Tell Me Something I Don't Know
By Stephen J. Dubner and Stitcher
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Journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Host Stephen J. Dubner (of “Freakonomics Radio”) and three celebrity panelists invite contestants on stage to tell us something we don’t know. The panelists — a mix of leaders in science, politics, sports, and comedy — grill the contestants and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, new panelists, and new contestants. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to filter out the bull. Think of the most crackling dinner-party conversation you’ve ever heard. Produced in association with Stitcher.
||CleanUrinetown||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.||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreature Comforts||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?||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehavior Change: Ultra Egghead Edition||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.||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Sheets to the Wind||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.||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMedicine||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.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting There||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 here to there, from low to high and from fish to humans. Jesse Dukes is fact-checker.||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Matters||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.||6/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCities||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 our fact-checker.||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitickling||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 politics: from foreign cars to the last state in the union. Femi Oke is fact-checker.||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRivalry||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 little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. WBEZ's Tricia Bobeda, co-host of the "Nerdette" podcast, is fact-checker.||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 3 Preview||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.||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic||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.||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWannabes||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 spies to new human organs. Femi Oke is fact-checker.||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOh, My God||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.||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoney Money Money||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.||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStupid Stuff||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.||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnder the Hood||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 fact-checker.||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollections||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.||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWordz||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.||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAthletes' Feats||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 history of competitive athletics.||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPerfection||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-checker is A.J. Jacobs. host of the "Twice Removed" podcast. For tickets and to be a contestant go to tmsidk.com.||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Preview||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 professional smart people, plus great comedians like Aasif Mandvi, Lizz Winstead, John Fugelsang, Faith Salie, Aman Ali, Tami Sagher, Eugene Mirman, Hari Kondabolu, and Maeve Higgins.||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFool Me Once||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.||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPassion Plays||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.”||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThings That Come Out of Your Mouth||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.||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThings That Go In Your Mouth||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.||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's Alive||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.||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrange Danger||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 and truck drivers. Fact checking by FiveThirtyEight’s Jody Avirgan.||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”||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 Know,” a live game show that’s a whole new form of factual journalism. The first episode drops on Monday, Nov. 7, so subscribe now! To be a contestant or buy tickets to our tapings in New York City, visit www.tmsidk.com.||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Best podcast ever!
So much fun, no other podcast is equal parts entertaining and informative! Can't wait for more! I want to join the party!
I am a huge fan of freakonomics and love the panel format that so many shows are starting to take hold of. I can't wait to see what TMSIDK has to offer!
This is great; who doesn't love a good random fact or two? Enjoyed Freakonomics a ton, so happy to see that they're branching out. Looking forward to see the producers take this.