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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, aca...Show More
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Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

56:00 | Oct 30th, 2017

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

42:30 | Oct 16th, 2017

Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday, The 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 ground beef, sleeping in, company...Show More
Family Matters

52:26 | Jun 26th, 2017

Amy Chua, Liza Donnelly and Gary Gulman are panelists. The "Tiger Mom," the New Yorker cartoonist and the comedian join our dysfunctional family for this show on parenting, cousins, genealogy and medical divorce. AJ Jacobs is fact-checker.
Rivalry

57:38 | Jun 5th, 2017

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: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the...Show More
Music

1:04:07 | Apr 24th, 2017

Danny Goldberg, Faith Salie and David Hajdu are panelists. The record executive, the comedian/journalist and the music critic face the music, including industrial instruments, female composers and the all-important bridge. Our real-time fact-checker ...Show More
Wannabes

58:33 | Apr 17th, 2017

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 wannabes, from international sp...Show More
Money Money Money

52:10 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Brian Koppelman, Cheryl Dorsey and Hari Kondabolu are panelists. The TV/movie producer, the social entrepreneur and the comedian/podcast host follow the money, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Ethiopia. A.J. Jacobs is fact-checker.
Stupid Stuff

52:28 | Mar 27th, 2017

James Altucher, Miki Agrawal and Aasif Mandvi are panelists. The investor/author, the controversial entrepreneur and the comedian dive deep into things that don’t work as well as they should; ideas that should have been killed off long ago; and inven...Show More
New Episodes Coming Soon!

01:31 | Oct 17th, 2018

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…

53:32 | Nov 20th, 2017

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

48:12 | Nov 17th, 2017

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

39:01 | Nov 13th, 2017

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.
Mind Games

47:46 | Nov 6th, 2017

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.
All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)

57:05 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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.
How to Count to Infinity

47:30 | Oct 9th, 2017

Mary Roach (author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Gulp, and Grunt) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It'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...Show More
The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

56:53 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America and Chopped) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK explores the origins of food words, children's menus, and seltzer.
You Say “eye-RACK,” I Say “ear-ROCK”

47:13 | Sep 25th, 2017

Hari Kondabolu (comedian and host of Politically Re-Active) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK reaches into our "grab bag" for fascinating facts on the downside of ke...Show More
Womb to Tomb

51:38 | Sep 18th, 2017

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. TMSIDK covers everything from birth to earth, including pregnancy tests, parenting, monogamy, aging bett...Show More
Season 4 Preview

03:06 | Sep 11th, 2017

Alex Guarnaschelli, Alexandra Petri, Hari Kondabolu, Mary Roach, and Jemele Hill are some of the brilliant co-hosts joining us during Season 4. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll learn in 10 new episodes beginning September 17th.
Extra 6: A Better Way to End Basketball Games

16:23 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 up the last 4 minutes?
Extra 5: The Actress Who Never Takes a Sick Day

18:51 | Sep 5th, 2017

Off-Broadway actress, producer, and Guinness Record-holder Catherine Russell has played the same off-Broadway role for three decades. What’s more impressive than the play itself? She’s never called in sick.
Extra 4: The Most Renewable Energy of All

20:38 | Sep 4th, 2017

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

12:38 | Aug 30th, 2017

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 joins as a co-host.
Extra 2: Meet the Senator Who Wants to Start an Evidence-Based Revolution

21:41 | Aug 29th, 2017

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

15:16 | Aug 28th, 2017

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

55:03 | Aug 7th, 2017

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 Philadelphia with everything you've ever w...Show More
Creature Comforts

53:08 | Jul 31st, 2017

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 rooms, pillows, comfort food, and .....Show More
Behavior Change: Ultra Egghead Edition

54:42 | Jul 24th, 2017

Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is in Philadelphia with a cornucopia of the world's most-renowned behavior-cha...Show More
Three Sheets to the Wind

48:27 | Jul 17th, 2017

John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) is our special guest co-host, with Maggie Ryan Sandford (science writer, researcher and producer) as our real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is in Minneapolis for a show exploring the environment, morning drink...Show More
Medicine

54:57 | Jul 10th, 2017

Bapu Jena, Christine Hurley and Evan Allen are panelists. The physician-professor-economist, the comedian and the New England Revolution head athletic trainer join us in Boston for a show on Medicine. Side effects include extra kidneys, Lyme disease,...Show More
Getting There

58:59 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Ginger Evans and Mary Catherine Curran are panelists. The rapper/political organizer, the commissioner of Chicago's Department of Aviation and the comedian join us in the City of Big Shoulders for a show on transitions — from h...Show More
Cities

59:30 | Jun 19th, 2017

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 oldest urban centers for a show about cities, including ruins, sewage and ghost towns. Mike Maughan is ou...Show More
Politickling

55:32 | Jun 12th, 2017

Major Garrett, Alexandra Petri and Robby Mook are panelists in Washington, D.C. The CBS Chief White House Correspondent, the Washington Post humor columnist, and Hillary Clinton's campaign manager step out of the swamp for some more light-hearted pol...Show More
Season 3 Preview

03:37 | May 29th, 2017

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 — beginning June 4th.
Oh, My God

56:28 | Apr 10th, 2017

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 fruit, religion in banking and the politics of reincarnation. A.J. Jacobs is fact-checker.
Under the Hood

58:07 | Mar 20th, 2017

Seth Godin, Faith Salie and Nicholas Negroponte are the panelists. The marketing guru, comedian and MIT Media Lab founder pull back the curtain on dreams, religious rules, and ovulation — among other great mysteries. Bouree Lam of "The Atlantic" is f...Show More
Collections

50:24 | Mar 13th, 2017

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

53:08 | Mar 6th, 2017

Joanna Coles, Adriana Trigiani, and Maeve Higgins. The Hearst Magazines executive, novelist, and comedian delve into the written — or spoken, or programmed, or texted — word.
Athletes' Feats

56:20 | Feb 27th, 2017

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 ball as contestants throw fascinating facts their way — about the strategy, scoring, business and his...Show More
Perfection

51:55 | Feb 20th, 2017

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 pursuit of perfection — in cityscapes and on farms, in how we keep time and how we remember. Our fact-c...Show More
Season 2 Preview

03:38 | Feb 13th, 2017

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 of institutions and other prof...Show More
Fool Me Once

59:14 | Dec 11th, 2016

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. Fact-checker: Sean Rameswaram, podcast...Show More
Passion Plays

56:13 | Dec 5th, 2016

Austan Goolsbee, Angela Duckworth and Keisha Zollar are panelists. The U. of Chicago economist, "Grit" author, and comedian dig deep into things we're passionate about — good and bad — from sports to sounds to experimenting on students. Fact-checker...Show More
Things That Come Out of Your Mouth

51:41 | Nov 28th, 2016

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

57:26 | Nov 21st, 2016

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 cheapest meal ever served in the Whit...Show More
It's Alive

52:08 | Nov 14th, 2016

Chris Gethard, Simon Winchester and danah boyd are panelists. The comedian, "Professor and the Madman" author, and social-media scholar hear tales from the natural world — about marine animals that will either live forever or kill you (or both), as w...Show More
Strange Danger

52:45 | Nov 7th, 2016

Debora Spar, Anthony Marx and Andy Zaltzman are panelists. The Barnard College president, New York Public Library president, and host of The Bugle podcast confront lots of things you didn't know are dangerous — including Election Day, a lack of sleep...Show More
Introducing “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”

03:28 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 that: “Tell Me Something I Don’t K...Show More