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Each weekday afternoon, Axios business editor Dan Primack unpacks the biggest story of the day and why it matters. In 10 minutes, Dan and his guests - global business leaders, influential political operators, and reporters chasing huge scoops - take you inside the accelerating forces, technologies and trends that are remaking your world and work. 

About Axios: Axios is a digital media company launched in 2017. Axios - which means “worthy” in Greek - helps you become smarter, faster with news and information across politics, tech, business, media, science and the world. Subscribe to our newsletters at and download our mobile app at 

About Dan Primack: Dan is the host of Axios Re:Cap. He is also a business editor at Axios and author of the daily Axios Pro Rata newsletter where he covers the world of dealmakers across VC, PE and M&A. Previously, he was a senior editor at Fortune magazine and Thomson Reuters. 

462 Episodes
President Trump has just 48 hours left to either follow through on his threatened ban of TikTok, or accept a proposed tech partnership with Oracle. Dan and New York Times tech reporter Taylor Lorenz dig into how the TikTok user community has reacted to this political drama and what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Amazon today announced the first companies to receive money from a $2 billion venture capital fund it formed to help combat climate change. Dan digs into how Amazon hopes the fund will help it achieve its own goals of getting carbon neutral by 2040, and if it's more substance than spin with Matt Peterson, Amazon's director of new initiatives and corporate development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dozens of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West, aren't posting to their Facebook or Instagram feeds today, as part of the "Stop hate for profit" campaign. It’s a continuation of the July ad boycott of social media. To discuss what this temporary boycott means, and how the broader advertising market has changed in 2020, Dan is joined by Axios media reporter Sara Fischer and Rob Farinella, the CEO of advertising agency Blue Sky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
By this time next week, we should know if TikTok will be allowed to continue operating in the U.S., in partnership with Oracle, or if it will be in the process of being banned by President Trump. To get the perspective from China, where TikTok's parent company is based, Dan is joined by CNBC Beijing bureau chief Eunice Yoon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Around 37% of America’s public school students are beginning the year in some sort of in-person learning, which means millions of teachers have returned to classrooms. Dan is joined by American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten to discuss what's working, what's still needed, and if teachers should be required to take a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
California is on fire right now, and Silicon Valley is among the affected areas. But tech hasn't done much to help prevent or fight these sorts of blazes, as most companies prefer to build products for consumers or businesses, not governments. Dan discusses what tech could be doing more of, and why it isn't, with GoTenna CEO Daniela Perdomo, whose company makes a product that helps wildfire fighters communicate via cell phones even if there isn't available cellular service. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The NFL season kicks off tonight in Kansas City, but a whole lot has changed since the Chiefs hoisted their trophy in February. Dan is joined by ESPN NFL analyst Mina Kimes to discuss football’s new economics, experiences, and politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Yesterday news broke that AstraZeneca is pausing its clinical trials on a COVID-19 vaccine after a patient appeared to develop a serious neurological condition. It raised an unsettling question: What if a vaccine is further away than most of us have hoped? Dan unpacks the latest reporting and what it means with STAT News reporter Adam Feuerstein, who helped break the AstraZeneca news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Most Americans agree on the need for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, but President Trump's repeated hints at a pre-election approval has sparked debate that politics could get ahead of science. Dan is joined by Zeke Emanuel, a health policy official in the Obama administration, who discusses what he’ll look for if and when a vaccine gets approved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The FEED Act was introduced in May and would help put restaurant kitchens to work feeding vulnerable Americans, including children who can’t return to school. It counts celebrity chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés among its champions — but it’s stalled along with the rest of a potential next stimulus package. World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook joins Dan to discuss what needs to happen to address food insecurity when Congress is back in session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
America is unlikely to know the presidential winner on election night, due to the expected surge of mail-in votes. The nightmare scenario is that one candidate will appear to have won, based on initial results, but then the leader flips as more mail-in votes are counted. Dan discusses Election Day plans and concerns and why states don’t plan to just keep quiet until all of their votes are counted with New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat and current president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Walmart yesterday announced a new subscription service that will compete directly with Amazon Prime, as America's two largest retailers continue to fight for supremacy. Dan is joined by Walmart chief customer officer Janey Whiteside and asks why Walmart Plus is launching in the middle of a pandemic, what kinds of additional services or perks the company intends to add to its program, and if drone delivery is in its future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apple and Google today announced plans to expand their coronavirus warning software, months after an initial rollout that hasn't met expectations. Dan and Washington Post tech reporter Reed Albergotti dig into the initial hopes for this software, what happened and what could come next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Reducing police brutality and improving trust between police departments and Black communities is urgent work. Dan discusses the interventions that could make a difference with Brookings Institution fellow and University of Maryland professor Rashawn Ray, who has spent more than a decade studying systemic racism and running implicit bias trainings for police departments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The dividing line between Fox News Channel and Donald Trump has become blurred, with each increasingly relying on the other to accomplish their goals. Axios Re:Cap speaks with Brian Stelter, the CNN media critic and author of a new book about FNC's evolution, its internal struggles, and how hosts like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson influence national policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sports arenas in cities like Atlanta and Charlotte will be converted on November 3 into polling places, to reduce wait-times while enabling social distancing. It's an effort being led by More Than A Vote, a nonpartisan voting rights group formed by NBA and WNBA players like LeBron James, in the wake of George Floyd's murder. Axios Re:Cap digs in with Renee Montgomery, a point guard for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and co-founder of More Than A Vote. We discuss the election, last night's player strike, and why she opted out of this season to focus on issues of social justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nike this week is rolling out five new editions of Kobe Bryant sneakers, but few fans have gotten them at the retail price. Instead, they've been scooped up by resellers who use bots to acquire the shoes, and then charge consumers hundreds of dollars extra. Axios Re:Cap digs into the multi-billion dollar sneaker resale market with For The Win's Mike Sykes, who argues that Bryant's legacy is being tarnished. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chinese financial tech giant Ant Group today filed for what could become the largest initial public offering of all time, with plans to list in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Axios Re:Cap digs into why this deal is as much about geopolitics as it is about stocks, and why New York got left behind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Republican National Convention kicks off this evening, with plans to lay out an economic vision different from what the Democrats presented last week. Axios Re:Cap speaks with Jason Miller, a senior advisor to the Trump campaign, about where the economy has been, where it's at, and where Trump wants to take it in a second term.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Robert Smith captivated America in May 2019 when he pledged to pay off student debt for Morehouse College's graduating class. It was Smith's introduction on the national stage, but he’d had decades of success in private equity that made him the wealthiest Black person in the U.S. and a philanthropic force. Now, Bloomberg News reports that he's under criminal investigation by the IRS, which could dent both his reputation and his political ambitions. Dan digs in with Bloomberg reporter Neil Weinberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (3)

mari arana

Yikes, what a depressing ending to this recap.

Sep 1st

mari arana

Oh, it's a four parter. I was so confused!

Aug 15th

adam meredith

I hope this slave labor bill applies to prison labor...

Jul 23rd
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