I'm a big fan of Mr. Dubner, from Freakanomics Radio and the book(s), so I was very interested when I (finally) heard about this new podcast. Love it! Humor abounds and the trivia (and not so trivia) that we get to hear each episode is fascinating! Great listening! Makes my morning walks breeze right by. Thanks!!
The information presented in this podcast is always interesting and enjoyable. The first half of the show is about experts sharing their research, discoveries and analyses within their field. The second half of the show is super confusing though. They make the guests compete against the judges to share less useful information that they don't have time to prepare for. Sometimes it's funny. But it's not as compelling as the half that involves experts.
Really think this show is great. Always tells me something I didn't know.
I enjoyed this podcast from the start, but in the middle of its second season, the show changed its format. I recognize that the change was needed because the old format (a three judge panel plus the host and fact checker, plus loose adherence to a theme, with a post hoc "final round") was unsustainable. But the new format -- especially the loss of the theme -- has made the show less of a mechanism for learning new and interesting things and more of an hour-long advertisement for various products and services. Take a recent episode where a curator for a museum about Spam (the food, not the internet ad) spoke of the benefits of Spam, an administrator for a high school students in rehab pitched his high school, and the inventor of a new kind of a pillow talked about, you guessed it, his pillows. As I write these words, the finale is the only remaining episode for this season. I plan on downloading and listening to it, but if it's got too much of an advertising feel, it will be the last episode I listen to.
As someone who formally rated this podcast high, I am disappointed that the format change has left me wanting more. I'll be unsubscribing.
This podcast is truly wonderful. There are many educated speakers, who share information about unique topics. You learn something every time you listen. Please, try it!!
In the past 6 to 8 years of podcasting, this quickly became one of my favorite 3. With the recent changes (one judge) and everything that goes along with that, I am very disappointed. It has made the podcast less fun. I've never rated a podcast before, didn't even know how. I googled "how to rate a podcast" because of the disappointment. I hope you fix this one next season.
...where there were three panelists, and they had to guess the "IDK." It was lighter and funnier.
Great podcast to listen to on my commute to and from work. Really enjoy it!
love the old way the show was structured, it was more fun. with a new one it's a bit monotone for me to follow the conversation.
Best podcast for a truck driver who has I 15 South/North 5 days a week. It's a great way to stay alert. Thank you ðð¾â¤ï¸
Great show. Funny. Informative. Quasi celebs, nerdy jokes, intellectual conversation. Dubner is excellent host. Listened to several and it's in my top three favorite podcasts. Family-friendly too.
I love this show and I've just listened to "Three Sheets To the Wind." I prefer the contestants presenting their IDK's in question form with the panel asking questions. It's more interesting and engaging for me, as well as I get to here more from the panel. As far as the panel set up, either the new format or the original format work, but I do like the diversity of the original panel of 3 guests plus 1 fact-checker.
I like your new format!!! Good job.
A fun way to learn new things about a myriad of topics
Very intelligently presented non commercially driven info. Game show!
I'm a huge Stephen Dubner fan. I really wanted to love this podcast. The first one I listened to made me think this was going to be one of my favorites. After listening to a season of them, I still enjoy the content, but way too much time is spent on explaning the format and the rules. I realize this is necessary since any episode could be heard by a new comer to the podcast. But to me, it seems like 25% of each podcast is spent on intros, explanations of how the game is played or commercials. Somehow they need to minimize this and focus on the contect.
I deleted my subscription today. It seems that each week, more and more, each guest is promoting a study that they just completed that would solve the worlds problems if only the rest of us paid more attention. I am tired of the reveal being a study or process that the guest is trying to sell. I big hopes of this podcast, unfortunate.
The concept and structure of the show is unique and entertaining. It has a lot of potential. My problem is the selection of contestants- the vast majority are professors, grad students, or other academics and PhDs promoting their latest research or book. Obviously people doing original research for a living are going to know something that no one else does about their field. This is not surprising. Instead, I'd love to hear from more people with "average" jobs, who, through their experience or passion, have come upon a great fact or story. One of my favorite IDks, for example, was from an NYC city engineer who discovered from doing inspections that wood structures supporting the city are deteriorating for an interesting reason. Just a guy doing his job who found out something really neat. It is also sometimes a bit annoying when the "fact checkers" quickly confirm the fact and then launch into their own story they found on the internet that can overshadow the contestant's IDK. I think they should let the contestants have the spotlight and just stick to fact checking.
Refreshing and entertaining!
Absolutely love it. Top notch. Dropping heat this second season. Enjoy.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. The panelists are always fun, as are the contestants. You'll learn something, and you'll have a good time!
Thanks Mr. Dubner for your workðº. To be honest, I enjoy the fun part of the show more than the content.
Great show, but there the panelists are almost invariably liberal democrats. Talk about a lack of diversity...
I love this podcast! I feel smart when I can know more than the panelists! Beware: it might send you down an internet rabbit hole when you hear that fact you must learn more about!
The episode about "Getting There" contained potentially dangerous information. It seemed to make light of drowsy driving which, by the way, is as dangerous as drunk driving.I'm an over-the-road truck driver and I've seen too many mangled cars and trucks on the sides of roads and in ditches. Please, if you are too tired to drive, park your car and take an eight hour nap. I don't care how many lives you save in the hospital. Don't kill someone with your car.
I love this show and every aspect, with the exception of the British guy in the intro. He sounds like the worst British person to use a voice sample from.
Always something to learn with this podcast without anyone taking themselves too seriously. I laugh out loud multiple times an episode and love hearing about all the panelists and presenters.
Every episode is fun, intelligent, and hilarious. You'll definitely learn something in this podcast.
Turns out there are lots of things I don't know :p love it !!
Very fun format. Love the random facts and using them later to break awkward silences.
He is solid
You will definitely learn something you didn't know!
nice deep dives into stuff you never knew was interesting
Love, love, love it!
Fun and entertaining podcast.
A great balance of humor and fascinating information.
9 minutes and 40 seconds to the get to the first fact. I'll just keep listening to No Such Thing As A Fish.
Very entertaining "game show" with fantastic guests and wonderful hosts.
Brilliant! Hilarious! Very entertaining ððððð
Love this podcast. I wish I could see it live or even be a contestant someday. I hope you come to SLC.
It's amazing how much you'll learn from this silly and smart podcast.
I had hopes for this program since I generally enjoy freakanomics. Even though Dubner himself is fairly liberal, freakanomics does a decent job of hiding or even omitting political bias. The same cannot be said for TMSIDK. It is nothing more then a echo chamber for liberal confirmation bias. If Dubner wanted to make it a good show, he'd actually get some conservative or politically neutral panelists and have "contestants" outside of the realm of academia.
This had been generally safe family listening for the car until the recent "rivalry" episode that involved multiple instances of the phrase "sneaker f***ers." I'm not asking for censorship, but a little warning would be appreciated for my kids' sakes.
Always loved Freakonomics, and I can't stop listening to this show, but at the same time Dubner talking off script makes you realize how awkwardly pretentious he can be.
This podcast is funny and I love that the contestants get to really show of their knowledge
This is such a great podcast to listen to! It has lots of humor, lots of interesting facts and lots of great discussions!! This is on my top 5 I have to listen to! I am SO glad I found you!! Thanks for having such an awesome podcast!!