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.

TikTok's big bet to fight the ban bill
The good, the bad, and the weird in TikTok's lawsuit against the US
43 min
Why Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen is confident we'...
The tech and consumers aren’t quite there yet, but Adobe’s betting big on an AI future.
57 min
Why the tech industry can’t crack the smart home
Despite years of improving hardware and software, the smart home is still a confusing and frustrating mess. Can the Matter standard fix it?
37 min
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath on life after Vol...
Polestar, now a more independent brand distinct from Volvo, is gearing up to deliver more affordable cars this year.
60 min
Understanding the chaos at Tesla
Tesla is in crisis and now stands at a major crossroads as Elon Musk tries to transform the business from a regular old car maker into an AI and robotics company.
36 min
Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius explains why EV...
2030 might not be the year the whole lineup goes electric, but it’s still coming.
64 min
Why the TikTok ban won't solve the US's online ...
The Biden administration just passed a historic bill banning TikTok, but the US’s lack of federal privacy protection remains a much bigger problem to solve.
44 min
Discord CEO Jason Citron makes the case for a s...
For teens and gamers, Discord has become their entire online social lives. Now, CEO Jason Citron thinks the world is headed more in that direction.
55 min
Disney just fought off a shareholder revolt — b...
Disney’s latest boardroom bout with an activist investor reveals much deeper issues with the streaming industry and, more broadly, the state of entertainment itself.
39 min
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston wants you to embrace A...
There is no ‘go back to 2019 button’
61 min
The rise and fall of Vice Media
How the high-flying media company flush with hundreds of millions in investor capital collapsed into a smaller, sadder version of itself.
39 min
Why Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince is the intern...
Free speech, war zones, and what Aristotle has to do with internet infrastructure
75 min
Why Nintendo sued a Switch emulator out of exis...
Nintendo brought a lawsuit against the makers of the Yuzu emulator for copyright infringement, and the aftermath has upended the video game emulation community.
39 min
Mailchimp CEO Rania Succar on culture, acquisit...
Mailchimp, now owned by Intuit, lost its co-founder and CEO in 2022. Here's how new CEO Rania Succar is pushing forward.
62 min
Can you patent a pizza?
Our friends over at Gastropod detailed a fascinating IP dispute in the ‘90s over the ownership of stuffed crust pizza — and how the legal system does, and doesn’t, protect certain ideas.
49 min
Federation is the future of social media, says ...
The head of Threads and Mastodon competitor Bluesky on why she thinks decentralization is the future of social media.
67 min
How Europe’s Digital Markets Act is reshaping B...
The EU’s big, sweeping tech law went into effect. Here’s how it’s affecting Apple, Google, and more.
29 min
Figma CEO Dylan Field is optimistic about the f...
The leader of design toolmaker Figma on life after the Adobe deal and what comes next in a live interview from SXSW.
51 min
Why Google Search feels like it’s gotten worse
Google Search feels worse now than ever before, and the reasons why have far-reaching effects on the current state and future of the web.
36 min
How to save culture from the algorithms, with F...
The author of Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture discusses how we might be able to cultivate our own tastes once more.
64 min
Why people are falling in love with AI chatbots
The rise of generative AI is transforming how humans use dating apps and even spurring people to form meaningful relationships with AI chatbots.
37 min
Guest host Hank Green makes Nilay Patel explain...
Science educator and YouTuber Hank Green takes over Decoder to turn the tables on Nilay and interview him on building The Verge and the future of the web.
59 min
AI deepfakes are cheap, easy, and coming for th...
Generative AI makes fake audio, images, and video easier to create than ever before. Are policymakers and platforms ready?
38 min
Crunchyroll President Rahul Purini on how anime...
The head of the fast-growing streaming service discusses the Funimation merger and shutdown, and where he sees growth in anime.
66 min
Is the Apple Vision Pro All That?
This episode of On with Kara Swisher features Nilay, WSJ’s Joanna Stern, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman discussing Apple’s new headset and what it means for the future.
61 min