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."