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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 is joined by guest host MSNBC Live anchor Stephanie Ruhle to talk about Microsoft in talks to buy up TikTok after Trump threatens to ban the China-based app. They also discuss SpaceX's return to Earth and the future of private companies in space. They talk to Friend of Pivot Congressman David Cicilline, the Chair of the House Antitrust Subcommittee about the historic big tech hearings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about the winners and losers from Wednesday's tech antitrust hearing in Congress and answer listener questions about what the US government might do next. They also discuss Snap's first diversity report, why MacKenzie Scott (née Bezos) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal won the week, and the most important news of late — Taylor Swift's new album, Folklore. Scott predicts that colleges are about to send a very important letter to parents — after cashing their tuition checks. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott chat about the delay of the tech antitrust hearing, the "unprecedented culture crisis" at Facebook, and the think-tank financed by Big Tech that is schmoozing foreign regulators. Friend of Pivot Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, joins to talk about the return of professional basketball and why the NBA's "bubble" at Disney World is safer than the attempted comebacks of football and baseball; Cuban also discusses his Twitter battle with Ted Cruz, why he's optimistic about a COVID-19 vaccine, and why a new wave of legalized sports gambling is on the horizon. Also: What should Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg have behind them when they testify, what should we take away from AOC's battle with Ted Yoho, and can an AI algorithm write better than Kara Swisher? Hey, listeners: We want your reactions to and questions about Wednesday's tech antitrust hearing. Send them in to pivot@voxmedia.com by Wednesday night, or tweet them @PivotSchooled. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott look towards next week's historic antitrust hearings as the CEOs of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon all head to Washington for the first time. They also look at Twitter's decision to ban QAnon accounts and how other platforms should follow suit. In Listener Mail, we get a question about Uber offering its backend software to public transit systems and how that may give Uber outsized monopoly power. In predictions, Scott talks about Tesla's acquisition power in the coming months. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about billionaire Jack Ma taking his company Ant Group public in Hong Kong and Shanghai and what that means for the US stock market. They discuss the fall out from Twitter's biggest user hack in the company's history. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Rick Wilson, the co-founder of the Lincoln Project about his PAC's social media advertising strategy to take down Donald Trump. In wins they celebrate Congressman John Lewis. In fails, they discuss Netflix disappointing earnings and Kanye West's campaign rally. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about the launch of NBC's new streaming service and why it isn't on major streaming devices. They also discuss Apple's big tax battle win in the European Union and what it may mean for upcoming antitrust hearings in the United States. In Listener Mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about what technology is having a positive impact on our psychology. In predictions, Kara foresees some new media collaborations and Scott thinks Netflix is going to have major earnings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Google's big investment in India; it's the latest big tech company to make big moves in the country this year. They also discuss Facebook possibly banning political ads, and why it's a cop-out. They go deeper on the issue with Friend of Pivot Rashad Robinson, the Executive Director of Color of Change, who has been meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg after helping to organize the July ad boycott of the platform. Kara's fail is Tucker Carlson's head writer getting caught publicly writing racist, sexist and homophobic comments on public forums. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about an audit released about Facebook's lack of civil rights practices, the groups that have pushed them on moderating their platform, and Sheryl Sandberg's first public response. They also discuss the US' possible ban on TikTok, the China based social media app. In Listener Mail, we get a question about why colleges are not lowering tuition even though many will only be offering online courses in the fall. In predictions, Scott thinks Trumps visa ban on foreign students not enrolled in in-person schools will have economic repercussions. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Uber's acquisition of the food delivery company Postmates and what that means for the future of that market and the ride-hailing company. Also, they discuss the big four tech CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai all headed to congress as part of antitrust investigations. Then, we are joined by Friend of Pivot New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz who talks about Clubhouse and its toxic culture. In wins Scott celebrates the life of Ennio Morricone. Special thanks to Eric Johnson for his work on this episode. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Facebook announcing it would change its policies around hate speech on the platform after mounting pressures from Civil Rights organizations and company ad boycotts. They also discuss Amazon buying Zoox, an autonomous ride-hailing company to start competing in delivery and ride share. We are joined by Friend of Pivot Sayu Bhojwani to talk about Trump's suspension of H1-B visas and how that will affect Silicon Valley. Get tickets for our upcoming livestream event series: PivotSchooled.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about how Square has been taking about 20% off of merchant transactions, as Jack Dorsey helms both Twitter and Square. Meanwhile, Twitch has been facing backlash from womxn gamers who are alleging that the company is allowing for sexual harassment and assault, while they create content for the company. This comes several years after the industry dealt with "Gamergate". We get a Listener Question about Apple and Google's contact tracing app as covid-19 cases climb around the country, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about TikTokers pranking Trump out of rally goers and a new potential competitor to Google's search engine. They also discuss more issues of racism reported at Pinterest. They are joined by Friend of Pivot John Rice, the Founder of the non-profit Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) about how companies can better strategize in order to bring more Black talent into industries, retain and elevate that talent. Kara's fail continues to be Facebook's dubious relationship with the Trump administration. Scott's fail is Robinhood's response to a young man's death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's new feature that allows certain users to post audio recordings. They also get talk about Pinterest reconciling with claims from Black employees that the company has internal racist practices. In big stories, the Department of Justice released a recommendation that portions of Section 230 be repealed. Meanwhile, Basecamp's new email service Hey.com is claiming that Apple has been abusing its power in the App Store. Scott predicts there will be negative impacts on mental health due to online trading apps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about the possibility that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might speak to the House Judiciary Committee as a part of a broad antitrust investigation into big tech. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warns that the state’s reopening might need to be delayed after widespread violations of social distancing orders. Then we hear from personal finance expert Suze Orman about the financial economic crisis facing Americans today and why she fears a wave of foreclosures and asset repossessions later this year. The Supreme Court is Kara’s win and a setback in global poverty reduction is Scott’s fail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Amazon and IBM moving away from their facial recognition technology because of algorithm's known racial biases. They also discuss Biden's petition to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to change his hands-off approach with political speech on the platform. They talk about HBOMax taking down "Gone with the Wind" and whether platforms should give more context to historic racism in film. And, as Starbucks shuts down 400 stores in North America, they talk about what the future is for brick and mortar giants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about a new lawsuit waged by Amazon warehouse workers alleging the company did not follow CDC protocol well enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. They discuss Alexis Ohanian's decision to step down from Reddit's board of the directors in order to leave space to elevate a black person to his empty seat. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Mike Masnick of tech dirt to talk about Section 230, as Trump battles with Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Zuckerberg doubling down on Facebook policy that allows Trump to continue posting inflammatory content on the platform. They also discuss a new lawsuit against Google that says the company may be breaking Federal wiretap laws when people use private browser modes. Plus a listener mail question on Amazon bonds and a prediction about the 2020 IPO class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about how protests have played out across the country and corporations responses. As US citizens take to the streets to protest police officers killing black people, Facebook workers go on strike. Then, they are joined by Friend of Pivot, activist, comedian, writer and producer Baratunde Thurston who clarifies how the protests are playing out on social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's responsibility in fact-checking and regulating Trump tweets as they slap their first misinformation label on one of the president's tweets. They also discuss the future of a "private" space as Elon Musk prepares to launch his SpaceX rocket. Meanwhile, Amazon is having its annual shareholder meeting and some people are hoping they can push the company to be transparent about data around covid-19 deaths of warehouse workers. Plus we hear a listener mail question about whether big tech and mental health apps. This episode contains an audio clip from former Friend of Pivot Andrew Ross-Sorkin and his CNBC show "Squawkbox". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kara and Scott talk about Disney open its doors to the NBA as professional sports leagues attempt to resume their seasons. Meanwhile, the New York Stock Exchange will be open to traders again this week. Scott thinks there will be a strong class of IPOs by the end of the years. Then we hear from Caryn Marooney, the former VP of Global Communications at Facebook. She gives an insider's look at Mark Zuckerberg's new work from home policy. Jacinda Arden is Kara's win and Joe Biden's lack of momentum is Scott's fail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Peter Worn

Anyone else getting terrible audio quality from this podcast last 2 eps?

Jul 25th
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Emmanuel Chukwu

Kara shows that she has a deep understanding of nuance until the subject is Facebook. Good episode overall

Jun 20th
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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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