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Recode Media with Peter Kafka
Recode Media with Peter Kafka

What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans,... more

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Sam Altman’s back at OpenAI. What’s next?

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29 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
What just happened to OpenAI?

The board of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, ousted CEO Sam Altman on Friday. Since then, the board has appointed... more

20 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Why so, Sirius?

SiriusXM makes money by beaming music and talk radio - especially Howard Stern - to your car using satellites and... more

16 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
No seriously. What’s the future of Disney? And why did Fox News fire Tucker Carlson?

It’s a double shot of media business takes, with conversations about the Walt Disney Corporation and Fox News, with references... more

09 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
Land of the Giants: What We All Got Wrong About Twitter

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02 Nov 2023 · 42 minutes
How Dropout found success streaming comedy for $6 a month

When Sam Reich bought CollegeHumor from Barry Diller’s IAC for pennies in January 2020, the comedy site was long past... more

26 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Inside the New York Times’ controversial Gaza headline

The New York Times issued a rare editors’ note Monday: a mea culpa for a headline repeating unverified claims from... more

25 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
How the Washington Post is covering the Israel-Hamas War

The war in Israel and Gaza is hugely complicated - dangerous, horrifying, and moving fast. Which means it’s a huge... more

18 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
The rise and (maybe) fall of Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an interconnected series of movies and TV shows that produced four of the top-grossing movies... more

12 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
The internet, explained by Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) is the person who told you what “cheugy” means, what a “content house” is, and basically anything... more

05 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
Warner Music Group’s CEO says AI songs are coming whether you like it or not

When Robert Kyncl (@rkyncl) worked at YouTube, he made deals with companies like Warner Music Group. Now, he’s the CEO... more

02 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
HBO boss Casey Bloys on the strikes, the bundle and AI

The Hollywood writers’ strike is over and there’s hope the actors guild and studios will also settle their differences soon.... more

28 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Why did it take 5 months to solve the Writers’ Strike?

After a historic strike that went on for almost 150 days, the studios and the Writers Guild of America have... more

25 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
Why did Rupert Murdoch just leave his media empire?

One of the most powerful people of the 21st century says he’s retiring. Rupert Murdoch, 92, will hand over control... more

21 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
How Matthew Berry made fake football his real job

Once the domain of the nerdiest of sports fans, these days fantasy football analysis is on primetime TV. Matthew Berry... more

21 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
Inside Sam Bankman-Fried's Rise and Fall

Wait a minute. For a couple of years there - 2020 through 2022 - everyone acted like bitcoin and even... more

14 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
The Business of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is on one of the most successful concert tours of all time, but what's her secret? Switched on... more

12 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
It’s the US vs China with tech in between

The US and China are in a sort of cold war, and the tech industry is caught in the middle.... more

07 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
CNN is Mark Thompson’s problem now

David Zaslav sent up the white smoke, marking the selection of a new CNN CEO. Mark Thompson comes from The... more

31 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
How The Try Guys survived going viral

Born at BuzzFeed in 2014, The Try Guys make online videos where they try all sorts of things: earwax extractions,... more

24 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Today, Explained: Sound of Freedom is the surprise movie hit of the summer

A movie made for peanuts and distributed by a studio far outside the Hollywood system has done better box office... more

17 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Land of the Giants: How Tesla became the Elon Musk Co.

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10 Aug 2023 · 38 minutes
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker says tech isn’t our problem - it’s us

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03 Aug 2023 · 42 minutes
Why Lina Khan is fighting big tech - and losing

Joe Biden wants to stop big companies - especially big tech companies - from buying or merging with other companies.... more

27 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Strikes! AI! And a Steven Soderbergh show he’s selling himself.

This is a very good week to make a Recode Media episode: Hollywood is reeling from two different strikes. Disney... more

20 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Can Meta Make a Twitter Killer?

We’re one week into the Threads era. How long is that going to last? What does it mean for Twitter,... more

13 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Why ESPN’s old boss made movies you can’t see - yet

Former head of ESPN John Skipper has produced an ambitious new project. Now he has to figure out how to... more

03 Jul 2023 · 43 minutes
How to make laughs on TikTok and action on Netflix

Comedian Nimesh Patel was grinding it out in the stand-up mines for years with middling success. And then the stage... more

29 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
Is Instagram the place to unbreak news?

Mosheh Oinounou worked his way up through the TV news ranks and ended up running CBS Evening News. Now he’s... more

22 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Meet the AI company that wants to remake Hollywood

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15 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
CNN’s CEO is out; Apple reveals its goggles

After just over a year of questionable leadership and on the heels of an unflattering Atlantic profile, Chris Licht is... more

07 Jun 2023 · 47 minutes
NYT rising star Astead Herndon on podcasts, power, and the 2024 race

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01 Jun 2023 · 50 minutes
Meet the media insider who makes Succession feel real

Succession — the HBO drama about a Murdoch-ish family of media moguls — feels authentic thanks, in part, to consultant... more

22 May 2023 · 32 minutes
It’s TV’s biggest week - and TV is on strike

Live from New York, it’s Upfronts week, where TV networks sell billions of dollars of advertising with glitzy presentations. It’s... more

15 May 2023 · 44 minutes
Ken Jennings on the future of Jeopardy!

Ken Jennings won 74 straight episodes of Jeopardy back in 2004. Somehow he’s turned that winning streak into a career,... more

11 May 2023 · 48 minutes
How worried—or excited—should we be about AI?

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04 May 2023 · 53 minutes
Jonah Peretti, Nick Denton and Ben Smith on digital news’ past and future

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02 May 2023 · 36 minutes
Inside the AI Gold Rush

Silicon Valley needs a new thing and AI is that new thing: investors are supposed to pour 43 billion dollars... more

27 Apr 2023 · 47 minutes
AI is the future! AI is a fraud. Let's debate.

AI has captured the imagination of Silicon Valley seemingly overnight. And in all this excitement, it's hard to tell what's... more

20 Apr 2023 · 51 minutes
Has Fox News learned a $787 million lesson?

Fox News, accused of repeatedly and knowingly spreading lies about Dominion Voting Systems, opted Tuesday to fork over $787 million... more

19 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
Recode Media with Peter Kafka
Inside the AI Gold Rush
Recode Media with Peter Kafka

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Silicon Valley needs a new thing and AI is that new thing: investors are supposed to pour 43 billion dollars into AI... more