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Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Stephen J. Dubner and Stitcher

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Stephen J. Dubner and Stitcher

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2.6K
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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.

Latest Episodes

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1 min2018 OCT 17
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New Episodes Coming Soon!

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54 min2017 NOV 20
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An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

48 min2017 NOV 17
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Extra 7: Corrosive Energy Drinks and Peruvian Cat Stew

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39 min2017 NOV 13
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Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47 min2017 NOV 6
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Mind Games

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

55 min2017 OCT 30
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Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)

Musical crickets, crop-saving wasps — and why you should pre-bug your software. John McWhorter is co-host; the live fact-checker is Bari Weiss. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

57 min2017 OCT 23
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All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)

School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef

Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday,The Atlantic) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author ofIt's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. We filled this episode with insights about the true value of ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42 min2017 OCT 16
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School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef

How to Count to Infinity

Mary Roach (author ofStiff,Spook,Bonk,Gulp, andGrunt) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author ofIt's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. If the promise of tractor beams doesn't pull you in, our guests also explore robotic fish, counting to infinity, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47 min2017 OCT 9
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How to Count to Infinity

The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef AmericaandChopped) is our special guest co-host, withSean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker.TMSIDKexplores the origins of food words, children's menus, and seltzer. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

56 min2017 OCT 2
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The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

Latest Episodes

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1 min2018 OCT 17
Comments
New Episodes Coming Soon!

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54 min2017 NOV 20
Comments
An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

48 min2017 NOV 17
Comments
Extra 7: Corrosive Energy Drinks and Peruvian Cat Stew

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39 min2017 NOV 13
Comments
Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47 min2017 NOV 6
Comments
Mind Games

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

55 min2017 OCT 30
Comments
Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)

Musical crickets, crop-saving wasps — and why you should pre-bug your software. John McWhorter is co-host; the live fact-checker is Bari Weiss. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

57 min2017 OCT 23
Comments
All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)

School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef

Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday,The Atlantic) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author ofIt's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. We filled this episode with insights about the true value of ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42 min2017 OCT 16
Comments
School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef

How to Count to Infinity

Mary Roach (author ofStiff,Spook,Bonk,Gulp, andGrunt) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author ofIt's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. If the promise of tractor beams doesn't pull you in, our guests also explore robotic fish, counting to infinity, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47 min2017 OCT 9
Comments
How to Count to Infinity

The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef AmericaandChopped) is our special guest co-host, withSean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker.TMSIDKexplores the origins of food words, children's menus, and seltzer. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

56 min2017 OCT 2
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The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

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