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Pivot

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Every Tuesday and Friday, Recode’s Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. They make bold predictions, pick winners and losers, and bicker and banter like no one else. After all, with great power comes great scrutiny. From New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Kara and Scott talk about Spotify's new deal with Joe Rogan and the implications for the podcast industry. They also discuss Amazon reportedly in talks with bankrupt JCPenny about a potential sale. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has been buying up stocks from major companies over the course of the pandemic. In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott talk about TikTok's future as a Disney executive comes on as CEO. Scott predicts that Shopify is going to make a big retail acquisition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Facebook purchasing Giphy and reports the DOJ is likely to sue Google for antitrust violations in the digital ad space. They also discuss Amazon swooping in to "save" designer fashion by teaming up with Vogue. The "everything store" has been trying to corner this market for years. Then we are joined by Phil Howard the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, where he studies the spread of misinformation. He takes Kara and Scott through some of the latest conspiracies on the internet and how to stop them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Uber's offer to buy GrubHub, which would give the company a majority of food delivery market share. They talk about whether this merger would be good for Uber (yes) and whether it would be bad for the commonwealth (also, yes). Meanwhile, Elon Musk is reopening the Tesla factory in California, and his mother is texting Kara about how harsh she's being on her son. In Listener Mail we get a question about companies taking back their upfront ad deals with the major television networks and how that will shake things up in the industry. Scott's prediction is that we are about to see mergers in smaller digital media companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Amazon in talks to acquire AMC theaters, Uber earnings and how education will change with white collar workers at home. Scott thinks this may be an opportunity for public schools to gain more resources. Then MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle joins the show to break down some of the major policy holes in the CARES Act. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's new oversight board and whether it will be effective in controlling content on the platform. They discuss layoffs at Airbnb and Uber, as well as Uber's investment in the scooter company, Lime. We take a moment of "Comic Relief" with writer and comedian Sarah Cooper whose videos lip syncing Trump's press conferences have gone viral. Scott predicts that Uber is having fast numbers recovery after Covid-19 declines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about whether or not Congress should give businesses legal protections against lawsuits from workers who contract COVID-19. They discuss Amazon's earnings and Jeff Bezos' strategy to put $4billion in profits towards vaccinating and socially distancing the company fulfillment supply chain. Also, they talk about whether Bezos should, and whether he will, testify in front of Congress after the House Judiciary Committee asked for his appearance. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Anand Giridharadas about how the American public system might change post-pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Facebook earnings during the pandemic and the company's push into e-commerce. They discuss Uber's reported lay-offs and other issues facing the ride-share company as their longtime CTO steps down. In Listener Mail and fan from New Zealand asks what the US can do to salvage our brand after our failure to deal with COVID-19 effectively. In predictions, Scott says Amazon is about to be the 2nd most valuable company in the world and that Sonos will get acquired. Meanwhile, Kara thinks movie theaters will get bought by and vertically integrated into studio systems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Senate Democrats being vocal about breaking up Amazon, after a report that the company lied to the House Judiciary Committee. They talk about the Wall Street Journal investigation into Amazon's use of data from third-party sellers. Meanwhile, France upholds a ruling that is keeping Amazon warehouses in the country shuttered until they address workers' health protection concerns. Privacy expert Alex Stamos joins the show to talk about the $5 billion FTC/Facebook settlement and Zoom's new approach to privacy. Clorox is Kara's win and fail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Netflix's biggest quarter yet. The company doubled its projections for how many new subscribers it would acquire. They discuss Facebook's single biggest company investment into Jio – an Indian service provider. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos is back at the wheel at Amazon. Kara and Scott talk about Jeff Bezos' most recent letter to shareholders, as Amazon get an even bigger hold on US commerce. A listener asks if face-masks will become high fashion and if that can save more retailers from going bankrupt. Plus Scott gives us some Algebra of Happiness advice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Marc Andreessen's manifesto to Silicon Valley. They also discuss the PPP and the big companies that applied for those loans. They dig into Facebook and Google's digital ad market hit in the past weeks, but Scott doubts it slows the companies' growth. Kara asks Scott if he thinks media companies should be part of the next round of Federal bailouts? In Friend of Pivot, we hear from New York Magazine Senior Writer Rebecca Traister about women's leadership in COVID-19, Feminism and the Joe Biden campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott evaluate President Trump's recent business decisions from defunding the W.H.O., to his "council to reopen America", and the public/private partnership. They also talk about the possible end of Vision Fund after SoftBank tells investors they may have lost $16.7 billion this year. A court in France is ordering Amazon to halt operations until they can address worker safety concerns. In Listener Mail, we get a question about whether robots will start replacing essential workers. In predictions, Scott says that Amazon will come out of the pandemic a $2 trillion company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about tech giants Google and Apple teaming up to track COVID-19 cases on iPhones and Androids. They also discuss the hurdles ride share drivers are experiencing as they attempt to apply for unemployment insurance; outdated Labor Department guidelines and a lack of data is slowing that process. As Congress thinks about a fourth bail out package, the US Postal Service is asking for funds. Kara and Scott talk about whether USPS should be privatized. Friend of Pivot, economist, former US Labor Secretary Professor Robert Reich joins the show to discuss the stimulus package, unemployment rates and what Joe Biden needs to do to engage voters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Jack Dorsey's $1 billion donation to fight COVID-19, as well as other tech billionaire's contributions to fight the virus. They think that those contributions can't fill the void of a well funded government through tax dollars. They give an update on Zoom's privacy issues as the company takes on Alex Stamos, Facebook's former security chief. In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott get a question about the massive video game industry as Amazon starts producing its own video games. In predictions, Scott thinks the World Health Organization will be in the Trump administration's cross hairs in the weeks to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about privacy issues at Zoom as we move our doctor's appointments, work, therapy, social lives and school onto the platform. They discuss how tech regulations may slow under the cloud cover of COVID-19, the future of CCPA and Silicon Valley lobbyists. In Friend of Pivot, we hear from the former Director of the National Economic Council under President's Clinton and Obama, Gene Sperling. He talks about the 6.6 million people who filed for unemployment in March, the current recession and how it differs from the 2008 financial crisis. In wins, Scott attends a "drive by birthday party" and Kara celebrates a Brooklyn landlord cancelling rent. In fails... Scott's former student Jared Kushner talks about the federal stockpile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Sean Hannity defending his work at Fox News (after Kara called him out for spreading misinformation in the early days of COVID-19). They discuss how the big tech companies are dealing with fact-checking politicians for public health information accuracy. Meanwhile, Softbank is scrapping its buy out of Adam Neumann's shares at WeWork. Also, Kara and Scott talk about several labor strikes that took place this week -- will COVID-19 be a reckoning for corporate America? In Listener Mail, we get a question about whether Quibi's launch during quarantine will accelerate its growth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Internet slow downs and how companies are coping as the country starts living their work and personal lives online. They discuss reports that the government is using mobile advertiser geo-location data on your phone to track social distancing and the spread of COVID-19. Friend of Pivot, renowned therapist and podcast host Esther Perel joins Kara and Scott to talk about dealing with grief in a moment of instability, how to be a better partner and colleague during the lockdowns. (Check out her new mini-series off her hit podcast Where Should We Begin?: Couples Under Lockdown, where she offers therapy to couples confined together in quarantine). Winners include Bill Gates, Yamiche Alcindor's showdowns with POTUS, and Italy starting to get ahead of COVID-19. PLUS: Will Fox News finally face a reckoning after the COVID-19 crisis? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Zoom's immense stock value in this moment and what the company should do with new power. They discuss what is to come with streaming platforms and media outlets as the 2020 Olympics joins the slew of live sports postponements due to COVID-19. Also, will the WFH movement be the final nail in the weWork coffin? In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott talk about guardrails and bailouts in the recently passed stimulus package. In predictions, Scott expects to see new stock lows in the coming weeks. (PLUS Pivot experiences its own WFH social-distance snafu!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about the stimulus package in limbo and the Defense Production Act. They break down how tech companies like Lyft, Airbnb and Tesla are pivoting in the COVID-19 crisis. They think Airbnb probably won’t go public this year. In Friend of Pivot, we talk to New York City Speaker Corey Johnson about how New York City is the US epicenter for COVID-19 cases. He discusses the possibility of rent freezes, the new “PAUSE” order and how small businesses are faring in the upheaval. In wins and fails, Kara thinks Rand Paul being the first Senator to test positive for COVID-19 — and exposing other congresspeople to the disease is a major fail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about stimulus packages and possible emergency checks to deal with the US economic crisis. We hear a bite from Andrew Yang about why implementing universal basic income in this situation is the next phase of capitalism. As Israel joins Iran and China in using data location to stop the spread of COVID-19, Kara and Scott talk about whether this is a move the United States should attempt. In listener mail, we get a question about whether this "work-from-home-moment" will become permanent...and what will happen to office buildings if it does. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about the announced public/private partnerships between major companies and the federal government. They discuss the Trump administration’s misinformation about a Google website that will be developed to triage Covid-19 cases. They touch on changes at Facebook’s board, Kenneth Chenault is the latest to depart. In Friends of Pivot, we hear from a person living under quarantine in Milan, Italy. Then Kara’s brother Dr. Jeff Swisher comes on to talk about how he and hospitals are preparing for the deluge of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks. We ONLY discuss wins this week and for once, it seems like social media is winning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (23)

Venksh

very informative..

May 14th
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Maire Reier

K: "he (Hannity) has a haircut that is not totally unappealing to lesbians" omg 😂😂😂 thank you for laughter

Apr 4th
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Theresa Thompson

oh my gosh Kara! I just listened to the show, I love your son!! I needed that laugh I got listening to the food frying or water spraying or what ever it was in the background lol

Mar 28th
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Theresa Thompson

Kara has the same problem I have...family members who watch Fox News!! 😵

Mar 23rd
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km

#YangWasRight and #Yang2024

Mar 21st
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km

Why are you ignoring Andrew Yang?? Almost everything you spoke about here I know that YOU KNOW that Andrew is the #1 pick. You were just on Bill Maher with Andrew a couple days ago Kara - why no discussion? are you intentionally doing this?? And Scott, you are in just about 100% agreement with Yang, let's hear some stuff about him from you! #Yang2020 also, read his book.

Jan 21st
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km

Scott/Kara, less impeachment MORE Yang. Thx.

Dec 21st
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林致緯

Sometimes, there are no FACTS but PERSPECTIVES, how do you moderate perspectives?

Nov 9th
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km

Andrew Yang #HumanityFirst all the way to the White House. Scott and Kara aren't paying close enough attention. Klobuchar? Need I say more?

Oct 25th
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Mel Vis

I think the global community had the US's back for Afghanistan not Iraq.

Sep 8th
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Tania Denis

Yes! Please come to Toronto! #TorontoLovesYou! We'll give you sativas!

Sep 4th
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km

Elizabeth Warren seems only to be winning in the main stream media bubble. Her supporter demographics are also quite narrow. By several web-based metrics it would appear that Andrew Yang is the candidate most poised to win the election (which will be easier than him first winning the nomination). Also, Warren's recent dismissal of automation being a major cause for economic disruption is baffling. What say you Scott+Kara? #Yang2020 #HumanityFirst

Aug 30th
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Bobo Momo

love! love you bitches!

Aug 21st
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Gene

Hold up, Scott is NOT gay?

Jun 22nd
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Emmanuel Chukwu

My podcast on castbox keeps crashing, this episode being the latest with about 3 crashes already. Castbox may just lose a user to spotify if this keeps happening.

Jun 7th
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Luke Fernandez

At minute 4:18 Kara's co-host says "Ride hailing isnt good for the environment." Well actually in many. circumstances it is. If you live in a town with light rail and train but a non existent bus system you can't really use the train because there's no way to get from your house to the train and back. Ride hailing addresses this need thereby filling a critical gap in the trasportation infrastructure without which public green transportation is unusable. You guys host a good show. But on this point you shot too quick from the hip.

Mar 31st
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Rick Duthler

I really missed Kara in this episode, because it could have used someone to balance things out. While I heard some really valid points, this was very doom and gloom and "these young people are going to ruin everything".

Jan 15th
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Drea Griffin

Scott's rant about animal lovers hating people was hilarious and SPOT ON!!

Dec 17th
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Jobin Scaria

1st 8minutes wasted

Nov 25th
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Keith Johnson

hands down my favorite podcast.

Nov 12th
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