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What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Vimeo’s Anjali Sud shifted the company’s strategy — and became its CEO + The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson on the limits of the ‘attention economy’

June 20th, 2019

1:20:57
Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo talks to Peter Kafka about how she changed things up at Vimeo, working with Barry Diller, and how she came to the top job. 

More content on this episode: a conversation with writer Derek Thompson …

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger at the Code Conference

June 13th, 2019

31:39
A.G. Sulzberger talks to Peter Kafka about the ‘Trump bump’ for the New York Times, how it’s subscription-first model is doing, and the future for …

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at the Code Conference

June 11th, 2019

39:23

Susan Wojcicki talks to Peter Kafka at Code Conference, defending YouTube’s controversial decision not to ban Steven Crowder for slurs against journalist Carlos Maza. She talks about YouTube's use of humans, software …

Matthew Ball on Amazon vs Apple vs Netflix vs Disney, and how he built a digital media career by writing for free

June 6th, 2019

1:00:00
Analyst/writer/investor-to-be Matthew Ball gives his predictions on how Disney, Netflix, Apple and Amazon are faring in the ‘battle royale’ - the streaming wars. He gives Peter Kafka his insight on Amazon Video from his …

ESPN’s Jimmy Pitaro on how he’s reshaping the network

May 30th, 2019

54:22

Jimmy Pitaro is president of one of the most powerful programming networks on TV - but how does ESPN stay competitive in the streaming era? He talks …

YouTube’s Neal Mohan is trying to police the world’s largest video site + Game of Thrones is gone. What’s next?

May 23rd, 2019

52:51

Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube talks to Peter Kafka about how YouTube deals with problematic content: how it enforces the site’s community guidelines, and deploys machines to detect, and humans to evaluate …

Eugene Wei explains why we’re all ‘status monkeys’ on social media

May 16th, 2019

1:00:52

Amazon and Hulu veteran Eugene Wei has a really smart take on how status determines our use - and the success - of social networks like Twitter, …

Nick Hornby on writing for TV, 10 minutes at a time

May 14th, 2019

40:52

Author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) talks to Peter Kafka about his newest project: Sundance’s “State of the Union” a 10-part series that …

Game of Thrones is down to its last dragon + Hulu CEO Randy Freer

May 9th, 2019

1:09:58

Two conversations in this episode: Vanity Fair writer, podcast host, and Game of Thrones expert Joanna Robinson talks to Peter Kafka about the end of GOT, and what that means for HBO, and the media ecosystem that has …

Digital media pioneer Jason Hirschhorn on Netflix vs. Everyone Else

May 7th, 2019

1:03:31

Jason Hirschhorn, digital media pioneer and CEO of news aggregator REDEF, comes back for this third visit with Peter Kafka. They talk about streaming and ‘direct-to-customer’: what this means for Disney and Netflix. …

Kickstarter’s Perry Chen on 10 years and billions of dollars of crowdfunding

May 2nd, 2019

1:04:38

Kickstarter is now synonymous with crowdfunding, but for years it was just an idea in founder Perry Chen’s mind: “This is something that should …

New York Magazine editor David Haskell on taking over after an industry legend

April 25th, 2019

48:13

David Haskell, New York Magazine's new editor-in-chief, talks to Peter Kafka about following in the footsteps of star editor Adam Moss. Also: New …

Why Jessi Hempel left a superstar writing career for LinkedIn

April 18th, 2019

47:27

Jessi Hempel spent years covering tech giants for Fortune, BusinessWeek and Wired. Now she’s working for a tech giant herself. Hempel explains why she’s writing, and podcasting, for Microsoft’s LinkedIn, and what she’s …

Disney enters the streaming wars + AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan

April 16th, 2019

1:07:33
Joe Adalian, west coast editor of Vulture, from New York Magazine, talks to Peter Kafka about the Disney+ launch event, and what it could mean for …

"Savage News" author Jessica Yellin on the dark side (and the silly side) of TV news

April 11th, 2019

49:05
Journalist Jessica Yellin talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her new satirical novel about TV journalism, Savage News.

In this episode: Yellin's Instagram project, News Not Noise; the lie, "nobody wants news without a …

Nilay Patel and Peter Kafka talk about Apple's media event

April 4th, 2019

50:59

If you like Recode Media, we think you'll also like this episode of The Vergecast! Peter Kafka sits down with Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge, to talk about Apple's “Show Time” event and whether it's prepared …

How Brat co-founder Rob Fishman is making TV for the internet's young women

March 28th, 2019

40:30
Brat co-founder Rob Fishman talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his LA-based digital video studio, which is making shows aimed at young women who might have once watched the CW or MTV.

In this episode: What sets Brat …

The business of podcasting with Jacob Weisberg, Bethany McLean and Marshall Williams

March 21st, 2019

1:06:37
Bethany McLean and Jacob Weisberg from Pushkin Industries and Marshall Williams from Ad Results Media talk with Recode's Peter Kafka in front of a …

Brian Stelter, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources"

March 19th, 2019

1:03:58
Brian Stelter, CNN's chief media correspondent and the host of Reliable Sources, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka in front of a live audience at South by Southwest.

In this episode: How Stelter figures out what to focus …

Alex Gibney, director of HBO's Theranos documentary "The Inventor"

March 14th, 2019

37:03
Documentary director Alex Gibney talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley, a new film about the fall of …

"Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban on investing, sports gambling and how he helped Elon Musk

March 12th, 2019

46:10
Mark Cuban talks with Recode's Peter Kafka in this live interview recorded at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

In this episode: Who can beat Trump in 2020?; why Cuban was spotted talking with Steve Bannon in 2016; …

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer on Fox News and the Trump White House

March 8th, 2019

13:52

The New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her recent investigation into the links between the Trump administration and Fox News, The Making of the Fox News White House. She says …

Overtime CEO Dan Porter on making sports media for Gen Z

March 7th, 2019

51:55
Overtime CEO Dan Porter talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how his company is turning non-professional athletes into stars — and some common mistakes media founders make.

In this episode: Porter's background; why it's …

J2 Global CEO Vivek Shah on being a serial acquirer of media businesses

February 28th, 2019

44:59
J2 Global CEO Vivek Shah talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about running the company that owns a portfolio of digital brands, including Mashable, PCMag …

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on sports gambling and buying Time Warner

February 21st, 2019

31:29
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the potential of 5G internet, AT&T's 2018 acquisition of Time Warner and how the company is thinking about sports gambling in the U.S.

In this …

Indie.vc founder Bryce Roberts: Why venture capital doesn't work for everyone

February 14th, 2019

48:38
Bryce Roberts, the "recovering venture capitalist" who founded Indie.vc, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why more entrepreneurs should be …

Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, plus Fortune CEO Alan Murray

February 7th, 2019

1:05:56
Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about selling their company to Spotify. Then later in the show, Fortune Media Group CEO Alan Murray sits down with Peter to talk about …

Jill Abramson on BuzzFeed layoffs, "Merchants of Truth" and the local news crisis

January 31st, 2019

48:19
Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her new book, Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.

In this episode: Why Abramson wrote

NYU's Jay Rosen says 2020's political journalism will be even worse than 2016's

January 24th, 2019

55:35
NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the problematic state of the political media in the Trump era.

In this …

Axios business editor Dan Primack on newsletters, IPOs and the economy in 2019

January 17th, 2019

48:26
Axios' Dan Primack, the author of the Pro Rata business newsletter, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka.

In this episode: Why Dan Primack didn't start his own site like other star journalists; economic predictions for 2019, …

Harvard's Susan Crawford on the importance of fiber internet

January 10th, 2019

34:35

Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her new book, Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America …

Neil Vogel on turning around an aging internet property

January 3rd, 2019

44:15

‘It took us a while to figure out what our real value is to the universe’ - Neil Vogel, CEO of Dot Dash, talks about - ‘About.com’, and the challenges of turning around an internet property in decline. Also: building …

Filmmaker Hao Wu and Loretta Chao on streaming culture in China

December 27th, 2018

43:17

"A real life Black Mirror story, a cautionary tale," is how director Hao Wu describes his new documentary, 'People's Republic of Desire.' Recode's Kara Swisher talks to Hao Wu, alongside Loretta Chao, a former WSJ …

Lydia Polgreen talks to Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian

December 20th, 2018

1:35:13

Former Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger in conversation with Lydia Polgreen.

The big business of being a social media star

December 13th, 2018

52:32

John Shahidi, the CEO and co-founder of digital production company Shots Studios, talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about creating content for warring online platforms like Netflix, YouTube and Spotify.

In this episode: …

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan talks to Maggie Haberman about reporting on the Trump administration

December 6th, 2018

43:43

Jonathan Swan, the national political reporter for Axios, talks with the New York Times' Maggie Haberman about the highs and lows of covering the …

Former GE and NBC executive Beth Comstock

November 29th, 2018

56:02

Beth Comstock, the former vice chair of GE and former president of integrated media at NBCUniversal, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her new book, "Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of …

How Twitch's CEO thinks about tech addiction

November 22nd, 2018

51:16

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about launching the live video service, selling it to Amazon and reckoning with tech companies' responsibilities to their users.

In this episode: (01:41) Why Twitch …

Netflix will get ads, predicts The Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green

November 15th, 2018

50:43

Jeff Green, the CEO of the online advertising marketplace The Trade Desk, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the state of digital ads.

In this episode: (2:04) Competing with Google and Facebook; (4:21) What the Trade …

Is the Daily Beast the new Gawker?

November 13th, 2018

33:12

Noah Shachtman, the editor in chief of the Daily Beast, talks with BuzzFeed's Steven Perlberg about taking over that job in May and how he's thinking about the "gonzo" site's place in the media landscape.

In this …

John Skipper: You’ve heard of ESPN. Now give DAZN a try.

November 8th, 2018

54:30

Former ESPN president John Skipper talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new role as chairman of the DAZN Group, an online sports streaming …

'The Front Runner' director Jason Reitman

November 1st, 2018

36:42

Film director Jason Reitman talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new movie, "The Front Runner," which stars Hugh Jackman and chronicles Gary Hart's scandalous 1988 presidential campaign.

In this episode: (1:12) …

Snap VP of Content Nick Bell

October 25th, 2018

43:59

Nick Bell, the vice president of content at Snapchat maker Snap, talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about

In this episode: (02:35) Bell's background as a …

NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew

October 23rd, 2018

58:49

Maurice Jone-Drew, a former running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders, talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about the transition from playing football into talking about it — as an analyst on the NFL …

'The Fairway' author Matt Taibbi

October 18th, 2018

47:29

Matt Taibbi, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, talks with BuzzFeed's Steven Perlberg about "The Fairway," a new book that he is publishing via …

Rival CEO Nathan Hubbard

October 11th, 2018

50:26

Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new live events startup, Rival.

Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones

October 4th, 2018

40:35

Radhika Jones, the editor of Vanity Fair, talks with HuffPost's Lydia Polgreen about the role of the magazine and its famous New Establishment list …

'The Big Disruption' author Jessica Powell

October 2nd, 2018

56:29

Jessica Powell, Google's former vice president of communications, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her new novel, "The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story."

In this …

The Markup co-founder Julia Angwin

September 27th, 2018

51:03

Investigative journalist Julia Angwin talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the Markup, a new data-driven nonprofit media outlet that will …

'Big Game' author Mark Leibovich

September 25th, 2018

57:29

If you enjoy Recode Media, we think you'd also like Recode Decode.

On a recent episode of the show, Recode's Kara Swisher spoke with Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and …

Business of Fashion editor in chief Imran Amed

September 20th, 2018

49:50

Imran Amed, the founder and editor in chief of the fashion publication Business of Fashion, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka.

In this episode:02:30 - New York Fashion Week and the BoF 50006:39 - How Fashion Week is …

'The Land of Steady Habits' director Nicole Holofcener

September 18th, 2018

30:23

Filmmaker Nicole Holofcener talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her new film "The Land of Steady Habits," which stars Ben Mendelsohn and is …

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

September 14th, 2018

51:25

In this special bonus episode of Recode Media, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talks with NYU professor Jay Rosen about how Twitter is thinking about its responsibilities to society at large.

In this episode:01:08 - …

Roku CEO Anthony Wood

September 13th, 2018

50:21

Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the TV streaming company went public, embedded itself in a slew of TVs and shrugged off competition from some of the biggest tech firms in the world.

In …

Substack CEO Chris Best

September 6th, 2018

47:00

Chris Best, the CEO and co-founder of Substack, talks with the Verge's Casey Newton about how and why writers are starting paid email newsletters.

In this episode:01:40 - What is Substack?03:00 - Why email is better than …

ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum

August 30th, 2018

46:34

Judd Legum, the founder of the left-wing political blog ThinkProgress, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why he left that site to start a …

Redef CEO Jason Hirschhorn

August 23rd, 2018

1:02:45

Jason Hirschhorn, the CEO and chief curator of Redef, returns to the podcast to talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about media moguls, the virtues of …

Digiday editor in chief Brian Morrissey

August 16th, 2018

54:03

Brian Morrissey, the president and editor in chief of Digiday Media, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the digital media and marketing business is pivoting toward live events and away from Facebook …

Discord CEO Jason Citron

August 9th, 2018

43:21

Discord CEO Jason Citron talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about how the chat app for PC gamers has grown to 150 million registered users, nearly 20 million of whom use the app every day. Citron says Discord has been …

Product Hunt CEO Ryan Hoover

August 2nd, 2018

49:13

Ryan Hoover, the founder and CEO of Product Hunt, talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about running a popular online community for startup founders and …

'Eighth Grade' director Bo Burnham

July 26th, 2018

43:15

Comedian Bo Burnham talks about his new movie "Eighth Grade" with Recode's Peter Kafka. Burnham says that although the movie's characters are depicted facing issues shared by real eighth graders, he wrote "Eighth Grade" …

'Billions' producer Brian Koppelman

July 19th, 2018

47:38

Writer and filmmaker Brian Koppelman talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about co-creating the hit Showtime series "Billions." Koppelman has made a habit of engaging with the show's fans online, but says that when he's …

Manoush Zomorodi: Can blockchain save journalism?

July 12th, 2018

56:28

Stable Genius Productions co-founder Manoush Zomorodi talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her decision to leave public radio juggernaut WNYC for a two-woman startup. Stable Genius is one of 20 companies in the …

Eugene Wei: The invisible ceilings to Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter’s growth

July 5th, 2018

1:01:39

Eugene Wei, an early Amazon employee who went on to work at Hulu, Flipboard and Oculus, talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about “Invisible …

‘The King of Content’ author Keach Hagey explains the Redstone dynasty

June 28th, 2018

42:41

Wall Street Journal media reporter Keach Hagey talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about her new book, “The King of Content: Sumner Redstone’s Battle for …

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek (Live at Code 2018)

June 21st, 2018

37:38

Daniel Ek, the CEO of music-streaming company Spotify, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Conference. Ek explains why Spotify temporarily banned R. Kelly from its playlists and why it …

Pod Save America co-host Dan Pfeiffer

June 19th, 2018

51:02

Former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer, now the co-host of the popular liberal podcast Pod Save America, talks with Recode’s Peter …

Gimlet founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber

June 14th, 2018

49:01

Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, the founders of podcasting network Gimlet, talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about trying to create the "HBO of audio." Gimlet's first show was StartUp, a podcast about the creation of Gimlet …

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson (Live at Code 2018)

June 12th, 2018

39:13

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Conference. Stephenson discusses the company’s pending acquisition of Time Warner, which the U.S. Justice Department has attempted to …

Momofuku chef David Chang (Live at Code 2018)

June 9th, 2018

37:07

David Chang, the chef and founder of culinary brand Momofuku, talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka and Eater’s Amanda Kludt at the 2018 Code Conference. …

Jessica Pressler talks 'lady grifters' + Ken Auletta on the 'frenemies' of the ad business

June 7th, 2018

1:16:36

On this special episode of Recode Media, you get two interviews for the price of one: First, Recode's Peter Kafka talks with Jessica Pressler, a New York Magazine staff writer whose longform story about a New York City …

James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox (Live at Code 2018)

June 5th, 2018

39:36

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Conference. Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, says …

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer (Live at Code 2018)

May 31st, 2018

55:27

Facebook executives Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer talk with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Conference. Sandberg, the company’s COO, and Schroepfer, the CTO, talk about the continuing …

Roman Mars, host of 99 Percent Invisible: Don't put podcasts behind a paywall

May 29th, 2018

29:41

Roman Mars, the founder of Radiotopia and host of the hit podcast 99 Percent Invisible, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the state of podcasting in 2018. Mars talks about why he started Radiotopia, how it works …

Ezra Klein explains Vox's new Netflix show 'Explained'

May 24th, 2018

1:03:44

Vox.com editor-at-large Ezra Klein talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about Vox's new Netflix series "Explained." The first season of the show, which debuted May 23, will feature 20 mini-documentaries about topics such as …

YouTube's Lyor Cohen on YouTube Music, Childish Gambino and Kanye West

May 22nd, 2018

43:50

YouTube global head of music Lyor Cohen talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about the launch of YouTube Music, a $10-a-month music subscription service that will replace YouTube Red. Cohen says giving the consumers the …

What people get wrong about Robin Williams’ life — and his death

May 17th, 2018

48:29

New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new book, "Robin: The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams." Itzkoff traces the history of the manic comedian and actor, whose stardom …

The Outline CEO Josh Topolsky: Online ads are stuck in the '90s

May 10th, 2018

1:00:18

Josh Topolsky, CEO and editor in chief of The Outline, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the importance of good internet-native design for both …

'Chasing Hillary' author Amy Chozick looks back on a decade of writing about Hillary Clinton

May 3rd, 2018

46:02

New York Times writer-at-large Amy Chozick talks with Recode’s Ed Lee about her new memoir, “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.” Chozick says the book is about more …

This is how the New York Times reports Pulitzer Prize-winning stories

April 26th, 2018

55:03

New York Times reporter Emily Steel talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the stories she and her reporting partner Michael Schmidt wrote that brought down Fox News star Bill O'Reilly — part of a series of stories on …

Our hoax-filled internet, now available as a book (Rex Sorgatz, author, 'The Encyclopedia of Misinformation')

April 19th, 2018

41:21

Writer Rex Sorgatz talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about his new book, “The Encyclopedia of Misinformation: A Compendium of Imitations, Spoofs, …

Outside Magazine editor Axie Navas: Yep, we're getting more political.

April 15th, 2018

45:01

Axie Navas, the executive editor of Outside Magazine, talks with Lauren Goode about how that magazine is adapting to the changing digital media industry. One of her key initiatives has been diversifying the editorial …

How Marques 'MKBHD' Brownlee got six million subscribers on YouTube

April 12th, 2018

41:48

Tech reviewer Marques Brownlee talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his YouTube channel, MKBHD, which has more than six million subscribers — a breakthrough success story on the site. Brownlee started making videos for …

Financial Times CEO John Ridding: How to make people pay for media

April 5th, 2018

39:03

Financial Times CEO John Ridding talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about the company’s decade-long head start in paid online subscriptions. Some of his peers in the tech and media world were initially “hostile” to the …

Why every Hollywood movie is a superhero movie

March 29th, 2018

39:36

Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new book, "The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies." Fritz says the economics of the movie business have been completely …

What it's like to be the only woman in a TV writers’ room

March 22nd, 2018

35:05

TV writer and "Lean In" co-author Nell Scovell talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her new book, "Just the Funny Parts ... And a Few Hard Truths …

Houseparty CEO Ben Rubin on livestreaming and SXSW fame

March 17th, 2018

29:24

Ben Rubin, the CEO of Houseparty, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why his livestreaming company pivoted away from its original product, Meerkat, just three months after that app was the toast of South By …

'Get Out' producer Jason Blum (Live at SXSW)

March 15th, 2018

45:16

Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum talks with Recode's Peter Kafka at South by Southwest 2018. Blum's company, which largely makes low-budget "genre" films such as "The Purge," "Happy Death Day" and …

How to make a hit TV show for Amazon

March 8th, 2018

37:07

Veteran screenwriter Graham Yost talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about the second season of the Amazon Prime Video series “Sneaky Pete.” Showrunner Yost previously wrote movies like “Speed” and TV series like the FX …

SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor (Live at Code Media 2018)

March 1st, 2018

28:04

SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor talks with Recode's Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Trainor replaced then-CEO Alex Ljung last summer at a time when the music-streaming company was …

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (Live at Code Media 2018)

February 24th, 2018

38:35

Rony Abovitz, the founder, president and CEO of Magic Leap, and Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, talk with Recode's Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. They talk about a new …

How Lauren Duca became an internet star overnight

February 22nd, 2018

35:10

Journalist/activist Lauren Duca talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about the column she wrote for Teen Vogue that catapulted her into fame, and the …

Hollywood Reporter part owner Janice Min (Live at Code Media 2018)

February 20th, 2018

37:58

Janice Min, part owner of the Hollywood Reporter, talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka at the Code Media Conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. She talks …

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti (Live at Code Media 2018)

February 17th, 2018

36:03

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti talks with Recode's Peter Kafka at the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Peretti says Facebook should …

Facebook's Adam Mosseri and Campbell Brown (Live at Code Media 2018)

February 15th, 2018

54:16

Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, and Adam Mosseri, the company's head of News Feed, talk with Recode’s Peter Kafka and Kurt Wagner at the 2018 Code Media conference. They defend the recent …

MoviePass sounds too good to be true. Is it?

February 8th, 2018

40:21

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how he's trying to make a profitable business out of charging $10/month for nearly unlimited visits to the movie theater. Lowe says MoviePass now has more …

Paywalls make content better (Nick Thompson, editor in chief, Wired)

February 1st, 2018

43:42

Wired editor in chief Nick Thompson talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the merits of running a print magazine in 2018 and why Wired.com is adding a $20/year paywall. Thompson, previously the editor of NewYorker.com, …

How we pivoted from Facebook to Instagram (Dave Finocchio, CEO, Bleacher Report)

January 25th, 2018

53:01

Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about founding a sports media site, selling it to Turner and leaving — and why he came back to lead the company again. Finocchio discusses the recently …

NYU’s Jay Rosen, CNN’s Oliver Darcy and BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel talk Trump and the media

January 18th, 2018

1:29:26

Recode’s Peter Kafka brings three past podcast guests back into the studio on this special two-in-one episode about how the media has handled President Trump. First, he interviews NYU Professor Jay Rosen, who lambastes …

Digital media companies are headed for a crash (David Carey, president, Hearst Magazines)

January 11th, 2018

44:51

Hearst Magazines President David Carey talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the 130-year-old media giant is striking a balance between its print …

Will Trump still dominate the news in 2018?

January 4th, 2018

42:47

Washington Post Media Reporter Sarah Ellison and New York Times Media Columnist Jim Rutenberg talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about what the media got …

Kara Swisher reviews the media, 2017 edition

December 28th, 2017

46:22

Recode's Kara Swisher returns to the podcast to talk with Peter Kafka about how the media and Silicon Valley have fared in the year-plus since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. Swisher says tech companies …

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir want to make figure skating great again

December 21st, 2017

33:27

Figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Lipinski and Weir, both former professional skaters, got …

How Netflix makes a hit (Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank, co-creators, ‘Godless’)

December 14th, 2017

50:59

Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank talk with Recode’s Peter Kafka about their new western miniseries, “Godless.” The duo brought Frank's 180-page movie script to Netflix and witnessed firsthand how the streaming service …

I'm more famous than Anderson Cooper (Cenk Uygur, CEO, The Young Turks)

December 7th, 2017

41:22

The Young Turks CEO Cenk Uygur talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about running an online media company for young left-wingers. Uygur says the Washington establishment is just now waking up to the power of the internet, …

Andy Weir on 'The Martian,' 'Artemis' and when we'll live on the moon

November 30th, 2017

44:44

Andy Weir, the author of the hit science fiction novel "The Martian," talks with Recode's Edmund Lee about his new book, "Artemis." Set in a city on Earth's Moon in the late 2080s, "Artemis" is a crime caper that …

Hollywood’s sexual harassment story is far from over (Kim Masters, editor-at-large, Hollywood Reporter)

November 22nd, 2017

41:11

Kim Masters, the editor-at-large of the Hollywood Reporter, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about covering the entertainment industry at a time of …

Don't 'lean in,' fight back (Sarah Lacy, author, 'The Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug')

November 16th, 2017

53:32

Pando CEO Sarah Lacy talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her new book "The Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug," which is part memoir and part feminist guide to "overthrowing the patriarchy." Lacy explains why she rejects …

How to make a ‘comedy-horror’ TV show (Dana Gould, creator, ‘Stan Against Evil’)

November 9th, 2017

44:46

Comedian Dana Gould talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his comedy-horror television series "Stan Against Evil," which just returned for a second …

How Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner built and lost a rock and roll empire (Joe Hagan, author, "Sticky Fingers")

November 2nd, 2017

1:00:55

Author Joe Hagan talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new book, "Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine." …

NYT's Michael Barbaro explains why you love 'The Daily'

October 28th, 2017

38:54

Michael Barbaro, the host of the New York Times podcast "The Daily," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka in front of a live audience at Joe's Pub in New York City. Barbaro explains how "The Daily" gets made and what it …

Samantha Bee on Harvey Weinstein, Jeff Bezos and Donald Trump (Live)

October 26th, 2017

47:45

"Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee and TBS President Kevin Reilly talk with Recode's Peter Kafka, recorded in front of a live audience at Joe's Pub in …

How blocking ads can save the media industry (Tony Haile, CEO, Scroll)

October 19th, 2017

52:30

Scroll CEO Tony Haile talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his company's not-yet-launched product that will let news consumers pay once for a clean, …

Jimmy Kimmel on the intersection of comedy and politics

October 17th, 2017

19:02

The eponymous host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” tells Recode’s Peter Kafka how speaking out about political issues on his show has affected his life …

How to start a company when you’re 25 years old (Brit Morin, CEO, Brit + Co)

October 12th, 2017

44:45

Brit + Co CEO Brit Morin talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about launching a media and commerce company aimed at millennial women when she was 25. Brit + Co has since raised about $40 million, and has branched out beyond …

Sports have always been political (Jason Gay, columnist, Wall Street Journal)

October 5th, 2017

49:30

Wall Street Journal sports columnist and Vogue contributor Jason Gay talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the raging debate over NFL players …

Why podcasts are better than radio (Jad Abumrad, co-host, Radiolab)

September 28th, 2017

36:38

Jad Abumrad, the co-host of WNYC Studios' hit show Radiolab, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the new season of More Perfect, a spinoff podcast …

When is the internet going to change TV ads? (Dave Morgan, CEO, Simulmedia)

September 21st, 2017

1:10:00

Simulmedia CEO Dave Morgan talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the future of TV advertising, which has historically been "not so broken that it’s …

Why Ken Burns won't leave PBS for HBO

September 14th, 2017

43:48

Documentarian Ken Burns talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new 18-hour documentary, "The Vietnam War." Burns says he sought to upend conventional wisdom about the war by rewinding the iconic images, stories and …

How to pay for serious journalism (Clara Jeffery, editor in chief, Mother Jones)

September 7th, 2017

45:55

Mother Jones Editor in Chief Clara Jeffery talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the progressive magazine made its business model work on the web, with more than $15 million in revenue per year. Jeffery says the …

How to compete against Google and Facebook: Go around them! (Tim Armstrong, CEO, Oath)

August 31st, 2017

51:44

Tim Armstrong, the CEO of Verizon's media properties Yahoo and AOL, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how those sites — collectively known as …

A guided tour of the pro-Trump media (Oliver Darcy, CNN; Charlie Warzel, BuzzFeed)

August 24th, 2017

55:13

CNN's Oliver Darcy and BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about how they report on the many facets of the far-right media, which has exploded in prominence thanks to President Trump. They talk …

Chuck Klosterman talks about Nazis, Taylor Swift and the future of journalism

August 17th, 2017

1:11:02

Writer Chuck Klosterman talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new book, "Chuck Klosterman X," a collection of essays and profiles he wrote for …

Patreon will help fans pay artists more than $140 million this year (Jack Conte, CEO, Patreon)

August 10th, 2017

36:11

Patreon CEO Jack Conte talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about why the current version of the web, where content is mostly free and supported by ads, is not necessarily the “best version.” Conte’s site makes it possible …

Everyone still wants to be on TV (Tonia O'Connor, chief revenue officer, Univision)

August 3rd, 2017

44:30

Univision's new Chief Revenue Officer Tonia O'Connor talks with Recode's Edmund Lee about how the company has grown from a handful of …

How food became cool (Larry Fitzgibbon, CEO, Tastemade; Helen Rosner, editor at large, Eater)

July 27th, 2017

52:42

Tastemade CEO Larry Fitzgibbon talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about building a digital media company around food-as-lifestyle that reaches more than 200 million people per month. Fitzgibbon, who was previously an …

How to make a bestseller that lasts (Ryan Holiday, author, 'Perennial Seller')

July 20th, 2017

42:40

Writer, marketer and self-proclaimed media manipulator Ryan Holiday talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about his new book, “Perennial Seller,” which …

Shari Redstone, Vice Chair, Viacom (Code Conference 2017)

July 13th, 2017

27:00

Viacom and CBS Vice Chair Shari Redstone talks with Recode's Peter Kafka at the 2017 Code Conference about the venture firm she co-founded in 2011, Advancit Capital, and why it operates outside of her other companies. …

Podcasting is growing up (Nick Quah, founder, Hot Pod)

July 6th, 2017

49:42

Nick Quah, the founder and writer of the podcasting industry newsletter Hot Pod, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about where podcasts are headed next. Quah says two events in 2014 — Apple's decision to make the Podcasts …

Why Hillary Clinton won't admit that she made mistakes (Rebecca Traister, writer at large, New York Magazine)

June 29th, 2017

55:38

New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about covering the intersection of gender and politics and her recent profile of …

What Peter Thiel’s war against Gawker can tell us about Trump (Brian Knappenberger, director, "Nobody Speak")

June 22nd, 2017

27:38

Director Brian Knappenberger talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new documentary "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press," which premieres on Netflix on June 23. In it, Knappenberger connects venture capitalist …

Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, The New York Times (Code Conference 2017)

June 17th, 2017

38:35

In this special bonus episode from the 2017 Code Conference, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the newspaper's journalists are covering President Donald Trump and why …

Meet the Wall Street analyst the big media companies love to hate (Rich Greenfield, analyst, BTIG)

June 15th, 2017

56:17

BTIG's Rich Greenfield talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about being an outspoken media and technology analyst who has made enemies throughout …

Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix (Code Conference 2017)

June 10th, 2017

34:15

In this special bonus episode from Code Conference 2017, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the video-streaming platform's continuing push into making original TV and movies. He says current …

BuzzFeed chairman and HuffPost co-founder Ken Lerer on the future of media

June 8th, 2017

45:57

Media mogul Ken Lerer — the chairman of BuzzFeed, a board member at Viacom and a venture capitalist — talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about the media …

'Better Call Saul' actor Michael McKean doesn't care how you watch

June 1st, 2017

38:53

Michael McKean, who plays Chuck McGill on AMC's "Better Call Saul" and has previously appeared in films such as "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Clue," …

Why this four-hour Grateful Dead documentary took 14 years to make (Amir Bar-Lev, director, 'Long Strange Trip')

May 25th, 2017

33:42

Amir Bar-Lev, the director of the new documentary "Long Strange Trip," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka. The four-hour film, which traces the history …

Information doesn't have to be free (Jessica Lessin, CEO, The Information)

May 18th, 2017

52:57

The Information CEO Jessica Lessin talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why her news site, which reports on tech and business, puts its content …

W. Kamau Bell talks about Trump, racism and podcasting

May 11th, 2017

35:51

Comedian, author and TV host W. Kamau Bell talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the second season of his podcast, "Politically Re-Active," and his …

Tracking a drug boss across the web (Nick Bilton, author, 'American Kingpin')

May 4th, 2017

48:08

Journalist Nick Bilton talks with Recode's Jason Del Rey about his new book, "American Kingpin." It tells the story of Ross Ulbricht, the programmer and "criminal mastermind" who founded the Silk Road, a notorious …

The New York 'Startup' scene gets a novel (Doree Shafrir, author)

April 27th, 2017

40:58

Doree Shafrir, a writer at BuzzFeed News and the author of "Startup: A Novel," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about updating the coming-of-age-in-New-York story for the modern media scene, where working at a print …

How Neil Gaiman's ‘American Gods’ finally made it to TV

April 20th, 2017

41:42

Author Neil Gaiman talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about the TV adaptation of his novel ‘American Gods,’ which debuts April 30 on Starz. Gaiman says …

Inside the Trump White House (Mike Allen, co-founder, Axios)

April 13th, 2017

48:59

Axios co-founder Mike Allen talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about demystifying the chaotic news of the world in his daily newsletter, Axios AM. Allen says the palace intrigue in the White House is more complicated than …

Why TV is different from YouTube (Reza Izad, CEO, Studio71)

April 6th, 2017

36:22

Studio71 CEO Reza Izad talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the business of online video has changed in recent years. Izad came to Studio71 when the German TV station ProSieben bought an earlier company that he …

Uber investor Jason Calacanis doesn't want to hear your idea

March 30th, 2017

1:09:16

Angel investor Jason Calacanis talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his media company Inside, and why it plans to launch a new email newsletter every week in 2017, for a total of more than 60 by year's end. He also …

How to be a rock musician in 2017 (Craig Finn, 'We All Want the Same Things')

March 23rd, 2017

47:55

Singer, songwriter and The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new solo album, "We All Want the Same Things." …

Glenn Beck doesn't care if he alienates Trump voters (Live at SXSW)

March 16th, 2017

41:07

Former Fox News commentator and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about being a conservative media personality at a time when a Republican he hates, Donald Trump, is president. Speaking in …

The Huffington Post wants to reach Trump voters (Lydia Polgreen, editor in chief, The Huffington Post)

March 9th, 2017

52:58

The Huffington Post's new editor in chief, Lydia Polgreen, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about turning the liberal news site founded by Arianna …

'Why is this on Mashable?' asks Executive Editor Jessica Coen

March 2nd, 2017

44:07

Mashable Executive Editor Jessica Coen talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about taking the reins of the 12-year-old site last year and how she's working …

Making a superhero movie for adults (Scott Frank, screenwriter, 'Logan')

February 23rd, 2017

33:42

Screenwriter and novelist Scott Frank talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about writing a superhero movie for people who don't like superhero movies: …

The New York Times wants to become like Netflix (Gabriel Snyder, journalist)

February 16th, 2017

29:06

Wired contributor Gabriel Snyder talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his recent cover story for Wired magazine, "The New York Times Claws Its Way Into the Future." Snyder profiled how the storied newspaper is trying …

Here’s the secret to making things popular (Derek Thompson, author, ‘Hit Makers’)

February 9th, 2017

49:21

Derek Thompson, a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of "Hit Makers," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new book, which explores the …

Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget says Trump is pushing 'anti-American' policies

February 2nd, 2017

48:32

Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why he sold the company to German publisher Axel Springer and why BI is …

The future of advertising is 'fewer, better ads' (Ian Schafer, CEO, Deep Focus)

January 26th, 2017

40:00

Deep Focus CEO Ian Schafer talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why the digital advertising world is due for a shake-up. Schafer says he's skeptical of the branded content studios being created inside big media …

How the press can save itself in the age of Trump (Jay Rosen, professor, NYU)

January 19th, 2017

49:16

NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the media, and the reporters who cover the White House in particular, …

Fox's digital ad guy wants you to use an ad blocker (Joe Marchese, president of advanced advertising, Fox Networks Group)

January 12th, 2017

41:22

Fox Networks ad boss Joe Marchese talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why he, an online advertising executive, encourages consumers to use ad blockers. Marchese argues that the relationship between advertisers and the …

How to make $11 million by failing (James Altucher, founder, Choose Yourself Media)

January 5th, 2017

58:30

Choose Yourself Media founder James Altucher, an entrepreneur and author of several advice books, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the importance of learning from failure in life and business. Altucher twice went …

Why is there no fake news on LinkedIn? (Daniel Roth, executive editor, LinkedIn)

December 29th, 2016

42:31

LinkedIn Executive Editor Daniel Roth talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about overseeing the editorial branch of the career-networking site. Roth says …

Kara Swisher: Journalists must be 'tougher on everybody'

December 22nd, 2016

55:15

Recode co-founder and Executive Editor Kara Swisher talks with Peter Kafka about why the media needs to be tougher and more skeptical in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Swisher says journalists too often behave like …

Trump will blow up political journalism (Margaret Sullivan, columnist, the Washington Post)

December 15th, 2016

41:31

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, formerly the public editor of the New York Times, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the effect …

Making viral videos before YouTube (Burnie Burns, co-founder, Rooster Teeth)

December 8th, 2016

50:25

Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how the early viral video hit "Red vs. Blue" evolved into a thriving …

Did racism motivate Trump's voters? (Stephen Dubner, co-author, 'Freakonomics')

December 1st, 2016

45:16

Journalist and "Freakonomics" co-author Stephen Dubner talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how behavioral economics can explain Donald Trump's victory, arguing that racism and xenophobia are symptoms of a deeper-felt …

Trump-related 'terror and hysteria' isn't justified (Ken Kurson, editor-in-chief, Observer)

November 23rd, 2016

44:30

Observer editor-in-chief Ken Kurson talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about running the online newspaper published by Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kurson says Kushner has no day-to-day influence on the …

Musicians who fight Spotify are 'so f-cking dumb' (Bob Lefsetz, author, Lefsetz Letter)

November 17th, 2016

1:00:34

Bob Lefsetz, author of the influential music industry newsletter the Lefsetz Letter, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the winners and losers in the modern music business. Lefsetz says the traditional music label …

The 'Star Trek' reboot could have naked aliens (Jim Lanzone, CEO, CBS Interactive)

November 10th, 2016

42:13

Jim Lanzone, the CEO of CBS Interactive and chief digital officer of CBS, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the balance between free broadcast TV and paid online subscriptions. CBS has so far convinced more than a …

You've outraged the internet? Here's how to apologize. (Bryan Goldberg, CEO, Bustle)

November 3rd, 2016

41:28

Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about launching a site aimed at millennial women — and why having a man at the top made a …

How tech PR works (Brooke Hammerling, founder, Brew Media)

October 27th, 2016

42:44

Brew Media founder Brooke Hammerling talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how she created a PR firm for some of the biggest names in tech and why …

Smosh and ScreenJunkies boss Keith Richman: We're looking into TV

October 25th, 2016

35:16

Defy Media President Keith Richman, who oversees popular YouTube channels Smosh, ScreenJunkies, Clevver and others, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka …

BuzzFeed's video boss Ze Frank on going viral at scale

October 20th, 2016

54:18

BuzzFeed Entertainment Group president Ze Frank talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how his newly re-organized video team is developing shows for YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat — and also TVs and movie theaters. Frank …

Ex-Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau: I'm afraid of a 'smarter Trump'

October 18th, 2016

35:07

Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for President Obama and the host of The Ringer's podcast "Keepin' It 1600," talks to Recode's Peter Kafka about how …

Donald Trump is still a 'short-fingered vulgarian' (Kurt Andersen, co-founder, Spy)

October 13th, 2016

31:53

Kurt Andersen, co-founder of Spy magazine and host of WNYC and PRI's Studio 360, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about branding Donald Trump a …

Behind the scenes of 'Vice News Tonight' (Josh Tyrangiel, executive vice president, Vice)

October 11th, 2016

31:58

Josh Tyrangiel, executive vice president for content and news at Vice, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the company's new weeknightly TV show, "Vice News Tonight" on HBO. To distance itself from traditional …

Keith Olbermann: Covering Donald Trump is like covering a tsunami every day

October 6th, 2016

39:01

"The Closer" host and former ESPN and MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the 2016 presidential race and the rise of Donald Trump. Olbermann says Trump is not a totally new phenomenon, …

"Call Your Girlfriend" co-host Aminatou Sow on how to make a hit podcast

September 29th, 2016

34:26

Aminatou Sow, who co-hosts "Call Your Girlfriend" with Ann Friedman, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about why she started podcasting: A man said that "women don’t make podcasts." Sow explains how she and Friedman …

Skip Bayless: Why I left ESPN for Fox Sports 1

September 22nd, 2016

47:10

Skip Bayless, the co-host of Fox Sports 1's "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed," talks about his recent decision to leave ESPN after 12 years on the air for its smaller Rupert Murdoch-owned rival in Los Angeles. He tells …

CNN's Brian Stelter: No, CNN is not biased for Trump

September 15th, 2016

43:52

Brian Stelter, host of "Reliable Sources" on CNN, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about being a cable news host during the historic 2016 presidential election. He argues that the media needs to re-evaluate how it treats …

Gigaom founder Om Malik on the virtues of a heart attack

September 8th, 2016

44:39

True Ventures partner Om Malik talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his varied career in tech journalism, including the launch and eventual shutdown …

The New York Times has to think like a tech startup (Sam Dolnick and Clifford Levy, editors, New York Times)

September 1st, 2016

50:33

New York Times associate editor Sam Dolnick and assistant masthead editor Clifford Levy talk with Recode's Edmund Lee about how the 164-year-old …

Skift CEO Rafat Ali: Small media companies are beautiful

August 25th, 2016

38:58

Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how media entrepreneurship has evolved since he launched his first company, …

Gawker wasn't always mean (Elizabeth Spiers, founding editor, Gawker.com)

August 18th, 2016

38:14

Elizabeth Spiers, the first person to write and edit Gawker.com, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about launching the site in 2003, and reflects on …

James Andrew Miller examines Hollywood's top agents in 'Powerhouse'

August 11th, 2016

39:33

James Andrew Miller, author of the new book "Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka. …

We're not startup bros anymore (Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman, co-founders, Genius)

August 4th, 2016

34:19

Genius co-founders Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about how they and their business are maturing. Genius, which started as music-annotating service RapGenius, is now striking deals with major …

So, you’ve been shamed by Twitter (Virginia Heffernan, author, "Magic and Loss")

July 28th, 2016

39:23

Virginia Heffernan, author of the new book "Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the physical things we risk losing as we digitize more and more of our lives. She praises …

Gary Vaynerchuk can't wait for the startup armageddon

July 21st, 2016

22:08

Investor and VaynerMedia co-founder Gary Vaynerchuk talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about how he parlayed early success on Google AdWords and YouTube into an agency that helps other brands succeed online. A social media …

Donald Trump is bad for democracy (Jacob Weisberg, chairman, Slate Group)

July 14th, 2016

36:08

Slate Group Chairman Jacob Weisberg talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his podcast Trumpcast, which obsesses over presumptive Republican nominee …

Documentarian Alex Gibney says the Stuxnet virus was a "new kind of weapon"

July 7th, 2016

32:10

"Zero Days" director Alex Gibney talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new film's focus on the Stuxnet virus, which sabotaged the Iranian nuclear program. He compares Stuxnet's attack to the first nuclear bomb …

Daring Fireball's John Gruber: "I'm a writer first and a businessman second"

June 30th, 2016

39:39

Daring Fireball founder and sole employee John Gruber talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about running a one-man media company. Gruber has been writing …

​Steve Jobs "literally caught me with my pants down" (Brian Lam, founder, The Wirecutter)

June 23rd, 2016

36:48

The Wirecutter founder Brian Lam talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about creating a modern update to Consumer Reports that makes best-in-class buying recommendations across a range of products. He also discusses his …

Malcolm Gladwell wants to make you cry

June 16th, 2016

35:09

Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker columnist and author of "The Tipping Point," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new podcast, "Revisionist …

The Ringer editor Sean Fennessey on ending Grantland, starting again

June 9th, 2016

34:05

Sean Fennessey, the editor in chief of Bill Simmons's new site The Ringer, talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the decisions that go into launching a media business in 2016. Fennessey reflects on the slow death of …

"Warcraft" director Duncan Jones: Don't watch this movie on an iPhone

June 2nd, 2016

26:41

Duncan Jones, director of the new movie "Warcraft," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about pleasing both gamers and non-gamers while adapting a …

You have to fight robots to see Beyoncé (Michael Rapino, CEO, Live Nation)

May 26th, 2016

50:39

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about the challenges and opportunities for live music and events in 2016. He says concerts have changed dramatically in the past 10 years, becoming …

How email saved Jason Hirschhorn's life

May 19th, 2016

1:02:57

Jason Hirschhorn talks with Peter Kafka about his past jobs at Viacom, Dish Network and MySpace and at his new startup Redef. Expanding on the Redef Media email newsletter, which Hirschhorn started in 2006, Redef now …

Samantha Bee says hiring more women = better comedy

May 12th, 2016

29:57

Samantha Bee talks with Peter Kafka about leaving "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," launching her own late-night comedy show "Full Frontal" and what …

Why Larry Wilmore used the N-word at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

May 5th, 2016

43:51

"The Nightly Show" host Larry Wilmore talks about his instantly controversial roast at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. He mocked Brian …

The NYT's Jenna Wortham just wants to "write about people who look like me”

April 28th, 2016

37:13

New York Times Magazine staff writer Jenna Wortham talks with Peter Kafka about covering the intersection of culture and technology at Wired magazine …

"Veep" Producer Frank Rich: Trump Can Win

April 21st, 2016

39:05

"Veep" executive producer and New York magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with Peter Kafka about the 2016 election, why he underestimated Bernie Sanders and what future candidates can learn from Hillary Clinton's …

Snapchat Should Start Paying Its Users (Hunter Walk, Investor, Homebrew)

April 14th, 2016

38:40

Venture capitalist Hunter Walk, the co-founder of Homebrew, talks with Peter Kafka about his pre-investing career at Second Life, YouTube and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." He also joined Google in 2003, when the …

From Fake Steve Jobs to HBO's "Silicon Valley" (Dan Lyons, Author, "Disrupted")

April 7th, 2016

39:30

Dan Lyons, author of the new book "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble," tells Peter Kafka how he came to work at a "cult-y" unicorn …

Millennials Aren't an Alien Species (Philippe von Borries, co-CEO, Refinery29)

March 31st, 2016

37:24

Refinery29 co-founder and co-CEO Philippe von Borries talks with Peter Kafka about how his company morphed from a New York-focused fashion guide to a …

Can Donald Trump Be Stopped? (Nate Silver, Founder, FiveThirtyEight)

March 24th, 2016

38:20

FiveThirtyEight founder and Editor in Chief Nate Silver talks with Peter Kafka about the 2016 election, and why his site was one of many that didn't see Donald Trump coming. He calls Trump a "demagogue" who has …

Digital Brands Are a "Sh*t-Ton of Work" (Troy Young, President, Hearst Magazines Digital)

March 17th, 2016

34:47

Hearst Magazines' Troy Young talks with Peter Kafka about his efforts to unify the legacy media company's magazines under one digital strategy. He calls himself "incredibly optimistic" about the future of the medium as …

Peter Gould, Co-Creator, "Better Call Saul"

March 10th, 2016

30:37

"Better Call Saul" co-creator and Executive Producer Peter Gould talks with Peter Kafka about getting his first big break after the age of 40 on the …

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, theSkimm Co-Founders

March 3rd, 2016

31:13

Co-founders of theSkimm Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin talk with Peter Kafka about how they built up an email newsletter that gets opened by 1.5 million people, and why they want more. TheSkimm's mission is to make …

Adrian Wojnarowski, Editor of The Vertical

February 25th, 2016

34:03

Yahoo sports columnist Adrian "Woj" Wojnarowski talks with Peter Kafka about how he left print journalism and why he's staying at Yahoo, even as the …

David Remnick, The New Yorker Editor

February 17th, 2016

35:04

In this first episode of "Re/code Media with Peter Kafka," Peter sits down with David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. Remnick has presided over the magazine for the past 17 years and built out a variety of …

Andrew Jarecki, "The Jinx" Director

February 11th, 2016

33:46

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, Andrew Jarecki joins Peter Kafka to talk about the success of true-crime documentary series such as "Making a Murderer," "Serial" and the show he directed, "The …

Chet Kanojia, Starry CEO

February 4th, 2016

36:12

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, Starry CEO Chet Kanojia sits down with Peter Kafka to talk about his latest disruptive startup, …

Nick Denton, Gawker Media Founder, and Jason Epstein, Investor

January 28th, 2016

30:18

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton and new board member Jason Epstein sit down with Peter Kafka to discuss the online media company's rapidly changing outlook. How …

Shani Hilton, BuzzFeed Executive Editor of News

January 21st, 2016

29:49

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, BuzzFeed’s Executive Editor of News Shani Hilton talks with Peter Kafka about running the "real" news division of the much-talked-about new media company. She also …

Chris Altchek, Mic CEO

January 14th, 2016

28:20

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, Mic CEO Chris Altchek talks with Peter Kafka about building a news site for millennials and the differences among news reading generations. He also discusses what …

Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures Partner

January 7th, 2016

36:07

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger talks with Peter Kafka about bubble anxiety, …

Rufus Griscom, Heleo CEO

December 31st, 2015

21:07

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, Heleo CEO Rufus Griscom talks with Peter Kafka about trying to build a "BuzzFeed for brains" that can distribute Big Ideas to the broader Internet. He also talks …

Ev Williams, Medium CEO

December 24th, 2015

32:53

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, Medium CEO Ev Williams talks with Peter Kafka about why writing on the Internet today is all about the platform. Plus: Why did Williams and the rest of Twitter's …

Katie Nolan, Fox Sports TV Host

December 17th, 2015

23:46

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, the NFL's media czar Brian Rolapp talks with Peter Kafka about why a soon-to-be-auctioned set …

Brian Rolapp, NFL Media Czar

December 10th, 2015

34:11

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, the NFL's media czar Brian Rolapp talks with Peter Kafka about why a soon-to-be-auctioned set …

Ricky Van Veen, CollegeHumor Co-Founder

December 3rd, 2015

33:08

In an episode that originally aired on Recode Decode, CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen talks with Peter Kafka about monetizing content on the …

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