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Tell Me Something I Don't Know

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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.

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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.

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By KaeLo1030 - May 19 2020
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Best podcast and.......what happened? Really? Please SD.... bring it back!

iTunes Ratings

1645 Ratings
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1256
185
80
56
68

More episodes?

By KaeLo1030 - May 19 2020
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What happened? Always fun and informative!

Best podcast ever and it’s gone!!?

By nurse gardener - Sep 10 2019
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Best podcast and.......what happened? Really? Please SD.... bring it back!
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Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Latest release on Oct 17, 2018

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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.

Rank #1: It's Alive

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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 well as the wonders of poop soup. Tales from the natural world, including marine animals that will either live forever or kill you (or both), as well as the wonders of poop soup. Fact-checking by FiveThirtyEight’s Jody Avirgan.

Nov 14 2016

52mins

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Rank #2: Things That Go In Your Mouth

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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 White House to a surprisingly versatile musical instrument. Fact-checking by WNYC Studios producer Sean Rameswaram.

Nov 21 2016

57mins

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Rank #3: The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”

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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.

Oct 02 2017

57mins

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Rank #4: Fool Me Once

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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 producer for WNYC Studios.

Dec 11 2016

59mins

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Rank #5: Things That Come Out of Your Mouth

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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.

Nov 28 2016

52mins

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Rank #6: Womb to Tomb

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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 better, and, finally, embalming.

Sep 18 2017

52mins

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Rank #7: School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef

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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 ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more.

Oct 16 2017

43mins

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Rank #8: Behavior Change: Ultra Egghead Edition

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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-change experts presenting original research.

Jul 24 2017

55mins

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Rank #9: Medicine

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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, hairlessness, cardiac arrest and magical mucus. WBUR's Carey Goldberg is fact-checker.

Jul 10 2017

55mins

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Rank #10: Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

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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.

Oct 30 2017

56mins

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Rank #11: You Say “eye-RACK,” I Say “ear-ROCK”

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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 keeping secrets, the origin of fantasy sports, what pronunciations say about our politics, and more.

Sep 25 2017

47mins

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Rank #12: Music

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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 is Dan Zanes, accompanied by his live band.

Apr 24 2017

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Rank #13: Urinetown

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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 wanted to know about graffiti, cockroaches, tattoos, pee, and more.

Aug 07 2017

55mins

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Rank #14: Passion Plays

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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: Negin Farsad, host of the podcast “Fake the Nation.”

Dec 05 2016

56mins

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Rank #15: How to Count to Infinity

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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 fact-checker. If the promise of tractor beams doesn't pull you in, our guests also explore robotic fish, counting to infinity, and more.

Oct 09 2017

48mins

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Rank #16: Stupid Stuff

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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 inventions great and not-so-great. Sean Rameswaram is fact-checker.

Mar 27 2017

53mins

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Rank #17: Creature Comforts

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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 ...Spam?

Jul 31 2017

53mins

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Rank #18: Three Sheets to the Wind

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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 drinking, skyways, hidden figures and more.

Jul 17 2017

48mins

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Rank #19: Money Money Money

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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.

Apr 03 2017

52mins

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Rank #20: Oh, My God

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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.

Apr 10 2017

56mins

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New Episodes Coming Soon!

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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.

Oct 17 2018

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

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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.

Nov 20 2017

54mins

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Extra 7: Corrosive Energy Drinks and Peruvian Cat Stew

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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.

Nov 17 2017

48mins

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Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven

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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.

Nov 13 2017

39mins

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Mind Games

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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.

Nov 06 2017

48mins

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Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells

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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.

Oct 30 2017

56mins

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All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)

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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.

Oct 23 2017

57mins

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

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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 ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more.

Oct 16 2017

43mins

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How to Count to Infinity

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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 fact-checker. If the promise of tractor beams doesn't pull you in, our guests also explore robotic fish, counting to infinity, and more.

Oct 09 2017

48mins

Play

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

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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.

Oct 02 2017

57mins

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You Say “eye-RACK,” I Say “ear-ROCK”

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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 keeping secrets, the origin of fantasy sports, what pronunciations say about our politics, and more.

Sep 25 2017

47mins

Play

Womb to Tomb

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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 better, and, finally, embalming.

Sep 18 2017

52mins

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Season 4 Preview

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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.

Sep 11 2017

3mins

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Extra 6: A Better Way to End Basketball Games

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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?

Sep 06 2017

16mins

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Extra 5: The Actress Who Never Takes a Sick Day

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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.

Sep 05 2017

18mins

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Extra 4: The Most Renewable Energy of All

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

Sep 04 2017

20mins

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

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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.

Aug 30 2017

12mins

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

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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.

Aug 29 2017

21mins

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Extra 1: How the Mafia Got Its Start

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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.

Aug 28 2017

15mins

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Urinetown

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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 wanted to know about graffiti, cockroaches, tattoos, pee, and more.

Aug 07 2017

55mins

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iTunes Ratings

1645 Ratings
Average Ratings
1256
185
80
56
68

More episodes?

By KaeLo1030 - May 19 2020
Read more
What happened? Always fun and informative!

Best podcast ever and it’s gone!!?

By nurse gardener - Sep 10 2019
Read more
Best podcast and.......what happened? Really? Please SD.... bring it back!