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The Powers That Be is Puck's free podcast, where our expert writers bring you smart, elite conversations about the inside story at the intersection of Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley and Hollywood. If you like what you're hearing and want to get more — including daily articles, breaking news, and personal emails directly from our authors
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    • Aug 12, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Media Monday: An Alleged Affair to Remember, Plus NFL+

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 22:11

    Jon Kelly joins Teddy Schleifer to dig into the fig leaves and intrigue surrounding the Wall Street Journal's report on the alleged Elon Musk-Sergey Brin-Nicole Shanahan imbroglio. Was there an affair? Who will sue? What are the ramifications for The Journal, itself? Then they discuss the NFL's Trojan Horse to end broadcast TV. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The NFL's Secret Court

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 23:19

    Eriq Gardner joins Peter to discuss how Roger Goodell controls the league's own Vatican-like legal system. Then Julia Alexander stops by to explain how she reconstructs Netflix's hidden data. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Trump's Monster Shot & Liz Cheney's Afterlife

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 23:06

    Tara Palmeri joins Peter to analyze Trump's bizarre FBI raid bump, and how it will impact DeSantis and the ‘24 field. Then Tina Nguyen and Ben Landy discuss Liz Cheney's martyr-adjacent next act. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Game of Thrones Sweepstakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 20:53

    Matt Belloni joins Peter Hamby to discuss the business impact of HBO's Game of Thrones spinoff and how it might fare against Amazon's Lord of the Rings. Meanwhile, Dylan Byers joins Ben Landy to discuss Axios's $525 million exit and the latest Semafor updates. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Wall Street-DC Detente

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 20:22

    Julia Ioffe joins Peter Hamby to discuss an insidious international relations scandal. Then Bill Cohan drops by to explain how private equity fell for Krysten Sinema. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: Zaz's $2 Billion Haircut

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 23:38

    Jon Kelly joins Peter to discuss the latest rumblings at Warner Bros. Discovery, where Zaz is cleaning house and dealing with Wall Street's titanic frustration. Can he cut his way to success, and is Comcast waiting in the wings? Then the duo chats about how Biden's media narrative continues to lag his accomplishments. Is it Dem fatigue, or pure rejection? To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Murdochs' Deal From Hell

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 23:04

    Eriq Gardner joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss the lawsuit that's keeping the Murdochs up at night. And then Julia Ioffe offers the latest insight on the terrible Brittney Griner sentencing. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    CNN's Impossible Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 21:43

    Dylan Byers joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss CNN C.E.O. Chris Licht's attempt to make his network palatable to the right. Then Ben Landy and Tina Nguyen discuss the learnings from this week's primaries. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Did McConnell Blow It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 23:20

    Tara Palmeri joins Teddy Schleifer to detail how the Republicans are nuking their 2022 Senate fantasies. Then Julia Alexander talks with Ben Landy about what Apple is really up to in the streaming wars. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Pelosi's Big Gamble

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 21:56

    Bill Cohan joins Teddy Schleifer to explain private equity's battle with Chuck Schumer. And Julia Ioffe explains why Nancy Pelosi is kicking up the trip wires and heading to Taiwan. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Curtains for Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 22:48

    Tara Palmeri joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss Biden's challenges, 2024 subplots, and the Hunter indictment fears. Then Puck's marketing hero Alex Bigler goes deep with Dylan Byers about how he handles the Zaz-Chapek-Zucker-Iger-Shari beat. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Cuomo's Revenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 21:28

    Dylan Byers joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss Chris Cuomo's surprising new act—what it says about his options, about cable, and perhaps about his beef with his former employer. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Putin's Winter Is Coming

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 19:05

    Julia Ioffe joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss the drama surrounding the maintenance of the Nord Stream pipeline, which has Europe in a tizzy over how Putin can exert continental leverage as the temperatures drop. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 401(K) Dumpster Fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 11:01

    Bill Cohan swings by to chat with Teddy Schleifer about recession odds, spending dynamics, and the faint trip wires of the current semi-pre-turndown U.S. economy. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: Elon's Hosedown & Bezos' Old Fixer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 24:02

    Jon Kelly joins Teddy Schleifer for a spirited conversation about Ari Emanuel's abs, Elon Musk's endgame, and the surprising (or not) departure of Jeff Bezo's Ray Donovan. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Introducing Mother Country Radicals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 4:25

    Zayd Dohrn was born underground - his parents were radicals and counter-culture outlaws, on the run from the FBI. Now Zayd takes us back to the 1970s, when his parents and their young friends in the Weather Underground Organization declared war on the United States government. They brawled with riot cops on the streets of Chicago, bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, broke comrades out of prison, and teamed up with Black militant groups to rob banks, fight racism - and help build a revolution. All episodes of Mother Country Radicals are available on the Audacy app or wherever you get to your podcasts. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Netflix's Domestic Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 23:48

    Julia Alexander joins Teddy to dig into Netflix's numbers and explain what they really foreshadow about its growth. And then ace marketing exec Alex Bigler gets the backstory from Teddy on the career he almost pursued over journalism.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    CNN's New Consigliere

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 17:30

    Dylan Byers joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss Chris Licht's new significant personnel announcement at CNN, what it means for the network, and what to expect next.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Ginni & Clarence Thomas' Political Marriage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 21:18

    Tina Nguyen joins Peter to discuss the bizarre, lightning rod-esque, conspiracy theory-filled marriage of Ginni and Clarence Thomas and how each influences the other. Then Eriq Gardner swings by to detail the biggest suit in publishing history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Elon vs. Wall Street

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 20:30

    Bill Cohan joins Peter to unpack the Musk imbroglio—his suit, the settlement math, Twitter's legal strategy, and how the world's richest man can reasonably exit this storm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: The Netflix-Microsoft Arranged Marriage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 18:16

    Jon Kelly joins Peter to discuss the intrigue over the Netflix-Microsoft deal, Apple and Amazon's battle for the NFL, and the ways in which the League could screw everyone over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The HBO vs. Netflix Emmy Wars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 22:34

    Matt Belloni joins Peter to discuss Emmy nominations season—the surprises, the shockers, Netflix's disappointment, HBO's mega-success, and more. And then Puck's world-famous marketing executive, Alex Bigler, swings by to discuss the latest behind-the-scenes details at the company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Julia on the Trials of Brittney Griner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 18:55

    Julia Ioffe joins Peter to discuss the vicissitudes of the Brittney Griner case: the legal hellscape of Russia's judicial system, Biden's behind-the-scenes diplomacy, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    SBF and His Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 19:45

    Teddy Schleifer joins Peter to discuss the bildungsroman of Sam Bankman-Fried—his upbringing, the zillions he's made via FTX, his current investments, his quixotic investments on the future—plus a little futurecasting about his next endeavors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Here's How Much Elon Pays

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 19:04

    Bill Cohan and Eriq Gardner join Peter to assess Elon Musk's legal jihad and explain how much he'll end up paying Twitter to make it go away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: Is There a Play on Netflix?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 23:41

    Dylan Byers joins Jon Kelly, filling in for Peter Hamby, to discuss the latest dish emanating from Sun Valley, which includes some hair-raising hypothetical question. And then they discuss a more minor drama roiling The Washington Post. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Europe After Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 24:02

    Julia Ioffe joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss Europe's scenario planning for 2024 and beyond. Then Puck's beloved bean counter warrior Alex Bigler plays 20 questions with Peter Hamby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    What the Sun Valley Moguls are Really Talking About…

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 20:00

    Dylan Byers joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss the inside conversation emanating from the Sun Valley conference. Meanwhile, Ben Landy and Eriq Gardner discuss Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's bombshell lawsuit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Ron Klain's Successor…

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 16:23

    Tara Palmeri joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss the Ron Klain succession politicking, and what a new generation of Democratic lawmakers want from their party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Billion-Dollar Book Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 20:44

    Bill Cohan joins Teddy Schleifer to talk about a mega-merger in the publishing world that the Justice Department is trying to nuke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: CNN's Step Child Problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 24:41

    Jon Kelly joins Peter Hamby to discuss Zaz's new target at CNN—its very profitable digital unit that more people read than the Times. So what went wrong? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Europe's Putin Rumors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 19:38

    Julia Ioffe joins Peter to discuss the inside conversation emanating from the G7 – Putin's health, Trump fears, and more. Then Baratunde Thurston explains how an activist Supreme Court has waved the white flag on the climate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    D.C. Insiders Discuss Roe's Next Steps

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 20:54

    Tara Palmeri talks with Peter about the sotto voce conversations surrounding Roe inside D.C.—what lawmakers are saying, how it might (or might not) impact the midterms, and all the Dems' challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Maddowpocalypse & Trump's Nightmare

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 21:02

    Dylan Byers visits Peter to discuss MSNBC's surprising decision to give Rachel Maddow's 9 p.m. hour to Alex Wagner, which seems like a white flag for the network's ambitions. Then Tina Nguyen and Ben Landy discuss how Cassidy Hutchinson's shocking testimony will impact Trump's 2024 plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Where Have All the Deals Gone?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 21:24

    Bill Cohan joins Peter to unveil Wall Street's latest anxiety—reduced deal flow (at least compared to the high water mark of ‘21), which means reduced bonuses and even RIFs (banker jargon for layoffs). What does the future hold? And then Eriq Gardner drops by to explicate the nightmare that the Roe reversal has created for big business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: The Roe Media Story & Semaforeplay

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 27:02

    Jon Kelly joins Peter Hamby to discuss how the Roe decision scrambled media, and the challenge it poses for a new era of centrism. Then they discuss the latest news emanating from Semafor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Emergency Pod: Samuel Alito's Pandora's Box

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 23:53

    With the Supreme Court striking down the right to abortion in America, Julia Ioffe, Eriq Gardner, and Tara Palmeri join Peter to discuss how we got here, what it means for women, for the midterms, and what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Hollywood vs. SCOTUS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 20:54

    Matt Belloni joins Peter to discuss how Hollywood's biggest companies are reacting to the likelihood that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe. And then America's favorite marketing executive, Alex Bigler, chats with Eriq Gardner about reader feedback and what's new on his beat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Putin's Boomerangs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 21:54

    Julia Ioffe joins Peter to discuss one of the most vexing elements of the war—all the dissident Russians who are returning home. And Ben Landy breaks down the most pressing news on Zaz and Chapek, among others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Larry Summers' Magic Recession 8 Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 21:27

    Bill Cohan joins Peter to discuss Biden's dance between allaying fears of a recession and not pissing off Wall Street. And Tina Nguyen breaks down the latest act in Ron DeSantis' 2024 dress rehearsal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Juice in Biden's D.C.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 20:17

    Tara Palmeri joins Teddy Schleifer to discuss Biden's plans, Kamala Harris' challenges, and the people who have juice in Wilmington West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: Licht's Edict

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 23:22

    Jon Kelly joins Dylan Byers for a very special chat about what's going on at CNN and other summer media leitmotifs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Introducing History is US

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 3:36

    Written and narrated by award-winning author and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, “History is US” is a 6-part audio documentary produced and developed by C13Originals that asks questions about who we are as a nation, and what race might reveal about our current crisis. Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us. There will always be something distinct about our present day, yet history haunts. “History is US” is a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham Studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Zaz's Next Moves

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 25:52

    Julia Alexander joins Peter to discuss the latest recalibrations in the content wars, including Disney's big bet and where Zaz will likely next turn his attention. Then Puck's master marketer Alex Bigler has a candid conversation with Bill Cohan about his journey from journalism to Wall Street and back again Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Liz Cheney's Democratic Glow Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 22:39

    Tara Palmeri joins Peter to explain how Liz Cheney's January 6th performance turned her into an unlikely quasi-liberal icon—well, at least the massively conservative, Big Sky, Cheney-spawn sort of liberal icon. But it's shocking nonetheless, especially as a strange procedural rule in Wyoming gives her a slither of a chance at re-election. And then Tina Nguyen makes sense of the recent, head-spinning G.O.P. primary results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Can CNN Survive Twitter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 19:18

    Media reporter Dylan Byers joins Peter to unpack how social media is warping political journalism, destroying newsrooms, and melting our brains. Then Teddy Schleifer stops by with an update on Sam Bankman-Fried's post-crypto media ambitions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Elizabeth Holmes' Lawyer's Hourly Rate…

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 21:25

    Eriq Gardner joins Peter to describe the latest legal mega-case involving David Boies. And then Bill Cohan swings by to assess the state of Wall Street's bear market blues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Media Monday: WaPo Aftermath & Trump Blind Sources

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 21:58

    Jon Kelly joins Peter for a spirited discussion of the Washington Post contretemps and a Jan 6th committee postmortem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Jan 6th in Review & WaPo Insanity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 24:41

    Dylan Byers joins Peter to explain the vexing scandal engulfing The Washington Post. And Tina Nguyen, who was at the Capitol on January 6th, reviews the media blockbuster event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Inside the Jan 6 Drama & LA Political Fever

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 26:27

    Tara Palmeri joins Peter to explain the dramas and horrors of the January 6th proceedings, which descend on Washington today. And then Ben Landy turns the table on Peter, discussing his latest piece on Rick Caruso's Vulcan death grip on LA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Elonology & Sheryl's Political Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 20:06

    Teddy Schleifer joins Peter to explain what insiders are saying about Sheryl Sandberg's future in politics and philanthropy. Then Bill Cohan gets into Elon Musk's maneuvers to kill his own deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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