What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
The future of: Crypto criticism; Substack and ABC News
Thursday 30 June 2022
: Three interviews! One pod: First entrepreneur and investor Zach Weinberg tells Recode’s Peter Kafka why he’s accidentally become Twitter...
Is this a Netflix problem or a streaming problem?
Thursday 23 June 2022
: Today, CNBC’s Alex Sherman joins Recode’s Peter Kafka to ponder several media mysteries:Why did Netflix lose 2 million subscribers?Why...
Bill Simmons on podcasts, celebrity interviews and life at Spotify
Wednesday 15 June 2022
: The Bill Simmons Podcast is, by its own description, "the most downloaded sports podcast of all time." This week, it hits its 1,000th...
Why is this VC on your TikTok?
Thursday 09 June 2022
: TikTok isn’t just funny dances and glow-ups anymore… it’s also for venture capital!!! Logan Bartlett, managing director at the VC firm...
Engineer Molly White explains why Web3 isn’t going great
Thursday 02 June 2022
: Software engineer Molly White has emerged as one of Web3’s most high-profile skeptics. Her website “Web3 is going just great”...
Is Big Tech getting better about misinformation?
Thursday 26 May 2022
: Lots of people will tell you that misinformation is a big problem online. But exactly what the problem is, and what tech companies can and...
What can you learn from the guy who built the iPod?
Thursday 19 May 2022
: The markets are crashing - and that includes both Netflix and the media companies that wanted to be Netflix. What’s next? Wall Street...
Ronan Farrow: “We are living in a post-privacy age”
Thursday 12 May 2022
: Ronan Farrow’s latest investigative work for The New Yorker looks into the surveillance technology Pegasus — spyware that gives remote...
Behind the scenes at Apple with journalist Tripp Mickle
Thursday 05 May 2022
: Design genius Jony Ive was Steve Jobs’ chief collaborator at Apple. But Ive didn’t run Apple after Jobs’ death: That role went to Tim...
NYT’s Wesley Morris on writing, podcasting and staying off TikTok
Thursday 28 April 2022
: Wesley Morris wrote his first review when he was 15 years old, about the movie “Cape Fear.” Since then, he’s become one of the most...
Can Elon Fix Twitter? Can Reed Fix Netflix?
Wednesday 27 April 2022
: It’s been a big week for media events involving tens of billions of dollars: Elon Musk is buying Twitter for $44 billion, meanwhile,...
Elon and Twitter: A love/hate story
Tuesday 19 April 2022
: Elon Musk loves Twitter and also thinks it’s broken. So he wants to buy it.Can he, really? And who would help him? And why? And wtf does...
Disney vs. Itself vs. The Right
Thursday 14 April 2022
: Within the past few months, Disney CEO Bob Chapek managed to piss off his shareholders, the LGBT community, and right-wing conservatives....
The State of Streaming
Thursday 07 April 2022
: It’s time to check back in on the state of the streaming wars, with two binge-worthy conversations. First, Recode’s Peter Kafka talks to...
Judd Apatow on The Bubble, TikTok and The Slap
Tuesday 29 March 2022
: Legendary comedy director/writer/producer Judd Apatow was busy during lockdown: He wrote a book and made two movies. One of them is The...
The Oscars: Hollywood’s smallest biggest night?
Thursday 24 March 2022
: The Oscars used to be one of the biggest things on TV. Now they’re… not. Does that matter to the movie business and to movie-goers? We...
Dan Le Batard on life after ESPN; Russia sanctions upend big-time soccer
Thursday 17 March 2022
: March Madness has started, but this isn’t a podcast about that: Today, it’s a podcast about sports media, about leaving sports media to...
Big Tech takes a side, finally + Zappos' tragic founder
Thursday 10 March 2022
: Silicon Valley goes out of its way not to upset countries around the world - even when that means making embarrassing compromises. But it...
Covering the war in Ukraine, online and on the ground
Thursday 03 March 2022
: Recode's Peter Kafka talks to three reporters about the realities of covering the war in Ukraine and sorting truth from disinformation --...
Uber, but for TV
Thursday 24 February 2022
: When Recode’s Peter Kafka advises you not to write your book, WRITE THAT BOOK. That’s the lesson Mike Isaac learned: His book “Super...
Chuck Klosterman relives the 1990s & Sarah Palin loses her NYT libel suit
Thursday 17 February 2022
: Make sure no one’s on your home phone while you use your dial-up modem to listen to this week’s show on your 1998 Bondi Blue iMac....
What's next for CNN? + The Afterparty's Ben Schwartz writes jokes for C-3PO
Thursday 10 February 2022
: This is (an update about what’s going on at) CNN. Dylan Byers of Puck News joins Recode’s Peter Kafka: They talk about the fallout from...
Is Spotify’s Joe Rogan problem over? Plus how to launch a new media startup.
Thursday 03 February 2022
: First: Neil Young quit Spotify over Joe Rogan, but just a handful of musicians have followed him. Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw assesses whether...
Game on: Behind the sports betting boom
Thursday 27 January 2022
: Just in time for the NFL playoffs, sports betting is legal in New York. $600 million in bets were placed in the first week alone. Now that...
Gaming out Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision Blizzard deal
Thursday 20 January 2022
: It’s the biggest acquisition in Microsoft’s history: $68.7 billion to buy the video game company, Activision Blizzard. First, Axios’...