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Technology doesn’t need to be confusing, though too often it is. Do you have tech questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Kara Swisher of Re/code and Lauren Goode of The Verge have the answers. Tune in to their podcast every Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.

Technology doesn’t need to be confusing, though too often it is. Do you have tech questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Kara Swisher of Re/code and Lauren Goode of The Verge have the answers. Tune in to their podcast every Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.
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Technology doesn’t need to be confusing, though too often it is. Do you have tech questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Kara Swisher of Re/code and Lauren Goode of The Verge have the answers. Tune in to their podcast every Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.

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Episodes

When will regular people be able to go to space?

4/20/2018
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The Verge’s science reporter Loren Grush talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about SpaceX’s launch of TESS, a NASA satellite that will search for planets beyond our solar system. Grush explains how SpaceX got back on track after two of its rockets were accidentally destroyed in 2015 and 2016, and how the company stacks up against private competitors like Jeff Bezos’s rocket company, Blue Origin, and the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance. SpaceX originally planned to...

Duration:00:44:13

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington

4/13/2018
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Recode's Kurt Wagner and The Verge's Casey Newton talk with Kara Swisher about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's two-day marathon of hearings in front of Congress. On Tuesday, Zuckerberg was bombarded with basic questions that could have been answered by Googling — but as Wagner points out, those ill-informed questions from U.S. Senators speak to a widespread lack of understanding about Facebook's business. The trio agrees that Zuckerberg's second day, speaking to members of the House of...

Duration:00:50:38

The YouTube shooting, Spotify’s IPO and a Facebook-Cambridge Analytica update

4/6/2018
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Recode's Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer talk about the shooting at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. and the other big tech story of that day, Spotify's unusual and long-awaited debut as a publicly traded company. They discuss how the former might change corporate culture in the famously laid-back tech industry, and how the latter might change how and when startups IPO. Later in the show, Recode's Kurt Wagner returns to provide an update on the Facebook-Cambidge Analytica data...

Duration:00:45:01

What will we do without Lauren Goode?

3/30/2018
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To commemorate her final episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask as co-host, Lauren Goode counts down her favorite episodes from the past two years. Among the favorites: Juicero founder Doug Evans, Kara Swisher admitting to her phone addiction and Walt Mossberg's own farewell episode, for which Kara and Lauren concocted a devious plan in secret. The co-hosts also talk about how they started working together and what's next for both Lauren and this podcast.

Duration:00:43:21

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What just happened?

3/23/2018
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Recode's Kurt Wagner talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, shortly after he and Swisher interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Wagner says reports of a political data firm exploiting a loophole in Facebook's old data platform has severely undermined public trust in Facebook, in part because the social networking giant knew the problem was out there years ago. The trio talks about why it took several days for Zuckerberg to weigh in on...

Duration:00:59:35

How is the internet changing March Madness?

3/16/2018
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SB Nation editor in chief Elena Bergeron talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament — a.k.a. March Madness — and how other major sporting events like the Olympics and the NFL are being reshaped by tech. Bergeron says it’s easier than ever to be an “over-the-top” fan and watch as much of the NCAA tournament as you want, regardless of where you live, and explains how the entry of companies like Amazon, Facebook and YouTube will change sports broadcasting...

Duration:00:49:44

WTF are ICOs and should I invest in crypto?

3/9/2018
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Chain CEO Adam Ludwin talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies. He explains what all of those terms mean and the differences among blockchain-related products and assets, including bitcoin, ethereum, lytecoin and filecoin. Ludwin says blockchain is currently a "frontier technology" caught between two powerful forces — its technological innovation and its countercultural appeal — and argues that there's value to be discovered, in spite of today's...

Duration:00:57:08

What did Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso learn from failure?

3/2/2018
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Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Girlboss Media, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about launching a new company "in the afterlife": In 2015, she stepped down as CEO of her first company, Nasty Gal, and two years later, it filed for bankruptcy. Amoruso says Nasty Gal's ambitions were right but that she made several "naive" mistakes about fundraising, hiring and her own interests and strengths as a leader. She also shares advice for other female entrepreneurs and talks about...

Duration:00:41:44

Tech addiction, part two: What’s the science behind addiction?

2/23/2018
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Writer Catherine Price talks with Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and Kara’s son Louie about her latest book, “How to Break Up With Your Phone.” Price says our attitudes about tech addiction need adjusting — rather than taking a "tech detox," the goal should be to use our phones in ways that are useful and enjoyable, and using them less when they make us sad or distracted. She explains the brain science that makes that goal so difficult for so many people, and recommends tricks and habits that...

Duration:01:02:39

How can I be less addicted to tech?

2/16/2018
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The Verge's Lauren Goode roams the halls of the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., interviewing attendees about their tech addictions and what we can do to be less addicted. Interviewees include startup founders, investors, a former ad exec — oh, and rapper-turned-entrepreneur Chamillionaire, the artist behind the hit song "Ridin'." Plus: Kara Swisher and Goode debate whether the responsibility for reducing tech addiction belongs to tech companies or consumers.

Duration:00:57:05

Should YouTube police its top stars' videos?

2/9/2018
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The Daily Beast reporter Taylor Lorenz talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the state of YouTube in early 2018. The online video platform is more culturally powerful than ever, with no signs of slowing down. However, some of its biggest stars have begun to attract negative attention in recent years, most recently when YouTuber Logan Paul released a video of a human corpse filmed at a "suicide forest" in Japan. Lorenz explains what the site could be doing to keep videos like that...

Duration:00:48:31

How will Sonos compete against Apple’s HomePod?

2/2/2018
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Sonos CEO Patrick Spence talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the evolving home speaker market, and how Sonos is contending with its new competitors: Amazon, Google and Apple. Spence says that unlike its rival's speakers, Sonos’ newer hardware will be able to support multiple virtual assistants, such as Alexa and Google Assistant. He discusses why that versatility is needed in the home but not on mobile phones, and how he expects the value of a speaker system will change once...

Duration:00:44:45

Can Facebook fix its News Feed problem?

1/26/2018
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Recode's Senior Social Media Editor Kurt Wagner talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how Facebook is trying to fix its "fake news" problem — by showing users less news and asking them to rank the credibility of media outlets. Wagner explains why digital publishers have been alarmed by the new proposals and why it's sometimes hard to believe Facebook when it insists that it's not a media company. He also shares tips for making the current News Feed work better for you and what the...

Duration:00:49:57

How worried should I be about the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws?

1/19/2018
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Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the major security flaws, commonly referred to as Spectre and Meltdown, that were recently discovered in commonplace computer processors. Fried explains the differences between the vulnerabilities, how the world's largest tech companies have reacted to their exposure and what consumers can do to best protect themselves. Plus: When will we start seeing new chips that aren't susceptible to the same...

Duration:00:50:41

Did Google Assistant win CES 2018?

1/12/2018
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Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Ashley Carman about Lauren and Ashley's week in Las Vegas for CES 2018. Although marred by rain (unusual), flooding (predictable) and a massive power outage (unprecedented), the annual Consumer Electronics Show mostly carried on as normal. One big takeaway: CES 2018 was led by a slew of gadgets angling to compete against Amazon's Alexa. Carman also talks about the continuing prevalence of cars at the tech trade show and a category she's...

Duration:01:06:53

Should I rent a hotel room by the minute? (And for what?)

1/5/2018
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Recharge CEO Manny Bamfo talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his startup, which lets customers rent hotel rooms by the minute rather than by the night. Business travelers might want to book a room for a couple hours before a meeting, Bamfo explains, but a more surprising group of customers are locals or Uber drivers in need of a break. He answers your questions about how much these rooms cost, how they're cleaned and how the people who clean the short-term...

Duration:00:38:52

What were the biggest tech stories of 2017?

12/28/2017
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Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode count down the 10 most important tech stories of 2017: The year's biggest product launches, including the iPhone X and a non-exploding phone from Samsung; Amazon's $14 billion acquisition of Whole Foods; "fake news" and the Twitter-presidency of Donald Trump; the mixed bag of tech IPOs from Snap, Blue Apron, Roku and Stitch Fix; the fallout from Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election; the FCC's repeal of net neutrality; bitcoin's rise...

Duration:01:16:53

Are biometrics a safe way to speed up airport security?

12/21/2017
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Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the company uses fingerprint and iris scanning to let its customers skip the TSA line at the airport and how it keeps all that data safe. Becker says Clear does not share data with or sell data to anyone, including government agencies like the TSA with which it has sometimes partnered. She also talks about why she led the effort to buy and resurrect Clear after the first incarnation of the company went...

Duration:00:56:46

Will robots take our jobs, or make life better?

12/15/2017
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Seismic CEO Rich Mahoney talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how robots will change everyday life around the world. Mahoney's company, a spinoff of a former DARPA project called Superflex, is developing wearable robotics, or "powered clothing," that could help someone with a spinal cord injury walk, or provide support to sales reps who have to spend the whole day on their feet. He also talks about how improvements to robotics will reshape the economy and jobs, whether Elon...

Duration:01:01:59

Why does net neutrality matter?

12/7/2017
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Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the FCC's upcoming vote on the future of net neutrality. The Commission's chairman, Republican Ajit Pai, is hoping to roll back regulations implemented under President Obama, which would ask internet service providers to be transparent about how they manage their services — but not prevent them from throttling speeds or blocking websites, for example....

Duration:00:49:07

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