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What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    That’s a wrap (for now)

    That’s a wrap (for now)

    Peter Kafka, soon to be formerly of Vox, reviews the year in media with Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw. What did we learn from the strikes? Is the bundle back? Are movies back? What’s going on with whatever the NBA is doing right now? And what’s up with Bob Iger saying he didn’t say something he definitely said on live TV?
    This is the last episode of “Recode Media” in its current form, but stay subscribed to this feed! Peter and this show will be back with a new name and a new corporate daddy in 2024.
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    • 38 min
    Sam Altman’s back at OpenAI. What’s next?

    Sam Altman’s back at OpenAI. What’s next?

    After a wild series of events, Sam Altman is back as CEO of OpenAI… with more power than ever before. The Verge’s Alex Heath worked sleepless nights covering every twist and turn of this saga. He updates Vox’s Peter Kafka about where we are now, what all of this means moving forward, and how tech journalism can drive someone to mistake alcohol for water.
    Then, we continue with artificial intelligence talk as News/Media Alliance President and CEO Danielle Coffey pops in to discuss the journalism industry’s response to having its assets fuel generative models like OpenAI’s.
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    • 47 min
    What just happened to OpenAI?

    What just happened to OpenAI?

    The board of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, ousted CEO Sam Altman on Friday. Since then, the board has appointed not one, but two, interim CEOs. And Altman and his OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman got snatched up by Microsoft. The New York Times’ Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) joins Vox’s Peter Kafka to talk about what we know and what we don’t about this whole situation.
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
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    • 29 min
    Why so, Sirius?

    Why so, Sirius?

    SiriusXM makes money by beaming music and talk radio - especially Howard Stern - to your car using satellites and selling monthly subscriptions. That turns out to be a surprisingly resilient business: The company has 34 million subscribers and $9 billion in annual revenue. But CEO Jennifer Witz knows she has to adapt to the streaming world, so she’s refreshing the company’s brand and app, with the hopes that you’ll keep listening when you’re not driving. Vox’s Peter Kafka talks to Witz about how she plans to position her company in a crowded field.
    Then, Peter catches up with one of his favorites, Rob Harvilla (@harvilla), about his new book. It’s an adaption of his excellent podcast, which goes by the same name: 60 Songs that Explain the ’90s.
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
    More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians, and more to get their take on today's media landscape.
    About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us.
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    • 34 min
    No seriously. What’s the future of Disney? And why did Fox News fire Tucker Carlson?

    No seriously. What’s the future of Disney? And why did Fox News fire Tucker Carlson?

    It’s a double shot of media business takes, with conversations about the Walt Disney Corporation and Fox News, with references to “Succession” in both.
    First, CNBC’s Alex Sherman (@sherman4949) joins Vox’s Peter Kafka to talk about Disney’s strategy, or lack thereof. What does it want to do with ESPN? ABC? Marvel? Star Wars? And although it plans to buy the remaining third of Hulu… what the hell does it want to do with Hulu? Plus, he gives us some hot goss about the Bobs (Iger and Chapek), and which Bob is most to blame for Disney’s troubles.
    Then, media reporter Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) joins us to talk about his SECOND book about Fox News, “Network of Lies.” What’s the real story behind Tucker Carlson’s departure? And what will Lachlan Murdoch do once his dad formally leaves the company?
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
    More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians, and more to get their take on today's media landscape.
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    • 51 min
    Land of the Giants: What We All Got Wrong About Twitter

    Land of the Giants: What We All Got Wrong About Twitter

    This week, an episode of the latest season of Land of the Giants: The Twitter Fantasy, hosted by our own Peter Kafka. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe!
    Twitter began life as an accident. In the beginning, even its founders weren’t sure what it was: the internet’s town square, a real-time information source, or the next Facebook, maybe? Twitter's power has always been misunderstood -- by its leaders, by its users, and lately, by the world's richest person. 
    Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode
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    • 42 min

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Best when it stays out of politics

Peter has some really interesting guests on and covers a great range of topics. But too often he shows his lefty political leanings via full conversations or random sidebar comments, and he tends to come across as pretty smug. Would be better if he stuck to the facts and straightforward interviews, which is where he’s at his best.

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The endeavor episode

Great conversation! It was both refreshing and encouraging to hear a CEO be honest about the motives of a new company. I hope that other companies recognize that industry does not “have” to be stymied by it’s business model objective. At this time, it’s so important that a company be nimble enough to pivot quickly; and to achieve a successful pivot, said company will rely heavily on its team’s ability to work more intuitively and to incorporate more real time data to aid in decision making. Ari- it was really nice to hear honesty and I hope more executives follow your lead. Gratitude

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