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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.

    How Peter Thiel went from Silicon Valley to The White House with Max Chafkin

    How Peter Thiel went from Silicon Valley to The White House with Max Chafkin

    Peter Thiel used to be a Silicon Valley investor best-known for early investment in Facebook. But in recent years he seems to have shifted into something different: A Trump-supporting billionaire who wants to remake American politics - and someone who nursed a years-long grudge against Gawker and ultimately bankrupted the publisher and its owner. Bloomberg’s Max Chafkin details Thiel’s story in his new book The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power; he talks about what animates Thiel, and why he thinks we’ll be hearing from him and about him for a long time. Then Vox Media’s Joe Posner joins to talk about making videos for YouTube, Netflix, and HBO which is now airing his newest show: Level Playing Field.

    Featuring: Max Chafkin (@chafkin), Author and Bloomberg reporter
    Joe Posner (@joeposner), of Vox Video
    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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    • 55 min
    Instagram boss Adam Mosseri on teenagers, Tik-Tok and paying creators

    Instagram boss Adam Mosseri on teenagers, Tik-Tok and paying creators

    Instagram is no longer going to be a photo-sharing app, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri announced earlier this summer. So what is Instagram going to be instead? Mosseri talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about his plans to emphasize video and commerce for the service, competing with Tik-Tok, and looming regulation. Mosseri also talks about recent revelations in the Wall Street Journal about Instagram’s own research, which suggests the app could be harmful to a segment of its users, particularly teenagers. Then Kafka talks to Puck co-founder Jon Kelly about his news site’s recent launch, and what sets it apart from other subscription-based news services.

    Featuring: Adam Mosseri (@mosseri), Head of Instagram
    Jon Kelly (@JonKelly2), Co-Founder of Puck
    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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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Big changes at Apple: New phones, new AR glasses, and big app store changes.

    Big changes at Apple: New phones, new AR glasses, and big app store changes.

    Mark Gurman has been one of the best-sourced Apple reporters since he was in high school. Literally. Now he’s at Bloomberg, with deep insight into Apple’s new product line - new iPhones this year, new “mixed reality” headsets next year - and its political and philosophical ideology - why it's fighting regulation in courtrooms and capitols around the world. He talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about the future of the world’s most valuable tech company.

    Featuring: Mark Gurman (@markgurman) Tech Reporter at Bloomberg
    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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    • 43 min
    Defector Media: Life after Deadspin is good (and profitable)

    Defector Media: Life after Deadspin is good (and profitable)

    Defector Media launched a year ago as a digital publishing experiment: What if the former staff of Deadspin built and owned their own site, fueled entirely by subscriptions? Now it looks like we have an answer: It’s working, really well. Editor in chief Tom Ley walks Recode’s Peter Kafka through Defector’s financials and argues that a site that runs on readers’ dollars instead of advertisers is more fun to work at and to read.

    Featuring: Tom Ley (@ToLey88) Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Defector Media
    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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    • 37 min
    OnlyFans’ weird week with MEL’s Magdalene Taylor; BuzzFeed’s Joe Bernstein on the problem with our misinformation problem.

    OnlyFans’ weird week with MEL’s Magdalene Taylor; BuzzFeed’s Joe Bernstein on the problem with our misinformation problem.

    What is OnlyFans, and why did OnlyFans abandon and then come back to its primary business model in the span of a week? MEL Magazine’s Magdalene Taylor joins Recode’s Peter Kafka to explain the rise of the NSFW platform, and why some banks are reluctant to work with a company that consumers seem to love. Then BuzzFeed News’ Joe Bernstein talks about his recent story on the disinformation/misinformation industry, which isn’t exactly what we think it is.

    Featuring: Magdalene Taylor(@magdajtaylor), Staff Writer for MEL Magazine
    Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein), Senior Technology Reporter for BuzzFeed News
    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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    • 39 min
    WWE’s Nick Khan on pivoting his streaming strategy and getting back in the ring

    WWE’s Nick Khan on pivoting his streaming strategy and getting back in the ring

    Nick Khan used to be a CAA agent who represented the WWE. Now he’s president of the pro wrestling company and is pivoting it from a direct-to-consumer strategy into a content studio for the likes of Peacock and Fox. Khan tells Recode’s Peter Kafka why the WWE has abandoned its pioneering streaming model, how he’s managing the company through covid, and what got him into the TV business.

    Featuring: Nick Khan, WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer
    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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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
449 Ratings

449 Ratings

Jon AM ,

Change the cover

Who of this guy? Be someone before you put your face on a podcast.

If you write longer episode titles, maybe people will listen.

kerpan ,

THE BEST!

The best podcast for covering media businesses, hands down. Excellent interviewer. Knows what he’s talking about (which is rare) and has guests who do too. Don’t listen to the negative reviews here. Not exactly sure where they’re coming from. Maybe from some other podcaster “stars” who are not as good and like to stir up trouble. Peter Kafka & Nilay Patel are the real rock stars.

nbsfmc ,

self important

he’s mostly a jerk to everyone who comes on this show and it’s baffling anyone even bothers to agree to it. All for investigative journalism but it’s unnecessarily adversarial the way this guy handles the interviews.

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