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Each weekday afternoon, Axios' Dan Primack unpacks the biggest story of the day and why it matters. 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. 

Axios Re:Cap is on hiatus until October 2021.

689 Episodes
On our latest installment of our Hard Truths series, we look at how the process to get tenure at many universities in the U.S. is shutting out academics of color. Guests: Paul Harris, associate professor of education at Pennsylvania State University, and Patricia Matthew, associate professor of English at Montclair State University and editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure Credits: “Axios Today” is brought to you by Axios and Pushkin Industries. This episode was produced by Nuria Marquez Martinez and edited by Alexandra Botti. Jeanne Montalvo is our sound engineer. Dan Bobkoff is our executive producer. Special thanks to executive editor Sara Kehaulani Goo, Hard Truths editor Michele Salcedo and managing editor for business Aja Whitacker-Moore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With the pandemic, the way we think about work has changed. There is a newfound power of the employee, and with that has come more union organizing. Axios Re:Cap digs into what Bessemer means for unions, the history of unions in the U.S., and the dignity of a worker with author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Spotify is one of the biggest players in podcasts, and has been spending big on shows like The Joe Rogan Experience and Call Her Daddy. But the industry still very small compared to music and other types of media content. Axios Re:Cap digs into the past, present and future of the podcasting business with Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek, who also shares what he's been listening to revently. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
From the military coup in Myanmar, to U.S. sanctions on Belarus, to violence in Venezuela. Axios Re:Cap talks with Axios' World Editor, Dave Lawler, and catches us up quick with what's going on around the globe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The way we make and maintain friendships has changed during the pandemic, and post-pandemic is a great time to let some go. Axios Re:Cap talks with author of Friends Forever, Suzanne Degges White, about why our friendships are changing and how to move forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The world is suffering from a shortage of silicon chips, making it harder to make and buy everything from cars to home appliances. Axios Re:Cap talks with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about U.S. efforts to improve domestic manufacturing, why it’s taking so long to pass the CHIPS Act and what can be done to help in the short-term. Plus, an important message from Dan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Space travel once unified Americans with the excitement of scientific discovery and wonderment. But the recent suborbital trips headlined by Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have been much more divisive, with critics accusing the billionaires of taking pricey joyrides while the Earth below them literally burns. Dan goes deeper with engineer and Virgin Galactic executive Sirisha Bandla, who flew alongside Branson, to better understand what space tourism could also mean for the future of science. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Tom Barrack, the billionaire real estate investor and close friend to former President Trump, was arrested yesterday on federal charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates. It's a case that touches the highest levels of American finance and power.Dan goes deeper with Vicky Ward, an investigative journalist who's reported Tom Barrack through her books on New York real estate, the Kushner family and her new podcast series on Jeffrey Epstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Bitcoin is not environmentally friendly. It takes enormous amounts of electricity to mine and exchange cryptocurrencies..Dan digs into this conflict between climate and cryptocurrencies with Axios energy reporter Ben Geman and crypto investor Anthony Pompliano, to better understand the problem and what might be done to resolve it Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A federal judge in Texas last week blocked DACA, the Obama-era program that provides legal protections to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. The ruling puts more than 600,000 Dreamers in a new state of legal limbo, and stops new applicants from being approved. Dan talks with Axios politics reporter Stef Kight about what comes next, both in the courts and in Congress.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On our latest installment of our Hard Truths series, we go inside the fight to build a $2.4 billion telescope on the highest mountaintop in Hawai'i. For astronomers it would mean the chance to answer deep questions about the universe. But for indigenous Hawai'ians, it would mean the desecration of sacred land. Guests: Aurora Kagawa-Viviani, post-doctoral researcher and scientist at UH-Hilo Hawaii Cooperative studies unit at the University of Hawai'i Hilo and Axios' Miriam Kramer. Credits: "Axios Today" is brought to you by Axios and Pushkin Industries. This episode was produced by Nuria Marquez Martinez and edited by Alexandra Botti. Alex Sugiura is our sound engineer. Dan Bobkoff is our executive producer. Special thanks to Axios space editor Miriam Kramer, Executive Editor Sara Kehaulani Goo, and Hard Truths Editor Michele Salcedo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Two weeks ago today, the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida collapsed. 54 people are confirmed to have died, while 86 remain missing. The collapse has begun to spark a broader conversation about aging condo buildings, which house around one out of every five Americans.  Dan talks to Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek about the fundamental flaws of condo management and the conflict surrounding owners and maintenance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Chinese government is going after its own Big Tech companies, with new rules around cybersecurity and listing shares on foreign exchanges. It’s also banned many of them from app stores, including ride-hail giant DiDi, which last week went public in New York. Dan talks with Rui Ma of China Tech Buzz about what’s changed in just the past few days, what it means for companies like DiDi and parallels to last year's fight between Trump and TikTok. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Richard Branson is scheduled to blast off this Sunday on a suborbital space flight with his company Virgin Galactic, just days before Jeff Bezos plans to ride aboard a Blue Origin spaceship. But a lot more is riding on these rockets than ambitious billionaires. Axios Re:Cap speaks with Axios Space editor Miriam Kramer about what Branson and Bezos are actually doing, how it’s different from what SpaceX is doing, and the risks these missions could pose for the future of space travel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Americans spend billions of dollars on July 4th food, but what we eat is changing as health and sustainability become bigger factors in our diet decisions. Axios Re:Cap goes deeper with Ethan Brown, founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, to learn more about changing consumer tastes and what it means for the future of meat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It’s almost certain that America won’t meet President Biden’s goal of having 70% of all American adults at least partially vaccinated by the Fourth of July. To understand why, it’s crucial to understand who hasn’t gotten vaccinated, where they are, and why.  Dan digs into these questions with Otis Rolley III of the Rockefeller Foundation, which recently released research with Dalberg that breaks down which groups and places in the U.S. have fallen furthest behind on vaccinations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Most small business stories from the pandemic are about about pivoting or perishing, but there's also been an unexpected surge in new small business creation. One example is Agua Bonita, a canned beverage company that launched last year after both of its co-founders were laid off. Dan talks with Agua Bonita co-founder Kayla Castañeda and Techstars founder David Cohen about what it was like for startups over the past 14 months and what recovery means for businesses that didn't even exist before COVID-19. Plus, a conversation with Wall Drug proprietor Rick Hustead. Note: This episode first aired 5/28/21. Due to platform issues that blocked it from some listeners' feeds, we are rerunning it for all listeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Pacific Northwest is experiencing record-high temperatures due to a “heat dome” that should be a once every-few-thousand-year event — but which could occur more often and with more severity due to climate change. Dan digs in with Axios climate reporter Andrew Freedman, to better understand this weather event's science, the dangers posed to human health and infrastructure, and how the definition of a "normal climate" is changing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 4% fewer U.S. births in 2020 than in 2019, an acceleration of a long, slow decline. The report keeps getting picked up in the news, in part because conventional wisdom has generally been that it’s important for generations to replenish themselves. Dan discusses this report, how we think about birth rates and the economy, and whether a country can sustain its economy without sustaining its birth rate with Axios business reporter Hope King and with report coauthor and CDC statistician and demographer Brady Hamilton.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week was the first time Britney Spears ever personally addressed the court — and in doing so, the public — about wanting to terminate the conservatorship, controlled by her father, that she has been under since 2008. But the New York Times recently reported that her lawyer first told a court seven years ago that Britney wanted to explore having her father removed. Dan is joined by’s Constance Grady to discuss how public concern about her conservatorship went mainstream, what we know about her situation, what this says about how our culture thinks about celebrity and mental illness, and what could come next in this case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (11)

Philly Burbs

paid podcasts will ruin it. even Rogan people won't pay for him.

Sep 15th

John Sheldon

Jul 28th

mari arana

Wow, this episode ended super weird for me. It just cut off awkwardly.

Jun 28th

mari arana

😂😂 The clam chowder thing at the end. I agree!

Feb 26th

mari arana

This makes me so angry. How completely out of touch & callous can people be to think $15 minimum wage is too high? I want to know where these people live, buy groceries & necessary life supplies, who they have their healthcare & childcare with, where they bought their car, etc because I need to know their secrets if they think $15/hr is even close to enough for all of that. Forget internet (which is no longer a luxury but a necessity), vacations, outings, gifts, etc but I guess a person making $15/hr doesn't have to worry about that because they'll need to work over 40 for regular life & still find some time to at least sleep. Geez!

Feb 12th

mari arana

I love JLo but no way does she sing better than Lady Gaga.

Jan 21st

mari arana


Dec 8th

mari arana

The first part of this episode might as well have been in Chinese for me. I've read and heard tons of podcasts regarding the stock market, IPO's, etc. & I'll never understand it. Maybe because I'm poor or maybe that's why I'm poor. 😂

Sep 24th

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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