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
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
How The Athletic CEO Alex Mather convinced peop...
CEO of The Athletic Alex Mather on his path of setting out to disrupt local sports media
43 min
How Shea Serrano used the internet to become a ...
New York Times best selling author and staff writer for The Ringer, Shea Serrano chats about his new book Movies (And Other Things).
41 min
BuzzFeed News' Ben Smith on covering Trump and ...
Buzzfeed News Editor-In-Chief, Ben Smith on how Buzzfeed News went from fledgling news organization to breaking major news stories in the Trump era.
57 min
Complex CEO Rich Antoniello on running a youth ...
Extending Complex's brand into viral video series's like Hot Ones and Sneaker Shopping and major events like Complex Con
53 min
Vox Media + NY Media CEOs Jim Bankoff and Pamel...
Breaking News: Vox Media has acquired New York Media
30 min
Behind the scenes of the Brett Kavanaugh invest...
Co-author of 'The Education of Brett Kavanaugh' Kate Kelly discusses her reporting on the polarizing Supreme Court justice
49 min
Craiglist's Craig Newmark is using his power an...
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark on his unlikely career as a media mogul and how he's actively giving away his fortune
34 min
How Survivor and The Sopranos created Trump, wi...
Peter Kafka and James Poniewozik explore how the modern media landscape played a critical role in the rise of Donald Trump as both a reality television star and political leader.
51 min
Apple TV+ is coming. Will you pay for it?
Peter Kafka breaks down everything you need to know about Apple TV+
20 min
The epic battle for Uber, with Mike Isaac from ...
New York Times technology reporter Mike Issac on Uber and his ongoing investigation into the transportation giant’s tumultuous leadership issues.
51 min
The decline of the right wing troll with CNN’s ...
Fox News, Breitbart, The Drudge Report and the current state of attack politics in right-wing media
48 min
Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley wants to know where...
Foursquare co-founder and executive chairman Dennis Crowley discusses the business of tracking and selling location data
47 min
The Sportswriter: The Ringer's Bryan Curtis on ...
The Sportswriter: The Ringer's Bryan Curtis on the sports-media-politics mash-up
48 min
Taylor Lorenz on TikTok, Twitter … and Tumblr
Taylor Lorenz on TikTok, Twitter … and Tumblr
56 min
John Harris, co-founder of Politico
43 min
Splice's Steve Martocci wants to remake the mus...
Splice's Steve Martocci wants to remake the music business + All things Amazon with Recode's Jason Del Rey
62 min
Chuck Klosterman on Trump, Twitter and cancel c...
Chuck Klosterman on Trump, Twitter and cancel culture - and his new book
52 min
Media mogul watch at Sun Valley with Dylan Byer...
Media mogul watch at Sun Valley with Dylan Byers + Erin Lee Carr on making true crime documentaries
45 min
The Texas Tribune’s secret sauce, with Emily Ra...
The Texas Tribune’s secret sauce, with Emily Ramshaw
42 min
How Roger Ailes built Fox News - and how Gabrie...
How Roger Ailes built Fox News - and how Gabriel Sherman turned Ailes’ story into a TV show
37 min
Vimeo’s Anjali Sud shifted the company’s strate...
Vimeo’s Anjali Sud shifted the company’s strategy — and became its CEO + The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson on the limits of the ‘attention economy’
77 min
New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger at the...
New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger at the Code Conference
28 min
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at the Code Conference
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at the Code Conference
39 min
Matthew Ball on Amazon vs Apple vs Netflix vs D...
Matthew Ball on Amazon vs Apple vs Netflix vs Disney, and how he built a digital media career by writing for free
56 min
ESPN’s Jimmy Pitaro on how he’s reshaping the n...
ESPN’s Jimmy Pitaro on how he’s reshaping the network
50 min
YouTube’s Neal Mohan is trying to police the wo...
YouTube’s Neal Mohan is trying to police the world's largest video site
49 min
Eugene Wei explains why we’re all ‘status monke...
Eugene Wei explains why we’re all ‘status monkeys’ on social media
57 min
Nick Hornby on writing for TV, 10 minutes at a ...
Nick Hornby on writing for TV, 10 minutes at a time
37 min
Game of Thrones is down to its last dragon + Hu...
Game of Thrones is down to its last dragon + Hulu CEO Randy Freer
67 min
Digital media pioneer Jason Hirschhorn on Netfl...
Digital media pioneer Jason Hirschhorn on Netflix vs. Everyone Else
60 min
Kickstarter’s Perry Chen on 10 years and billio...
Kickstarter’s Perry Chen on 10 years and billions of dollars of crowdfunding
61 min
New York Magazine editor David Haskell on takin...
44 min
Why Jessi Hempel left a superstar writing caree...
43 min
Disney enters the streaming wars + AMC Networks...
63 min
"Savage News" author Jessica Yellin on the dark...
Journalist Jessica Yellin talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about her new satirical novel about TV journalism, "Savage News."
45 min
Nilay Patel and Peter Kafka talk about Apple's ...
Recode's Peter Kafka sits down with the Verge's Nilay Patel to talk about Apple's recent TV and media event.
47 min
How Brat co-founder Rob Fishman is making TV fo...
Brat co-founder Rob Fishman talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his LA-based digital video studio, which is making shows aimed at young women who might have once watched the CW or MTV.
37 min