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NEW “FREAKONOMICS” SPINOFF

NEW “FREAKONOMICS” SPINOFF


>>>THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR. THAT IS THE MANTRA ON WHICH AWARD WINNING AUTHOR STEPHEN DUB NER FOUNDED HIS BRAND FREAK NOMICES. IT’S REGULARLY DOWNLOADED 8 MILLION TIMES A MONTH. NOW DAVID IS CREATING A NEW PODCAST CALLED “TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW.” WHERE EVERYDAY PEOPLE CAN BE INVOLVED IN HIS LIVE JOURNALISM GAME STYLE PLATFORM. HIS NEW PODCAST IS TAKING OVER JOE’S PUB IN NEW YORK CITY FOR SIX LIVE SHOWS FROM OCTOBER 5th TO 27th. THERE ARE BIG NAMES SET TO COHOST THE EVENT AND HERE TO TELL US MORE IS DAVID DUBNER. SPEAKING OF YOUR NEW PODCAST “TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW”, TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS PODCAST.>>THIS SHOW IS KIND OF FREQUENTNOMICS RADIO LIVE. PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEARD IT WILL KNOW IT. IT’S REPORTED AND PRODUCED JOURNALISM. INTERVIEWS THAT ARE EDITED AND WE WRITE A SCRIPT AND DRAW A NARRATIVE AND DO A DEEP DIVE ON A TOPIC. IF YOU WERE TO WATCH SOMEONE MAKE IT LIFE, YOU WOULD KILL YOURSELF. IT WOULD BE VERY BORING, TAKING MANY MANY MANY HOURS. THIS IS A KIND OF SHORT FUN LIVE VERSION WITH THE SAME SPIRIT OF INQUIRY. THE INQUIRY BEING — LIKE THE MANTRA, THE WORK I DO IS WE WANT TO TELL YOU THINGS YOU ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU KNEW BUT DIDN’T AND THINGS YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BUT ACTUALLY DO. SO IN THE SECOND CATEGORY ARE KIND OF WEIRD INTERESTING THINGS THAT YOU NEVER GIVE A SECOND THOUGHT TO AND THE FIRST CATEGORY ARE CONVENTIONAL WISDOMS THAT WE UPEND. THIS IS A LIVE VERSION. WE HAVE A LIVE FACT CHECKER AND GUESTS FROM THE AUDIENCE GET UP AND TRY TO WOW US WITH THEIR AMAZING FACTS.>>HAVE YOU BEEN WOWED SO FAR?>>IT IS SO MUCH FUN. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE — IT’S STILL A STARTUP, STILL NEW. WE’VE HAD SOME WITH A PANEL WITH THREE CELEBRITY CO-HOSTS. BUT NOW WE’RE DOWN TO JUST HAVING A PARADE OF GUESTS, FIVE OR SIX PER NIGHT AND THEY CAN RANGE FROM — WE’VE HAD THE FOUNDER OF THE BLUE MAN GROUP TO ONE OF THE INVENTORS OR FANTASY SPORTS. SOMETIMES YOU GET THESE ORIGIN STORIES THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. WE GET A LOT OF SCIENTISTS, A LOT OF ENTERTAINERS, A LOT OF SMART WHACKY PEOPLE WITH DEMONSTRABLY TRUE FACTS THAT THEY WANT TO ELUS FROM ENGINEERING, TO POLITICS TO SPORTS TO LIFE IN GENERAL AND THEN WE KIND OF TALK ABOUT IT, TRY TO DRAW MORE OUT OF THEM. AND BECAUSE IT’S A GAME SHOW WE ULTIMATELY CROWN A WINNER.>>AWESOME. WHAT’S THE PURN OR WHAT’S THE BENEFIT, LET’S SAY, OF DOING A SHOW LIKE THAT LIVE?>>YEAH. THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. SO ANYTIME YOU — LIKE I’M A WRITER BY TRAINING AND BY NATURE. THAT’S WHAT I DO. ANYTIME YOU DO A DIFFERENT FORMAT THERE ARE UPSIDES AND DOWNSIDES. THERE ARE SOME THINGS ABOUT WRITING A BOOK, YOU HAVE A BIG OVER WRITING AN ARTICLE VERSUS A LECTURE. DOING A RECORDED RADIO SHOW, YOU GET TO HAVE ALL KINDS OF TIME TO PRESENT THE INFORMATION, TO DO THE BIG RESEARCH AND SO ON. WHAT YOU LOSE IS SPONTANEITY. WHAT YOU LOSE IS THE RESPONSE OF SOMEONE IN THE ROOM WITH YOU. “TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW” CAPTURED THOSE BECAUSE IT’S LIVE. IT’S A LIVE SHOW. WE TAPE IT IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE. THE CHEMISTRY THAT’S CREATED 2003 ME, THE OTHER PEOPLE ON THE STAGE, THE GUEST AND THE AUDIENCE CHANGES THE WAY YOU HAVE A CONVERSATION. PEOPLE TEND TO BE MORE GENEROUS, TEND TO BE MORE OUTGOING. THEY KIND OF WANT TO BE FUNNY BECAUSE LAUGHTER IS THE ONE THING YOU CAN JUDGE FROM THE AUDIENCE. AND THEN ALSO THINGS HAPPEN THAT YOU WEREN’T PLANNING ON. YOU FIND OUT THING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD.>>AND FURTHER FROM THE ORIGINAL THING THAT I DIDN’T KNOW.>>ALWAYS.>>AN ADDITIONAL SOMETHING.>>AND OFTENTIMES WHAT PEOPLE CAME TO TELL YOU ORIGINALLY TURNS OUT NOT TO BE INTERESTING AND YOU PUSH ON ONE THING THEY SAID AND IT TURNS OUT THERE’S A WHOLE OTHER THING THAT THEY NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THEY DO. THEY’RE A BUTCHER, AN ENGINEER, THEY TAKE IT THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS IT. WELL WE DIDN’T KNOW THAT. THAT BEGAN WHEN I STARTED TO FLY ON AIRPLANES. I WOULD SIT NEXT TO SOMEONE AND GET IN A CONVERSATION AND THEY WOULD SAY I DO SUCH AND SUCH. AND THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING. TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT. THAT WAS A GREAT ICEBREAKER. NOW I BREAK THE ICE IN PUBLIC.>>WELL YOU’RE GOING TO BE HERE IN NEW YORK. BUT THIS IS KIND OF LIKE YOUR TRAVELING SHOW NOW.>>IT’S REALLY FUN. WE HAVE A — I STARTED A LITTLE PRODUCTION COMPANY. WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD TIME TOGETHER. YOU KNOW, MY FIRST CAREER WAS PLAYING MUSIC. I WAS IN A BAND THAT GOT SIGNED TO A RECORD LABEL AND THAT’S HOW I ENDED UP IN NEW YORK. I AND I QUIT THAT BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO TRAVEL AROUND DOING LIVE SHOWS AND NOW HERE I AM 20 YEARS LATER, TRAVELING AROUND. BUT WE’RE LIKE A BAND BUT VERY NERDY, NO DRUGS, VERY LITTLE ALCOHOL INVOLVED. WE’VE DONE SHOWS IN PHILADELPHIA, MINNEAPOLIS, CHICAGO AND MANY OTHER PLACES. AND WHEN WE BRING OUR SHOW TO THOSE PLACES, YOU GET TO TAP THE LOCAL SMART PEOPLE. UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONS, MANUFACTURERS, WHATEVER IS THERE. AND SO IT’S A GREAT WAY TO SEE AMERICA. MY DREAM WOULD BE FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE TO START USING THIS FORMAT IN PLACES LIKE SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS AND PRISONS ET CETERA. IF YOU CAN CREATE A COMMUNITY OF CONVERSATION AMONG YOUR COMMUNITY, WHATEVER IT IS, IT’S AN — THERE’S SOMETHING REALLY I THINK INSPIRING ABOUT ASKING OF SOMEONE ELSE, YOU KNOW, I KNOW THAT YOU DO SOMETHING INTERESTING OR KNOW A LOT OR SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING ON THIS AND THAT. BUT I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT. I’D LOVE YOU TO TELL ME. IT’S VERY INVITING AND GENEROUS OF SPIRIT ABOUT IT. SO I WOULD LOVE FOR THIS TO BE COPIED. WE’VE TINKERED WITH BRANCHING OUT IN THAT WAY. WE HAVEN’T DONE IT YET BUT MY DREAM LONG TERM IS THAT WE CAN GO IN THAT DIRECTION.>>FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE ATTENDING JOE’S PUB, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT THEY SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR OR EXPECTING?>>OKAY. LET ME UNCLINCH EVERYONE’S BUTTOCKS FOR A MINUTE. SO THERE IS THE IMPRESSION THAT WE JUST CALL ON PEOPLE RANDOMLY, LIKE TOTAL OPEN MIKE AND WE DON’T ACTUALLY DO THAT VERY OFTEN. SOMETIMES WE DO. USUALLY WE INVITE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO GET UP ON STAGE AND PRESENT. SO IF YOU WANT TO COME SEE A SHOW, DON’T WORRY.>>YOU CAN JUST SEE THE SHOW.>>WE’RE NOT GOING TO FORCE YOU TO TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR GREAT-AUNT WHO INVENTED SOME NEW BLUEBERRY PIE. IF YOU’RE DYING TO, YOU CAN TRY TO GET ON STAGE BUT MOST LLY TH AUDIENCE IS THERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. AT JOE’S PUB, YOU KNOW, IT’S A PUB. YOU CAN DRINK WHILE YOU LISTEN TO NERDS TALK. SO THAT I FEEL IS A REALLY GOOD, YOU KNOW, COMPLIMENT TO IT. AND AT THE END OF THE NIGHT YOU LEARN A LOT. I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT ALL KINDS OF FOOD THINGS, SCIENCE THINGS, SPORTS THINGS, HISTORY THINGS, ENTERTAINMENT THINGS. I LOVE IT AND I HOPE OTHER PEOPLE WILL.>>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR JOINING US AND THIS TIME TELLING US SOMETHING THAT WE DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEW PODCAST. AND ALL OF THE BEST LUCK WITH IT.>>THANKS SO MUCH.>>TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR SIX UPCOMING SHOWS OF “TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW” AT JOE’S PUB HERE IN NEW YORK. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION.>>>AND BEFORE WE SAY GOO NIGHT WE OFFER YOU A GIFT. NOW YOU CAN TAKE “METROFOCUS” WITH YOU. DOWNLOAD THE “METROFOCUS” APP AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID AND iPHONE. YOU’LL GET NEWS, WEATHER AND TRAFFIC FOR THE METRO AREA. IT’S A CLICK AWAY AND DID WE MENTION IT’S FREE? FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER FOR UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITY. WE’LL SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW. ♪ ♪>>>FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY — CORPORATE FUNDING FOR “METROFOCUS” WAS PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA. YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY. AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, STRENGTHENING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

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