I love this show, look forward to every episode!
I love this podcast. Stephen you are awesome
I donât even know how to describe this show! It is so much fun to learn TMSIDK. Just listen to it and see for yourself. Each episode is over way too soon. The fact checkers are fun but AJ Jacobs is the BEST.
When the show first came out, the game show format seemed forced on it and made it hard to follow and really pay attention to the guests, but I stuck with it. I love the format it has settled into with Dubner, one guest host and the fact checker really getting into conversation with the guests. I learn great stuff and it is now much easier to follow. Also, love the live shows with the audiance reaction to the guests. The recent studio-only call-in show was not as lively. Keep up the great work.
TSIDK is set up like a game show, but for the super knowledgeable (professors, business owners, PhD students, etc). It has a fun format where they bring in âcelebritiesâ (I like the unpretentious aspect of their selections) to ask questions and try to figure out if they know what the contestant is trying to present as something the audience doesnât know... they generally have themes to the shows. I havenât heard a show that wasnât good yet...
This podcast made my commute a pleasant journey. Keep up the great work.
âThe really good passwords change so fast.â This one timed out faster than the last one?
With the most recent season, Iâve noticed a trend where most âcontestants" are seemingly just there promote their website/business/book/etc. rather than actually telling us interesting facts. Stinks of blatant advertising rather than the stimulating show it was in the first seasons. Not a fan of this change or the new format. On the plus side, AJ Jacobs (who frequently plays fact checker) is reliably hilarious.
Fantanstic podcast for everyone who enjoys filling their ears with interesting knowledge. The format is certainly unique to other shows but it is still able to deliver good content. Out of all the podcasts I listen to, I think this is the best show to listen to with company.
Please stop booking guests who are just their to advertise their products. I have noticed that at least one guest is pushing a product or service in each episode. In the most recent episode I listened to, ten minutes of the podcast was dedicated to how awesome Spam and My Pillow are. If you need adds for funding just present a commercial. Don't pretend they are guests. Other than that I truly love this podcast. I have learned a lot, but if the fake guests keep increasing I'm going to stop listening.
Great showâfascinating and fun!
It moved along pretty slow at times (Dubner does attempt to move it along) and itâs disappointing how the hosts vote before the audience. This show is based on fact checking a research but that makes for a big bias. Just seems so contradictory to the spirit of the research in the show.
I hav always been a fan of Freakanomics Radio and was surprised that this show has eluded me for a year. A year to the day actually! Very cool show, keep up the good work!
You never know what you are going to get. Some of the stories told are a bit interesting, but the format of the show creates a lot of unnecessary tension. This just doesnât work for me as a game show concept.
Been listening to this podcast since the beginning and I think it's really found itself here in the third season. Full of interesting facts and great guest hosts. Always learn something but it doesn't feel heavy.
Love listening to all the fun and random facts I learn here on this podcast!
It is not common for anything to be that fun and entertaining while being totally informative and educational. As its title says, I doubt you would listen to an episode without learning one if not several things you didnât know.
This is fantastic
Delightful! I love the burst of random knowledge. I miss the orginal format with multiple rounds and three guests, but the changes haven't turned me off.
Great concept â although when the hosts weigh in on who the winner is I stop listening. Itâs just not something that interests me.
In typical Dubner fashion, this podcast is equal parts witty, fascinating and well scored.I'm going to do my best to see a live show.
Great podcast! I always learn something I didnât know. The commentary and comedy go hand in hand to create an excellent show!
This podcast is fantastic on so many level. Humor, history, and educational. Love the format too. I am thrilled I found it!!
So interesting and funny
A must listen.
So good, Iâm here live!
As someone who loves to learn new, interesting and random facts, this show seemed designed for me. I love the variety and dynamic nature of the topics covered. Ideal podcast to draw from to impress friends at your next cocktail party.
I listen to a lot of podcasts and this one will not disappoint! Interesting people are abundant and you can learn some really cool stuff you probably didnât knowð
What's NOT to love about this Podcast? (Well, maybe that they keep changing the format of the game, but since it's only a game in name, NBD.) You should subscribe if you want to be smarter, funnier, and thoroughly entertained without a smidge of crass political noise. Also, TMSIDK is not for nerds only. Listening makes everybody in my car happy!
"Does... does it know it's an Ad?" Occasionally interesting, but it's more of an intellectual circle-jerk and people trying to get their name out there rather than anything actually "worth knowing"
The content of the show is still very interesting, but I miss the old format of the show, please bring it back!
When it comes to Public Radio game shows - of which there are an apparently growing number - they can be kind of hit and miss. But Tell Me Something I Don't Know is the first of this growing wave that has caught my attention after the classic and hilarious Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. While TMSIDK is definitely not as side-stitchingly funny as WWDTM, it is definitely far more educational, and I often find myself learning something that I truly did not know. A win in my book!
It was hard for me to binge listen to these because I heard the same intro and rule explanations every time. I found myself skipping a lot, but the facts tend to be really interesting.
The first two seasons were a great evolution of something that was part trivia, part game show, and part comedy - all with a wonderful mix of celebrity guests. Season 3 has become the "fast food" version of that with only one guest host, no more "game show" format, and a trite herding of "audience contestants" that all seem to have a non-profit or other organization they are representing. The My Pillow guy was blatant sponsorship wrapped in a thin disguise of being a "contestant." Sad to see this podcast take such a refreshing new format and completely ruin it in the name of sponsorship.
I got SO bored of listening to music on my 2 hour commute each day. I stumbled across this (after hearing about it on Freakonomics) and it's my new obsession. It's pure entertainment, partly educational (I love random facts and trivia) and completely hilarious. You NEED to download.
Often shares useful information, but too much political influence.
Every episode is interesting. Iâve been listening from the beginning, and it keeps getting better. I like the changes they made to the format. Those changes focus the show more on the facts and stories than on the hosts and the âgame show.â Worth the listen!
I look forward to new episodes! I never realized all the things I didnât know!
And with his wit, smarts and sense of humor has pulled it off yet again!
Perfection for the intellectually curious who also like to laugh.
We can smell the stink of "podcasts are reshot, quick boy, move". It's not an organic podcast. It's put together with an Ira Glass soundalike. It's lame. Enjoy.
Great job guys
I love this show and will continue listening but the format changes have been out of control recently. I know they are just applying techniques to improve their show but they are making it so that listeners don't ever get a sense of familiarity.
and ended up as a huge fan of Tell Me Something I Don't Know-- even to the point where I (gasp) may prefer it over Freakonomics. I like the wide variety of topics a lot, and greatly enjoy some of the guests on the show so far. With that said, I enjoyed the orignal format of the show, with three guest panelists and the Q&A section before the IDK is presented. I will continue to be an avid listener, especially on long road trips, where this show just seems to melt away the hours.
I am amazed that this show would allow Sen. Young to come on and spread his propaganda. He says that he listens to his constituents to make his voting decisions, while during his time as a senator, he has held exactly zero town hall meetings. If you are going to present his perspective, you should also present the opposite perspective. This was 15 minutes of unabashed propaganda for one specific viewpoint and agenda.
That was an incorrect assumption.
Fun, light listening. There's always something fascinating in each episode that can be a conversation starter later. Even my 12 yr old son enjoys listening to it.
My first rating was 5 stars and I was 100% stoked. I was SO excited when new episodes dropped. I'm not enjoying the new format though, I've only listened to a couple since the change and could only get through to the end of one. I am subscribed to everything the host Steven Dubner is in any way associated with. I'm really hoping this current format changes. The panel and the guessing format was so entertaining, a complete nerd paradise!