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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trivia Knowledge increase
Love this podcast and the increase in trivia knowledge from it. Some common sense if you would stop to think about it. Others are an absolute addition to knowledge. Great format also as it makes listening fun!
Best Game Show!
Without qualification, this is the best game show podcast! It really is funny, but it’s also entertaining and you learn so much while being amused. This show needs to come back soon! I will host it here in Rock Hill South Carolina to bring it back!
Such a great show from a great host!
I love Freakonomics poscast and attended its event in LA before. I also love this podcast started by Stephen Dubner. He is such a witty and funny person. I learned a lot from his podcasts and they are the reasons I could go through bad days at work LOL. Highly recommend if you want to be 10 times smarter than anyone in the room and they don’t even have to know about it.