American technology business journalist
As the CEO of Twitter announces his exit from the social media company and Congress gets ready to investigate the effect of Instagram on teenagers, veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher joined Errol to break down the latest news surrounding big tech. She also talked about her new companion podcast to the HBO show “Succession,” the future of cryptocurrency, and Donald Trump's fight to get back on social media. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Join the conversation, weigh in on Twitter using the hashtag #NY1YouDecide or give us a call at 212-379-3440 and leave a message. Or send an email to YourStoryNY1@charter.com
Emily Ratajkowski is winning in the Instagram era: She has 28.6 million followers and has spent more than half her life making a living as a model. But even at her level of success, she still wonders: When you make a living off your desirability, is the power of your body ever just yours?It's one of the questions she explores in her debut book of essays, “My Body.” Because even now, she's still working to keep her followers' attention. “I want them to see me and look at me and also click the link to read the article that I care about,” she says. She calls Instagram an empowering tool for curating and controlling her narrative. But she also sees how the platform is a “validation machine” that can quickly turn toxic, especially for teenage girls navigating a world shaped by the male gaze.In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Ratajkowski about why she's chosen to stay in modeling for now, despite the ambivalence she expresses about both the profession and the double-edged sword of beauty. They also discuss how she wishes she could be angrier and why she doesn't regret her appearance in Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” music video.This episode contains strong language.You can find more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
The TOBs celebrate their one-year anniversary and spare their listeners any sappy retrospectives, mainly because they can't remember much of what they talked about. But their loyal, hardworking staff reminded them that they've dropped 56 episodes for listeners in 24 countries. Meanwhile, the makers of Ambien are suing TOB LLC for a 42% drop in business since we launched our podcast. Del provides a followup on his Weber grill disaster and what he learned. Pay attention here-no joke. Del spells phytotelma--correctly, much to Dave's amazement. But he won't tell Dave what it means, challenging our listeners to send in the answer to: Buckstwoold@gmail.com Can Del be a closet genius? Dave thinks so. He might even be an augury. A what?Then there's GuntherVI, a German shepherd dog who owns a $32 million mansion in- where else- Florida. Dave wonders if this is more fake news from Florida while Del has visions of an inter-species romance. Try not to visualize it. Dave plugs another podcast-Pivot, hosted by Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway. Swisher is a seasoned tech journalist who can reportedly make Mark Zuckerburg sweat in his hoodie, which is good enough for Dave. Galloway is a prof at NYU, where he teaches graduate level marketing. Unlike the Bucks, they're really smart, giving their raw, unfiltered takes on tech, politics , and business. WARNING: DO NOT listen to them at bedtime. they will not put you to sleep.The Bucks close the anniversary issue with a LFA from Normalville.
In May, Sally Buzbee became the first woman to be hired for one of the most coveted jobs in journalism: executive editor of The Washington Post. Since then, Buzbee has overseen ambitious digital investigations into the Jan. 6 capitol attack and how countries' climate pledges are based on flawed information. But she's also had to tackle the bigger challenges that come with running a newspaper today: a turbulent media landscape shaped by political polarization, social media and the spread of misinformation. Buzbee and The Washington Post have already had to address some of these issues: The paper issued corrections last week to a handful of Steele Dossier articles they published in the past few years. The paper has been sued by the reporter Felicia Sonmez, who has alleged unfair treatment by editors.In this conversation, Kara Swisher presses Buzbee on her agenda for The Washington Post. “I don't want to give up on any reader,” she says. “Certainly there are people who are not going to trust the Washington Post, but I don't think we want to give up on big swaths of the world.” They also discuss whether it's possible for the Bezos-owned publication to cover Amazon independently and how newsrooms can rebuild trust with communities that believe they're biased.You can find more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Hans Zimmer has spent his career scoring cinematic worlds, from the ancient Rome of “Gladiator” to the futuristic landscape of “Dune.” So what does the metaverse sound like to him? “It sounds like just some giant, horrible, dehumanizing mess right now,” he says.Zimmer sees tech's influence everywhere in music. He posits that from drums to violins to synthesizers, “every piece that we use other than the human voice is a piece of technology.” But he's also cleareyed about how innovations like artificial intelligence and streaming don't fix underlying issues of fairness in compensation: “The people who have access to the distribution systems really still always will hold the cards.”In this conversation, Kara Swisher talks to Zimmer about his process for composing the score for “Dune” and why he says finding out that the movie would premiere simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max was a “crushing moment.” They also discuss how composers can adapt to the shifting demands of viewers and a streaming economy — and what he's working on next.(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)Kara Swisher is working on a podcast for HBO, which is part of WarnerMedia and is a major player in streaming media.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Mark Zuckerberg might be trying to stake his claim on the metaverse, but he's far from the first person to envision a more virtual world. Take it from Jaron Lanier.He's often called the “godfather of virtual reality,” and his company, VPL Research, developed V.R. goggles and gloves in the 1980s. He says he always imagined a metaverse with “a hundred million micro entrepreneurs doing their little thing here and there — there wouldn't be some overlord.” Now, as big companies like Roblox and Epic build virtual worlds, he describes how these technologies will continue to shape our lives.[You can listen to this episode of “Sway” on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.]In this conversation, Kara Swisher talks to Lanier about Facebook's pivot to Meta, which he says sounded “like some megalomaniac took my stuff and filtered it through some weird self-aggrandizement filter.” They also discuss why Lanier viewed technologies like automation and V.R. as “a little technological token of that hope of eternal creativity” back in the '80s. And Lanier, the author of “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,” makes the case for why Facebook should be paying users for their data.This episode contains strong language.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
The Facebook Papers and whistle-blower testimony have given us yet more insight into the company's impact on polarization and mental health, but if you could wave a magic wand and “pull the plug on Facebook,” would these problems go away? Casey Newton, the journalist behind the newsletter Platformer, says no. Imagining a universe where “Mark Zuckerberg is not the C.E.O., the company doesn't exist — I actually don't think you would improve the internet that much,” he says. He caveats that Facebook has never been held accountable “in any meaningful way,” but the problems are much bigger than any one platform.This may make him a Facebook “apologist” in the eyes of Kara Swisher — which is exactly why she invited Newton onto the show to discuss everything Facebook.In this conversation, Newton and Swisher discuss Facebook's rebrand to Meta and debate the merits of the metaverse. They go inside the Facebook Papers consortium looking into the whistle-blower leaks, discuss whether the company's recent limits on facial recognition signals a shift in Mark Zuckerberg and talk about the role of government to really start regulating a behemoth company and industry.This episode contains strong language.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
In the third episode of the podcast (corresponding with Season 3, Episode 3, “The Disruption,”) Kara Swisher and Succession Executive Producer Lucy Prebble talk about how the writers of the show walk the line between tragedy and comedy. We hear how Succession creator Jesse Armstrong pushes the writers to steer clear of anything that could veer into soap opera, and learn where they find inspiration in real world events. And of course, Kara goes through this week's Succession “Power Rankings.” The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight: Rep. Ruben Gallego, Michelle Goldberg, Tim Miller, Kara Swisher, Kevin Roose, Nancy AncrumTonight: New clues in the coup plot investigation as the Murdoch empire invents its own fictional reality. Plus, Congressman Ruben Gallego on just how close we came to a Trump coup. Then, the ominous purge of Republicans lawmakers who would stand up to Trump continues. And can Mark Zuckerberg escape whistleblowers, regulators and accountability inside the Metaverse?
Nicolle Wallace discusses Biden set to campaign with Terry McAuliffe for Virginia's governor race. Plus, Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook's impact, a GOP congressman says he'd be proud if his staff helped plan the 1/6 rally, Democratic frustration over the filibuster is reaching a breaking point, the attorney general is sure to be questioned about investigations into the former president, and an advisory committee recommends FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine for kids.Joined by: Jonathan Lemire, Donna Edwards, Claire McCaskill, Kara Swisher, Donny Deutsch, Joyce Vance, Marc Elias, Philip Rucker, Alexi McCammond, Neal Katyal, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, and Steve Kornacki
Leaked documents revealed Facebook employee concerns about the January 6 riot. The committee investigating the insurrection have several witness depositions scheduled this week. And governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey tighten. Philip Rucker, A.B. Stoddard, Melissa Murray, Kara Swisher, Don Calloway and Bill Kristol join.
Representative Ken Buck has joined forces with the Democratic congressman David Cicilline and others to push through a package of antitrust legislation that could prove damning to companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. “As a conservative, I don't think big is bad. I think big is great,” he says. But at the same time, he is quick to clarify that Silicon Valley isn't the land of “benevolent monopolists” and that leaders like Jeff Bezos need to be more transparent about their business practices.In this conversation, Buck discusses how he's moved further than his party on issues of antitrust, and why he — after initially backing the Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn 2020 election results in four battleground states — eventually stepped out against Donald Trump's “Big Lie” of a stolen election.Kara Swisher asks Buck which antitrust bills will survive big tech anti-antitrust lobbying, and whether regulatory agencies like the F.T.C. will actually have the teeth to enforce the proposed laws. They also dig into the Facebook whistle-blower's allegations, as well as conservative claims of social media censorship. And Swisher presses Buck on what he calls the “vigorous debate” within the Republican Party — which Buck says is happening “behind closed doors.”You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Welcome to Feedback with EarBuds, the podcast recommendation podcast. Our newsletter brings you five podcast recommendations each week according to a theme, and curated by a different person. Our podcast is an audio version of the newsletter.Subscribe to the newsletter: eepurl.com/cIcBuHThis week's theme is Internet Culture. The curator is Eric Johnson, founder of Lightning Pod.Thank you to our title sponsor: On The Edge, a new podcast from The Creative Coalition. On the Edge spotlights stories of opportunity, discovery, and courage with some of entertainment's biggest stars.Listen: https://bit.ly/OntheEdgewithTCCWe received additional sponsorship for this week's episode from Future Hindsight. Future Hindsight is a podcast that takes big ideas about civic life and democracy and turns them into action items. Join Mila Atmos in a new season on the social contract, as she asks big questions about how we live and what we owe each other.Listen: http://futurehindsight.comOn Feedback with EarBuds, you'll hear an interview between our host, Arielle Nissenblatt, and someone doing something interesting in the podcast space. Then, you'll hear about this week's podcast picks being featured on our newsletter.About our curator, Eric Johnson:Eric has worked in digital media and podcasting for more than 10 years, starting at WBRU-FM in Providence, R.I. He's also worked at WTOP-FM, Mental_Floss, AllThingsD, Recode, and Vox Media, and he's a member of The Podcast Academy.From 2015 to 2020, Eric produced Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, one of the top-ranking Technology podcasts on Apple Podcasts; Adweek named it the Podcast of the Year in 2019. Find this week's podcast recommendation list here: https://www.earbudspodcastcollective.org/best-internet-culture-podcastsThis week's podcast picks from Eric:Decoder RingFollow FridayUnderunderstoodICYMIThe Content MinesThis week's spotlight: Stop Podcasting YourselfSubmitted by Meghan GrantShe writes...I've come to believe that I actually have friends in Vancouver. I'm so attached to Dave and Graham, which is weird because I'm an Australian diplomat's wife living in Brussels and studying counselling in between being a stay-at-home mum/serious human.Listen: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/stop-podcasting-yourself/Apply to have your podcast spotlit: https://www.earbudspodcastcollective.org/podcast-spotlightsEarBuds Blog: https://www.earbudspodcastcollective.org/blogCurate a list here: https://www.earbudspodcastcollective.org/earbuds-podcast-curators-formFollow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EarbudsPodColFollow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/earbudspodcastcollectiveFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earbudspodcastcollective/Learn more at our website: http://www.earbudspodcastcollective.orgTee Public: https://www.teepublic.com/user/earbuds-podcast-collective
Maria Ressa and Dmitri Muratov recently took home the Nobel Peace Prize, marking the first time working journalists have won the award since 1935. Ressa believes the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to recognize journalists this year sends a signal that, once again, “we are on the brink of the rise of fascism.” Through her digital media company Rappler, Ressa has been on the front lines of covering President Rodrigo Duterte's regime in the Philippines, exposing the leader's tactics of “violence and fear.” She also sounded the alarm on the role that social media platforms have played in the rise of leaders like Duterte and Donald Trump, saying that Facebook in particular “exploded an atom bomb” by amplifying misinformation and propaganda.Ressa's reporting has made her a target for lawsuits from the Duterte government and online harassment from his supporters: One study found almost 400,000 tweets targeting Ressa over a 13-month period. And she was convicted of cyber libel in 2020, which has made it difficult for her to leave the country.In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Ressa to discuss the role of social media in the rise of polarization, and to consider if new revelations from the Facebook whistle-blower will be a game changer. And Ressa shares how her work — and the onslaught of lawsuits in response to it — have impacted her personal life and her family.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
After leaked internal documents in The Wall Street Journal, whistle-blower testimony on Capitol Hill, a global server outage and drops in share price, Facebook has recently taken (another) spectacular beating. But the veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg says none of it has been a surprise. A longtime friend and mentor of Kara Swisher, he tells her, “I think the company is fundamentally unethical.” And, drawing on his experience covering controversial leaders, including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates (as he calls them, “the old guard”), Mossberg says the Facebook C.E.O. is still an aberration: “In my encounters with Mark Zuckerberg, I've never been able to discover any principles.”In this conversation, Kara and Mossberg talk about “the sins of Facebook,” whether this new scandal really is the company's Big Tobacco moment and why Sheryl Sandberg is still sitting at Zuckerberg's side. They also swap stories of tech executives — from making Zuckerberg sweat (literally) and getting the cold shoulder from Elon Musk to Mossberg's Taco Bell invitation from Gates and “arm-waving arguments” with Jobs.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.Love listening to New York Times podcasts? Help us test a new audio product in beta and give us your thoughts to shape what it becomes. Visit nytimes.com/audio to join the beta.
In the first episode of the Succession podcast, host Kara Swisher unpacks the season three premiere episode, “Secession,” which features a deliciously awkward phone call between Gerri and the president's press secretary. Kara is joined by former White House Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri to talk about real life media conglomerates lobbying the White House, and whether Waystar's move was savvy, or just a complete disaster. Kara also ranks which character is up in this week's episode, who's down, and who made the most surprising power move. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Facebook has once again found itself in the hot seat. Things heated up for the company after a whistleblower shared thousands of pages of Facebook internal documents with The Wall Street Journal and Congress last month. The documents reveal that the company had researched how its apps affect the people who use them—and that Facebook often chooses to put its business interests ahead of the wellbeing of its users. This week on Gadget Lab, we talk with WIRED politics writer Gilad Edelman about the overall impact of the whistleblower's revelations, whether anything will change internally at Facebook, and how plausible it is that even big, sweeping changes to the platform here in the US could fix Facebook's issues overseas. Show Notes: Read The Wall Street Journal's Facebook Files series. Read Gilad's story about the Facebook whistleblower. He also wrote about why Facebook is not too big to moderate. Here's Gilad's story about Section 230 (and also our episode of this show about it). And here's how you can permanently delete your Facebook account. Recommendations: Gilad recommends listening to CDs. Mike recommends the segment from Last Week Tonight about misinformation. Lauren recommends swiping right on dates (the fruit, that is) and also Kara Swisher's Sway podcast, particularly the episodes with Monica Lewinsky and Matthew McConaughey. Gilad Edelman can be found on Twitter @GiladEdelman. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys. If you have feedback about the show, or just want to enter to win a $50 gift card, take our brief listener survey here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bakes' Takes Podcast Show Notes Friday, October 8, 2021 :26 Why I do this—Bobby, Jack, please listen in. ‘87 crash, journey, technical analysis first, fundamentals second, not right or wrong, just works for me. read WSJ, Barron's Economist, listen to podcasts, devour relevant newsletters, monitor what Google alerts bring. Point you to them, but if you don't want to do that, please know that I'll do it for you and I eat home cooking, I have no conflicts. What are your pain points? Problems you'd like solved? Topics I should cover? Thank you. 1:42 Thank you especially Charlie, Justin, Murph from this Luddite. 1:49 Supercast/Patreon levels. Weekly call with me on Discord, teach technical analysis, etc. You help me design the show. Guests I should reach out to. Text like I send to my sons. 610-331-4283. 2:39 Not investment advice. Please conduct, and share, your own due diligence. 2:50 Bakes' Take—Fan Mail! Calls! Questions! Mike! Jack—SOFI, 10-year yield 2:55 SOFI--$18.58, watch for big volume, plug into Google Alerts 4:20 Agree with thesis—student loans, restart in January, refi opportunity 4:59 Higher rates good for them, NIM widen? 5:30 Cross selling. Makes sense 5:34 Noto—Chamath, high praise 5:55 Compete with Robinhood, crypto? 6:09 JPM, etc. sick of fintech eating lunch 6:32 Bakes' Take--$18.58 close! Big volume? 7;26 10-year 1.57% CLOSE, 1.7%, 1.765%, wait for close but seems likely 8:12 Charlie, NYC, SPCE—Virgin, dead money, SpaceX private widely regarded as the best, all losing money, early imo, Momentus/MNTS, Maxar/MAXR, Rocket Lab/RKLB, Ark Space/ARKX 9:39 SPCE—space tourism? Not where want to be, Chamath has sold lot of stock 10:33 ARKX—Close below $19.12, very bad, Close above $21.19, very good 11:13 Rocket Lab/RKLB—best looking chart imo, do more work 12:03 LMT—old space, nothing going on 12:26 Bakes' Take—I encourage you to let markets point you to opportunity, rather than news, etc. RKLB possible, but rest of space is avoid. SPACEX goes public different story. 13:54 Square/SQ—close below 200 dma, big volume, great company, 144 P/E 15:18 Bakes' Take—If you have a DDM you would bet your life on different story. Sell discipline kicked in works very well, if hit new highs so be it. 16:00 BUT…Good example for Bakes' Takes+--I will monitor your stocks/ETF's alert you of buy and sell points. What else would you like? 16:20 Charlie again-- very long-term secular bull market as a result of the democratization of finance and the stock market? Seems like there has never been so much dry power and new entrants into the market…doesn't this mean (all things being equal) there are more people coming into the market which structurally over the long-term will lift asset levels? 16:32 “Increased retail activity could be contributing to record inflows into Equities this year so far—the annualized inflow of $1 trillion to global stocks in 2021 is greater than the cumulative inflow of the prior 20 years, according to BofA Global Research.” 16:56 Free trading, access over cell phones (which are now being put in the hands of billions of people world-wide) and a broader adoption/mass movement of financial education seems like the perfect cocktail of a worldwide buying spree…right? 17:28 These extrapolations, linear thinking, appear at the right arrow not the left, up 7x, you have only seen up, first time Fed can't prop up market, all the above reverses 19:01 SPY—daily, gap down, close below 50, so far low volume rally to underside/resistance, just warning sign for now 19:50 Bakes' Take—very long term, up and to the right, do that with 401(k) etc. But we are humans not robots, will panic at some point, I think I can help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBFd0tZsQzs&t=1s 20:58 Generation Gamble, Melissa Lee, CNBC, docs will be different in bear market 21:31 GameStop/GME--$212 to $344 good call, now $173, $161.41 rising 200 dma, leaning to downside, what are future positive catalysts? 22:27 Won't Get Fooled Again/Weekend in Greenwich largely over, screens for high short interest exploited https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-30/robinhood-s-popularity-is-fading-away-with-the-meme-stock-fad 25:13 High quality SPACs rare, SOFI perhaps, still prefer shorting de SPACs, EV's via SOGU 25:53 Bakes' Takes—My Themes/Groups 26:46 URNM--$71, $75, $80 now, likely consolidating base from here to $98, building next launch pad, volume increasing nicely, 96 RS, let THIS winner run! 27:54 Copper/Sell discipline—50 dma crossed below 200 dma, if 200 dma turns down, gone, up 14% ytd, +18% since inception URNM—Weekly chart. 50% retracement URNM—Daily Chart?+ YTD $42.90, $86.31 More than double, obviously. 28:45 EUM—Short MSCI Emerging Markets, Fact Sheet, short Communism, I mean China, Evergrande, etc. 30:18 Bakes' Take—Last week--Own some uranium here, I will alert you to dips. Dips in rest of market more likely, copper, short emerging markets, elsewhere. Getting tired, stay tuned. 30:45 Bakes' Takes-Gray Swan Now front page of WSJ! Liza Lin, James Areddy 32:55 Bakes' Take-Taiwan, Evergrande, HK, Tech, list keeps growing! Bakes' Take—Podcasts of the Week! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/understanding-evergrande-the-chinese-real-estate/id1056200096?i=1000535983185 33:34 Odd Lots—Evergrande best explained 34:06 Bakes' Take— I treat like COVID, don't panic, watch charts, but don't dismiss. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-episode-elon-musk-at-code-conference-2021/id1073226719?i=1000537717272 34:49 Elon Musk, Kara Swisher at Code, fascinating, more space than cars, quit as TSLA CEO, SPACEX $100B last capital raise, more Bakes' Take—Reporters of the Week! 36:14
HBO's Emmy-winning show Succession is back for a third season. After each week's episode airs, join host Kara Swisher and her guests as they unpack how the real world is reflected in the world of Succession on screen. She'll dive into family dynamics, capitalism run amok, and power unchecked with some of the top thinkers, as well as some of the people who made the show. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The 45th president may have been ripe material for (dark) comedy, but Samantha Bee sure does not miss him. After covering Donald Trump for six seasons on her late night show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” she says, “Comedy is better without him. Just the world in general, — the globe — is better without him.” She now has airtime to double down her coverage of other challenges like climate change and the affront to voting and abortion rights.In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Bee about her role as a “funny advocate.” They also discuss the challenges of pandemic socializing, the future of entertainment and Bee's hopes that Vladimir Putin “ride a bear into the woods.” And she gives her two cents, as a New Yorker, on the Texas gubernatorial race: “I would vote for a pizza stained paper plate over Greg Abbott.”This episode contains strong language.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
When the actor Matthew McConaughey dropped his rom-com act to pursue hard-hitting dramas, Hollywood called it a “McConaissance.” Now we may be on the cusp of the next one, as he mulls over a run for governor of Texas. McConaughey is the first to admit he's not a conventional pick for Texans. “I'm not a man who comes at politics from a political background,” he says. “I'm a statesman-philosopher, folk-singing poet.” Even so, he has some thoughts about the current political climate, observing, “It's necessary to be aggressively centric, at least, to possibly salvage democracy in America right now.”In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks McConaughey to unpack his thoughts on key issues like mask mandates, abortion and voting rights, and what he actually means when he says he's “measuring” a run for governor. They also discuss his recent memoir, “Greenlights,” as he doles out some of his life philosophies and cackles in good humor at the critical reviews that Kara insists on reading him.This episode contains strong language.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Ayman Mohyeldin and Jason Johnson, in for Nicolle Wallace discuss Biden rallying support for his infrastructure bill. Plus, a whistleblower testifies before Congress on the need for Facebook to be regulated, a look at Pence behind the scenes ahead of January 6th, the DOJ's efforts to protect voting rights and to take action against threats to school board members, more healthcare workers report attacks on the job, and reporting on a Confederate memorial in Alabama. Joined by: Mike Memoli, A.B. Stoddard, Nick Confessore, Daniel Goldman, Carol Leonnig, Neal Katyal, Kara Swisher, Clint Watts, Donna Edwards, Joyce Vance, and Cal Perry
A Facebook whistleblower set to testify to a Senate panel says the company put profits over safety as the social media giant experiences an hours long outage. Plus, the president and Congress are still at odds over his agenda as Democrats and Republicans trade shots over the debt limit. We're joined by Philip Rucker, Kara Swisher, A.B. Stoddard, Cornell Belcher, Al Franken, Susan Del Percio, and Dr. Céline Gounder.
Truth and context may seem elusive today, but for Monica Lewinsky they both “went out the door in 1998.” As the investigation into Bill Clinton unfolded, Lewinsky came under scrutiny as the most infamous intern in Washington, but kept largely silent due to an immunity deal with investigators. In this conversation with Kara Swisher, Lewinsky says she and the other women entangled in the president's impeachment “were all reduced in different ways to serve purposes for other people: for either political points or to make money.” She considers the toll of that experience on her own life, and contemplates how it might all have played out differently in the age of online accountability and the #MeToo Twittersphere.Swisher also asks Lewinsky to reflect on the new FX series “Impeachment: American Crime Story” — on which she served as a producer, but did not have creative control — and Lewinsky's latest project, an HBO Max documentary entitled “15 Minutes of Shame,” which explores the world of public humiliation. And they delve into cancel culture, Trump's online trolling and how pitting women against one another “is one of the playbooks in the patriarchy”You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks about his compromise for Congress's infrastructure reconciliation bill. Senior Adviser to the president Cedric Richmond talks about Biden's position on legislative negotiations. Jeff Horwitz and Kara Swisher discuss the mental health strains social media can pose for teens. Jeh Johnson, Peggy Noonan, Susan Page, and Jake Sherman join the Meet the Press roundtable.
Elon musk was recently interviewed by Kara Swisher at the Code Tech Conference. Here's link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESIjxVudERYI play some of my favorite clips. If you're not interested in Elon Musk, Tesla or SpaceX this is probably not an episode for you...but if you are, I hope you love it. NFLX stock price reached all time highs this week; and that's in the face of a market sell-off. The street is rewarding their move into Gaming. Further, their international Korean hit Squid Game, is a perfect representation of the scale and leverage they are obtaining from international infrastructure. More on that here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/netflix-reaches-all-time-high-619-runway-ahead-sean-john-hathaway/Take care!
(A full transcript of this episode will be available soon on FollowFridayPodcast.com. Please check back later!) ~ Some of New York Times writer Kara Swisher's favorite follows are people she has admired, crushed on, and befriended — and also people she has battled with, debated, and investigated. And that's no accident. "I think people are dying for that in this incredibly partisan time. It's very hard to reach out to people you disagree with," she says, explaining why she comes to the table with people whom others might consider unpalatable. Pushing them away, she says, "plays into all the malevolent people who are trying to take us apart." Olive branches aside, the https://www.nytimes.com/column/sway (Sway) and https://podcasts.voxmedia.com/show/pivot (Pivot) host also promises to pull no punches in her forthcoming memoir about covering Silicon Valley as a tech journalist for the Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD, Recode, and now the NYT. "I'm burning it all down," she says. "And then I'm like, goodbye ... I have people, the richest people in the world, the most powerful people, [saying] 'You're so mean to me.' I'm like, 'Are you 12?'" In this live episode of Follow Friday, recorded at https://welcometomannys.com/ (Manny's) in San Francisco, Kara explains what she likes (and, in some cases, hates) about her politically incorrect Pivot podcast co-host https://twitter.com/profgalloway (Scott Galloway); the actor and producer https://twitter.com/gemma_chan (Gemma Chan); Twitter and Square CEO https://twitter.com/jack (Jack Dorsey); newspaper columnist and "Fire and Fury" author https://twitter.com/MichaelWolffNYC (Michael Wolff); and "Full Frontal" host https://twitter.com/FullFrontalSamB (Samantha Bee). You can get bonus episodes of Follow Friday every week — including an extended conversation with Kara Swisher, coming early next week — when you https://www.patreon.com/followfriday (back Follow Friday on Patreon), starting at just $1 a month. Follow us: - Follow Kara on Twitter https://twitter.com/karaswisher (@karaswisher) - Follow us @followfridaypod on https://twitter.com/followfridaypod (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/followfridaypod/ (Instagram), and https://www.tiktok.com/@followfridaypod/ (TikTok) and find clips from the show on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVlDOyFjj9ulmiIrsBJlMqg (our YouTube channel) - Follow Eric on Twitter https://twitter.com/heyheyesj (@heyheyesj) Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by https://www.fiverr.com/yonamarie (Yona Marie). Show art by https://www.fiverr.com/dodiihr (Dodi Hermawan). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Shinri, and Elizabeth This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy Support this podcast
Andrew Yang failed in his campaigns for president of the United States and mayor of New York City, but that has not stopped him from trying to disrupt the political status quo with a new party, which he has named “Forward.” This time, the candidate known for evangelizing universal basic income, or U.B.I., is championing ideas like open primaries and rank-choice voting (which, incidentally, was the voting system used in the mayoral race he lost). But critics are skeptical that he needs to work outside the two-party system to accomplish these goals.In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Yang whether the new party is a gimmick to sell books or a real solution to political polarization. She presses him for some self-reflection on his mayoral campaign, and they unpack whether lack of government experience is an asset or a liability. Also, we get an update on the Yang Gang.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
➤ Takeaways from Elon Musk's interview with Kara Swisher at the 2021 Code Conference: https://youtu.be/ESIjxVudERY ➤ Elon Musk comments on Tesla's improving return on invested capital (ROIC) ➤ Wedbush's Dan Ives issues updated TSLA note ahead of Q3 deliveries ➤ Tesla job listings in Austin ➤ Tesla pushes back on alleged defamation in China ➤ Notable investors disclose sale of Tesla stock ➤ Follow up on UK petrol situation Plaid producer Who Why Executive producer Jeremy Cooke Executive producer Troy Cherasaro Executive producer Andre/Maria Kent Executive producer Jessie Chimni Executive producer Jeffrey Yu Executive producer Michael Pastrone Executive producer Richard Del Maestro Executive producer John Beans Music by Evan Schaeffer Disclosure: Rob Maurer is long TSLA stock & derivatives
More than 20 years ago, Kara Swisher decided to leave The Washington Post to cover the internet full time -- a decision that made her one of the most respected and feared journalists holding the tech world accountable. She's now the host of The New York Times podcast "Sway" and the Vox podcast "Pivot." She offers us her Brief But Spectacular take on power and responsibility within tech. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
More than 20 years ago, Kara Swisher decided to leave The Washington Post to cover the internet full time -- a decision that made her one of the most respected and feared journalists holding the tech world accountable. She's now the host of The New York Times podcast "Sway" and the Vox podcast "Pivot." She offers us her Brief But Spectacular take on power and responsibility within tech. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
Our anchors kick off the show with today's market sell-off live from the Code Conference in Los Angeles. Then, Breyer Capital Founder and CEO Jim Breyer joins to give his take on the sell-off, semiconductors, Facebook and much more. Next, we bring in New York Times Contributor and “Sway” podcast host Kara Swisher to break down some of Code's most notable moments, including comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos. We also have CNBC's Josh Lipton for a closer look at what's moving on the Nasdaq today. Then, we hear from Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Loop Capital CEO Jim Reynolds as Qualcomm kicks off its third annual Smart Cities Accelerate Event. Plus, CNBC's Dom Chu joins for more on today's dive to the downside.
Beto O'Rourke came close to unseating Senator Ted Cruz in 2018 and fell far from winning the presidency in 2020. Now the former El Paso congressman has turned his attention back home. He's been a key organizer and fund-raiser in the fight against Republicans' efforts to restrict voting rights in the state, including their recent passage of S.B.1. He's also rumored to be considering a run for Texas governor in 2022 — a race he describes as crucial given “the deep damage and chaos and incompetence that is connected to Greg Abbott,” the incumbent.But can O'Rourke pull a Stacey Abrams and help flip his state blue? And if he decides to run, can he do what she previously couldn't: win a governor's seat?In this conversation, Kara Swisher presses O'Rourke on why he's being so coy about a potential run and how dragging his feet may box out other Democratic contenders. They dig into some of those rumored contenders — specifically, the actor Matthew McConaughey. They also speak about the connection between Republican legislative moves to curb voting rights with S.B.1 and to restrict abortion with S.B.8 — and what it will take for Democrats to overcome these hurdles and actually win in Texas.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Today, we're doing something a little different. Instead of a normal interview, we wanted to let you in on a special round table discussion I recently had with my fellow Opinion Audio hosts: Jane Coaston of “The Argument” and Kara Swisher of “Sway.” We discuss California's recall election, the future of the Republican Party, the recent “Facebook Files” revelations, the case for and against breaking up Big Tech, why so many Americans distrust the media and much more. So enjoy! And remember to subscribe to “Sway” and “The Argument” wherever you get your podcasts.Mentioned: “Gavin Newsom Is Much More Than the Lesser of Two Evils” by Ezra Klein“How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism” by Jane Coaston “The Facebook Files” Book recommendations: The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Anthony BeevorFuzz by Mary RoachThis is Your Mind On Plants by Michael PollanThe Grace of Kings by Ken LiuYou can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of "The Ezra Klein Show" at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from our guests are listed at https://www.nytimes.com/article/ezra-klein-show-book-recs.Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.“The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld and Rogé Karma; fact-checking by Michelle Harris; original music by Isaac Jones; mixing by Jeff Geld, audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Special thanks to Kristin Lin.
Yonit and Jonathan are in festive Sukkot spirits and have invited rockstar journalist Kara Swisher for a conversation about tech, politics and Israeli unicorns. Happy holidays everyone! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In a special Opinion Audio bonanza, Kara Swisher, Jane Coaston (The Argument) and Ezra Klein (The Ezra Klein Show) sit down to discuss what went wrong for the G.O.P. in the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom of California. “This was where the nationalization of politics really bit back for Republicans,” Jane says. The three hosts then debate whether the media industry's criticism of itself does any good at all. “The media tweets like nobody's watching,” Ezra says. Then the hosts turn to The Wall Street Journal's revelations in “The Facebook Files” and discuss how to hold Facebook accountable. “We're saying your tools in the hands of malevolent players are super dangerous,” Kara says, “but we have no power over them whatsoever.”And last, Ezra, Jane and Kara offer recommendations to take you deep into history, fantasy and psychotropics.Read more about the subjects in this episode:Jane Coaston, Vox: “How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism”Ezra Klein: “Gavin Newsom Is Much More Than the Lesser of Two Evils” and “A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture”Kara Swisher: “The Endless Facebook Apology,” “The Medium of the Moment” “‘They're Killing People'? Biden Isn't Quite Right, but He's Not Wrong.” and “The Terrible Cost of Mark Zuckerberg's Naïveté”You can find more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Kara Swisher doesn't have imposter syndrome… And for good reason. She's a celebrated journalist, opinion columnist for The New York Times, the host of the Sway podcast, and the co-host of Pivot. Kara teaches you how to be practical in your self-evaluation, which often means you need to give yourself some praise. She reflects on how society's views on her sexuality and gender have forced her to advocate for herself when no one else would. That's given her an unbreakable self-confidence over the course of her career. Connect with Kara on Twitter or Linkedin You can find the full interview here: Why NYT journalist Kara Swisher has never had imposter syndrome Connect with me on the socials:LinkedinTwitterInstagram If you're looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes. Get in touch at email@example.com CREDITSProduced by InventiumHost: Amantha Imber Sound Engineer: Martin Imber See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The public failure of his start-up Quibi hasn't stopped Jeffrey Katzenberg from doubling down on tech. A Hollywood power broker, he headed up Disney in the 1980s and '90s and co-founded a rival studio, DreamWorks, before finding a puzzle he could not yet solve: getting people to pay for short-format content. Investors gave him and the former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman $1.75 billion to build a video platform, but not enough customers opened up their wallets, at $4.99 a month, and Quibi folded within a year of its launch. Katzenberg says the problems were product-market fit and the Covid pandemic, not competition from TikTok or YouTube.In this conversation, Kara Swisher and Katzenberg delve into Quibi's demise, the shifting power dynamics in Hollywood and his pivot to Silicon Valley. They also discuss his influence in another sphere: politics. And the former Hollywood executive, who co-chaired a fund-raiser to help fend off California's recent recall effort, offers some advice to Gov. Gavin Newsom.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Since 9/11, and even before, Hollywood's portrayal of Muslims has emboldened inaccurate stereotypes of dangerous villains or jihadist terrorists. In addition to misrepresenting Muslims, the industry has also arguably underrepresented this population — one U.S.C. study found Muslims represented 1.6 percent of speaking roles in recent major films. Actor, musician and activist Riz Ahmed is challenging this status quo in a career that has included playing a guileless assistant struggling to make ends meet in “Nightcrawler” and a drummer who loses his hearing in the film “Sound of Metal.” In 2021, he became the first Muslim to be nominated for a best actor Oscar — an accolade he found “bittersweet.”In this conversation, Kara Swisher and Ahmed discuss how far Hollywood has — or hasn't — come in addressing the misrepresentation of Muslims and talk about the power of streaming platforms like Netflix and HBO Max to catalyze more authentic and diverse storytelling. They also dive into Ahmed's latest project — “Mogul Mowgli,” which the artist describes as “a personal exploration of home and identity and, really, where you're from and what that means.”You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Apple has long been a pioneer on privacy, and has made that a central part of its marketing. So it was surprising to see privacy groups complain last month when it announced new features meant to combat child sexual abuse.The updates were intended to make a dent in the rapid proliferation of child sexual abuse material online — the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children logged 21.7 million reports of such material in 2020 alone. But because one of these updates involves software that would allow Apple to scan images on a user's device, privacy groups worry about setting a dangerous precedent that would open the door to surveillance and censorship.In this conversation, Kara Swisher talks through the debate over balancing the protection of children and privacy with Julie Cordua, the chief executive of the child safety nonprofit Thorn, and Ashton Kutcher, a co-founder of the organization. They discuss the scale of child sexual exploitation online and the role that tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook play in both the problem and the solution. Kutcher — who was an early defender of Apple's recent update — also jumps in to note “the one thing Facebook has been amazing at.”You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Mattel went through three chief executives in four years before Ynon Kreiz took the job in 2018. He stood the test of time in part because of a big bet: taking Mattel's toys to Hollywood. The toy giant is partnering with Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie to bring Barbie to life on the big screen, and creating films based on everything from UNO to Magic 8 Ball. It's a strategy that draws on Kreiz's past experience at entertainment companies like Maker Studios and Endemol, and one that draws inspiration from franchises like Transformers and companies like Lego, which Kreiz says was able to make “great movies out of bricks.”In this conversation, Kara Swisher stress tests Kreiz's strategy, asking whether these potential movie franchises are any more than glorified marketing and what a movie based on the Magic 8 Ball may look like. (Reply hazy, try again.) They also discuss the future of play in an age of video games and smartphones, and when Mattel might introduce a transgender Barbie. Oh, and Kara pitches her own media franchise mash-up: a Teletubbies movie directed by Martin Scorsese.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
As the pandemic has pushed the country into a debate about when and how to reopen schools, Randi Weingarten has faced the ire of parents, teachers, school boards and — of course — Fox News. The president of the American Federation of Teachers leads a union of 1.7 million educators across the nation. She's been on the hook for pressing to keep school closed last fall and supporting mask mandates in classrooms this year. And most recently, she drew criticism from her own members when she personally endorsed a vaccine mandate and promised to work with states and school boards that are seeking to enact vaccine mandates or vaccinate-or-test requirements for teachers.In this conversation, Kara Swisher presses Weingarten on reopening procedures and the spectacle around mask mandates in states like Florida and Texas. They also discuss the wave of legislation prohibiting teachers from discussing critical race theory in classrooms, and why this former teacher has become a lightning rod for the right.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
Social media has felt quieter without the constant ALL CAPS fury of Donald Trump, but Jason Miller is trying to change that.Miller, who was the former president's longtime aide and spokesman, recently took a new gig running a social media platform called Gettr, which claims to be a haven from censorship and cancel culture. It may sound a little like Parler 2.0, but the game-changer for Gettr — which has a little under two million users — would be if Miller can get Trump to create an account and get back online.In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Miller how he intends to get Trump to log on, challenges him on his claims that Twitter and Facebook are out to censor conservatives and presses him about how content moderation works on his platform. And they discuss the question on everyone's mind: Is Trump likely to run again in 2024?You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.