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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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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.

    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
    Ian Bremmer on Putin, Xi…and Elon Musk

    Ian Bremmer on Putin, Xi…and Elon Musk

    Kara and Nayeema are taping from Europe this week, so today we decided to tackle all things international with Ian Bremmer, the president of Eurasia Group and the man Fortune 500 CEOs seek out to make sense of political risk and exposure. In the interview, Ian projects the Top Risks for 2023 -- from a rogue Russia to a global energy crunch.
    He breaks down recent developments in Brazil, Ukraine, Iran and China. We double click on the risk of disinformation, divisive social media and other “weapons of mass disruption” rampant in a digital age. And Bremmer makes a bold comparison between CEOs in Silicon Valley and autocrats abroad saying: “Xi Jinping increasingly rules China the way that Putin rules Russia, the way that the Supreme Leader rules Iran, the way that Mark and Elon rule their companies.”
    You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter at @karaswisher and @nayeema.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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891 Ratings

891 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.

sydwms ,

Writing this simply for the jan 19 ep on harry

Please don't discount the absolute benefit of expressing suppressed rage which may be what he’s doing. That family may not be worth having a relationship with- it’s possible. He watched helplessly as they alongside the british press, killed his mom. He deserves his voice to be heard. And he deserves to say anything he likes and not be admonished for it. Meghan deserves to be treated with respect, deserves so many apologies from that family and the british press who are the ones only thinking of money while destroying lives -yet they’re silent on andrews disgusting acts. So much vileness from inside that institution, it must be wonderful to be free of it.

trillionshelper ,

YOU LOST ME OVER ROYALS

Was so pleased to find your new podcast , as I have been a huge fan (NYT, podcast with Scott) but really….you of all people bashing Meghan and Harry??? They are heroic and there really is no excuse for that dysfunctional royal family. I spend part of the year in London and the tabloids were merciless towards Meghan and Harry. Criminal Andrew got one week of bad press ….Kate got bad press when she was engaged….then, boom, the palace shut down the negative press. But as we now now they threw Meghan and Harry to the dogs for their own benefit . The racism and xenophobia towards Americans (or any “other”) could not be more obvious and blatant. Therefore I found it shocking your insensitive and cluelessness. So what if Meghan and Harry are making a profit while finally being able to tell the truth? You have missed the real story: why does a racist colonial institution still exist and control the media ???

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