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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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Jonathan Ryan and Erika Andiola, the CEO and chief advocacy officer at RAICES, talk with Vox.com's Ezra Klein at the 2019 Code Conference.In this episode: The current situation at the US-Mexico border; the increasing power of the executive branch of the US government as you approach the border; how tech companies like Palantir, Amazon, Microsoft, and Dell are working with ICE; the history of corporations enabling unconstitutional behavior; alternatives for the government; what would be a non-tyrannical way of handling immigration?; the “political football” of immigration reform; and the role of sanctuary cities.
Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon's cloud computing service AWS, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher at the 2019 Code Conference.In this episode: How Jassy came to work at Amazon 22 years ago; how Jeff Bezos has changed in that time; how AWS differentiates itself from the competition; could it be disrupted by a small business?; facial recognition, sensor creep, and trust; alleged misuse of Amazon’s facial recognition tech by law enforcement; its work with the government, and employee objections to that; should tech companies work with ICE and border patrol?; potential antitrust regulation and whether AWS should be spun off; Donald Trump’s Amazon-bashing obsession; the HQ2 contest; the challenges of running AWS, including diversity; does Jassy want to be CEO of Amazon?; and how does AWS's culture compare to Amazon’s? 
Vijaya Gadde, who leads the legal and trust and safety teams at Twitter, and Periscope co-founder Kayvon Beykpour, who's now the company's head of product, talk with Recode's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2019 Code Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.In this episode: Twitter’s meeting with President Trump; CEO Jack Dorsey's level of contact with the policy team; cleaning the Twitter “cesspool”; could it operate without letting everyone speak?; its new policies around elections and anti-vaxxers; how its responses to abuse compare to Facebook’s and Google’s; does de-platforming people like Alex Jones reduce their influence?; does Twitter radicalize people?; how Twitter is trying to get rid of white supremacists; and false equivalency in content moderation.
Mehdi Hasan, a columnist at the Intercept and host of its weekly podcast Deconstructed, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher.In this episode: How Hasan got into journalism; the timidity of the American press; cold comforts in the “horrible, horrible moment” of the Trump presidency; the Intercept and Hasan’s podcast, Deconstructed; his viral interview with Blackwater founder Erik Prince; Swisher’s interview with Sam Harris; liberals who only see racism on the right; the controversial speeches in Hasan's history; the impact of Twitter on politics — and Donald Trump on Twitter; the 2020 presidential race and impeachment; and Trump's legacy.
CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, The Shadow War: Inside Russia’s and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America.In this episode: Sciutto’s background and the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests; being a foreign correspondent; working for the Chinese ambassador and returning to journalism; being a journalist at CNN in the Trump era; Americans’ post-Cold War delusions about Russia; why failures to recognize Russia and China as threats have been bipartisan; how both countries have made themselves adversaries of the US; what Russia has done beyond election hacking, including "kamikaze satellites"; China’s theft of state secrets; should we be making phones in China?; why AI is now a battlefield; what do Russia and China actually want, and what does defeat look like?; America's deeply partisan politics; the policy steps to end the shadow war; and the impact of Trump's trade war with China.
Media market research consultant Michele Madansky talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about The Elephant in the Valley, her study into the prevalence of harassment in tech that was first conducted in 2016 and recently updated with new statistics.In this episode: Madansky's background; the first edition of Elephant in the Valley and its aftermath; how does harassment in tech compare to other industries?; is harassment still the elephant in the room?; what's worse since 2016, what's the same, and what's better?; why Madansky is optimistic; Gen Z and growing acceptance of women as breadwinners; how to change the numbers; is Madansky worried about #MeToo fatigue?; and her advice for the tech companies she advises.
Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the challenges facing women in the tech industry and what everyone can do to make progress happen faster.In this episode: The 60 Minutes problem; what Girls Who Code does; how it compares to other diversity-in-coding groups; how much progress have we made so far?; the link between perfectionism and "fitting in"; the lousy excuses for homogeneous hiring; how Google and Microsoft could become the new Goldman Sachs; sexual harassment and the impact of #MeToo; bringing new investors into the ecosystem; what parents should tell their daughters; and where are the role models?
Former MIT president Susan Hockfield talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her new book, The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution.In this episode: How Hockfield got to MIT; how the school creates innovation; how Route 128 lost the digital revolution to the west coast; Boston's new "regional advantage," sustainable energy; the convergence of biology and engineering; why Hockfield wrote "The Age of Living Machines"; "living machines" that can help us prevent diseases and detect cancer; the challenge of clean water; how some viruses can become rechargeable batteries; how to direct investment and political attention toward these technologies; urging technology forward during times of relative peace; what China and other countries learned from the United States’ post-WWII tech boom; and why the decline of trust in scientific expertise "terrifies" her.
In these live interviews recorded at the 2019 SALT Conference in Las Vegas, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to investors Mark Cuban and Steve Case about the future of entrepreneurship and talent agent Scooter Braun about how tech is changing the entertainment business.In the Cuban/Case interview: The "third wave" of the internet and Case's "rise of the rest" theory; the state of entrepreneurship outside Silicon Valley; are startups really in decline?; how to properly train the next generation of startup founders; why Cuban believes everyone working at a startup should receive equity; how to make tech more diverse; and how does techlash change investing?And then, in the Braun interview: The impact of social media on Braun's work and the life of a touring musician; getting arrested on behalf of Justin Bieber; why sometimes, your gut should trump the data; playing power politics with Apple and Spotify; how Braun almost bought 10 percent of Facebook; and his investments in Uber, Lyft, and other tech companies.
DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher in this live conversation recorded at Made By We in New York City.In this episode: What DuckDuckGo does; why Weinberg started the company; contextual advertising; Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act; are people actually mad about privacy violations?; Weinberg’s proposal for national privacy legislation; competing against Google and the “filter bubble”; data interoperability and what good policies would look like; what can consumers do to protect themselves?; security and facial recognition; the small number of people making decisions for the whole world; should Americans have the right to be forgotten?; and can there be a DuckDuckGo for YouTube?
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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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Mai

I heard her trying to swing the conversation to her perspective and not actually listening. I like Sam because he gets to the point without worrying about how it comes off and the issue with people who interview him is they demand he take feelings into consideration in his wording instead of listening for meaning. He kindly assumes people are smart enough to get the point but they are so often not

May 28th
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Eric Staples

William M Westcott Where does Mai say "constantly misinterpreted"? You just pulled that straw man out of thin air.

May 28th
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William M Westcott

Mai If people are constantly misinterpreting him I would argue that it’s a failure on his part. One which he has no interest in thinking about. Lolol you guys are funny.

May 28th
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Gene

The underlying reason people want to cheat death is that they see an inherent indignity in dying. No one wants to turn into a cold ass corpse staring blankly into the space with a fly crawling into their mouth. Instead of trying to extend death indefinitely, we should think about how to live the most dignified life possible - improve healthcare, restore sense of community, reduce inequality. Don't be Voldemort and make horcruxes, be Harry and embrace death as equals.

May 28th
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Josh Bryan

Kara was pretty bad. Idealogues are always insufferable.

May 22nd
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Eric Staples

William M Westcott She said in response to Sam correcting her calling Christopher "Chris", "well fine, he's dead. Too bad." That's not her "pushing" her guest, that's her being a shitty host.

May 28th
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Josh Bryan

William M Westcott Admittedly I don't follow Kara much, but her available articles and self description are fairly clear as to where she falls on the ideological spectrum. Conversely, I have followed Sam for many years, primarily for his writings on theology. His ideology, for the most part, is based in logic and reason which resonates with me. I don't really think of Sam having an ideology probably because I associate the term as having a basis in things other than reason. Kara's near constant snarky comments rubbed me the wrong way at times.

May 28th
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Elan Zankman

I had to stop listening hallway through because Kara was consistently rude to her guest. Why was she being such a bitch?

May 19th
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Adam Itinerant

Elan Zankman First and last time I'll listen to her. Rude, ungracious, uninterested in understanding her guest, arguing with what she wished he'd said.

May 29th
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William M Westcott

Elan Zankman Have you never listened to her before? It’s literally her thing.

May 28th
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Deepak Sridhar

Chamath is the personification of the hubris of silicon valley. I can't stand his ego but I enjoy listening to him on podcasts cause he is a good barometer of the world view of the average out of touch silicon valley bro.

Mar 4th
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Matt Uddenberg

While I agree with a lot of what this guy is saying, the sheer amount of ego he put forth was rather nauseating. Especially when it comes to his great epiphany that living for external validation and material wealth to the exclusion of other things will lead to unhappiness. No shit, there are literally stories and religions going back thousands of years preaching this same thing. It's like Christopher Columbus landing on an island full of people and saying, "look what I discovered." Also, his complaint about people wanting to punish success was really telling. No, that is not the issue. We are in the middle of the wealthiest time in this country's history and kids are starving, homeless people are everywhere and infrastructure is falling apart. All the while billonares are going to save us by telling us shit we already know and investing their money and time in things we don't need. Clearly changes need to be made.

Mar 4th
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Black Butterfly

Great interview with Chamath. Your 2017 interview resonated with truth and honesty no shame in that. His billionaire flex was showing when he first dissed AOC. Yes Chamath it was a diss. And yes debt is going to crush our economy.

Mar 4th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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