48 episodes

Journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Host Stephen J. Dubner (of “Freakonomics Radio”) and a celebrity co-host invite guests on stage in front of a live audience to tell us something we don’t know. The co-hosts — a mix of leaders in science, academia, sports, media, and comedy — grill the guests, and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, a new co-host, and new guests. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to keep everyone honest. Think of the most crackling dinner-party conversation you’ve ever heard. Produced in association with Stitcher.

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    • 4.7 • 111 Ratings

Journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Host Stephen J. Dubner (of “Freakonomics Radio”) and a celebrity co-host invite guests on stage in front of a live audience to tell us something we don’t know. The co-hosts — a mix of leaders in science, academia, sports, media, and comedy — grill the guests, and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, a new co-host, and new guests. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to keep everyone honest. Think of the most crackling dinner-party conversation you’ve ever heard. Produced in association with Stitcher.

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    New Episodes Coming Soon!

    We are about to tape new episodes of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know. You’ll be able to hear them later this year in the Freakonomics Radio podcast feed. Details in this short announcement.

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    • 1 min
    An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…

    An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…

    Why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. John McWhorter is co-host; Bari Weiss is live fact-checker.

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    • 54 min
    Extra 7: Corrosive Energy Drinks and Peruvian Cat Stew

    Extra 7: Corrosive Energy Drinks and Peruvian Cat Stew

    In this special call-in episode: why some Peruvians eat cats; why operas need repetiteurs; and why we should get rid of prisons. Michael Smerconish (CNN) is co-host; AJ Jacobs (It’s All Relative) checks the facts.

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    • 48 min
    Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven

    Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven

    This week, we work on our survival skills: in the desert, on the tundra, and growing food in abandoned warehouses. Actress Sas Goldberg is co-host; A.J. Jacobs (author of It’s All Relative) is live fact-checker.

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    • 39 min
    Mind Games

    Mind Games

    How to make people like you, why you should lick rocks, and what an awkward person is really thinking. Angela Duckworth (Grit author) is co-host; Mike Maughan (Qualtrics) is live fact-checker.

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    • 48 min
    Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

    Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

    Things we learn this week: dogs aren't so great at sniffing, men aren't so lazy, and New York doesn't smell so bad (anymore). Gail Simmons (Top Chef) is co-host; Jon Batiste plays his melodica for us; the live fact-checker is Mike Maughan.

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

geophilhk ,

Get smarter during your commute

One for the whole family to get smarter. Kids love quoting some of the facts weeks after. Keep them coming and keep it family friendly to avoid some awkward questions!
Great work team and love the other podcasts too.

name 1234321 ,

Best podcast ever

It’s really really fun you can also pick a winner your self

Peter in Melbourne Australia ,

Fabulous entertainment

This show is pure entertainment. Dubner is a brilliant host, charming and quick witted and there is a seemingly never ending line up of interesting people and subjects.

The format mutates slightly at times which keeps things novel. Long may it last!

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