Recode Media

What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Tech News
Film Interviews
Apple vs Epic with John Gruber; Truth, Doubt an...
The latest news on the antirust trial between Apple and Epic Games, and details on the latest season of The Last Archive.
58 min
AMC Networks can’t compete with Netflix. CEO Jo...
Sapan gives details on how the network is doing during the pandemic, and why he loves niche streaming platforms.
36 min
Did the pandemic kill the Oscars?
Plus, a music podcast you'll love.
51 min
Apple and Facebook's ambitious audio plans
Apple’s selling podcasts. Facebook wants to distribute podcasts - and take on Clubhouse, too.
23 min
Substack’s next target: Local news
Co-Founders Chris Best & Hamish McKenzie detail their latest venture into hiring relatively new writers to cover local news.
38 min
How Hollywood and the NBA are betting on NFTs
With interviews from Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou, The Verge's Mitchell Clark, and UTA's Brent Weinstein.
75 min
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar on a wild first yea...
Plus, his thoughts on the current state of the movie and streaming industry.
47 min
Media Merger Mania with Axios’ Dan Primack and ...
What’s a SPAC and why are they buying all the media companies?
34 min
The rise and maybe fall of YouTube star David D...
Details on the latest allegations against Dobrik and his colleagues; An update on Angwin's non-profit newsroom.
48 min
How Christina “Tinx” Najjar became a TikTok sta...
As well as the business and economics of being a social media influencer with Vox's Rebecca Jennings.
46 min
How did - and didn’t - the pandemic transform m...
How sports, streaming, and gaming has held up after one year of the pandemic.
75 min
Fubo TV is a Reddit meme stock. CEO David Gandl...
How the CEO plans to tackle the competition through streaming and sports betting, while also betting on himself.
43 min
Have we hit peak streaming? + NYT’s Kevin Roose...
The Verge's Julia Alexander gives her thoughts on the newly launched streaming services: Paramount Plus and Discovery Plus.
54 min
Australia vs. Facebook; Al Madrigal means busi...
Who won the battle between Australia and Facebook? Recode’s Peter Kafka asks his colleague Sara Morrison to explain.
41 min
Pandora founder Tim Westergren on the future of...
Details on his return to the music business with the live-streaming service, Sessions.
33 min
New York Times CEO Meredith Levien on the futur...
This interview was recorded at Digital Content Next’s virtual summit.
39 min
How To Make An Influencer In America with Nick ...
A peak behind the scenes of his latest HBO documentary “Fake Famous”.
36 min
Andrew Ross Sorkin on Gamestop, Robinhood, Redd...
What happens next? Was this a one-off for the Reddit crowd, or will we see repeats?
39 min
How Jessica Lessin got people to pay for The In...
What she’s learned, what she thinks about Substack, and her concerns about tech leaders’ attempts to end-run journalists..
39 min
Trump vs the Press - a final report card from J...
Plus: Figure Four Online/Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez on Apple's potential venture into podcast subscriptions.
48 min
What the Capitol Riot tells us about online power
NYT's Kevin Roose on big tech's power and responsibility following the events, and NBC's Ben Collins on what this means for Qanon moving forward.
46 min
Behind the making of The Dissident, the movie a...
Director Bryan Fogel gives details behind why he wanted to tell this story, following his last film, Icarus.
40 min
Zach Seward started Quartz, sold it, and bought...
Details on the future of the publication, now that it is back under his management.
41 min
Kemp Powers spent years breaking into Hollywood...
Details on how he got to this point into career, as well as his info on his second movie, One Night In Miami, directed by Regina King.
41 min
Trump is leaving; Trump media isn't
Plus, the FTC vs. Facebook with Mike Isaac
60 min
Behind the scenes with Queen’s Gambit creator S...
How a show about chess became one of 2020's biggest hits.
56 min
Eli Pariser wants to build a better Facebook
And how he feels about the "filter bubble" in 2020
37 min
Gimlet’s Lydia Polgreen wants to shake up podca...
How she plans to do so, and how she's been adjusting since joining the company earlier in the year.
42 min
BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti explains his HuffPost ...
And his plans for how he intends to run both companies.
26 min
ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish on Paramount+, Pluto TV
Recorded live from Code Media @ Home.
30 min
Fox and the New York Times face the end of the ...
With New York Magazine's Reeves Wiedeman and NPR's David Folkenflik.
61 min
NY Mag's Olivia Nuzzi takes us inside Trumpworl...
Details on her coverage of the election, and her thoughts of what the future holds.
41 min
Election 2020: What happens next?
With Vox's Matt Yglesias
36 min
Why Zeynep Tufekci saw the pandemic coming - an...
Such as the problem the media has with communicating risk.
64 min
Google vs The U.S. Government
Also, details on Vox’s new podcast Go For Broke with host Julia Furlan
35 min
ESPN’s Pablo Torre on balancing sports and poli...
Plus an update on Morning Brew
37 min
Congress comes for big tech; Axios thrives in t...
Details on the new Congressional report on antitrust, and how Axios has been reporting on the current presidency.
62 min
Is big media bouncing back from the pandemic?
How the industry has adapted in the past several months.
45 min
Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown on the cha...
And the steps her team is taking to cover the upcoming election.
41 min
QAnon Explained with NBC's Ben Collins
How the pro-Trump conspiracy grew and its effect on the current political climate.
47 min
Ben Thompson explains TikTok, Trump and China
Unpacking the Tik Tok acquisition
22 min
Morning Brew CEO Alex Lieberman is building a m...
31 min
Baratunde Thurston wants to teach us how to be ...
And how he uses comedy to fight for social and racial injustice.
39 min
NYT’s James Poniewozik on the virtual conventio...
Their thoughts on the recent DNC and RNC, and Trump's relation to the media.
52 min
Why Desus & Mero are pandemic-proof
How they went from Twitter to podcasts to actual TV
44 min
NYT CEO Mark Thompson on subscriptions, platfor...
How the New York Times evolved during his eight years of leadership.
54 min
Kurt Andersen on the “Evil Geniuses” that got A...
And how we can clean it up.
45 min
Sports are back! But for how long?
How baseball and basketball are coming back during the pandemic.
54 min
Why your favorite writers are taking their tale...
And how the newsletter service is changing the future of the media industry.
40 min
Hank Green on everything YouTube, Tik Tok, podc...
The life and times of a content creator
49 min
How to run a newspaper in Hong Kong: South Chin...
And how he plans to operate it under China's new national security law.
37 min
Why Fox bet $450 million on Tubi and free strea...
And how it fits in with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
34 min
How Netflix became a streaming giant
A look inside Netflix’s culture — and inside our new podcast series.
26 min
W. Kamau Bell wants to help you understand racism
And why this moment is different.
43 min
Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez wants to make the Marv...
Plus, the rise and fall of HQ Trivia with The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak
56 min
Conferences were a great business — before the ...
With CEOs of Web Summit and Skift, Paddy Cosgrave and Rafat Ali
67 min
Twitter, Trump, Facebook and George Floyd with ...
How social media platforms are handling this moment.
46 min
HBO Max is here!
WarnerMedia Chairman Bob Greenblatt on entering the streaming wars
33 min
Meet the man who made Netflix’s most popular movie
Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth
38 min
Joe Rogan takes his podcast to Spotify
Breaking down the exclusive deal.
15 min
It’s Twitch’s Time: Talking live streaming with...
One job that hasn’t changed in the pandemic: Playing video games at home for a living. Plus: A tour of Twitch, the live streaming platform that’s having a moment.
51 min
How Tara Reade told her story
And why her story is resurfacing now
39 min
Michael Jordan's Last Dance, with director Jaso...
Unpacking ESPN’s 10 part docs-series on Michael Jordan and the 1998 Chicago Bulls.
31 min
The man behind The Office brings you the future...
And why Instagram is the new concert.
47 min
Matthew Ball on how the pandemic will remake TV...
Tracing Covid-19's impact on the entertainment industry.
54 min
How the Atlantic is thriving in the pandemic
Inside the news room.
41 min
Jeffrey Katzenberg's $1.75 billion bet on Quibi
Will it pay off?
65 min
TikTok, Facebook and podcasts respond to the pa...
How the different platforms are reshaping themselves in response to Coronavirus.
49 min
Making people laugh during a pandemic, with Jon...
How the two plan on performing comedy from home during these times.
64 min
How social media works - and doesn’t — during t...
Stratechery’s Ben Thompson, Lightshed’s Rich Greenfield, and Crisis Text Line’s Bob Filbin weigh in
50 min
Why the Coronavirus canceled the NBA, with ESPN...
What happens to the rest of the season?
57 min
How streaming changed comedy with Vulture’s Jes...
How the internet changed the comedy landscape.
58 min
ViacomCBS gets into the streaming wars, too. So...
CNBC’s Alex Sherman explains how the newly merged TV company will compete with Netflix, Apple and everyone else
27 min
Food52’s surprising success story, with co-fou...
How the Food52 co-founders took 10 years to become an "over-night" success.
50 min
Local news is dying. John Thornton wants to sav...
Can his American Journalism Project help?
43 min
Spotify, The Ringer and the future of podcasts
Everything you need to know about the Spotify and The Ringer acquisition.
19 min
How Netflix is changing The Oscars
Breaking down the 92nd Academy Awards
46 min
Why Ben Smith is leaving BuzzFeed for the New Y...
Ben Smith gives details on his new position at NYT.
32 min
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti reboots his business...
Jonah Peretti gives details on his company's current marketing and content strategy.
27 min
NBC’s Peacock enters the Streaming Wars
Why NBC thinks their back catalog will win over their fans with Peacock.
21 min
Anna Wiener on disillusionment with startup cul...
Details on her new memoir, Uncanny Valley, and more.
60 min
How The Safdie Bros. landed Adam Sandler for Un...
Josh & Benny Safdie on the process of making their latest movie.
31 min
Adam Davidson on how to thrive in this economy
Adam Davidson on Planet Money, consumerism, and his new book.
61 min
Streaming wars! (Don’t call them streaming wars...
A look back at this year in media.
41 min
Eat up! Food talk with The Infatuation’s Chris ...
Reviewing the year in food.
83 min
Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc on the internet, TV ...
Vice's plan to dominate media.
29 min
The anatomy of a hit song, with Switched on Pop...
Breaking down why Post Malone’s “Circles” is a #1 hit and more
49 min
Roger Lynch’s plan to save Condé Nast
Conde Nast CEO Roger Lynch used to run digital music and video companies. Now he’s in charge of the world’s most iconic magazine publisher.
32 min
DAZN's John Skipper and the future of streaming...
Making the “Netflix for sports” and competing with ESPN and network television for the rights of live sporting events.
27 min
The men who want to remake Sports Illustrated: ...
James Heckman and Ross Levinsohn, the new owners of Sports Illustrated share their plans for the iconic magazine's future.
40 min
Carolyn Everson runs the Facebook ad machine
Facebook’s Carolyn Everson on Facebook's billion dollar money maker
34 min
John Stankey’s plan for HBO, HBO Max and Warner...
On stage at Code Media in Los Angeles, Stankey discusses the streaming wars and WarnerMedia's strategy to win
35 min
Meet the man behind Disney+: Live from Code Med...
Disney's Kevin Mayer sits down with Peter to discuss the initial launch of Disney+ and the future of their other streaming brands, live from Code Media 2019.
39 min
Scott Z. Burns on making movies with Amazon, Ne...
Scott Z. Burns on how he was able to convince Netflix and Amazon Prime to distribute and produce The Report and The Laundromat.
44 min
Did Disney+ and Apple TV+ live up to the hype?
Disney + and Apple TV + are finally here. But are their marquee shows The Mandalorian and The Morning Show any good?
34 min
What's next for The New York Times after The Da...
Sam Dolnick of The New York Times who helped launch The Daily and The Weekly discusses where The Times's digital strategy is headed next.
38 min
Matt Levine left Goldman to become a journalist...
Bloomberg's Matt Levine details how his early work in investment banking informs his current life as a financial columnist.
49 min
It's not HBO... It's HBO Max. Plus Steve Swartz...
Warner Media unveiled details about its upcoming streaming service HBO Max. Plus,Hearst President & CEO, Steve Swartz on becoming the head of one of the top media and news brands in the world.
52 min
How the Wu-Tang Clan raised Sophia Chang
From managing The Wu-Tang Clan to training the next generation of entrepreneurs, Sophia Chang discusses her new memoir, 'The Baddest Bitch In The Room.'
36 min
Introducing Reset: Can AI Teach You To Write Be...
Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write?
22 min