Recode Daily

Recode Daily

Your guide to the most interesting and important tech and business news of the day. Learn how our digital world is changing — and changing us — five days a week. Produced by Recode and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Episodes

August 8, 2022 28 min
We are sharing the first episode of Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption. Long before Mark Zuckerberg renamed Facebook Meta and made an unprecedented pivot into the metaverse, he invented a feature that turned Facebook into a social network behemoth. The News Feed, which put your friends’ status updates onto your homepage, changed how we interact online. It was a strong statement of Zuckerberg’s values: that connecting...
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Buildings waste a lot of energy. One low-tech solution could fix that. Neel Dhanesha, Science and Recode fellow for Vox.com, explains.  Read Neel’s reporting here: https://www.vox.com/recode/23016732/climate-change-buildings-insulation Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan. The mix is by Melissa Pons from Hemlock Creek Productions. Adam Clark Estes and Rani Molla are the hosts of Recode Daily. Thank you for listening! If y...
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June 23, 2022 11 min
The concept of the hydrogen-powered car has been around for decades, but still has yet to really take off. Vox’s Umair Irfan (@umairirfan) tells us about the past, the future, and the pitfalls of hydro-electric vehicles.   Read Umair’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22973204/hydrogen-energy-power-toyota-mirai-climate-change Today’s episode was produced and engineered by Jon Ehrens and hosted by Rani Molla. Support Recode Dai...
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June 22, 2022 14 min
Step one: Break coral. Step two: Hack coral sex. Benji Jones, an environment reporter for Vox, explains. Read Benji's reporting: https://www.vox.com/recode/23016412/coral-reef-restoration-climate-change This episode was produced and engineered by Sofi LaLonde, and hosted by Adam Clark Estes. Support Recode Daily by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoic...
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Mining for bitcoin uses a lot of energy. Is there a chance that the crypto industry can become more eco-friendly? Vox’s Neel Dhanesha (@neel_dhan) is with us to discuss. Read Neel’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/23005493/cryptocurrency-bitcoin-climate-friendly Today’s episode was produced and engineered by Jon Ehrens and hosted by Adam Clark Estes. Support Recode Daily by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/gi...
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How do we stay cool on a warming planet? Air conditioning is one way, but depending on what kind of AC unit you have, it could be actually polluting the air and making the problem worse. Umair Irfan, climate reporter at Vox, has been looking into this (extremely frustrating) air conditioning paradox.  Read Umair’s article: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/23067049/heat-wave-air-conditioning-cooling-india-climate-change  Tod...
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June 16, 2022 10 min
A tiny sample of dust collected by Neil Armstrong during his historic moon landing was auctioned off in April. Thanks to an unusual series of events, it was the first time moon dust verified by NASA was sold legally. Rebecca Heilweil, Recode reporter, explains.  Read Rebecca’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/23003221/nasa-apollo-11-auction-moon-dust This episode first published April 12, 2022. It was produced by Taylor Maycan, e...
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June 15, 2022 11 min
They made a Covid-19 vaccine in less than a year, but we're still getting spammed by robocalls. What gives? Recode’s Sara Morrison explains. Read Sara’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22882647/robocalls-robotexts-scams-stir-shaken-voip-extended-warranty This episode was first published Feb. 23, 2022. It was produced by Jon Ehrens. The mix is by Melissa Pons (Hemlock Creek Productions). Adam Clark Estes and Rani Molla are the...
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For many, the work revolution that’s supposedly going on across the country right now doesn’t feel very revolutionary. This episode originally aired April 29, 2022. It was produced by Taylor Maycan, mixed by Melissa Pons (Hemlock Creek Productions), and hosted by Rani Molla. Read Emily and Rani's reporting: https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/22977654/future-of-work-restaurants-retail-hospitality Support Recode Daily by making ...
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June 13, 2022 15 min
After decades in orbit, the International Space Station goes offline in 2030 and will retire by burning up in the atmosphere. A crop of new space stations are ready to take its place. Recode's Rebecca Heilweil explains. Read Rebecca's story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22839485/space-station-iss-orbit-satellites Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan, engineered by Melissa Pons (Hemlock Creek Productions) and hosted b...
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President Joe Biden invoked a war power from the 1950s to build heat pumps and solar panels. Neel Dhanesha, a Science and Recode fellow at Vox, explains. Read Neel's story: https://www.vox.com/recode/2022/6/8/23159767/biden-defense-production-act-clean-energy-solar Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan, engineered by Melissa Pons (Hemlock Creek Productions) and hosted by Adam Clark Estes. Email us: recodedaily@reco...
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Our founding myths persevere in the hype machine around tech celebrities. University of Washington historian Margaret O’Mara (@margaretomara) explains. Today’s episode was produced and engineered by Jon Ehrens and hosted by Adam Clark Estes. Support Recode Daily by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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The executive, who turned Facebook into a profitable business, leaves behind a series of controversies. Recode senior correspondent Shirin Ghaffary explains. Read Shirin’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/23151743/sheryl-sandberg-resigns-meta-facebook-lean-in Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan, engineered by Melissa Pons (Hemlock Creek Productions) and hosted by Adam Clark Estes. Support Recode Daily by making a financi...
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As the government and cellphone companies work to improve emergency response, concerns arise around the collection and sharing of sensitive personal information. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil (@rebheilweil) explains. Read Rebecca’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/23126057/911-apple-google-att-mobile-phones-emergency Today’s episode was produced and engineered by Jon Ehrens and hosted by Adam Clark Estes. Support Recode Daily b...
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June 6, 2022 24 min
Does your immunity still last for months? Today, Explained asked a researcher who has been studying omicron reinfections. This episode of Today, Explained was produced by Jon Ehrens, edited by Matthew Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained and Recode Daily by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/giv...
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June 3, 2022 14 min
Delivering packages to rural America can be expensive, so the tech giant is trying to enlist small businesses to fill in the gaps. Recode senior correspondent Jason Del Rey (@DelRey) explains. Read Jason’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/2022/5/9/23063528/amazon-rural-small-business-delivery-program-hub-partners-usps Today’s episode was produced and engineered by Jon Ehrens and hosted by Adam Clark Estes. Support Recode Da...
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Quick, go tell your boss! And read Recode senior reporter Rani Molla’s story here: https://www.vox.com/recode/23129752/work-from-home-productivity Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan, engineered by Melissa Pons (Hemlock Creek Productions) and hosted by Adam Clark Estes.   Support Recode Daily by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com...
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June 1, 2022 13 min
The booming electric car industry has become a big nuisance for flamingos. Benji Jones explains. Read Benji’s story: https://www.vox.com/22965660/electric-vehicles-lithium-ion-batteries-flamingos This episode was originally published March 16, 2022. It was produced by Taylor Maycan and hosted by Rani Molla. The mix and music is by Jon Ehrens. Support Recode Daily by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Lear...
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Peter Kafka talks with Tony Fadell, who helped bring the iPod and iPhone to life, and then built and sold Nest, the smart home company. His new book is “Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making.” Fadell talks about how developing a product begins with creating its “story,” and why he fought so hard to include a $3 screwdriver in Nest thermostat boxes. He also touches on some high-profile failures, unintended conseq...
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May 27, 2022 23 min
Writer and parent Joanna Schroeder wrote a guide for parents about what to look out for and how to intervene. This episode of Today, Explained was produced by Avishay Artsy, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about yo...
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