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Land of the Giants

18 EpisodesProduced by RecodeWebsite

Facebook. Apple. Amazon. Netflix. Google. These five tech giants have changed the world. But how? And at what cost? Netflix now has nearly 200 million subscribers, and the biggest companies in media and tech are racing to catch up. In our new season, The Netflix Effect, Recode’s Peter Kafka and Rani… read more

18 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

The Rise of Amazon

July 22nd, 2019


Examine how the biggest tech companies rose to power, and what they're doing with that power. In season one, The Rise of Amazon, Recode's senior commerce correspondent Jason Del Rey traces how Jeff Bezos transformed …

Why You’ll Never Quit Amazon Prime

July 23rd, 2019


With over 100 million members, Prime is the engine that’s made Amazon a retailing juggernaut and one of the largest companies in the world. Jason Del Rey explores how Prime came to be, why it’s so effective at keeping …

Alexa, What's Amazon Doing Inside My Home?

July 30th, 2019


Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant can tell you the weather, operate home appliances, and video chat family members. Alexa aims to be the centerpiece of …

When Amazon Leaves Your Town

August 6th, 2019


In 1999, Amazon opened one of its first warehouses in the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. Fifteen years later, it closed. We visit Coffeyville to learn what Amazon can bring and what it can take away, and what …

Why the Robot Revolution is Our Fault

August 13th, 2019


In recent years Amazon has quietly become one of the leaders in automation, reshaping its workforce of nearly 600,000 workers, and the way humans work with robots. We fear robots taking over the world, but do we …

How Amazon Charmed Wall Street

August 20th, 2019


When Amazon became a publicly traded company  in 1997, it was losing money. And it wouldn’t turn a profit for years. So how did it convince Wall …

Is Amazon Too Big? We Ask Its Sellers

August 27th, 2019


Small businesses and major brands alike rely on Amazon but are increasingly ambivalent about selling on the platform. The Amazon Marketplace is a battle royale of millions of sellers and declining profit margins. …

'I love Amazon. Let’s break it up'

September 12th, 2019


In the final episode of our season on Amazon, NYU professor and “Pivot” podcast co-host Scott Galloway tells Jason Del Rey that Amazon needs to be …

Amazon's Middlewomen

November 26th, 2019


Why do so many Amazon packages take a pitstop in the small town of Roundup, Montana? Find out in this episode of Reset, the new tech podcast from Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Jason Del Rey and Reset host …

The Netflix Effect

June 15th, 2020


In Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect, Recode’s Peter Kafka and Rani Molla examine how Netflix got where it is today and whether or not it can …

“Netflix is a team, not a family”

June 23rd, 2020


Is working on a team of all-stars, excellent pay, and unlimited vacation worth the stress of constant criticism from co-workers and the knowledge that your boss is considering whether to replace you? Netflix execs will …

Who really killed Blockbuster Video?

June 30th, 2020


Netflix killed our trips to the video store and ushered in the streaming era. But when Netflix started out, it was a fraction of the size of …

Did the algorithm make you watch Tiger King?

July 7th, 2020


Netflix’s recommendation algorithm is supposed to find you TV and movies that you’ll like — and that will keep you paying for Netflix. But is Netflix really showing you stuff you want to watch, or just stuff that …

Netflix vs. Hollywood | Part 1

July 14th, 2020


Loaning out shows and movies to Netflix used to be a great way for studios to make a little money on the side, until they realized they were training audiences everywhere to watch Netflix. In this episode, we look at …

Netflix is Hollywood | Part 2

July 21st, 2020


Netflix hasn’t just disrupted Hollywood, it has become Hollywood. How has that changed the lives of studio executives, movie producers and creators …

Money to burn; why Wall Street loves NFLX

July 28th, 2020


Netflix owes around $15 billion, yet it continues to spend money billions each year to fund its original programming. Is this a brilliant move to set …

World War Stream

August 4th, 2020


The "streaming wars" are here, but they're not what you think—or rather, where you think. While competitors are duking it out in the US, Netflix …

Go For Broke: Inside the Dot-Com Bubble

October 15th, 2020


While you wait for the next season of Land of the Giants, we have another podcast we think you'll like. Go For Broke is a new series from the Vox Media Podcast Network and Epic Magazine exploring the frenzy of the …

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