Yes, This Blog Is Leaving

As reported in Forbes on Friday, the Freakonomics blog will be leaving on or around March 1 and returning to its indie roots.

The Forbes piece and most of the followup coverage drew the seemingly obvious connection between the Times‘s impending metered model (some people call it a paywall), with the implication being that we were leaving to escape it.

But our move was largely motivated by something else entirely. In the 3.5 years since we came to, the Freakonomics project has expanded to include a variety of content in various media – the books, a documentary film, a public-radio project*, etc. – and it was simply time to make all this stuff, along with the blog, accessible in one place. The plan is to mash up all these things (and perhaps a few more things – video and apps, e.g.) into one tight-knit little media channel known as Our partner in the project is Chad Troutwine, an education entrepreneur, film producer and generally impressive guy who produced the Freakonomics film (which, BTW, is released on DVD today).

As for the blog itself: surely there will be some changes (we’ll return to a full RSS feed, for one), but much will stay the same. As always, we’re grateful for your suggestions, whether they’re about content, design, site architecture, the commenting system, etc. We will trust in the magic of technology to make all URL’s magically redirect themselves to the right place when the the time is right, but we’ll make announcements here to that end if necessary.

In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. We’ll talk to you again once we begin our initial descent …

*Freakonomics Radio in particular has become a bigger deal than we thought it would be when it launched less than a year ago. It now includes a weekly podcast, a segment on Marketplace every two weeks, an upcoming series of five one-hour specials (in June) that will be heard on public-radio stations around the country (as long as program directors decide to carry it; dear program directors: please do!), and a few Freakonomics Radio live events: one in New York; one in L.A.; and one in St. Paul, Minn., Levitt’s hometown, which means there’s a pretty good chance we’ll rope him into doing something embarrassing onstage.


congrats on everything. Please keep up the good work!


One suggestion: if the comments to a post raise an interesting question or rebuttal to the post, as they often do, consider address it in a future post. Or if there's a good debate sparked in the comments, highlight that in a (timely) followup post.

Dr. Van Nostrand

It's probably a little early for this, but how would one get tickets to a live Freakonomics Radio event if they happened to live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area?


I would love if you added a feature to subscribe via RSS to the comments of specific posts. Sometimes the comments are just as good reading as the posts, and I want to keep up on them without having to remember to revisit that specific post over and over.

Thaly Gutiérrez

I registered to NYT because of you... guess is time to say goodbye to the ol?reliable, hello Freakanomics[dot]com :) Congrats!

Ben D

How about a comment rating system, so the best, most interesting comments rise to the top. You know, a comment market.


Yes, and feedback on technical issues would be good, such as when you recently posted a link to iTunes that didn't seem to work for so many people (even if they had iTunes). None of the complaints earned a response.

VB in NV

St. Paul Preview

Steven D. Levitt sings Dylan....or sings anything for that matter

Eric M. Jones

Thank God. I thought they were kicking you off because of ME. It's always about me.

Here's my suggestion: Certain Freakonomics' subjects generate so many good responses (e.g. Marijuana or Global Warming) that doing a little Wiki editing and cranking out a book is sooooo close to doable.

I also #6 Ben Dover's suggestion.


Hurray! I never liked this format.

I know you said the podcasts have taken off, but you can't "skim" podcasts!

I like the idea of having a like/ dislike option on posts. And, I'd love to see the authors commenting or rebutting the posts as well.

Y'all have been very approachable and that is what makes this blog better than many others.

Congratulations on all the success.

Mike B

Huzzah. Nice to see one of my regular sources of information won't be going behind a Pay Wall. Let's hope 538 does a little boomerang and ends up the same way.

Drill-Baby-Drill drill Team

Haiku to Freakonomics Blog:

All-You-Can-Eat Net Buffet
Is's Going Away.
Market Economics.

----Fond Farewell to my Freaky Friends from the Pacific Northwest!


Full text RSS Feeds, about darn time.

Michael Rogers

Yes! A good move.

Freakonomics is, of course, in accord with he stylistic excellence of NYT. However, your content, i.e., moral position, often, if not usually, flies in the face of the (usually) naïve anti-capitalist tilt of this gray old lady.


The less I can pay Mr. Murdoch, the better I feel. Welcome back to the Internet, Freakonomics!


I'm glad I'll be able to start reading your blog again. I, and thousands of others, actively boycott any blog that doesn't provide full RSS feeds. Welcome back to the real Internet.


Another suggestion: How about a "REPLY" button that links/sorts a reply post to the post it is replying to? This allows us to keep better track of thoughts/arguments, I believe.


Full RSS feed!!! Since the change from full RSS a while back, my post reading has gone from 60% to about 5%. I'm glad to reverse that soon!


Full RSS! Huzzah!!! I look forward to being able to read you more easily and more regularly.

Delana Mitchell Vickers

Congratulations to you on all the successes! You probably do not remember me, but we were Communications majors together at App State, wrote for The Appalachian at the same time and hung around WASU.
Thanks for the heads up on the changes. Best wishes as you move forward,