Tell Me Something I Don't Know

48 EpisodesProduced by Stephen J. Dubner and Stitcher

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 guest… read more

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New Episodes Coming Soon!

October 17th, 2018

1:31

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.

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

November 20th, 2017

53:32

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

November 17th, 2017

48:12

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 …

Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven

November 13th, 2017

39:01

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; …

Mind Games

November 6th, 2017

47:46

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; …

Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

October 30th, 2017

56:00

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 …

All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)

October 23rd, 2017

57:05

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.

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

October 16th, 2017

42:30

Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning SaturdayThe Atlantic) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. We filled this episode with insights about the true value of …

How to Count to Infinity

October 9th, 2017

47:30

Mary Roach (author of StiffSpookBonkGulp, and Grunt) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time …

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

October 2nd, 2017

56:53

Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America and Chopped) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time …

You Say “eye-RACK,” I Say “ear-ROCK”

September 25th, 2017

47:13

Hari Kondabolu (comedian and host of Politically Re-Active) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as …

Womb to Tomb

September 18th, 2017

51:38

Alexandra Petri (Washington Post columnist) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker.

Season 4 Preview

September 11th, 2017

3:06

Alex Guarnaschelli, Alexandra Petri, Hari Kondabolu, Mary Roach, and Jemele Hill are some of the brilliant co-hosts joining us during Season 4. …

Extra 6: A Better Way to End Basketball Games

September 6th, 2017

16:23

Basketball fans know how boring a game's ending can be — intentional fouls can stretch 90 seconds into 10 minutes. What if we could fix it by blowing …

Extra 5: The Actress Who Never Takes a Sick Day

September 5th, 2017

18:51

Off-Broadway actress, producer, and Guinness Record-holder Catherine Russell has played the same off-Broadway role for three decades. What’s more …

Extra 4: The Most Renewable Energy of All

September 4th, 2017

20:38

Some of our most important inventions safely remove human waste. But what if we could use that waste to generate electricity?

Extra 3: The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of Rosé Wine

August 30th, 2017

12:38

From medieval times through the French Revolution, rosé ruled the wine world — and now it’s staging a comeback. Actress (and rosé fan) Miriam Shor …

Extra 2: Meet the Senator Who Wants to Start an Evidence-Based Revolution

August 29th, 2017

21:41

Senator Todd Young of Indiana wants to make government-funded social programs more effective with Social Impact Partnerships, which pair private funding with proven projects.

Extra 1: How the Mafia Got Its Start

August 28th, 2017

15:16

In 1803, Sicily and Malta won contracts to provide lemon juice to the entire British Royal Navy. Half a century later, the mafia was born.

Urinetown

August 7th, 2017

55:03

James Altucher (host of The James Altucher Show) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is on the weird side of the tracks in …

Creature Comforts

July 31st, 2017

53:08

Krista Tippett (host of On Being) is our special guest co-host, with Maggie Ryan Sandford (science writer, researcher and producer) as real-time fact-checker. Relax with a TMSIDK episode filled with facts on quiet …

Behavior Change: Ultra Egghead Edition

July 24th, 2017

54:42

Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as …

Three Sheets to the Wind

July 17th, 2017

48:27

John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) is our special guest co-host, with Maggie Ryan Sandford (science writer, researcher and producer) as our …

Medicine

July 10th, 2017

54:57

Bapu Jena, Christine Hurley and Evan Allen are panelists. The physician-professor-economist, the comedian and the New England Revolution head …

Getting There

July 3rd, 2017

58:59

Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Ginger Evans and Mary Catherine Curran are panelists. The rapper/political organizer, the commissioner of Chicago's Department …

Family Matters

June 26th, 2017

52:26

Amy Chua, Liza Donnelly and Gary Gulman are panelists. The "Tiger Mom," the New Yorker cartoonist and the comedian join our dysfunctional family for …

Cities

June 19th, 2017

59:30

Eugene Mirman, Ed Glaeser and Amy Glasmeier are panelists. The comedian, the Harvard economist and the MIT professor join us in one of America's …

Politickling

June 12th, 2017

55:32

Major Garrett, Alexandra Petri and Robby Mook are panelists in Washington, D.C. The CBS Chief White House Correspondent, the Washington Post humor …

Rivalry

June 5th, 2017

57:38

Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: …

Season 3 Preview

May 29th, 2017

3:37

Steve Levitt, Eugene Mirman, Alexandra Petri, Che “Rhymefest” Smith and Major Garrett are among this season's stars. Here's a taste of what you'll hear in our new season. We've got 10 new episodes — one a week — …

Music

April 24th, 2017

1:04:07

Danny Goldberg, Faith Salie and David Hajdu are panelists. The record executive, the comedian/journalist and the music critic face the music, …

Wannabes

April 17th, 2017

58:33

Tim Harford, Carla Hayden and Rahmein Mostafavi are panelists. The "Undercover Economist," the Librarian of Congress and the comedian join TMSIDK in Washington, D.C. — the city that wants to be a state — to learn about …

Oh, My God

April 10th, 2017

56:28

John Fugelsang, Tami Sagher and Aman Ali are panelists. Who better to help us talk through religion than these three comedians? We look into unholy …

Money Money Money

April 3rd, 2017

52:10

Brian Koppelman, Cheryl Dorsey and Hari Kondabolu are panelists. The TV/movie producer, the social entrepreneur and the comedian/podcast host follow …

Stupid Stuff

March 27th, 2017

52:28

James Altucher, Miki Agrawal and Aasif Mandvi are panelists. The investor/author, the controversial entrepreneur and the comedian dive deep into …

Under the Hood

March 20th, 2017

58:07

Seth Godin, Faith Salie and Nicholas Negroponte are the panelists. The marketing guru, comedian and MIT Media Lab founder pull back the curtain on …

Collections

March 13th, 2017

50:24

Tim Ferriss, Eugene Mirman and Anne Pasternak are panelists. The self-help guru, comedian and Brooklyn Museum director talk about brainwaves, sugar, stars and — thanks to fact-checker AJ Jacobs — barf bags.

Wordz

March 6th, 2017

53:08

Joanna Coles, Adriana Trigiani, and Maeve Higgins. The Hearst Magazines executive, novelist, and comedian delve into the written — or spoken, or …

Athletes' Feats

February 27th, 2017

56:20

Katie Nolan, DeMaurice Smith and Tami Sagher are panelists. The Fox Sports 1 host, NFL Players Association head, and comedian keep their eyes on the …

Perfection

February 20th, 2017

51:55

Lizz Winstead, Mike Pesca and Melanie Whelan are panelists. The "Daily Show" creator, host of "The Gist" podcast, and CEO of Soul Cycle ponder the …

Season 2 Preview

February 13th, 2017

3:38

We're back! Here's a preview of our second season which begins February 19th. Over the next 10 weeks you'll hear all sorts of fascinating things you didn't know, as our contestants try to wow captains of industry, heads …

Fool Me Once

December 11th, 2016

59:14

Hannibal Buress, Annie Duke and Fr. James Martin, S.J. are panelists. A comedian, a poker player and a priest walk into a bar… and have to deal with missing hands, missing bodies and missing scientific evidence. …

Passion Plays

December 5th, 2016

56:13

Austan Goolsbee, Angela Duckworth and Keisha Zollar are panelists. The U. of Chicago economist, "Grit" author, and comedian dig deep into things …

Things That Come Out of Your Mouth

November 28th, 2016

51:41

Dr. Oz, John McWhorter and Frank Delaney are panelists. The surgeon/TV host, linguist and novelist ponder marine regurgitation, texting and ugly bananas. Sean Rameswaram of WNYC Studois is fact-checker.

Things That Go In Your Mouth

November 21st, 2016

57:26

Zeke Emanuel, Sam Kass and Gretchen Rubin are panelists. The bioethicist, former White House chef and “The Happiness Project” author ponder fascinating facts on our theme, “Things That Go In Your Mouth,” from the …

It's Alive

November 14th, 2016

52:08

Chris Gethard, Simon Winchester and danah boyd are panelists. The comedian, "Professor and the Madman" author, and social-media scholar hear tales …

Strange Danger

November 7th, 2016

52:45

Debora Spar, Anthony Marx and Andy Zaltzman are panelists. The Barnard College president, New York Public Library president, and host of The Bugle …

Introducing “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”

November 1st, 2016

3:28

Stephen J. Dubner of “Freakonomics Radio” has always had a mission: to tell you the things you thought you knew but didn’t; and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do. Now he has a new way of doing just …

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