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Episodes

Land of the Giants – “Facebook Gets a Face Lift”

We are sharing the first episode of Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption. Long before Mark Zuckerberg renamed... more

08 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
There’s a climate solution hiding in our walls

Buildings waste a lot of energy. One low-tech solution could fix that. Neel Dhanesha, Science and Recode fellow for Vox.com,... more

24 Jun 2022 · 13 minutes
The hydrogen car revival

The concept of the hydrogen-powered car has been around for decades, but still has yet to really take off. Vox’s... more

23 Jun 2022 · 11 minutes
How to resurrect a coral reef

Step one: Break coral. Step two: Hack coral sex. Benji Jones, an environment reporter for Vox, explains. Read Benji's reporting:... more

22 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Making cryptocurrency climate-friendly

Mining for bitcoin uses a lot of energy. Is there a chance that the crypto industry can become more eco-friendly?... more

21 Jun 2022 · 10 minutes
Can we stay cool without heating up the planet?

How do we stay cool on a warming planet? Air conditioning is one way, but depending on what kind of... more

17 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Sold: Apollo 11 moon dust

A tiny sample of dust collected by Neil Armstrong during his historic moon landing was auctioned off in April. Thanks... more

16 Jun 2022 · 10 minutes
Why am I still getting robocalls???

They made a Covid-19 vaccine in less than a year, but we're still getting spammed by robocalls. What gives? Recode’s... more

15 Jun 2022 · 11 minutes
What if the future of work is exactly the same?

For many, the work revolution that’s supposedly going on across the country right now doesn’t feel very revolutionary. This episode... more

14 Jun 2022 · 10 minutes
The space station race

After decades in orbit, the International Space Station goes offline in 2030 and will retire by burning up in the... more

13 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Biden makes clean energy a national security issue

President Joe Biden invoked a war power from the 1950s to build heat pumps and solar panels. Neel Dhanesha, a... more

10 Jun 2022 · 9 minutes
Why America makes tech tycoons into superheroes

Our founding myths persevere in the hype machine around tech celebrities. University of Washington historian Margaret O’Mara (@margaretomara) explains. Today’s episode... more

09 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Sheryl Sandberg’s mixed legacy at Meta

The executive, who turned Facebook into a profitable business, leaves behind a series of controversies. Recode senior correspondent Shirin Ghaffary... more

08 Jun 2022 · 8 minutes
911 is getting better but less private

As the government and cellphone companies work to improve emergency response, concerns arise around the collection and sharing of sensitive... more

07 Jun 2022 · 10 minutes
How often can you get Covid?

Does your immunity still last for months? Today, Explained asked a researcher who has been studying omicron reinfections. This episode of... more

06 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
Amazon calls Mom and Pop

Delivering packages to rural America can be expensive, so the tech giant is trying to enlist small businesses to fill... more

03 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Working from home is making you more productive

Quick, go tell your boss! And read Recode senior reporter Rani Molla’s story here: https://www.vox.com/recode/23129752/work-from-home-productivity Today’s episode was produced by Taylor... more

02 Jun 2022 · 8 minutes
Electric cars vs. flamingos

The booming electric car industry has become a big nuisance for flamingos. Benji Jones explains. Read Benji’s story: https://www.vox.com/22965660/electric-vehicles-lithium-ion-batteries-flamingos This episode... more

01 Jun 2022 · 13 minutes
What can you learn from the guy who built the iPod?

Peter Kafka talks with Tony Fadell, who helped bring the iPod and iPhone to life, and then built and sold... more

31 May 2022 · 53 minutes
The shooters were 18

Writer and parent Joanna Schroeder wrote a guide for parents about what to look out for and how to intervene. This... more

27 May 2022 · 23 minutes
Data breaches are everywhere and consequences are ???

Companies lose your data and then nothing happens. Emily Stewart, senior reporter for Vox, explains.  Read Emily’s story: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/23031858/data-breach-data-loss-personal-consequences Today’s episode was... more

26 May 2022 · 8 minutes
Social justice investors

The kids of America’s wealthiest want to invest their way to change. But is “anti-capitalist” investing even possible? Whizy Kim... more

25 May 2022 · 12 minutes
Flight delayed? Blame a spaceship.

In Florida, a surging number of space launches has created a new type of travel headache. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains.  Read... more

24 May 2022 · 9 minutes
The scourge of 'the time tax'

Why is it so hard to get government benefits? Annie Lowrey joins The Weeds hosts Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews... more

23 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Mass shooting videos are still going viral

Companies are getting better at responding to incidents like the Buffalo shooting. It’s still not nearly good enough. Recode’s Shirin... more

20 May 2022 · 10 minutes
Post-Roe, Inc.

Major corporations are scrambling to figure out how they need to prepare for a post-Roe America. Washington Post reporter Todd... more

19 May 2022 · 10 minutes
Are we living in a post-privacy age?

Ronan Farrow says yes. He joins Peter Kafka on the Recode Media podcast to discuss his latest investigation for The... more

18 May 2022 · 45 minutes
Netflix will return, after these messages

Netflix’s subscriber base is shrinking. So they’re turning to ads to boost them. Recode senior correspondent Peter Kafka (@pkafka) explains. Read... more

17 May 2022 · 13 minutes
The crypto crash

Meme stocks, crypto, and fintech are in their flop era, and it would be funny, except that they're dragging real people... more

16 May 2022 · 13 minutes
A cure for sickle cell?

Scientists have developed a long-sought treatment — perhaps even a cure — for sickle cell anemia. But getting it to... more

13 May 2022 · 15 minutes
America chips in

The semiconductor was invented in the United States and the country once dominated global manufacturing. Now the Biden administration is... more

12 May 2022 · 10 minutes
Our nurdle nightmare

Little plastic balls known as nurdles are polluting our waterways at an alarming rate, causing an environmental catastrophe. Vox science... more

11 May 2022 · 12 minutes
The Great Resignation grows up

Earlier in the pandemic, younger, less tenured workers in low-paying jobs in industries such as retail, food service, and health... more

10 May 2022 · 6 minutes
Seeking an abortion? Better watch your digital footprint.

The Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. This means that citizens seeking or providing abortions are going... more

09 May 2022 · 13 minutes
Apple gives the right to repair*

*Terms and conditions may apply. Recode's Rebecca Heilweil explains. Read Rebecca's story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22787724/apple-self-service-right-to-repair This episode was produced by Taylor Maycan. The... more

06 May 2022 · 11 minutes
Tesla's boss is away. Time for the competition to play.

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter may offer a chance for Tesla’s competitors to get some oxygen in the EV marketplace.... more

05 May 2022 · 10 minutes
Gen Z doesn't dream of labor

Does Gen Z actually hate work? Or do they just hate their working conditions? Vox’s Terry Nguyen on zoomers and... more

04 May 2022 · 9 minutes
ok groomer

Accounts like “Libs of TikTok” are fueling right-wing media to label people who speak openly about sexuality and gender as... more

03 May 2022 · 24 minutes
Hollywood's plan to keep butts in seats

As Hollywood adapts to the realities of the streaming and Covid eras, it’s narrowing the scope of the types of... more

02 May 2022 · 8 minutes
What if the future of work is exactly the same?

For many, the work revolution that’s supposedly going on across the country right now doesn’t feel very revolutionary. Vox’s Emily... more

29 Apr 2022 · 10 minutes
Sorry, your iPhone apps are still tracking you

Apple launched its App Tracking Transparency feature one year ago. But did it actually stop tracking and increase privacy for... more

28 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
Twitter's new boss

Elon Musk bought Twitter. Now what? Recode's Peter Kafka explains. Read Peter’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/23041717/twitter-musk-business-plan-peter-kafka-column Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan, engineered... more

27 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
We’re one step closer to self-farming farms

The most exciting gadget of the year isn’t a TV that displays NFTs or anything related to the metaverse. It’s an autonomous... more

26 Apr 2022 · 8 minutes
The Amazonification of the American workforce

We can’t deny it, we all love free shipping. But Amazon’s dominance has turned this former perk into the new... more

25 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
The death of the gas station

As EVs hit the road, gas stations will have to adapt or risk going out of business. Recode's Rebecca Heilweil... more

22 Apr 2022 · 9 minutes
The threat of Russian cyberwar

Russia is ramping up attacks on Ukraine’s digital infrastructure. The US could be next. This episode of Today Explained was produced... more

21 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Elon Musk's new troll is buying Twitter

Will it work? The Verge's Liz Lopatto explains. Read Liz's story: https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/14/23025396/elon-musk-jack-dorsey-twitter-hostile-takeover Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan, engineered by Melissa... more

20 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
No one nose

Believe it or not, scientists still don't know how the sense of smell works. But they're looking at how powerful... more

19 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Catching the Brooklyn subway shooter

WNYC’s Stephen Nessen explains how New York City’s massive subway surveillance system helped — and hindered — authorities in their... more

18 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
The State of Streaming

Recode Media's's Peter Kafka talks to analyst Michael Nathanson about Big Media’s new problem: TV ratings are plummeting because all... more

15 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
Is Noom just another diet?

The weight loss app Noom has been gaining popularity. Is it as revolutionary as it claims, or just another dieting... more

14 Apr 2022 · 11 minutes
A grande victory for Starbucks workers

Starting a union can be a tall order, but many baristas have found it’s an effective way to venti their... more

13 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
For sale: Apollo 11 moon dust

A tiny sample of dust collected by Neil Armstrong will go up for auction tomorrow. And thanks to an unusual... more

12 Apr 2022 · 9 minutes
How roller derby blocked the blockchain

What happened when three stars of roller derby tried to bring NFTs into the arena? Sara Morrison (@SaraMorrison) tells us... more

11 Apr 2022 · 9 minutes
Why am I still getting robocalls???

They made a Covid-19 vaccine in less than a year, but we're still getting spammed by robocalls. Can they be... more

08 Apr 2022 · 11 minutes
The bizarre world of bitcoin inheritance

Inheriting crypto is more complicated than it sounds. Recode's Rebecca Heilweil explains. Read Rebecca's story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22971265/bitcoin-wills-estate-planning-cryptocurrency-nfts-death Today’s episode was produced by... more

07 Apr 2022 · 10 minutes
Beanie babies were the NFTs of the 90s

What happens when the frenzy ends and the world doesn’t value your valuables? Vox’s Emily Stewart explains what the Beanie... more

06 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
The problem with TikTok therapists

Social media is now basically WebMD for mental health. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings explains. This episode was first published Jan. 4,... more

05 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
In your off-time, Slack off

Could simply ignoring that after-hours email or Slack message from work be the best way to say “not right now?”... more

04 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Facebook reeling to stay relevant

Facebook is continuing to lose younger users to TikTok, so they’re going all in on copying it. Will pushing “Reels”... more

01 Apr 2022 · 11 minutes
A 'dark' future for grocery stores?

Groceries are a trillion dollar market, and there's a new kind of grocery store trying to break in. Erika Beras,... more

31 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Why hackers want your health data

Nearly 50 million Americans had sensitive health data exposed in 2021. Politico’s Ben Leonard explains why hackers are after it... more

30 Mar 2022 · 8 minutes
What happened when El Salvador went crypto

It’s been six months since El Salvador‘s president declared Bitcoin a legal currency, offering many lofty promises about what the... more

29 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Is there a hack for enlightenment?

Vox's Sigal Samuel talks with scholars and authors Wesley Wildman and Kate Stockly about their book, Spirit Tech: The Brave... more

28 Mar 2022 · 59 minutes
Texas moves to the right as Big Tech moves in

Major tech companies are expanding in Texas because of low taxes and lower cost of living. Could the recent slate... more

25 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
The danger of making the internet safe for kids

When lawmakers focus on children’s online safety to get bills passed, they leave everyone else out. Recode’s Sara Morrison explains. Read... more

24 Mar 2022 · 11 minutes
The neon shortage is a bad sign

Russia’s war against Ukraine has ramifications for the chips that power all sorts of tech. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains.  Read Rebecca’s... more

23 Mar 2022 · 8 minutes
Hedge funds bet big on classic rock

The sale of music catalogs has become big business for legacy artists. Why has this huge investment taken off so... more

22 Mar 2022 · 11 minutes
Can TV take down the cult of the tech founder?

The Dropout, Super Pumped, and WeCrashed try to break up our love affair with tech founders. They don’t totally succeed.... more

21 Mar 2022 · 9 minutes
America needs more internet

The bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed in late 2021 includes substantial funds for expanding broadband internet access to close the... more

18 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Crypto goes to war

Cryptocurrency has become a major factor on the battlefield, as evidenced by the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Here to tell us about... more

17 Mar 2022 · 12 minutes
Electric cars vs. flamingos

The booming electric car industry in Chile has become a big nuisance for flamingos. Benji Jones explains. Read Benji’s story: https://www.vox.com/22965660/electric-vehicles-lithium-ion-batteries-flamingos Today’s... more

16 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Radio, someone still loves you

The BBC is bringing back shortwave radio broadcasts to counter censorship and disinformation in Russia and Ukraine. Professor D.W. Stupples... more

15 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
Can Russian oligarchs influence Putin’s war?

Their muted reactions to sanctions reveal Putin’s power — and isolation. Recode’s Whizy Kim explains.  Read Whizy’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22971179/russian-oligarchs-influence-putin-ukraine-war-sanctions-limits Today’s episode was... more

14 Mar 2022 · 10 minutes
Biden sees two sides to bitcoin

On Wednesday President Biden signed an executive order related to cryptocurrency regulations. It’s actually being largely welcomed by the crypto... more

11 Mar 2022 · 10 minutes
How Kibbe body types became an internet obsession

How an out-of-print style guide from the 1980s unexpectedly spawned an online fandom. Vox’s Terry Nguyen explains. Read Terry’s story: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/22950721/david-kibbe-body-typing-explainer Today’s... more

10 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has cosmic implications

In the aftermath of the Cold War, the US and Russia have collaborated in space exploration and research. But then... more

09 Mar 2022 · 9 minutes
In your off-time, Slack off

In the modern era, there are a glut of ways for us to communicate with one another. In our professional... more

08 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Covering Russia-Ukraine, online and on the ground

Recode Media's Peter Kafka talks to three reporters about the realities of covering the war in Ukraine and sorting truth... more

07 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
Big Tech’s Russia problem

Social media companies are in a standoff with Russia on censorship and there’s no easy solution. Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary explains. Read... more

04 Mar 2022 · 11 minutes
Will Trump's new echo chamber matter?

Former President Trump finally made good on his promise to set up his own social network to rival Twitter. So... more

03 Mar 2022 · 8 minutes
The bizarre world of bitcoin inheritance

Inheriting crypto is more complicated than it sounds. Recode's Rebecca Heilweil explains. Read Rebecca's story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22971265/bitcoin-wills-estate-planning-cryptocurrency-nfts-death Today’s episode was produced by Taylor... more

02 Mar 2022 · 10 minutes
Russia's war with Ukraine — and reality

Sean Illing talks with journalist, author, and Russian disinformation scholar Peter Pomerantsev about the invasion of Ukraine. Recorded on Friday,... more

01 Mar 2022 · 33 minutes
Russia, Ukraine, and the threat of cyberwar

As part of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia is using cyberattacks against the country’s infrastructure, banks, and more. Cybersecurity journalist... more

28 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes
Uber, but for TV

When Recode’s Peter Kafka advises you not to write your book, WRITE THAT BOOK. That’s the lesson Mike Isaac learned:... more

25 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes
The big downside to the rise of sports betting apps

Maybe you shouldn't be able to bet your mortgage on your phone? Recode’s Peter Kafka explains. Today’s episode was produced by... more

24 Feb 2022 · 12 minutes
The unstoppable robocall

They made a Covid-19 vaccine in less than a year, but we're still getting spammed by robocalls. Can they be... more

23 Feb 2022 · 11 minutes
The world’s most powerful cyberweapon

The NSO’s Pegasus has the power to invade the personal space of almost everyone on the planet. The New York... more

22 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes
Bitcoin Bonnie and Clyde

A tech investor and his rapper wife were busted for a multi-billion dollar bitcoin heist. They couldn’t really spend any... more

18 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
Nice raise. Too bad about inflation.

Higher prices mean your boss may need to give you more than just a small raise. Recode’s Rani Molla explains. Read... more

17 Feb 2022 · 7 minutes
Does deplatforming extremists work?

It depends. Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary explains.  Read Shirin’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22913046/deplatforming-extremists-ban-qanon-proud-boys-boogaloo-oathkeepers-three-percenters-trump Today’s episode was produced by Taylor Maycan, engineered by Cristian Ayala, and... more

16 Feb 2022 · 15 minutes
The mushroom detectives of Facebook

When a loved one eats a potentially deadly plant in the front yard, time is of the essence. A Facebook... more

15 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
How F-ed is Facebook?

Does a bad showing on the stock market, compounding legal woes, and a drop in usage spell big problems for... more

14 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
The Amazon for NFTs

NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have been gaining mainstream attention lately, but the big business of buying and selling them largely rests... more

11 Feb 2022 · 15 minutes
America needs more internet

The bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed in late 2021 includes substantial funds for expanding broadband internet access to close the... more

10 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
Why we can't pay attention anymore

Sean Illing talks with the author Johann Hari about his new book Stolen Focus, which explores what's happening — and... more

09 Feb 2022 · 58 minutes
The ghost stores of Instagram

That cute dress you bought off Instagram could be found for much cheaper on Shein, AliExpress or Amazon. Vox’s Terry... more

08 Feb 2022 · 11 minutes
Overworking remotely

Workers like working from home, but managers worry it’s bad for business. Is remote work yielding poor results, or could... more

07 Feb 2022 · 9 minutes
The male anxiety industrial complex

Health care brands want to leverage young men’s anxiety over erections and hair loss into a multibillion-dollar empire. Reporter Jesse... more

04 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
A 3G eulogy

3G networking revolutionized wireless internet connectivity two decades ago. Now, wireless companies are ridding themselves of the increasingly outdated technology... more

03 Feb 2022 · 10 minutes
Spotify’s Joe Rogan problem

The podcast host built a massive audience by speaking to fringe figures in culture, business, and science. During the pandemic,... more

02 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
BYOB (Be your own boss)

Americans are tired of working for other people, so they’re starting their own businesses in record-breaking numbers. Today’s episode was produced... more

01 Feb 2022 · 9 minutes
The SAT goes digital

The College Board announced that, starting in 2024, the SAT — the test nearly all American high school seniors take... more

31 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
Finding asteroids before they find us

Scientists are constantly searching for asteroids that could crash into Earth. But if they find one, will they be able... more

28 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Peloton’s ride to nowhere

When the pandemic started, Peloton’s stationary bikes were flying off the shelves and into people’s living rooms. Now they’re struggling... more

27 Jan 2022 · 10 minutes
How a volcano disconnected a country

Tonga was disconnected from the rest of the world earlier in January. Chris Stokel-Walker explains what it will take for... more

26 Jan 2022 · 11 minutes
What in the Wordle?

A deceptively easy game for burnt-out pandemic shut-ins. Vox's Aja Romano explains. Read Aja’s story: https://www.vox.com/culture/22891192/wordle-game-what-is-wordle-why-is-it-so-popular-how-to-play Today’s episode was produced by... more

25 Jan 2022 · 12 minutes
Beanie babies were the NFTs of the 90s

What happens when the frenzy ends and the world doesn’t value your valuables? Vox’s Emily Stewart explains.  Read Emily’s story: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/22870250/nft-beanie-baby-price-guide-bubble-princess-value Today’s... more

24 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
The crypto colonizers of Puerto Rico

For several years, businesses have flocked to Puerto Rico because of its reputation as a tax haven. Crypto investors are... more

21 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
Microsoft is buying one of the biggest names in games

Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest names in games — if Washington lets it.  Read Peter Kafka’s story:... more

20 Jan 2022 · 11 minutes
The 5G airport freakout, explained

The FAA is worried about your cellphone again. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains.  Read Rebecca’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/2022/1/12/22878622/5g-airplanes-c-band-interference-faa Today’s episode was produced by Victoria... more

19 Jan 2022 · 11 minutes
Web3, explained

What the hell is Web3, why did everyone start talking about it all at once, and are we going to... more

18 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Electric cars aren’t just vehicles

They’re big batteries that can power homes and businesses, too. Recode’s Neel Dhanesha explains.  Read Neel’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22872237/biden-electric-vehicle-batteries-clean-energy Today’s episode was produced... more

14 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
John Deere thinks its self-driving tractor's sexy

We’re one step closer to self-farming farms. Recode’s Adam Clark Estes explains.  Read Adam’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/2022/1/8/22872749/john-deere-self-driving-tractor-autonomous-farming Today’s episode was produced by Taylor... more

13 Jan 2022 · 8 minutes
Now’s the time to get the job you want

American workers have power. That won’t last forever.Recode’s Rani Molla explains.  Read Rani’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22841490/work-remote-wages-labor-force-participation-great-resignation-unions-quits Today’s episode was produced by Tori Dominguez,... more

12 Jan 2022 · 10 minutes
Are we living in a simulation?

Sean Illing talks with philosopher David Chalmers about virtual worlds and the nature of reality, and other topics that stem... more

11 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Rapid tests, omicron, and you

Rapid tests work with omicron, but there are caveats. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains.  Read Rebecca’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22870328/how-to-use-rapid-tests-omicron Today’s episode was produced by... more

10 Jan 2022 · 10 minutes
Theranope

A tech startup said it could start a medical revolution with a little machine and a drop of blood. It... more

07 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
To catch an insurrectionist

After the Capitol riot the FBI and technology companies teamed up to track down, arrest, and prosecute insurrectionists using their... more

06 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
Jill Lepore on Elon Musk's imaginary world

Sean Illing talks with historian Jill Lepore about her new podcast: The Evening Rocket explores Elon Musk and the new... more

05 Jan 2022 · 57 minutes
The problem with TikTok therapists

If you’ve spent a few minutes on TikTok, you probably have seen videos about mental health–and you’re not alone. Vox’s... more

04 Jan 2022 · 16 minutes
The space station race

After two decades in orbit, the International Space Station will shut down, and a crop of several new space stations... more

03 Jan 2022 · 15 minutes
You’ve got my mail

We use email for practically everything. But can we really trust it with some of our most sensitive information? Recode’s... more

30 Dec 2021 · 13 minutes
The 21st century trolley problem

Autonomous tech could lead to deaths at the hands of robots. But is continuing to let humans drive even worse?... more

29 Dec 2021 · 10 minutes
The gas stove myth

The oil industry spent decades convincing Americans that there was something special about cooking with gas. Rebecca Leber (@RebLeber) explains.... more

28 Dec 2021 · 11 minutes
The ghosts of Google Maps

Imagine coming across your dead relative in Google's Street View. For some people, it's a strange reality. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil... more

27 Dec 2021 · 11 minutes
404: Podcast not found

The World Wide Web is kept interconnected through hyperlinks. But what happens when those hyperlinks stop working? Researchers say hyperlinks... more

23 Dec 2021 · 15 minutes
How to buy anything for a fraction of the cost

With the advent of the internet and blockchain technology, the list of valuables you can invest in is endless. In... more

22 Dec 2021 · 16 minutes
How social media threatens humanity

Social media has, in an incredibly short period of time, drastically restructured the way we communicate. But there's a problem:... more

21 Dec 2021 · 15 minutes
TikTok is making tax policy cool

TikTok is the go-to place for memes and dance videos. But sometimes those pieces of content can play a critical... more

20 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
What Google’s trending searches say about America in 2021

From wolf haircuts to Wall Street, Recode's Rani Molla explains what Americans googled this year.  Read Rani’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22822257/google-trending-searches-2021-america Support Recode Daily... more

17 Dec 2021 · 10 minutes
Social media comes for the QVC

Live shopping has traditionally been the territory of television networks like QVC and HSN, but now social media platforms are... more

16 Dec 2021 · 10 minutes
OnlyFans blurs the line between influencing and sex work

On platforms like OnlyFans, people with big followings online can earn money. Rebecca Jennings explains why celebrities and influencers are... more

15 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
The first Starbucks union

A Starbucks in Buffalo, New York, recently became the first company-owned store in the US to unionize. Recode’s Rani Molla... more

14 Dec 2021 · 8 minutes
Workers of the world, stay home!

Why Americans have a problematic relationship with work, and how to move toward a rational future (as opposed to a... more

13 Dec 2021 · 58 minutes
The inside story of HBO

For nearly 50 years, HBO has kept us riveted with movies and TV shows. But its behind-the-scenes stories are equally... more

10 Dec 2021 · 58 minutes
Kids content is crushing it

Just a few years ago, kids’ streaming content was seen as a tool to stop users from canceling their subscriptions.... more

09 Dec 2021 · 11 minutes
The highs and lows of the "creator economy"

Vox's Rebecca Jennings talks with Taylor Lorenz, tech culture reporter for the New York Times, about the creator economy: what... more

08 Dec 2021 · 44 minutes
Unwrapping Spotify Wrapped

Spotify Wrapped may be the product of spying and data tracking, but we still kinda love this annual tradition. Kelly... more

07 Dec 2021 · 9 minutes
Space trash

Russia blew up a satellite and almost put the International Space Station in a precarious position. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains... more

06 Dec 2021 · 22 minutes
The mushroom detectives of Facebook

When a loved one eats a potentially deadly plant in the front yard, time is of the essence. A Facebook... more

03 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
How Amazon squeezes small businesses

Amazon’s strategy to squeeze marketplace sellers and maximize its own profits is evolving. Recode’s Sara Morrison explains.  Read Sara’s story: https://www.vox.com/recode/22810795/amazon-marketplace-prime-report Today’s... more

02 Dec 2021 · 13 minutes
Twitter has a new boss

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey announced on Monday that he’s stepping down as CEO. Why is he leaving, and who will take... more

01 Dec 2021 · 12 minutes
All my friends are robocalls

Why even answer the phone anymore?  This episode of Today, Explained was hosted by Sean Rameswaram; produced by Noam Hassenfeld, and... more

30 Nov 2021 · 21 minutes
What inflation means for the holiday shopping season

Inflation and supply chain woes aren’t stopping shopping, but they’re changing it. Vox’ Emily Stewart (@EmilyStewartM) explains.  Read Emily’s story: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/22791953/inflation-christmas-shopping-thanksgiving-black-friday-target-walmart Today’s... more

29 Nov 2021 · 8 minutes
The case for buying less stuff

The supply chain is facing an enormous strain this holiday season. Shoppers are scrambling to buy their gifts as soon... more

23 Nov 2021 · 11 minutes
The Doorbell

The American dream of a suburban house with a white picket fence cordons off the home as a haven, separate... more

22 Nov 2021 · 43 minutes
Automation is not what you think

Workers have always feared robots taking over their jobs, but it’s not robots they have to watch out for. Author... more

19 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
Where are the at-home Covid-19 tests?

Rapid at-home Covid-19 tests are hard to come by right now — and expensive. ProPublica’s Lydia DePillis explains what’s behind the... more

18 Nov 2021 · 16 minutes
Turkey shortage?

Disruptions to the supply chain are throwing the turkey industry for a loop. This Thanksgiving, the perfect turkey might just... more

17 Nov 2021 · 8 minutes
Why Chris Hayes thinks we're all famous now

On this episode of Vox Conversations, Sean Illing talks with Chris Hayes, author, commentator, and host of All In With... more

16 Nov 2021 · 54 minutes
Facebook's next monopoly

Can Mark Zuckerberg create a metaverse monopoly through mergers and acquisitions? Recode’s Peter Kafka explains. Read Peter’s story here: https://www.vox.com/recode/22776461/facebook-meta-metaverse-monopoly Today’s show... more

15 Nov 2021 · 12 minutes
Your boss might be watching you

Your boss looking over your shoulder at the office wasn’t really something to think twice about. But now that a... more

12 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
The case for climate reparations

While world leaders have descended on Glasgow to try to figure out how to slow emissions in the future, New... more

11 Nov 2021 · 12 minutes
A dispatch from COP26

Government officials from countries all over the world are gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss a path forward on how... more

10 Nov 2021 · 18 minutes
The open secret to looking like a superhero

Performance-enhancing drugs helped create the new male body standard. You see their effects on the action heroes of mainstream movies, on the fitness influencers of... more

09 Nov 2021 · 11 minutes
Fixing America’s imperfect shipping system

You know that PS5 you ordered weeks ago that hasn’t arrived yet on your doorstep? The reason behind that delay... more

08 Nov 2021 · 13 minutes
Zillow’s over-Zestimate

A few years ago, the famous real estate tech company Zillow began buying houses. The new venture seemed promising, but... more

05 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
“I quit!”

Businesses are reopening and jobs are coming back, but workers, in many cases, are not. Recode’s Rani Molla joined Vox’s... more

04 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
Higher pay is not enough to bring workers back

Hundreds of thousands of workers left the hospitality and leisure industries at the onset of the pandemic. Now that businesses... more

03 Nov 2021 · 12 minutes
How Big Tech benefits from the disinformation panic

In this episode of Vox Conversations, host Sean Illing and Joe Bernstein of BuzzFeed News discuss online disinformation and what... more

02 Nov 2021 · 52 minutes
The male anxiety industrial complex

Health-care brands want to leverage young men’s anxiety over erections and hair loss into a multibillion-dollar empire. Reporter Jesse Barron... more

01 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
Facebook’s Meta-morphosis

From the company that brought you alternate facts comes an alternate reality! This episode of Today, Explained was produced by... more

29 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
The ghost stores of Instagram

That cute dress you bought off Instagram could be found for much cheaper on Shein, AliExpress or Amazon. Vox’s Terry... more

28 Oct 2021 · 11 minutes
The price of Apple’s new privacy feature

Apple's latest software update offers enhanced privacy to iOS users, but at what cost? Critics of the new policy say... more

27 Oct 2021 · 12 minutes
What the internet took from us

A conversation about the complicated relationship between change, innovation and loss, and how to understand who we are and who... more

26 Oct 2021 · 52 minutes
TikTok's fictional influencers

A tech company has created a slate of scripted influencers, each with their own storylines. But how is anyone supposed... more

25 Oct 2021 · 13 minutes
Dune was ahead of its time

The latest and long-awaited adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune is in theaters and it's epic in every sense. Vox’s... more

22 Oct 2021 · 13 minutes
Dave Chappelle vs. trans people vs. Netflix

Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, "The Closer," may be a tipping point for trans people. They have a list of... more

21 Oct 2021 · 14 minutes
The “Russian roulette” of buying drugs online

Teens are overdosing on drugs at an alarming rate, many of them after buying counterfeit pills on Snapchat. NBC News’... more

20 Oct 2021 · 15 minutes
Save the rhinos ... with 3D printers?

Fake rhino horns were supposed to foil poachers. Vox’s Benji Jones explains what went wrong.  This episode was produced by Taylor... more

19 Oct 2021 · 12 minutes
The $5,000 butt

The Brazilian butt lift isn’t just a cosmetic surgery; it’s a lifestyle. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings explains how influencers gave a decades-old... more

18 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
Apple’s China problem

Much of Apple’s success is built around its relationship with China, which is both one of Apple’s largest markets as... more

15 Oct 2021 · 18 minutes
Lebanon goes dark

The Lebanese government has neglected its electric grid for decades. The whole country lost power last weekend, leaving many without... more

14 Oct 2021 · 12 minutes
The future of healthcare might not include privacy

Telehealth and virtual care boomed during the pandemic. Same with technological advancements in consumer and medical-grade health devices. Together, they... more

13 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
How to buy anything for a fraction of the cost

With the advent of the internet and blockchain technology, the list of valuables you can invest in is endless. In... more

12 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
Amazon wants you to buy this electric truck

Electric cars have taken years to find success, and companies have been slow to innovate batteries strong enough to power... more

08 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
How to regulate Facebook

US lawmakers have been angry at Facebook for years. Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen's testimony before Congress gave them... more

07 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
How food delivery apps destabilized an industry

Food delivery apps like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats may have made life easier for customers, but delivery workers are... more

06 Oct 2021 · 15 minutes
The Facebook whistleblower

An anonymous whistleblower ignited Facebook’s latest scandal last month after leaking thousands of damning internal documents to journalists and lawmakers.... more

05 Oct 2021 · 11 minutes
AI’s anti-Muslim bias problem

Artificial intelligence is often thought of as an efficient and objective tool for everyday tasks. But a lot of AI... more

04 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
NASA’s new telescope is a game-changer

Decades ago, the Hubble telescope revolutionized NASA’s ability to visualize space. Soon, the new James Webb telescope will take us... more

01 Oct 2021 · 11 minutes
The rise of a Silicon Valley supervillain

Peter Thiel has worn many hats over the years: He co-founded PayPal, helped fund Facebook, and brought about Gawker’s demise.... more

30 Sep 2021 · 15 minutes
The 21st century trolley problem

Autonomous tech could lead to deaths at the hands of robots. But is continuing to let humans drive even worse?... more

29 Sep 2021 · 10 minutes
Fixing Facebook

Facebook is broken, and everyone knows it. Can it be fixed? Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary explains.     Enjoyed this episode? Rate Recode Daily... more

28 Sep 2021 · 13 minutes
It’s been a busy year in tech. What’s next?

As we get ready for the 2021 Code Conference, we’re looking back on the biggest tech stories we’ve covered recently.... more

27 Sep 2021 · 13 minutes
Inside an unexpected fight at Apple

For the past several months, a fight has been brewing inside Apple, the world’s most profitable company, about a fundamental... more

24 Sep 2021 · 12 minutes
How the iPhone changed everything

The smartphone landscape hasn’t been the same since Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone in 2007. Peter Kafka (@pkafka) explores... more

23 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
Facebook’s secret research, explained

Recently, the Wall Street Journal uncovered some damning internal research at Facebook regarding the impact of social media on our... more

22 Sep 2021 · 16 minutes
Everybody's hiring; nobody's getting hired

There are more open jobs in the United States than available workers, yet job seekers are struggling to land new... more

21 Sep 2021 · 9 minutes
The Real World: Space

The Inspiration4 space mission was historic. It may have laid the groundwork for the future of commercial space travel, which... more

20 Sep 2021 · 16 minutes
Instagram is bad for teens’ self-esteem, and it knows it

New reporting from the Wall Street Journal confirms what many teens already knew: Instagram can be harmful to their body... more

17 Sep 2021 · 15 minutes
California scheming

Republicans primed their voters to believe the California recall was stolen. And right-wing media helped them. Vox’s Aaron Rupar explains. Read... more

16 Sep 2021 · 12 minutes
The future of cybersex

The mobile gaming giant Roblox is hugely popular among minors — most of them young kids. But it turns out... more

15 Sep 2021 · 13 minutes
Walgreens' Covid testing site exposes patient data

Millions of people got Covid-19 tests through Walgreens. Their information wasn’t adequately protected. Recode’s Sara Morrison explains. Read her report... more

14 Sep 2021 · 11 minutes
Facebook’s smart glasses: cool or creepy?

Facebook and Ray-Ban announced their new collaboration: Ray-Ban Stories, their version of smart glasses. And they are surprisingly normal-looking, something... more

13 Sep 2021 · 11 minutes
Why El Salvador made bitcoin a national currency

El Salvador recently became the first and only country to recognize bitcoin as an official currency. It’s a high-risk, high-reward... more

10 Sep 2021 · 13 minutes
How gig work became a full-time job

The pandemic put a lot into perspective, especially when it comes to work. Millions of Americans lost their jobs during... more

09 Sep 2021 · 11 minutes
You’ve got my mail

We use email for practically everything. We use it for everyday things like food delivery apps, newsletters, and streaming services.... more

08 Sep 2021 · 12 minutes
Start your holiday shopping NOW!

The pandemic has put immense strain on the global supply chain. Everything from basic food items like chicken wings to... more

07 Sep 2021 · 11 minutes
Air conditioning is not cool

Air conditioning technology was considered revolutionary in the 20th century, but over the years, it’s proven to be devastating for... more

02 Sep 2021 · 15 minutes
How the levees held

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, August 29. The powerful storm grew to Category 4 by the time... more

01 Sep 2021 · 10 minutes
Mandating vaccines shouldn’t be a restaurant worker’s job

In some parts of the US, customers in bars and restaurants are now required to show proof of vaccination against... more

31 Aug 2021 · 11 minutes
Blaming Facebook won't solve the misinformation problem

The New York Times’ Shira Ovide, writes the popular and incisive On Tech newsletter, which means she gets to write... more

30 Aug 2021 · 10 minutes
Big Tech’s Taliban problem

For the first time in 20 years, the Taliban controls Afghanistan. This change in power raises questions for companies like... more

27 Aug 2021 · 11 minutes
Did we pull the plug on virtual school too soon?

Students and teachers are returning to classrooms after more than a year of virtual learning, but going back to school... more

26 Aug 2021 · 15 minutes
Is the future of work in employees’ hands?

Many companies are preparing to return to the office this fall, but how is that going to work? Will the... more

25 Aug 2021 · 13 minutes
404: Podcast not found

The World Wide Web is kept interconnected through hyperlinks. But what happens when those hyperlinks stop working? Researchers say hyperlinks... more

24 Aug 2021 · 15 minutes
Your next office could be inside a VR headset

Work from home typically means Zoom calls and Slack, but Mark Zuckerberg is envisioning a new way to work remotely:... more

23 Aug 2021 · 12 minutes
TikTok is making tax policy cool

TikTok is the go-to place for memes and dance videos. But sometimes those pieces of content can play a critical... more

20 Aug 2021 · 16 minutes
Why am I so invested in Alabama sorority TikTok?

Last week, videos of students hoping to join a sorority at the University of Alabama exploded on TikTok. For You... more

19 Aug 2021 · 15 minutes
TikTok made me buy it

TikTok has a tendency to make products fly off the shelves. But then they flame out fast. Vox’s in-house TikTok... more

18 Aug 2021 · 11 minutes
Tesla is in trouble with the US government

Tesla is in trouble. The US government is investigating Autopilot, a feature that Elon Musk says could turn Teslas into... more

17 Aug 2021 · 13 minutes
Why it’s always moms

We know that working mothers had a really hard time during the pandemic. It was untenable. Three million women left... more

16 Aug 2021 · 12 minutes
America is losing the electric car race

Through his infrastructure bill and recent executive orders, Biden is pushing for more Americans to start driving electric vehicles. The... more

13 Aug 2021 · 12 minutes
Bitcoin and Biden’s infrastructure bill

The Senate just passed a massive, trillion-dollar infrastructure deal, and lawmakers are looking to cryptocurrency to help pay for it.... more

12 Aug 2021 · 10 minutes
Apple’s plan to protect kids by scanning your iPhone

Apple announced new child safety features for the upcoming iOS 15 update. But, one of the measures has privacy advocates... more

11 Aug 2021 · 10 minutes
On tonight’s menu: Your personal data

QR codes have been around for almost 30 years, but they’ve seen renewed interest during the pandemic. They’re convenient for... more

10 Aug 2021 · 10 minutes
Facebook banned researchers studying ... Facebook

At this point, it’s old news that Facebook has a misinformation problem. Not just in user posts and comments, but... more

09 Aug 2021 · 15 minutes
An app’s plan to profit off your fear

Citizen, the controversial safety app, has a new feature called Protect. For $20 a month, you get extra security and... more

06 Aug 2021 · 12 minutes
The risks of “buy now, pay later” apps

Square just announced they’re buying out Afterpay, a “buy now, pay later” app. The move could mean CashApp will soon... more

05 Aug 2021 · 8 minutes
Tech companies: No shot, no coming back to the office

Without a federal mandate in place, tech companies have started requiring their employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine before they... more

04 Aug 2021 · 8 minutes
Another gaming giant reckons with its sexist work culture

Hundreds of employees for the gaming studio Activision Blizzard are speaking out after the company was sued for sexual harassment... more

03 Aug 2021 · 9 minutes
OlympicTok

The best place to watch the Olympics this year is TikTok. The videos – including behind-the-scenes clips of the Olympic... more

02 Aug 2021 · 11 minutes
A priest’s cautionary tale in dating and data privacy

Earlier this month, a Catholic media outlet published a story exposing a priest for using the dating app Grindr, costing... more

30 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
Big Retail is watching you

Some of the country’s biggest retailers are being accused of using face recognition technology without customers’ knowledge. Stores can use... more

29 Jul 2021 · 9 minutes
Congress vs. Covid lies

Well over a year into the pandemic, and major social media platforms are still failing to moderate Covid-19 misinformation. With... more

28 Jul 2021 · 11 minutes
Why Netflix wants to be a gaming app

Netflix is betting on gaming to be its next big offering. The company saw lackluster growth as the world began... more

27 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
The rest stop doctor’s appointment

When you were stuck at home last year, did you visit a doctor online? For some people, it was a... more

26 Jul 2021 · 11 minutes
Roblox!

Roblox is one of the fastest growing games in the world right now. But depending on who you ask, some... more

23 Jul 2021 · 9 minutes
Did Anthony Bourdain say that?

The new documentary Roadrunner takes a look at the life of Anthony Bourdain, the late celebrity chef, author, and travel... more

22 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
Yes, iPhones can be hacked

iPhones have a reputation for being unhackable. But that’s not exactly the case. This weekend, we learned about Pegasus, software... more

21 Jul 2021 · 6 minutes
How much does it cost to leave Earth?

Rich entrepreneurs have taken significant steps in recent weeks to make civilian space travel a reality. But that reality is... more

20 Jul 2021 · 7 minutes
Bring on the 4-day workweek

The pandemic changed where we work and how we work — and our work-life balance pretty much disappeared. That’s especially... more

19 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
Social media’s racial bias problem

Social media has a problem with racism, and it knows it. But as social media giants like Facebook and Twitter... more

16 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
Why is everything so expensive right now?

Lots of consumer products and services have gotten more expensive over the last year, when the pandemic threw prices out... more

15 Jul 2021 · 11 minutes
How social media threatens humanity

Social media has, in an incredibly short period of time, drastically restructured the way we communicate. But there's a problem:... more

14 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
The power grid vs. climate change

Recent extreme temperature events, like snowstorms in Texas and heat waves in Oregon and California, have put the United States’... more

13 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
The real reason Trump is suing Big Tech

Donald Trump filed lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google last week, accusing the companies of violating his and other conservatives’... more

12 Jul 2021 · 11 minutes
A billionaire, a cryptocurrency, and a disaster in India

Crypto philanthropy is a burgeoning field, and one with lots of unique complications. Take the case of Vitalik Buterin, the... more

09 Jul 2021 · 12 minutes
The problem with post-pandemic work

A special repost from the folks at Vox Quick Hits! While the Recode Daily team is out enjoying some vacation,... more

07 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
Don’t fear the wrinkle

Wrinkles have been the bane of aging women's skin since forever. A fear of growing older and physical signs of... more

06 Jul 2021 · 12 minutes
What does “monopoly” mean in the internet age?

A Washington, DC, judge dismissed a lawsuit that accused Facebook of behaving like a monopoly, claiming the suit did not... more

02 Jul 2021 · 11 minutes
Remote workers are on the move… to the suburbs

As cities throughout the US lift Covid-19 restrictions, many Americans are looking for remote work opportunities. Could distance from the... more

01 Jul 2021 · 12 minutes
Subscribe to everything. Own nothing.

When you buy or use a product that’s connected to the internet, you don’t necessarily have full control. Companies that... more

30 Jun 2021 · 10 minutes
Should Instagram influencers unionize?

Content creators and online business owners have benefited from an influx of customers during lockdown, and companies like Instagram are... more

29 Jun 2021 · 11 minutes
Delivery wars

Food delivery apps have made it possible to order pretty much anything we want to eat with the click of... more

28 Jun 2021 · 33 minutes
The ghosts of Google Maps

Imagine coming across your dead relative in Google's Street View. For some people, it's a strange reality. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil... more

25 Jun 2021 · 11 minutes
Is it hot in here?

Or is it just my smart thermostat being remotely controlled by my power company without my knowledge? Power companies all... more

24 Jun 2021 · 9 minutes
Why Big Tech is scared of Lina Khan

For a few years now, Congress and regulatory agencies have been issuing warnings for Big Tech. And in the past... more

23 Jun 2021 · 9 minutes
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As cities throughout the US lift Covid-19 restrictions, many Americans are looking for remote work opportunities. Could distance from the office usher... more