Recode Decode

Recode Decode

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Conversations with tech and media’s key players about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world.


Dara Khosrowshahi: How Uber is changing and being challenged by a global pandemic
May 25 • 68 min
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about Uber’s evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic, how it’s preparing for the world to re-open, and the one segment of the company that is thriving right now — its food delivery business,…
Brian Chesky: These 9 weeks were the most stressful in Airbnb’s history
May 22 • 70 min
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky returns to Recode Decode to talk with Kara Swisher about how the company is “going back to [its] roots” after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its IPO; the future of travel and hospitality in a world with way fewer people taking…
Gene Sperling: Now is the perfect time to fix economic dignity in America
May 20 • 56 min
Former Clinton and Obama economic advisor Gene Sperling talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book, Economic Dignity, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing attitudes toward essential labor and compensation. He predicts that unemployment…
Casey Newton and Louie Swisher: How quarantine is changing consumer tech and education
May 18 • 62 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with the Verge’s Casey Newton and her older son, Louie Swisher, about how the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine has affected their tech habits. They also discuss Louie’s remote final months of high school, the future of video…
Jon Meacham: America’s history can teach us how to hope for our future
May 15 • 50 min
Historian and bestselling author Jon Meacham talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new podcast Hope Through History, which shows how Americans endured crises such as the Great Depression and the 1918 flu pandemic and came out the other side as a…
Maye Musk: The adventure of raising Elon, Kimbal, and Tosca — and the joys of life and work *after* they grew up
May 13 • 50 min
Model and dietitian Maye Musk (the mother of Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, entrepreneur Kimbal Musk, and filmmaker Tosca Musk) talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her recent memoir, A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and…
Joe Walsh: Joe Biden doesn’t need to campaign — 2020 is all about Trump
May 11 • 54 min
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he tried to primary Donald Trump earlier this year, how the Republican Party became a “cult,” and his recent book, F*ck Silence: Calling Trump Out for the Cultish, Moronic,…
Scott Galloway: Tenure for college professors is bullshit, how COVID-19 will revolutionize healthcare, and what the first trillionaire will do
May 8 • 72 min
NYU Professor and Pivot co-host Scott Galloway returns to Recode Decode to talk about his new show on Vice TV, No Mercy, No Malice with Professor Scott Galloway. He and Recode’s Kara Swisher also talk about how they started working together, why he…
Alexis Coe: What they don’t tell you about George Washington
May 6 • 66 min
Political historian Alexis Coe talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her latest book, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, which seeks to break the staid formula by which all other books about America’s first president have been…
Alex Kantrowitz: The pandemic will make tech giants even more powerful
May 4 • 58 min
BuzzFeed News reporter Alex Kantrowitz talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Always Day One: How The Tech Titans Plan To Stay On Top Forever. He discusses how coronavirus may change consumers’ relationship with tech giants, the opportunity…
Ryan Murphy: What if Hollywood had welcomed diversity from the beginning?
May 1 • 67 min
TV producer Ryan Murphy — who created or produced shows like Glee, 911, and American Horror Story — talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new Netflix miniseries, Hollywood, which blends real history with fictional characters to imagine a more…
Dave Asprey: How to be a biohacker
Apr 29 • 71 min
Bulletproof founder and former CEO Dave Asprey talks about the invention and current state of “biohacking,” how his blog for “bulletproof executives” grew into a global lifestyle, and the most important ways to track and improve one’s life. Asprey…
Nikole Hannah-Jones: We’re finally recognizing the workers who have always been “essential”
Apr 27 • 55 min
New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the coronavirus pandemic is magnifying inequality in the US, and our historical failure to treat essential workers — from meat-packing plants to checkout…
Sarah Kendzior: We’re still in denial about Donald Trump
Apr 24 • 63 min
Bestselling author and Gaslit Nation co-host Sarah Kendzior talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America; what pundits get wrong about propaganda and election…
Tim Ferriss: You’re not Isaac Newton! Give yourself a break for being unproductive right now.
Apr 22 • 73 min
Bestselling author, investor, and podcaster Tim Ferriss talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his advice for people coping with the coronavirus quarantine, which includes giving yourself slack for being unproductive, afraid, and fatigued; the crucial…
Mark Cuban: Capitalism must get kinder, Trump has done okay, and “universities are fucked”
Apr 20 • 66 min
Investor, Dallas Mavericks owner, and Shark Tank co-host Mark Cuban talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about what capitalism and entrepreneurship looks like in a post-coronavirus world; whether he’s planning to run for political office, and what his…
Mayor London Breed: How San Francisco is flattening the curve
Apr 17 • 66 min
San Francisco Mayor London Breed talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why she was one of the first local leaders in the US to act on the spread of covid-19, how she thinks about the slow and dishonest response from President Trump, and what long-term…
Jeffrey Katzenberg: It’s not TV (or HBO, or Netflix). It’s Quibi.
Apr 14 • 66 min
Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the first week of the short-form video app — which was intended for on-the-go consumers, but still racked up 1.7 million downloads, even though most of the world is currently staying…
Sarah Frier: The inside story of Instagram and how it has changed since the founders left
Apr 13 • 56 min
Bloomberg technology reporter Sarah Frier talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram. Frier discusses how co-founders Mike Systrom and Danny Krieger met, why they sold Instagram to Facebook and not…
Adam Grant: How quarantine will transform the way we work
Apr 10 • 59 min
Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, the author of “Originals” and host of the podcast “WorkLife,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the benefits of working from home, and how work will change during the COVID-19 quarantine — and after. Grant also…
Niall Ferguson: How viruses (and fake news stories) spread, and how America screwed up its coronavirus response
Apr 8 • 58 min
Historian Niall Ferguson, the author of bestselling books such as The Ascent of Money and The Square and the Tower, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new PBS series, Networld, which explores the history and science of networks. He discusses why…
Kevin Systrom: What we can learn about coronavirus by looking at the data
Apr 6 • 54 min
Instagram co-founder and former CEO Kevin Systrom talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the data analysis he has conducted and publicized about the global spread of coronavirus, and what it tells us the future looks like. He says he applied the same…
David Plouffe: How to beat Donald Trump, and how coronavirus will change the election
Apr 3 • 63 min
Former Obama advisor David Plouffe — who since leaving the White House has worked with Uber, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and Acronym — talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump. He talks about how…
Episode 500: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on coronavirus, working from home, and Slack’s redesign
Apr 1 • 60 min
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how coronavirus changed everything for Slack and its customers, the sudden transition to “work from home” across the country, and how the company is handling a surge in usage at the same…
Gary Vaynerchuk: The coronavirus crisis will force businesses to be better
Mar 30 • 72 min
VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the impact of covid-19 on entrepreneurship, why he stopped investing in tech companies two years ago, and how the pandemic could have a silver lining — separating the winners from the…
Deepak Chopra: “If this doesn’t bring us together, then we deserve whatever happens”
Mar 27 • 62 min
Dr. Deepak Chopra talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how to cope with the global threat posed by coronavirus, the parallel “pandemic of panic,” and how to not be overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. Comparing it to past pandemics and wars, he says the…
Chamath Palihapitiya: “The investing landscape is done,” taxes will go up, and a two-week lockdown is inevitable
Mar 25 • 67 min
Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how long it will take to recover from the coronavirus crisis, its impact on startups, and how the US government should and will react — including by tracking individuals via…
Ben Hubbard: How Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman became a feared leader and cyber criminal
Mar 23 • 62 min
Ben Hubbard, the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed Bin Salman. Hubbard explains how he started writing about Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, MBS’s…
Andrew Yang: Sending everyone money makes even more sense in a crisis like coronavirus
Mar 20 • 64 min
Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the growing popularity of government programs to send money directly to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. His own organization t hat advocates for universal…
“After Truth”: New HBO documentary explores the cost of “fake news”
Mar 18 • 57 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with three of the brains behind the new HBO documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News: Director Andrew Rossi, who previously directed Page One: Inside the New York Times; executive producer Brian…
Maggie Haberman: How coronavirus changes everything for President Trump
Mar 16 • 60 min
Maggie Haberman, the White House correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the rest of the country has bypassed Trump’s failure to lead on the coronavirus outbreak; his exposure to COVID-19 at Mar-a-Lago and refusal…
Ron Klain: The coronavirus outbreak is just getting started in the US
Mar 13 • 67 min
Epidemic co-host Ron Klain, who led the White House’s ebola response under President Obama, talks to Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the COVID-19 outbreak will strain America’s healthcare system; how President Trump downplayed the crisis, rattling public…
Dr. Lloyd Minor: Why we shouldn’t panic about coronavirus, and should start taking precision medicine seriously
Mar 11 • 49 min
Dr. Lloyd Minor, the dean of Stanford University’s School of Medicine, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the novel coronavirus outbreak and his new book, “Discovering Precision Health: Predict, Prevent, and Cure to Advance Health and Well-Being.”…
Mark Lemley: Innovation in tech suffers when we focus on the “exit”
Mar 8 • 47 min
Stanford Law School professor Mark Lemley talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about Silicon Valley’s obsession with startups getting an “exit” — usually an acquisition by one of the tech giants — and why that trend is suffocating innovation. Lemley explains…
Aicha Evans and Jesse Levinson: Self-driving taxis will be here in 2021
Mar 6 • 65 min
Zoox CEO Aicha Evans and CTO Jesse Levinson talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their development of a fully autonomous robo-taxi, which will be designed for multiple passengers to share and is planned to hit public roads before the end of 2021. They…
Dan Pfeiffer: The real problem isn’t Trump — it’s the other Republicans
Mar 4 • 51 min
Pod Save America co-host and former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again, why Bernie Sanders owes a lot to Michael Bloomberg, and why Trump is the new…
Jason Calacanis: TikTok should be banned, Tim Cook doesn’t have enough “chutzpah,” and Uber will be fine
Mar 2 • 68 min
Inside CEO and This Week in Startups host Jason Calacanis talks with Kara Swisher about the future of Uber after its troubled IPO, why one of the tech giants should buy Tesla, and Jeff Bezos’ Achilles heel: His lack of generosity. Calacanis, who was an…
Conor Dougherty: San Francisco’s housing crisis is coming for your city next
Feb 28 • 63 min
New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Golden Gates: Fighting For Housing in America. He talks about why San Francisco’s housing crisis is the “worst version of something every city has,” the…
Jorge Ramos: Bernie Sanders might have just lost Florida
Feb 26 • 61 min
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how much of the Latino vote President Trump might get in 2020, why Bernie Sanders’ comments about Fidel Castro might cost him dearly in a general election, and why it’s important that…
Steven Levy: Mark Zuckerberg was blinded by his need to compete
Feb 24 • 70 min
Technology journalist and Wired editor-at-large Steven Levy talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book, Facebook: The Inside Story, for which he obtained years of direct access to CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Levy discusses how…
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler: “The Future Is Faster Than You Think”
Feb 21 • 65 min
Authors Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their latest book together, The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Disrupting Business, Industries, and Our Lives. They explain why the future is…
Caleb Scharf: Living on Mars is complicated, actually
Feb 19 • 56 min
Caleb Scharf, the director of Astrobiology at Columbia University, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the under=discussed dangers humans would face in space and the rise of private space exploration, as championed by billionaires such as Elon Musk and…
Corey Johnson: How to fix transportation in New York City
Feb 17 • 67 min
Corey Johnson, the Speaker of the New York City Council and an candidate in the 2021 mayoral race, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his planned expansion of bike, bus, and pedestrian lanes across the city, which will come at the expense of street…
David Kaye: How the Saudis hacked Jeff Bezos’ phone
Feb 14 • 61 min
David Kaye, the special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression at the United Nations, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone by the Saudi Arabian government; why it’s easier than ever for governments…
Larry Ingrassia: How Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club and other disruptors became billion-dollar companies
Feb 12 • 55 min
Journalist Larry Ingrassia talks with Recode’s Jason Del Rey about his new book, Billion Dollar Brand Club: How Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, and Other Disruptors Are Remaking What We Buy. Ingrassia, a longtime editor for the Wall Street Journal, New…
Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker: Trump doesn’t care if he lies, and his supporters don’t, either
Feb 10 • 68 min
Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new book, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America. In it, they draw from more than 200 interviews with Trump administration insiders to…
Mark Surman: We have to fight for the future of the internet
Feb 7 • 54 min
Mozilla Foundation executive director Mark Surman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why the internet needs a “public option,” how Mozilla’s browser Firefox is positioning itself for the future, and the future of tech regulation. Surman also discusses…
Anna Wiener: The dark side of the tech industry’s seductive culture
Feb 5 • 64 min
Anna Wiener, a contributing writer for the New Yorker and the author of the new book Uncanny Valley: A Memoir, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why she left an old industry — book publishing — to work in tech, the “intoxicating” start to her new…
Dave Eggers: What Democrats get wrong about Trump
Feb 3 • 58 min
Writer and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest novel, The Captain and the Glory, why he chose to write a satirical novel about the Trump era, and what he’s learned from interviewing Trump supporters that most…
Franklin Leonard: Greed can combat Hollywood’s bias
Jan 31 • 51 min
The Black List founder Franklin Leonard talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how he accidentally created one of the most important lists in Hollywood and how he turned it into a real business for connecting screenwriters with producers. Leonard also…
Ezra Klein: Parties, not policy, are “Why We’re Polarized”
Jan 29 • 71 min
Vox.com co-founder Ezra Klein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Why We’re Polarized, the rise of systemic “zero sum” party politics, and how Klein himself has been polarizing in the Trump era. Klein and Swisher also discuss the racial,…
Annalee Newitz: Why real time travel would look a lot like Wikipedia
Jan 27 • 52 min
Sci-fi novelist and science journalist Annalee Newitz talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new book, The Future of Another Timeline. Newitz, who was previously a founding editor of io9 and the editor in chief of Gizmodo, talks about their winding…
Numa Perrier and Tiffany Tenille: In new Netflix film “Jezebel,” the sex industry goes online
Jan 24 • 60 min
Numa Perrier and Tiffany Tenille, the director and star of the new Netflix film Jezebel, talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about Perrier’s real-life experience as an online sex worker in the 1990s and turning that into a movie. They also discuss how the…
The L Word: Why the cast reunited for “Generation Q”
Jan 22 • 68 min
The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and actors Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their decision to reunite for a new series called The L Word: Generation Q, 10 years after the original show ended. They…
Kirsten Green: The four types of startups
Jan 20 • 70 min
Forerunner Ventures founder and managing partner Kirsten Green talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the thinking behind her investments in companies like Dollar Shave Club and Glossier; the messy culture struggle at luggage startup Away; and where…
Ben Silbermann: How Pinterest is trying to make its users feel better
Jan 17 • 33 min
Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about deliberately engineering happiness into the site, expanding into commerce, and competing with larger social and commerce tech companies. This interview was recorded in front of a live…
Jeanette Winterson remixes “Frankenstein” with AI, queer love, and cryogenics in “Frankissstein”
Jan 15 • 64 min
Writer Jeanette Winterson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her latest book, Frankissstein: A Love Story. Winterson discusses the intertwined histories of LGBT+ people, science fiction literature and technology; how she decided to write a modern…
Jason DeParle: How poverty and global migration intersect
Jan 13 • 53 min
New York Times reporter Jason DeParle talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his most recent book, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century. The book draws from several decades of reporting, which began when DeParle…
Megan Rapinoe: I’m not running for office because Democrats have standards
Jan 10 • 25 min
Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team, returns to Recode Decode to talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about pay equity, how things have changed since the team’s boozy post-World Cup tour, and why she’s not running for political…
David Epstein: Why successful people don’t do only one thing well
Jan 8 • 56 min
Journalist and bestselling author David Epstein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his most recent book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. In it, he argues that the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors,…
The Swisher family: What Kara’s relatives think about tech, privacy, and Fox News
Jan 6 • 65 min
Kara Swisher convenes her brother, her sons, her mother and her fiancée to talk about their tech habits and how they get their news in a contentious election year. Topics include why her teenage sons Alex and Louie refuse to use TikTok; how technologies…
Bruce Schneier: How insecure, unregulated tech is endangering the world
Jan 3 • 68 min
Security researcher Bruce Schneier talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his recent book, Click Here to Kill Everybody. He also explains why the internet of things is a “dumpster fire,” what regulations need to be implemented to keep people safe, and why…
(Bonus) How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping Fake News
Jan 1 • 49 min
If you like Recode Decode, we think you’ll also like Function with Anil Dash. Here’s a recent episode about stopping fake news ahead of the 2020 US elections. Are social networks downplaying their complicity in the problem that is “fake news?” Anil talks…
Best of 2019: Our favorite moments on Recode Decode this year
Dec 30, 2019 • 65 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher, her executive producer Erica Anderson, and her producer Eric Johnson discuss their favorite Recode Decode interviews from 2019 and look back at some of the year’s big trends. Use the links below to go to the full versions of the…
Liz Plank: “A new vision for mindful masculinity”
Dec 20, 2019 • 60 min
Journalist Liz Plank talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her recent book, For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity. Featuring: Liz Plank (@feministabulous), author, For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity Host: Kara…
Dylan Collins: An “existential crisis” for the internet — it wasn’t designed for kids
Dec 18, 2019 • 52 min
SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how he got interested in children’s digital privacy at a time when Silicon Valley didn’t care, how his company works with tech firms to help them comply with privacy laws, and…
Tom Steyer: Big business bought and broke the US government
Dec 16, 2019 • 46 min
2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer talks with Recode’s Teddy Schleiefer about income inequality and the need for a wealth tax in America, what separates him from fellow ultra-wealthy candidate Michael Bloomberg, and why we should expect the government…
Ben Mezrich: The Winklevoss twins’ second act as “Bitcoin Billionaires”
Dec 13, 2019 • 61 min
Writer Ben Mezrich talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book Bitcoin Billionaires and his previous books, including The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the movie The Social Network. Mezrich, who specializes in “true stories…
Margaret O’Mara: Silicon Valley doesn’t understand its own history
Dec 11, 2019 • 62 min
Historian Margaret O’Mara talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her latest book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. She explains how the government catalyzed the digital revolution starting in the 1960s, the reasons tech power…
Neal Katyal: Why Donald Trump will be removed from office
Dec 9, 2019 • 62 min
Neal Katyal, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book Impeach: The Case against Donald Trump. Katyal explains why he believes the “evidence will be too strong” against President Trump, ending his first…
Nadav Goshen: What 3-D printing needs before it’s ready for mainstream consumers
Dec 6, 2019 • 51 min
MakerBot CEO Nadav Goshen talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the company’s Method X industrial printer, which Goshen says will foster innovation by making it easier to manufacture real products. He also talks about the setbacks to the initial hype…
Andrea Matwyshyn: We already have the internet of things. The “internet of bodies” is next.
Dec 4, 2019 • 57 min
Andrea Matwyshyn, the associate dean of innovation at Penn State Law, talks with Kara Swisher’s executive producer, Erica Anderson, about the integration of technology with biology, a trend Matwyshyn terms the “internet of bodies.” She explains what that…
Deborah Rutter: How tech has changed performing arts — for the better
Dec 2, 2019 • 52 min
Deborah Rutter, the president of Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the Center’s new free immersive learning spaces, REACH, which offer visitors the chance to participate in and look…
Rick Smith: The ethics of designing body cameras and other police tech
Nov 27, 2019 • 55 min
Axon CEO Rick Smith talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his company’s best known product (the Taser), how it’s thinking about the ethical implications of new products aimed at police, and the controversies around facial recognition in body cameras.…
Barry Friedman: Is technology making police better — or worse?
Nov 25, 2019 • 62 min
Barry Friedman, the director of The Policing Project at New York University’s School of Law, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about making police more accountable, the ethics of emerging technologies like AI and facial recognition, and the missing…
Innovation in the midwest: Entrepreneurship outside of Silicon Valley
Nov 22, 2019 • 62 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and her executive producer Erica Anderson talk with a panel of entrepreneurs in Valparaiso, Indiana: Sarah Hallberg, the Medical Director of Virta Health; Eric Christopher, the co-founder and CEO of Zylo; and Robin Fleming, the CEO…
Jana Messerschmidt: How do we get more women on the cap table?
Nov 20, 2019 • 61 min
Venture capitalist Jana Messerschmidt, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how she became a partner at Lightspeed and the co-founder of an all-female group of angel investors called #ANGELS. Messerschmidt previously worked at DivX, Netflix, and…
Susan Rice: Trump’s foreign policy is not “America first,” it’s “me first”
Nov 18, 2019 • 74 min
Susan Rice, the former US ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor under President Obama, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the “ass backwards” way President Trump has approached foreign policy and her new book, Tough Love: My…
SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson: CEOs are not royalty, and dual class stock should not last forever
Nov 15, 2019 • 56 min
Robert Jackson, one of the five commissioners on the Securities and Exchange Commission, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the SEC works and the problem with perpetual dual-class stock at companies like WeWork, Facebook, and Google. Jackson also…
Alexis Ohanian: All parents, including dads, should have six months of paid family leave
Nov 13, 2019 • 65 min
Reddit co-founder and Initialized Capital managing partner Alexis Ohanian talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how he became a “dadvocate” for paid paternity leave. Ohanian explains how the medical complications faced by his wife, tennis star Serena…
Ted Baxter: A massive stroke changed my life “for the better”
Nov 11, 2019 • 47 min
Writer and health advocate Ted Baxter talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his book, Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better. Baxter, a former managing director at the hedge fund Citadel, had the stroke when he was only 41, and…
Brian Chesky: How Airbnb is responding to a deadly shooting
Nov 8, 2019 • 71 min
Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the recent mass shooting at an Airbnb in Orinda, Calif., how the company is changing its policies to keep guests safer, and what Chesky wishes he had done differently when…
Stephanie Ruhle: Don’t blame Mark Zuckerberg for inequality
Nov 6, 2019 • 56 min
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new podcast Modern Ruhles, the Trump voters who get overlooked by the media, and why Wall Streeters afraid of Elizabeth Warren should “look in the goddamn mirror.” Ruhle also…
The Google walkout organizers, one year later
Nov 4, 2019 • 59 min
In this special episode of Recode Decode, Kara Swisher checks in with some of the organizers of the Google walkout, who came on her show in November 2018 after leading a 20,000-worker protest. Later in the show, Kara’s executive producer Erica Anderson…
Edward Snowden: I don’t want you to trust me
Nov 1, 2019 • 107 min
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he leaked highly classified information in 2013, why that doesn’t make him a “traitor,” and his new book, Permanent Record. Snowden also talks about how his youthful love of the…
Ben Horowitz: Startups can learn a lot from samurai
Oct 30, 2019 • 63 min
Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of venture capital, diversity in tech, and his new book, What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture. Horowitz also discusses the impact of…
Bill Kristol: This is the “nightmare scenario” for 2024
Oct 28, 2019 • 67 min
Conservative analyst Bill Kristol talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the impeachment effort against President Trump, how politics has entered a “crisis of truth” in the era of Fox News and social media, and the steps that should be taken pre-emptively…
Gary Cohn: Tech giants should be regulated as “data companies”
Oct 25, 2019 • 74 min
Gary Cohn, the former Director of the National Economic Council and former chief economic adviser to President Trump, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about what he’s done since leaving the Trump administration, including a “significant” investment and…
Politics and tech onstage with “What the Constitution Means to Me” and “Right to Be Forgotten”
Oct 23, 2019 • 60 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks to the creators of two new plays that intersect with tech issues: Heidi Schreck, the former star and playwright of What the Constitution Means to Me, and the writer and director of Right to Be Forgotten — Sharyn Rothstein and…
Ronan Farrow: Here’s how predators like Harvey Weinstein covered their tracks
Oct 21, 2019 • 62 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, which details the extreme lengths men like Harvey Weinstein have gone to escape…
Can A.I. teach you to write better?
Oct 20, 2019 • 24 min
If you like Recode Decode, we think you’ll also like our newest podcast, Reset. Here’s today’s episode. Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write? About Reset Arielle Duhaime-Ross…
Ken Burns on “Country Music,” digital documentaries, and why “there’s no them, there’s only us”
Oct 18, 2019 • 67 min
Filmmaker Ken Burns talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest documentary series “Country Music,” in which he explores the history of the genre, its place in the larger American musical landscape, and the powerful universality of “three chords and…
The inside story of the Cambridge Analytica scandal
Oct 16, 2019 • 64 min
Cambridge Analytica’s former business development director Brittany Kaiser talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book TARGETED: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower’s Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It…
Rosetta Stone President Matt Hulett on how to learn new languages and not forget them
Oct 14, 2019 • 45 min
Matt Hulett, the president of education company Rosetta Stone, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the company’s pivot away from language-learning CDs and into a more advanced and “approachable” mobile app. He also talks about his “promiscuous”…
Disrupting real estate with OpenDoor CEO Eric Wu / Evite CEO Victor Cho on turning around a Web 1.0 company
Oct 11, 2019 • 58 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher interviews two CEOs in this double-feature episode of Recode Decode: First, she speaks with OpenDoor CEO Eric Wu about how technology is encroaching on the real estate industry, why housing is ripe for disruption, and how OpenDoor is…
“Antisocial” author Andrew Marantz on how the far right hijacked the internet
Oct 9, 2019 • 67 min
Andrew Marantz, a staff writer at the New Yorker, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno‑Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. He discusses the danger of designing social media…
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina: Trump is doing lasting damage to the Republican Party
Oct 7, 2019 • 68 min
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about campaigning against Donald Trump, her friendship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and the over-concentration of power…
FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub on political paralysis, election security, and Trump’s “voter fraud” fantasies
Oct 4, 2019 • 66 min
Federal Election Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the FEC works, how it tries to defend elections from foreign influence, and why the Commission is currently immobilized by a lack of “quorum” — in other words, it…
Obama’s cybersecurity chief Michael Daniel: Facebook is an “intelligence officer’s wet dream”
Oct 2, 2019 • 68 min
Barack Obama’s former cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel, now the CEO of the nonprofit Cyber Threat Alliance, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of US cybersecurity heading into the 2020 elections. Daniel says the proposed solutions to…
FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter on Facebook’s $5 billion fine, YouTube’s COPPA violations, and the dangers of under-enforcement
Sep 30, 2019 • 69 min
Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, one of the FTC’s two Democratic commissioners, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of antitrust problems in the tech industry, the history of pushback against the FTC for alleged over-enforcement, and whether it is…
Senator Mark Warner on the Ukraine whistleblower, the end of anonymity, and the ongoing Russia investigation
Sep 27, 2019 • 69 min
Mark Warner, the senior US Senator from Virginia, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about several interconnected policy issues affecting the 2020 elections, including the security of voter registries, the expectation of social media manipulation by Russia…
Whistleblowers have never been more important — or more at risk, says Whistleblower Aid CEO John Tye
Sep 24, 2019 • 55 min
John Napier Tye, the founder and CEO of Whistleblower Aid, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how his non-profit law firm helps people seeking to legally expose corruption in the government and at private companies. It recently worked with a…
Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder on Putin’s crimes and DoNotPay CEO Josh Browder on robot lawyers for consumers
Sep 23, 2019 • 48 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder, a hedge fund manager turned human rights activist and his son, Josh Browder, whose company DoNotPay helps consumers fight everything from parking tickets to the Equifax leaks. They talk…
“She Said” authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on Harvey Weinstein’s downfall and the unanswered questions of the #MeToo movement
Sep 20, 2019 • 70 min
New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new book, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement. They talk about how Kantor and Twohey reported stories about sexual…
Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on H-1B immigration, the China trade war, and why teachers should be tax-exempt
Sep 18, 2019 • 70 min
Steve Schwarzman, the CEO of the private equity firm The Blackstone Group, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. Schwarzman — a longtime advisor to President Trump — also discusses his…
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on why tech can’t solve all our problems, and how New York lost Amazon HQ2
Sep 16, 2019 • 79 min
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he’s still running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, the threat of job automation and his proposed “robot tax,” and how de Blasio thinks about the future of…
2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on the problems with American capitalism, why she’s not a “long shot,” and being a religious Democrat
Sep 13, 2019 • 71 min
Author and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her campaign to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. Williamson explains why she’s still in the race even though she didn’t qualify for the third debate…
The Wing CEO Audrey Gelman on women hiring women and why her company is different from WeWork
Sep 11, 2019 • 49 min
Audrey Gelman, the co-founder and CEO of women’s coworking space The Wing, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the company’s new hiring network for its members, and how it can combat bias in hiring. They also discuss why Gelman and her co-founder…
Microsoft President Brad Smith: Fixing what Silicon Valley broke is every tech company’s responsibility
Sep 9, 2019 • 70 min
Microsoft President Brad Smith talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, co-authored with Carol Ann Browne, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age. They discuss what Microsoft learned from United States v. Microsoft…
Why workers need to be part of the conversation about UBI and artificial intelligence
Sep 6, 2019 • 57 min
Former New York Times labor reporter Steve Greenhouse talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his most recent book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor. Greenhouse explains why worker power and compensation are at their…
Some CEOs try to be ethical. Most of them can’t or won’t, says “The Enlightened Capitalists” author James O’Toole.
Sep 4, 2019 • 48 min
James O’Toole, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his book, The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good. O’Toole discusses the…
Psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt on how hidden biases shape our lives
Sep 2, 2019 • 56 min
Jennifer Eberhardt, professor of psychology at Stanford University, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her most recent book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. She talks about where bias comes from, why the…
Lime still wants to go public, says president Joe Kraus
Aug 30, 2019 • 69 min
Lime President Joe Kraus talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how he came to Lime after a long career in both startups and venture capital, the company’s pivot from bikes to scooters and the “unbundling of the car.” Kraus also talks about the impact of…
Gro Intelligence CEO Sara Menker on ag-tech and the future of farming
Aug 27, 2019 • 59 min
Gro Intelligence founder and CEO Sara Menker talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the growing field of agriculture technology and how farmers around the world are using data. She also talks about the impact of geopolitical events like the US-China trade…
Huawei’s chief security officer in the US, Andy Purdy
Aug 26, 2019 • 47 min
Andy Purdy, the chief security officer for Huawei Technologies USA, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher. They discuss the trade and security disputes between the US and Chinese governments, the increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats facing America,…
CDA 230: The US law that shaped the internet, explained (and debated)
Aug 23, 2019 • 67 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher convenes a panel of experts to talk about section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: cybersecurity law professor Jeff Kosseff, author of “The Twenty Six Words That Created The Internet”; lawyer Carrie Goldberg, author of…
“Cult of the Dead Cow” author Joe Menn on “good guy” hackers, cybercrime, and Beto O’Rourke
Aug 21, 2019 • 55 min
Writer Joe Menn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his most recent book, “Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World.” In this episode: How Menn started writing about cybercrime; the rise and fall of Napster;…
Index Ventures’ Mike Volpi and Danny Rimer on global innovation and founder power
Aug 19, 2019 • 55 min
Mike Volpi and Danny Rimer, the co-founders of the San Francisco office of Index Ventures, talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher. In this episode: Volpi and Rimer’s backgrounds and the early days of the internet; applying a global perspective to venture…
Rep. Ro Khanna on Bernie Sanders, 2020 election interference, and pragmatic tech regulation
Aug 16, 2019 • 62 min
US Congressman Ro Khanna, who represents California’s 17th district, joins Recode’s Kara Swisher live onstage at Manny’s in San Francisco to talk about the state of tech policy and the next elections. In this episode: Khanna’s internet bill of rights;…
Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor on the “secrets” of venture capital
Aug 14, 2019 • 67 min
Scott Kupor, the managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about his new book, Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It. In this episode: How Kupor became a venture capitalist; his…
Why Silicon Valley loves “biohacking” and intermittent fasting
Aug 12, 2019 • 56 min
Inspired by the trendiness of intermittent fasting in the tech community, Kara Swisher’s executive producer, Erica Anderson, talks with three eating habit experts — a biohacker, an academic, and an eating disorder specialist. In this episode: HVMN CEO…
Stanford University’s Larry Diamond on Russia, China, and the “new Cold War”
Aug 7, 2019 • 57 min
Larry Diamond, a professor at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency. In this episode:…
Rep. Lauren Underwood on the impeachment debate, representing a swing district, and “toxic” 2020 candidates
Aug 5, 2019 • 65 min
Lauren Underwood, the US Congresswoman who represents Illinois’ 14th district, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded on July 29, 2019 at Manny’s in San Francisco. In this episode: Underwood’s background in healthcare and the…
“The $300 textbook is dead” says Pearson CEO John Fallon
Aug 2, 2019 • 54 min
Pearson CEO John Fallon talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why the company is pivoting from print to digital textbooks. In this episode: Fallon’s background; the publishing industry’s slow-motion embrace of the internet; “the $300 textbook is dead”;…
Democracy is for sale, says “The Great Hack” director Karim Amer
Jul 31, 2019 • 72 min
In this live interview, Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with former Cambridge Analytica COO Julian Wheatland, early Facebook investor Roger McNamee, and the director and writer of the new Netflix documentary The Great Hack — Karim Amer and Pedro Kos. Then,…
Megan Rapinoe still isn’t going to the White House, even if Trump invites her
Jul 29, 2019 • 64 min
On the 400th episode of Recode Decode, Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher. This live conversation was recorded at the Mobile Marketing Association CEO & CMO Summit in Sonoma, CA. In this…
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman: “Would I love to see the government F our largest competitors? Yeah!”
Jul 26, 2019 • 60 min
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded at Manny’s in San Francisco. Huffman co-founded the company in 2005, left it in 2009, and returned in 2015 after the resignation of Reddit’s previous CEO, Ellen Pao.…
How Stitch Fix uses data to sell more clothes, and why CEO Katrina Lake hopes retail has a future
Jul 24, 2019 • 66 min
Stitch Fix founder and CEO Katrina Lake talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of fashion, how the company has changed in the past nine years, and the rarity of female tech CEOs. In this episode: Lake’s background and taking Stitch Fix public;…
Rep. Adam Schiff on the Mueller investigation, deepfakes, and the dangers posed by Russia and China
Jul 22, 2019 • 57 min
Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents California’s 28th district and chairs the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the 2020 election, the Russia investigation, and more. In this episode: Schiff’s letters putting…
Why 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang doesn’t want to break up Google
Jul 19, 2019 • 68 min
Entrepreneur and Venture for America founder Andrew Yang talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his campaign to be the Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential race. In this episode: Being “the tech candidate” during the techlash; the the #YangGang;…
Why Senator Michael Bennet believes he can win the presidency in 2020
Jul 17, 2019 • 51 min
Michael Bennet, the senior U.S. Senator from Colorado, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the intersection of social media and politics, and running for president in 2020. In this episode: Denver schools and the racial education gap; Bennet’s…
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on systemic racism, regulating tech, and the divided Democratic Party
Jul 15, 2019 • 50 min
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his campaign for president of the United States. In this episode: Systemic racism and Buttigieg’s “Douglass Plan”; mobilizing black women voters; how to appeal to Trump…
Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew Levatich (Live at Code 2019)
Jul 12, 2019 • 40 min
Harley-Davidson president and CEO Matthew Levatich talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher live onstage at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: The impact of tariffs on Harley-Davidson’s global business; Trump’s tweets attacking the company; managing a…
Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner on Gwyneth Paltrow, “Fleishman Is in Trouble,” and divorce in the age of Tinder
Jul 10, 2019 • 65 min
Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her popular profiles of celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and her new novel, “Fleishman Is in Trouble.” In this episode: Why Brodesser-Akner started writing profiles; how she got to the…
Journalist Carole Cadwalladr on Facebook, Brexit, and “techno-fascism”
Jul 8, 2019 • 77 min
Carole Cadwalladr, a reporter for the Guardian and Observer, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her investigations into the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the links between tech and political disinformation campaigns. In this episode: Cadwalladr’s…
Long-Term Stock Exchange founder Eric Ries (Live at Code 2019)
Jul 5, 2019 • 39 min
Eric Ries, the founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange and author of The Lean Startup, talks with Vox.com’s Ezra Klein at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: The LTSE’s recent SEC approval; what’s the point of a stock exchange and why do we need a…
“Russian Doll” star Natasha Lyonne and Netflix content VP Cindy Holland (Live at Code 2019)
Jul 3, 2019 • 46 min
Actor and producer Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Orange Is the New Black) and Netflix’s vice president of original content Cindy Holland talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: How Lyonne got connected with Netflix;…
Rockfeller Foundation president Raj Shah and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon (Live at Code 2019)
Jul 1, 2019 • 65 min
In these interviews from the 2019 Code Conference, Rockfeller Foundation president Raj Shah and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon talk with Recode’s Teddy Schleifer. In the Shah interview: Rising inequality and the limits of private philanthropy; the…
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian (Live at Code 2019)
Jun 28, 2019 • 45 min
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: How the Boeing 737 Max crashes affect the aviation industry; innovations in airplanes in that Delta would like to see; using…
MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito on the problem with tech people who want to solve problems
Jun 26, 2019 • 55 min
Joichi “Joi” Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about engineers who over-simplify the world’s problems, the Media Lab’s role in “surveillance capitalism,” and why the values of the tech world will shift from within.…
Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s Andrew Bosworth, and former tech insiders on the outside (Live at Code 2019)
Jun 24, 2019 • 63 min
In these live interviews from the 2019 Code Conference, Casey Newton first talks to Instagram boss Adam Mosseri and Facebook’s head of AR and VR, Andrew “Boz” Bosworth; then; later in the show, he interviews three former tech insiders: former Googler…
Fair Fight Action founder Stacey Abrams and CEO Lauren Groh-Wargo (Live at Code 2019)
Jun 21, 2019 • 59 min
Georgia politician Stacey Abrams and her former campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo, now the co-founders of Fair Fight Action, talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Vox.com’s Ezra Klein at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: Abrams’ campaign for…
RAICES immigration activists Jonathan Ryan and Erika Andiola (Live at Code 2019)
Jun 19, 2019 • 39 min
Jonathan Ryan and Erika Andiola, the CEO and chief advocacy officer at RAICES, talk with Vox.com’s Ezra Klein at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: The current situation at the US-Mexico border; the increasing power of the executive branch of the…
Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy (Live at Code 2019)
Jun 17, 2019 • 51 min
Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon’s cloud computing service AWS, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: How Jassy came to work at Amazon 22 years ago; how Jeff Bezos has changed in that time; how AWS differentiates…
Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour (Live at Code 2019)
Jun 14, 2019 • 51 min
Vijaya Gadde, who leads the legal and trust and safety teams at Twitter, and Periscope co-founder Kayvon Beykpour, who’s now the company’s head of product, talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2019 Code Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. In…
The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan on cowardly journalists, liberal racism, and impeaching Trump
Jun 12, 2019 • 63 min
Mehdi Hasan, a columnist at the Intercept and host of its weekly podcast Deconstructed, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher. In this episode: How Hasan got into journalism; the timidity of the American press; cold comforts in the “horrible, horrible moment”…
CNN’s Jim Sciutto: “We’re already in a war” with Russia and China
Jun 10, 2019 • 62 min
CNN’s chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, The Shadow War: Inside Russia’s and China’s Secret Operations to Defeat America. In this episode: Sciutto’s background and the 30th anniversary of…
Michele Madansky’s new research into sexual harassment in the tech industry
Jun 5, 2019 • 49 min
Media market research consultant Michele Madansky talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about The Elephant in the Valley, her study into the prevalence of harassment in tech that was first conducted in 2016 and recently updated with new statistics. In this…
Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani on the real solutions to tech’s diversity problems
Jun 3, 2019 • 46 min
Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the challenges facing women in the tech industry and what everyone can do to make progress happen faster. In this episode: The 60 Minutes problem; what Girls Who Code does; how it…
Susan Hockfield: The real answer to sustainable energy might be a virus-built battery
May 31, 2019 • 58 min
Former MIT president Susan Hockfield talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution. In this episode: How Hockfield got to MIT; how the school creates innovation; how…
Investors Mark Cuban and Steve Case and talent agent Scooter Braun (Live)
May 29, 2019 • 68 min
In these live interviews recorded at the 2019 SALT Conference in Las Vegas, Recode’s Kara Swisher talks to investors Mark Cuban and Steve Case about the future of entrepreneurship and talent agent Scooter Braun about how tech is changing the entertainment…
DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg on how Congress (and you) can fix online privacy
May 27, 2019 • 58 min
DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live conversation recorded at Made By We in New York City. In this episode: What DuckDuckGo does; why Weinberg started the company; contextual advertising; Section 230 of the…
Facebook’s former security boss Alex Stamos and Twitter co-founder Ev Williams (Live)
May 24, 2019 • 49 min
Alex Stamos, the former Chief Security Officer at Facebook, and Ev Williams, the co-founder of Twitter and CEO of Medium, talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher in these live interviews from the 2019 Collision conference in Toronto, Canada. In the Stamos…
Anand Giridharadas on the phony philanthropy of tech billionaires
May 22, 2019 • 57 min
Winners Take All author Anand Giridharadas talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live conversation recorded at Made By We in New York City. In this episode: Why Giridharadas wrote the book; the Sackler family; why “giving back is a wingman of taking…
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse on why big banks should get into cryptocurrencies
May 20, 2019 • 60 min
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about bringing legitimate financial institutions into the formerly-sketchy world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In this episode: Garlinghouse’s background at Excite@Home, Dialpad, and…
How “Good to Great” author Jim Collins helped Amazon rescue itself
May 17, 2019 • 65 min
Jim Collins, the author of business books such as Built to Last and Good to Great, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest work, Turning the Flywheel. In this episode: Collins’ background in business education; his mentor and Stanford colleague…
Preet Bharara on the Mueller report, Constitutional crises and Twitter fatigue
May 15, 2019 • 67 min
Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and host of the podcast Stay Tuned With Preet, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher. In this episode: Bharara’s background; digital crime and the “ticking time bomb” of hacking…
Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on surveillance, AI ethics, and how to regulate tech
May 13, 2019 • 79 min
In this live conversation recorded at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with Ash Carter, the former Secretary of Defense under President Obama who now runs the Belfer Center for Science and International…
BONUS: Why Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wants the government to break it up
May 10, 2019 • 57 min
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his recent New York Times op-ed, “It’s Time to Break Up Facebook.” In this episode: Why Hughes wrote the column; how he met Mark Zuckerberg; how the 2016 election changed his view of…
Esther Wojcicki on how she raised the CEOs of YouTube and 23andMe
May 10, 2019 • 53 min
Author and journalism educator Esther Wojcicki, Silicon Valley’s “mother of dragons,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results. In this episode: Why Wojcicki became a…
Sam Harris on religion, politics, and making “enemies” online.
May 8, 2019 • 102 min
Writer and podcaster Sam Harris talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his views on Islam, social media, and President Trump. In this episode: Harris’ background; why he wrote his first book; the controversy around his books about religion and why Harris…
Tristan Harris says tech is “downgrading” humanity — but we can fix it
May 6, 2019 • 66 min
Tristan Harris, the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the latest problem he and his peers are trying to solve: “Human downgrading.” In this episode: Harris’ background as a design ethicist Google; how…
Scott Galloway on love, Chipotle, and the other forms of happiness
May 3, 2019 • 64 min
NYU professor and Pivot co-host Scott Galloway talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, The Algebra of Happiness. In this episode: Galloway’s past books; why the new book is about happiness; don’t listen to people who say “follow your…
How Mayor London Breed wants Big Tech to help fix San Francisco
May 1, 2019 • 80 min
San Francisco Mayor London Breed talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded at Manny’s in the Mission District. In this episode: How does Breed feel about being mayor?; her biggest priority, the homelessness epidemic; how San…
Trash in space, diversity in STEM and artificial meat at TED 2019
Apr 29, 2019 • 66 min
Kara Swisher’s executive producer, Erica Anderson, talks with four TED Fellows at the 2019 TED Conference in Vancouver. In this collection of mini-interviews, you’ll hear from biologist Danielle Lee, space environmentalist Moriba Jah, astrophysicist Erika…
Journalist Julia Angwin on being fired from The Markup, investigating Facebook and data-based news
Apr 26, 2019 • 47 min
Julia Angwin, the former editor-in-chief of The Markup, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live podcast recorded in Washington, DC. In this episode: How Angwin got into journalism; why weren’t people always angry about tech privacy?; ProPublica’s…
Why thinking about your death five times a day is good for you
Apr 24, 2019 • 46 min
WeCroak co-founder Hansa Bergwall talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his mobile app, which reminds users of death five times a day. In this episode: Why thinking about death is good for you; how WeCroak got started; the “Emily Dickinson test”; why…
Why tech is “flunking” the diversity test
Apr 22, 2019 • 62 min
Venture capitalist and prominent activist Freada Kapor Klein, the founder of Kapor Capital, talks with Recode’s Teddy Schleifer about diversity in tech and impact investing. In this episode: In this episode: Kapor Klein’s background; her first forays into…
Ford CTO Ken Washington on self-driving cars, “creepy” AI and hovercrafts
Apr 17, 2019 • 70 min
Ford CTO Ken Washington talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about AI and autonomous vehicles in this live interview recorded at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. In this episode: The current state of autonomous vehicles; where Ford is testing its…
PBS CEO Paula Kerger on how to save public television from budget cuts
Apr 15, 2019 • 55 min
Paula Kerger, the president and CEO of PBS, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of public media as President Trump is trying to cut its federal funding. In this episode: How Kerger got to PBS 13 years ago; why running it is more like running…
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says tech immunity “could be in jeopardy.”
Apr 12, 2019 • 51 min
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about breaking up Big Tech, immigration, hate speech, and more. In this episode: Foreign influence on the 2016 election; protecting future elections; Silicon Valley’s days of…
“The Uninhabitable Earth” author David Wallace-Wells says tech is failing on climate change
Apr 10, 2019 • 56 min
Journalist David Wallace-Wells talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. In this episode: How Wallace-Wells got to writing about climate change; common misconceptions about it; “we’ve made no…
Meredith Whittaker and Kate Crawford: How AI could change your life
Apr 8, 2019 • 64 min
AI Now Institute founders Meredith Whittaker and Kate Crawford talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about artificial intelligence in this live interview recorded at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. In this episode: What is the AI Now Institute?; how…
Valerie Jarrett has some advice for Democrats running in 2020
Apr 3, 2019 • 64 min
Valerie Jarrett, who was a senior adviser to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward. In this episode: What Jarrett did in the Obama…
Ashton Applewhite has a manifesto against ageism: “This Chair Rocks”
Apr 1, 2019 • 45 min
Writer and activist Ashton Applewhite talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” In this episode: What society gets wrong about aging; a realistic picture of mental and physical decline; why…
Today, Explained host Sean Rameswaram explains the future of podcasts
Mar 27, 2019 • 54 min
Today, Explained host Sean Rameswaram talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of daily news podcasts and the future of the medium. In this episode: How Rameswaram got into public radio and then podcasting; why Serial took off and how it changed…
Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton and Deeds Not Words founder Wendy Davis (live at SXSW)
Mar 25, 2019 • 69 min
Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton and Deeds Not Words founder Wendy Davis talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview from South by Southwest 2019. In this episode: Youthful political energy in the US and Texas; the history of women and…
dtx CEO Tim Armstrong and Poshmark CEO Manish Chandra (live at An Evening With Code Commerce)
Mar 23, 2019 • 90 min
In this episode, you’ll hear two interviews from the latest edition of An Evening With Code Commerce in Las Vegas: First, the dtx company CEO Tim Armstrong talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey about his investment company’s plans to bring…
Richard Walker: The dark side of prosperity in San Francisco
Mar 20, 2019 • 57 min
Historian and urbanist Richard Walker, a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this episode: How…
Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition (Live at SXSW 2019)
Mar 18, 2019 • 64 min
European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at South by Southwest 2019. In this episode: America’s newfound appetite for tech regulation; why Vestager doesn’t agree with Elizabeth…
Senator Amy Klobuchar, 2020 U.S. presidential candidate
Mar 16, 2019 • 68 min
Amy Klobuchar, the senior U.S. Senator from Minnesota who is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential race, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at South by Southwest. In this episode: The infamous…
Kathy Griffin on the notorious photo that changed her life
Mar 13, 2019 • 64 min
Comedian Kathy Griffin talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the notorious photo shoot that got her investigated by the Secret Service — and her new self-financed stand-up special, A Hell of a Story. In this episode: The notorious severed-head photo…
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on child safety, toxic comments and the Google walkout
Mar 11, 2019 • 34 min
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded at Lesbians Who Tech in San Francisco. In this episode: Why YouTube turned off comments for tens of millions of videos recently; its latest attempts to keep kids…
Hudson’s Bay Company CEO Helena Foulkes on the future of retail stores
Mar 9, 2019 • 42 min
Hudson’s Bay Company CEO Helena Foulkes talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded at An Evening With Code Commerce in Las Vegas. In this episode: Yep, Foulkes was considered for the Uber CEO job; her background at CVS; how she came…
Laurene Powell Jobs: Trump’s rhetoric is “out of a dictator’s playbook”
Mar 6, 2019 • 34 min
Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder of the Emerson Collective, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about journalism, VR, and activism. In this episode: Why Powell Jobs is investing in media; President Trump’s attacks on journalists; are billionaires buying…
Chamath Palihapitiya: People in Silicon Valley are deeply unhappy
Mar 4, 2019 • 69 min
Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about an “identity crisis” that pitted his wealth and fame against personal happiness and relationships. In this episode: Social Capital’s attempts to disrupt…
News Media Alliance CEO David Chavern on the challenges facing the news business
Mar 2, 2019 • 51 min
David Chavern, the president and CEO of the nonprofit News Media Alliance, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about advocating on behalf of journalists in Washington, D.C. In this episode: How Chavern got to the News Media Alliance; the unique challenges of…
Lora Haddock: Innovative sex toys aren’t a joke
Feb 27, 2019 • 44 min
Lora DiCarlo CEO Lora Haddock talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the process of designing an innovative new sex toy for women — and the fight to get mainstream acceptance for her invention. In this episode: Why Haddock started Lora DiCarlo; how she…
The history and future of “net art” with Rhizome artistic director Michael Connor
Feb 25, 2019 • 50 min
Michael Connor, the artistic director of the digital art community Rhizome, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the group’s museum exhibit, “The Art Happens Here,” and the future of art made on the internet. In this episode: How Rhizome was founded and…
Shoshana Zuboff: Surveillance capitalism is eroding democracy
Feb 20, 2019 • 53 min
Harvard Business School professor emerita Shoshana Zuboff talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. In this episode: Zuboff’s background and why she…
IAC chairman Barry Diller: “Hollywood is now irrelevant”
Feb 18, 2019 • 64 min
Barry Diller, the chairman of IAC and the Expedia Group, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of the tech and media industries, problematic people in power and why Diller is building a new public park in New York. In this episode: What does he…
Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Nuala O’Connor on reforming Big Tech
Feb 13, 2019 • 53 min
Nuala O’Connor, the CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the group she leads is lobbying the government and private companies on issues like consumer privacy and free speech. In this episode:…
Why “Zucked” author Roger McNamee turned against Facebook
Feb 11, 2019 • 74 min
Elevation Partners founding partner Roger McNamee talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. In this episode: Transitioning from tech optimist to critic; the 1990 crash and rebound; starting Silver…
“The Mastermind” author Evan Ratliff on how tech enabled a drug kingpin
Feb 6, 2019 • 53 min
Journalist and Pop-Up Magazine co-founder Evan Ratliff talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, The Mastermind: Drugs, Empire, Murder, Betrayal. In this episode: How Pop-Up got started; what happened when Ratliff tried to become anonymous for…
Spencer Stuart executive recruiter James Citrin on how to find great CEOs
Feb 4, 2019 • 58 min
James Citrin, the head of Spencer Stuart CEO Practice, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about placing top executives at companies like Yahoo, PayPal, eBay, Twitter, Cisco, Pandora and Hulu. In this episode: Citrin’s background as an analyst, consultant…
Early AOL exec Jean Case explains how to “Be Fearless”
Jan 30, 2019 • 61 min
Case Foundation CEO Jean Case, who was an early marketing and communications executive at AOL, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose.” In this episode: Why Case never…
“The Job” author Ellen Shell on the increasingly automated future of work
Jan 28, 2019 • 53 min
Boston University professor Ellen Shell talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change. In this episode: Shell’s background in science and culture journalism; her earlier books, “The Hungry…
Attorney Laura Wasser on making a “TurboTax for divorce”
Jan 26, 2019 • 50 min
Divorce attorney Laura Wasser talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about starting It’s Over Easy, an online platform to help people who are getting divorced in New York and California. In this episode: Why Wasser launched It’s Over Easy; the other services it…
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried on overfunded startups and stressful workplaces
Jan 23, 2019 • 62 min
Basecamp CEO Jason Fried talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his most recent book, It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work, which he co-wrote with his business partner David Heinemeier Hansson. In this episode: How Basecamp got started; why chat apps like…
Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on farmer-entrepreneurs, “agritech” and Rep. Steve King
Jan 21, 2019 • 57 min
Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about running a modern dairy and food company, which is co-owned by thousands of farmers. In this episode: What Land O’Lakes does other than butter; Ford’s thoughts on being an openly gay female…
EFF boss Cindy Cohn and McSweeney’s editor Claire Boyle on digital privacy and “the end of trust”
Jan 19, 2019 • 62 min
Cindy Cohn, the executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Claire Boyle, the managing editor of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about a special nonfiction issue the two organizations teamed up to produce,…
Glossier CEO Emily Weiss on the “art and science” of the beauty business
Jan 16, 2019 • 72 min
In this live interview from the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about running a “beauty company that’s also a tech company.” In this episode: How Glossier got started; the passionate…
CNN.com editor in chief Meredith Artley on digital media and earning the public’s trust
Jan 14, 2019 • 57 min
CNN.com editor in chief Meredith Artley talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about overseeing some of the most popular news sites on the internet and how things may change in 2019. In this episode: Artley’s background at the New York Times and International…
99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn on digitizing creativity
Jan 12, 2019 • 44 min
99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about leading a design startup based in Australia. In this episode: How 99designs helps designers and their clients work together online; how it makes finding work easier for freelance…
DoorDash CEO Tony Xu and COO Christopher Payne on the future of delivery
Jan 9, 2019 • 56 min
Tony Xu, the CEO and co-founder of DoorDash, and Christopher Payne, the COO, talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the delivery company’s busy 2018 and why it’s starting to think about delivering more than food. In this episode: (01:41) Where DoorDash…
Serial Box CEO Molly Barton wants to change how you read
Jan 7, 2019 • 44 min
Molly Barton, the CEO and co-founder of serialized reading app Serial Box, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about trying to make a Netflix-style digital platform for books. In this episode: (01:19) Barton’s background and the early days of e-books;…
Keith Rabois on innovation, Trump and Saudi Arabia
Jan 5, 2019 • 71 min
Khosla Ventures partner Keith Rabois talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the current startup and venture capital landscape, the Trump administration and more. In this episode: (01:18) Rabois’s background; (04:28) Becoming a venture capitalist and how…
Why Weight Watchers is now WW
Jan 2, 2019 • 46 min
WW International CEO Mindy Grossman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how her company, formerly known as Weight Watchers, has transitioned into modern “wellness” culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Learn about Recode Decode with Kara Swisher
Jan 1, 2019 • 2 min
If you enjoyed this preview of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, subscribe to the show for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app to get new episodes automatically each week. Not sure where to start? Choose from one of our…
The ups and downs of Reddit’s history
Dec 31, 2018 • 46 min
Inc. magazine senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How Imgur avoids the ugliness of social media
Dec 26, 2018 • 50 min
Imgur CEO Alan Schaaf talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about starting the image-sharing site and moderating its content. In this episode: (00:59) Schaaf’s background; (03:18) Launching Imgur; (07:56) Imgur’s early business plan; (15:34) Where online…
What’s next for Amazon’s Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.
Dec 24, 2018 • 51 min
Bret Kinsella, the editor of the voice technology blog Voicebot.ai, talks with Recode’s Rani Molla about the future of virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. In this episode: (01:02) Kinsella’s background; (05:07) The history of voice…
Four magic words for entrepreneurs: ‘Do your fucking job.’
Dec 19, 2018 • 45 min
Scott Belsky, a venture partner at Benchmark and the chief product officer at Adobe, talks with Recode’s Teddy Schleifer about his book, “The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture.” In this episode:…
Why salad chain Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company
Dec 17, 2018 • 55 min
Jonathan Neman, the co-founder of fast food salad chain Sweetgreen, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the company’s techie side and the future of restaurants. In this episode: (01:26) How Sweetgreen got started; (04:14) Starting up in Washington,…
How Peter Jackson’s team made WWI footage look new
Dec 15, 2018 • 49 min
Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson talks about his new film, a World War I documentary with sound and color called “They Shall Not Grow Old.” In this episode: (00:37) Why he made the documentary; (06:21) The technology of WWI filmmaking; (08:33)…
Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism
Dec 12, 2018 • 94 min
Vox.com founder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the press, social media and President Trump in this live interview recorded in San Francisco. In this episode: (03:22) Why Ezra moved to DC; (07:22) Klein’s background…
Why it’s OK to be analog in a digital world
Dec 10, 2018 • 50 min
Framebridge CEO Susan Tynan talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about starting and running the online framing startup. In this episode: (00:56) Tynan’s background at the White House and LivingSocial; (03:53) What happened to LivingSocial; (06:53) Why Tynan…
Should Mark Zuckerberg fire himself?
Dec 8, 2018 • 89 min
Sam Altman, the president of YCombinator and co-chairman of OpenAI, joins Recode’s Kara Swisher for this live interview at Manny’s in San Francisco, moderated by Manny Yekutiel. In this episode: (01:45) What did techies think was going to happen?; (06:35)…
NBC’s Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson (Live)
Dec 5, 2018 • 87 min
In this live interview recorded in Washington, D.C., Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with three NBC and MSNBC journalists — Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson — about social media, politics in the Trump era and how the media is changing. In this…
Facebook and Google are “the enemies of independent thought”
Dec 3, 2018 • 56 min
The Atlantic national correspondent Franklin Foer talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his book, “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech,” which recently came out in paperback. In this episode: (01:37) Foer’s background at Slate and the…
Casey Newton and Louie Swisher on social media, video games and 300 Recode Decodes
Dec 1, 2018 • 62 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with her older son, Louie Swisher, and the Silicon Valley editor of the Verge, Casey Newton. Thank you to all of our listeners for 300 episodes. Here’s to 300 more! In this episode: (01:27) The mess at Facebook and blaming…
Silicon Valley loves to break the rules. Is that a good thing?
Nov 28, 2018 • 47 min
University of Maryland professor and cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our Minds.” In this episode: (01:14) How Gelfand became a…
How disinformation poisoned a ‘Facebook nation’
Nov 26, 2018 • 62 min
Rappler co-founder Maria Ressa talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about doing investigative journalism in the Philippines, where social media has emboldened an autocratic president. In this episode: (01:20) Ressa’s background and the People Power Movement;…
Undocumented immigrants are people, not political props
Nov 24, 2018 • 63 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his book, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” and how the shift the cultural conversation about immigration. In this episode: (01:34) Vargas’…
After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.
Nov 21, 2018 • 69 min
Six of the organizers of the Nov. 1 Google walkouts — Erica Anderson, Claire Stapleton, Meredith Whittaker, Stephanie Parker, Cecelia O’Neil-Hart and Amr Gaber — talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the worldwide protests came together and why…
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on Facebook, homelessness in SF and buying Time
Nov 19, 2018 • 31 min
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher on the latest episode of her MSNBC TV show, “Revolution.” Fan of the show? It helps to leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should the First Amendment apply to Facebook?
Nov 19, 2018 • 52 min
Jameel Jaffer, the executive director of Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about free speech and censorship on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Fan of the show? It helps to leave a rating and…
Start to Sale: Milk Bar CEO Christina Tosi
Nov 17, 2018 • 53 min
If you like Recode Decode, we think you’ll also like Start to Sale. Here’s the show’s first episode: Christina Tosi is a superstar pastry chef, and she’s also built one of the most iconic American pastry brands of this generation, Milk Bar. She talked to…
Why nonprofits should think more like tech companies
Nov 14, 2018 • 43 min
Stanford lecturer Kathleen Kelly Janus talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her book, “Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference.” In this episode: (01:17) Janus’s background and what social entrepreneurship…
Sally Yates: Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department
Nov 12, 2018 • 57 min
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the AllRaise Summit in San Francisco. (Note: This interview was recorded before the midterms, on Nov. 1). In this episode: (03:15) What Yates has…
Data and the future of money in politics with RevUp CEO Steve Spinner
Nov 10, 2018 • 54 min
Former Democratic fundraiser Steve Spinner talks with Recode’s Teddy Schleifer about his online fundraising startup, RevUp. In this episode: (01:17) Spinner’s background; (04:04) How he got into campaign finance; (08:29) How fundraising worked in the past…
The ‘bad ideas’ that broke American capitalism
Nov 7, 2018 • 74 min
Washington Post economics columnist Steven Pearlstein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won’t Make Us Poor.” In this episode: (01:57) Why…
Why the New York Times won’t sell itself to a billionaire
Nov 5, 2018 • 42 min
A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at a Columbia University event in New York City. In this episode: (03:05) 10 months in, how is Sulzberger doing?; (06:10) Meeting with…
Elon Musk on Tesla’s crazy year, dying on Mars and taking Saudi money
Nov 2, 2018 • 80 min
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about Tesla’s turbulent 2018, when SpaceX will send its first rocket to Mars, why he fights with journalists on Twitter and much more. In this episode: (01:49) Using Twitter without a filter;…
‘Good and Mad’ author Rebecca Traister
Oct 31, 2018 • 63 min
New York Magazine writer Rebecca Traister talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.” In this episode: (01:37) Traister’s background; (07:34) Her goal when she became a feminist…
‘The Fixer’ author Bradley Tusk
Oct 29, 2018 • 57 min
Tusk Ventures CEO Bradley Tusk returns to Recode Decode to talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics.” In this episode: (01:40) How Tusk Ventures works; (06:01) Writing “The…
Hillary Clinton
Oct 27, 2018 • 78 min
Former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In this episode: (3:56) The pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats;…
‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton
Oct 24, 2018 • 62 min
Former Crowdpac CEO Steve Hilton talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book, “Positive Populism,” and his Fox News show, “The Next Revolution.” In this episode: (01:57) Hilton’s background and why he left Crowdpac; (09:45) Starting “The Next…
‘Will & Grace’ co-star Sean Hayes
Oct 22, 2018 • 72 min
Actor and producer Sean Hayes talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded at the Boomtown Brewery in Los Angeles. In this episode: (02:38) Hayes’ background in music and dinner theater; (10:22) Moving to Los Angeles and doing…
23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki
Oct 20, 2018 • 46 min
23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded at the Rock Health Summit in San Francisco. In this episode: (01:30) Elizabeth Warren’s heritage and disputed science; (08:10) 23andMe’s business and the FDA under…
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Oct 17, 2018 • 51 min
Eric Garcetti, the twice-elected mayor of Los Angeles, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about politics in the city and California — and why he’s thinking about running for President in 2020. In this episode: (01:35) Garcetti’s background; (05:09) Why he…
AnchorFree CEO David Gorodyansky
Oct 15, 2018 • 47 min
AnchorFree CEO David Gorodyansky talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the company’s VPN app Hotspot Shield has led it to enter several other internet security concerns. In this episode: (01:52) What AnchorFree does and how it got started; (06:19)…
2U CEO Chip Paucek
Oct 13, 2018 • 48 min
2U CEO Chip Paucek talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of online college education. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pivot: Google’s data breach, Facebook Portal and Taylor Swift
Oct 12, 2018 • 35 min
If you like Recode Decode, we think you’ll also like our newest podcast, Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway. Here’s the latest episode. If you like it, please search for and subscribe to Pivot on your podcasting app of choice. Kara and Scott…
Former Cisco CEO John Chambers
Oct 10, 2018 • 61 min
John Chambers, the former chairman and CEO of Cisco, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of startups and his book, “Connecting the Dots: Leadership Lessons in a Startup World.” In this episode: (01:43) Chambers’s 26 years at Cisco and 180…
‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley
Oct 8, 2018 • 74 min
Boots Riley, the writer and director of the satirical dark comedy film “Sorry to Bother You,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Shirin Ghaffary. In this episode: (01:55) Riley’s background as a musician with The Coup; (06:35) When he started thinking…
Rep. Ro Khanna explains his internet bill of rights
Oct 6, 2018 • 55 min
Congressman Ro Khanna returns to Recode Decode to talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his proposal for an “internet bill of rights,” which Kara discussed in her latest column for the New York Times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
‘Winners Take All’ author Anand Giridharadas
Oct 3, 2018 • 56 min
Author and journalist Anand Giridharadas talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book, “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.” In this episode: (02:07) Giridharadas’ background; (03:38) His two previous books, “India…
‘Full Frontal’ host Samantha Bee
Oct 1, 2018 • 49 min
Samantha Bee, the host of “Full Frontal” on TBS, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about doing TV comedy in 2018 and her new political trivia app, This is Not a Game: The Game. In this episode: (02:03) “The Daily Show” and “The Detour”; (03:25) “Full…
Square CFO Sarah Friar and Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta
Sep 29, 2018 • 72 min
In these highlights from our September 2018 Code Commerce event, Recode’s Jason Del Rey talks with two great guests: (00:57) First, he speaks to Square CFO Sarah Friar; (35:02) then, Jason interviews Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta. You can catch up on Code…
Jawbone Health CEO Hosain Rahman
Sep 26, 2018 • 62 min
Jawbone co-founder Hosain Rahman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the company’s next act: A medical subscripton service called Jawbone Health that hopes to catch health problems early. In this episode: (01:46) Rahman’s background in speech…
BONUS: Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in 2017
Sep 25, 2018 • 70 min
Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are resigning from the company, six years after Facebook bought it for $1 billion. Recode reports that they had grown “increasingly frustrated and agitated with [Facebook CEO Mark] Zuckerberg and…
World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim
Sep 24, 2018 • 55 min
Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank Group, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how big data can prevent famines around the world and how to engage tech leaders in solving huge problems. In this episode: (01:46) Kim’s background at WHO, at…
The NYT’s Maggie Haberman, HuffPost’s Lydia Polgreen and actor Jane Lynch
Sep 22, 2018 • 59 min
In this bonus episode of Recode Decode, you get two interviews for the price of one, both conducted by Recode’s Kara Swisher at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in New York City. First, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and HuffPost editor in chief…
‘Swiped’ director Nancy Jo Sales
Sep 19, 2018 • 59 min
Journalist and author Nancy Jo Sales talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new HBO documentary, “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age.” In this episode:03:41 - How Sales started writing about teenage culture08:20 - The psychological impact of the…
‘AI Superpowers’ author Kai-Fu Lee
Sep 17, 2018 • 50 min
Kai-Fu Lee, the CEO of Sinovation Ventures and former president of Google China, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.” In this episode:00:55 - Lee’s background & Google…
Nicole Wong, former deputy CTO of the United States
Sep 12, 2018 • 58 min
Former deputy CTO of the United States Nicole Wong talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of tech policy and why content moderation is more complicated than many people think. In this episode:01:29 - How Wong became a First Amendment…
‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich
Sep 10, 2018 • 52 min
Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.” In this episode:02:07 - Leibovich’s short stint as a tech reporter04:06 - “This…
Slack chief product officer April Underwood
Sep 5, 2018 • 64 min
April Underwood, the chief product officer at workplace collaboration platform Slack, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her career, diversity in Silicon Valley and the future of work. In this episode:02:06 - How Underwood got from Texas to tech05:36…
Sleeping Giants founder Matt Rivitz
Sep 3, 2018 • 53 min
Matt Rivitz, the formerly anonymous founder of the popular Twitter account Sleeping Giants, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how he accidentally started an international campaign against advertising-supported bigotry online. In this episode:01:54 -…
U.S. Justice Department antitrust lawyer Makan Delrahim
Sep 1, 2018 • 61 min
Makan Delrahim, the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the government’s attempt to stop the merger of AT&T and Time Warner and how he evaluates tech giants like Google and Facebook.…
‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman
Aug 29, 2018 • 52 min
Louis Hyman, an economic historian and professor at Cornell University, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Rani Molla about his new book, “Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary.” In this episode:02:00 - Why…
Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty and Make Magazine editor Mike Senese
Aug 27, 2018 • 54 min
Two of the godfathers of the maker movement — Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty and Make Magazine editor in chief Mike Senese — talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the movement has gone mainstream over the past decade. In this episode:01:39 - How…
Haystack founder Semil Shah
Aug 25, 2018 • 55 min
Haystack founder and Lightspeed Ventures venture partner Semil Shah talks with Recode’s Teddy Schleifer about breaking into the VC world and how the industry is changing. In this episode:03:45 - How Shah got involved with tech07:57 - How hard should it be…
Senator Ron Wyden
Aug 22, 2018 • 37 min
Ron Wyden, the senior U.S. Senator from Oregon, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about regulating the internet and protecting America’s elections from both hackers and disinformation peddlers. In this episode:01:12 - The early days of the internet05:42 -…
‘High Growth Handbook’ author Elad Gil
Aug 20, 2018 • 57 min
Startup advisor and Color Genomics co-founder Elad Gil talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “High Growth Handbook: Scaling Startups from 10 to 10,000 People.” In this episode:00:03:30 - Why Gil stepped down as CEO of Color00:06:00 - Why he…
Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science
Aug 18, 2018 • 48 min
Andrew Moore, the dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of tech education as fields like artificial intelligence and machine learning take center stage. Moore says he’s…
Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman
Aug 15, 2018 • 51 min
Robert Hohman, the co-founder and CEO of company-reviewing site Glassdoor, talks about how the company has evolved since its early days, when Hohman wanted to merge employer transparency with the gaming sensibilities of World of Warcraft. He explains why…
Dr. Jen Gunter, OB/GYN and the internet’s favorite Goop critic
Aug 13, 2018 • 54 min
Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN and pain medicine physician, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how celebrity wellness brands have been overtaken by “medical conspiracy theories” and dangerous recommendations — for example, that bras cause breast cancer. After…
BONUS: Uber Eats boss Jason Droege
Aug 8, 2018 • 47 min
If you enjoy Recode Decode, we think you’d also like the Eater Upsell. Here’s a recent episode of the show: Jason Droege, the man in charge of Uber Eats, talks with Eater’s Dan Geneen about how the service started, how it interfaces with restaurants, and…
Sidecar co-founder Sunil Paul
Aug 6, 2018 • 57 min
Sidecar co-founder Sunil Paul talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his popular guest column for Recode, “The scooter wars will be a bloodbath, and Uber will win.” He elaborates on why that is and shares his thoughts about the broader transportation…
Grab co-founder Hooi Ling Tan
Aug 1, 2018 • 28 min
Hooi Ling Tan, the co-founder of southeast Asian ride-hailing company Grab, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Rise conference in Hong Kong. Tan says Grab is opening up a platform for more services beyond ride-hailing because it wants to address…
‘General Magic’ directors Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude
Jul 30, 2018 • 47 min
Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new documentary, “General Magic,” which tells the story of a pioneering tech startup that tried and failed to invent a smartphone in the 1990s. Swisher appears in the documentary,…
‘The Billionaire Raj’ author James Crabtree
Jul 27, 2018 • 46 min
Journalist James Crabtree talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age.” Crabtree says India’s development of a super-rich billionaire class has heightened the country’s…
WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg
Jul 24, 2018 • 57 min
Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the blogging platform has evolved in the 13 years since it launched, powering a huge number of websites that included AllThingsD and an earlier version of Recode.net.…
‘Valley of Genius’ author Adam Fisher
Jul 22, 2018 • 59 min
Writer Adam Fisher talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new oral history, ‘Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley.’ Fisher interviewed some of tech’s biggest names for the book, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, but he…
Alibaba exec Joe Tsai (Live at Code 2018)
Jul 21, 2018 • 31 min
Joe Tsai, the executive vice chairman of Chinese commerce giant Alibaba, talks with Recode’s Jason Del Rey at the 2018 Code Conference. He says that Alibaba has not tried to do a big acquisition deal in the U.S., but is definitely looking to create…
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: The Kara Swisher interview
Jul 18, 2018 • 82 min
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about a litany of issues, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and why Infowars and other conspiracy theorists, like Holocaust deniers, don’t get kicked off Facebook. He says he believes…
How social media bots could tank your stock price
Jul 16, 2018 • 48 min
Zignal Labs CEO Josh Ginsberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the “massive amounts of bot activity” that his media intelligence company has started detecting on social media. In everything from political elections to the debates over Roseanne Barr…
Tinder parent company Match Group prepares for battle with Facebook
Jul 14, 2018 • 54 min
Mandy Ginsberg, the CEO of Match Group, talks with Recode’s Kurt Wagner about how her company became dominant in online dating — it owns sites and apps like Match.com, Tinder and OKCupid — and how it’s dealing with competitors like Bumble and Facebook.…
Why do some in the tech community support universal basic income? They’re ‘terrified’ about the future.
Jul 11, 2018 • 51 min
Journalist Annie Lowrey talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World.” Lowrey says there’s ample evidence from countries like India,…
Why Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is donating millions for journalism
Jul 9, 2018 • 51 min
Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his foundation’s recent donation of $20 million to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Newmark says the school is advancing good…
Box CEO Aaron Levie talks tech regulation and the future of jobs
Jul 7, 2018 • 64 min
Aaron Levie, the CEO of enterprise security and file-sharing service Box, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how businesses are simultaneously turning to multiple vendors — including Box and its competitors — to solve workplace IT problems that used…
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky (Live at Code 2018)
Jul 4, 2018 • 40 min
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer at the 2018 Code Conference. Chesky talks about Airbnb’s expansion into “the experience economy,” encouraging local hosts to help visitors find fun activities in their area. He also…
Matt Cutts: Why more tech workers should come to D.C.
Jul 2, 2018 • 48 min
Matt Cutts, the acting administrator of the U.S. Digital Service, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how his team is trying to modernize government agencies and make services like Medicare and veterans’ benefits more user-friendly. Cutts spent nearly…
Psychologist Adam Grant: Your company’s culture isn’t unique
Jun 30, 2018 • 49 min
Psychologist Adam Grant, the author of “Originals” and “Give and Take” and co-author with Sheryl Sandberg of “Option B,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how to work smarter and more successfully with your colleagues. Grant says companies that think…
How Nat Geo uses Instagram to stay relevant
Jun 27, 2018 • 55 min
National Geographic executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the 130-year-old media company is staying relevant in the digital age. Monroe oversees its global network of TV channels, Webber…
How Silicon Valley is responding to the immigration crisis
Jun 25, 2018 • 56 min
Charlotte and Dave Willner, creators of the hugely successful Facebook fundraising campaign called “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how they raised more than $20 million in one week for RAICES, a legal…
Microsoft President Brad Smith (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 23, 2018 • 38 min
Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Conference. Smith reflects on what Microsoft learned from losing the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit in 2001, which broke the company up. He explains…
Tom Peters, management expert and author of ‘The Excellence Dividend’
Jun 20, 2018 • 53 min
Author and management expert Tom Peters talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last.” Peters says artificial intelligence may have profound effects on the…
Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times podcast The Daily (Live)
Jun 18, 2018 • 69 min
Michael Barbaro, who hosts the hit podcast The Daily for the New York Times, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Barbaro explains why he fell in love with newspapers at a young age, how he…
Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 16, 2018 • 31 min
Katrina Lake, the CEO of apparel delivery company Stitch Fix, talks with Recode’s Jason Del Rey at the 2018 Code Conference. Lake explains why Stitch Fix went public in 2017 even though it was healthy and profitable and what she has learned from the…
Linda McMahon, U.S. Small Business Administrator (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 13, 2018 • 41 min
Linda McMahon, the former pro wrestling executive who now leads the Trump administration’s Small Business Administration, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Conference. McMahon explains how the nonpartisan SBA is reckoning with today’s…
U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 11, 2018 • 43 min
Mark Warner, the senior United States Senator from Virginia, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Conference. Warner talks about the competing Senate and House reports on Russia’s use of tech platforms to meddle in the 2016…
How tech can fix its diversity problem: The Code 2018 panel
Jun 9, 2018 • 43 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with three tech leaders about actual solutions for advancing diversity in the industry. Cowboy Ventures partner Aileen Lee, theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith talk…
From Ben Franklin to Google: Jessica Weisberg traces the history of advice in ‘Asking for a Friend’
Jun 6, 2018 • 50 min
Writer and audio producer Jessica Weisberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed.” Starting in 1690s London, Weisberg…
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 4, 2018 • 39 min
Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of ride-hailing company Uber, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Conference. Khosrowshahi says he didn’t expect to be offered the CEO job and turned it down, but is happy he accepted it in the end. He explains how…
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel (Live at Code 2018)
Jun 2, 2018 • 44 min
Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and CEO of Snapchat maker Snap, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Conference. Spiegel talks about why Snapchat underwent a controversial redesign, why it partially reversed that decision and what he learned…
How to save American jobs in the age of disruption
May 30, 2018 • 63 min
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about “The Work Ahead,” a new report, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, on the 21st century American workforce. Pritzker co-chaired the committee that developed…
General Michael Hayden on Donald Trump’s ‘assault on intelligence’
May 28, 2018 • 62 min
Retired U.S. Air Force General Michael Hayden talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in the Age of Lies.” Hayden, who directed the NSA under President Clinton and the CIA under…
Congressman Ro Khanna: We need an ‘internet bill of rights’
May 26, 2018 • 55 min
U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, D-Calif., talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his proposal for an “internet bill of rights” to protect consumers’ privacy, security and ability to move or delete their data. Khanna represents California’s 17th district,…
How to succeed in tech: Be lucky and ruthless
May 23, 2018 • 52 min
Author Corey Pein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley.” Pein moved to San Francisco to report the book, assuming the role of an entrepreneur looking to get rich…
John Carreyrou on lies and ‘Bad Blood’ at Theranos
May 21, 2018 • 66 min
Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.” Carreyrou explains how Stanford dropout Elizabeth Holmes’ company raised nearly $1…
Recode Media: Robin Williams biographer Dave Itzkoff
May 19, 2018 • 50 min
If you like Recode Decode, we think you’d also like Recode Media with Peter Kafka. Here’s the latest episode of the show: New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about his new book, “Robin: The Definitive Biography of Robin…
Michael Pollan: LSD and other psychedelics inspired some of Silicon Valley’s greatest inventions
May 16, 2018 • 63 min
Journalist and author Michael Pollan talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.” Pollan, perhaps best…
John Doerr: How to run your company like Bill Gates or Bono
May 14, 2018 • 59 min
John Doerr, the chairman of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about his new book, “Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs.”…
How ‘Microtrends’ affect everything, from marriage to Trump
May 12, 2018 • 65 min
Former political strategist and pollster Mark Penn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today.” He describes it as a less optimistic sequel to his 2007 book…
Tech execs are ‘weenies,’ Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario says
May 9, 2018 • 48 min
Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why her company is suing President Donald Trump, and why she is publicly insulting Silicon Valley executives, calling them “weenies” and “pathetic.” Marcario suggests that it’s unpatriotic…
Why ‘Lean In: The Movie’ didn’t happen (Nell Scovell, author, ‘Just the Funny Parts’)
May 7, 2018 • 67 min
Writer and comedian Nell Scovell talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Just the Funny Parts,” in front of a live audience in San Francisco. Scovell, who has written on TV shows like “The Simpsons,” “Murphy Brown” and “Coach,” also co-wrote…
José Andrés on feeding Puerto Rico and the ‘power of food’ (Live)
May 5, 2018 • 60 min
Celebrity chef José Andrés talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Andrés explains how his food NGO, World Central Kitchen, deployed its chefs to disaster-struck areas like Houston and Puerto…
Ronan Farrow on ‘War on Peace,’ Harvey Weinstein and winning a Pulitzer
May 2, 2018 • 73 min
Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.” The book explores how the Trump administration is “laying waste to the State…
Sally Kohn on ‘The Opposite of Hate,’ Fox News and Joy Reid
Apr 30, 2018 • 79 min
CNN political commentator Sally Kohn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity.” Kohn’s publicity tour for the book has been tangled up in allegations that she misquoted and…
New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo explains the ‘Frightful Five’
Apr 28, 2018 • 66 min
Farhad Manjoo, a technology columnist for the New York Times, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the University of California, Berkeley’s journalism school. Manjoo explains why he refers to five of the world’s largest tech…
Silicon Valley’s first disruptors (John Hennessy and Dave Patterson, winners, 2017 Turing Award)
Apr 25, 2018 • 53 min
Alphabet chairman John Hennessy and Google distinguished engineer Dave Patterson talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about winning the 2017 Turing Award, a prestigious achievement in computer science. In the 1980s, Hennessy and Patterson developed a…
The dark side of dating apps (Joanna Coles, author, ‘Love Rules’)
Apr 23, 2018 • 67 min
Joanna Coles, the chief content officer at Hearst, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World.” Coles says dating apps can be a great tool for meeting new people, but they can…
The ‘invisible startups’ of LA Tech (Mark Suster, managing partner, Upfront Ventures)
Apr 18, 2018 • 69 min
Upfront Ventures Managing Partner Mark Suster talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about leading the oldest and largest venture capital firm in Los Angeles. He explains why he rejects the term “Silicon Beach,” preferring “LA Tech,” and what people miss when…
BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants somebody to make a new BlackBerry
Apr 16, 2018 • 53 min
BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the once-pioneering mobile phone company has happily pivoted into a new business model, focusing on enterprise security and embedded technology for connected cars. Chen says “somebody…
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman: Silicon Valley has ‘lost its purpose’
Apr 11, 2018 • 54 min
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the phenomenon of techlash and why people are just now “waking up” to Silicon Valley’s dark side. Stoppelman’s company has feuded for years with its much larger rival Google, which Yelp…
Hillary Clinton advisor and “Dear Madam President” author Jennifer Palmieri
Apr 9, 2018 • 70 min
Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World.” Palmieri reflects on the…
Apple CEO Tim Cook: The uncut ‘Revolution’ interview
Apr 7, 2018 • 76 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talk with Apple CEO Tim Cook on the second episode of “Revolution.” The interview was held in front of a live audience the day after Apple’s education-focused event in Chicago, but Cook also talks about…
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (Live)
Apr 4, 2018 • 50 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber interview Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in this episode of ‘Revolution,’ which first aired on MSNBC in January. Make sure to tune in this Friday for a new episode of ‘Revolution,’ in…
Former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett: Trump won. What now?
Apr 2, 2018 • 69 min
Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Obama, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at South by Southwest 2018. Jarrett is now on the boards of two tech companies, but when she first got to the White House, she didn’t know what Twitter was — an…
Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger discuss ‘Take Your Pills’
Mar 31, 2018 • 49 min
Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California, and her daughter Christina Schwarzenegger talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about “Take Your Pills,” a new Netflix documentary they executive produced. Schwarzenegger says her experience at Georgetown…
Flying cars are the future of military transportation
Mar 28, 2018 • 54 min
Christopher Kirchhoff, a former partner at DIUx, the Pentagon’s Silicon Valley office, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the Defense Department is trying to be smarter about technology. Kirchhoff says the U.S. military can benefit greatly from…
What men and women need to know about working together
Mar 26, 2018 • 65 min
Journalist and writer Joanne Lipman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together.” Lipman, previously the editor in chief of USA Today and deputy…
Therapist Esther Perel: Tinder and Instagram are ‘crippling’ our relationships
Mar 21, 2018 • 56 min
Sex and relationship therapist Esther Perel, the host of the podcast “Where Should We Begin?”, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at South by Southwest 2018 in Austin, Texas. Perel’s new book “The State of Affairs” sets out to change the popular…
Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci: Trump has secret admirers in Silicon Valley
Mar 19, 2018 • 89 min
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his infamous 11-day stint in the Trump administration, his recently announced book deal and why he thinks the president will win re-election in 2020. ‘The…
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on sex, #MeToo and North Korea (Live from SXSW)
Mar 17, 2018 • 59 min
CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new series, “Sex and Love Around the World.” Speaking in front of a live audience at South By Southwest 2018, Amanpour says the show convinced her that…
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes: Why guaranteed income makes sense
Mar 14, 2018 • 62 min
Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and former owner of The New Republic, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn.” In it, Hughes argues that working people should receive a guaranteed…
Sen. Chuck Schumer on Amazon, net neutrality and the 2018 midterms
Mar 12, 2018 • 44 min
Chuck Schumer, the senior U.S. Senator from New York, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen about a range of tech-related issues, including immigration, net neutrality and Russian election meddling. He hopes to enlist…
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg on techlash and #MeToo (Live)
Mar 7, 2018 • 34 min
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco, Calif. Sandberg talks about how Facebook is responding to reports of Russian election-meddling on its platform, why people are lashing out…
Is ‘Uber meets Harvard’ the future of learning?
Mar 5, 2018 • 49 min
GLG President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about running a learning platform for investors and business professionals. Saint-Amand describes the company as “Uber meets Harvard” because it facilitates on-demand and…
Why Katie Couric left Yahoo
Feb 28, 2018 • 77 min
Journalist Katie Couric and Recode’s Kara Swisher talk about their careers in journalism, as well as social media, job automation, tech addiction and the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Couric, who previously hosted the “Today Show” and “CBS Evening…
Can an alt-weekly newspaper survive in 2018?
Feb 26, 2018 • 51 min
Entrepreneur and investor Mark Ein talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his recent purchase of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C. Ein says he’s been inspired by the revitalization of The Washington Post under…
What’s missing from the startup ecosystem? (Jennifer Fonstad, co-founder, Aspect Ventures)
Feb 21, 2018 • 54 min
Aspect Ventures co-founder Jennifer Fonstad talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how venture capital works in 2018, when Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have access to more money from more sources than ever before. But that that money is not spread out…
Why cryptocurrencies matter (Sarah Tavel, partner, Benchmark)
Feb 19, 2018 • 71 min
Benchmark partner Sarah Tavel talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about her career in tech companies and venture capital. Her resume includes stints at Pinterest, Bessemer Venture Partners and Greylock Partners, but last year she became…
HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen (Live at Code Media 2018)
Feb 17, 2018 • 41 min
Lydia Polgreen, the editor in chief of HuffPost — the website formerly known as The Huffington Post — talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Polgreen explains what she has been…
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (Live at Code Media 2018)
Feb 14, 2018 • 43 min
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. She explains why YouTube opted not to ban one of its stars, Logan Paul, despite a recent string of controviersies including a video…
How VR can change your brain (Jeremy Bailenson, author, ‘Experience on Demand’)
Feb 12, 2018 • 49 min
Jeremy Bailenson, the director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.” Bailenson came to Stanford to…
What Abraham Lincoln and Rachel Carson can teach us about leadership
Feb 7, 2018 • 61 min
Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Forged In Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times.” In it, Koehn chronicles the lives of five leaders who had to overcome a crisis:…
How to fix Silicon Valley’s ‘Brotopia’
Feb 5, 2018 • 66 min
Bloomberg Technology executive producer Emily Chang talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley.” Chang says the idea for the book originated when venture capitalist Michael Moritz suggested…
Tech is now a weapon for propaganda (Dipayan Ghosh and Ben Scott, co-authors, ‘Digital Deceit’)
Jan 31, 2018 • 61 min
New America fellow Dipayan Ghosh and senior advisor Ben Scott talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new policy paper, “Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet.” Both alumni of the Obama administration, Ghosh and…
Social media can’t surprise us anymore (Chuck Todd, moderator, ‘Meet the Press’)
Jan 29, 2018 • 69 min
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how he’s evolving what it means to be the host of the longest-running series in TV history, “Meet the Press.” Todd discusses how a childhood interest in politics led him to…
What’s funny about Trump? (Alexandra Petri, columnist, the Washington Post)
Jan 24, 2018 • 52 min
Alexandra Petri, who writes the Compost blog for The Washington Post, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Chorus CEO Dick Costolo about making fun of politics. Petri says some politicans have a sense of humor about her columns, but others don’t like it…
How to fix the problems caused by tech (Andrew Keen, author, ‘How to Fix the Future’)
Jan 22, 2018 • 63 min
“How to Fix the Future” author Andrew Keen talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, which examines reasonable solutions to the social and political disruptions created by the digital revolution. Keen says tech is neither the solution nor the…
Where’s the money in online comedy? (Gregg Spiridellis, CEO, JibJab)
Jan 17, 2018 • 62 min
JibJab CEO Gregg Spiridellis talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Chorus CEO Dick Costolo about how the company has adapted to the ever-changing internet over the past two decades. JibJab was on the verge of shutting down when it released “This Land,” an…
Sex, the internet and the 1990s (David Friend, author, ‘The Naughty Nineties’)
Jan 15, 2018 • 61 min
David Friend, Vanity Fair’s editor of creative development, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido.” Much of today’s social and political unrest can be traced back to the sea change…
I quit Google to be a comedian (Sarah Cooper, author, “100 Tricks To Appear Smart in Meetings”)
Jan 10, 2018 • 68 min
Comedian Sarah Cooper talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Chorus CEO Dick Costolo about why she left a career in the tech industry to become a stand-up comic. Cooper has made tech a central part of her comedy and has written a book based in part on her…
How to fix your company’s culture (Patty McCord, author, “Powerful”)
Jan 8, 2018 • 67 min
Patty McCord, the former chief talent officer at Netflix and author of that company’s famous “culture deck,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.” McCord recalls how CEO Reed…
Silicon Valley can’t take a joke (Dick Costolo, CEO, Chorus)
Jan 3, 2018 • 64 min
Chorus CEO Dick Costolo, the former CEO of Twitter, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he loves comedy and why his peers in the tech community are so infrequently “in on the joke.” Before he was a tech entrepreneur, Costolo wanted to be a…
Kara Swisher visits the Longform Podcast (Live)
Dec 31, 2017 • 56 min
The host of the Longform Podcast, Evan Ratliff, interviews Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience in San Francisco about how she got started in journalism and how she does her job today. Downloading a book for the first time convinced Swisher…
Why Grindr started a magazine (Zach Stafford and Trish Bendix, editors, Into)
Dec 26, 2017 • 64 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton talk with Zach Stafford and Trish Bendix, the editor in chief and managing editor of Into — a queer lifestyle magazine published by the dating app Grindr. They talk about why LGBT people have historically…
Uber’s Tony West and Eric Holder on exposing wrongdoing (Live)
Dec 24, 2017 • 33 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with former attorney general Eric Holder, who led an investigation into Uber’s management earlier this year, and the company’s new Chief Legal Officer, Tony West. They discuss how Uber is evolving in the wake of the Holder…
Sports columnist Christine Brennan previews her 18th consecutive Olympics
Dec 22, 2017 • 67 min
Christine Brennan, the sports columnist for USA Today, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the February 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which will be Brenann’s 18th consecutive Olympics. She previews what events she’s most…
Bitcoin is just getting started (Megan Quinn, general partner, Spark Capital)
Dec 20, 2017 • 85 min
Spark Capital General Partner Megan Quinn talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton about the evolving balance between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Quinn, an investor in the cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase, explains…
Silicon Valley is threatening democracy (Noam Cohen, author, ‘The Know-It-Alls’)
Dec 18, 2017 • 49 min
Author and former New York Times columnist Noam Cohen talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball.” In the book, Cohen argues that a libertarian…
The future of the audio industry (Andrew Mason, CEO, Descript)
Dec 12, 2017 • 65 min
Andrew Mason, the founder and former CEO of Groupon, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton about his latest startup, Descript. The company bills itself as a “word processor for audio,” making podcasts and other spoken word…
Kara Swisher visits Pod Save America (Live)
Dec 10, 2017 • 19 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with Crooked Media’s Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer, appearing as a guest on a live taping of their podcast, Pod Save America, in Oakland, California. The group talks about the regulatory challenges…
Elon Musk was once like you (Daniel Gross, partner, Y Combinator)
Dec 6, 2017 • 67 min
Y Combinator Partner Daniel Gross talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Casey Newton about why he returned to the startup incubator that gave him his start in Silicon Valley. Gross co-founded the personal search engine Cue, which Apple bought…
The amazing stories of Silicon Valley’s ‘Troublemakers’ (Leslie Berlin, historian, Stanford University)
Dec 4, 2017 • 59 min
Leslie Berlin, the historian who oversees Stanford University’s Silicon Valley Archives, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future.” The book traces the rise of…
Margrethe Vestager: ‘This is the biggest wake-up call we’ve ever had’
Nov 29, 2017 • 18 min
Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s commissioner for competition, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. Vestager explains how the E.U. is trying to make tech companies more transparent and…
How Reid Hoffman would fix social media (Live)
Nov 27, 2017 • 42 min
Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn and a general partner at Greylock Partners, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at the Anti-Defamation League conference “Never Is Now” in San Francisco. Hoffman says the people who work at…
Greta Van Susteren is not giving up on social media
Nov 22, 2017 • 59 min
Former cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen about her new book, “Everything You Need to Know about Social Media (Without Having to Call a Kid).” Van Susteren spent long stints hosting shows at CNN…
Why magazine mogul Tina Brown is ‘angry and upset’ at Google and Facebook
Nov 20, 2017 • 73 min
Tina Brown — the former editor of Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, the Daily Beast and more — talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992.” In the book, she looks back on the tell-all diary she kept at the time,…
How tech is changing state politics (Stacey Abrams, candidate for governor, Georgia)
Nov 15, 2017 • 64 min
Stacey Abrams, a candidate running for governor of Georgia and former minority leader of its general assembly, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen about the early stages of the campaign. Abrams explains why everyone needs to be…
How to fight extremism online (Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League)
Nov 13, 2017 • 63 min
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the century-old nonprofit is evolving to fight antisemitism and other forms of extremism in the digital age. Greenblatt explains how online platforms…
Journalists covering Trump need to ‘tone it down’ (Katy Tur, author, ‘Unbelievable.’)
Nov 8, 2017 • 63 min
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen about her new book, “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.” While she was at NBC News, Tur was the first reporter assigned to cover the…
A ‘magical formula’ for better decision-making (Ray Dalio, author, ‘Principles: Life and Work’)
Nov 6, 2017 • 66 min
Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Principles: Life and Work.” In it, he lays out how he makes smarter decisions based on clearly articulated criteria and…
Silicon Valley’s D.C. showdown, explained (Luther Lowe, Yelp; Beth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz)
Nov 1, 2017 • 69 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher and SKDK’s Hilary Rosen talk about tech, regulation and politics with two special guests: Luther Lowe, the vice president of public policy at Yelp, and Beth Wilkinson, the co-founder of trial law firm Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz. The…
Why I’m not afraid of Amazon (David Rosenblatt, CEO, 1stdibs)
Oct 30, 2017 • 55 min
1stdibs CEO David Rosenblatt explains how his company, a marketplace for rare luxury products, made the transition from an advertising to e-commerce. Unlike other executives in the commerce space, Rosenblatt isn’t worried about Amazon competing with him…
Can Silicon Valley get its mojo back? (Live)
Oct 25, 2017 • 38 min
Kara Swisher joins venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and Uptake CEO Brad Keywell in this live discussion about tech culture from the 2017 Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, moderated by Nick Bilton. The…
What Leonardo da Vinci can teach us about tech (Walter Isaacson, author, ‘Leonardo da Vinci’)
Oct 23, 2017 • 71 min
Author Walter Isaacson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new biography of Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, which he describes has a “culmination” of themes he explored in past books about Ada Lovelace, Ben Franklin and Steve…
Tech elites are heading for a ‘big backlash’ (Tim O’Reilly, author, ‘WTF?’)
Oct 18, 2017 • 48 min
O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us.” O’Reilly argues that society could be headed for either the good type of “WTF” — one of amazement — or the bad type,…
Why the ‘Google memo’ author had to be fired (Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube)
Oct 16, 2017 • 64 min
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how YouTube has grown since she assumed that role in 2014, and how it’s making original content differently than other video platforms like Netflix. Previously Google’s advertising boss,…
Broadcast TV is not dead (Ilene Chaiken, showrunner, ‘Empire’)
Oct 11, 2017 • 67 min
Ilene Chaiken, the creator of “The L Word” and showrunner for “Empire,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2017 edition of Werk It, WNYC’s women-in-podcasting festival. Chaiken explains how she got “The L Word” made at Showtime, even though the…
Why Shonda Rhimes left ABC for Netflix (Live)
Oct 9, 2017 • 43 min
ShondaLand CEO Shonda Rhimes, the TV producer behind hits like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2017 Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. Rhimes says she took a four-year exclusive…
Jared Leto on playing a tech trillionaire in ‘Blade Runner 2049’
Oct 7, 2017 • 31 min
“Blade Runner 2049” actor Jared Leto talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about portraying Niander Wallace, a trillionaire tech mogul. By the start of the new movie, Wallace has saved humanity from starvation and rebooted the development of humanlike robots,…
“Free speech” is cheap (Ellen Pao, author, “Reset”)
Oct 2, 2017 • 67 min
Investor Ellen Pao talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” which chronicles Pao’s 2015 court battle against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She reflects on why the…
God, the Washington Post and the meaning of life (Sally Quinn, author, “Finding Magic”)
Sep 27, 2017 • 65 min
Sally Quinn, the author of “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book and her career in journalism. Quinn got her start covering the Washington, D.C., party circuit for the Washington Post under its…
Donald Trump, explained (Maggie Haberman, New York Times, and David Fahrenthold, Washington Post)
Sep 25, 2017 • 67 min
New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. Both known for their coverage of Donald Trump’s campaign and White House,…
Why one investor is ‘cringing’ at tech IPOs (Maha Ibrahim, general partner, Canaan)
Sep 18, 2017 • 63 min
Maha Ibrahim, a general partner at Canaan Partners, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her more than 17 years in venture capital, joining Canaan right before the first dot-com bubble burst. Ibrahim says a lot of her fellow investors have only ever…
What Amazon should buy next (Scott Galloway, author, “The Four”)
Sep 11, 2017 • 69 min
New York University professor Scott Galloway returns to the podcast to talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his first book, “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google,” which comes out on Oct. 3. Galloway predicts that Amazon will…
The race for self-driving cars is on (Chris Urmson, CEO, Aurora)
Sep 4, 2017 • 65 min
Chris Urmson, the CEO of Aurora and former CTO of self-driving cars at Google, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about when autonomous vehicles will replace human-driven ones. Urmson, who started working on the technology at Carnegie Mellon University in…
Venture capital is headed for a ‘huge, rude awakening’ (Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO, Social Capital)
Aug 28, 2017 • 76 min
Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of capitalism and investing, which he says will look less and less like traditional venture capital, as firms like his embed themselves at a deep operational level…
The future of tech jobs in coal country
Aug 21, 2017 • 66 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher heads to Louisville, Ky., to talk about the future of work with a panel of local-minded techies: Interapt CEO Ankur Gopal, Code Louisville founder Rider Rodriguez, TechHire Eastern Kentucky student Crystal Adkins and Tech Jobs Tour…
Lyft will always have human drivers (Taggart Matthiesen, director of product, Lyft)
Aug 14, 2017 • 59 min
Lyft Director of Product Taggart Matthiesen talks with Recode’s Johana Bhuiyan about the ride-hailing company’s push into self-driving cars. Matthiesen predicts that Lyft will slowly evolve into a hybrid transportation service, with users summoning rides…
You don’t have to lead like Steve Jobs (Chris Kuenne and John Danner, authors, ‘Built for Growth’)
Aug 7, 2017 • 55 min
Chris Kuenne and John Danner talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new book, “Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win.” Kuenne and Danner argue that, contrary to the conventional wisdom…
What tech gets wrong about harassment (Erica Baker, director of engineering, Kickstarter; Sarah Kunst, CEO, ProDay)
Jul 31, 2017 • 75 min
Diversity advocate and Kickstarter director Erica Baker and ProDay CEO Sarah Kunst talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the conditions that led so many venture capitalists to abuse their power over female tech founders. Kunst, who was sexually harassed…
How Uber is trying to fix itself (Frances Frei, SVP of leadership and strategy, Uber)
Jul 26, 2017 • 90 min
Live onstage: Uber SVP Frances Frei talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of the beleaguered ride-hailing company. Frei came to Uber from Harvard Business School, where she studied leadership and diversity, and says the company’s problems are…
Government should fight tech’s ‘corporate villainy’ (Cory Booker, U.S. Senator)
Jul 24, 2017 • 68 min
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker talks with Recode’s Tony Romm about the current state of politics under President Trump and how he thinks the U.S. government should respond to the tech sector. Booker says he’s eager to see Trump gone, but that Democrats…
How humans and AI can work together (Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, PARC)
Jul 17, 2017 • 49 min
PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about leading the iconic Silicon Valley research and development firm, formerly known as Xerox PARC, which works with companies and government agencies to imagine the future of work. Kurtoglu says…
What Russians really think of America (Lisa Dickey, author, ‘Bears in the Streets’)
Jul 10, 2017 • 57 min
“Bears in the Streets” author Lisa Dickey talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, which chronicles three trips to Russia at three very different times in its history — 1995, 2005 and 2015. Dickey’s first journey across the continent was a…
Silicon Valley should think like Spider-Man (Reid Hoffman, partner, Greylock)
Jul 3, 2017 • 71 min
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, now a venture capitalist at Greylock Partners, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why Silicon Valley has remained the epicenter of tech for decades and what’s next for entrepreneurs, investors and consumers. Hoffman…
Uber can change (Adam Lashinsky, author, ‘Wild Ride’)
Jun 26, 2017 • 73 min
Fortune Executive Editor Adam Lashinsky talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book “Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination.” In this live interview, recorded after Travis Kalanick had announced a leave of absence from Uber but before…
Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (Code Conference 2017)
Jun 25, 2017 • 33 min
In this special bonus episode from the 2017 Code Conference, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the nonprofit has dealt with controversy and political opposition under President…
How to shift a big tech company to the cloud (Mark Hurd, co-CEO, Oracle)
Jun 19, 2017 • 57 min
In this live interview, Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how Oracle transitioned its business to the cloud, which is the fastest-growing segment of all enterprise spending. Hurd says a large, process-laden company like Oracle…
Jill Soloway, creator, ‘Transparent’ (Code Conference 2017)
Jun 17, 2017 • 31 min
In this special bonus episode from the 2017 Code Conference, Jill Soloway, the creator of the Amazon TV series “Transparent,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their new show, “I Love Dick,” which stars Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn. They say Amazon…
Google is God, Facebook is love and Amazon will be worth $1 trillion (Scott Galloway, founder, L2)
Jun 12, 2017 • 58 min
L2 founder and New York University professor Scott Galloway talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the biggest companies in tech are disrupting retail, jobs, advertising and more. Galloway says the U.S. is incredibly “over-stored” and predicts that…
Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State (Code Conference 2017)
Jun 10, 2017 • 77 min
In this special bonus episode from the 2017 Code Conference, former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Walt Mossberg about the mistakes she made during the campaign and…
Did Instagram copy Snapchat? (Kevin Systrom, CEO, Instagram)
Jun 5, 2017 • 69 min
Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he’s still working at Facebook five years after it bought his company for $1 billion. Systrom shares what he has learned from the executives there and why he insisted…
Why cute robots are important for the entire tech industry (Boris Sofman, CEO, Anki)
May 29, 2017 • 59 min
Anki CEO Boris Sofman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of robotics and why his company is starting with robots that entertain people: The artificially intelligent toy cars Anki Drive, released in 2013, and the emotive pet-like Cozmo,…
Can Facebook help you talk to businesses? (David Marcus, VP of Messaging, Facebook)
May 22, 2017 • 55 min
Facebook’s messaging products boss, David Marcus, talks with Recode’s Kurt Wagner about how the company is trying turn its Messenger app into a hub for interactions between companies and consumers. Marcus explains what Facebook learned from last year’s…
America’s immigration policies are hurting startups (Patrick Collison, CEO, Stripe)
May 15, 2017 • 66 min
Stripe CEO Patrick Collison talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the company he and his brother started in 2010 evolved from a service for other small startups into a global payments platform for companies of all sizes. He discusses why Stripe…
Behind the scenes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
May 10, 2017 • 59 min
“The Handmaid’s Tale” creator and showrunner Bruce Miller talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new adaptation of the dystopian Margaret Atwood novel, which recently debuted on Hulu. Miller discusses the aptness of the show’s political themes, and…
Sheryl Sandberg on setbacks, grief and ‘Option B’
May 8, 2017 • 63 min
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, “Option B,” which she wrote after the sudden death of her husband, entrepreneur Dave Goldberg. This latest book is more raw than her first, “Lean In,” combining Sandberg’s…
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: We need a ‘lighter touch’ to internet regulation
May 3, 2017 • 34 min
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talks with Recode’s Tony Romm about his first three months on the job and what critics of his plan to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules get wrong. Pai says the FCC should be an apolitical agency that focuses on how to create…
How ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ brought social media to Broadway
May 1, 2017 • 67 min
Stacey Mindich and Steven Levenson, the producer and book writer of “Dear Evan Hansen,” talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the hit Broadway musical depicts the current state of social media and isolation. The show centers on a socially anxious…
How ‘Silicon Valley’ stays current (Mike Judge, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanijani and more)
Apr 26, 2017 • 49 min
The creators and most of the cast of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live interview, recorded in San Francisco after the premiere of the first two episodes of Season Four. Executive Producer Mike Judge talks about the…
‘Silicon Valley’ is more than ‘d*ck jokes’ (Matt Ross, actor/director)
Apr 24, 2017 • 65 min
Actor Matt Ross talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about playing Hooli CEO Gavin Belson on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” which just started its fourth season. Ross, who previously played Alby Grant on “Big Love,” says he tries to make the antagonists he plays…
How tech can reshape American politics (Steve Hilton, CEO, Crowdpac)
Apr 19, 2017 • 65 min
Crowdpac CEO Steve Hilton talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how his website is making it easier for anyone to explore running for office and to collect donations for political causes and campaigns. Hilton, a former advisor to British Prime Minister…
Rep. Ro Khanna: Silicon Valley should give back to all Americans
Apr 17, 2017 • 71 min
Congressman Ro Khanna talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Tony Romm about why the people who have benefitted most from technology have a civic duty to give back to their country. Rep. Khanna’s district, CA-17, covers several major Silicon Valley…
Diversity isn’t an ‘add-on’ (Laura Weidman Powers, CEO, Code2040)
Apr 12, 2017 • 47 min
Code2040 CEO and co-founder Laura Weidman Powers talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the mistakes employees and managers make when they talk about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Companies need to make fundamental changes to how they hire and…
Why CEOs need to stand up to Trump (Bijan Sabet, general partner, Spark Capital)
Apr 10, 2017 • 55 min
Spark Capital General Partner Bijan Sabet talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being a venture capitalist based on the East Coast, and how he became an early investor in companies like Twitter, Tumblr and Cruise. Sabet also discusses why he has become…
Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia talks about adversity and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Apr 5, 2017 • 61 min
Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia talks with Recode’s Kurt Wagner about how he and his team built a social network for neighborhoods, with a focus on trust and privacy that forced the company to grow slower than most tech startups. Tolia was previously the CEO of…
Don’t have anything nice to say? Say it! (Kim Malone Scott, author, ‘Radical Candor’)
Apr 3, 2017 • 77 min
“Radical Candor” author and CEO coach Kim Malone Scott talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how to be a better manager and leader. Based on her personal experiences at Apple, Google and several tech startups, Scott argues that most management failings…
What tech can do about homelessness (Daniel Lurie, CEO, Tipping Point Community)
Mar 27, 2017 • 54 min
Tipping Point Community CEO Daniel Lurie talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his organization’s efforts to fight homelessness in San Francisco. He says it’s all too easy to “not see” the incredible poverty and inequality in the Bay Area if you commute…
How HBO’s ‘Veep’ is reacting to Trump (Live at SXSW)
Mar 20, 2017 • 70 min
“Veep” actors Tim Simons and Matt Walsh and showrunner David Mandel talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the upcoming sixth season of the HBO political satire. Speaking in front of a live audience at South by Southwest, they recount how they found out on…
Crooked Media founders: We’re podcasting the Trump resistance (Live at SXSW)
Mar 15, 2017 • 66 min
Crooked Media Founders Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their hit podcast, “Pod Save America,” in a live interview at South by Southwest 2017. Having previously worked as speechwriters and spokespersons for…
Who’s buying whom in media and tech (Quincy Smith, partner, Code Advisors)
Mar 13, 2017 • 54 min
Code Advisors Partner Quincy Smith talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the current state of mergers and acquisitions in tech and media. Smith, who previously worked at Netscape and CBS Interactive, says media companies consolidate in tough times, and a…
How to beat Amazon (Ron Johnson, CEO, Enjoy)
Mar 6, 2017 • 67 min
Enjoy CEO Ron Johnson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his long career in commerce, including 15 years at Target, and his 12 years at Apple, where he created the Apple Store. Johnson’s current company Enjoy hand-delivers premium tech products and…
The internet must be preserved (Brewster Kahle, chairman, The Internet Archive)
Mar 1, 2017 • 53 min
Entrepreneur and archivist Brewster Kahle talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the 20th anniversary of the Internet Archive and why it’s more important than ever to preserve our digital past. Kahle talks about the companies he founded and sold to AOL…
How to make social media sane again (Sue Decker, Raftr founder, and Michael Dearing, investor)
Feb 27, 2017 • 44 min
Former Yahoo president Sue Decker and investor Michael Dearing talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about Raftr, Decker’s recently launched social platform for sane, civil discussions about topics ranging from sports to “Game of Thrones” to President Trump.…
Silicon Valley is ‘an isolated bubble’ (Jeremy Liew, partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners)
Feb 22, 2017 • 54 min
Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Liew talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley at a time when the Valley no longer represents most tech consumers. Liew argues that startup founders are popping up all over…
Uber’s looming ‘existential crisis’ (Brad Stone, author, ‘The Upstarts’)
Feb 20, 2017 • 74 min
Bloomberg Tech journalist Brad Stone talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book, “The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World.” Stone argues that the stories of Uber and Airbnb are…
Countries that fear immigrants are killing innovation (Rolf Schrömgens, co-founder, Trivago)
Feb 15, 2017 • 46 min
Trivago co-founder and Managing Director Rolf Schrömgens talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about starting a search engine for hotels and why he thinks much larger rivals like Google are at a disadvantage. Schrömgens says he expects the distinctions among…
Facebook’s News Feed is like junk food (Mike McCue, CEO, Flipboard)
Feb 13, 2017 • 60 min
Flipboard CEO Mike McCue talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the recent relaunch of his company’s news app, which will mixes human curation with algorithms to serve up magazine-like collections of stories. McCue reflects on why one of his first…
BONUS: ‘Fun Home’ author Alison Bechdel thought a fan was her Uber
Feb 8, 2017 • 32 min
“Fun Home” author and “Dykes to Watch Out For” creator Alison Bechdel talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience in San Francisco shortly after a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical based on “Fun Home.” Bechdel says the rise of…
We need robots to take our jobs (John Markoff, ex-reporter, The New York Times)
Feb 6, 2017 • 58 min
Technology journalist and former New York Times reporter John Markoff talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his nearly three-decade long career covering tech for the Times before retiring at the end of 2016. He reflects on why Steve Jobs was both a great…
How you get addicted to apps (Tristan Harris, founder, Time Well Spent)
Jan 30, 2017 • 67 min
Time Well Spent founder Tristan Harris talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the persuasive techniques and tricks used by companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook to make people engage with them every day. Harris’s movement wants tech companies to…
Social media makes us miserable (Tim Ferriss, author, “Tools of Titans”)
Jan 23, 2017 • 68 min
“The 4-Hour Workweek” and “Tools of Titans” author Tim Ferriss talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his newest book, which compiles the life advice of the “titans” from tech, business and entertainment Ferriss has interviewed on his podcast, “The Tim…
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx: The exit interview
Jan 16, 2017 • 66 min
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx talks to Recode’s Johana Bhuiyan about his last week in office and what he would do if given more time. In addition to self-driving car and drone regulations, Foxx said he would like to see more rail projects…
You don’t need to own all your clothes (Jennifer Hyman, CEO, Rent the Runway)
Jan 9, 2017 • 53 min
Rent the Runway CEO and co-founder Jennifer Hyman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey about her 50-year vision for changing consumer fashion habits. Now more than seven years old, Rent the Runway has six million female customers who rent…
Doctors should think like mechanics (Othman Laraki, CEO, Color)
Jan 2, 2017 • 42 min
Color Genomics co-founder and CEO Othman Laraki talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why we’re on the verge of a healthcare revolution. Laraki, whose company tests buyers’ genes for certain hereditary cancers, says the future of medicine will be defined…
Can social media bring us together again after ripping us apart? (Orkut Büyükkökten, Founder, Hello)
Dec 27, 2016 • 38 min
Social networking pioneer Orkut Büyükkökten talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the eponymous social site, Orkut, which he built inside Google, and his new company, Hello. Büyükkökten says current social networks don’t make it easy to meet new friends,…
Tom Friedman: The internet is an ‘open sewer’
Dec 19, 2016 • 55 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.” As technology and globalization get ever…
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman: A ‘toxic minority’ ruins social media for everyone
Dec 12, 2016 • 52 min
Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why he covertly edited the posts of some Donald Trump supporters, and why he regrets it now. Huffman acknowledges his editing, which he conceived as a prank but many users saw…
Wearables can save your life (Vic Gundotra, CEO, AliveCor)
Dec 5, 2016 • 62 min
AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his long career in tech, including his start as a college dropout at Microsoft and his seven years leading Google’s mobile and social efforts. His current company helps consumers monitor…
What Trump means for tech (Hilary Rosen and Juleanna Glover, political consultants)
Nov 28, 2016 • 51 min
Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen and Republican corporate consultant Juleanna Glover talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how Donald Trump’s election to the presidency will affect the tech and media industries over the next four to eight…
Satirizing Silicon Valley: ‘I wanted to hit a nerve,’ says Sunil Rajaraman
Nov 21, 2016 • 35 min
The Bold Italic CEO Sunil Rajaraman talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about “This Is Your Life in Silicon Valley,” a series of satirical articles that went viral earlier this year. Rajaraman set out to shine a light on some harsh truths most techies won’t…
How Kayak co-founder Paul English got hit by a ‘truck full of money’
Nov 14, 2016 • 49 min
Tracy Kidder and Paul English, the author and subject of “A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover From Great Success,” talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about English’s dual life as a tech entrepreneur and philanthropist. English co-founded Kayak…
U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil: Data can help everyone
Nov 7, 2016 • 62 min
DJ Patil, America’s first Chief Data Scientist, talks about his nearly two years in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, working on initiatives around health care and policing. Patil grew up in Silicon Valley, and has worked at…
How does tech fix its diversity problem?
Nov 2, 2016 • 44 min
On this special bonus episode of Recode Decode, we look back at our past guests’ most insightful comments about diversity in tech and media. Interviewees including Chamath Palihapitiya, Samantha Bee and Dick Costolo explain why discrimination based on…
Foursquare wants to make ‘Her’ a reality (Dennis Crowley and Jeff Glueck, co-founder and CEO, Foursquare)
Oct 31, 2016 • 49 min
Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley and CEO Jeff Glueck talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the location intelligence company is generating sellable data for partners like Apple, Uber and Twitter based on its users’ check-ins. Glueck, who took over…
How Time Warner ruined AOL (Ted Leonsis, Founder, Revolution Growth)
Oct 26, 2016 • 61 min
Revolution Growth founder and partner Ted Leonsis talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being a longtime executive at AOL and how the company changed dramatically when it merged with Time Warner in 2000. Leonsis says AOL correctly anticipated the social…
‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail: Hackers are more interesting than hacking
Oct 24, 2016 • 49 min
“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his hit TV show, whose star Rami Malek recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama. Esmail says he grew up loving both movies and technology, and was disappointed by…
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker: How to stop AI from stealing jobs
Oct 19, 2016 • 37 min
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about cooperation between government and the tech industry and the new challenges of the digital economy. Secretary Pritzker says artificial intelligence will upend many jobs, but…
Why Ashton Kutcher didn’t invest in Snapchat
Oct 17, 2016 • 59 min
Actor, producer and investor Ashton Kutcher talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his life as both a TV star and a tech obsessive. Kutcher, who starred in shows like “Two and a Half Men” and “That ’70s Show,” has invested over the past five years in…
‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau on pushing virtual reality to the limit
Oct 12, 2016 • 49 min
Jon Favreau, the actor and director known for films such as “Swingers,” “Iron Man” and “The Jungle Book,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new efforts in virtual reality, starting with the interactive short film “Gnomes & Goblins.” Favreau says…
‘The Late Late Show’ host James Corden hates ‘the cloud’
Oct 10, 2016 • 61 min
James Corden, host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS and viral video star, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about redesigning a talk show for the YouTube generation, built around segments like “Carpool Karaoke.” Corden has a complicated relationship with…
Stop saying “good guy” in the boardroom (Aileen Lee, managing partner, Cowboy Ventures)
Oct 3, 2016 • 51 min
Cowboy Ventures founder and managing partner Aileen Lee, previously a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about being one of the few female venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. After leaving Kleiner Perkins in…
How Uber fought city hall — and won (Bradley Tusk, CEO, Tusk Holdings)
Sep 26, 2016 • 55 min
Tusk Holdings CEO Bradley Tusk talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his unique political consulting firm Tusk Ventures, which trades equity in companies like Uber, FanDuel and DraftKings for regulatory guidance. Tusk previously worked for former New…
Google and Apple need limits (Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition, European Commission)
Sep 20, 2016 • 42 min
In this special bonus episode, Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s Commissioner for Competition, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the high-profile cases she has brought against Apple and Google for alleged unfair tax breaks and antitrust violations,…
Behind the scenes of Pokémon Go (John Hanke, CEO, Niantic)
Sep 19, 2016 • 55 min
Niantic CEO John Hanke talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Ina Fried about the company’s hit mobile game Pokémon Go and what happens now that the initial hype around it has “stabilized.” Future updates to the game will include new types of Pokémon,…
Benchmark partner Bill Gurley: Too much money is my biggest problem
Sep 12, 2016 • 58 min
Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about life as a venture capitalist and why he’s still worried about a bubble, a topic he has written about extensively. Great entrepreneurs could raise money at any time, Gurley…
Why everyone should talk about diversity (Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit)
Sep 6, 2016 • 56 min
TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot chats with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how her company and others are changing the definition of work. During her previous stint as TaskRabbit’s COO, Brown-Philpot oversaw a major shift in how the company defines itself…
Quip CEO Bret Taylor: Companies die when they’re afraid to fail
Aug 29, 2016 • 56 min
Quip CEO and Twitter board member Bret Taylor talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner about the reality of trying and sometimes failing as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A former Facebook CTO, he reflects on how Mark Zuckerberg’s company…
Disrupting health and beauty (Tristan Walker, CEO, Walker & Company)
Aug 22, 2016 • 52 min
Walker & Company Brands founder and CEO Tristan Walker talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how technology can disrupt the health and beauty industry. Walker & Company’s shaving brand, Bevel, is aimed at people of color who are underserved by the big…
Tech in Australia: Building “pathways to Silicon Valley” (Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-CEO, Atlassian)
Aug 15, 2016 • 38 min
Atlassian co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about co-founding an enterprise software company in Sydney, Australia, in 2002. Cannon-Brookes reflects on Atlassian’s successful American IPO and the differences between his team and…
Wall Street is ignoring women (Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, Ellevest)
Aug 8, 2016 • 41 min
Sallie Krawcheck, formerly the CFO of Citi Group and the CEO of Merrill Lynch, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about launching Ellevest, a new online investment platform for women. Krawcheck says the male-dominated world of finance overlooks the needs of…
Why did Yahoo sell to Verizon? (Eric Jackson, activist investor, Yahoo)
Aug 1, 2016 • 38 min
Eric Jackson, a longtime activist investor in Yahoo and the managing director of SpringOwl Asset Management, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the momentous deal that will sell Yahoo’s core business to Verizon for nearly $5 billion. Jackson reflects…
“Chaos Monkeys” author Antonio García-Martinez: Silicon Valley isn’t a nice place
Jul 25, 2016 • 41 min
Antonio García-Martinez, author of the new tell-all book, “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley,” talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about starting a company, getting acquired by Twitter, and defecting to Facebook one year…
The future of home exercise (Peloton CTO Yony Feng)
Jul 18, 2016 • 34 min
Peloton CTO Yony Feng talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the indoor cycling company is trying to shake up in-home exercise programs with its custom fitness bike, which sells for $2,000. Peloton broadcasts 12 live spinning classes to those bikes…
“Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller: Tech can’t beat live theater
Jul 11, 2016 • 50 min
“Hamilton” lead producer Jeffrey Seller talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how the hit Broadway musical goes forward now that three of its stars — Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo — have taken their final bows. Seller says he…
Behind the scenes of the Rio 2016 Olympics (Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics)
Jul 4, 2016 • 46 min
NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel talks with Recode’s Ina Fried about how the network is building on the digital reach of the Summer Games via livestreaming, virtual reality, Snapchat and more. Zenkel says NBC and Samsung expect to produce two to three…
Let’s reverse-engineer the brain (Donna Dubinsky and Jeff Hawkins, co-founders, Numenta)
Jun 27, 2016 • 43 min
Donna Dubinsky and Jeff Hawkins — the co-founders of Palm, Handspring and Numenta — talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher about their efforts to decode the human brain. They say everything that makes us human, from language to art to engineering, derives from…
The college lecture may go extinct (Daphne Koller, president, Coursera)
Jun 20, 2016 • 39 min
Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how she helped build the popular online learning platform after a successful early experiment at Stanford University. Koller says the future of higher education is a…
Chelsea Handler is done with old-school TV
Jun 13, 2016 • 42 min
Chelsea Handler, the host of Netflix’s new talk show “Chelsea,” chats with Recode’s Kara Swisher about going digital after seven years on the cable channel E! She runs “Chelsea” like a normal TV show, just not a late-night one, because her viewers might…
Kim Kardashian: If my naked selfies offend you, don’t look at them
Jun 6, 2016 • 33 min
Reality TV star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about why she doesn’t use Facebook, but loves Snapchat. Kardashian credits her family’s career success to social media and has successfully tapped digital partners at…
LeBron James’s business manager, Maverick Carter, on sports stardom
May 30, 2016 • 41 min
Maverick Carter, the business manager for basketball superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talks to Recode’s Kurt Wagner about how the internet has radically changed athletes’ place in the media world. Athletes are no longer reliant on…
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon: I get why people hate banks, but …
May 23, 2016 • 40 min
JPMorgan Chase president, chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how big banks are both competing against and collaborating with Silicon Valley. He explains why tech company IPOs have sharply declined in 2016 but says he’s…
Rep. Nancy Pelosi: “I guarantee it,” Trump will fail
May 16, 2016 • 47 min
U.S. Rep. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sits down with Recode’s Kara Swisher to talk about the 2016 election, immigration reform and how Congress is trying to work with and learn from the tech industry. Pelosi says she’s certain that Hillary…
Walt Mossberg says tech is still too hard to use
May 9, 2016 • 48 min
On this special episode of “Recode Decode,” we celebrate the relaunch of Recode.net with an extended interview between Recode co-founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. In 1991, Mossberg was laughed out of the Secretary of State’s office for announcing…
“When women fail, we all fail,” says Deeds Not Words’ Wendy Davis
May 2, 2016 • 43 min
Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis — most famous for her filibuster to stop legislation that would severely restrict abortions in that state — talks with Kara Swisher about her new digital initiative Deeds Not Words, which hopes to mobilize young…
Keith Rabois says winter is coming for wasteful startups
Apr 25, 2016 • 51 min
Khosla Ventures investment partner Keith Rabois talks with Kara Swisher about building PayPal before the dot-com crash and the entrepreneurial lessons he applied from that company to later jobs at LinkedIn, Slide, Google and Square. Now, as a venture…
Steve Case’s “Third Wave”: Startups In Every State and the Internet In Everything
Apr 18, 2016 • 50 min
Investor and former America Online CEO Steve Case, the author of a new book called “The Third Wave,” talks with Kara Swisher about how companies like AOL made on-ramps to the Internet and where we’ll find the next big ideas. He dissects why the notorious…
“The Eyewear Industry Is Kind of Messed Up” (Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, co-CEOs, Warby Parker)
Apr 11, 2016 • 39 min
Warby Parker co-founders and co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal talk with Re/code’s Senior Commerce Editor Jason Del Rey about how they challenged the incumbents of the eyewear business, which is dominated by one company, Luxottica. They explain why…
You’re in Charge of Your Own DNA (Anne Wojcicki, CEO, 23andMe)
Apr 4, 2016 • 55 min
Kara Swisher talks with 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki about why the personal genomics company’s mission is unchanged after a battle with the FDA. Wojcicki argues that understanding one’s own genetic traits is part of a broader trend of consumers taking…
Wall Street Doesn’t ‘Get’ Online Lending … Yet. (Renaud Laplanche, CEO, Lending Club)
Mar 28, 2016 • 38 min
Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche talks with Kara Swisher about the benefits of online financial services in a world that no longer needs old-fashioned bank branches. He also explains why Lending Club’s stock has been slipping for two years and is…
“Rich Douchebags” Shouldn’t Get Tech’s Wealth (Chamath Palihapitiya, Investor, Social Capital)
Mar 21, 2016 • 69 min
Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya talks with Kara Swisher about working on Winamp, AOL Instant Messenger and Facebook before becoming an outspoken investor. In today’s Silicon Valley, he says, old investment firms are dying and the next…
You Can Be Hacked From Anywhere (Orion Hindawi, CEO, Tanium)
Mar 14, 2016 • 47 min
Tanium CEO Orion Hindawi talks with Re/code’s Arik Hesseldahl about why it’s easier than ever for hackers to strike at companies and governments, and why those who cling to obsolete security solutions are putting everyone at risk. Hindawi says we’re…
Ash Carter, United States Secretary of Defense
Mar 7, 2016 • 37 min
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter talks with Kara Swisher about his efforts to unite the Pentagon and Silicon Valley behind common goals, including a new “innovation advisory board” chaired by Eric Schmidt. He also explains why he is a strong supporter…
Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight
Feb 29, 2016 • 34 min
HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank talks with Kara Swisher about taking only 10 weeks to launch an online travel app. He explains how the startup worked to avoid being perceived as “another Groupon” and why he believes big hotel chains such as Hilton and Marriott…
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, California
Feb 22, 2016 • 50 min
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom talks with Kara Swisher about why the government’s approach to technology needs to be completely reimagined. A former mayor of San Francisco, Newsom argues that tech companies need to take an active role in…
Hadi Partovi, CEO, Code.org
Feb 15, 2016 • 34 min
Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi talks with Kara Swisher about how he discovered his love for programming, and how Steve Jobs’ death spurred him to create a non-profit that would spread that love to others. He argues that, just as students learn chemistry but…
Andrew Jarecki, “The Jinx” Director
Feb 11, 2016 • 33 min
Andrew Jarecki joins Peter Kafka to talk about the success of true-crime documentary series such as “Making a Murderer,” “Serial” and the show he directed, “The Jinx.” He also discusses his history in tech as the founder of MovieFone and a new application…
Mike Cagney, CEO, SoFi
Feb 8, 2016 • 48 min
SoFi CEO Mike Cagney sits down with Kara Swisher to discuss why financial technology startups are suddenly hot and how SoFi hopes to eventually replace your bank, even though it has no permanent physical locations. He also talks about why SoFi is planning…
Chet Kanojia, Starry CEO
Feb 4, 2016 • 35 min
Starry CEO Chet Kanojia, formerly the founder and CEO of Aereo, is back with another startup aimed at taking on the man. He sits down with Peter Kafka to talk about Starry, which aims to attack broadband monopolies and duopolies by delivering high-speed…
Eric Weiner, Author of “The Geography of Genius”
Feb 1, 2016 • 54 min
Eric Weiner, author of New York Times bestseller “The Geography of Bliss” and the new book “The Geography of Genius,” talks with Kara Swisher about how where we live can make us smarter and more innovative. He traces genius from Athens to Calcutta to…
Nick Denton, Gawker Media Founder, and Jason Epstein, Investor
Jan 28, 2016 • 29 min
Gawker Media founder Nick Denton and new board member Jason Epstein, who just bought a minority share of the company, sit down with Peter Kafka to discuss the online media company’s rapidly changing outlook. For example, Denton says he’s no longer trying…
John Zimmer, Lyft President
Jan 25, 2016 • 35 min
Lyft President John Zimmer sits down with Kara Swisher to talk about the company’s transition from ridesharing to autonomous cars, the focus of a recently announced partnership with GM. He also discusses whether Lyft is being aggressive enough in its…
Shani Hilton, BuzzFeed Executive Editor of News
Jan 21, 2016 • 29 min
BuzzFeed’s Executive Editor of News Shani Hilton talks with Peter Kafka about how she rose to a leadership role within one of the world’s most talked-about new media companies. She discusses how the site’s strategies have changed as she manages a staff of…
Max Levchin, Affirm CEO
Jan 16, 2016 • 42 min
Affirm CEO and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin talks with Kara Swisher about being a serial entrepreneur and discovering more about himself in the process. He also discusses why startup founders and investors are increasingly flocking to finance, the…
Chris Altchek, Mic CEO
Jan 14, 2016 • 28 min
Mic CEO Chris Altchek talks with Peter Kafka about building a news site for millennials and why such a thing should exist in the first place. He explores the differences among newsreading generations and explains what Mic has learned from four years of…
Trae Vassallo and Michele Madansky, Co-Authors, “The Elephant in the Valley”
Jan 11, 2016 • 43 min
Former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Trae Vassallo and former Yahoo exec Michele Madansky sit down with Kara Swisher to talk about “The Elephant in the Valley,” their new report on gender bias and harassment in tech. The report examines the…
Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures Partner
Jan 7, 2016 • 35 min
Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger talks with Peter Kafka about being an investor at a time of bubble anxiety and political debate about the trade-off between privacy and security. He argues that tech companies and the government should work…
Happy Re/New Year 2016; CES Preview
Jan 4, 2016 • 50 min
It’s an all-star lineup of reporters from Re/code and The Verge in this special episode, featuring Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode, Casey Newton and Noah Kulwin. The team discusses the top tech stories of 2015, including online harassment, Google’s…
Rufus Griscom, Heleo CEO
Dec 31, 2015 • 20 min
Heleo CEO Rufus Griscom talks with Peter Kafka about trying to build a “BuzzFeed for brains” that can distribute Big Ideas to the broader Internet. He also discusses the founding of his two previous startups, Nerve.com (which sold to IAC) and Babble…
Niccolo de Masi, Glu CEO; Top Gadgets of 2015
Dec 28, 2015 • 50 min
Glu Mobile CEO Niccolo de Masi talks with Kara Swisher about Glu’s hit games like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Katy Perry Pop, and what makes them different from earlier video games based on licensed intellectual property. He also handicaps the future of…
Ev Williams, Medium CEO
Dec 24, 2015 • 32 min
Medium CEO Ev Williams talks with Peter Kafka about founding his third company that makes it easier to “write on the Interwebs,” and what makes Medium different from Blogger and Twitter. He also discusses why publishing on anything other than a platform…
Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp CEO; Virtual Reality Shenanigans
Dec 21, 2015 • 53 min
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman talks with Kara Swisher about spending a decade at the helm of the local-recommendations site, and the new challenges posed by private companies that can out-raise the public Yelp. He also explains why he thinks quasi-competitor…
Katie Nolan, Fox Sports TV Host
Dec 17, 2015 • 23 min
Katie Nolan talks with Peter Kafka about how she went from Tumblr to YouTube to television, specifically Fox Sports 1, where she hosts “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan.” They also discuss online harassment and why Nolan thinks the only logical response to…
Marc Lore, Jet.com CEO; Apple’s Ugly Battery Case
Dec 14, 2015 • 45 min
Jet.com CEO Marc Lore talks with Re/code’s Senior Commerce Editor Jason Del Rey about trying to build a new e-commerce giant when rival Amazon has a 20-year lead. Also: Why is Jet.com raising so much money? Later on: Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and special…
Brian Rolapp, NFL Media Czar
Dec 10, 2015 • 33 min
The NFL’s media czar Brian Rolapp talks with Peter Kafka about why Internet companies might (or might not) get the rights to a soon-to-be-auctioned set of games. They also discuss what makes live sports different from other forms of TV and the impact of…
Dick Costolo, Former Twitter CEO; Hoverboards
Dec 7, 2015 • 55 min
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sits down with Kara Swisher to talk about what he’s doing next, what he thinks of Twitter’s future under Jack Dorsey and why men often fail to “do diversity.” Later, Lauren Goode wheels in to Kara’s desk to answer readers’…
Ricky Van Veen, CollegeHumor Co-Founder
Dec 3, 2015 • 32 min
In this first episode of Peter Kafka’s new weekly “Re/code Decode” interviews, CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen sits down with Peter to talk about monetizing content on the Internet and why it’s so hard. Plus: Why is a lot of that content moving to…
Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO; Holiday Gift Guide
Nov 30, 2015 • 53 min
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky talks with Kara Swisher about being in Paris during the city’s recent terror attacks, and what the hospitality company is doing after a major political win in San Francisco. Later, Lauren Goode gets a new job as Kara’s personal…
B.J. Novak and Dev Flaherty, The List App Co-Founders; iPad Pro
Nov 25, 2015 • 50 min
The List App co-founders B.J. Novak and Dev Flaherty talk about their new mobile-social app for making lists and how tech is changing the entertainment world. Later, Lauren Goode joins Kara to talk about Apple’s new iPad Pro and whether it’s worth the…
Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman, Two Bit Circus Co-Founders; New BlackBerries
Nov 18, 2015 • 44 min
Two Bit Circus CEO Brent Bushnell and CTO Eric Gradman talk with Kara Swisher about their high-tech circus, STEAM Carnival; fixing education; and why playing games will break down kids’ aversion to the sciences. Later, Lauren Goode finds out if the new…
Aaron Levie, Box CEO; Android vs. iOS
Nov 11, 2015 • 52 min
Box CEO Aaron Levie talks with Kara Swisher about the next wave of enterprise companies and why having $80,000 is better than having $10 million. Later on: How could switching between iOS and Android be easier? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Sequoia Capital Chairman Sir Michael Moritz, Food Delivery Services
Nov 4, 2015 • 56 min
Venture capitalist and co-author of “Leading” Michael Moritz talks with Kara Swisher about the history and future of investing and leadership. Later on: Do food delivery services have a place outside of San Francisco? Learn more about your ad choices.…
Huffington Post Editor in Chief Arianna Huffington, 4K TVs
Oct 28, 2015 • 37 min
Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington talks with Kara Swisher about why journalism is going mobile, but she won?t take her phone to bed. Later on: is 4K TV the future, or just hype? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Betaworks CEO and co-founder John Borthwick, TV streaming boxes and daily fantasy
Oct 21, 2015 • 53 min
John Borthwick, CEO of the “startup studio” Betaworks, tells Peter Kafka why mobile apps still rule, why he’s still bullish on Twitter user growth and more. Later, Lauren Goode and Kara Swisher talk TV streaming, and Kurt Wagner unpacks the daily fantasy…
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg, Code/Mobile and Google search
Oct 14, 2015 • 50 min
Ericsson is maybe the largest communications technology company on the planet. This week, CEO Hans Vestberg tells Kara Swisher about the view from the top, and why he’s excited about connectivity in the developing world and in cars. Later on, The Verge’s…
White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, TV streaming and Twitter
Oct 7, 2015 • 56 min
Valerie Jarrett is one of President Obama’s most trusted confidants, and by extension one of the most powerful people in Washington. She talks with Kara Swisher about the tech industry, gun control, Congress and more. Later, Walt Mossberg talks about TV…
Lenny newsletter co-founders Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
Sep 28, 2015 • 51 min
In a special hour-long interview with Kara Swisher, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner talk about their new newsletter publication, Lenny. The duo behind HBO’s “Girls” offer their thoughts on feminism, online harassment and more. Learn more about your ad…
Microsoft EVP Peggy Johnson, digital media and car tech
Sep 23, 2015 • 57 min
Kara Swisher discusses the shiny, new startup-friendly Microsoft with its partnerships chief, Peggy Johnson. Plus, Lauren Goode on Internet publishing and Mark Bergen on advanced car tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti, Apple announcements and e-payments
Sep 15, 2015 • 61 min
BuzzFeed is one of the most important and successful new media companies, tying together deeply reported impact journalism with content optimized for the digital age. Peter Kafka talks with founder and CEO Jonah Peretti, and later on, The Verge’s Lauren…
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, productivity apps and wearables
Sep 7, 2015 • 56 min
Like rivals Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is no longer just a social network, it’s a content platform, a recruiting tool, a resume builder and much, much more. In the Red Chair this week, CEO Jeff Weiner explains how the company has grown and evolved.…
Marc Andreessen, investor and entrepreneur
Aug 31, 2015 • 59 min
Since founding Netscape more than 20 years ago, Marc Andreessen has been one of Silicon Valley’s most influential figures. The entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist talks with Kara Swisher about bubbles, politics, parenting and more, in an extended…
Ex-Googler Erica Baker, drone do’s and don’ts and car tech
Aug 25, 2015 • 56 min
Google salary spreadsheet creator Erica Baker talks diversity in tech with Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode debriefs drones and Ina Fried discusses car tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Twitter legal boss Vijaya Gadde, Apple’s fall lineup and tech industry aging
Aug 18, 2015 • 44 min
Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde talks about social media and the law, Walt Mossberg and Kara go back and forth on Apple’s fall lineup and Kara gives the ABCs of aging in Silicon Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Investor Chris Sacca, smartphone prices and “buy” buttons
Aug 11, 2015 • 51 min
Investor Chris Sacca shares his thoughts on who might get the Twitter CEO job, Walt Mossberg dives into the weird world of wireless carriers and Jason Del Rey explains the rise of “buy” buttons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
“Million Dollar Listing” star Roh Habibi, Snapchat and race in tech
Aug 4, 2015 • 47 min
Kara talks with Roh Habibi, star of reality show “Million Dollar Listing San Francisco,” and guest Amina Sow speaks about her experience as a black woman in tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Andreessen Horowitz GP Chris Dixon, Windows 10 and hacking cars
Jul 27, 2015 • 51 min
Kara Swisher talks with Andreessen Horowitz general partner and entrepreneur and investor Chris Dixon about the landscape of venture capital and virtual reality. Walt Mossberg shares his perspective on Windows 10 and fields questions from his followers on…
Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, the Internet of Things and Google
Jul 21, 2015 • 49 min
Kara Swisher talks with Y Combinator president and Reddit board member Sam Altman about the social news site and the challenges of entrepreneurship. Lauren Goode fields questions on the “Internet of Things.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Elon Musk biographer Ashlee Vance, photo apps and Reddit
Jul 15, 2015 • 47 min
Kara Swisher talks with journalist Ashlee Vance about his new book on Elon Musk. They discuss Musk’s “Tony Stark” image, the future of Tesla and whether Musk is mellowing out. Also on the show: photo apps and Reddit. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, Apple Music
Jul 8, 2015 • 52 min
Kara Swisher interviews Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, Lauren Goode talks about Apple Music and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices