Decoder with Nilay Patel

Decoder is a show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future.

Best of Recode Decode: 2019
Recode's Kara Swisher, her executive producer Erica Anderson, and her producer Eric Johnson discuss their favorite Recode Decode interviews from 2019 and look back at some of the year's big trends.
60 min
Recode Decode: Liz Plank
Journalist Liz Plank talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her recent book, "For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity."
55 min
Recode Decode: Dylan Collins
SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how he got interested in children's digital privacy at a time when Silicon Valley didn't care, how his company works with tech firms to help them comply with privacy laws, and SuperAwesome's in-development video platform for kids, Rukkaz.
50 min
Recode Decode: Tom Steyer
2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer talks with Recode's Teddy Schleiefer about income inequality and wealth in America, what separates him from fellow ultra-wealthy candidate Michael Bloomberg, and why we should expect the government to solve problems — not plutocrats who have pledged to give their money away.
40 min
Recode Decode: Ben Mezrich
Writer Ben Mezrich talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his latest book "Bitcoin Billionaires" and his previous books, including "The Accidental Billionaires," which was adapted into the movie "The Social Network."
56 min
Recode Decode: Margaret O'Mara
Historian Margaret O'Mara talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her latest book, "The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America."
57 min
Recode Decode: Neal Katyal
Neal Katyal, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book "Impeach: The Case against Donald Trump."
57 min
Recode Decode: Nadav Goshen
MakerBot CEO Nadav Goshen talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the state of 3-D printing.
46 min
Recode Decode: Andrea Matwyshyn
Andrea Matwyshyn, the associate dean of innovation at Penn State Law, talks with Kara Swisher's executive producer, Erica Anderson, about the integration of technology with biology, a trend she terms the "internet of bodies."
52 min
Recode Decode: Deborah Rutter
Deborah Rutter, the president of Washington, DC's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher
46 min
Recode Decode: Rick Smith
Axon CEO Rick Smith talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his company's best known product (the Taser), how it's thinking about the ethical implications of new products aimed at police, and the controversies around facial recognition in body cameras.
49 min
Recode Decode: Barry Friedman
Barry Friedman, the director of The Policing Project at New York University's School of Law, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about making police more accountable, the ethics of emerging technologies like AI and facial recognition, and the missing regulations that affect local communities in the US.
56 min
Recode Decode: Innovation in the midwest
Recode's Kara Swisher and her executive producer Erica Anderson talk with a panel of entrepreneurs in Valparaiso, Indiana: Sarah Hallberg, the Medical Director of Virta Health; Eric Christopher, the co-founder and CEO of Zylo; and Robin Fleming, the CEO of Anvl.
57 min
Recode Decode: Jana Messerschmidt
Venture capitalist Jana Messerschmidt, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how she became a partner at Lightspeed and the co-founder of an all-female group of angel investors called #ANGELS.
55 min
Recode Decode: Susan Rice
Susan Rice, the former US ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor under President Obama, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the "ass backwards" way President Trump has approached foreign policy and her new book, "Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For."
69 min
Recode Decode: SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson, one of the five commissioners on the Securities and Exchange Commission, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how the SEC works and the problem with perpetual dual-class stock at companies like WeWork, Facebook, and Google.
51 min
Recode Decode: Alexis Ohanian
Reddit co-founder and Initialized Capital managing partner Alexis Ohanian talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how he became a "dadvocate" for paid paternity leave.
59 min
Recode Decode: Ted Baxter
Writer and health advocate Ted Baxter talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his book, "Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better."
42 min
Recode Decode: Brian Chesky
Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the recent mass shooting at an Airbnb in Orinda, Calif., how the company is changing its policies to keep guests safer, and what Chesky wishes he had done differently when Airbnb was smaller.
65 min
Recode Decode: Stephanie Ruhle
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her new podcast Modern Ruhles, the Trump voters who get overlooked by the media, and why Wall Streeters afraid of Elizabeth Warren should "look in the goddamn mirror."
50 min
Recode Decode: The Google walkout organizers, o...
In this special episode of Recode Decode, Kara Swisher and her executive producer Erica Anderson speak with the people who organized the 2018 Google walkout — and the people who were inspired by them.
54 min
Recode Decode: Edward Snowden
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about why he leaked highly classified information in 2013, why that doesn't make him a "traitor," and his new book, "Permanent Record."
101 min
Recode Decode: Ben Horowitz
Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the state of venture capital, diversity in tech, and his new book, "What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture."
58 min
Recode Decode: Bill Kristol
Conservative analyst Bill Kristol talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the impeachment effort against President Trump, how politics has entered a "crisis of truth" in the era of Fox News and social media, and the steps that should be taken pre-emptively to ensure that the 2020 elections are free and fair.
61 min
Recode Decode: Gary Cohn
Gary Cohn, the former Director of the National Economic Council and former chief economic adviser to President Trump, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about what he's done since leaving the Trump administration, including a "significant" investment and advisory position he's taken up in a mobile security company called Hoyos Integrity.
68 min