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Tell Me Something I Don't Know

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Rank #167 in Society & Culture category

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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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Please keep telling us things we don’t know!

By Alan Humphries - Aug 11 2019
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Always fascinating, one of my favorite podcasts, if not my favorite ever. I hope they make more!

Come back!

By jaoanq - Jul 22 2019
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Love this podcast, wish there would be new episodes!

iTunes Ratings

1556 Ratings
Average Ratings
1194
173
75
52
62

Please keep telling us things we don’t know!

By Alan Humphries - Aug 11 2019
Read more
Always fascinating, one of my favorite podcasts, if not my favorite ever. I hope they make more!

Come back!

By jaoanq - Jul 22 2019
Read more
Love this podcast, wish there would be new episodes!
Cover image of Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Updated 13 days ago

Rank #167 in Society & Culture category

Read more

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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