Announcing the debut of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know



A contestant tries to wow moderator Stephen J. Dubner and panelists Sam Kass, Gretchen Rubin, and Zeke Emanuel. (Photo: Lucy Sutton.)

A while ago we tried a new idea for a special edition of Freakonomics radio – a game show we called Tell me something I don’t know. Maybe you remember that. It was so much fun that we decided to start a whole new podcast series. It’s been in the works for a while and now it’s finally here! A preview episode of the first season of TMSIDK is now available.

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Like all the Freakonomics stuff we do TMSIDK is still journalism, still factual – but disguised in the most sparkling conversation you can have. In each episode, viewer candidates take the stage and tell us something fascinating (or earth-shattering, or just plain crazy), while a panel of three experts try to figure out what’s worth knowing and what’s not.

The panelists hail from a diverse group of wise people—like the President of Barnard College Deborah Spar; President of the New York Public Library Tony Marx; former White House economist Austan Goolsbee; the Jesuit writer and thinker Jacob Martin; bioethicist Zeke Emmanuel; former White House chef Sam Cass; Microsoft researcher danah boyd; the heart surgeon and TV doctor dr oz; poker champion Annie Duke; the linguist John McWhorter; the grit author Angela Duckworth; and the lucky guru Gretchen Rubin.gethard-and-contestants

We also have many comedians and humorists including Keisha Zollar, Chris Gethard, Frank Delaney, Andy Zaltzmanand Hannibal Buress. And occasionally a globetrotting adventurer like an author Simon Winchester.

sjdIt’s all hosted by Stephen J Dubnerwhich is accompanied nightly by a real-time human fact-checker to keep everyone (mostly) honest.

Please subscribe today so you don’t miss an episode. The first will appear on November 7th. Season 1 will have six episodes – and we’re already recording Season 2 in New York City (in December and January), so come as a contestant or get tickets to see the show. You can also follow TMSIDK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.