This episode of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is all about “Stupid Stuff” — things that seem stupid but aren’t and things that don’t but are. Our panelists are:
This week, we go “Under the Hood,” unearthing the secrets behind concealed ovulation, kosher food, cheesy dreams, pneumatic felines and negotiating. Our panelists are:
Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, who would make a great spy… and maybe already has.
We’ve gathered amazing and surprising facts from the world of Collections. We’re not talking baseball cards and Beanie Babies—we’ve got: glucose, gamma rays, brainwaves, fake art and some very blue Russian. Our panelists:
This episode is all about the written — or spoken, or programmed, or texted — word. Let’s start with the letter “A”: absenteeism, abbreviations, AI, advertisements and …a rising tide. Our panelists:
For our sports-themed episode, we left out all the tired cliches and instead jammed it full of odd trophies, hidden advantages, surprising innovations and… Trouble with a capital T.
Our first episode of Season 2 is close to perfection: our contestants bring you perfect cows, rats, tongues, water and calendars.
Our real-time fact-checker is A.J. Jacobs, who is definitely related to Albert Einstein.
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Season 2 is coming! We’re putting out 10 new episodes — as fresh and sparkling as the contestants and panelists — starting Feb. 19. The fascinating facts you love will be back, of course, with a few fun surprises each episode. For now, here’s something to whet your appetite.
Some of this season’s panelists: self-improvement guru Tim Ferriss, Hearst editor Joanna Coles, SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan, Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, The Gist host Mike Pesca, MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte, author and entrepreneur Seth Godin, sports reporter Katie Nolan, NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith, Billions producer Brian Koppelman, investor and writer James Altucher and Thinx creator Miki Agrawal.
And we have comedians aplenty: Eugene Mirman, Maeve Higgins, Faith Salie, Tami Sagher, Hari Kondabolu, Tami Sagher, Aasif Mandvi, and a few surprises.
Of course host Stephen J. Dubner (of Freakonomics Radio) is back, and accompanied each night by a real-time human fact-checker to keep everyone (mostly) honest.
So please enjoy this taster, and subscribe today so you don’t miss any of your future top-10 favorite podcast episodes. Our first full episode of Season 2 will be out on February 19, with a new episode each week for 10 weeks. And we’re already taping Season 3 in March and April in Washington, D.C, Boston, Chicago and our home New York City, so come be a contestant or get tickets to see the show. Also, follow TMSIDK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Missing hands, missing bodies, missing scientific evidence. This week’s contestants try to fool the panelists:
Annie Duke, professional poker player and decision-making expert, who gives a new meaning to “nickel-and-diming.”
Father James Martin, S.J., Jesuit priest and best-selling author, who got his professional start at a movie theater.
Our “Real-Time Human Fact-Checker” is Sean Rameswaram, who produces podcasts for WNYC Studios, including Radiolab’s Supreme Court spinoff, More Perfect.
All of the things we’re passionate about, in a positive or negative way, from sports to sounds to experimenting on students. This week’s panel of passionate people:
Austan Goolsbee, economist at the University of Chicago and former White House economist, who collects movie ticket stubs.
Part two of our oral fixation: How to talk to your doctor, marine regurgitations, and texting. The panel:
Frank Delaney, novelist, podcast host, and “the world’s most eloquent man.” May or may not have had untoward interactions with a horse.
John McWhorter, Columbia University linguist and host of the Lexicon Valley podcast. Working on his 20th book.
Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, Columbia professor of surgery and TV host; knows how to treat his own bee stings.
Our Real-Time Human Fact-Checker is Sean Rameswaram, who produces podcasts for WNYC Studios, including Radiolab’s Supreme Court spinoff, More Perfect.