Call for Participants: “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”

At Freakonomics, our mission has always been to talk about 1) things you thought you knew but didn’t; and 2) things you never thought you wanted to know, but do. How the legalization of abortion, for instance, led to a big drop in crime. That people seem to like cheap wine as much as expensive wine in blind taste tests. That nearly 100 percent of the turkeys eaten in the U.S. are the result of artificial insemination. (That’s because the birds have been bred to have such large breasts that the male and female turkeys can’t get close enough to mate naturally.)

Now it’s your turn to tell us something that we don’t know.

On Monday, October 6, in New York City, Freakonomics Radio is launching a live game show called “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” and the audience is the star. We are looking for people to get up on stage and tell us something fascinating – an idea, a technological breakthrough, a new line of important research, a set of strange facts, a historical wrinkle, or perhaps just a great, unasked question. The audience members will present their ideas to host Stephen Dubner and a panel of three celebrity judges, including author Malcolm Gladwell, actress, singer and former Saturday Night Live performer Ana Gasteyer and former New York Governor David Paterson. The goal is to create something between a game show and the best dinner party you’ve ever been to. The evening will be turned into a Freakonomics Radio podcast, to be distributed worldwide (5 million monthly downloads).

You could tell us about anything — food, medicine, dating and mating, brain science, endurance sports, economic puzzles, weird animal behavior. All we ask is that it’s interesting (at least to you), worthwhile (at least a little bit), and — well, true (there will be a fact-checker on hand).

There will also be lots of prizes, and a chance to pair up with a celeb judge to play “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.”

Please sign up below to participate, and spread the word to anyone else you know who might like to play. Anyone whose idea is chosen will be contacted by a Freakonomics Radio producer. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say!