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Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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If you like Recode Decode, we think you'll also like our newest podcast, Reset. Here's today's episode.Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write?About ResetArielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Reset for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get new episodes every week.
Filmmaker Ken Burns talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his latest documentary series "Country Music," in which he explores the history of the genre, its place in the larger American musical landscape, and the powerful universality of "three chords and the truth." Burns says that unlike rock and jazz, country music is largely a story about powerful women, and also unpacks the ways in which it reflects the intermingling ethnic diversity of the US. He also discusses his online video destination Unum, which lets people curate "mixtapes" of history by drawing connections among Burns' 38 years of docuumentaries, and why he's glad he wasn't one of the first people to make the leap to digital filmmaking. Plus: Burns previews the next seven films he's working on, including the American Revolution, the Great Society, and the Buffalo.Featuring:Ken Burns, director and producer, Country Music, and founder of UnumHosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-largeMore to explore:Subscribe for free to Reset, Recode's new podcast that explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us.Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom
Cambridge Analytica’s former business development director Brittany Kaiser talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book TARGETED: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again. Kaiser talks about how she first observed the dangers of social media while working on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, why she mistakenly believed Cambridge Analytica was using technology as a force for good, and what happened when she decided to turn on the company and testify about its abuses in the UK Parliament. She also deconstructs Facebook's excuses for the scandal and its slow response, and predicts that 2020 could be "exponentially worse" than 2016 for election interference.Featuring:Brittany Kaiser, author of TARGETED: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again.Hosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-largeMore to explore:Listen to Kara's interview with the creators of The Great Hack, a Netflix documentary about Cambridge Analytica, including former COO Julian Wheatland.Read Vox's Alissa Wilkinson's review of The Great Hack.Subscribe for free to Reset, Recode's new podcast that explores why — and how — tech is changing everything.About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us.Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom
Matt Hulett, the president of education company Rosetta Stone, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the company’s pivot away from language-learning CDs and into a more advanced and “approachable” mobile app. He also talks about his “promiscuous” background in the tech industry; Rosetta Stone’s literacy catch-up program for children, Lexia Learning; and the bigger picture of how language education is changing around the world. Plus: What’s the best way to make learning stick, and will Elon Musk’s Neuralink or some other moonshot technical development make learning languages unnecessary? Featuring:Matt Hulett, president of Rosetta Stone (@matt_hulett / @RosettaStone) Hosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore:Subscribe for free to Pivot, Kara’s podcast with NYU Professor Scott Galloway that offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom
Recode's Kara Swisher interviews two CEOs in this double-feature episode of Recode Decode: First, she speaks with OpenDoor CEO Eric Wu about how technology is encroaching on the real estate industry, why housing is ripe for disruption, and how OpenDoor is bracing for the next recession. Later in the show, Swisher talks to Evite CEO Victor Cho about how the 21-year-old company is exploring new revenue models, avoiding the "MySpace slide," and what Cho learned from Eastman Kodak's failed turnaround.Featuring:Eric Wu (@ericwu01), CEO of OpenDoorVictor Cho, CEO of EviteHosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore:Subscribe for free to Pivot, Kara’s podcast with NYU Professor Scott Galloway that offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom
Andrew Marantz, a staff writer at the New Yorker, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno‑Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. He discusses the danger of designing social media platforms around emotional engagement, how people like Mike Cernovich and Milo Yiannopoulos exploited people's belief in a broad political "consensus," and technology's role in advancing hate and extremism online. Marantz also explains what he calls the culture of "big swinging brains" in Silicon Valley, and why banning people from Twitter — including President Trump — isn't a comprehensive solution.Featuring:Andrew Marantz (@andrewmarantz), staff writer at the New Yorker and author of Antisocial.Hosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore:Subscribe for free to Pivot, Kara’s podcast with NYU Professor Scott Galloway that offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about campaigning against Donald Trump, her friendship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and the over-concentration of power among a handful of CEOs in the tech industry. Fiorina also talks about her experience as one of the few female tech CEOs of the 1990s, the “lasting damage” President Trump has done to the Republican Party, and why she's impressed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's handling of the impeachment inquiry. Plus: What did Steve Jobs get right that Mark Zuckerberg has not?Featuring:Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina), author of Find Your Way and host of the leadership podcast By ExampleHosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore:Subscribe for free to Pivot, Kara’s podcast with NYU Professor Scott Galloway that offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom... But enough about usWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: www.voxmedia.com/podsurvey.
Federal Election Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how the FEC works, how it tries to defend elections from foreign influence, and why the Commission is currently immobilized by a lack of "quorum" — in other words, it doesn't have enough members to launch or conclude any investigations. Weintraub talks about pending legislation to make advertising and campaign contributions more transparent, and explains how the FEC's current paralysis may undermine the cybersecurity of the 2020 presidential campaign. Plus: How she pushed back on President Trump's evidence-free claims about voter fraud in New Hampshire.Featuring:Ellen Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub), chair of the Federal Election CommissionHosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore:Subscribe for free to Pivot, Kara’s podcast with NYU Professor Scott Galloway that offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom... But enough about usWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.
Barack Obama's former cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel, now the CEO of the nonprofit Cyber Threat Alliance, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of US cybersecurity heading into the 2020 elections. Daniel says the proposed solutions to election hacking may just cause new problems: "If you can track your vote," he says, "I can track your vote."Featuring:Michael Daniel (@CyAlliancePrez), president and CEO, Cyber Threat AllianceHosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore:Subscribe for free to Pivot, Kara’s podcast with NYU Professor Scott Galloway that offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom... But enough about usWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.
Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, one of the FTC's two Democratic commissioners, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the state of antitrust problems in the tech industry, the history of pushback against the FTC for alleged over-enforcement, and whether it is under-enforcing the law today. Slaughter also talks about her objections to the $5 billion fine against Facebook that the FTC negotiated this year, the limitations on its speed and fining power, and its investigation of YouTube for COPPA violations, which led to a $170 million fine. Plus: The actions the FTC has taken against Uber and TikTok, why it was so permissive of tech M&A during the Obama administration, and why Slaughter doesn't think the US needs a new internet regulatory agency.Featuring:Rebecca Kelly Slaughter (@RKSlaughterFTC), FTC Commissioner (@FTC)Hosts:Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder and editor-at-large More to explore:Subscribe for free to Pivot, Kara’s podcast with NYU Professor Scott Galloway that offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. About Recode by Vox:Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the world — and changing us. Follow Us:Newsletter: Recode DailyTwitter: @Recode and @voxdotcom... But enough about usWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.
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km

Great interview. Andrew Yang is the "Problem Solver" you are looking for. Read his book "The War on Normal People" and check him out on YouTube to see why. Not Left. Not Right. But FORWARD. #Yang2020 and #HumanityFirst

Oct 9th
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km

Fantastic interview. She makes a ton of sense and has a CLEAR message. Your message is invaluable Marianne - keep it up!!

Sep 18th
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Yaroslav Elistratov

Thank you!

Sep 18th
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km

Yang is rising because Yang is CORRECT people!! Read his book "The War on Normal People" - he nails it! He is HANDS DOWN the single BEST person to be elected President in 2020 and leading the country+WORLD going into the future. Read the book Bill. Read it! RTFB!! Then help him out or GTFO you are in the way and adding NOISE to the SIGNAL! Thank you for your service. #Yang2020 #HumanityFirst

Sep 17th
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km

Improve the system. Put #HumanityFirst. Check out Andrew Yang's run for next president of the USA. #Yang2020

Sep 4th
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Tom MacDonald

again I have to give this two out of five stars. I keep giving this woman chances time after time to impress me. She has credentials there's no doubt about that but she has unintelligent interviews and conversation. her negative Trump bias is palpable and in this particular interview she allows the guest to dance around and showcase The Narrative she wants to put forward Time After Time and she doesn't interrupt him on specious or irrelevant points of view.

Aug 26th
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James Royall

Larry Diamond is a no nothing airbag. He doesn't have an honest bone in his body. And Kara you know better than his BS propaganda.

Aug 11th
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km

I believe that you are correct about "toxic" candidates running in this presidential race - electing them will lead to continued gridlock. Andrew Yang is the one to bet on. He is speaking to the real problems and potential solutions that many know/feel but have not been brought to mainstream attention (due to the MSM bubble world). His message is cutting through the noise for those he get exposure to it though. Some recent, highly visible, individuals who have embraced his message: Van Jones; Anderson Cooper; Whoopi Goldberg; Jack Dorsey. #yang2020

Aug 6th
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Tom MacDonald

Cara as a moderator should hang up her hat. she seems to constantly interrupt and inject her own policies and her own ideals into the conversation. There's nothing wrong with having a good to a spirited conversation to Spur debate but she doesn't seem to be the bait oriented she just more seems to be more into pronouncements

Aug 5th
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guitarforumdude

Really good interview. The most relevant question, "who gets to choose what's 'enough'" with regard to "important" issues, was never answered by Sam. Clearly, as an entitled white dude, Sam believes only he, and those that agree with him, are the only arbiters of logic and reason. NO one gets more butthurt over perceived slights more than Sam, and that's what makes his constant whining about "cancel culture" so laughably ironic.

Aug 5th
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Tom MacDonald

not super impressed with Karen. Her interviewing Style leaves me with the impression that she wants to be interviewed and not the interviewer. She's constantly completing sentences for Ray and filling in the pauses with her own point of view and perspective and he has to constantly course correct her back to the concept he is trying to get across to the listener. She needs to take some classes.

Aug 4th
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Tom MacDonald

I think the moderators name was Cara? when she was interviewing Ray a fairly successful guy I would be willing to assume much more successful than she is for financially anyway maybe not in other methods I don't know him personally. But as a talk show host myself you don't constantly interrupt the guest you don't constantly fill in the sentences for them or complete the sentences for them in the way you think they should be completed. I have to say I think Ray Ray showed a rare amount of patience in answering her questions and letting her prattle on. I got the impression she wants to be the one to be interviewed

Aug 4th
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Pete Mauro

👋

Jul 11th
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Matt Masotti

An entertaining 1:40 of Kara barely listening.

Jul 9th
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Laura Salo

"I've never taken drugs. Ever. None! ...I did smoke pot once." -interviewer. Smug moron clearly doesn't understand the difference between truth and bullshit.

Jun 29th
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yakurbe 0112

I greatly enjoyed the bickering about what happened on Twitter. I know I shouldn't have, and I don't know anything about what actually happened, but it was just so humanizing after all the stuff with identity politics and religion. I'm glad you talked with Sam despite it all

Jun 8th
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CJ

Not a big fan of Kara’s style. A little bit insufferable. Maybe she’s been in SF for too long and is starting to get full of herself. Just listened to the Mark Cuban and Steve Case episode and those guys were great. If we could just remove any time Kara talked from the episode, that would be even better.

May 31st
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Lauren mccaffrey

Do she not like weed? I was legit lighting a joint when she told me to put it down. Does anyone know if she’s actually against marijuana LOL

May 30th
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William M Westcott

She was actually pretty nice to him.

May 28th
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William M Westcott

As opposed to the non idealogical Sam Harris lol. Kara likes pushing people on her interviews regardless of their ideology.

May 28th
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