Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
Conor Dougherty: San Francisco’s housing crisis...
New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, "Golden Gates: Fighting For Housing in America.”
Jorge Ramos: Bernie Sanders might have just los...
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how much of the Latino vote President Trump might get in 2020, why Bernie Sanders’ praise of communist Cuba in the 1980s might cost him dearly in a general election, and why it’s important that journalists practice contrapoder — being on the other side of power.
Steven Levy: Mark Zuckerberg was blinded by his...
Technology journalist and Wired editor-at-large Steven Levy talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his latest book, "Facebook: The Inside Story."
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler: "The Future ...
Authors Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about their latest book together, "The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Disrupting Business, Industries, and Our Lives."
Caleb Scharf: Living on Mars is complicated, ac...
Caleb Scharf, the director of Astrobiology at Columbia University, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the under=discussed dangers humans would face in space and the rise of private space exploration, as championed by billionaires such as Elon Musk and Richard Branson.
Corey Johnson: How to fix transportation in New...
Corey Johnson, the Speaker of the New York City Council and an candidate in the 2021 mayoral race, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about expanding transit and bike lanes, attracting tech investment in the city, and what it's like to be a politician today.
David Kaye: How the Saudis hacked Jeff Bezos' p...
David Kaye, the special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression at the United Nations, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone by the Saudi Arabian government; why it’s easier than ever for governments to suppress information spread by journalists and dissidents; and the inherent danger of internet companies and governments collecting massive amounts of data about us.
Larry Ingrassia: How Warby Parker, Dollar Shave...
Journalist Larry Ingrassia talks with Recode’s Jason Del Rey about his new book, "Billion Dollar Brand Club: How Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, and Other Disruptors Are Remaking What We Buy."
Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker: Trump doesn't ca...
Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about their new book, "A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America."
Mark Surman: We have to fight for the future of...
Mozilla Foundation executive director Mark Surman talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about why the internet needs a "public option," how Mozilla's browser Firefox is positioning itself for the future, and the future of tech regulation.
Anna Wiener: The dark side of the tech industry...
Anna Wiener, a contributing writer for the New Yorker and the author of the new book Uncanny Valley: A Memoir, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about why she left an old industry — book publishing — to work in tech, the "intoxicating" start to her new career, and how her views on tech culture changed over time.
Dave Eggers: What Democrats get wrong about Trump
Writer and McSweeney's founder Dave Eggers talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new satirical novel, "The Captain and the Glory."
Franklin Leonard: Greed can combat Hollywood’s ...
The Black List founder Franklin Leonard talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how he accidentally created one of the most important lists in Hollywood and how he turned it into a real business for connecting screenwriters with producers.
Ezra Klein: Parties, not policy, are "Why We're...
Vox.com co-founder Ezra Klein talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, Why We're Polarized, the rise of systemic "zero sum" party politics, and how Klein himself has been polarizing in the Trump era.
Annalee Newitz: Why real time travel would look...
Sci-fi novelist and science journalist Annalee Newitz talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about their new book, "The Future of Another Timeline."
Numa Perrier and Tiffany Tenille: In new Netfli...
Numa Perrier and Tiffany Tenille, the director and star of the new Netflix film "Jezebel," talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about Perrier's real-life experience as an online sex worker in the 1990s and turning that into a movie.
The L Word: Why the cast reunited for "Generati...
"The L Word" creator Ilene Chaiken and actors Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about their decision to reunite for a new series called "The L Word: Generation Q," 10 years after the original show ended.
Kirsten Green: The four types of startups
Forerunner Ventures founder and managing partner Kirsten Green talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the thinking behind her investments in companies like Dollar Shave Club and Glossier; the messy culture struggle at luggage startup Away; and where innovation comes from in today's tech industry.
Ben Silbermann: How Pinterest is trying to make...
Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about deliberately engineering happiness into the site, expanding into commerce, and competing with larger social and commerce tech companies.
Jeanette Winterson remixes "Frankenstein" with ...
Writer Jeanette Winterson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her latest book, Frankissstein: A Love Story.
Jason DeParle: How poverty and global migration...
New York Times reporter Jason DeParle talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his most recent book, "A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century."
Megan Rapinoe: I'm not running for office becau...
Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the US Women's National Soccer Team, returns to Recode Decode to talk with Recode's Kara Swisher.
David Epstein: Why successful people don't do o...
Journalist and bestselling author David Epstein talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his most recent book, "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World."
The Swisher family: What Kara’s relatives think...
Kara Swisher convenes her brother, her sons, her mother and her fiancée to talk about their tech habits and how they get their news in a contentious election year.
Bruce Schneier: How insecure, unregulated tech ...
Security researcher Bruce Schneier talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his recent book, "Click Here to Kill Everybody."
(Bonus) How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping...
If you like Recode Decode, we think you'll also like Function with Anil Dash. Here's a recent episode about stopping fake news ahead of the 2020 US elections.
Best of 2019: Our favorite moments on Recode De...
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.
Liz Plank: "A new vision for mindful masculinity"
Journalist Liz Plank talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her recent book, "For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity."
Dylan Collins: An "existential crisis" for the ...
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.
Tom Steyer: Big business bought and broke the U...
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.
Ben Mezrich: The Winklevoss twins’ second act a...
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."
Margaret O'Mara: Silicon Valley doesn't underst...
Historian Margaret O'Mara talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her latest book, "The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America."
Neal Katyal: Why Donald Trump will be removed f...
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."
Nadav Goshen: What 3-D printing needs before it...
MakerBot CEO Nadav Goshen talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the state of 3-D printing.
Andrea Matwyshyn: We already have the internet ...
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."
Deborah Rutter: How tech has changed performing...
Deborah Rutter, the president of Washington, DC's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher
Rick Smith: The ethics of designing body camera...
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.
Barry Friedman: Is technology making police bet...
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.
Innovation in the midwest: Entrepreneurship out...
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.
Jana Messerschmidt: How do we get more women on...
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.
Susan Rice: Trump's foreign policy is not "Amer...
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."
SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson: CEOs are not r...
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.
Alexis Ohanian: All parents, including dads, sh...
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.
Ted Baxter: A massive stroke changed my life "f...
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."
Brian Chesky: How Airbnb is responding to a dea...
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.
Stephanie Ruhle: Don't blame Mark Zuckerberg fo...
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."
The Google walkout organizers, one year later
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.
Edward Snowden: I don't want you to trust me
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."
Ben Horowitz: Startups can learn a lot from sam...
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."
Bill Kristol: This is the "nightmare scenario" ...
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.
Gary Cohn: Tech giants should be regulated as "...
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.
Politics and tech onstage with "What the Consti...
Recode's Kara Swisher talks to the creators of two new plays that intersect with tech issues: Heidi Schreck, the star and playwright of "What the Constitution Means to Me," and the writer and director of "Right to Be Forgotten" — Sharyn Rothstein and Seema Sueko.
Ronan Farrow: Here's how predators like Harvey ...
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, "Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators."
Can A.I. teach you to write better?
If you like Recode Decode, we think you'll also like our newest podcast, Reset. Here's today's episode.
Ken Burns on "Country Music," digital documenta...
Filmmaker Ken Burns talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his latest documentary series "Country Music," in which he explores the history of the genre, its place in the larger American musical landscape, and the powerful universality of "three chords and the truth."
The inside story of the Cambridge Analytica sca...
Cambridge Analytica’s former business development director Brittany Kaiser talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about her new book, "TARGETED: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again."
Rosetta Stone President Matt Hulett on how to l...
Matt Hulett, the president of education company Rosetta Stone, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the company’s pivot away from language-learning CDs and into a more advanced and “approachable” mobile app.
Disrupting real estate with OpenDoor CEO Eric W...
Recode's Kara Swisher interviews two CEOs in this double-feature episode of Recode Decode: OpenDoor CEO Eric Wu and Evite CEO Victor Cho.
"Antisocial" author Andrew Marantz on how the f...
Andrew Marantz, a staff writer at the New Yorker, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, "Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno‑Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation."
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina: Trump is doing las...
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about campaigning against Donald Trump, her friendship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and the over-concentration of power among a handful of CEOs in the tech industry.
FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub on political paralysi...
Federal Election Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how the FEC works, how it tries to defend elections from foreign influence, and why the Commission is currently immobilized by a lack of "quorum."
Obama's cybersecurity chief Michael Daniel: Fac...
President Barack Obama's former cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel, now the chief of the nonprofit Cyber Threat Alliance, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the state of US cybersecurity heading into the 2020 elections.
FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter on Fac...
Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, one of the FTC's two Democratic commissioners, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the state of antitrust problems in the tech industry, the history of pushback against the FTC for alleged over-enforcement, and whether it is under-enforcing the law today.
Senator Mark Warner on the Ukraine whistleblowe...
Mark Warner, the senior US Senator from Virginia, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about several interconnected policy issues affecting the 2020 elections, including the security of voter registries, the expectation of social media manipulation by Russia and other hostile foreign powers, and the newly announced impeachment inquiry into President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Whistleblowers have never been more important —...
John Napier Tye, the founder and CEO of Whistleblower Aid, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about how his non-profit law firm helps people seeking to legally expose corruption in the government and at private companies.
Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder on Putin's c...
Recode's Kara Swisher talks with Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder, a hedge fund manager turned human rights activist and his son, Josh Browder, whose company DoNotPay helps consumers fight everything from parking tickets to the Equifax leaks.
"She Said" authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey...
New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about their new book, "She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement."
Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on H-1B immigra...
Steve Schwarzman, the CEO of the private equity firm The Blackstone Group, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on why tech can't solv...
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about why he's still running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, the threat of job automation and his proposed "robot tax," and how de Blasio thinks about the future of transit in New York and beyond.
Author and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her campaign to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020.
The Wing CEO Audrey Gelman on women hiring wome...
Audrey Gelman, the co-founder and CEO of women's coworking space The Wing, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the company's new hiring network for its members, and how it can combat bias in hiring.
Microsoft President Brad Smith: Fixing what Sil...
Microsoft President Brad Smith talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his new book, co-authored with Carol Ann Browne, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.
Why workers need to be part of the conversation...
New York Times labor and workplaces reporter Steve Greenhouse talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his most recent book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor.
Some CEOs try to be ethical. Most of them can't...
James O'Toole, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his book, "The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good."
Psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt on how hidden b...
Jennifer Eberhardt, professor of psychology at Stanford University, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her most recent book, "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do."
Lime still wants to go public, says president J...
Lime President Joe Kraus talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the company's pivot from bikes to scooters, the "unbundling of the car," and the impact of scooters on cities and public transit.
Gro Intelligence CEO Sara Menker on ag-tech and...
Gro Intelligence founder and CEO Sara Menker talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the growing field of ag-tech and how farmers around the world are using data.
Huawei's chief security officer in the US, Andy...
Andy Purdy, the chief security officer for Huawei Technologies USA, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher.
CDA 230: The US law that shaped the internet, e...
Recode's Kara Swisher convenes a panel of experts to talk about section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: cybersecurity law professor Jeff Kosseff, author of "The Twenty Six Words That Created The Internet"; lawyer Carrie Goldberg, author of "Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls"; and the CEO and founder of Techdirt, Mike Masnick.
"Cult of the Dead Cow" author Joe Menn on "good...
Writer Joe Menn talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his most recent book, "Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World."
Index Ventures' Mike Volpi and Danny Rimer on g...
Mike Volpi and Danny Rimer, the co-founders of the San Francisco office of Index Ventures, talk with Recode's Kara Swisher.
Rep. Ro Khanna on Bernie Sanders, 2020 election...
US Congressman Ro Khanna, who represents California's 17th district, joins Recode's Kara Swisher live onstage at Manny's in San Francisco to talk about the state of tech policy and the next elections.
Andreessen Horowitz's Scott Kupor on the "secre...
Scott Kupor, the managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer about his new book, Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It.
Why Silicon Valley loves "biohacking" and inter...
Inspired by the trendiness of "intermittent fasting" in the tech community, Kara Swisher's executive producer, Erica Anderson, talks with three eating habit experts — a biohacker, an academic, and an eating disorder specialist.
Stanford University's Larry Diamond on Russia, ...
Larry Diamond, a professor at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.
Rep. Lauren Underwood on the impeachment debate...
Lauren Underwood, the US Congresswoman who represents Illinois' 14th district, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded on July 29, 2019 at Manny's in San Francisco.
“The $300 textbook is dead” says Pearson CEO Jo...
Pearson CEO John Fallon talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about why the company is pivoting from print to digital textbooks.
Democracy is for sale, says “The Great Hack” di...
In this live interview, Recode's Kara Swisher talks with former Cambridge Analytica COO Julian Wheatland, early Facebook investor Roger McNamee, and the director and writer of the new Netflix documentary The Great Hack — Karim Amer and Pedro Kos.
Megan Rapinoe still isn’t going to the White Ho...
On the 400th episode of Recode Decode, Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the US Women's National Soccer Team, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher. This live conversation was recorded at the Mobile Marketing Association CEO & CMO Summit in Sonoma, CA.
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman: “Would I love to see ...
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman talks with Recode's Kara Swisher in this live interview recorded at Manny's in San Francisco.
How Stitch Fix uses data to sell more clothes, ...
Stitch Fix founder and CEO Katrina Lake talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the future of retail, how the company has changed in the past nine years, and the rarity of female tech CEOs.
Rep. Adam Schiff on the Mueller investigation, ...
Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents California’s 28th district and chairs the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the 2020 election, the Russia investigation, and more.
Why 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang doe...
Entrepreneur and Venture for America founder Andrew Yang talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his campaign to be the Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential race.
Why Senator Michael Bennet believes he can win ...
Michael Bennet, the senior U.S. Senator from Colorado, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the intersection of social media and politics, and running for president in 2020.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on systemic racism, regula...
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his campaign for president of the United States.
Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew Levatich (Live at C...
Harley-Davidson president and CEO Matthew Levatich talks with Recode's Kara Swisher live onstage at the 2019 Code Conference.
Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner on Gwyneth Paltrow...
Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her popular profiles of public figures such as Gwyneth Paltrow and her new novel, "Fleishman Is in Trouble."
Journalist Carole Cadwalladr on Facebook, Brexi...
Carole Cadwalladr, a reporter for the Guardian and Observer, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her investigations into the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the links between tech and political disinformation campaigns.
Long-Term Stock Exchange founder Eric Ries (Liv...
Eric Ries, the founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange and author of "The Lean Startup," talks with Vox.com's Ezra Klein at the 2019 Code Conference.
"Russian Doll" star Natasha Lyonne and Netflix ...
Actor and producer Natasha Lyonne ("Russian Doll," "Orange Is the New Black") and Netflix's vice president of original content Cindy Holland talk with Recode's Kara Swisher at the 2019 Code Conference.