The Freakonomics Radio Network is launching a new membership scheme this month, offering access to subscriber-only episodes and ad-free listening as well as other bonus content.
The membership program - Freakonomics Radio Plus - is launching 25 September and will be available to subscribe to on Apple Podcasts, as well as on the website through a partnership with Supporting Cast which allows members to access content across multiple podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more.
"We're thrilled to be supporting the launch of Freakonomics Radio Plus,” said Supporting Caset CEO David Stern. “As long-time fans of the network, we're excited about the additional content the team is creating as part of this membership program. And as believers in meeting listeners where they are, we're excited to help the Freakonomics team deliver member-only content across the podcast ecosystem."
Bonus content that will be available as part of the membership includes weekly exclusive episodes of Freakonomics Radio, with extended cuts from interviews on the main show, as well as behind-the-scenes content looking at the reporting process, what the team learned after publishing, and previews of what ideas are being explored ahead of the show.
The first two member-only episodes will be launching 25 September, and feature an extended interview with Jason Kelce from the episode “When Is a Superstar Just Another Employee?” and an in-depth look at the prescription drug industry.
Additionally, subscribers will be able to access ad-free episodes from shows across the entire Freakonomics Radio Network including Freakonomics Radio, No Stupid Questions, People I (Mostly) Admire, The Economics of Everyday Things, and The Freakonomics Radio Book Club. The cost of membership ranges from $4.99 (£4.04) per month to $41.99 (£33.97) per year.
“We’re delighted to give our most loyal fans a way to connect more deeply with Freakonomics Radio and the other shows in our network,” said Freakonomics Radio Network executive vice president and general manager Neal Carruth. “Members will now have the opportunity to support programming they value.”