17 episodes

The Powers That Be is Puck's free podcast, where our expert writers bring you smart, elite conversations about the inside story at the intersection of Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

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    • 4.5 • 26 Ratings

The Powers That Be is Puck's free podcast, where our expert writers bring you smart, elite conversations about the inside story at the intersection of Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

If you like what you're hearing and want to get more — including daily articles, breaking news, and personal emails directly from our authors
 — visit www.Puck.news, where you can become a member for $100 a year.

    MacKenzie Scott's power & the future of cable news

    MacKenzie Scott's power & the future of cable news

    Join Puck writers Teddy Schleifer, Matt Belloni, and Dylan Byers for an expert discussion about these topics and more:
    No one could watch the 2022 Golden Globes — but did anyone care?
    What could be done to make Hollywood's big awards shows more popular?
    Why Mackenzie Scott (nee Bezos) is a powerful, enigmatic "wild card" in the philanthropy-industrial complex
    What some big personnel moves at Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC signal about the future of cable news
    "Fox News knows exactly what it is, and that is a very powerful place to be"
    NBC News' confusing triple identity, and why CNN is building a more compelling streaming project
    Puck's team writes about the inside conversation happening in Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. https://puck.news/subscribe/ (Become a Puck member) starting at $12.99/month or $100/year for daily articles and breaking news from Teddy, Matt, Dylan, and more.

    • 47 min
    Ben Smith Intrigue & Yellowstone Mania

    Ben Smith Intrigue & Yellowstone Mania

    Join Puck writers Peter Hamby, Matt Belloni, Dylan Byers, and Tina Nguyen for an expert discussion about these topics and more:
    The eye-popping numbers for Yellowstone's season finale, and how Viacom screwed up the streaming rights
    Matt Belloni's predictions for Hollywood in 2022, including "the great theater contraction"
    Will Democrats draft celebrities like Dwayne Johnson and Oprah to run for office in 2024?
    What we know about the new media startup from ex-NYT writer Ben Smith and ex-Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith
    What the Smiths have said about the new company publicly, and who they're really talking to
    Whether or not the NewCo winds up being an "innovation hothouse," there's plenty of room to improve on modern journalism
    The one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection, and how Republicans are talking about it
    What's missing in the media coverage, and was the insurrection just a "pit stop" on the road to much worse stuff?
    Donald Trump is getting booed and canceling press events — will the insurrection wing of the GOP carry on without him?
    Puck's team writes about the inside conversation happening in Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. https://puck.news/subscribe/ (Become a Puck member) starting at $12.99/month or $100/year for daily articles and breaking news from Peter, Matt, Dylan, Tina, and more.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Media war stories & what Joe Manchin cares about

    Media war stories & what Joe Manchin cares about

    Join Puck writers Peter Hamby, Jon Kelly, and Julia Ioffe for an expert discussion about these topics and more:​
    The state of digital media in 2021, and how Puck is trying to be different from everyone else
    A new COVID outbreak in New York City "puts the 'me' in media"
    Why voters under 30 are tuning out the news and trashing Joe Biden
    Sen. Joe Manchin bumped off Biden's Build Back Better bill, but can anything be salvaged?
    Will does BBB's defeat mean for other Democrats facing midterm elections in 2022?
    The vicious media cycle of inflation "concerns"
    Puck's team writes about the inside conversation happening in Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. https://puck.news/subscribe/ (Become a Puck member) starting at $12.99/month or $100/year for daily articles and breaking news from Peter, Jon, Julia, and more.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Golden Globes & '22 GOP Drama

    Golden Globes & '22 GOP Drama

    Join Puck writers Peter Hamby, Matt Belloni, Tina Nguyen, and Teddy Schleifer for an expert discussion about these topics and more:
    Hollywood has turned on the Golden Globes, and a different awards show is trying to take the spotlight
    Without NBC's telecast, will the Globes still find an audience this year?
    What does Chris Wallace leaving Fox News tell us about his new home, CNN+?
    Mark Meadows was helping Congress' January 6 investigation, but changed his mind — why?
    The screaming, incoherent alternate reality that is the MAGA internet
    If Republicans retake the House in 2022, will a QAnon/MAGA-type become Speaker of the House?
    The campaign to recall San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin, and the pissed-off techie elites behind it all
    How the drama in San Francisco affects and reflects Democratic politics nationwide
    Crime is not up in San Francisco, but viral videos of crime are way up
    Puck's team writes about the inside conversation happening in Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. https://puck.news/subscribe/ (Become a Puck member) starting at $12.99/month or $100/year for daily articles and breaking news from Peter, Matt, Tina, Teddy, and more.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Devin Nunes' new job & was Chris Cuomo "canceled?"

    Devin Nunes' new job & was Chris Cuomo "canceled?"

    Join Puck writers Peter Hamby, Matt Belloni, Tina Nguyen, and Dylan Byers for an expert discussion about these topics and more:​
    ​What's going to happen in the season 3 finale of Succession? (Spoiler alert!)
    Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's shocking breakup, and the McKay HBO series that broke the camel's back
    Steven Spielberg's West Side Story movie is getting rave reviews — but will anyone see it?
    Republican strategist Jeff Roe's victory lap after making Virginia red again, sans Trump
    The nuances of running on education, and the power of Asian-American parents
    Why California Republican Devin Nunes is quitting to work for Trump
    The latest on the Chris Cuomo imbroglio at CNN, and does "cancel culture" have anything to do with his firing?
    Why did CNN boss Jeff Zucker support Cuomo as long as he did?
    The people rumored to replace Cuomo, including Don Lemon, Laura Coates, and [checks notes] ... AOC?
    Puck's team writes about the inside conversation happening in Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. https://puck.news/subscribe/ (Become a Puck member) starting at $12.99/month or $100/year for daily articles and breaking news from Peter, Matt, Tina, Dylan, and more.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    A reckoning at CNN & dark money Democrats

    A reckoning at CNN & dark money Democrats

    Join Puck writers Peter Hamby, Matt Belloni, and Teddy Schleifer for an expert discussion about these topics and more:​
    Chris Cuomo has been suspended, and a bigger reset at CNN is coming
    Bob Iger's next act after Disney: Owner of the Phoenix Suns?
    The dismal Thanksgiving box office and which movies are hurting the most
    The shifting power centers of campaign finance and the "charitable-industrial complex"
    How much power do rich people really have over our elections, anyway?
    Kamala Harris' closed-door talk to the Democracy Alliance
    Puck's team writes about the inside conversation happening in Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. https://puck.news/subscribe/ (Become a Puck member) starting at $12.99/month or $100/year for daily articles and breaking news from Peter, Matt, Teddy, and more.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

TheCorkScrew ,

Really good

Like this podcast - their reporters really know their beats. The audio quality very good , and the intro music good too

Illfee ,

The preeminent source on what’s going on behind the scenes in media

Excellent source on the back channel chatter that hits the pages days later.

Just one thing… with the greatest peace and love please someone, anyone explain to these guys the difference between a share price and a company market cap. Like this seems like a recurring problem that shouldn’t get in the way of the great reporting & analysis that’s going on (kinda concerning though).

Woodrow.Wilson ,

Peter Hamby is a pimp

The vanguard of new media. Extremely informative and entertaining. 12/10

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