Recode Decode

Recode Decode

Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.... Show More

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August 4, 2020 71 min
Tristan Harris, the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in these two best-of interview excerpts. In the first interview, originally published in January 2017, Harris discusses his background and the Center's best-known initiative, "Time Well Spent." In the second interview, originally published in May 2019, he talks about a follow-on initiative called "Human Downgradi...
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August 2, 2020 68 min
Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition and a three-time Recode Decode guest, talks with Kara Swisher in these three excerpts from her appearances on the show. Originally published in 2016, 2017, and 2019, the interviews cover how Vestager approached trying to regulate big tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google, which for many years were largely untouched by US regulators. Featuring: Margrethe Vest...
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July 28, 2020 82 min
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC's Chris Hayes in this live interview that originally aired in April 2018. This conversation was broadcast on MSNBC for the TV show Revolution and also features educators from Chicago-area schools, with whom Apple was partnering to get its devices into more classrooms. Swisher, Hayes, and Cook discuss Apple’s education initiatives, the displacement of jobs by tech...
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July 26, 2020 83 min
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in this interview, which was originally published in July 2018. They discuss why Facebook hadn't banned Alex Jones and Inforwars (a stance it later reversed), why no one was fired after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the rise of China as a global tech power. Featuring: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, Facebook Hosts: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Rec...
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July 21, 2020 77 min
The Guardian and Observer reporter Carole Cadwalladr talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in this interview, which was originally published in July 2019. They discuss her investigations into the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the links between tech and political disinformation campaigns, and the dangers of challenging billionaire ideologues. Featuring: Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla), reporter and feature writer, The Guardian...
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July 19, 2020 81 min
Journalist and Winners Take All author Anand Giridharadas talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in these excerpts from two of our favorite episodes, originally published in October 2018 and May 2019. They discuss the growing culture of inequality in the tech industry and around the world, how elites use philanthropy as a shield for the damage they have inflicted on others, and what the ultra-rich should do instead of acting as de fa...
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July 14, 2020 97 min
Here are excerpts from two of our favorite episodes of Recode Decode, originally published in June 2017 and October 2018. In the first section, recorded live at the 2017 Code Conference, Recode's Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg talk to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about why she lost the 2016 election, the Democratic Party's failure to use tech and data effectively, and whether she blames Facebook for her def...
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July 12, 2020 67 min
Here is one of our favorite episodes of Recode Decode, originally published in May 2018. In it, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou about his book about Theranos, "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup." They discuss founder Elizabeth Holmes' obsession with Steve Jobs, how red flags about her blood-testing technology were dismissed, and how every...
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July 7, 2020 73 min
Here are excerpts from two of our favorite episodes of Recode Decode, originally published in November 2017 and June 2019. In the first part of the show, Recode's Kara Swisher and SKDK's Hilary Rosen talk to then-Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about how tech has changed state politics and why she was wary of Amazon's HQ2 competition. Then, in a live interview from the 2019 Code Conference, Kara and Vox.co...
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July 5, 2020 80 min
Here's one of our favorite episodes of Recode Decode, originally published in November 2018. In it, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk about Tesla's turbulent 2018, when SpaceX planned to send its first rocket to Mars, why he fights with journalists on Twitter, and much more. Musk also discusses his "funding secured" tweet that got him in hot water with the SEC, the potential for colon...
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After five years, Kara Swisher signs off as the host of Recode Decode. She and her producer Eric Johnson discuss five of the best moments in the show's 539-episode history; then, she talks with Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff about the future of Vox as the COVID-19 crisis continues and the media grapples with what it can do to unwind systemic racism; and finally, she answers questions submitted by 10 of her past guests, including Ron...
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Former Google executive Sridhar Ramaswamy talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new startup, Neeva, which promises to offer paying subscribers a search engine with no ads and without selling its users' data. Ramaswamy, who worked at Google from 2003 to 2018, talks about how it evolved into an advertising powerhouse, why people should care about the "incredibly personal" details revealed by their search history,...
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Former Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the company's history of activism, the Facebook ad boycott that Patagonia helped start, and what she hopes it will accomplish. Marcario explains how Patagonia chooses which battles to fight, what she thinks of other business leaders who take public stands — such as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — and why we need more "good actors" in the corporate wor...
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Call Your Girlfriend co-host Aminatou Sow talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about upcoming book with Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. Sow discusses "how [she] got bamboozled into getting business-married” to Friedman, why they went to therapy together, and why talking about your friendships with your friends is so important. She also talks about why she refuses to hang out with friends on Zoom, the...
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Harvard professor Samantha Power, the former US ambassador the United Nations, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her 2019 memoir The Education of an Idealist, what idealism looks like now in America, and the Trump administration's deadly mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic — and what she would do differently were she in charge. Power also discusses how the Obama administration responded to the ebola epidemic in 201...
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The Hive authors Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about how they came to write a young adult book about a social media dystopia, based on a cinematic idea from actor Jennifer Beals and producer Tom Jacobson. The 2019 book is set "five minutes in the future," where social media participation is mandated by the government for everyone over 13, which introduces some familiar social issues: The pr...
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Symone Sanders, a senior advisor to Joe Biden and former national press secretary for Bernie Sanders, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the 2020 campaign and her new memoir, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America. Sanders reflects on her own political journey and explains why she's eager to support Biden this year — and why people who try to cast doubt on her career choices are "infuriating...
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Basecamp CEO Jason Fried talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the company's new email product, Hey, which he describes as "the most ambitious and stupidest thing we’ve ever done." Fried also discusses how coronavirus proved that offices are not as important as other companies used to say, why Zoom calls "suck," and why Basecamp is charging $99/year for a personal Hey account, Plus: Why Uber is a "shitt...
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Katie Couric, the former host of the Today Show and anchor of the CBS Evening News, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about why the current moment of political protest feels unlike anything that came before; the fine line between objectivity and advocacy in journalism; and her upcoming memoir, Unexpected. Couric also discusses the battle over Confederate history and art in the south, America's divided news diet, and what she...
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American historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her new podcast, The Last Archive, which investigates "who killed truth?" in the style of a true-crime show. Lepore discusses why the protests against systemic police violence represent America "at our very best," but explains why the two main competing theories of American history are both wrong — and how it should...
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