Freakonomics Radio will return to Philadelphia for the first time in two years to host a special live show on June 6 at the Kimmel Center, in partnership with WHYY.
Host Stephen J. Dubner will bring to the stage the same kind of factual, inquisitive journalism that has been a hallmark of his weekly show, but in an unscripted, unpredictable format — with the most entertaining, enlightening conversations you’re likely to hear. He will be joined by co-host Angela Duckworth, author of Grit and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, plus a real-time human fact-checker.
Guests will come on stage and try to wow Dubner and Duckworth with a fascinating fact, historical wrinkle, new line of research — anything, really, as long as it’s interesting, useful, and true (or at least true-ish, as determined by the evening's fact-checker). At the end of the evening, the live audience will vote to determine the winning guest.
This one-night-only event follows two New York shows in March that sold out months in advance. About other recent "Freakonomics Radio Live" tapings, New York Magazine said attendees "leave with answers to questions you didn’t even know you had" and the Washington Post wrote, "not only will you laugh, but your IQ will go up 10 points."
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About Freakonomics Radio
Discover the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature — from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt. After just a few episodes, this podcast will have you too thinking like a Freak.
About Stephen J. Dubner:
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and TV and radio personality. In addition to the Freakonomics book series (which have sold more than 8 million copies in 40 languages), he is the author of Turbulent Souls (Choosing My Religion), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, and the children’s book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons. His journalism has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and elsewhere. He has taught English at Columbia University (while receiving an M.F.A. there), played in a rock band (which started at Appalachian State University, where he was an undergrad, and was later signed to Arista Records), and, as a writer, was first published at the age of 11, in Highlights for Children. Dubner is also the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which gets 8 million downloads a month. He lives in New York with his wife, the documentary photographer Ellen Binder, and their children.