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Decoder with Nilay Patel

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Decoder is a new 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.

Decoder is a new 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.

Location:

United States

Networks:

Recode

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Decoder is a new 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.

Twitter:

@recode

Language:

English


Episodes

Instagram’s Adam Mosseri on the future of Reels, moderation, and the responsibility of social media platforms

1/19/2021
The Verge's Nilay Patel talks with head of Instagram Adam Mosseri about how to run a creative platform like Instagram at scale while keeping users — and democracy — safe, how much responsibility the platforms have for what their algorithms promote, and, of course, Instagram's products like Reels, Stories, and IGTV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:07:30

Trump, Twitter, and the First Amendment, with platform moderation expert Daphne Keller

1/12/2021
In the aftermath of the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol, many online platforms, including both Twitter and Facebook, banned President Trump. In this week’s episode, Nilay Patel talks with regulation expert and law professor Daphne Keller, about a big problem: how to moderate what happens on the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:52

The business of meatless meat with Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown

12/22/2020
Today’s episode is with Beyond Meat founder and CEO Ethan Brown. Nilay and Ethan discuss how the company is doing since its IPO in 2019 and how they are fairing during the pandemic. The food supply chain has seen significant impact during COVID and there has been an increased demand for plant-based proteins during the pandemic, with meat shortages and more people cooking at home. They also talk about how Beyond Meat is structured, how they are different from other competitors in the market,...

Duration:00:46:21

How the @!#$ does advertising work, with Cadillac CMO Melissa Grady

12/15/2020
Advertising is a huge part of the economy and something we all experience everyday through various mediums. In this episode, Nilay Patel talks with Cadillac CMO Melissa Grady about how advertising has been reinvented by technology — from data-driven insights to new social media platforms to the role of influencers in marketing. They also unpack how modern advertising works and where it's headed in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:02:35

Can Substack CEO Chris Best build a new model for journalism?

12/8/2020
Nilay Patel talks to Chris Best, cofounder and CEO of Substack, the subscription newsletter startup that’s taken the media industry by storm over the past few months. The conversation explores how Substack's business model could potentially impact the media industry, but also dives into the basic questions about running a media company -- how Substack makes money, how it’s going to scale while offering additional services to writers, like legal protection, and, of course, content moderation....

Duration:01:01:33

Alamo Drafthouse CEO Shelli Taylor on going back to the movies

12/1/2020
On this episode of Decoder, Nilay talks with Shelli Taylor, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. Shelli stepped into her new role as CEO during the pandemic. In this conversation, Nilay and Shelli discuss the steps she had to take to get her company back on solid ground — including justifying high fixed costs of expensive lightbulbs — and how the government has failed to manage the pandemic effectively for business owners. They also talk about what it will take to safely reopen theaters and what the...

Duration:00:46:05

Microsoft's Phil Spencer on launching the new Xbox and the future of games

11/24/2020
On this week’s episode of Decoder Nilay Patel talks to Phil Spencer, the guy in charge of Xbox at Microsoft. They discuss not only the next-generation Xbox and PS5 just arriving in stores now, but how gaming itself has become part of mainstream culture, a trend that has definitely accelerated during the pandemic. We’ve also reached an inflection point for game streaming: Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all have services that allow consumers to play games on any device by streaming them over...

Duration:01:12:31

Remote learning is here to stay — can we make it better?

11/17/2020
On this week’s episode of Decoder, Nilay Patel talks with Sal Khan, the co-founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit online learning platform for students in kindergarten through high school. Khan Academy is an organization that exists because of technology. What started with Sal tutoring his niece in math over video using off the shelf cameras and software, has grown into an organization with nearly 20 million users per month, available in 46 languages and used in more than 190...

Duration:00:58:45

Mark Cuban on the presidency and the future of American business

11/10/2020
On the first episode of Decoder, Nilay Patel interviews Mark Cuban. Mark is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he’s a tech investor, and is on the hit show, Shark Tank. The conversation, recorded as last week’s election results rolled in, covers how interwoven business, technology, and policy are, whether its 5G, or the NBA bubble, or AI, or his investments into healthcare -- if you want to understand the landscape of the future, you have to understand tech, you have to understand business,...

Duration:00:58:04

Welcome to Decoder

10/27/2020
It may seem like a strange time to launch a podcast about business when the pandemic has frozen so many things in place, but the future is still coming — people are building technology and making policy for it right now. And it’s important to talk to them. This is Decoder with Nilay Patel. New episodes coming November 10th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:03:33

Best of Recode Decode: Shoshana Zuboff

9/30/2020
In this best-of episode, originally published in February 2019, Kara Swisher talks with Harvard Business School professor emerita Shoshana Zuboff about her book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Zuboff talks about the way tech companies have eroded democracy, why she coined the term "surveillance capitalism," and what can be done about it. Featuring: Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff), author, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The...

Duration:00:53:44

Best of Recode Decode: Esther Perel

9/28/2020
In this best-of episode, originally published in March 2018, Kara Swisher talks to sex and relationship therapist Esther Perel, the host of the podcast Where Should We Begin? Perel discusses her then-new book about infidelity, The State of Affairs, and how dating apps like Tinder discourage their users from pursuing committed relationships. This interview was recorded live in Austin, Texas at South by Southwest 2018. Featuring: Esther Perel (@EstherPerel), host, Where Should We Begin? Host:...

Duration:00:59:05

Best of Recode Decode: Patty McCord

9/23/2020
In this best-of episode, originally published in January 2018, Kara Swisher talks to Netflix's former chief talent officer Patty McCord about that company's famous "culture deck" and her book Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. McCord recalls how CEO Reed Hastings convinced her to work at Netflix, the common mistakes companies make when hiring and firing, and why coddling employees with Google-style perks is overrated. Featuring: Patty McCord, (@pattymccord1), author,...

Duration:01:09:10

Best of Recode Decode: Anthony Scaramucci

9/21/2020
In this best-of episode, originally published in March 2018, Kara Swisher talks to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci about his infamous 11-day stint in the Trump administration and why he believed Trump would win re-election. Scaramucci also talks about Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, the culture of backstabbing in Washington, and Trump's secret admirers in Silicon Valley. Featuring: Anthony Scaramucci (@scaramucci), founder of SkyBridge Capital Host: Kara...

Duration:01:31:09

Best of Recode Decode: Chamath Palihapitiya

9/16/2020
In these best-of interview excerpts — originally published in March 2016, August 2017, and March 2020 — Kara Swisher talks with venture capitalist and Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya. They discuss his time working at AOL and Facebook, the problems with corporate culture in Silicon Valley, and how the industry and office culture as a whole were shaken up by COVID-19. Featuring: Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath), CEO, Social Capital Host: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode co-founder...

Duration:01:00:12

Best of Recode Decode: Sarah Cooper

9/14/2020
In this best-of episode originally published in January 2018, writer and comedian Sarah Cooper talks with Kara Swisher and Dick Costolo about why she left a career in the tech industry to become a stand-up comic. Cooper has made tech a central part of her comedy and has written a book based in part on her time at Yahoo and Google called 100 Tricks To Appear Smart in Meetings. The group debates whether people who work in tech are funny (on purpose) and whether depictions of them in popular...

Duration:01:10:44

Best of Recode Decode: Ellen Pao

9/9/2020
In this best-of episode originally published in October 2017, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to investor Ellen Pao about her book, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, which chronicled Pao’s 2015 court battle against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. They discuss her unsuccessful gender discrimination lawsuit, how it paved the way for future whistleblowers such as Susan Fowler at Uber, and the problems with Silicon Valley's "free speech" idealism. Featuring:...

Duration:01:06:10

Best of Recode Decode: James Corden

9/7/2020
In this best-of episode originally published in October 2016, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to the host of The Late Late Show, James Corden, about redesigning a talk show for the YouTube generation. He talks about the viral video hits that broke out from the show such as "Carpool Karaoke," his complicated relationship with technology, and why he hates it when people use the term "the cloud." Featuring: James Corden (@JKCorden), host, The Late Late Show Host: Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), Recode...

Duration:00:59:53

Best of Recode Decode: Nikole Hannah-Jones

9/2/2020
In this best-of episode, Recode's Kara Swisher talked to New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones about how COVID-19 magnified inequality in the US, and our historical failure to treat essential workers — from meat-packing plants to checkout counters to delivery drivers — with the respect and protection they deserve. Hannah-Jones, who created the 1619 Project at the NYT, also talks about the technology gap and current inequalities in pre-college education, and says the crisis is...

Duration:00:53:38

Best of Recode Decode: Maria Ressa

8/31/2020
In this best-of episode, Recode's Kara Swisher talks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa about doing investigative journalism in the Philippines, where social media has emboldened an autocratic president. Ressa — currently appealing a "cyber libel" conviction — explains why the Philippines was a cautionary tale for the United States, how Facebook's inaction on disinformation poisoned the political discourse, and what Mark Zuckerberg told her when she tried to appeal to him directly. Featuring: Maria...

Duration:01:00:21