300 episodes

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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    • 4.1, 7 Ratings

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.

    Daniel Schreiber: How COVID-19 affects the insurance business

    Daniel Schreiber: How COVID-19 affects the insurance business

    Lemonade CEO and co-founder Daniel Schreiber talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about what happens to an insurance in a crisis like COVID-19, how some of the money from Lemonade customers' premiums will be allocated to coronavirus relief, and whether the insurance industry can be fully automated. Schreiber also talks about Lemonade's decision to be a public benefit corporation, why that doesn't make them "do-gooders," and why he strives to be more like Ulysses from the Odyssey and not like Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook.
    Featuring:
    Daniel Schreiber, CEO, Lemonade
    Host:
    Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large
    More to explore:
    On Reset, Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.
    On Recode Media, Peter Kafka interviews business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters about the collision of tech and media.
    On Pivot, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the big tech news stories of the week, who's winning, who's failing, and what comes next.
    And on Land of the Giants, Jason Del Rey chronicled the rise of Amazon. Season 2 will focus on Netflix and is coming soon!
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    • 52 min
    Jon Mooallem: How one city, united by radio, pulled together after an earthquake

    Jon Mooallem: How one city, united by radio, pulled together after an earthquake

    New York Times Magazine writer-at-large Jon Mooallem talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his newest book, This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together. It tells the story of a 9.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Anchorage, Alaska in 1964 and how a part-time radio reporter named Genie Chance held her community together. Mooallem recounts how he got his hands on the recordings of Chance's broadcasts and reported out the full story of the disaster, which had been largely forgotten outside Alaska; he also compares Anchorage's recovery from the earthquake to what people around the world are doing now in response to COVID-19. Plus: How has storytelling changed over the course of Mooallem's career?
    Featuring:
    Jon Mooallem (@jmooallem), author, This Is Chance!
    Host:
    Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large
    More to explore:
    On Reset, Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.
    On Recode Media, Peter Kafka interviews business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters about the collision of tech and media.
    On Pivot, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the big tech news stories of the week, who's winning, who's failing, and what comes next.
    And on Land of the Giants, Jason Del Rey chronicled the rise of Amazon. Season 2 will focus on Netflix and is coming soon!
    About Recode by Vox:
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    • 51 min
    Phil Howard and Emily Bell: Disinformation in 2020, from "Plandemic" to Bill Gates to "Obamagate"

    Phil Howard and Emily Bell: Disinformation in 2020, from "Plandemic" to Bill Gates to "Obamagate"

    Phil Howard, the Oxford Internet Institute director and author of Lie Machines, and Emily Bell, the director of Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about the state of disinformation and propaganda in the coronavirus pandemic and how what we're hearing this year compares to the state-organized propaganda that infected elections in 2016. They explain some of the most pervasive conspiracy theories and campaigns — including the untruthful documentary-style movie "Plandemic," how Bill Gates replaced George Soros as the leading right-wing boogeyman, and President Trump's amorphous "Obamagate" insinuations. Bell and Howard also talk about why these lies are spreading so effectively, the celebrities and influencers that are helping them along, and how the big tech platforms are faring in the face of this challenge. Plus: How Facebook built "misinformation factories" in its apps.
    Featuring:
    Emily Bell (@emilybell), director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism
    Phil Howard (@pnhoward), director, Oxford Internet Institute and author, Lie Machines.
    Host:
    Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large
    More to explore:
    On Reset, Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.
    On Recode Media, Peter Kafka interviews business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters about the collision of tech and media.
    On Pivot, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the big tech news stories of the week, who's winning, who's failing, and what comes next.
    And on Land of the Giants, Jason Del Rey chronicled the rise of Amazon. Season 2 will focus on Netflix and is coming soon!
    About Recode by Vox:
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dara Khosrowshahi: How Uber is changing and being challenged by a global pandemic

    Dara Khosrowshahi: How Uber is changing and being challenged by a global pandemic

    Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about Uber's evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic, how it's preparing for the world to re-open, and the one segment of the company that is thriving right now — its food delivery business, UberEats. Khosrowshahi also discusses the company's recent 6700-person layoffs, the blowback UberEats has received for the fees it imposes on restaurant owners, and the “rumors” that it will acquire food delivery rival GrubHub, and why that wouldn't be a monopoly. Plus: How are Uber's relations with local and federal governments, and what would Khosrowshahi do if he were still the CEO of a travel company like Expedia?
    Featuring:
    Dara Khosrowshahi (@dkhos), CEO, Uber
    Host:
    Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large
    More to explore:
    On Reset, Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.
    On Recode Media, Peter Kafka interviews business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters about the collision of tech and media.
    On Pivot, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the big tech news stories of the week, who's winning, who's failing, and what comes next.
    And on Land of the Giants, Jason Del Rey chronicled the rise of Amazon. Season 2 will focus on Netflix and is coming soon!
    About Recode by Vox:
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Brian Chesky: These 9 weeks were the most stressful in Airbnb’s history

    Brian Chesky: These 9 weeks were the most stressful in Airbnb’s history

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky returns to Recode Decode to talk with Kara Swisher about how the company is "going back to [its] roots" after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its IPO; the future of travel and hospitality in a world with way fewer people taking airplanes; and how Airbnb tried to "lead by example" in its severance payments and benefits to laid-off employees. Chesky also talks about the delay of projects such as a previously-announced flight booking program, why fewer people will work from only one city when their lives get back to normal, and why raising $2 billion in debt was the right move for the company when everything was on fire. Plus: He tries to convince Kara that "Pittsburgh is the new Paris."
    Featuring:
    Brian Chesky (@bchesky), CEO, Airbnb
    Host:
    Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large
    More to explore:
    On Reset, Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.
    On Recode Media, Peter Kafka interviews business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters about the collision of tech and media.
    On Pivot, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the big tech news stories of the week, who's winning, who's failing, and what comes next.
    And on Land of the Giants, Jason Del Rey chronicled the rise of Amazon. Season 2 will focus on Netflix and is coming soon!
    About Recode by Vox:
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Gene Sperling: Now is the perfect time to fix economic dignity in America

    Gene Sperling: Now is the perfect time to fix economic dignity in America

    Former Clinton and Obama economic advisor Gene Sperling talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his latest book, Economic Dignity, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing attitudes toward essential labor and compensation. He predicts that unemployment could top 10 percent for several years to come, and evaluates the federal government's response to the crisis so far, explaining what he would tell President Trump if he were still in the White House today. Sperling also talks about the need for laws to protect gig workers, why the Obama administration didn't stop Big Tech from growing in size and power when it had the chance, and the need for antitrust action against companies like Facebook.
    Featuring:
    Gene Sperling (@genebsperling), author, Economic Dignity
    Host:
    Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large
    More to explore:
    On Reset, Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.
    On Recode Media, Peter Kafka interviews business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters about the collision of tech and media.
    On Pivot, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway talk about the big tech news stories of the week, who's winning, who's failing, and what comes next.
    And on Land of the Giants, Jason Del Rey chronicled the rise of Amazon. Season 2 will focus on Netflix and is coming soon!
    About Recode by Vox:
    Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Hozmatoz ,

Awesome topics, host interrupts

I love the topics and love the guests. But it is hard to listen as many many times the guest cannot finish sentence without Kara talking over them. Also all the “mmms” and “right right” are distracting. I listen to it sometimes to inspire me to interrupt less myself as I know I do this too. I get excited about the topic and want to get to next point. But I really need to slow down and hold on until person stops talking before I start talking. Listening to Kara makes me realise how much I want to not interrupt. It sounds really bad.

Carlos M Cordero ,

Intelligent tech journalism

Kara is a jewel of a journalist and every time she approaches a subject or interviews someone it is guaranteed to be an intense, intelligent, uncompromising, and educating event.

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