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Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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United States

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Recode

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Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Twitter:

@recode

Language:

English


Episodes

Best of: Chamath Palihapitiya

9/16/2020
In these best-of interview excerpts — originally published in March 2016, August 2017, and March 2020 — Kara Swisher talks with venture capitalist and Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya. They discuss his time working at AOL and Facebook, the problems with corporate culture in Silicon Valley, and how the industry and office culture as a whole were shaken up by COVID-19. Featuring: Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath), CEO, Social Capital Host: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder...

Duration:01:00:12

Best of: Sarah Cooper

9/14/2020
In this best-of episode originally published in January 2018, writer and comedian Sarah Cooper talks with Kara Swisher and Dick Costolo about why she left a career in the tech industry to become a stand-up comic. Cooper has made tech a central part of her comedy and has written a book based in part on her time at Yahoo and Google called 100 Tricks To Appear Smart in Meetings. The group debates whether people who work in tech are funny (on purpose) and whether depictions of them in popular...

Duration:01:10:44

Best of: Ellen Pao

9/9/2020
In this best-of episode originally published in October 2017, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to investor Ellen Pao about her book, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, which chronicled Pao’s 2015 court battle against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. They discuss her unsuccessful gender discrimination lawsuit, how it paved the way for future whistleblowers such as Susan Fowler at Uber, and the problems with Silicon Valley's "free speech" idealism. Featuring:...

Duration:01:06:10

Best of: James Corden

9/7/2020
In this best-of episode originally published in October 2016, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to the host of The Late Late Show, James Corden, about redesigning a talk show for the YouTube generation. He talks about the viral video hits that broke out from the show such as "Carpool Karaoke," his complicated relationship with technology, and why he hates it when people use the term "the cloud." Featuring: James Corden (@JKCorden), host, The Late Late Show Host: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode...

Duration:00:59:53

Best of: Nikole Hannah-Jones

9/2/2020
In this best-of episode, Recode's Kara Swisher talked to New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones about how COVID-19 magnified inequality in the US, and our historical failure to treat essential workers — from meat-packing plants to checkout counters to delivery drivers — with the respect and protection they deserve. Hannah-Jones, who created the 1619 Project at the NYT, also talks about the technology gap and current inequalities in pre-college education, and says the crisis is...

Duration:00:53:38

Best of: Maria Ressa

8/31/2020
In this best-of episode, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa about doing investigative journalism in the Philippines, where social media has emboldened an autocratic president. Ressa — currently appealing a "cyber libel" conviction — explains why the Philippines was a cautionary tale for the United States, how Facebook's inaction on disinformation poisoned the political discourse, and what Mark Zuckerberg told her when she tried to appeal to him directly. Featuring: Maria...

Duration:01:00:21

Best of: Edward Snowden

8/26/2020
In this best-of episode, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about his book "Permanent Record," how his youthful love of the US government and the early internet turned into skepticism, and why he leaked highly classified information in 2013. Featuring: Edward Snowden (@Snowden), author of Permanent Record and president of Freedom of the Press Foundation (@FreedomofPress) Hosts: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore: On...

Duration:01:44:35

Best of: Maggie Haberman and David Fahrenthold

8/24/2020
In this best-of episode, originally published in September 2017, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold about their reporting on the Trump White House and his finances. They explain how they both accidentally got onto the Trump beat and how Twitter helps them do their jobs. Featuring: Maggie Haberman (@maggienyt), New York Times White House correspondent David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold), Washington Post reporter...

Duration:01:06:08

Best of: Scott Galloway

8/19/2020
In these best-of excerpts from several episodes of Recode Decode, Kara Swisher talks to her Pivot co-host Scott Galloway about the tech giants, the secrets of happiness, and the future of business and marketing. These interviews were originally published in June 2017, September 2017, and May 2019. Featuring: Scott Galloway (@ProfGalloway), co-host of Pivot and professor, NYU Stern School of Business Hosts: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore: On...

Duration:00:58:51

Best of: Nicole Wong

8/17/2020
In this best-of episode, former deputy CTO of the United States Nicole Wong talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of tech policy and why content moderation is more complicated than many people think. They discuss how she went from working for Google to working for President Obama, and Wong proposes a "slow food movement for the internet" to steer companies away from their addiction to "engagement." Featuring: Nicole Wong (@nicolewong), former deputy CTO, United States Hosts: Kara...

Duration:00:58:07

Best of: Boots Riley

8/12/2020
In this best-of episode, Recode's Kara Swisher and Shirin Ghaffary talk to Boots Riley, the writer and director of the satirical dark comedy film Sorry to Bother You. They discuss how he got the movie made and distributed, its unexpected popularity among the tech capitalists it satirizes, and how social media has brought once-obscure viewpoints into the mainstream. Featuring: Boots Riley, writer/director, Sorry to Bother You Hosts: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and...

Duration:01:12:18

Best of: Kathy Griffin

8/10/2020
In this best-of episode, originally published in March 2019, comedian Kathy Griffin talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the notorious photo shoot that got her investigated by the Secret Service, and her self-financed stand-up special, A Hell of a Story. She also calls for the resignation of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and talks about how she'd like to see social media companies get regulated. Featuring: Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin), comedian and author Hosts: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher),...

Duration:01:04:34

Best of: Tristan Harris

8/5/2020
Tristan Harris, the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in these two best-of interview excerpts. In the first interview, originally published in January 2017, Harris discusses his background and the Center's best-known initiative, "Time Well Spent." In the second interview, originally published in May 2019, he talks about a follow-on initiative called "Human Downgrading," a term chosen to describe what engagement-driven tech does to people without...

Duration:01:10:56

Best of: Margrethe Vestager

8/3/2020
Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition and a three-time Recode Decode guest, talks with Kara Swisher in these three excerpts from her appearances on the show. Originally published in 2016, 2017, and 2019, the interviews cover how Vestager approached trying to regulate big tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google, which for many years were largely untouched by US regulators. Featuring: Margrethe Vestager (@vestager), European Commissioner for Competition...

Duration:01:07:32

Best of: Tim Cook

7/29/2020
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC's Chris Hayes in this live interview that originally aired in April 2018. This conversation was broadcast on MSNBC for the TV show Revolution and also features educators from Chicago-area schools, with whom Apple was partnering to get its devices into more classrooms. Swisher, Hayes, and Cook discuss Apple’s education initiatives, the displacement of jobs by technology and automation, Apple's international taxes, and whether the...

Duration:01:22:06

Best of: Mark Zuckerberg

7/27/2020
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in this interview, which was originally published in July 2018. They discuss why Facebook hadn't banned Alex Jones and Inforwars (a stance it later reversed), why no one was fired after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the rise of China as a global tech power. Featuring: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, Facebook Hosts: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore: On Reset, Arielle...

Duration:01:22:05

Best of: Carole Cadwalladr

7/22/2020
The Guardian and Observer reporter Carole Cadwalladr talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in this interview, which was originally published in July 2019. They discuss her investigations into the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the links between tech and political disinformation campaigns, and the dangers of challenging billionaire ideologues. Featuring: Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla), reporter and feature writer, The Guardian & Observer Hosts: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and...

Duration:01:16:20

Best of: Anand Giridharadas

7/20/2020
Journalist and Winners Take All author Anand Giridharadas talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in these excerpts from two of our favorite episodes, originally published in October 2018 and May 2019. They discuss the growing culture of inequality in the tech industry and around the world, how elites use philanthropy as a shield for the damage they have inflicted on others, and what the ultra-rich should do instead of acting as de facto political leaders. Plus: What the government should do to...

Duration:01:21:05

Best of: Hillary Clinton

7/15/2020
Here are excerpts from two of our favorite episodes of Recode Decode, originally published in June 2017 and October 2018. In the first section, recorded live at the 2017 Code Conference, Recode's Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg talk to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about why she lost the 2016 election, the Democratic Party's failure to use tech and data effectively, and whether she blames Facebook for her defeat. Then, in a follow-up interview recorded in New York City the...

Duration:01:36:57

Best of: John Carreyrou

7/13/2020
Here is one of our favorite episodes of Recode Decode, originally published in May 2018. In it, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou about his book about Theranos, "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup." They discuss founder Elizabeth Holmes' obsession with Steve Jobs, how red flags about her blood-testing technology were dismissed, and how everything came crashing down. Featuring: John Carreyrou (@JohnCarreyrou), author,...

Duration:01:05:54