Pivot

178 EpisodesProduced by Recode

Every 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 other. After all, with great power comes great scrutiny. … read more

178 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

Pivot LIVE! From the 2019 Code Conference

June 14th, 2019

39:56

This week's Pivot is live from the Code Conference in Arizona. Kara and Scott talk regulations for the tech industry and why we need more female CEOs …

The FTC and DOJ are Stayin' Alive, and YouTube backtracks on bigotry

June 7th, 2019

34:07

This week, Kara and Scott talk breaking down the big boys (Facebook, Google, etc) and YouTube kicking out the bad boys ("free speech" haters). Wins and fails this week include the revival of the FTC and DOJ, and some …

Deepfake takedowns, white supremacy on Twitter, and the companies boycotting anti-abortion states

May 31st, 2019

36:35

Pivot takes up the internet-age-old question of Facebook's responsibilities as a media company. And, should businesses be boycotting states that are …

Medium's "Shampoo Effect," and Tesla, coming undone?

May 24th, 2019

40:05

The hosts opine on Medium, L'Oreal, and Quora. Scott critiques WeWork's EBITDA reporting, as well as the final GoT plot. Kara's back from Canada and her interview with Ev Williams, and now gearing up for the Code …

Alabama's big fail, Uber's disastrous IPO, and the Facebook breakup debate

May 17th, 2019

40:28

Recode's Kara Swisher and NYU's Scott Galloway discuss Chris Hughes' Facebook breakup proposal, Away Travel's big funding, how southern states are trying to ban abortion and more.

Chris Hughes' Case Against Facebook, Strikes on IPO Week, GoT vs Avengers

May 10th, 2019

34:59

"Union Scott" shows up to discuss the work stoppages at Uber and Lyft. Kara asks whether tech money for candidates is tainted. And the hosts analyze Game of Thrones (Facebook edition).

Facebook's privacy fakeout, WeWork's reckless IPO, and Reagan the welfare queen

May 3rd, 2019

37:10

Kara and Scott discuss Facebook's new focus on privacy; what comes after the Web 3.0 era; and what Oprah has to say about Scott's new book. Enjoy more of Kara and Scott on Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or in …

The FTC & the "Algebra of Deterrence"

April 26th, 2019

31:47

Kara and Scott talk about the FTC's fine on Facebook -- it's basically a "parking ticket". They also talk about the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and their social media ban. In wins and fails they talk about …

Uber's IPO and, more importantly, Game of Thrones

April 19th, 2019

40:49

Kara and Scott talk about Disney breaking into the content streaming business, the Uber IPO and, yes, Game of Thrones. Facebook actually gets a win this week for bringing on their first African American woman as a board …

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington ... again

April 12th, 2019

38:32

Kara and Scott talk about Congressional hearings on tech platforms responsibility for spreading white nationalism and other hate speech. New Zealand, …

"It's not a meritocracy, it's a mirror-tocracy"

April 5th, 2019

36:16

Kara and Scott talk about the avalanche of recent Facebook news -- including Zuckerberg's new professed want for regulations. They also talk about …

Will the rising tide of ride sharing Lyft all boats?

March 29th, 2019

36:26

Scott and Kara are skeptical of Lyft's IPO. What exactly is the network effect of ride shares? Also, Facebook says it's banning white nationalist …

Does social media cause terrorism?

March 22nd, 2019

31:15

Kara and Scott talk about terrorism against the Muslim community in New Zealand and how social media may be exacerbating this type of violence. They …

LIVE! From SXSW it's Kara and Scott

March 15th, 2019

51:27

Kara and Scott are live in Austin, Texas for SXSW. They talk antitrust, the breakdown of big tech and take audience questions and predictions. 

Facebook says it’s all about privacy now. OK, sure.

March 8th, 2019

36:22
Kara and Scott are back! They talk about Zuckerberg's supposed shift towards more privacy on Facebook and, well, we'll believe it when we see it. Meanwhile Congress is ramping up its efforts on shaking up how we think …

News flash: Facebook’s contractors are people

March 1st, 2019

43:13

Kara brings on her former co-host, Wired senior staff writer and Gadget Lab co-host, Lauren Goode. They talk about the moderating content on Facebook -- and the working conditions of the people who are tasked with …

DC is old news. “The universe revolves around Silicon Valley”

February 22nd, 2019

39:46

Kara brings on co-host, legendary NYTimes journalist, Maureen Dowd. They talk about how Silicon Valley has eclipsed Washington, DC as the country's true seat of power. 

Hot Take: Amazon HQ2 breaks up with NYC

February 15th, 2019

9:49

Kara and Scott pop back into the studio to give their hot takes on Amazon pulling out of their HQ2 deal with New York City. 

Is this the year big tech gets regulated? (Probably not.)

February 15th, 2019

32:51

Scott blusters in from his breakfast with Congress on how to regulate big tech — so Kara and Scott get into whether Congress will ever be regulating …

Hot Take: Scott Galloway on Bezos vs. AMI [BOOM!]

February 8th, 2019

4:52

BONUS episode: Scott couldn't wait to tell Pivot listeners what he thinks about Bezos' post accusing the National Inquirer of extortion.

Happy(ish) birthday, Facebook.

February 8th, 2019

40:14

Kara and Scott (sort of) celebrate Facebook's 15th birthday. With pop-ins and hot takes from a couple friends, including Congressman Ro Khanna and podcast Queen Aminatou Sow, they get into how they REALLY feel about the …

Cook vs. Zuckerberg vs. consumer privacy

February 1st, 2019

35:26

Kara and Scott talk about Apple and Facebook's latest gaffes and how Apple might be the only force left regulating Facebook. There's a-latte to say …

MAGA teens, Fyre Fest and Twitter wars

January 25th, 2019

39:39

Kara and Scott talk about how Twitter duped us all again. Scott is fresh off a conference where both he and Sheryl Sandberg talked about the future of Facebook (spoiler alert: they have very different takes on how the …

"Woke" is the 2019 business strategy

January 18th, 2019

41:16

Kara and Scott are back together again! This week they catch up on Jeff Bezos' divorce and his not so hot texting skills (hey alive girls!). We're pretty sure Gillette listens to Pivot because they took Scott up on one …

Tech addiction and how it might be ruining Gen Z

January 11th, 2019

35:46

Scott brings on a guest-host, his NYU colleague and bestselling author Jonathan Haidt.

Why the “Fakakta Shutdown” is slowing tech regulation even further

January 4th, 2019

43:59

Kara brings on guest host Jon Lovett (Pod Save America) to talk about the government shut down, the new Congress and how it all might shake out for big tech.

2018's biggest stories and 2019 predictions

December 28th, 2018

33:07

Kara and Scott talk about some of the biggest stories in tech and business of the past year. They also make some big predictions for 2019.

Facebook’s latest scandal and the "tyranny of technology"

December 21st, 2018

28:29

Kara and Scott breakdown yet another Facebook scandal. This time, it turns out Facebook was passing on private user message data to partners like Netflix and Spotify.

Google doesn't make iPhones, and other things Congress learned this week

December 14th, 2018

31:29

Kara and Scott talk about Google's CEO testifying to Congress. The company is being evasive about its controversial search engine in China. But on the other hand, some US Representatives didn't know Google doesn't make …

The U.K. piles on Facebook

December 7th, 2018

32:13

Kara and Scott talk about the latest dump of emails exposing Facebook management’s malfeasance, but Scott thinks it’s just the U.K. piling on.

Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?

November 30th, 2018

35:40

Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft surpassing Apple. They also come to an agreement that “Republicans buy football teams and Democrats buy media properties”. In case you missed some recent headlines, Kara and Scott …

It's time for Facebook's board to step up

November 23rd, 2018

26:57

Kara and Scott talk about how Facebook's C-suite has responded to reports of mismanagement.

Facebook's dirty tricks

November 16th, 2018

37:19

Kara and Scott talk about Facebook and the explosive report on their mismanagement and deception over the past three years.

Amazon’s HQ2 was a con, not a contest

November 9th, 2018

26:50

Kara and Scott talk about the upshot of the 2018 midterms, Amazon’s surprise HQ2 announcement and how our perception of social media has been …

Sexual harassment at Google, nasty YouTube comments and Beto O'Rourke

November 2nd, 2018

35:09

Kara and Scott talk about Google's attempts to cover up sexual harassment claims against three of its top executives; the negative effects of cable news on society; and Scott's man-crush on Texas Senate candidate Beto …

Tim Cook’s 'data industrial complex,' Uber’s IPO and Saudi money

October 26th, 2018

28:39

Kara and Scott talk about Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest critiques of Facebook and Google; the fact that Uber's IPO could value the company at as much …

Saudi money, Facebook’s fib and Amazon HQ2

October 19th, 2018

23:05

Recode's Kara Swisher and NYU's Scott Galloway talk about Silicon Valley's Saudi money crisis, the ongoing fallout from Facebook Portal and the cities that never had a chance in Amazon's HQ2 competition.

Google's data breach, Facebook Portal, and Taylor Swift

October 12th, 2018

32:28

Kara and Scott discuss why the Google Plus hack matters, the new Facebook Portal and its plastic lenscap, and Kara's affection for Taylor Swift (even before Swift's Instagram post exhorting her fans to register to vote).

Facebook's data breach, Elon vs. SEC and the Kavanaugh hearings

October 5th, 2018

24:39

On this episode of Pivot, Kara and Scott talk about: (01:20) Facebook's massive data breach; (06:05) Elon Musk's $20 million SEC settlement; (12:43) Wins of the week: Jeff Flake, Amy Klobuchar and Jeff Bezos; (20:47) …

Instagram co-founders, "tech bias" and why Amazon will buy Snapchat

September 28th, 2018

25:30

Kara and Scott talk about the dramatic departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Attorney General Jeff Sessions' war on "tech bias," and the future of Snap.

In this episode: (01:44) The big …

Introducing Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway

September 21st, 2018

0:56

A weekly look at tech and business headlines, with provocations, predictions and insights from two leading voices in the worlds of journalism and marketing.

What comes next after #TooEmbarrassed ends?

August 3rd, 2018

43:25

Two and a half years ago, we launched Too Embarrassed to Ask. And now, having answered your questions about everything from Snapchat to Juicero to tech addiction, it’s time to goodbye ... or maybe Goode-bye? This week, …

Should you quit social media?

July 27th, 2018

45:06

Microsoft Research scientist Jaron Lanier talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, "10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now." He explains why those who have the opportunity to quit …

Why do people think their phones are spying on them?

July 20th, 2018

28:29

Northeastern University assistant professors Dave Choffnes and Christo Wilson talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about their recent year-long …

How do you get over burnout? Ask Kobe Bryant for help.

July 13th, 2018

45:29

House of Highlights creator Omar Raja talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about how he built his sports-focused Instagram account into a social media juggernaut. Today, it's owned by Bleacher Report and has nearly 10 …

Disinformation on social media: How screwed are we?

July 6th, 2018

42:27

Renée DiResta, the head of policy at Data for Democracy, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how disinformation is spread on social media …

Are VR games better than normal video games?

June 29th, 2018

47:33

Recode’s Kara Swisher, her son Louie Swisher and Recode Radio producer Eric Johnson talk about Sandbox VR, a new virtual reality arcade installation south of San Francisco that they visited together, along with Kara’s …

Anil Dash: How can we make tech more accountable?

June 22nd, 2018

39:06

Entrepreneur Anil Dash, the CEO of Fog Creek Software, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about ethics and accountability in the tech industry. Dash recounts his first “eye-opening moment” about the potential for abuse on …

AT&T can buy Time Warner. What does that mean for everyone else?

June 15th, 2018

33:48

Recode's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka talk about this week's ruling that AT&T could buy Time Warner, likely ending a lawsuit brought against the …

Apple WWDC 2018: Why was there no new hardware?

June 8th, 2018

35:34

Recode’s Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer talk about the 2018 edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Frommer explains why the company …

Code 2018: When will Silicon Valley take responsibility for its products?

June 1st, 2018

45:06

Recode's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka, the co-producers of the 2018 Code Conference, talk with Converge host Casey Newton about this year's interviews and the unofficial theme that emerged over the past week: "With …

Pro lacrosse player Paul Rabil: Can tech help niche sports go mainstream?

May 25th, 2018

56:18

Professional lacrosse player, entrepreneur and investor Paul Rabil talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and her son Louie Swisher about the intersection …

Should the big tech companies be broken up?

May 18th, 2018

54:11

NYU professor and “The Four” author Scott Galloway talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Tesla and other tech leaders are faring in an era of techlash. Galloway says many of these …

Who cares about privacy?

May 11th, 2018

56:36

“Chaos Monkeys” author and Wired contributing writer Antonio García-Martínez talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his early-2010s stint at …

Why did Jason Calacanis sell all his Facebook stock?

May 4th, 2018

1:04:00

Investor, author and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about recent tech news stories, including Tesla's Q1 earnings, Facebook's data privacy scandal and Uber's rebound from a series …

Why is AT&T trying to buy Time Warner?

April 27th, 2018

40:12

Recode managing editor Ed Lee talks with Kara Swisher about the pending $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. Lee says the deal is in part a reaction to the rise of Netflix and will, in theory, let the …

When will regular people be able to go to space?

April 20th, 2018

44:13

The Verge’s science reporter Loren Grush talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about SpaceX’s launch of TESS, a NASA satellite that will search for …

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington

April 13th, 2018

50:38

Recode's Kurt Wagner and The Verge's Casey Newton talk with Kara Swisher about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's two-day marathon of hearings in front of Congress. On Tuesday, Zuckerberg was bombarded with basic questions …

The YouTube shooting, Spotify’s IPO and a Facebook-Cambridge Analytica update

April 6th, 2018

45:01

Recode's Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer talk about the shooting at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. and the other big tech story of that day, Spotify's unusual and long-awaited debut as a publicly traded …

What will we do without Lauren Goode?

March 30th, 2018

43:21

To commemorate her final episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask as co-host, Lauren Goode counts down her favorite episodes from the past two years. Among the favorites: Juicero founder Doug Evans, Kara Swisher admitting to …

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What just happened?

March 23rd, 2018

59:36

Recode's Kurt Wagner talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, shortly after he and Swisher …

How is the internet changing March Madness?

March 16th, 2018

49:44

SB Nation editor in chief Elena Bergeron talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament — a.k.a. March Madness — and how other major sporting events like the Olympics and the NFL are …

WTF are ICOs and should I invest in crypto?

March 9th, 2018

57:08

Chain CEO Adam Ludwin talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies. He explains what all of those terms mean and the differences among blockchain-related products and assets, …

What did Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso learn from failure?

March 2nd, 2018

41:44

Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Girlboss, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about launching a new company "in the afterlife": In 2015, she stepped down as CEO of her first company, Nasty Gal, and two years …

Tech addiction, part two: What’s the science behind addiction?

February 23rd, 2018

1:02:39

Writer Catherine Price talks with Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and Kara’s son Louie about her latest book, “How to Break Up With Your Phone.” Price says our attitudes about tech addiction need adjusting — rather than …

How can I be less addicted to tech?

February 16th, 2018

57:05

The Verge's Lauren Goode roams the halls of the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., interviewing attendees about their tech addictions and what we can do to be less addicted. Interviewees include …

Should YouTube police its top stars' videos?

February 9th, 2018

48:31

The Daily Beast reporter Taylor Lorenz talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the state of YouTube in early 2018. The online video platform …

How will Sonos compete against Apple’s HomePod?

February 2nd, 2018

44:45

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the evolving home speaker market, and how Sonos is contending with its new …

Can Facebook fix its News Feed problem?

January 26th, 2018

49:57

Recode's Senior Social Media Editor Kurt Wagner talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how Facebook is trying to fix its "fake news" problem — by showing users less news and asking them to rank the credibility …

How worried should I be about the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws?

January 19th, 2018

50:41

Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the major security flaws, commonly referred to as …

Did Google Assistant win CES 2018?

January 12th, 2018

1:06:53

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Ashley Carman about Lauren and Ashley's week in Las Vegas for CES 2018. Although marred by rain (unusual), flooding (predictable) and a massive power outage …

Should I rent a hotel room by the minute? (And for what?)

January 5th, 2018

38:52

Recharge CEO Manny Bamfo talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his startup, which lets customers rent hotel rooms by the minute rather than by the night. Business travelers might want to …

What were the biggest tech stories of 2017?

December 29th, 2017

1:16:53

Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode count down the 10 most important tech stories of 2017: The year's biggest product launches, including the iPhone X and a non-exploding phone from Samsung; Amazon's $14 …

Are biometrics a safe way to speed up airport security?

December 22nd, 2017

56:46

Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the company uses fingerprint and iris scanning to let its customers skip the TSA line at the airport and how it keeps all that data safe. …

Will robots take our jobs, or make life better?

December 15th, 2017

1:01:59

Seismic CEO Rich Mahoney talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how robots will change everyday life around the world. Mahoney's company, originally funded by DARPA, is developing wearable robotics, or "powered …

Why should I care about net neutrality?

December 8th, 2017

49:07

Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the FCC's upcoming vote on the future of net neutrality. The Commission's chairman, …

Do teens care about 'fake news?'

December 1st, 2017

57:55

Fan-favorite guests Louie Swisher and The Verge's Casey Newton return to the show to talk with Recode's Kara Swisher, a.k.a. Louie's mom. She quizzes him about Snapchat, TBH and why he doesn't want a Nintendo Switch. …

Will Tesla disrupt the trucking industry?

November 24th, 2017

47:57

Tamara Warren, the Verge's transportation editor, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Tesla's recent product event in which the Silicon Valley car company unveiled new electric semi trucks — and a new version …

Will we ever stop using passwords?

November 17th, 2017

35:54

1Password's Defender Against the Dark Arts Jeffrey Goldberg (yes, that's his real title) talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the future of …

Can tech make my morning routine any easier?

November 10th, 2017

31:58

In this special episode, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode inquire about the morning routines of several past Too Embarrassed to Ask guests, including 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, security researcher Brian Krebs and the …

Should I be worried Amazon knows so much about me?

November 3rd, 2017

53:15

Recode's Jason Del Rey talks with Kara Swisher about Amazon's ever-expanding reach into our homes and personal lives. Del Rey talks about why the company's new camera and smart lock, dubbed Amazon Key and Cloud Cam, are …

What will Facebook, Google and Twitter do about Russia?

October 27th, 2017

50:30

Tony Romm, Recode's senior policy and politics editor, returns to the show to talk with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Russian agents' use of …

What phone should I buy if I'm on a budget?

October 20th, 2017

35:27

Wirecutter editor in chief Jacqui Cheng talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about buying tech products on a budget. Cheng offers recommendations for both Android and iOS smartphones that are “as cheap as you can go …

Can Google catch up to Apple in hardware?

October 13th, 2017

36:39

Google Senior Vice President of Hardware Rick Osterloh talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the company’s newly announced products — the second iteration of high-end Pixel smartphones, wireless headphones …

My data was compromised in the Equifax hack. What now?

October 6th, 2017

50:10

Security researcher Brian Krebs talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the recent Equifax hack that exposed the confidential information of 143 million Americans. Krebs says whether or not you think your data …

Can consumers save their own privacy?

September 29th, 2017

44:00

Consumer Reports CEO Marta Tellado talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the 81-year-old magazine has migrated into the digital age, …

Is it safe to give your genetic data to 23andMe?

September 22nd, 2017

1:04:17

23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the 11-year-old company is trying to expand consumers’ access to their …

Should I pay $1000 for the iPhone X?

September 15th, 2017

48:57

Recode Editor in Chief Dan Frommer talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Apple's latest product event, at which it announced a new series of the Apple Watch, with optional LTE connectivity; a wireless charging …

Which Android phone should I buy?

September 8th, 2017

50:30

The Verge's Dieter Bohn talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the new Android phones coming out this fall, including the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the company's first Note-branded device since …

Why is Silicon Valley obsessed with biohacking?

September 5th, 2017

48:39

Geoff Woo talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how his company, HVMN — formerly known as Nootrobox — is marketing “human enhancement” products to make customers smarter, more alert or more efficient. Woo …

Going to the doctor is a pain. Can Silicon Valley help?

September 1st, 2017

1:08:23

Forward CEO Adrian Aoun talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the future of health care and whether a Silicon Valley startup can make going to the doctor's office something you actually want to do. Aoun says …

Should tech companies be able to shut down neo-Nazis?

August 25th, 2017

1:01:59

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince and Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn talk with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the future of free speech on the internet. Cloudflare publicly terminated the …

Can bike-sharing services take cars off the road?

August 18th, 2017

47:51

LimeBike Co-founder Brad Bao talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the company is trying to make bike sharing more affordable and accessible. Unlike other city bike programs, which charge $10 or more per …

Can engineered 'meat' replace hamburgers?

August 11th, 2017

51:27

Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the company's plant-based replacement for ground beef, the Impossible Burger, which is intended for people who love the taste and texture of …

How can I make my home Wi-Fi faster?

August 4th, 2017

54:20

Eero CEO Nick Weaver talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about why our demand for high-speed internet throughout the home is more insatiable than ever and how a "mesh router" network like Eero's may speed up …

How can sexual harassment in tech be stopped?

July 28th, 2017

1:01:47

Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson and Evertoon CEO Niniane Wang talk with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the unfolding sexual harassment crisis in …

Is the future VR ... or AR?

July 21st, 2017

50:59

Google virtual reality boss Clay Bavor talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about why the company has invested in projects like the low-cost VR headset Cardboard and the augmented reality platform Tango. Bavor says …

What is blockchain?

July 14th, 2017

43:31

Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about blockchain, the technology that makes bitcoin and other …

Is there room for both Amazon and Walmart?

July 7th, 2017

44:04

Recode senior commerce editor Jason Del Rey talks with Kara Swisher about the ongoing rivalry between Amazon and Walmart, which was recently marked …

How do teens really use Instagram, Snapchat and other apps?

June 30th, 2017

1:03:06

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Casey Newton and Kara's oldest son, Louie Swisher, about how teens are using (or not using) apps …

Do meditation apps really work?

June 23rd, 2017

45:43

Headspace CEO Rich Pierson talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about meditation apps and why it's important to find stressed out people where they already are — on their phones. Pierson says people used to back …

Is Uber sincere about changing?

June 16th, 2017

46:14


Recode's Johana Bhuiyan talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Uber's newly announced efforts to reinvent itself after a months-long cultural …

Is Apple’s HomePod better than Amazon's Echo or Google's Home? (WWDC recap)

June 9th, 2017

51:37

The Verge’s Nilay Patel talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the 2017 edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This year, the company announced updates to its tablet and Mac hardware, a new …

What happens when Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Cuban grill Walt Mossberg?

June 2nd, 2017

56:33

On this special episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode say bon voyage to our friend and colleague Walt Mossberg, who is …

What are the best podcasts right now? (2017 edition)

May 26th, 2017

50:13

60db's Liz Gannes talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the current state of podcasting and what shows everyone should be listening to. They …

Why is Twitter betting big on live video?

May 19th, 2017

40:57

Recode's Senior Media Editor Peter Kafka joins Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode to talk about Twitter's latest efforts to carry live TV and video content, which will include 24/7 news from Bloomberg, live music concerts …

Can Microsoft's new Surface Laptop compete with premium laptops? 

May 12th, 2017

43:08

The Verge’s Dan Seifert talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the recently announced Microsoft Surface Laptop, the first device in the company’s Surface lineup in which the keyboard does not detach from the …

Why does Apple want to compete with Square and Venmo?

May 5th, 2017

50:58

Recode’s Jason Del Rey talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Apple’s latest discussions with payments industry partners about launching a …

What will it take for Uber to change?

April 28th, 2017

1:01:04

New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the controversies that have plagued …

What is D.C. Rainmaker's favorite fitness watch?

April 21st, 2017

1:15:18

Wearable tech and fitness blogger Ray Maker, a.k.a. D.C. Rainmaker, talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode about his full-time job testing fitness …

Privacy and Security, Part 2: How do I protect my privacy online?

April 14th, 2017

53:56

Online security expert Tony Gambacorta, the founder of 1585 Security, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode about how consumers can protect themselves from hackers and other threats online. …

Privacy and Security, Part 1: What did Congress just do to my privacy?

April 7th, 2017

41:43

Recode’s Tony Romm talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how digital privacy rules and net neutrality are changing under the Trump …

Is it safe to buy Samsung's new Galaxy S8 phone?

March 31st, 2017

47:20

The Verge's Dan Seifert talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Samsung's latest product event, where it unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. It's the first major new product from the company …

WTF is happening at Uber?

March 24th, 2017

51:58

Recode's Johana Bhuiyan talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Uber's month-plus of harassment allegations, public outcry and executive resignations. Bhuiyan traces how Uber got to here and why its aggressive, …

Mary Lou Jepsen: Can a high-tech ski cap read my mind or tell me when I’m sick? (Live at SXSW)

March 17th, 2017

58:32

Entrepreneur and display expert Mary Lou Jepsen talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode in front of a live audience at South by Southwest 2017. Jepsen, who co-founded One Laptop Per Child and …

Is the Nintendo Switch as fun as the Wii?

March 10th, 2017

40:45

Polygon Video Producer Nick Robinson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode about Nintendo’s latest video game console, the …

Can a drone save my life?

March 3rd, 2017

35:50

Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his company's use of unmanned drone aircraft to deliver blood and medical supplies to hard-to-reach places. Rinaudo says …

Do I need to pay for multiple cloud services?

February 24th, 2017

43:26

Upthere CEO Chris Bourdon talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the multitude of cloud storage services and which ones …

Is ‘unlimited' phone data a ripoff?

February 17th, 2017

49:15

Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Joanna Stern talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode about why your cellphone's data bill is so …

Do I really need to learn to code?

February 10th, 2017

42:11

Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi and Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani talk with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about their efforts to …

Bonus: Why would I buy stock in Snap?

February 6th, 2017

25:51

Snap, the company that makes Snapchat, filed its paperwork late last week to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. On this special bonus episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge's Lauren Goode talks with …

How can I spot 'fake news' online?

February 3rd, 2017

46:28

CNN senior media correspondent and host of "Reliable Sources" Brian Stelter talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the rise of so-called "fake news" and what everyone can do to make sure …

When will self-driving cars be everywhere?

January 27th, 2017

39:00

The Verge's Lauren Goode talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Johana Bhuiyan about the budding self-driving car industry and how long it will take for companies like Tesla, Uber and Lyft to start offering completely …

What's so special about Apple's wireless Airpods?

January 20th, 2017

34:01

Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode debate the merits of Apple's new wireless earbuds, the Airpods. Designed to work across multiple …

Is a Chromebook the right computer for me?

January 13th, 2017

29:26

Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and The Verge Executive Editor Dieter Bohn talk about Samsung's new Chromebooks that were announced at CES, the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. They also discuss the tradeoffs of the many …

What were the most interesting gadgets at CES?

January 6th, 2017

27:22

Recode's Kara Swisher talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode about CES 2017 and whether the annual consumer electronics expo is as important as it once was. Goode recaps some of the biggest trends she observed, including …

What were the biggest tech stories of 2016?

December 30th, 2016

39:28

Recode's Kara Swisher talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Casey Newton about the biggest tech products and trends of 2016. Among other things, the trio chats about the aftermath of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 crisis; …

Why isn't my favorite TV show on Netflix?

December 23rd, 2016

38:52

The Verge's Lauren Goode and Recode's Peter Kafka decode the sometimes confounding world of competing media streaming apps and services. Kafka explains how tech companies like Apple and Amazon are trying to squeeze in …

What happens to your data after you die?

December 16th, 2016

35:25

Phil Libin, the former CEO of Evernote and managing director of General Catalyst, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the thorny issue of what happens to our digital profiles and data …

How do I start making my home ‘smart’?

December 9th, 2016

39:32

Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode and Dan Seifert talk about the confusing landscape of "smart home" gadgets and networks, and why so many of them don't play nicely together. Seifert says for people who …

Is it possible to outsmart Amazon this holiday season?

December 2nd, 2016

32:21

The Verge's Lauren Goode talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey about the often secret calculations that go into the prices of what you …

Are Snapchat's Spectacles creepy or cool?

November 25th, 2016

37:11

The Verge's Lauren Goode and Sean O'Kane talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about Snapchat maker Snap's first hardware, Spectacles. O'Kane, who reviewed the camera-equipped sunglasses for The Verge, says they're more …

Do 'productivity hacks' really help you get stuff done?

November 18th, 2016

37:59

The Verge's Dieter Bohn talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about apps, services and tricks that can make you more productive. Bohn says he swears by a virtual assistant application called …

Does Trump’s victory mean I need stronger encryption?

November 11th, 2016

37:09

Recode's Kara Swisher and Ina Fried talk with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Russell Brandom about the 2016 election and how our technological habits …

Is the MacBook's Touch Bar just a gimmick?

November 4th, 2016

38:26

Wall Street Journal tech columnist Joanna Stern talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup …

Which running app should I use?

October 28th, 2016

39:24

Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode discuss the generally disappointing state of running and workout apps, some of which suffer from poor design while others lack crucial features. Swisher vents her …

Why are drone laws so confusing?

October 21st, 2016

35:34

Recode's robot and drone reporter April Glaser talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Recode's Kara Swisher about consumer and commercial drones. In …

What happens to Samsung after the Note 7 disaster?

October 14th, 2016

32:18

Ina Fried, Recode's senior mobile editor, joins Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode to answer questions from readers and listeners about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone fiasco. Samsung recalled the …

Is Google now a hardware company?

October 7th, 2016

1:03:28

The Verge's Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn talk with Recode's Ina Fried about Google's fall product event. The search giant devoted the entire event to hardware, including high-end Android phones called Google Pixel; a …

Should you buy a mattress online?

September 30th, 2016

36:22

The Wirecutter writer Kevin Purdy talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the booming online mattress industry and why, suddenly, ads for companies like Casper, Leesa and Tuft & Needle …

Is it possible to be addicted to sexting?

September 23rd, 2016

37:36

Washington Post columnist Caitlin Dewey talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the popularity of sexting and the risks …

Would you buy marijuana from an app?

September 16th, 2016

40:47

Eaze CEO Keith McCarty talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his company's on-demand service that delivers medicinal cannabis to consumers in nearly 100 California cities and towns. He …

Why did Apple remove the iPhone's headphone jack?

September 9th, 2016

53:31

The Verge's Walt Mossberg and Lauren Goode talk with Recode's Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer about Apple's most recent product event, where it unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a new Apple Watch and wireless earbuds …

Should you upgrade to the new Fitbits?

September 2nd, 2016

45:01

Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk about Fitbit's newly announced Flex 2 and Charge 2 wearables, and whether their new features are worth paying for. The Charge 2 has a larger display and now claims …

What back-to-school tech should you buy?

August 26th, 2016

38:26

The Wirecutter Editor in Chief Jacqui Cheng talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about what tech purchases students should …

Do you need a $700 high-tech juicer?

August 19th, 2016

39:54

Juicero CEO Doug Evans talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his company's $700 internet-connected juicer, which is trying to become the Keurig or SodaStream of organic juice. Juicero has …

Help! Photoshop is too complicated. What should I use?

August 12th, 2016

31:54

Canva CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about design apps for non-professional …

What happens if our voting machines get hacked?

August 5th, 2016

43:49

The Verge reporter Russell Brandom talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about recent hacking attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and …

What the heck happened to Yahoo?

July 29th, 2016

44:11

Now that Yahoo has sold its core business to Verizon for nearly $5 billion, Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk about what …

Special Episode: Virtual reality works for games. But what about real life?

July 22nd, 2016

40:23

Jeremy Bailenson, the director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Recode's Mark Bergen about how virtual reality can affect our bodies and our minds. A …

Why is everyone obsessed with Pokémon Go?

July 15th, 2016

39:42

With the augmented reality game Pokémon Go blowing up the App Store charts, Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk with Verge reporter Sean O'Kane about how it works and whether it's just a fad. They …

Can a texting bot help you understand the presidential election?

July 8th, 2016

41:45

Purple CEO and co-founder Rebecca Harris talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about her company's text-messaging bot that …

Seriously: What is artificial intelligence?

July 1st, 2016

37:31

Bloomberg Beta partner James Cham talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Mark Bergen about why artificial intelligence is hot again and whether we're at risk of another "AI winter" in which investment dries up. Cham …

When will robots be able to do all your chores?

June 24th, 2016

35:21

Chris Jones, iRobot’s vice president of technology, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer about the future of in-home robotics. He …

Why isn't Apple's iMessage on Android?

June 17th, 2016

46:32

With Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference wrapping up today, The Verge's Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn discuss what the company showed — and what it didn't show. Apple made big changes to how it will sell apps, …

How do food delivery startups stay in business?

June 10th, 2016

39:45

Munchery CEO Tri Tran talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about running a San Francisco-based company that cooks and delivers thousands of restaurant-style meals every day. He discusses what …

Could you go a day without your phone?

June 3rd, 2016

30:11

The Verge's Lauren Goode reports on what happened when she deprived herself of her iPhone for (gasp!) an entire day. Although Lauren still had access to other electronics, she tells Recode's Kara Swisher how this simple …

What tech gifts should you buy for new graduates?

May 27th, 2016

27:33

Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode debate what tech gifts you should buy for students graduating this year. They also take …

Can Wi-Fi calling replace your phone carrier?

May 19th, 2016

27:43

Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk with Karma CEO Steven van Wel about the rise of Wi-Fi calling services such as Skype, Viber and Google Hangouts that are increasingly easy to use on mobile phones. …

Seriously, do I need "smart" luggage?

May 13th, 2016

37:23

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with Gogobot CEO Travis Katz about stress-free travel technology. They answer your questions about travel booking …

Which laptop should you buy?

May 6th, 2016

33:22

Mac or Windows? Pay to fix your old laptop, or suck it up and get a new one? And what's the best gaming laptop to buy? On this week's Too Embarrassed …

How can I "spring clean" my tech life?

April 29th, 2016

29:32

It's time for a little digital spring cleaning, and Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode are here to help. They outline some strategies for decluttering your overloaded email inbox, apps you never use and gadgets that are …

What are the best podcasts? (Other than this one.)

April 22nd, 2016

28:50

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about listening to podcasts and whether the current renaissance of online radio is here to stay. They share some of their picks for favorite shows to listen to and how …

Special Episode: Tech & Sleep, with Arianna Huffington

April 15th, 2016

35:25

Huffington Post co-founder and "The Sleep Revolution" author Arianna Huffington talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about why you shouldn't …

Alexa, Is Jeff Bezos Spying on Me? (Guest: Dan Seifert, Senior Editor, The Verge)

April 8th, 2016

37:35

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Dan Seifert about Amazon's efforts to top virtual assistants like Siri and Google Now with its own assistant, Alexa, which can be found in products like the Amazon …

When Will Smart Homes Stop Being Dumb? (Guest: Alex Hawkinson, CEO, SmartThings)

April 1st, 2016

35:25

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk about technology that claims to make your home smarter and more automated. They chat with Alex Hawkinson, CEO of …

Is Apple Out of Ideas? (Guest: Walt Mossberg, Executive Editor, The Verge)

March 25th, 2016

42:07

Lauren Goode and special guest host Walt Mossberg talk about Apple's spring product event, where the company announced the iPhone SE, a beefier iPad Pro and a price cut for the Apple Watch. Lauren and Walt answer your …

Why Is Your Phone's Battery Life So Bad?

March 18th, 2016

26:10

Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and special guest Ina Fried, Re/code's senior mobile editor, talk about the rechargable batteries that power our smartphones, tablets, laptops and more. Why do our batteries seem to be running …

Kara Swisher's Junk Drawer of "Unwearables"

March 11th, 2016

26:58

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode are back, and this week they have props: Several pieces of wearable technology such as fitness trackers and …

Your Questions About Apple vs. the FBI, Answered

March 4th, 2016

29:59

On this special episode of "Too Embarrassed to Ask," we devote the entire show to breaking down the ongoing legal battle between Apple and the FBI. …

Am I Too Old For Snapchat? (Guest: Tracy Chou, Pinterest)

February 26th, 2016

44:59

Lauren Goode and Re/code's social media expert Kurt Wagner answer your questions about Snapchat and how old is "too old" for the hot social app. …

This Podcast Is the Uber for "Why?"

February 19th, 2016

38:57

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about on-demand services that deliver food, drive you around town and mow your lawn. Then, Shyp CEO Kevin Gibbon joins in to talk about how his startup is trying to …

Algorithm Nation

February 12th, 2016

34:30

Kara Swisher and special guest host Kurt Wagner answer your questions about how Twitter and Facebook decide what you see in your timeline and News Feed. Then, Y Combinator partner Justin Kan joins in to talk about how …

Fitbits and Alphabets

February 5th, 2016

33:41

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about Fitbit's newest device, the Alta, which wants to be a fashionable everyday accessory. Then, Re/code's Mark Bergen joins in to talk about Google and its new …

My Clothing Is Smarter Than I Am

January 29th, 2016

32:28

Lauren Goode and special guest host Ina Fried answer listener questions about wireless plans and why they make zero sense. Then, Athos founder DJ Jayalath joins Lauren and Ina to talk about "smart clothes" that can help …

Drones, Detroit and Dash

January 22nd, 2016

42:49

Andreessen Horowitz partner Steven Sinofsky joins Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode to talk about how drones and cars are driving the future of tech. Is the transportation market Google's and Apple’s for the taking, or can …

Life's a Peach After CES

January 15th, 2016

25:57

It's the first episode of our new podcast "Too Embarrassed to Ask." This week, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about what happened at CES 2016, joined by special guest Casey Newton from The Verge. …

Teaser

January 8th, 2016

0:43

It’s time to get excited! Starting on January 13th, Too Embarrassed to Ask will become its own weekly podcast, giving us even more time to review the latest gadgets and answer all those questions you’ve been dying to …

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