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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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YouTube fights TikTok with cash

YouTube wants a piece of that sweet TikTok action, so it’s getting out the checkbook. The most popular creators on... more

21 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
José Andrés has a full plate, but he's adding more

Chef José Andrés may very well be The Best Person. His nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, activates local restaurants to provide... more

15 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
The inside story of YouTube

Despite YouTube’s massive influence, it's been chronically underreported on. But finally, Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen wrote the comprehensive, soup-to-nuts history of... more

08 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
Why the Good Fight creators are glad they moved from CBS to streaming

Like other big deal TV creators, Robert and Michelle King are thriving in the streaming era. The duo behind the... more

01 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
Algorithms that give you anxiety and a Web3 project that doesn't suck.

Kyle Chayka writes about tech and internet culture for the New Yorker; he’s also the co-founder of Dirt, a newsletter... more

25 Aug 2022 · 35 minutes
Home Box Office of the Dragon

In 2011, HBO changed the prestige television landscape with its expensive, ultra-violent, sex-filled fantasy epic Game of Thrones. Three years... more

18 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Why the Democrats finally got on TikTok

Democrats have a complicated relationship with social media - sometimes they think it’s a huge help; other times, not so... more

11 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
Land of the Giants: Why Instagram Broke Its Square

This week, we bring you an episode of Recode and The Verge’s latest season of Land of the Giants: The... more

04 Aug 2022 · 37 minutes
B.J. Novak on “Vengeance”, podcasts and the downside of the streaming boom

B.J. Novak has starred on TV, written a best-selling kids’ book, and tried his hand at app-making. Now he’s written,... more

28 Jul 2022 · 46 minutes
What is the metaverse, when is it going to show up and who’s going to run it?

People have been talking about the metaverse for years. But they’re talking about it much more these days, spurred by... more

19 Jul 2022 · 32 minutes
Ken Auletta on the Harvey Weinstein story he wrote, the story he couldn’t write, and the one he’s publishing now.

20 years ago the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta wrote a seminal profile of famed and feared producer Harvey Weinstein -... more

11 Jul 2022 · 32 minutes
Netflix has a huge hit with Peaky Blinders — and Caryn Mandabach owns it.

Caryn Mandabach produced some of the biggest hits in TV history — like The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from... more

07 Jul 2022 · 31 minutes
The future of: Crypto criticism; Substack and ABC News

Three interviews! One pod: First entrepreneur and investor Zach Weinberg tells Recode’s Peter Kafka why he’s accidentally become Twitter Famous... more

30 Jun 2022 · 1 hour,
Is this a Netflix problem or a streaming problem?

Today, CNBC’s Alex Sherman joins Recode’s Peter Kafka to ponder several media mysteries: Why did Netflix lose 2 million subscribers? Why was... more

23 Jun 2022 · 35 minutes
Bill Simmons on podcasts, celebrity interviews and life at Spotify

The Bill Simmons Podcast is, by its own description, "the most downloaded sports podcast of all time." This week, it... more

15 Jun 2022 · 1 hour,
Why is this VC on your TikTok?

TikTok isn’t just funny dances and glow-ups anymore… it’s also for venture capital!!! Logan Bartlett, managing director at the VC... more

09 Jun 2022 · 42 minutes
Engineer Molly White explains why Web3 isn’t going great

Software engineer Molly White has emerged as one of Web3’s most high-profile skeptics. Her website “Web3 is going just great”... more

02 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Is Big Tech getting better about misinformation?

Lots of people will tell you that misinformation is a big problem online. But exactly what the problem is, and... more

26 May 2022 · 32 minutes
What can you learn from the guy who built the iPod?

The markets are crashing - and that includes both Netflix and the media companies that wanted to be Netflix. What’s... more

19 May 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Ronan Farrow: “We are living in a post-privacy age”

Ronan Farrow’s latest investigative work for The New Yorker looks into the surveillance technology Pegasus — spyware that gives remote... more

12 May 2022 · 46 minutes
Behind the scenes at Apple with journalist Tripp Mickle

Design genius Jony Ive was Steve Jobs’ chief collaborator at Apple. But Ive didn’t run Apple after Jobs’ death: That... more

05 May 2022 · 35 minutes
NYT’s Wesley Morris on writing, podcasting and staying off TikTok

Wesley Morris wrote his first review when he was 15 years old, about the movie “Cape Fear.” Since then, he’s... more

28 Apr 2022 · 44 minutes
Can Elon Fix Twitter? Can Reed Fix Netflix?

It’s been a big week for media events involving tens of billions of dollars: Elon Musk is buying Twitter for... more

27 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Elon and Twitter: A love/hate story

Elon Musk loves Twitter and also thinks it’s broken. So he wants to buy it. Can he, really? And who would... more

19 Apr 2022 · 46 minutes
Disney vs. Itself vs. The Right

Within the past few months, Disney CEO Bob Chapek managed to piss off his shareholders, the LGBT community, and right-wing... more

14 Apr 2022 · 53 minutes
The State of Streaming

It’s time to check back in on the state of the streaming wars, with two binge-worthy conversations. First, Recode’s Peter... more

07 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Judd Apatow on The Bubble, TikTok and The Slap

Legendary comedy director/writer/producer Judd Apatow was busy during lockdown: He wrote a book and made two movies. One of them... more

29 Mar 2022 · 44 minutes
The Oscars: Hollywood’s smallest biggest night?

The Oscars used to be one of the biggest things on TV. Now they’re… not. Does that matter to the... more

24 Mar 2022 · 38 minutes
Dan Le Batard on life after ESPN; Russia sanctions upend big-time soccer

March Madness has started, but this isn’t a podcast about that: Today, it’s a podcast about sports media, about leaving... more

17 Mar 2022 · 59 minutes
Big Tech takes a side, finally + Zappos' tragic founder

Silicon Valley goes out of its way not to upset countries around the world - even when that means making... more

10 Mar 2022 · 43 minutes
Covering the war in Ukraine, online and on the ground

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

03 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 8 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

24 Feb 2022 · 51 minutes
Chuck Klosterman relives the 1990s & Sarah Palin loses her NYT libel suit

Make sure no one’s on your home phone while you use your dial-up modem to listen to this week’s show... more

17 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
What's next for CNN? + The Afterparty's Ben Schwartz writes jokes for C-3PO

This is (an update about what’s going on at) CNN. Dylan Byers of Puck News joins Recode’s Peter Kafka: They... more

10 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Is Spotify’s Joe Rogan problem over? Plus how to launch a new media startup.

First: Neil Young quit Spotify over Joe Rogan, but just a handful of musicians have followed him. Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw... more

03 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Game on: Behind the sports betting boom

Just in time for the NFL playoffs, sports betting is legal in New York. $600 million in bets were placed... more

27 Jan 2022 · 53 minutes
Gaming out Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision Blizzard deal

It’s the biggest acquisition in Microsoft’s history: $68.7 billion to buy the video game company, Activision Blizzard.  First, Axios’ Chief Technology... more

20 Jan 2022 · 53 minutes
So … what the hell is Web3? With the Chernin Group’s Jarrod Dicker

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

13 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
How the right covers 1/6 + tales from the Theranos trial, with Oliver Darcy and Erin Griffith

CNN’s Oliver Darcy joins Recode’s Peter Kafka to discuss the way conservative media covers - and, importantly, doesn’t cover -... more

06 Jan 2022 · 49 minutes
The Verge’s Ashley Carman on podcasting’s big year

2021 was the year everyone who wasn’t already in podcasting jumped in the pool - and everyone who was already... more

27 Dec 2021 · 37 minutes
What the hell happened in 2021? With Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw.

How do you describe what happened to the media world in 2021? What happened to the movie business, streaming, music,... more

20 Dec 2021 · 46 minutes
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar’s almost-exit interview

Jason Kilar does not have opinions about the finale of HBO’s Succession, because he hasn’t seen it yet. The CEO... more

15 Dec 2021 · 50 minutes
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti has gone public

BuzzFeed used to be an internet experiment. Now it’s a publicly-traded company that expects more than $500 million in revenue... more

06 Dec 2021 · 36 minutes
@Jack is leaving Twitter. What now? + Lina Khan’s battle with Big Tech

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is no longer the CEO of Twitter. Why did he leave? And what does the choice... more

02 Dec 2021 · 45 minutes
Director Rhys Thomas on his unlikely journey from SNL to Disney’s Hawkeye

Rhys Thomas used to make short films for Saturday Night Live. Now he’s making Hawkeye, the newest installment of Disney’s... more

23 Nov 2021 · 40 minutes
The inside story of HBO, with Jim Miller

HBO has brought us nearly 50 years of riveting movies and TV shows; the behind-the-scenes stories are equally compelling. Journalist... more

18 Nov 2021 · 58 minutes
What is Twitter Blue and is it worth $3?

Twitter is free. But Twitter Blue — a new service for Twitter super-users — costs $3 a month. So what... more

11 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
Facebook’s Metaverse explained - by metaverse explainer Matthew Ball. Plus Justin Smith builds a media biz for Bloomb

Before Mark Zuckerberg told the world he was turning Facebook into a Metaverse company, he called Matthew Ball, one of... more

04 Nov 2021 · 59 minutes
How to cover the Facebook leaks + SNL’s Heidi Gardner

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is handing over thousands of documents to reporters like The Verge’s Alex Heath. The next step:... more

28 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Dotdash CEO Neil Vogel on his $2.7 billion Meredith deal

Neil Vogel had no publishing experience before he took over About.com, the how-to website he turned into Dotdash for owner... more

21 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
Land of the Giants: "He's No Steve Jobs"

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple and infused it with his love of product design and attention to detail. His successor, Tim... more

14 Oct 2021 · 37 minutes
Ozy Media, RIP with NYT’s Ben Smith + Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch on remaking a magazine giant

Five days after the New York Times’ Ben Smith wrote an astonishing piece about the fakery supporting Ozy Media, the... more

07 Oct 2021 · 51 minutes
Streamers shrink Hollywood, again + What’s a “Hate Raid”?

More consolidation in Hollywood - but this time it’s talent agency CAA buying rival ICM. Puck’s Dylan Byers sits down... more

30 Sep 2021 · 32 minutes
How Peter Thiel went from Silicon Valley to The White House with Max Chafkin

Peter Thiel used to be a Silicon Valley investor best-known for early investment in Facebook. But in recent years he... more

23 Sep 2021 · 55 minutes
Instagram boss Adam Mosseri on teenagers, Tik-Tok and paying creators

Instagram is no longer going to be a photo-sharing app, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri announced earlier this summer. So what... more

16 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Big changes at Apple: New phones, new AR glasses, and big app store changes.

Mark Gurman has been one of the best-sourced Apple reporters since he was in high school. Literally. Now he’s at... more

09 Sep 2021 · 43 minutes
Defector Media: Life after Deadspin is good (and profitable)

Defector Media launched a year ago as a digital publishing experiment: What if the former staff of Deadspin built and... more

02 Sep 2021 · 37 minutes
OnlyFans’ weird week with MEL’s Magdalene Taylor; BuzzFeed’s Joe Bernstein on the problem with our misinformation problem.

What is OnlyFans, and why did OnlyFans abandon and then come back to its primary business model in the span... more

26 Aug 2021 · 39 minutes
WWE’s Nick Khan on pivoting his streaming strategy and getting back in the ring

Nick Khan used to be a CAA agent who represented the WWE. Now he’s president of the pro wrestling company... more

19 Aug 2021 · 35 minutes
NYT’s Shira Ovide on the everything and nothingness of tech.

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

12 Aug 2021 · 36 minutes
Reese’s $900 million deal; ScarJo vs Disney with Matt Belloni, + Derek Thompson on how the media covers Delta

Puck News Hollywood expert Matthew Belloni sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to discuss the biggest stories in the past... more

05 Aug 2021 · 59 minutes
Director Tom McCarthy on Stillwater, finishing a movie in a pandemic and playing one of the Wire’s best villains

Stillwater was supposed to debut in theaters last fall, but the pandemic changed those plans along with everything else. Academy... more

29 Jul 2021 · 39 minutes
Deep fakes come to the movies and Hollywood resets for the streaming era

Anthony Bourdain is dead. So how does a new documentary have audio of him reading his emails? It’s not him:... more

22 Jul 2021 · 46 minutes
WeWork's rise and fall (and rise again?) with Eliot Brown

Wall Street Journal’s Eliot Brown first became interested in WeWork back in 2014 after an encounter with founder co-founder Adam... more

15 Jul 2021 · 43 minutes
Kevin Delaney turns the future of work into a media business; plus a Sun Valley update from David Gura.

When are we going back to the office? How often are we going back to the office? And what’s work... more

08 Jul 2021 · 57 minutes
Men In Blazers’ Roger Bennett loves soccer and America

Roger Bennett is half of Men In Blazers, the entertaining podcast/broadcast duo dedicated to Americans who love soccer. So he’s... more

01 Jul 2021 · 53 minutes
One of the most popular streamers on Twitch… is a lefty political commentator? Hasan Piker explains

Twitch, the Amazon-owned streaming platform best known as a haven for gamers, wouldn’t be the first place you’d look for... more

24 Jun 2021 · 35 minutes
One of Silicon Valley’s most powerful investors is now a media company, too

The newest publication covering tech is Future — a site owned and operated by Andreessen Horowitz, the powerful Silicon Valley... more

15 Jun 2021 · 30 minutes
Jake and Amir on being Web famous, fed up with Hollywood, and podcast bosses

Jake Hurwitz & Amir Blumenfeld got their start on the internet when making content for sites like YouTube and Facebook... more

10 Jun 2021 · 30 minutes
How to make it in the creator economy with Rob Walker

Journalist Rob Walker sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to discuss why he decided to go the independent route instead... more

03 Jun 2021 · 34 minutes
Why is Amazon buying MGM?

The Information’s Jessica Toonkel joins Recode’s Peter Kafka to discuss Amazon’s (planned) $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM. It’s the first... more

27 May 2021 · 44 minutes
Jim Miller on HBO’s new home; Alan Yang on a very different season of “Master of None”

Jim Miller was finishing up a book about HBO and then… the story changed. He talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka... more

20 May 2021 · 42 minutes
Why did AT&T just bail on WarnerMedia? And what happens next?

AT&T bought WarnerMedia three years ago for more than $100 billion, so it could chase after Netflix. Now it’s getting... more

17 May 2021 · 29 minutes
Antonio García Martínez's controversial exit from Apple

Antonio García Martínez used to work at Facebook, and wrote a book about it. In April, he started working at... more

15 May 2021 · 23 minutes
Live music is back! Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino can't wait

The concert business has been shut down for a year, which means that Live Nation, the world’s dominant concert promoter... more

13 May 2021 · 44 minutes
The Jeff Bezos Empire with Brad Stone & Jason Del Rey

Bloomberg's Brad Stone and Recode's Jason Del Rey report on all things Amazon and Jeff Bezos. They discuss how Bezos built... more

11 May 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Apple vs Epic with John Gruber; Truth, Doubt and History with Jill Lepore

The antitrust trial between Apple and Fortnite’s parent company Epic Games is underway, so Apple observer John Gruber talks about... more

06 May 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
AMC Networks can’t compete with Netflix. CEO Josh Sapan is fine with that.

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan checks in with Recode’s Peter Kafka to talk about his company’s pivot from TV to... more

29 Apr 2021 · 40 minutes
Did the pandemic kill the Oscars?

The Oscars are supposed to be a celebration for Hollywood, but this year it feels like a collapse: The pandemic... more

22 Apr 2021 · 54 minutes
Apple and Facebook's ambitious audio plans

Apple’s selling podcasts. Facebook wants to distribute podcasts - and take on Clubhouse, too. It’s been a busy couple days... more

21 Apr 2021 · 23 minutes
Substack’s next target: Local news

Substack is known for recruiting high profile writers to leave the big name publications and start their own newsletter businesses.... more

15 Apr 2021 · 42 minutes
How Hollywood and the NBA are betting on NFTs

NFT’s have been rising in popularity in recent months with franchises like the NBA partnering with Roham Gharegozlou’s Dapper Labs... more

13 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar on a wild first year on the job

Warner Media CEO Jason Kilar started his job in the middle of a global pandemic. Things got even weirder after... more

08 Apr 2021 · 49 minutes
Media Merger Mania with Axios’ Dan Primack and WSJ’s Ben Mullin

Why is every digital media company talking about a SPAC? Why now? And what, exactly is a SPAC? Axios’ Dan... more

01 Apr 2021 · 37 minutes
The rise and maybe fall of YouTube star David Dobrik; inside Facebook with the Markup’s Julia Angwin

David Dobrik was one of YouTube’s biggest stars. Now his career is in peril after an expose by Business Insider’s... more

25 Mar 2021 · 50 minutes
How Christina “Tinx” Najjar became a TikTok star overnight

Like many of us last year, Christina “Tinx” Najjar decided to download TikTok on a whim. Unlike many of us,... more

18 Mar 2021 · 49 minutes
How did - and didn’t - the pandemic transform media?

The pandemic changed everything - including the media landscape. What happens when things get back to mostly normal? ESPN’s Brian... more

11 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Fubo TV is a Reddit meme stock. CEO David Gandler has bigger ambitions.

Fubo TV wants to take on the giants in streaming and in sports betting. Investors have sky-high expectations and skeptics... more

08 Mar 2021 · 47 minutes
Have we hit peak streaming? + NYT’s Kevin Roose on his new book “Futureproof”

Paramount Plus and Discovery Plus are the latest, and perhaps the last big streaming services to launch in a very... more

04 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
Australia vs. Facebook; Al Madrigal means business about All Things Comedy

Facebook and Google faced off against Australia and Rupert Murdoch. Who won? Recode’s Peter Kafka asks his colleague Sara Morrison... more

25 Feb 2021 · 44 minutes
Pandora founder Tim Westergren on the future of streaming

Pandora founder and former CEO Tim Westergren is back in the music business with Sessions, a live-streaming service well-timed for... more

18 Feb 2021 · 37 minutes
New York Times CEO Meredith Levien on the future of news, and her newspaper

The New York Times has a thriving subscription business, award-winning journalism - and a staff that increasingly turns to Twitter... more

11 Feb 2021 · 42 minutes
How To Make An Influencer In America with Nick Bilton

Can you make someone famous on the internet by buying their fame? Journalist Nick Bilton tries to do just that... more

04 Feb 2021 · 40 minutes
Andrew Ross Sorkin on Gamestop, Robinhood, Reddit and how to fix the system.

CNBC host and New York Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to recap a wild... more

03 Feb 2021 · 41 minutes
How Jessica Lessin got people to pay for The Information

In 2013, Jessica Lessin left her job as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal to start The Information, a... more

28 Jan 2021 · 41 minutes
Trump vs the Press - a final report card from Jay Rosen

The mainstream press spent the last four years trying to figure out how to report in the Trump era? NYU... more

21 Jan 2021 · 50 minutes
What the Capitol Riot tells us about online power

It’s going to take a long time to come to grips with the January 6 Capitol Riot and what happened... more

14 Jan 2021 · 48 minutes
Behind the making of The Dissident, the movie about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Director Bryan Fogel’s first documentary, Icarus, won an Oscar. His next effort, The Dissident, details the brutal murder of Washington... more

07 Jan 2021 · 44 minutes
Zach Seward started Quartz, sold it, and bought it back. Now what?

Zach Seward co-founded Quartz, the brainy business news site, in 2012. Six years later, it had a new owner, and... more

31 Dec 2020 · 44 minutes
Kemp Powers spent years breaking into Hollywood — and his first film is Pixar’s Soul

Kemp Powers spent years trying to break into Hollywood, left, and came back. Now, at 47, he’s made his first... more

23 Dec 2020 · 44 minutes
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In 2013, Jessica Lessin left her job as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal to start The Information, a subscription-based business... more