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Every week, Nick Bilton interviews the leading minds in tech, politics, and culture to find out what motivates them, how they make decisions, what keeps them up at night, where their ideas come from, who they look to for advice, and where they think their industry is going. Bilton brings you into the room where the world's most interesting and important decisions are made.

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Every week, Nick Bilton interviews the leading minds in tech, politics, and culture to find out what motivates them, how they make decisions, what keeps them up at night, where their ideas come from, who they look to for advice, and where they think their industry is going. Bilton brings you into the room where the world's most interesting and important decisions are made.

    Knives Out: The Democratic Primary Is About to Get Messy

    Knives Out: The Democratic Primary Is About to Get Messy

    It’s finally here! No, the impeachment—we’re talking about the Iowa Caucus. After what feels like 30 years of speculation (but has really been three), Jordan Brown, a political consultant and fundraiser who has spent time on the ground with almost all of the Democratic nominees, joins Nick to explain how the Democratic primary could play out from Iowa to New Hampshire to Super Tuesday, why the country is at its biggest crossroads in history, and whether impeachment, which likely won’t end in Trump’s removal, will help or hinder his prospects of winning a second term.
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    How to Survive America's Job Apocalypse

    How to Survive America's Job Apocalypse

    Are you about to lose your job to a robot? Adam Davidson, creator of NPR's "Planet Money," joins Nick to talk about his new book, "The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century," where he argues that capitalism isn't dead, a (coming) recession won't destroy America, and the world isn't in as terrible shape as we've all been led to believe—although, in order to survive the coming job apocalypse, you might need to become Amish. Stick around when Adam and Nick get meta-meta-meta as they talk about the future of media and the business of podcasting.
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    You Won't Believe What Trump Said About His Middle Name

    You Won't Believe What Trump Said About His Middle Name

    Is the Iran skirmish over? Or is this the beginning of something bigger? Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent for Vanity Fair, joins Nick to explain how this all went down inside the Trump White House, why anti-immigration scribe Steven Miller still has a job, why Don Jr. will go on to run for office, but Ivanka won't, and—perhaps most importantly—what Donald J. Trump told a Republican pollster last week when asked what the "J" in his middle name stood for.
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    Will 2020 Kick Off the Gene-Editing Revolution?

    Will 2020 Kick Off the Gene-Editing Revolution?

    Thanks to the rise of the smartphone, the last decade saw the most dramatic technological change in centuries. Over the next ten years, the same thing will happen to science, healthcare, and space travel. D.A. Wallach, a former rockstar turned biotech investor, joins Nick to kick off the year by debating the scientific predictions for the next decade, including whether we will soon be able to print human organs, if healthcare will become so advanced that living past 100 will become routine, or if only the rich will be afforded such advancements, and whether humans will live on Mars by 2030.
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    How Jared Kushner and Kim Kardashian’s Pet Issue Could Shape 2020

    How Jared Kushner and Kim Kardashian’s Pet Issue Could Shape 2020

    Is the American prison system the most broken part of this country? Believe it or not, prison reform might be the one issue Republicans and Democrats can agree on. Scott Budnick, the producer behind The Hangover and Just Mercy, joins Nick to elucidate the many pitfalls of the U.S. incarceration system, why over 6 million Americans are under correctional supervision, why America is the only country that jails kids for life, and why we need to start giving people a second chance.
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    • 52 min
    Ronan Farrow Tells All: Weinstein, NBC, and Why Cancel Culture Is Bunk

    Ronan Farrow Tells All: Weinstein, NBC, and Why Cancel Culture Is Bunk

    As the #MeToo movement continues to roil corporate boardrooms and Hollywood studios, the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow has been at its forefront. The author of Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, joins Nick to take listeners behind the scenes of his years-long reporting on Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Les Moonves, among others. The two also discuss Jeffrey Epstein’s death, why Donald Trump and Bill Clinton still haven’t gone down, and why cancel culture sometimes misses the point.
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    • 56 min

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