaimed films "Brazil," "Time Bandits" and "12 Monkeys." In an interview that can only be described as "Gilliamesque," Doug Gordon talks to the comedy legend.

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