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Tell Me Something I Don't Know
2 minutes | Oct 17, 2018
New Episodes Coming Soon!
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.
54 minutes | Nov 18, 2017
An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…
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.
49 minutes | Nov 17, 2017
Extra 7: Corrosive Energy Drinks and Peruvian Cat Stew
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.
39 minutes | Nov 11, 2017
Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven
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.
48 minutes | Nov 4, 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.
56 minutes | Oct 28, 2017
Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells
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.
57 minutes | Oct 21, 2017
All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties)
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.
43 minutes | Oct 14, 2017
School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef
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 names, and more.
48 minutes | Oct 7, 2017
How to Count to Infinity
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, counting to infinity, and more.
57 minutes | Sep 30, 2017
The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”
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.
47 minutes | Sep 23, 2017
You Say “eye-RACK,” I Say “ear-ROCK”
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.
3 minutes | Sep 11, 2017
Season 4 Preview
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.
52 minutes | Sep 9, 2017
Womb to Tomb
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.
16 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
Extra 6: A Better Way to End Basketball Games
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?
19 minutes | Sep 5, 2017
Extra 5: The Actress Who Never Takes a Sick Day
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.
21 minutes | Sep 4, 2017
Extra 4: The Most Renewable Energy of All
Some of our most important inventions safely remove human waste. But what if we could use that waste to generate electricity?
13 minutes | Aug 30, 2017
Extra 3: The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of Rosé Wine
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.
22 minutes | Aug 29, 2017
Extra 2: Meet the Senator Who Wants to Start an Evidence-Based Revolution
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.
15 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
Extra 1: How the Mafia Got Its Start
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.
55 minutes | Aug 5, 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 wanted to know about graffiti, cockroaches, tattoos, pee, and more.
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