Land of the Giants

Land of the Giants
How tech companies took over our lives, and why should we care

Amazon’s Middlewomen
Nov 26, 2019 • 22 min
Why do so many Amazon packages take a pitstop in the small town of Roundup, Montana? Find out in this episode of Reset, the new tech podcast from Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Jason Del Rey and Reset host Arielle Duhaime-Ross discuss how…
‘I love Amazon. Let’s break it up’
Sep 12, 2019 • 28 min
In the final episode of our season on Amazon, NYU professor and “Pivot” podcast co-host Scott Galloway tells Jason Del Rey that Amazon needs to be broken up - and which parts of the company should be spun off first. They discuss Amazon’s ultimate impact…
Is Amazon Too Big? We Ask Its Sellers
Aug 27, 2019 • 46 min
Small businesses and major brands alike rely on Amazon but are increasingly ambivalent about selling on the platform. The Amazon Marketplace is a battle royale of millions of sellers and declining profit margins. Meanwhile, Amazon is building its own…
How Amazon Charmed Wall Street
Aug 20, 2019 • 37 min
When Amazon became a publicly traded company in 1997, it was losing money. And it wouldn’t turn a profit for years. So how did it convince Wall Street to do something unprecedented: Turn a blind eye to profit? And how did that help Amazon become one of…
Why the Robot Revolution is Our Fault
Aug 13, 2019 • 38 min
In recent years Amazon has quietly become one of the leaders in automation, reshaping its workforce of nearly 600,000 workers, and the way humans work with robots. We fear robots taking over the world, but do we understand just how we as consumers are…
When Amazon Leaves Your Town
Aug 6, 2019 • 41 min
In 1999, Amazon opened one of its first warehouses in the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. Fifteen years later, it closed. We visit Coffeyville to learn what Amazon can bring and what it can take away, and what lessons Coffeyville might have for a…
Alexa, What’s Amazon Doing Inside My Home?
Jul 30, 2019 • 34 min
Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant can tell you the weather, operate home appliances, and video chat family members. Alexa aims to be the centerpiece of the “smart home” connected to the Internet. It can lull us with the convenience, but what’s the downside…
Why You’ll Never Quit Amazon Prime
Jul 23, 2019 • 34 min
With over 100 million members, Prime is the engine that’s made Amazon a retailing juggernaut and one of the largest companies in the world. Jason Del Rey explores how Prime came to be, why it’s so effective at keeping us locked into the Amazon ecosystem,…
The Rise of Amazon
Jul 22, 2019 • 2 min
Examine how the biggest tech companies rose to power, and what they’re doing with that power. In season one, The Rise of Amazon, Recode’s senior commerce correspondent Jason Del Rey traces how Jeff Bezos transformed Amazon from an online bookseller to one…