Episode 20Family Matters

Amy Chua, Liza Donnelly and Gary Gulman are panelists for TMSIDK's "Family Matters" episode. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

Join our dysfunctional family for this show on parenting, cousins, genealogy and medical divorce. Our panelists are:

Amy Chua, Yale law professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, who sometimes doesn’t practice what she preaches.

Liza DonnellyNew Yorker cartoonist, whose ancestor coined the phrase, “Trenton makes, the world takes.”

Gary Gulman, comedian, who never had a home-game Thanksgiving growing up.

Our real-time fact-checker is A.J. Jacobs, author of the upcoming book It’s All Relative, who shares a very personal ailment with his ancestor.

Episode 19Cities

Sewers offer a portal to knowledge about a city's hidden side. (Photo: David Goehring/flickr)

Join us in one of America’s oldest urban centers for a show about cities, including ruins, sewage and ghost towns. Our panelists are:

Ed Glaeser, Harvard economist and author of Triumph of the City, who doesn’t know when to quit.

Amy Glasmeier, professor of economic geography and regional planning at MIT and creator of the Living Wage Calculator, who loves to run as a write-in candidate.

Eugene Mirman, comedian and the voice of Gene on Bob’s Burgers, who is kind of a big deal in Boston.

Our real-time fact-checker is Mike Maughan, head of global insights at Qualtrics.

Episode 18Politickling

Major Garrett, Alexandra Petri and Robby Mook join Tell Me Something I Don't Know for a night of politics. (Photo: Anthony Washington)

This week, we head down to D.C. to drain the swamp for some light-hearted politics: from foreign cars to the last state in the union. Our panelists are:

Major Garrett, CBS Chief White House Correspondent, who once threw-up in front of John Boehner.

Alexandra PetriWashington Post humor columnist, who ran for office on a Hapsburg prince-based platform.

Robby Mook, former Hillary Clinton campaign manager, who got his start as a garbage dump politician.

Femi Oke is fact-checker.

Episode 17Rivalry

Margarine vs. butter: one of history's hottest rivalries? (Photo: Flickr)

We kick-off the third season of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know with a show on competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. Our panelists are:

Steve Levitt, my Freakonomics friend and co-author, who didn’t quite fit-in with sports teams.

Bridget Gainer, Cook County commissioner, who took a sibling rivalry well into college.

Scott Turow, lawyer and author of Testimony, who faced-down another best-selling author in the courtroom.

Our real-time fact-checker is WBEZ’s Tricia Bobeda, co-host of the Nerdette podcast.

Episode 0Season 3 Sneak Peek

Host Stephen J. Dubner conducts the panelists. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

Season 3 of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is coming to your ears! Prepare yourself for 10 shiny new episodes — full of fresh knowledge — starting June 4. We promise to keep you entertained with fascinating facts and brilliant panelists, and we’ll even play with the show’s format! But, for now, here’s 3+ minutes to whet your appetite.

Some of this season’s panelists: CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, On Being host Krista Tippett, rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith, writer and podcaster James Altucher, “gritty” psychologist Angela Duckworth, comedian Eugene Mirman …and my Freakonomics friend and co-author Steven D. Levitt.

Host Stephen J. Dubner (of Freakonomics Radio) is at his best, and accompanied each night by a real-time fact-checker to sort out the baloney and pepper the night with more fun facts.

So subscribe today, or you might miss something that will change your world. Again, our first full episode of Season 3 will be out on June 4, with a new episode each week for 10 weeks. And we’re already taping Season 4 in June and October in New York City, so come be a contestant or get tickets to see the show. Also, follow TMSIDK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Episode 16Music

For our music episode, Dan Zanes leads his band of fact-checkers, accompanied by Stephen J. Dubner. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

It’s time to face the music, with facts on bridges, healers, lumberjacks and, of course, women. Our panelists are:

David Hajdu, music critic and writer, who has suffered an occupational hazard.

Faith Salie, comedian/journalist and writer, who has a 2-1 record as a wedding singer.

Danny Goldberg, record executive and former famous-band manager, who pioneered fake news.

Our real-time fact-checker is Dan Zanes, accompanied by his live band.

Episode 15Wannabes

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden joins TMSIDK in Washington, D.C. to judge the "Wannabes." (Photo: Anthony Washington)

TMSIDK travels to Washington, D.C. — the city that wants to be a state — to learn about wannabes, from international spies to new human organs. Our panelists are:

Tim Harford, “Undercover Economist” and host of the BBC podcast More or Less, who once matched wits with [a] James Bond.

Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, who can’t wink but can dream of a career on the baseball diamond.

Rahmein Mostafavi, one of D.C.’s top comics, who achieved one of his “wannabe” dreams …and lived to regret it.

Our real-time fact-checker is Femi Oke, international journalist, who struggles to get Americans to understand her.

Episode 14Oh, My God

Stephen Dubner and the TMSIDK panel. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

We look into unholy fruit, religion in banking and the politics of reincarnation. Our panelists are:

John Fugelsang, comedian, actor and host of SiriusXM’s Tell Me Everything, who holds the record for deepest conversation — beneath the Bermuda Triangle.

Tami Sagher, comedian, actor and Upright Citizens Brigade all-star, who almost made it on Jewish public-access TV.

Aman Ali, comedian, producer and storyteller, who lost a wrestling match in high school because of his religion.

Our real-time fact-checker is A.J. Jacobs, host of Twice Removed, who stoned an adulterer in Central Park — with permission.

Episode 13Money Money Money

Panelists Hari Kondabolu, Cheryl Dorsey and Brian Koppelman ready for TMSIDK's Money episode. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

TMSIDK is going on a spending spree, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Ethiopia, meeting up with fundraisers, ancient traders and some money that should probably be laundered. Our panelists are:

Brian Koppelman, filmmaker and co-creator of Billions, tried to make it big as a tournament table tennis player.

Cheryl Dorsey, social entrepreneur and president of Echoing Green, needed her mom to sell her Girl Scout cookies.

Hari Kondabolu, comedian and co-host of Politically Re-Active, just saw Star Wars for the first time and needs a discussion buddy.

Our real-time fact-checker is A.J. Jacobs, host of Twice Removed, who knows the true value of a $1,000 haircut.

Episode 12Stupid Stuff

Comedian Aasif Mandvi has a head full of Stupid Stuff. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)

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:

James Altucher, author and host of the podcast the James Altucher Show, who is an honorary Kentucky colonel.

Miki Agrawal*, entrepreneur and founder of Thinx, who built her own digital slot machine in ninth grade…sort of.

Aasif Mandvi, comedian and author of No Man’s Land, who has a knack for selling sweaters in Florida.

Our real-time fact-checker is Sean Rameswaram, producer for Radiolab’s Supreme Court spinoff, More Perfect, who definitely knows how playground slides work.

*Agrawal talked more about her business on an episode of Freakonomics Radio. Since then, she has been the subject of some controversy, which you can read about here.