UPCOMING DATES

Due to the ongoing pandemic, our live shows will be held virtually.

September 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET: Why We Don’t Write Books Anymore — Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt have been spending a lot of their time behind microphones lately. Dubner started Freakonomics Radio 10 years ago on a lark, and the podcast has since become a global phenomenon. Levitt launched his own podcast, People I (Mostly) Admire, on August 21st. Tune in as Dubner and Levitt tell their stories and take listener questions. In partnership with WNYC and The Greene Space.

September 17, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET: From Party to Prescription: How Psychedelics Are Changing Traditional Psychiatry — Thousands of studies have been published on psychedelics and other historically illicit compounds to treat psychiatric illnesses, but politics, regulatory policies, and stigma have impeded progress. Now, for the first time in nearly 50 years, an unorthodox generation of medications is being developed for psychiatric disorders. Stephen Dubner sits down with three leading neuroscientists from Mount Sinai to discuss how drugs like ketamine, M.D.M.A., and cannabis may provide alternative therapies for illnesses like P.T.S.D., addiction, and depression — and why they still face so much resistance. In partnership with WNYC and The Greene Space.


In normal times, Freakonomics Radio Live! brings to the stage the uncommon, inquisitive journalism that is a hallmark of our studio podcast — but in an unscripted and freewheeling format. Host Stephen J. Dubner invites exceptional guests to join him in front of an audience for conversations that are interesting, entertaining, unexpected, and occasionally ridiculous.

Freakonomics Radio Live! began in 2017 as a game show called Tell Me Something I Don’t Know. The name and the structure of the show have changed, but the spirit remains. Think of the most crackling, unforgettable, inimitable dinner-party conversation you can imagine.

An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar… (Ep. 343)

In this live episode of “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” we learn why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. Joining Stephen J. Dubner as co-host is the linguist John McWhorter; Bari Weiss (The New York Times) is the real-time fact-checker.

Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven: TMSIDK Episode 35

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.

Mind Games: TMSIDK Episode 34

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.

Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells: TMSIDK Episode 33

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.

All About Bugs (of the Animal and Computer Varieties): TMSIDK Episode 32

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.

School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef: TMSIDK Episode 31

We filled this episode with insights about the true value of ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more. 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.

How to Count to Infinity: TMSIDK Episode 30

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.

The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”: TMSIDK Episode 29

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. Tell Me Something I Don't Know explores the origins of food words, children's menus, and seltzer.

You Say “eye-RACK,” I Say “ear-ROCK”: TMSIDK Episode 28

Hari Kondabolu (comedian and host of Politically ReActive) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. Tell Me Something I Don't Know 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.

Womb to Tomb: TMSIDK Episode 27

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.