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It's on. Twice a week, award-winning journalist Kara Swisher gets to the heart of the story through no-holds-barred interviews with power players across business, tech, media, politics and beyond. So why do her guests show up? “Smart people,” says Kara, “like difficult questions.”
Mondays and Thursdays from New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network. 

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It's on. Twice a week, award-winning journalist Kara Swisher gets to the heart of the story through no-holds-barred interviews with power players across business, tech, media, politics and beyond. So why do her guests show up? “Smart people,” says Kara, “like difficult questions.”
Mondays and Thursdays from New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network. 

    On Journalism, Activism and Hope with Nicholas Kristof

    On Journalism, Activism and Hope with Nicholas Kristof

    New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has been reporting on protests, wars and conflicts for more than 40 years, and he’s used his platform to highlight human rights issues at home and abroad. But despite being a proponent of "ethical journalism", he flinches at being called an “activist”. Kara talks to Nick about the swashbuckling adventures detailed in his new memoir, Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life, his take on the situation in Gaza and the student protests against the war, and why he’s more hopeful than cynical about the state of the world – even with Trump back on the ballot.
    This interview was taped on May 14, 2024.
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Threads/Instagram @karaswisher
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    • 55 min
    War in Gaza, Ukraine & Space, plus Biden vs. Trump with David Ignatius

    War in Gaza, Ukraine & Space, plus Biden vs. Trump with David Ignatius

    David Ignatius, a foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post and the author of twelve novels, is also a noted expert on Middle East politics, one of the preeminent national security writers in the country, and perhaps, most importantly — the person who first assigned Kara Swisher to cover tech news. 
    Kara talks to her old boss about his new spy thriller, The Phantom Orbit, the upcoming presidential election, the war in Gaza, and the war in Ukraine. 
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Threads/Instagram @karaswisher
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    • 58 min
    Walt Mossberg & MKBHD Break Down The Art of the Tech Review

    Walt Mossberg & MKBHD Break Down The Art of the Tech Review

    To savvy tech consumers, Walt Mossberg and Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, need no introduction. Before he retired in 2017, Walt was the undisputed dean of tech reviewers. As Senator Maria Cantwell, a recent guest and former tech executive put it, “all our product reviews lived or died by Walt Mossberg.”
    MKBHD began reviewing tech products on YouTube, as a high schooler, and he now has more than 18 million subscribers to his channel. He has become this generation’s Walt Mossberg, and as Jimmy Donaldson/MrBeast, the king of YouTube, put it, “you’re the video producer that decides what tech everyone in America buys.” 
    Yet, somehow, the titans of tech reviews had never met before. Kara rights this wrong, and she, Mossberg, and Brownlee discuss the art, philosophy and ethics of reviewing tech, as well as the Tesla Cybertruck, Apple Vision Pro, AI-in-a-box and Taylor Swift. 
    Click here to listen to Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast.
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Instagram/Threads as @karaswisher
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Radical Self-Acceptance, Cancel Culture, and Forgiveness with Writer Anne Lamott

    Radical Self-Acceptance, Cancel Culture, and Forgiveness with Writer Anne Lamott

    Author Anne Lamott has penned novels, but is most famous for her confessional memoirs about sobriety, raising her son as a single mother (Operating Instructions), being a liberal Christian and writing (Bird By Bird). Kara and Anne talk about her 20th book, Somehow: Thoughts on Love, why she thinks love is like Wi-Fi, how she dealt with nearly being canceled over a tweet, how to practice radical self-acceptance, and finding forgiveness — even for Donald Trump.
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Threads/Instagram @karaswisher
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    • 49 min
    Can Chipotle Founder Steve Ells Strike "Fast-Casual" Gold Again?

    Can Chipotle Founder Steve Ells Strike "Fast-Casual" Gold Again?

    Thirty-one years after founding Chipotle, Steve Ells is back with what he hopes will be another fast-casual dining revolution: the highly-automated, plant-based food chain, Kernel. Ells says that streamlining and automation will allow him to pay workers well above minimum wage and give them more benefits – all while reducing labor costs. But don’t call it a robot restaurant! Kara and Ells discuss the mechanics and philosophy underpinning Kernel’s concept and the downstream effects of integrating tech into our food.
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Threads/Instagram @karaswisher
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    • 47 min
    Wrestling with America’s (Racist) History with Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

    Wrestling with America’s (Racist) History with Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

    In her latest play, Sally & Tom, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks tackles what is, arguably, one of the most complicated and personal chapters in American history: the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who gave birth to at least six of his children.
    Kara and Parks discuss the play in the context of her past work, as well as our nation's trend of revising history to sand down its rough edges, and why wrestling with our nation’s past is a sign of love.
    Sally & Tom is now playing at the Public Theater. You can buy tickets at: https://publictheater.org/productions/season/2324/sally--tom/ 
    Correction: Suzan-Lori Parks' Plays for the Plague Year begins in March 2020. In a previous version of this episode, we said it began in March 2022.
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Threads/Instagram as @karaswisher 
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

eriklatt ,

Great interviewer

Kara is a stellar interviewer and gets A-class guests. I like that she is well informed on the topic and pushes back in the interview to get at a deeper understanding than having just listened to the guest lecture (which I feel happens in other podcasts). Only rarely do you need to tone it down a touch (though you are always respectful and the point isn’t for everyone to agree at the end and your viewpoint is very clear and I would hate if you overcorrected in this area so maybe it is all just fine)

Bizboi69 ,

She isn’t very smart

Her takes consistently sound uninformed and vague. She struggles to put thoughts together and is not a compelling speaker. She struggles to verbally form a thought. However, she cannot stop herself from interrupting speakers and talking about herself.

LuckyLeopold ,

Kara is fantastic buy her book !

Long time fan of Kara Swisher the world needs a lot more people like Kara ! Great story teller and good sense of humor.

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