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What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    The future of: Crypto criticism; Substack and ABC News

    The future of: Crypto criticism; Substack and ABC News

    Three interviews! One pod: First entrepreneur and investor Zach Weinberg tells Recode’s Peter Kafka why he’s accidentally become Twitter Famous as a crypto skeptic — and explains how you can do it, too. Then two talks from the recent Collision Conference: Substack CEO Chris Best on the growth of his company, and about an unsuccessful attempt to raise a funding round (this was recorded before Substack laid off 14% of its workforce); and ABC News boss Kim Godwin on the challenges of reaching audiences that may no longer want fact-based news — or, at a minimum, aren’t watching traditional TV anymore.

    Featuring: Zach Weinberg (@zachweinberg) Founder of Flatiron and Invite Media, Investor at Operator Partners
    Chris Best (@cjgbest), Co-Founder and CEO of Substack
    Kim Godwin (@KimGodwinTV), President of ABC News
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
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    • 1 hr
    Is this a Netflix problem or a streaming problem?

    Is this a Netflix problem or a streaming problem?

    Today, CNBC’s Alex Sherman joins Recode’s Peter Kafka to ponder several media mysteries:
    Why did Netflix lose 2 million subscribers?
    Why was Disney executive Peter Rice unexpectedly fired?
    What’s going on at Warner Bros. Discovery?
    Is someone gonna buy VICE?
    Why is Wall Street meh on BuzzFeed?

    Featuring: Alex Sherman (@sherman4949), Media and Tech Reporter for CNBC
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
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    • 35 min
    Bill Simmons on podcasts, celebrity interviews and life at Spotify

    Bill Simmons on podcasts, celebrity interviews and life at Spotify

    The Bill Simmons Podcast is, by its own description, "the most downloaded sports podcast of all time." This week, it hits its 1,000th episode.
    Bill Simmons began his career as a Boston sportswriter and went on to found ESPN's sports and pop culture blog Grantland. After ESPN shut down the site, Simmons started the Ringer — which he sold to Spotify in 2020.
    In this wide-ranging conversation, Recode’s Peter Kafka talks to Simmons about how he became a podcasting pioneer, and when he realized nerditry about the NBA and Game of Thrones could both live under the same roof. Simmons also reflects on what he learned from his time as an employee of The Walt Disney Corporation and how things are different at Spotify. Plus, he reveals the number one dream guest he’d love to have on his show.

    Featuring: Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons), Founder of The Ringer
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
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    • 1 hr
    Why is this VC on your TikTok?

    Why is this VC on your TikTok?

    TikTok isn’t just funny dances and glow-ups anymore… it’s also for venture capital!!! Logan Bartlett, managing director at the VC firm Redpoint, reaches out to startups via the socials. He also hosts a podcast called Cartoon Avatars. Bartlett talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about wooing the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, the VC world’s abrupt shift to restraint, and, of course, more crypto stuff.

    Featuring: Logan Bartlett (@loganbartlett), Managing Director at Redpoint Ventures and host of Cartoon Avatars
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
    More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians, and more to get their take on today's media landscape.
    About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us.
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    • 42 min
    Engineer Molly White explains why Web3 isn’t going great

    Engineer Molly White explains why Web3 isn’t going great

    Software engineer Molly White has emerged as one of Web3’s most high-profile skeptics. Her website “Web3 is going just great” chronicles scams, bugs, “rug pulls” and thefts plaguing the world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations), and other blockchain technologies. She and Recode’s Peter Kafka discuss her take on all things Web3, why she took on this project in her free time, and how the feedback she’s received compares to her previous work on GamerGate and the Boogaloo movement.

    Featuring: Molly White (@molly0xfff), software engineer and creator of Web3 is going just great
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
    More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians, and more to get their take on today's media landscape.
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    • 32 min
    Is Big Tech getting better about misinformation?

    Is Big Tech getting better about misinformation?

    Lots of people will tell you that misinformation is a big problem online. But exactly what the problem is, and what tech companies can and should do about it, is up for debate. It’s also what Bloomberg reporter Davey Alba covers every day.
    In this conversation, she talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about the recent massacre in Buffalo, which the shooter promoted on Discord and live-streamed on Twitch; copies of his manifesto and clips of the killing then migrated around the internet. All of which echoes a previous mass shooting in 2019. What, if anything, have the big tech companies learned about these kinds of attacks and how to respond to them? Then Alba talks about one of the latest problems platforms like YouTube and Facebook are grappling with: Potentially dangerous instructions about how to make your own infant formula, and whether those should stay online.

    Featuring: Davey Alba (@daveyalba), reporter for Bloomberg Technology
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
    More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians, and more to get their take on today's media landscape.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Sophisticated analysis of new media

Covers everything from Netflix, to Twitch, to tech billionaires and elections. Really fascinating and intelligent discussions. Quite hard hitting - but fascinating. Entertainment news in there too so there’s levity - I love it!

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