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Decoder is a show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

Decoder with Nilay Patel The Verge

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    • 4.1 • 2.7K Ratings

Decoder is a show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

    Can CEO Herbert Diess reinvent Volkswagen with EVs and software?

    Can CEO Herbert Diess reinvent Volkswagen with EVs and software?

    Links
    Dieselgate coverage on The Verge
    VW vows to build massive electric car charging network across US
    Electrify America announces doubling of charging network with 1,800 stations and 10,000 chargers


    Transcript
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22652357

    Credits
    Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
    Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, and Jackie McDermott with and it was edited by Callie Wright.
    The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan. 
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Almost every smartphone has a Qualcomm chip inside. Where does CEO Cristiano Amon go from here?

    Almost every smartphone has a Qualcomm chip inside. Where does CEO Cristiano Amon go from here?

    Cristiano Amon is the president and CEO of Qualcomm, and he’s always been a relentless cheerleader for what mobile computing can do for people — especially if that mobile computing is powered by Qualcomm’s chips.

    Links:
    Apple supplier TSMC confirms it’s building an Arizona chip plant
    Intel will make Qualcomm chips in new foundry deal
    The Verge 5G landing page
    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip is here to power the Android flagships of 2022
    Qualcomm’s next-gen CPU for PCs will take on Apple’s M-series chips in 2023

    Transcript:
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22640552

    Credits:
    Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
    Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, and Jackie McDermott with and it was edited by Callie Wright.
    The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.
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    • 59 min
    Pete Buttigieg is racing to keep up with self-driving cars

    Pete Buttigieg is racing to keep up with self-driving cars

    In this special, Thursday episode of Decoder, Andrew Hawkins spoke with secretary of transportation Pete Butigieg ahead of his speech at CES 2022.
    2021 was an eventful year for Buttigieg, the youngest and arguably the most notable person to take on the role of transportation secretary in many years. Congress passed President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which will provide billions of new funding for the creation of a national network of electric vehicle charging stations. The secretary and Andrew talked about that, about self driving vehicles, and of course, Tesla.

    Links:
    Secretary Pete Buttigieg on the future of transportation
    The Verge CES hub
    Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure package into law
    The investigation into Tesla Autopilot’s emergency vehicle problem is getting bigger

    Transcript:
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22633231

    Credits:
    Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
    Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright.
    The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andru Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 29 min
    How Logitech bet big on work from home

    How Logitech bet big on work from home

    Logitech is one of those ubiquitous companies — it’s been around since 1981, selling all kinds of important things that connect to computers of all shapes and sizes: mice, keyboards, cases, cameras, you name it. Nilay Patel spoke with Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell about how the company met increased demand during the pandemic, whether that changed his plans to shift to a services company, and how the supply chain issues around the world affect his business. They also talked about how he manages Logitech’s relationships with other tech giants like Apple and Amazon.
    And we had to talk about the decision to kill the Harmony remote line.

    Links:
    Nilay's interview with Bracken Darrell from 2019
    Everything you need to know about the global chip shortage
    Why charging phones is such a complex business with Anker CEO Steven Yang
    Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes
    How an excel TikToker manifested her way to making six figures a day
    Logitech is buying Streamlabs for $89 million
    Logitech announces cheaper Magic Keyboard alternative for new iPad Pro

    Transcript:
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22610722

    Credits:
    Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
    Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright.
    The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andrew Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 1 hr
    Can we regulate social media without breaking the First Amendment?

    Can we regulate social media without breaking the First Amendment?

    So today I’m talking to Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, about one of the hardest problems at the intersection of tech and policy right now: the question of how to regulate social media platforms. Everyone seems to think we should do it – Democrats, Republicans – even Facebook is running ads saying it welcomes regulation. It’s weird. But while everyone might agree on the idea, no one agrees on the execution, and the biggest hurdle is the First Amendment..

    Links:
    Florida governor signs law to block ‘deplatforming’ of Florida politicians
    Judge blocks Florida’s social media law
    Texas passes law that bans kicking people off social media based on ‘viewpoint’
    Federal court blocks Texas law banning ‘viewpoint discrimination’ on social media
    Social media companies want to co-opt the First Amendment. Courts shouldn’t let them.
    Miami Herald Publishing Company vs. Tornillo
    Pacific Gas & Electric Company v. Public Utilities Commission of California
    Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian Bisexual Group

    Transcript:
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22602514

    Credits:
    Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
    Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, and Jackie McDermott and it was edited by Callie Wright.
    The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andru Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan. 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 46 min
    The metaverse is already here — and it’s full of Pokemon, says Niantic CEO John Hanke

    The metaverse is already here — and it’s full of Pokemon, says Niantic CEO John Hanke

    John Hanke is the CEO of Niantic, a company that makes the wildly popular Pokemon Go mobile game in partnership with Nintendo and the Pokémon company. Pokemon Go, and its predecessor Ingress, are now the largest and most successful augmented reality games in the industry, which means John has long been at the forefront of what we’ve all started calling the metaverse—digital worlds that interact with the real world. Lots of companies are chasing metaverse hype but John’s been at it for a while, and I wanted to talk about the reality instead of the hype. We also coin the phrase “marketplace of realities.” It’s a ride.

    Links:
    What’s left of Magic Leap?
    Microsoft is supplying 120,000 HoloLens-based headsets to the US Army
    Snap’s first AR Spectacles are an ambitious, impractical start
    Facebook just revealed its new name: Meta
    There will never be another Pokémon Go
    Pokémon Go is still incredibly relevant
    Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is shutting down next year
    Springboard: the secret history of the first real smartphone is out now
    The best thing to do in VR is work out
    NFT's, explained
    Pokémon Go creator Niantic is working on AR glasses with Qualcomm

    Transcript:
    https://www.theverge.com/e/22596531

    Credits:
    Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
    Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, and Jackie McDermott with research by Liz Lian and it was edited by Callie Wright.
    The Decoder music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Our Sr Audio Director is Andru Marino and our Executive Producer is Eleanor Donovan. 
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Sqoddfather ,

Top Tier Podcasting

Ultra-thoughtful. Impossibly interesting. Smart, but not stuffy. Nilay is an inspiration.

JCTX2010 ,

Wow!

I stumbled on Decoder somehow and I am so glad I did! Nilay has a knack for asking questions that illicit more in-depth answered than your standard interview. I learn something new from every episode. One of my favorites!

ASobering ,

Entertaining, insightful, and actionable! 🔥

This podcast is so insightful and I’ve enjoyed every episode I’ve listened to so far! Nilay is a very skilled interviewer - he does such a great job of sharing his wisdom and I love how he leads meaningful conversations with industry leaders who bring so much experience and actionable insight to the table. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!

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