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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.

    Jeffrey Katzenberg's $1.75 billion bet on Quibi

    Jeffrey Katzenberg's $1.75 billion bet on Quibi

    Quibi is here. Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg chats with Recode’s Peter Kafka about launching a new product during a pandemic, how he thinks his service differs from other bigger streaming platforms, and his vision for Quibi’s future. Later, The Verge’s Julia Alexander reviews some of Quibi’s new and original shows.

    Featuring: Jeffery Katzenberg (@Quibi), Founder of Quibi
    Julia Alexander (@loudmouthjulia), Reporter at The Verge
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    TikTok, Facebook and podcasts respond to the pandemic

    TikTok, Facebook and podcasts respond to the pandemic

    Taylor Lorenz, who covers the internet for the New York Times; Campbell Brown, who heads up Facebook news partnerships; and Sarah Larson, who writes about podcasts for the New Yorker, chat with Recode’s Peter Kafka about the way the pandemic is affecting their industries. Lorenz discusses the way social networks like TikTok have responded — and why Zoom is a new social network; Brown discusses Facebook’s $100 million plan to boost local news outlets; and Larson talks about the way podcasters are tailoring their shows for a stuck-at-home audience.

    Featuring: Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz), reporter for The New York Times
    Campbell Brown (@campbell_brown), VP of Global News Partnerships at Facebook
    Sarah Larson (@asarahlarson), New Yorker staff writer, Podcast Dept. column
    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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    • 52 min
    Making people laugh during a pandemic, with Jon Lovett and Jon Gabrus

    Making people laugh during a pandemic, with Jon Lovett and Jon Gabrus

    Two chats with people who make you laugh for a living: Pod Save America co-host Jon Lovett talks about making his shows — including one that’s supposed to happen with a live audience - from home during the pandemic, what’s happening to his podcast business during the economic disruption, and how to help people get through a very rough time. Then, in an interview taped as the pandemic was beginning to hit the U.S., improviser Jon Gabrus explains how podcasting has allowed him to build a loyal audience and make money. Gabrus talks about how he got his start, via the influential Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, how he’s making his way in Los Angeles, and what the comedy landscape looks like in 2020.

    Featuring: Jon Gabrus (@Gabrus), comedian and host of High & Mighty and Action Boyz
    Jon Lovett (@jonlovett), Co-Founder of Crooked Media, host of Lovett or Leave It
    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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    • 1 hr 7 min
    How social media works - and doesn’t — during the pandemic

    How social media works - and doesn’t — during the pandemic

    Stratechery’s Ben Thompson, Lightshed’s Rich Greenfield, and Crisis Text Line’s Bob Filbin join Recode’s Peter Kafka to talk about the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Thompson talks about the pros and cons of social media in a crisis - and what it’s like to live in Taiwan, where he’s based; Greenfield discusses Hollywood’s move to let us watch new movies at home instead of theaters; and Libin explains what we can do to help people in crisis.

    Featuring: Ben Thompson (@benthompson), founder of Stratechery
    Rich Greenfield (@RichLightShed), analyst and partner at Lightshed
    Bob Filbin (@bobfilbin), Chief Data Scientist at Crisis Text Line
    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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    • 54 min
    Why the Coronavirus canceled the NBA, with ESPN’s Brian Windhorst

    Why the Coronavirus canceled the NBA, with ESPN’s Brian Windhorst

    In a conversation taped hours before the NBA suspended its season, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Recode’s Peter Kafka discuss how the Coronavirus could affect the NBA, and why the league could cancel games — including its playoffs this spring - entirely. Windhorst also discusses the NBA’s TV problems, its dust-up with China last fall, and how LeBron James kickstarted his career.

    Featuring: Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN), ESPN Reporter
    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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    • 1 hr
    How streaming changed comedy with Vulture’s Jesse David Fox

    How streaming changed comedy with Vulture’s Jesse David Fox

    Vulture Senior Editor and host of the Good One podcast, Jesse David Fox, sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to discuss how social media and streaming has had an effect on the comedy industry and specifically how Netflix has revitalized the hour long standup comedy special.

    Featuring: Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox), Senior Vulture Editor
    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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