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Direct questions, real answers. On with Kara Swisher is where “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” gets to the heart of what makes powerful people tick. Kara makes sense of tech, business and politics through tough conversations with the newsmakers who matter. So why do they show up? “Smart people,” says Kara, “like difficult questions.” Plus, it’s fun.
Every Monday and Thursday. From New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.3 • 896 Ratings

Direct questions, real answers. On with Kara Swisher is where “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” gets to the heart of what makes powerful people tick. Kara makes sense of tech, business and politics through tough conversations with the newsmakers who matter. So why do they show up? “Smart people,” says Kara, “like difficult questions.” Plus, it’s fun.
Every Monday and Thursday. From New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    The Big Business of Online Dating (Land of the Giants)

    The Big Business of Online Dating (Land of the Giants)

    Today, Nayeema sits down with dating industry veteran Lakshmi Rengarajan and journalist Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz before we play you an episode of the podcast they host — Land of the Giants: Dating Games. In conversation, the three explore the business of online dating, the incentive apps have to keep users swiping and the power the people who run and build these dating services have in shaping our love lives.
    Kara and Nayeema will be back on Monday with a fresh episode of On with Kara Swisher. Until then, find them on Twitter @karaswisher and @nayeema.
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    Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, The League. If you’ve ever wondered why using these different dating apps feels similar, it may be because they’re all owned by Match Group, the company that helped start online dating in the 90s, and now owns two-thirds of the dating app market. Today, Match is a dating app conglomerate with millions of users and over 45 brands around the world. That’s billions of dollars worth of swipes and subscriptions. But does paying for what Match Group calls “superpowers” — things like Hinge’s ‘roses’ and Tinder’s ‘super likes’ — get users any closer to connecting with real-life people? 
    • Hosted by Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz (@sangeetaskurtz) and Lakshmi Rengarajan (@Shmi_So_Far)
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    • 53 min
    Mark Zuckerberg: Oops!...I Did It Again

    Mark Zuckerberg: Oops!...I Did It Again

    When Meta announced Donald Trump would be allowed back on Facebook and Instagram, it wasn’t the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg who made the decision. He punted. So why is an executive who holds such control hiding from the power he has amassed? Kara has some ideas — she’s covered Mark from the jump, seen him sweat through interviews and gotten Mark to say things he probably wishes he hadn’t. So today, we then turn the tables and Kara Swisher is On with Nayeema Raza. 

    Together, Nayeema and Kara unpack an oral history of a company that, for far too long, hid behind the idea of being a small start-up and used that excuse to shamelessly make — and shamelessly repeat — costly mistakes. They journey through the first days of Facebook, examine how the company has navigated controversies from Cambridge Analytica to the Trump decision… and get a sense of why Kara will probably never get to interview Mark again. 

    You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter @karaswisher and @nayeema.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Has the Silicon Valley Bubble Burst? A Conversation w Jessica Lessin & William Cohan

    Has the Silicon Valley Bubble Burst? A Conversation w Jessica Lessin & William Cohan

    Rapid-fire layoffs, activist investors at the gate and tumbling stock prices — tech has had a bad year. But Kara tells Nayeema she’s seen it all before and that the industry, if not all its captains, will survive this shake-up, too. In the panel interview, Kara is joined by two other journalists: Jessica Lessin, founder and CEO of The Information, a scoop-laden tech news platform covering Silicon Valley, and William Cohan, a former M&A banker and a founding partner at Puck, another excellent source for scoops. 
    They tackle what’s behind the long decline, and recent rally, of tech stocks, and when and how the Valley will bounce back. Then they zoom in on what Meta, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Netflix will need to zoom in on to survive the storm. And Jessica offers a theory: the time is ripe for a changing of the old tech guard. Sorry, Elon — it may be time to step aside. 
    You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter @karaswisher and @nayeema. 
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    • 50 min
    Biden’s Antitrust Advisor Left the White House. Here’s His Exit Interview

    Biden’s Antitrust Advisor Left the White House. Here’s His Exit Interview

    In his first extensive interview since he stepped down as the Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy on the National Economic Council, Tim Wu shares what he learned in the West Wing. We find out who holds most sway with the President, how Lina Khan undid any perception that there is any antitrust exception for “nice guys,” and get Wu’s predictions on lawsuits against Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. Also: Kara presses him on why Biden — who campaigned on getting rid of Section 230 and hinted at breaking up Big Tech — hasn’t been able to make much headway when it comes to regulating Silicon Valley.
    Before the interview, Kara and Nayeema look at exits, from Jacinda Ardern, the former prime minister of New Zealand, to Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings. And among all the exits, they also discuss one possible return: Meta’s looming decision regarding Donald Trump’s Facebook account.
    You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter at @karaswisher and @nayeema.
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    • 58 min
    Intelligence Squared: Swisher and Scaramucci Debate If Elon Is Killing Twitter

    Intelligence Squared: Swisher and Scaramucci Debate If Elon Is Killing Twitter

    Today we’re bringing you an episode of the podcast Intelligence Squared, which provides a forum for balanced debate where people disagree — but talk about it. 
    Today, it’s Kara Swisher vs. Anthony Scaramucci. And the question is: Is Elon Musk Killing Twitter?
    Shockingly, Kara argues yes.
    You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter at @karaswisher and @nayeema.

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    • 58 min
    Inside the Prince Harry Book Blitz and What It Means for the Monarchy

    Inside the Prince Harry Book Blitz and What It Means for the Monarchy

    He was King Charles’s Communications Chief for almost a decade. She wrote the book on Charles (literally). Our guests today – Patrick Harverson and Catherine Mayer – are two insiders who take us beyond the media spectacle and into the inner workings of both the Crown and the British media. They consider whether the revelations inside Prince Harry’s best-selling book “Spare” will shake-up a stodgy palace. They discuss the unquenching hunger of the tabloid machine, debate the resilience of the monarchy – and examine whether the response to this royal controversy hints at a deeper culture war brewing in Britain. Finally, they unpack an emotion that permeates Harry’s pages: grief. 

    Kara and Nayeema taped this episode in London where they were joined by Brooke Hammerling, a strategic communications expert and Kara’s go-to source for all things royal. Before and after the interview, the trio looks at how people on both sides of the pond are responding to the book’s many revelations. And Brooke shares why a tell-all … may not have been the best strategy for Harry and Meghan.

    You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter at @karaswisher and @nayeema.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
896 Ratings

896 Ratings

Jules_1006 ,

What’s with the terrible editing?

Particularly the episode about Prince Harry’s book - totally chopped up with sections cut off, or repeated.

PARiggerRick ,

Zuckerberg “interview”?

The quote that Kara was looking for is, “The one common element of all of your unsuccessful relationships is you”.

TPWNYC ,

It’s has become tedious.

The last several have made me realize there are more fruitful ways to spend my listening time.

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