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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.

    Land of the Giants: Why Instagram Broke Its Square

    Land of the Giants: Why Instagram Broke Its Square

    This week, we bring you an episode of Recode and The Verge’s latest season of Land of the Giants: The Facebook / Meta Disruption. To check out the first two episodes, subscribe wherever you subscribe to podcasts!
    This episode explores Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram in 2012. Mark Zuckerberg promised he would be hands-off with the company’s curated aesthetic and simple features. But as Facebook scaled the startup into a social media juggernaut, tensions flared. Instagram’s founders would leave, and it’s now a very different app than when it first started. But are the changes setting the company up to compete in the future? Or is Instagram losing the magic that made it great in the first place? 

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

    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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    • 37 min
    B.J. Novak on “Vengeance”, podcasts and the downside of the streaming boom

    B.J. Novak on “Vengeance”, podcasts and the downside of the streaming boom

    B.J. Novak has starred on TV, written a best-selling kids’ book, and tried his hand at app-making. Now he’s written, directed, and starred in his own movie: Vengeance, about a self-obsessed podcaster, red/blue state divides, and much more. He talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about making the movie during a pandemic, what it was like to be on The Office when it was on NBC and then on Netflix, and why streaming is a “wasteland for comedy.”

    Plus! The New York Times' James Poniewozek explains why the January 6 hearings’ novel format has worked on TV and social media.

    Featuring: B.J. Novak (@bjnovak), Actor, Comedian, and Writer
    James Poniewozik (@poniewozik), TV Critic for The New York Times
    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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    • 46 min
    What is the metaverse, when is it going to show up and who’s going to run it?

    What is the metaverse, when is it going to show up and who’s going to run it?

    People have been talking about the metaverse for years. But they’re talking about it much more these days, spurred by Mark Zuckerberg’s full-fledged embrace of the… actually, what exactly is the metaverse again, anyways?
    Investor, analyst and metaverse explainer Matthew Ball, who’s already tried explaining this stuff to Recode’s Peter Kafka, has written a whole book about it, so he’s back again: Ball talks about what he thinks the metaverse is really going to be, what it’s not going to be, how long it might take to get here and why you may or may not care about it.

    Featuring: Matthew Ball (@ballmatthew), Investor, Analyst, and Author
    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
    Ken Auletta on the Harvey Weinstein story he wrote, the story he couldn’t write, and the one he’s publishing now.

    Ken Auletta on the Harvey Weinstein story he wrote, the story he couldn’t write, and the one he’s publishing now.

    20 years ago the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta wrote a seminal profile of famed and feared producer Harvey Weinstein - with one glaring omission. Now Auletta has written a book about Weinstein — Hollywood Ending — and this time he’s able to cover the full story. Auletta talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about the two works, and why it took so long for Weinstein’s much-rumored sexual abuses to come out in the open.

    Featuring: Ken Auletta (@kenauletta), Writer at The New Yorker, and Author
    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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    • 32 min
    Netflix has a huge hit with Peaky Blinders — and Caryn Mandabach owns it.

    Netflix has a huge hit with Peaky Blinders — and Caryn Mandabach owns it.

    Caryn Mandabach produced some of the biggest hits in TV history — like The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and That ’70s Show. Now she’s thriving in the Netflix era, with Peaky Blinders — a historical crime drama that just ended a six-season run and is a global success story. She talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about the way the TV business has changed, and the risk and reward of owning your own shows.

    Featuring: Caryn Mandabach (@mandabachtv), Executive Producer of Netflix's Peaky Blinders
    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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    • 31 min
    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
    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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480 Ratings

480 Ratings

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P Kafka is excellent

Today’s free double-interview episode is a great example. Thanks, EVERY week, y’all; I never miss one.

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THE BEST!

The best podcast for covering media businesses, hands down. Excellent interviewer. Knows what he’s talking about (which is rare) and has guests who do too. Don’t listen to the negative reviews here. Not exactly sure where they’re coming from. Maybe from some other podcaster “stars” who are not as good and like to stir up trouble. Peter Kafka & Nilay Patel are the real rock stars.

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