About Us

To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show that is curious about everything and aims makes your world bigger. 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.

We consider ideas big and small, conventional and dangerous, and marshal 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 we pick the theme, we dig in with interviews that explore the culture, the debate, the stories, the science and the actual sound of it all. And hopefully, when we’re done, we’ve animated the questions along with the answers, opening both our own minds and yours.

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Meet Our Staff


Anne Strainchamps is the host of To The Best Of Our Knowledge. She co-founded the show, along with Steve Paulson and Jim Fleming, and has been a featured interviewer on the program for more than a decade. She has worked in public broadcasting at WAMU in Washington, DC, and at NPR. She has been a reporter, producer, news director, live talk show host, a food and wine columnist, and—in a former life—a chocolatier.

Executive Producer

Steve is the Executive Producer and one of the founders of To The Best Of Our Knowledge. He has been a contributing writer for Salon and Nautilus and has written for Slate, Huffington Post and The Atlantic. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.


Producer Charles Monroe-Kane is the author of Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania. Before To The Best Of Our Knowledge, Charles spent almost a decade in Europe, where he started an internet café in Prague, was an anti-nuke activist in Belgium, managed a record label in Amsterdam and even ran a circus.

Producer/Interviewer and Writer

Shannon Henry Kleiber is a producer for To the Best of Our Knowledge. Kleiber is a former columnist and staff writer for The Washington Post, where she ended up writing for most sections, including Business, Style, Metro, Sports and The Washington Post Magazine. She is the author of two non-fiction books, "The Dinner Club: How the Masters of the Internet Universe Rode the Rise and Fall of the Greatest Boom in History," and "On My Honor: Real Life Lessons From America’s First Girl Scout."


Angelo Bautista is a producer and interviewer at To The Best Of Our Knowledge. He previously interned with NPR’s Code Switch and was a weekly talk show producer at Indiana Public Media. When he’s not making radio, you can find him looking for treasure at your local thrift store.

Mark Riechers

Tom Krueger (WPR)

Digital Producer

Mark is the digital producer for the show, dreaming up ways to extend discussions on the show to the web and spark new conversations between ourselves, our listeners and guests via social media. He makes it his goal to give listeners a voice in editorial meetings. And yes, he really does read every one of your emails to the show.

Technical Director

At age 10, Joe Hardtke destroyed his parents’ home stereo trying to sample beats from the radio. A native Wisconsinite, he began his broadcasting career as a teenager at a polka radio station. (Yes. Polka. All day.) Down the hall from the air booth was a mono production studio with two cart machines. Many secret radio plays were recorded after hours. No gear was destroyed.