192 episodes

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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    • 4.2 • 2K Ratings

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. 

    How Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is Leading During “A Really Heavy Time”

    How Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is Leading During “A Really Heavy Time”

    Gretchen Whitmer might be one of the most down-to-earth politicians in America — the governor from Michigan began her conversation with Kara with a bawdy joke about menstruation that she takes with her to the debate stage, and at no point during the interview did she hesitate from cursing. But with the calls for President Biden to resign growing louder, the Governor is an unenviable position. She’s considered a rising star within the party, and potential presidential candidate by some, but as a co-chair for the Biden/Harris re-election campaign she has to toe the line without seeming unaware of concerns that Biden just isn’t up to the task. 

    Governor Whitmer and Kara discuss the Democratic party’s current conundrum, as well as her new memoir, True Gretch, the infamous foiled attempt to kidnap and assassinate her, the best way for Biden (or any Democrat) to win Michigan’s 15 electoral votes, and her campaign slogan for 2028.

    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Threads/Instagram @karaswisher
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    • 50 min
    Too Old or Still Relevant? NATO at 75 with Ambassador Julianne Smith

    Too Old or Still Relevant? NATO at 75 with Ambassador Julianne Smith

    The Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed 75 years ago to protect Europe and North America against Russian aggression – a mission that is once again top priority, as NATO supports Ukraine’s battle against President Vladimir Putin. Ahead of the NATO summit and anniversary celebration in D.C. this week, Kara sits down with US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith to talk about the war and Ukraine’s prospective membership in NATO, why the alliance is increasingly looking for partners in Asia and Africa, what members are saying about former president Donald Trump’s threats to quit the team, and how cybersecurity, climate security and AI will play a greater role in the years ahead.
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Instagram/Threads as @karaswisher
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    • 46 min
    July 4th Special: Why Heather Cox Richardson Still Has Hope for American Democracy

    July 4th Special: Why Heather Cox Richardson Still Has Hope for American Democracy

    Trump’s historic felony conviction, a SCOTUS ruling in favor of presidential immunity, and a dumpster fire Biden vs. Trump debate: Those are just a few of the things that have happened on the American democracy front since Kara spoke to historian Heather Cox Richardson in January. In a special Independence Day episode, Kara and Heather replay that conversation, including history lessons from her book Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America, and then rejoin at the end. They discuss what Heather thought of the first presidential debate, why she believes changing presidential horses mid-race would be disastrous for Democrats, and how events of the past six months have (or haven't) changed her perspective about American Democracy.
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Instagram/Threads as @karaswisher
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    On Creepy Fingers, Deep Fakes, and Fair Use with Getty Images CEO Craig Peters

    On Creepy Fingers, Deep Fakes, and Fair Use with Getty Images CEO Craig Peters

    Hands with six fingers, mouths with dozens of teeth, hairlines and limbs out of whack: We’ve all seen eye-roll worthy generative AI images. But despite the prevalence of these easy to spot fakes, photography and video media companies like Getty Images are already feeling the impact of AI and trying to integrate the technology without compromising their core business. Kara speaks with Getty CEO Craig Peters about why he can promise users of the Getty AI Generator “uncapped indemnity”, whether he thinks licensing agreements with OpenAI and similar AI companies are “Faustian” deals with the devil, and how better standards to protect visual truth and authenticity could help the industry remain financially viable in the long run. Plus: how worried should we be about deep fakes impacting the 2024 election?
    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Instagram/Threads as @karaswisher
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    • 51 min
    Trump vs. Biden 2.1 with Stephanie Ruhle, Eliana Johnson and Mike Madrid

    Trump vs. Biden 2.1 with Stephanie Ruhle, Eliana Johnson and Mike Madrid

    The 2024 race is ON and the gloves are coming off: President Biden and former President Donald Trump will go head-to-head tonight, in the first debate of this campaign season [Thursday, 9 pm ET on CNN]. The two are basically tied in the polls, so both candidates are vying for independent voters in a handful of swing states to secure the Oval. Kara hosts a panel of political junkies (Stephanie Ruhle, host of MSNBC's The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle; Eliana Johnson, editor-in-chief at the neoconservative Washington Free Beacon; and veteran Republican strategist Mike Madrid, co-founder of the Lincoln Project and author of a new book The Latino Century, How America's Largest Minority Is Transforming Democracy) to discuss the top issues for voters, what could turn the tide for Trump or Biden, and whether this debate – or any – can change hearts and minds.

    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Instagram/Threads as @karaswisher
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    • 57 min
    Storytelling, Family & Tragedy with Griffin Dunne

    Storytelling, Family & Tragedy with Griffin Dunne

    Actor and Director Griffin Dunne grew up surrounded by Hollywood fame and celebrity — his father was a TV producer, his aunt the renowned writer Joan Didion, his sister a blossoming actress and the late Carrie Fisher his best friend and onetime roommate. But the Dunne family became famous for tragedy when Griffin’s 22-year-old sister Dominique was murdered by her boyfriend. Dunne’s father, Dominick, chronicled the tumult of the murder trial for Vanity Fair, while privately struggling as a closeted homosexual. Kara talks to Dunne about the difficult decision to revisit these moments in his new memoir The Friday Afternoon Club.

    Questions? Comments? Email us at on@voxmedia.com or find Kara on Threads/Instagram @karaswisher
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

RussianJudge ,

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Omg!!! Full disclosure, I’ve listened to Wiser from the get go. Love love love! I lost my mom when I was a teenager, 45 yrs ago. I’ve been looking for the wisdom of older women ever since.

Fabulous interview, thank you Kara. The closing comment on the afterlife hit a strong chord with me, brought me to tears. It is truly about the echo.

Thank you for all you do, it has true impact

Jman11215 ,

Swisher can dish it out but…

Kara Swisher went and to ageist character assassination against Joe Biden and the went into full meltdown mode when called out. This is an elitist pundit insisting we are crazy if we disagree. Swisher isn’t reporting the news and this isn’t journalism. Narcissistic behavior on full display.

SSSStephK ,

Gets less interesting the more you listen

I liked several episodes I listened to, but after a while, I got tired of Kara Swisher name dropping and telling us how she knew things before everyone else did. I’d rather listen to her producer than her. I just heard Kara on another podcast and it reminded me why I stopped listening to this. She couldn’t admit to being wrong about a very trivial thing. So weird. I don’t think she’s as smart as she thinks she is. If her producer starts her own podcast, I’d listen to that.

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