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, 114 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!

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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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

UberdunkUK ,

Unmissable

If you like No such thing as a fish this should be up your street.

gauravgautam ,

Brilliant show with a fresh refreshing format

Have been listening to the show when it started. Love the format including the subtle changes made from time to time. Listen to it every Monday on my commute back from work to unwind for the day. Brilliant guests and facts. SD has made another classic show.

Cat27101 ,

Really interesting!

Recommend!

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