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English, News magazine, 1 season, 545 episodes, 14 hours, 6 minutes
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Every Tuesday and Friday, tech journalist Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics. They make bold predictions, pick winners and losers, and bicker and banter like no one else. After all, with great power comes great scrutiny. From New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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OpenAI Lawyers Up, Paramount's Messy Merger, and Guest Isaac Arnsdorf

Kara and Scott discuss Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez's showstopping appearance at the White House state dinner, David Chang's chili crunch drama, and Meta facing pushback on its political content restrictions. Then, OpenAI prepares to fight numerous legal battles, but do they have a winning strategy? Plus, Paramount Global's proposed merger with Skydance Media is facing opposition from shareholders. Will the deal go through? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Isaac Arnsdorf, Washington Post national political reporter, and author of "Finish What We Started: The MAGA Movement's Ground War to End Democracy." Isaac explains why Steve Bannon believes the MAGA movement could "rule for a hundred years." Pivot has been nominated for a Webby for Best Business Podcast! Vote here. Follow Isaac at @iarnsdorf Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/12/202458 minutes, 43 seconds
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Disney's Victory Lap, Online Privacy, and Guest Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Kara and Scott discuss Meta's stock continuing to rise, California businesses challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom on taxes, and Elon Musk's robotaxi announcement. Then, Disney successfully fended off Nelson Peltz in a proxy battle, but where does the company go from here? Plus, could Congress be getting close to actually passing an online privacy bill? Finally, our friend of Pivot is NYU history professor and author of "Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present," Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Ruth explains what the autocrats of the past can teach us about Donald Trump. Follow Ruth at @ruthbenghiat Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/9/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 46 seconds
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Election Predictions, Trump Media’s Dip, and the “Right to Disconnect”

Crooked Media’s Jon Favreau joins Kara to co-host! They discuss Trump Media’s stock taking a dive, Jon Stewart saying Apple wouldn’t let him interview Lina Khan, and a new bill in California that could give employees the “right to disconnect.” Then, Louie Swisher joins the mix to talk all things about the upcoming presidential election: bad polls for Biden, an abortion vote in Florida, and disinformation. Listen to more from Jon on Pod Save America and Offline, and pre-order Democracy or Else here. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/5/202454 minutes, 15 seconds
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Future of Work: AI

In the third and final part of our Future of work series, Kara and Scott chat with Susan Athey, who teaches The Economics of Technology at Stanford Graduate School of Business. They take a deep dive into AI, discussing how it will impact work as we know it, and whether all the doom and gloom is justified. Follow Susan at @Susan_Athey. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/3/202425 minutes, 2 seconds
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SBF Sentenced, OpenAI's New Voice Tool, and Guest Ari Wallach

Kara is joined by guest host, Lydia Polgreen, New York Times Opinion columnist and co-host of the "Matter of Opinion" podcast. Kara and Lydia discuss the reactions to Beyonce's "Cowboy Carter" album and the viral essay from The Cut that everyone on social media had thoughts on. Then, was Sam Bankman-Fried's 25-year sentence too harsh, or not harsh enough? Plus, OpenAI's announces a new tool to recreate the human voice, but is it too risky? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Ari Wallach, futurist and host of PBS's "A Brief History of the Future." Ari explains why the future doesn't have to be all doom and gloom, and what gives him hope for the next generation. Listen to more from Lydia on Matter of Opinion. Follow Ari at @ariw. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/2/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 17 seconds
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Trump's Meme Stock, Florida's Social Media Law, and the Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Kara and Scott discuss the fallout from NBC's Ronna McDaniel debacle, Reddit’s first week on the market, and Trump Media being a meme stock. Plus, Florida’s restrictive law for teens on social media, mifepristone’s fate in the Supreme Court, and the one-year anniversary of Evan Gershkovich's detention in Russia, Then, a listener question on…facial hair and thank you notes. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/29/202446 minutes, 22 seconds
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Future of Work: Why Remote and Hybrid Are Here to Stay

It's Part 2 of our Future of Work series. Kara and Scott chat with Stanford economics professor and the "Guru of Remote Work," Nick Bloom. Bloom explains why he thinks flexible work has been good for both employees and companies, and why he believes it will increase in the coming years. He also shares a few predictions. Follow Nick at @I_Am_NickBloom Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/27/202426 minutes, 18 seconds
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Trump's Truth Social Gamble, NBC's Ronna Revolt, and Guest Jim Sciutto

Kara and Scott discuss NBC's internal backlash to hiring former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, Boeing's CEO stepping down, and how the royal family's PR team messed up the Kate Middleton story. Then, does the DOJ have a good case against Apple in its antitrust lawsuit? Plus, will Donald Trump get a financial boost from Truth Social's parent company going public? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Jim Sciutto, CNN's Chief National Security Analyst, and the author of "The Return of Great Powers: Russia, China, and The Next World War.” Jim discusses how the recent attack in Moscow exposed Putin's vulnerabilities, and also explains why he thinks the U.S. and its allies are facing "a 1939 moment." Follow Jim at @jimsciutto Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/26/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 41 seconds
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Reddit Goes Public, Microsoft’s Big AI Move, and the DOJ Sues Apple

Kara and Scott discuss the latest Neuralink news, Trump’s $464 million problem, and the DOJ’s Apple lawsuit. Then, Microsoft makes a big move in the AI race, hiring former Google Executive and Deep Mind Co-Founder, Mustafa Suleyman. And Reddit is officially public. Plus, stay tuned for the listener question if you want to hear what movies make Kara and Scott cry. Well…Scott anyway. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/22/20241 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds
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Predictions on The Future of Work: AI, The Gig Economy, and DEI

Kara and Scott are coming at you on a Wednesday with the first of three episodes in our special Future of Work series! They make predictions on what’s to come for the gig economy, DEI, and more. Is hybrid work here to stay? Will vocational training gain traction? How will AI impact the job market in the years to come? Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/20/202435 minutes, 33 seconds
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Apple's AI Plans, Real Estate Shake-up, and Guest Dana R. Fisher

Scott fills Kara in on his "clarifying" ketamine experience. Then, Don Lemon releases his much-anticipated Elon Musk interview. Was Elon angry or just bored? Plus, Apple and Google explore a potential AI partnership, the Supreme Court rules on public officials blocking people on social media, and major changes are coming to the world of real estate. Our Friend of Pivot is Dana R. Fisher, Director of the Center for Environment, Community, & Equity at American University, and author of "Saving Ourselves: from Climate Shocks to Climate Action." Dana explains why she's an "apocalyptic optimist," and what's really going to move the needle with climate change activism. Read more about Scott's Win here. Follow Dana at @Fisher_DanaR. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/19/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 19 seconds
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Don Lemon on the End of His X Partnership

Don Lemon chats with Kara and Scott about the interview with Elon Musk that led to the cancellation of his partnership with X. Don shares his thoughts on Elon, X CEO Linda Yaccarino, and more. Plus, the TikTok bill heads to the Senate, but will a ban actually happen? Kara and Scott have a few predictions... Follow Don at @donlemon Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/15/202452 minutes, 26 seconds
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TikTok Ban, Sam Altman's Return to OpenAI Board, Fake News Sites

Live from SXSW... it's a bonus episode of Pivot! Kara and Scott discuss Sam Altman getting reinstated to OpenAI's board following an investigation, fake news sites with ties to Russia popping up in the U.S., and a group of moms launching a grassroots campaign to fight social media addiction. Then, as the House gets closer to passing a potential TikTok ban, Kara and Scott dig into what that actually means. Plus, has Elon Musk been good for Texas? Recorded on March 9th at SXSW in Austin. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/13/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Katie Britt's SOTU Response, SVB Collapse Revisited, and Guest Savannah Guthrie

Kara and Scott discuss the Oscars, Sen. Katie Britt's viral State of the Union rebuttal, and the Kate Middleton photo manipulation controversy. Then, one year after the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, are banks still in trouble? Plus, Elon Musk says he won't be donating to the Trump or Biden campaigns, but could he still play a big role in the election? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Today Show co-anchor and NBC News' Chief Legal Correspondent, Savannah Guthrie. Savannah has a new book, "Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere," and she explains why she's opening up about her faith now. Follow Savannah at @savannahguthrie Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/12/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 17 seconds
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OpenAI Claps Back at Elon, Biden v. Trump Rematch, and Disney’s Proxy Fight

Kara and Scott discuss Disney’s proxy fight with Nelson Peltz nearing an end, a new cap on credit card late fees, and employers dialing back on coverage of weight loss drugs. Also, the Biden-Trump rematch is getting closer after Super Tuesday. Plus, OpenAI intends to dismiss all of Elon Musk’s legal claims and an open letter for “AI for a Better Future.” Then, a listener question about why Siri is so bad. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/8/20241 hour, 20 seconds
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Elon's OpenAI Lawsuit, EU's Big Tech Regulation, and Guest Tom Scocca

Kara and Scott discuss the state of the presidential race on Super Tuesday, and the Supreme Court ruling on Trump's Colorado ballot eligibility. Then, does Elon Musk’s lawsuit against OpenAI and Sam Altman hold up in court? Plus, the era of self-regulation for Big Tech appears to be over, at least in the EU. Will that regulation ever make its way to the U.S.? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Tom Scocca, editor of the Substack, Indignity, who recently penned the New York Magazine essay "My Unraveling." Tom discusses his medical mystery and what he learned about the American healthcare system. Follow Tom at @tomscocca. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/5/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 37 seconds
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Apple Scraps EVs, Google’s Problematic AI, and the SEC’s OpenAI Investigation

Warning: there are already fake AI-generated versions of Kara's book on Amazon. Plus, Kara and Scott discuss Mitch McConnell’s retirement, and the SEC investigation into whether OpenAI’s investors were misled. They also talk about Apple scrapping its almost decade-long plan to release an electric vehicle, and the controversy around Google's Gemini image generation tool. Then, a listener question on what AI can do for HR departments. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/1/20241 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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SCOTUS and Social Media, Reddit's IPO, and Guest Barbara McQuade

Kara and Scott discuss the Supreme Court cases that could change social media as we know it, and the recent disturbing investigations into parent-run accounts on Instagram. Also, Reddit is finally going public in the first major tech IPO of the year. Will it be successful? Plus, Kara's memoir "Burn Book" is hitting the shelves, featuring fascinating and entertaining stories from her reporting days in Silicon Valley. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is former U.S. Attorney, Barbara McQuade, who's written a new book, "Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America." Barbara explains how she thinks disinformation can be defeated. Follow Barbara at @BarbMcQuade Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/27/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 26 seconds
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Nvidia Earnings, Tech Regulation, and the Capital One-Discover Merger

Kara and Scott weigh in on the Alabama Supreme Court embryo ruling, and what it means for the future of IVF. Then, the Senate moves closer to passing the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), but will regulation actually happen? Also, how Nvidia's monster earnings show AI is not slowing down anytime soon, and the Capital One-Discover merger that's set to shake up the credit card industry. Plus, Kara and Scott have thoughts on whether Trump's $355 million fraud judgment will be bad for business in New York. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/23/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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Secrets to Successful Professional Relationships

Kara and Scott joinWhere Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. Too often we can focus on troubles in our relationships and not what happens when the relationship goes right. This week, Esther explores the inner workings of a pivotal pair with podcast royalty Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway. The hosts of Pivot join Esther to delve into what makes them great to listen to and how being open to surprise and difference invites them each to be better people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/20/202456 minutes, 35 seconds
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X’s Check Mark Trouble, Lyft’s Typo, and Bezos’ Tax Break

Kara and Scott discuss the country’s latest mass shooting in Kansas City, and a new AI gun safety campaign. Also, X may be violating U.S. sanctions by letting terrorist organizations buy check marks, Jeff Bezos is saving big with his move to Florida, and Lyft’s stock went on a wild ride, all due to a typo. Plus, is Tesla’s Full Self-Driving technology to blame for an employee’s death? And is there merit to a lawsuit alleging Match Group’s apps are addictive? Then, Kara and Scott give an economics teacher their takes on what to teach students. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/16/202459 minutes, 42 seconds
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Disney's "Epic" Deal, Biden's Memory, and Guests Zoë Schiffer and Kurt Wagner

Kara and Scott discuss the Taylor Swift effect on the Super Bowl, and pick their favorite ads. Then, they've got opinions about the new special counsel report that raised questions about Biden's age and memory. Plus, Disney reports blockbuster earnings, and announces a new investment into Epic Games. Our Friends of Pivot are Zoë Schiffer, Managing Editor of Platformer, and author of “Extremely Hardcore: Inside Elon Musk's Twitter," and Kurt Wagner, social media reporter for Bloomberg, and the author of "Battle for the Bird: Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk, and the $44 Billion Fight for Twitter's Soul." Follow Zoë at @reporterzoe and Kurt at @kurtwagner8 Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/13/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 4 seconds
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Tucker Carlson’s Putin Interview, Adam Neumann’s WeWork Bid, and Meta’s AI Labels

Kara and Scott discuss Donald Trump’s lack of immunity in the 2020 election trial, Meta’s efforts to label AI content, and WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann trying to buy back the company. Plus, Warner Bros., Fox, and Disney are launching a sports streaming service, and Dartmouth will again require applicants to submit standardized test scores. And of course, Tucker Carlson has scored an interview with Vladimir Putin. Then, a listener question on what to do when your team is taken out by layoffs Note: Tucker Carlson released his interview with Putin after we taped.  Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/9/202456 minutes, 7 seconds
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Meta's Stock Surge, Biden's Economy, and Guest Denise Hamilton

Kara and Scott discuss Joe Rogan's new $250 million deal with Spotify, the Wall Street Journal's latest report on Elon's drug use, and Nikki Haley's appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Then, the U.S. economy continues to defy expectations, so why isn't Biden benefiting? Plus, Meta's stock rockets to record highs after its latest earnings report, and Facebook turns 20. Our Friend of Pivot is Denise Hamilton, whose new book, "Indivisible: How to Forge Our Differences Into a Stronger Future," examines how to reevaluate DEI. Follow Denise at @OfficialDHam. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/6/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 45 seconds
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Social Media & Child Safety, Elon's Paycheck, and Guest Conor Dougherty

Kara and Scott talk Apple Vision Pro, Disney’s failed lawsuit against Ron DeSantis, and a $100 million deal for the Smartless podcast. Also, will Elon Musk move Tesla to Texas after a Delaware judge voided his $55 billion compensation package? Plus, the upshot of the social media companies' CEOs' testimonies on child safety. Our Friend of Pivot is New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty, who stops by to talk about his piece on the Silicon Valley bigwigs trying to build a city in California. You can find Conor at @ConorDougherty. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/2/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 14 seconds
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Deepfake Regulation, Media Layoffs, and Guest Chris Dixon

Kara and Scott discuss Amazon bringing ads to Prime Video, the jury's $83 million verdict against Donald Trump in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case, and the FTC's investigation of Big Tech's involvement in AI. Then, will the uproar over Taylor Swift and George Carlin deepfakes finally lead to regulation? Plus, what do the ongoing media layoffs mean for the future of journalism? Our Friend of Pivot is Chris Dixon, founder and managing partner of A16Z Crypto, and the author of "Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet." Chris explains why he (still) thinks crypto and blockchain are the future. Follow Chris at @cdixon Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/30/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 3 seconds
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Netflix’s Subscriber Surge, Tesla Earnings, and Guest James Bennet

Kara and Scott are back with you to discuss Oscar nominations, Jon Stewart’s return to The Daily Show, and Trump’s win in New Hampshire. Also, Netflix’s jump in subscribers, Tesla’s underwhelming earnings, and a Microsoft hits three trillion. Then they’re joined by Friend of Pivot, James Bennet, to discuss his recent essay, “When The New York Times Lost Its Way.” You can find James at @JBennet. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/26/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 20 seconds
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DeSantis Drops Out, Stock Market Soars, and Guest Aileen Lee

Kara and Scott discuss Ron DeSantis' departure from the 2024 race and the Biden/Trump rematch that everyone is dreading. Then, with the good news about the economy and the stock market, what's the best move for investors? Plus, Nelson Peltz continues his Disney proxy fight, and a new report sheds light on the anti-DEI movement. Our Friend of Pivot is Aileen Lee, the founder and managing partner of the VC fund, Cowboy Ventures. She also happens to be the person who coined the term "unicorn" for billion dollar start-ups and shares her latest analysis on those companies. Follow Aileen at @aileenlee Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/23/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 9 seconds
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Elon’s Power Play, Ozempic Insurance Costs, and the Future of ESG

It’s the first-ever Pivot call-in show! Kara and Scott talk to Pivot listeners and answer questions on Elon, AI, Ozempic, and more. Plus, Apple’s new app store policy is facing backlash, CNN’s CEO maps out his plans for the future, and Bill Ackman is embroiled in yet another controversy. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/19/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 10 seconds
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‎Decoder: How Donald Trump and Elon Musk Killed Twitter, with Marty Baron and Zoe Schiffer

Pivot will return on Friday! But in the meantime, we're bringing you this special episode of Decoder, all about the demise of Twitter. Nilay Patel talks with Marty Baron, former executive editor of The Washington Post, and Zoe Schiffer, managing editor of Platformer and author of "Extremely Hardcore: Inside Elon Musk’s Twitter." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/16/202443 minutes, 32 seconds
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Don Lemon Returns, Bitcoin ETF Approval, and BI vs. Axel Springer

Kara and Scott discuss the final GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses, the SEC approving Bitcoin ETFs, and Apple Vision Pro getting ready to hit the market. Then, Don Lemon is back with a new show, but can X really be a contender in the online video space? Plus, Business Insider's clash with parent company Axel Springer over plagiarism articles on Bill Ackman's wife, Neri Oxman. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/12/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 59 seconds
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Musk Drug Use, Plagiarism Debates, & Disney's Family Feud

Kara and Scott are back with a lot to discuss! They start with the new Wall Street Journal piece on Elon Musk’s drug use, and get some medical expertise and insights from Kara's brother, Dr. Jeffrey Swisher. Then, they discuss the fallout from Harvard president Claudine Gay's resignation, and Bill Ackman's wife facing plagiarism charges. Plus, Disney's family feud between ESPN and Jimmy Kimmel, a possible Warner Bros/Paramount merger on the horizon, and more. Follow Jeff at @jeffreyswisher Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/8/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 31 seconds
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AI Copyrights, Girl Math, and Blindsides

Kara and Scott are starting off the new year answering your listener questions! They tackle why more tech people aren't serving in government, whether Prof G AI compensates Kara, and if girl math is a good thing. Plus, a discussion of personal blindsides and New Year’s resolutions revealed. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/5/202435 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Year in Pivot: AI, Unions, Taylor Swift, and Insults Galore

Kara and Scott look back at highlights from the biggest themes of the year: learning to live with AI, labor strikes, the economic impact of girl power, and a sprinkling of Elon. Plus, what would Pivot be without some insults, squabbles, and humblebrags?  Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/29/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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Best Friends of Pivot

As 2023 comes to an end, Kara and Scott are revisiting some of their favorite Friends of Pivot interviews, including fascinating and thought-provoking conversations with Esther Perel, Mehdi Hasan, Lakshmi Rengarajan, and Rupublicans co-founder Craig DeForest  Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/22/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 55 seconds
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2024 Predictions on AI, The Election, X's Future and More

It’s time for our annual predictions episode! Kara and Scott share their 2024 predictions on politics, stocks, China, Google and more. Plus, some Friend of Pivot predictions from Jen Psaki, Mike Birbiglia, Fei-Fei Li, Bill Cohan, Dr. Joy Buolamwini, and Matt Belloni.  Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/19/202338 minutes, 1 second
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Epic Games Wins Against Google, COP 28, and Guest Naomi Alderman

Kara and Scott discuss Tesla recalling 2 million vehicles, Netflix revealing viewership statistics, and a couple of….terrifying liquids. Then, nearly 200 countries have approved a global pact that calls for transitioning away from fossil fuels at COP28. And Epic Games has beat Google in court, with a jury ruling the company violated antitrust laws. Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Naomi Alderman, on her new book, “The Future.” You can find Naomi Alderman on X at @NaomiAllthenews. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/15/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 2 seconds
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"Free Speech Warriors," EU's AI Act, and Guest Dan Pfeiffer

Kara and Scott discuss Tucker Carlson's new streaming service, Elon letting Alex Jones back on X, and whether the criticism of Google's Gemini demo video is warranted. Then, UPenn's president resigns after that Congressional testimony last week, will the other presidents follow? Plus, the EU moves forward with its landmark AI Act. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is "Pod Save America" co-host and "Pollercoaster" host, Dan Pfeiffer. Dan gives us insight into the latest election poll numbers and shares some advice for Biden and the Democrats. Follow Dan on X at @danpfeiffer. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/12/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 14 seconds
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Taylor Swift, AI Alliance, University Presidents, and Guest Lou Paskalis

Kara and Scott discuss TIME's Person of the Year, Taylor Swift, George Santos' Cameo stardom, and yet another Republican debate. Then, they critique the testimony of three university presidents who spoke to Congress about anti-semitism on their campuses. And it’s a big week in AI news: Meta is teaming up with IBM to form an “AI Alliance,” Google launched a new model, “Gemini,” and Elon Musk’s AI startup has filed with the SEC to raise up to $1 billion. Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot and Chief Strategy Officer for Ad Fontes Media, Lou Paskalis to discuss Linda Yaccarino’s decision to stick it out at X. You can find Lou on X at @LouPas. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/8/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dow is Up, Santos is Out, and Guest Sixto Cancel

Kara and Scott discuss the Dow's record highs and home ownership's new lows. Then, George Santos leaves Congress like a "Scandal in the Wind," while the Newsom/DeSantis debate was a circus of another kind. Plus, Google is accused of suppressing evidence, Nelson Peltz continues his Disney proxy battle, and "rizz" is the word of the year (Do Kara and Scott have it?!). Our Friend of Pivot is Sixto Cancel, the CEO and Founder of Think of Us, who's on a mission to revolutionize the country's child welfare system. Follow Sixto at @sixtocancel Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/5/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 20 seconds
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Elon, Kissinger, Cuban, Haley, IPOs, and Guest Rob Copeland

We have a newspalooza for you today. Kara and Scott discuss Elon Musk's decision to put advertisers on blast, Henry Kissinger's death, Nikki Haley's next steps, those Mark Cuban political rumors, and Microsoft's non-voting seat at OpenAI. Then, guest Rob Copeland joins to discuss his new book, “The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates, and The Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend.” You can find Rob on X at @realrobcopeland. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/1/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 35 seconds
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Sam Altman's Return to OpenAI, Meta's Underage Users, and Guest Alan Patricof

Kara and Scott discuss Jeff Zucker's return to the news business, and the cost of advertiser backlash in Elon Musk's antisemitism controversy. Then, Sam Altman is back at OpenAI, but who are the winners and losers after all the chaos? Plus, a new complaint reveals what Meta knew about its underage users. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is legendary venture capitalist Alan Patricof. At age 89, Patricof is as active as ever, and he explains why the longevity economy is a smart investment. Follow Alan at @alanjpatricof Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/28/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 52 seconds
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Decoder: Barack Obama on AI, Free Speech, and the Future of the Internet

Happy Thanksgiving! While Kara and Scott take a break after a crazy week of news, enjoy this episode of Decoder, featuring Nilay Patel's interview with former President Obama on AI, free speech, regulation, and more. Kara and Scott will return next week! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/24/202350 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sam Altman Goes to Microsoft, Elon Goes Thermonuclear, and Guest Dr. Joy Buolamwini

Kara shares her latest reporting on Sam Altman and his decision to go to Microsoft, then she and Scott discuss what's next for OpenAI. Plus, Elon Musk threatens a "thermonuclear lawsuit," and X CEO Linda Yaccarino resists calls to resign. Our Friend of Pivot is Dr. Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, and author of "Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines." Dr. Joy gives her take on OpenAI and the Altman ouster, and also discusses her mission to root out bias in AI.Follow Joy at @jovialjoy Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/21/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 34 seconds
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the OpenAI Debacle

In the swirl of drama around Sam Altman’s exit from OpenAI, one company seems to be the winner: Microsoft. It has both a significant partnership with, and an ownership stake in, the company, and now it's welcoming Altman and OpenAI researchers with open arms. For this emergency episode, Kara interviews Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/21/202328 minutes, 8 seconds
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Emergency Episode! Sam Altman Out at OpenAI and X's Advertiser Exodus

It's an emergency crossover episode of Pivot and the Prof G Pod and there's a lot to discuss. Sam Altman is out as CEO of OpenAI – but what exactly happened? Kara shares her latest reporting. Plus, major advertisers are fleeing X after Elon Musk endorsed an antisemitic conspiracy theory. Will Elon and X survive the firestorm? Kara and Scott break it all down. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/18/202332 minutes, 16 seconds
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Government Shutdown Averted, A Surge in Hate Speech, and Guest Adrian Aoun

Kara and Scott discuss Nikki Haley's social media stance, Truth Social's waning prospects, and the revelation that Google sends a third of Safari ad revenue to Apple. And don’t worry, they also talk about the Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez photoshoot. You’re welcome/we’re sorry. Then, in the fight club that is DC, a government shutdown has been averted for now. Also, a look at how hate speech has surged on social media since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Adrian Aoun, CEO and Founder of the health tech startup Forward, which is launching what it calls, “the world’s first AI doctor’s office.” You can find Forward on Twitter at @goforward. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/17/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds
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Shutdown Deja Vu, AI and Actors, and Guest Meredith Levien

Kara and Scott discuss the new (and bizarre) AI pin, and Trump's desire for a televised trial. Also, the threat of a government shutdown is back, but will Speaker Mike Johnson be able to make a deal in time? Plus, what we're learning about the AI provisions in the new SAG-AFTRA agreement, and why not everyone is happy. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is New York Times President and CEO, Meredith Levien, who talks about the current state of journalism, subscription strategies, and yes, Wordle. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/14/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 8 seconds
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Actors Strike Ends, OpenAI's Big Moves, and Guest Mattie Kahn

Kara and Scott discuss the winners and losers from the GOP debate, Disney's latest earnings, and why Rivian seems to be bucking EV trends. Then, the 118-day SAG-AFTRA strike is coming to an end, but who's really coming out on top? Plus, OpenAI makes a big announcement that Kara calls a "power move." Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Mattie Kahn, who writes about girls being a force for change in her new book, "Young and Restless: The Girls Who Sparked America's Revolutions." You can follow Mattie at @mattiekahn Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 56 seconds
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Biden's Bad Polls, Lessons Learned from SBF Trial, and Guest Kashmir Hill

Kara and Scott discuss why Jeff Bezos is really moving to Florida, major changes coming to the real estate business and Elon's new AI bot, Grok. Plus, what's next for crypto and investors after Sam Bankman-Fried's guilty verdict. Then, with less than a year to go until the 2024 presidential election, should everyone calm down about the latest polls? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is New York Times reporter Kashmir Hill, who has written about facial recognition and privacy in her new book, "Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup's Quest to End Privacy as We Know It." You can follow Kashmir at @kashhill Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/7/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 24 seconds
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Disney's Hulu Deal, UAW Strike Impact, and Guest Chris Krebs

Kara and Scott tell all about their trip to the White House. Then, they discuss the Ozempic effect on Krispy Kreme stock, and Disney taking full control of Hulu. They've also got thoughts on whether bankruptcy is really the end for WeWork, as well as the tactics that helped the UAW reach a deal with automakers. Our Friend of Pivot is the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Chris Krebs. He breaks down the new AI executive order. You can follow Chris at @C_C_Krebs. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/3/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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EV Declines, Net Neutrality, and an AI Executive Order

Kara and Scott are making the TV rounds: Kara was on The Simpsons, and Scott was on Bill Maher! They’re also on their way to The White House as President Biden launches a new approach to AI. Then, the FCC is ready to restore net neutrality. And auto executives are pumping the breaks on electric vehicles. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/31/202351 minutes, 39 seconds
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Speaker Johnson, Meta Lawsuit, and Elon's Twitter-versary

Kara and Scott discuss where Twitter/X stands one year after Elon's acquisition. They also break down Biden's upcoming A.I. executive order, and the UAW—Ford agreement. Then, Mike Johnson is the new Speaker of the House, and Kara’s suspicious. States sue Meta, claiming its products harm kids. And today’s listener question ponders leadership and assholery. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/27/20231 hour, 44 seconds
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AI Ethics at Code 2023

Platformer's Casey Newton moderates a conversation at Code 2023 on ethics in artificial intelligence, with Ajeya Cotra, Senior Program Officer at Open Philanthropy, and Helen Toner, Director of Strategy at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology. The panel discusses the risks and rewards of the technology, as well as best practices and safety measures. Recorded on September 27th in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/25/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Supreme Court and Social Media, Cybertruck Troubles, and Guest Matt Mullenweg

Kara and Scott discuss the investigation into what Jim Jordan knew about sexual abuse at Ohio State, Jon Stewart and Apple parting ways and a tough road ahead for Tesla's Cybertruck. Then, how the Supreme Court's latest ruling impacts the White House and social media companies. Plus, companies and CEOs continue to struggle with how to address the Israel-Hamas War, as some employees push back. Our Friend of Pivot is Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg who reveals his company's latest acquisition. Follow Matt at @photomatt Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/24/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 19 seconds
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Goldman Sachs' Earnings Woes, X Tests Subscriptions, and Marc Andreesen’s Manifesto

Kara and Scott discuss the ongoing House speaker’s race, tech leaders dropping out of the Web Summit conference, and Google cutting news division jobs. Then, it’s a tough week for Goldman Sachs amidst profit declines. Will David Solomon giving up his DJ hobby help? Plus, X has begun testing out $1 subscriptions. Then, a listener question on Marc Andreesen’s “Techno-Optimist Manifesto.” Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/20/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 56 seconds
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Middle East Messaging, Microsoft's $69B Deal, and Guest Rick Wilson

Kara and Scott discuss whether companies should speak up or stay silent on the Israel-Hamas War. Then, what Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard means for future tech mergers. Plus, Taylor Swift rules the box office and Rite Aid files for bankruptcy. Our Friend of Pivot is Lincoln Project co-founder and former Republican strategist, Rick Wilson, who breaks down the speaker's race and looks ahead to the 2024 election. Also, Kara has her annual cold. Follow Rick at @therickwilson. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/17/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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Israel-Hamas War, Search for a Speaker, and Guest Esther Perel

Kara and Scott discuss how the Israel-Hamas war is getting covered on social media and the influx of misinformation. Then, Republicans still can't decide on a Speaker of the House. Plus, the failed talks between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, Birkenstock's underwhelming IPO and layoffs at the Washington Post. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is psychotherapist Esther Perel, who shares wise words on grief and loneliness. Follow Esther at @estherperel, subscribe to her podcast Where Should We Begin? and be sure to check out her upcoming course, Turning Conflict Into Connection. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/13/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 21 seconds
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Driving Upward Economic Mobility — with Professor Raj Chetty | The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway

Pivot will return on Friday! In the meantime, we're bringing you an episode from another podcast in the Pivot universe: The Prof G Pod. Raj Chetty, the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and the Director of Opportunity Insights, joins Scott to discuss research around higher education, specifically how elite universities shape who succeeds in the US. We also hear about broader trends regarding upward economic mobility and the role a child’s environment plays in creating opportunities for growth. Follow Prof Chetty’s work at Opportunity Insights here. Don't forget to follow and subscribe to The Prof G Pod here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/202350 minutes, 35 seconds
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Congress in Chaos, The Ozempic Effect, and the Healthcare Strike

Kara and Scott discuss declining social media traffic to news sites, Amazon using an algorithm to test how high they could boost prices, and why the boom in weight loss drugs is the “biggest business story of the year.” Also, Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster marks another prediction come true in Pivot Land. And the largest health care strike in U.S. history is underway. Then, a listener question on the ethicality of donating to elite universities. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/6/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 38 seconds
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Whitney Wolfe Herd at Code 2023

Bumble Founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd speaks with CNBC Correspondent Julia Boorstin at Code 2023. They discuss the power of AI, and whether it could play the role of a digital matchmaker. Recorded on September 26th in Los Angeles. To join the waitlist for the 2024 Code Conference, visit https://voxmediaevents.com/code2024. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/4/202332 minutes, 46 seconds
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Newsom's Senate Pick, SCOTUS Takes on Social Media, and Guest New York Times Pitchbot

Kara and Scott discuss California Governor Gavin Newsom's choice of Laphonza Butler for Dianne Feinstein's senate seat, and whether Kevin McCarthy could be ousted as Speaker of the House. Plus, the Supreme Court adds two cases to the docket that could have a major impact on the future of social media. Our Friend of Pivot is New York Times Pitchbot, who stops by to talk about his popular Twitter account, and how he captures the media zeitgeist with his headlines and hot takes. Follow New York Times Pitchbot at @DougJBalloon Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/3/202357 minutes, 51 seconds
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Byron Allen at Code 2023

Allen Media Group Founder, Chairman and CEO Byron Allen speaks with CNBC Correspondent Julia Boorstin at Code 2023. They discuss his bid to buy ABC, the use of AI in media, and his multiple lawsuits against McDonald's. Recorded on September 26th in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/30/202335 minutes, 4 seconds
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Code Drama, WGA Mea Culpa, and The Taylor Swift Effect

After a headline-making Code Conference, Kara discusses her interview with Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, and also talks about X CEO Linda Yaccarino's interview with CNBC Correspondent Julia Boorstin. Then, Scott addresses his critics and explains what he got wrong about the Writers Strike, and what he still thinks he got right. Plus, how Travis Kelce is seemingly experiencing the Taylor Swift effect.  Check out Kara's interview with Yoel Roth, former head of trust and safety at Twitter, and CNBC Correspondent Julia Boorstin's interview with X CEO Linda Yaccarino in the 'On with Kara Swisher' feed. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/29/202356 minutes, 58 seconds
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Writers Strike Deal, Betting Against the FTC, and Guest Mathias Döpfner

Kara and Scott discuss the tentative deal between Hollywood writers and studios, and what it means for the future of the industry. They also talk about GOP attacks on misinformation researchers, as well as the hedge fund making billions betting against FTC Chair Lina Khan. Friend of Pivot Mathias Döpfner stops by to talk about the future of media and his new book The Trade Trap: How to Stop Doing Business with Dictators. And be sure to check out Scott's recent conversation with Mathias on The Prof G Pod. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/26/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 59 seconds
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Rupert, Russell, and a Looming Shutdown

As Rupert Murdoch announces his retirement, Kara and Scott discuss the future of the media mogul's empire and his legacy. They also react to the Russell Brand controversy, and Elon's plan for a Twitter paywall. Then, there's chaos in Congress as a shutdown approaches, so why is everyone talking about the Senate dress code? Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/22/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 32 seconds
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Strike Winners & Losers, Disney's ABC Decision, and Guest Benyamin Cohen

Kara and Scott discuss the Jann Wenner controversy, and the new management term "feedforward." And as the "summer of strikes" marches into the fall, they talk about the State of the Unions. Then, is Disney selling off ABC? And would that be the end of linear television? Our Friend of Pivot is Benyamin Cohen, the author of, "The Einstein Effect: How the World's Favorite Genius Got into Our Cars, Our Bathrooms, and Our Minds," who also happens to be the man behind the official Albert Einstein accounts on social media. You can follow Benyamin at @benyamincohen and Albert Einstein at @alberteinstein. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/19/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 19 seconds
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AI Summit, U.S. v. Google, and Drew Barrymore Backlash

Kara and Scott discuss the new openings for the greatest jobs in journalism – Taylor Swift and Beyoncé reporters. They also unpack Apple's underwhelming product launch and the backlash Drew Barrymore is facing after bringing her show back during the strikes. Then, was the big tech AI summit a big success? And who will be the winners and losers as Google's landmark antitrust trial gets underway? Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/15/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Inside Elon’s New Bio, A.I. Goes to Washington and Guest Kristi Coulter

Kara and Scott dish on their big date night at the U.S. Open. They also preview A.I.'s big week on Capitol Hill before Kara gives her no-holds-barred review of Walter Isaacson’s Elon Musk biography. Our Friend of Pivot is former Amazon employee Kristi Coulter, who's pulling back the curtain on tech company culture in her new book, "Exit Interview: The Life and Death of My Ambitious Career." You can follow Kristi at @kristicccoulter. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/12/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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Cable Wars, FTC vs. Amazon, and Elon vs. the ADL

Scott is back! He and Kara waste no time digging into Charter vs. Disney and the FTC’s possible Amazon suit. Our Friend of Pivot is CEO and National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt. He shares his thoughts on being on the receiving end of Elon Musk's latest tweetstorm. You can follow Jonathan at @JGreenblattADL. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/8/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 53 seconds
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Land of the Giants: How Tesla Became the Elon Musk Co.

Not many people can name the original founders of Tesla. So how did two guys who wanted to build an electric car create a company synonymous with Elon Musk? Listen to more from Land of the Giants here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/5/202338 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Apple Vision Pro, Being Present, and Scott’s Hair

Scott Free August is over, welcome to Scottember! As we head into the holiday weekend, Kara and Scott open the listener mail bag to answer questions about whether we’ve hit peak Apple, how to stay present with kids, and what to do when you’re working for a company whose policies don't match your morals. Plus, do Apple Vision Pros make you look rich?! And when was Scott's last good hair day? Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/1/202347 minutes, 7 seconds
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Electric Vehicles, Tech Giant Land Grab and Co-Host Joanna Stern

Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern is Kara's co-host as Scott-free August comes to an end. They explore how Trump's mugshot is spawning merch from the right and the left, and what to expect from the upcoming iPhone 15. Then, Joanna's investigation into the best EVs on the market and why a group of Silicon Valley elite is buying up land in northern California. Our Friend of Pivot is Professor Peter Turchin, author of "End Times: Elites, Counter-Elites, and the Path of Political Disintegration." He explains why the U.S. is in a state of social upheaval and sees a few paths that could get us out of it. You can follow Joanna at @JoannaStern and read her column at WSJ.com. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/29/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 21 seconds
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GOP Debate, AI in Medicine and the Right Wing's New Favorite Song with Co-Hosts Louie Swisher and Dr. Jeffrey Swisher

All in the family! Kara's son Louie Swisher and her brother Dr. Jeffrey Swisher join her to co-host. The trio discuss Ronan Farrow's new reporting on Elon Musk and Oliver Anthony's hit song "Rich Men North of Richmond." Then, they survey the current GOP primary field and discuss the pros and cons of AI in medicine. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffreyswisher. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/25/202353 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Future of Threads, Biotech, and Education

A minor break in Scott-Free August (because Scott misses you all): Kara and Scott open the listener mail bag to answer your questions about Instagram Threads, biotech, and education. Stick around to hear a listener call in from a cornfield, and about the origins of the Kara and Scott relationship. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/22/202341 minutes, 9 seconds
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Trump Indictments, Blind Side Drama, and Co-Host Don Lemon

Journalist and anchor Don Lemon joins Kara for his first major conversation about leaving CNN, what he's been doing since, and what he's planning to do next. He also chats with Kara about the Trump indictments, The Blind Side family's controversy, and more. You can follow Don at @donlemonofficial. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/18/202358 minutes, 51 seconds
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Maui Fires, the Hollywood Strikes, and Co-Host George Hahn

George Hahn is back to join Kara as co-host! They discuss the latest in the Zuckerberg v. Musk cage match, Sam Bankman-Fried reporting to jail, and Donald Trump’s looming fourth indictment. Then, the Maui wildfire is now the deadliest US wildfire in more than a century, and the Writers’ Guild went back to the table with producers. Then, we’re joined by co-creator of the RuPublicans, Craig DeForest. You can follow the RuPublicans at @rupublicans on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram and Threads at @pivotpodcastofficial. Follow us on TikTok at @pivotpodcast. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/15/202358 minutes, 42 seconds
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Twitter’s Trump Warrant, and An Abortion Rights Win in Ohio with Co-Host Will Hurd

Republican presidential candidate joins Will Hurd joins Kara as co-host to discuss aging politicians, an FEC efforts to regulate AI in campaign ads, and of course, Barbie. Then, they talk about what the Ohio special election means for the GOP's anti-abortion stance, and whether Trump's legal woes can clear a path for other Republican candidates. You can find Will Hurd on Twitter at @WillHurd. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/11/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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Tech Money in Politics, SBF, and Billion-Dollar Barbie with Co-Host Teddy Schleifer

Puck's Teddy Schleifer is Kara's co-host, chatting about Sam Bankman-Fried’s legal woes, Barbie hitting $1 billion, and the Musk v. Zuckerberg cage fight. Then, Donald Trump’s response to his latest indictment, and the money behind the presidential candidates. Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot and political pollster, Frank Luntz to make sense of the latest poll numbers on the 2024 election. You can follow Teddy at @teddyschleifer, and read his work at Puck.News. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/8/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 36 seconds
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Trump's Latest Indictment, Strike Update, and Co-Host Savannah Guthrie

We’re starting off Scott Free August strong with TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie. Kara and Savannah give us a look behind the scenes at how they've prepared for and pulled off some of their most notable interviews, including sitdowns with President Trump, Kamala Harris, Mark Zuckerberg, and more. Also: X will now let users hide their verified checkmarks, Hollywood writers and sudio representatives are expected to meet, and President Trump’s third criminal case of the year. You can find Savannah co-anchoring TODAY on NBC. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/4/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds
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Elon Musk’s Outer Space, Scott-Free August Preview, and Guest Ian Rogers

Kara and Scott discuss the comeback of the Chevy Bolt, and Scott’s thoughts on Barbie. Also, what should the government do about the dominance of the Starlink? We preview the guest hosts and topics coming up in Scott-Free August. Plus, we talk crypto with Friend of Pivot and Ledger’s Chief Experience Officer, Ian Rogers. You can find Ian on Twitter at @iancr. Leave us questions and comments at 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/1/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 17 seconds
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Big Tech Earnings, College Admissions Controversies, and UFOs

Kara and Scott talk about the latest interest rate hike, Mitch McConnell’s health scare, and whether the aliens are finally here or not. Plus, it’s earnings season, and the AI effect is making money moves for Big Tech. Then, should colleges do away with legacy admissions? And a listener question about the future of EV charging. We’ve got some more listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/28/202356 minutes, 45 seconds
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The X Factor, AI Guardrails, and a Barbenheimer Post-Mortem

Kara and Scott discuss a huge weekend at the box office, and Jeff Bezos' renewed interest in The Washington Post. Plus, WTF is Elon doing with his Twitter re-brand? Also, Big Tech agrees to some AI safety commitments, will they be enough? Friend of Pivot Alondra Nelson led the development of the Biden Administration's Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, she joins us to discuss. You can find Alondra on Twitter…or X…at @alondra. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/25/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 10 seconds
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Barbenheimer, AI in the Newsroom, and Scott Doubles Down

Kara's got the latest from the Barbie premiere, where YES she saw Mr and Mrs. Gaetz. Scott has some more thoughts on who the real enemy is in the Hollywood strikes (and it's not him!) The government has Big Tech in its crosshairs with the latest proposed M&A guidelines, Google pitches an AI news writing product, and Scott really does think Trump will drop out. But above all, stick around for the listener mail from 10-year-old Henry, who's ready to make some money on the stock market. We’ve got some more listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/21/202350 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bob Iger’s Rough Ride, Record-Breaking Heat Waves and Guest Ashlee Vance

Kara and Scott discuss Tesla’s Cybertruck, Tucker Carlson’s new media company, and a drop in Threads engagement. Also, Bob One’s contract has been extended after a rough first year, and SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher has him in her crosshairs. Plus, Earth is experiencing its hottest days on record. What does that mean for politics and infrastructure? Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot Ashlee Vance to talk all things space and Elon Musk. You can find Ashlee on Twitter at @ashleevance and can buy his book here. We’ve got some more listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/18/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 8 seconds
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Zuck's Second Chance, Lina Khan's Losing Streak, and More

Kara and Scott discuss actors joining writers on the picket line, and Ticketmaster failing the Taylor Swift fans again. Also, Threads hit 100 million users in just five days, does its success give Mark Zuckerberg a chance to atone for the sins of his other products? Or will Elon Musk just drag him down into a *checks notes* “literal dick measuring contest.” Plus, the FTC is on an antitrust losing streak, and a listener disagrees with Kara on nuclear energy. You can listen to Kara’s interview with Jake Tapper here. We’ve got some more listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/14/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tesla’s Chargers, The Writers’ Strike, and What Global Policies Will Save the World

Will Tesla’s Charging network provoke the FTC? Can writers take control of their intellectual property? Can our electrical infrastructure support EV expansion? And what global policies could help us prevent technological disaster? Kara and Scott open the listener mailbag…and find Scott a new nickname in the process. We’ve got some more listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/11/202346 minutes, 55 seconds
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Meta’s Threads, and A Major First Amendment Ruling

Kara and Scott discuss Apple hitting a $3 trillion valuation, China announcing export restrictions on minerals used in the production of semiconductors, and GQ pulling an article critiquing David Zaslav. Also: Meta’s Twitter competitor, Threads is officially here and racking in the downloads. A certain someone isn’t so happy about that. Plus, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction to prohibit certain communications between the Biden administration and social media sites. And a listener question on going from academia to the corporate world. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/7/202358 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Economy, the Media, and Fatherhood — with Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal, the host and senior editor of Marketplace, joins Scott to discuss the state of the economy and his take on the media. We also learn how Kai approaches fatherhood and his thoughts on being a good partner. Follow Kai on Twitter, @kairyssdal.  Scott opens by discussing masculinity, his time at Cannes, and the fact that the number of billionaires in the world has increased five-fold over the past two decades.  Listen to more from The Prof G Pod here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/4/202354 minutes, 26 seconds
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Psychedelics in Silicon Valley, and Restrictions on AI Chip Exports

Donald Trump may soon return to Twitter, new F1 team owners, and Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White wants a raise. Then, psychedelics have a hold on tech industry culture, and the US is considering restrictions on exports of AI chip to China. Plus, a listener question on how local governments can retain talent. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/30/20231 hour, 2 seconds
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Rebellion in Russia, Titan Fallout, and Guest Jason Del Rey

Breaking news: Kara Swisher will not referee the cage match between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Also, SpaceX is looking to up its valuation, and Meta wants to shut down access to news in Canada. And this weekend’s insurrection in Russia revealed how unequipped social media is to cover breaking news. Plus, an investigation into the Titan submersible implosion may lead to new regulations. Will the same happen for space travel? Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Jason Del Rey on the decades-long battle between Walmart and Amazon. You can find Jason on Twitter at @DelRey, and you can buy “Winner Sells All: Amazon, Walmart, and the Battle for Our Wallets,” here. We’ve got some listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/27/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 7 seconds
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Tesla’s Rising Value, Meta’s AI, and Twitter’s Ad Problem

Kara and Scott are live at Cannes! They discuss Tesla’s market value going up a quarter of a trillion dollars, and Meta letting advertisers know how it’s competing in the AI space. Plus, Twitter’s Head of Ad Sales attended Cannes to assure brands their ads wouldn’t appear near all the bad stuff, and meanwhile GLAAD named Twitter the most dangerous platform for LGBTQ+ people. Then, some questions from the audience. We’ve got some listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/23/202350 minutes, 23 seconds
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Google’s Sundar Pichai Talks Seach, AI, and Dancing with Microsoft

Nilay Patel, editor in chief of The Verge, talks to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet about what he thinks of the future of search, and his vision for Google.Listen to more from Nilay in the feed of Decoder with Nilay Patel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/20/202344 minutes
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E.U. Tech Regulation, Bud Light Sales, and Kara Tries the Apple Vision Pro

Kara has a pretty rave review of Apple's Vision Pro, but can she sell Scott on trying it out? Also, E.U is on a tear of technology regulation, including antitrust charges for Google over its advertising practices, and regulation for AI. Plus, Bud Light sales are in a slump following the brand’s handling of the Dylan Mulvaney controversy. And a listener question on what Kara and Scott would do if they were in Linda Yaccarino’s shoes. We’ve got some listener mail episodes coming your way soon, so send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/16/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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Trump Heads to Court (Again), Tesla's Autopilot Danger, and Guest Jennifer Pahlka

Trump Heads to Court (Again), Tesla's Autopilot Danger, and Guest Jennifer Pahlka Kara and Scott talk about George Soros' succession plan, Twitter’s new “odd couple,” and Trump's latest legal battle over classified documents. Then Friend of Pivot Jennifer Pahlka stops by to talk about her critically-acclaimed new book, Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. You can follow Jennifer at @pahlkadot and Recoding America is available here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/13/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 52 seconds
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PGA Tour's Mysterious Merger, Instagram's Pedophile Problem

The SEC is coming for crypto’s biggest players, Fox News says Tucker Carlson broke his contract with a new Twitter show, and Chris Licht is out at CNN. Then, Instagram’s algorithms are promoting accounts sharing child sexual abuse material, and the PGA Tour announced a merger with Saudi-backed LIV Golf. Plus, a listener question on Reddit charging for access to its API. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/9/20231 hour, 1 minute, 6 seconds
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Apple's Vision Pro, Chris Licht Outlook, and Friend of Pivot Ben Terris

The Directors Guild avoids a strike, Amazon may join the wireless market, and tech companies prepare for 2024 by acting like it's 2020. Also, Apple finally unveils its headset. Kara and Scott talk about the weird world of Washington with Friend of Pivot Ben Terris, author of "The Big Break: The Gamblers, Party Animals, and True Believers Trying to Win in Washington While America Loses Its Mind." Find The Big Break here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/6/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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Biden Wins the Debt Deal, and AI Extinction

Elizabeth Holmes goes to prison, the Sackler family escapes liability, and Twitter's valuation drops even lower. Also, Congress votes to raise the debt ceiling, but did Speaker McCarthy get floored? Leading AI scientists and entrepreneurs warn of possible extinction. Kara and Scott weigh the odds. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/2/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
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How worried—or excited—should we be about AI? Recode Media with Peter Kafka

AI is amazing… or terrifying, depending on who you ask. This is a technology that elicits strong, almost existential reactions. So, as a Memorial Day special, we're running an episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka that digs into the giant ambitions and enormous concerns people have about the very same tech. Featuring: New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose (@kevinroose), who tells host Peter why his viral conversation with Bing’s AI chatbot changed the way he thought about the new tech. Then: Google has everything to lose here, so Peter speaks with James Manyika, Google’s Senior Vice President of Technology and Society, about the company’s ambitions for AI. [9:23] Plus: Professor Emily M. Bender (@emilymbender), one of the people behind a now-famous paper on AI’s limits. Her “stochastic parrot” seems to have hit a nerve with some of AI’s biggest proponents. So maybe she’s onto something. [29:30] Subscribe to Recode Media wherever you listen to podcasts. Pivot will return on Friday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/30/202354 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Twitter DeSaster and the Surgeon General’s Social Media Warning

Meta will sell Giphy in an antitrust loss, and the man who ran a Twitter account tracking Elon Musk’s private jet is now tracking Ron Desantis. Also, the latest in the culture wars: A Florida school has limited access to Amanda Gorman’s poetry, and Target will remove some Pride merch after a backlash. Plus, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his presidential run on Twitter Spaces… and it didn’t go quite as planned. And the Surgeon General warns that social media may be harmful to young users. Then, a listener question on HBO Max rebranding to Max. Send us your questions and tell us what Pivot’s rebrand should be! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/26/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 33 seconds
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Disney’s Billion Dollar Punch, AppGPT, and Guest Chasten Buttigieg

The EU deals Meta a record-breaking fine, Jeffrey Epstein reportedly attempted to blackmail Bill Gates, and the debt ceiling is looming closer. Also, Disney is cancelling plans to build a complex in Florida. Kara and Scott discuss ChatGPT and Apple’s AI efforts. Friend of Pivot Chasten Buttigieg joins to discuss coming of age as a young gay man in the Midwest, and the continuing challenges to LGBTQ life in America. You can find @Chasten on Twitter, and “I Have Something to Tell You: For Young Adults” here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/23/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 59 seconds
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Supreme Court Saves Social Media, Montana Bans TikTok, and Sam Altman Wants AI Regulation

EU regulators say 'game on' for the Microsoft-Activision deal, WeWork's CEO is stepping down, and the latest call for AI regulation is coming from inside the house. Kara and Scott discuss the weak plan to ban TikTok in Montana. And Elon Musk continues to Elon Musk, saying he’s willing to lose money to say what he wants to say. Also, a prediction about the writer's strike. Listen to On with Kara Swisher's episode, "Will Elon Musk Turn Twitter Into Yahoo Mail?" here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/19/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 30 seconds
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A New Chief Twit, CNN Fallout, and Senator Mark Warner

Kara and Scott discuss Taylor Swift's economic impact, and why there are troubles at Disney Plus and Netflix. Meanwhile, over at Twitter: a new CEO, and a censorship controversy. Also, the Trump Town Hall stirs up internal politics at CNN. Our Friend of Pivot, Senator Mark Warner, stops by to talk TikTok, AI, and the Kids Online Safety Act. You can find Senator Mark Warner at @MarkWarner on Twitter. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/16/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 18 seconds
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Trump's Town Hall, Santos Charged, and STFU with Dan Lyons

Tucker Carlson says he's moving to Twitter, Google cuts a deal with the New York Times, and the Biden administration might make airlines pay their customers. Kara and Scott unpack the Trump verdict and CNN town hall, and the charges against Representative George Santos. Friend of Pivot Dan Lyons talks about his book STFU, and why we talk too much. Find Dan Lyons on Twitter, and check out STFU here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/12/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 41 seconds
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Debt Ceiling, Trump Town Hall, and Guest Claire Hughes Johnson

Kara and Scott talk about the coronation, CNN's Trump town hall, and Elizabeth Holmes. Also, Twitter is bleeding blue checks, and Tucker Carlson reportedly spoke to Elon Musk about his next moves. Then, which party will come out ahead in the debt ceiling negotiations?  And, Friend of Pivot Claire Hughes Johnson to talk about what managers get wrong. You can find Claire on Twitter at @chughesjohnson, and can buy “Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building” here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/9/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 43 seconds
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Regulating AI, Culture Wars at the School Play, and Guest Anne Applebaum on Ukraine

Kara and Scott on interest rates, new Airbnb features, and the text that got Tucker Carlson fired. AI CEOs are headed to the White House as the FTC puts the industry in its crosshairs, and Scott redefines LLM. Plus: the growing movement to censor kids' theater programs. Today's Friend of Pivot is Anne Applebaum, staff writer at The Atlantic, with the latest on Ukraine. You can find Anne on Twitter at @anneapplebaum, and can read her cover story here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/5/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 2 seconds
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J.P. Morgan's First Republic Deal, Twitter v. Bluesky, and Friend of Pivot Joelle Emerson

Kara and Scott discuss the recent warnings from one of the “Godfathers of AI,” as well as the potential writers' strike. Then, J.P Morgan keeps getting bigger with its latest acquisition: First Republic. Elon Musk says Twitter will let media publishers charge for articles. Also, does anybody have a Bluesky referral code? And we’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Joelle Emerson, to break down how recent layoffs have affected corporate diversity. You can find Joelle at @joelle_emerson on Twitter. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/2/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 44 seconds
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Disney Sues DeSantis, Meta's Good Quarter, and the Case Against TikTok with Senator Michael Bennet

The UK moves to block the Microsoft-Activision deal, Peter Thiel announces a change to his political giving, and First Republic Bank shows we're not out the woods yet. Also, Disney escalates its fight with Florida, and Big Tech has a good quarter. Plus, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) joins to discuss TikTok legislation, Twitter, and the Supreme Court. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/28/202358 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tucker & Don Out, Elon's Blue Check Wreck, and Guest Baratunde Thurston

Kara and Scott react to news that Tucker Carlson is out at Fox, and Don Lemon at CNN. Plus, Kara's got a blue check and Scott doesn't after a messy week at Twitter. Layoffs and closures are hitting left and right with Disney and Lyft layoffs, Bed, Bath & Beyond bankruptcy, and BuzzFeed News shutting down. Also, President Biden is expected to announce his reelection campaign this week. Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Baratunde Thurston. You can find Baratunde's at Puck, on How to Citizen, and on America Outdoors on PBS. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/25/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
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Fox News Must Pay, DeSantis Doubles Down on Disney, and Dmitri Alperovitch on Discord

Meta's Year of Efficiency continues with 10,000 more layoffs. Apple gets into the savings game with a competitive interest rate. Florida's Ron DeSantis is losing his war on Disney, while Fox News agrees to pay Dominion a hefty sum in a defamation settlement. Pretty good week, all in all. Crowdstrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch joins to discuss Discord Leaks and Starlink's role in the Ukraine war. Hear more from Dmitri on Geopolitics Decanted. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/21/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Discord Leaks, San Francisco Safety, and Kate Crawford on AI

Scott’s back on Twitter, and Elon says the platform could be cash-flow positive this quarter - coincidence? Kara and Scott discuss growing calls for Senator Feinstein to resign, a delay in the Dominion v. Fox News trial, and impressive JPMorgan Chase earnings. Also, a tech consultant has been arrested for the murder of Cash App founder Bob Lee. And U.S. National Security is in disarray over Discord after an Air National Guardsman allegedly leaked classified documents on the platform. Then, we’re joined by Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Lab and Professor at USC Annenberg, Kate Crawford to talk everything AI. You can find Kate on Twitter at @katecrawford, and can buy “Atlas of AI” here. We’re nominated for a Webby! Vote for us here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/18/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
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Twitter Payments, Financial Illiteracy, and the Out-of-Touch Elite

Why does anyone need another form of payment? Who's really behind all that "un-American" content on TikTok? And which Pivot co-host is the most elite? Learn the answers to all that and more as Kara and Scott tackle listener questions. Plus: Poetry. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/14/202345 minutes, 58 seconds
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Twitter vs. Substack, Stormy Daniels, and Jennifer Senior On Grief

SPOILERS: Succession. Jill Biden makes a rare gaffe after the NCAA championships. Dueling court rulings could endanger access to abortion pills. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a secret wealthy benefactor with a not-so-secret collection of Nazi memorabilia. Kara and guest host Olivia Nuzzi (New York Magazine) unpack her latest cover story on Stormy Daniels, plus Elon Musk's ham-fisted fight against Substack. Author Jennifer Senior joins to discuss "On Grief," her story about loss, mourning, and memory. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/11/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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Trump Arrest Fallout

The View co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin joins Kara to discuss the fallout from former President Donald Trump's arrest. What does it mean for his campaign? How should presidential hopefuls manage this moment? Has media coverage of Trump’s chaos improved? Plus, UK privacy regulators fine TikTok, and Tim Cook himself warns parents to limit screen times for kids. You can find Alyssa at @Alyssafarah on Twitter, and on The View. We’re nominated for a Webby! Vote for us here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/7/202359 minutes, 33 seconds
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Blue Checks Live On (For Now), Adam Neumann of Arabia, and Guest Liz Hoffman

Kara and Scott still have their blue checks! They discuss a confusing and slow legacy check removal process at Twitter. Also, the Russian government’s arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, and other repressive governments making business hard around the world. Plus, Virgin Orbit has halted operations for the foreseeable future and four billionaires will have to talk about their relationship with Jeffery Epstein. Oh, and by the time you’re reading this, former President Trump may have been arrested. Friend of Pivot Liz Hoffman discusses her new book, Crash Landing: The Inside Story of How the World’s Biggest Companies Survived an Economy on the Brink. You can find Liz at @lizrhoffman on Twitter, and you can buy her book here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/4/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 12 seconds
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Trump Indicted, Alibaba Splits, School Shooting Misinformation

Disney drops out of the metaverse, Apple jumps into buy now, pay later, and tech leaders call for a pause on A.I. Also, Donald Trump says that he's been "INDICATED," and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is splitting into six companies. Meanwhile, misinformation swells after the latest school shooting that left 6 dead in Nashville. Kara and Scott take a listener question about senior poverty. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/31/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 25 seconds
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Twitter Blues, Israel Protests, and TikTok espionage with Emily Baker-White

Short sellers come to Jack Dorsey's Block, Apple's employees don't like what they're seeing in the company's AR device, and there's peace in the Silicon Valley Bank tonight. Also, NPR cancels four podcasts, the SEC gets serious about crypto, and Twitter Blue's latest feature is... pretending you don't pay for Twitter Blue? Journalist Emily Baker-White joins Kara and Scott to discuss her work on TikTok, and the stories that led ByteDance employees to spy on her. Find Emily Baker-White on Twitter at @ebakerwhite. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/28/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 19 seconds
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TikTok’s Testimony, and Google’s Bard Release

Scott and Kara* dissect TikTok CEO Shou Chew’s testimony in the House as the app fends of a potential U.S. ban. And in A.I. news, Google released its chat bot, Bard, to the general public. Plus, President Trump is still a free man, the Fed has raised interest rates yet again, and Ford’s EV business is in the red. Then, a listener question about getting paid in stock. *See what we did there? You can listen to Kara’s interview with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman here. For a deeper dive on the implications of the potential Trump indictment, check out Stay Tuned from friend of the show, Preet Bharara. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/24/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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TikTok Gets Ready to Testify, UBS Rescues Credit Suisse, and Guest Dr. Gloria Mark

Kara and Scott discuss another round of Amazon layoffs, former President Trump’s call for protests, and of course, raccoon dogs. Plus, the banking drama continues as banks in the U.S. and Switzerland come together to rescue the weakest among them. Also, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify before Congress this week. Friend of Pivot Dr. Gloria Mark explains how technology has impacted our attention spans. You can find Dr. Gloria Mark at @GloriaMark_PhD on Twitter, and you can buy her book “Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness, and Productivity” here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/21/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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ChatGPT Will See You Now, and Silicon Valley Bank Fallout Continues

The Biden administration tells Tiktok to leave ByteDance or leave the US. Meta's year of Zuck-ficiency continues, with another 10,000 layoffs. Kara and Scott unpack the decision to backstop Silicon Valley Bank, as Credit Suisse deals with its own potential issues. Also, ChatGPT gains the power of sight, and a listener worries about the growth of legalized gambling. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/17/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Oscars, a Silicon Valley Bank Update, and Data Privacy

Sam Sanders of Into It joins Kara for co-hosting duties!  They discuss the latest on the Silicon Valley Bank fallout, then break down this year's Oscars. Also, data security issues are at play in a church scandal involving priests and dating apps, and should Paramount sell BET? You can follow Sam on Twitter at @SamSanders, and you can listen to Into It and Vibe Check wherever you get your podcasts. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/14/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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Silicon Valley Bank’s Downfall

Kara, Scott, and William D. Cohan are back with a bonus episode to talk through Silicon Valley Bank’s 48 hour collapse. What does its fall mean for tech? Who's to blame? Will depositors be made whole? You can follow William D. Cohan at @WilliamCohan. We’ll be back with a regular episode on Tuesday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/12/202342 minutes, 21 seconds
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Wheels Come Off at Tesla, Tucker's Texts, and Hannah Dreier on Immigrant Child Labor

More layoffs are coming to Meta, and President Biden's pick for the FCC, Gigi Sohn, drops out of the running. As the FTC investigates his company and the wheels literally come off at Tesla, Elon Musk publicly picks (and loses) a fight with an employee. Also, newly-revealed texts from Fox News hosts could be a legal headache. Friend of Pivot Hannah Dreier helps Kara and Scott unpack her latest investigation on the widespread use of immigrant child labor in America's most dangerous jobs. Plus, a prediction from Scott about Adam Neumann's latest venture. You can follow Hannah Dreier at @hannahdreier and read her work at the New York Times. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/10/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 33 seconds
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TikTok, Freedom, and the First Amendment with Jeff Kosseff

Kara and Scott talk big earnings at Salesforce, Amazon's HQ2 construction pause, and more executive departures at Apple. Also, TikTok ban bills are moving ahead, amid renewed GOP attacks on Big Tech. Plus, we’re joined by Friend of Pivot Jeff Kosseff to discuss how new bills aimed at online speech could challenge the First Amendment. You can find Jeff on Twitter at @jkosseff and you can preorder his book here. Hear Kara’s interview with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff here. You can read the Wall Street Journal Scott mentions in Wins and Fails here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/7/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 25 seconds
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Twitter Competitors, Lab Leak Theory, and Guest Mehdi Hasan

Kara and Scott discuss Tesla’s “Master Plan 3,” and TikTok's new time limits. Also, the world of Twitter competitors is growing with Jack Dorsey’s new app Bluesky joining the ranks. Plus, the COVID-19 lab leak theory got a heated boost this week. Friend of Pivot Mehdi Hasan joins to help us definitively decide whether or not Kara’s Chevy Bolt is sexy. You can find Mehdi on Twitter at @mehdirhasan, and you can find his book “Win Every Argument The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking” here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/3/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 3 seconds
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Meta Joins the A.I. Race, More Twitter Cuts, and Guest Malcolm Harris

Dilbert is out of work after his creator made racist remarks. House Republicans are launching an investigation into the toxic train derailment in Ohio. Also, Twitter has cut staff yet again, and prominent Elon-backers are in the mix. Plus, Meta has jumped into the A.I. race at last, sans a chatbot. Kara and Scott are joined by Friend of Pivot Malcolm Harris on his new book, “Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World.” You can fins Malcolm on Twitter at @BigMeanInternet and can find his book here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/28/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 1 second
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Meta Verified, SCOTUS, and the Future of the Internet

Kara and Scott discuss Don Lemon's troubling comments, the high cost of shooting down UFOs, and Amazon sealing the deal with One Medical. Also, Elon Musk and Tesla return to California. Plus, Mark Zuckerberg wants us to pay for Facebook with the new Meta Verified, and the Supreme Court hears two cases that could impact Section 230, the internet's most important law. Listen to Kara’s latest episode of On with Kara Swisher, “Will Killing Section 230 Kill the Internet?” here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/24/20231 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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America’s Progress Has Stalled — with Derek Thompson | The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway

Happy President's Day! Pivot will return on Friday. Today, an episode from our other favorite podcast: The Prof G Pod. Derek Thompson, a staff writer at The Atlantic and host of the Plain English podcast, joins Scott to discuss why he believes America is at a standstill when it comes to progress, including the lack of trust in institutions and a need for an abundance agenda. Follow Derek on Twitter, @DKThomp. Scott opens by discussing potential business opportunities for WhatsApp. He then shares his thoughts on Buzzfeed’s decision to use OpenAi to create content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/21/202350 minutes, 21 seconds
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Elon’s Timeline Takeover, Bing’s AI Freakout, and the Sordid Affairs of Sumner Redstone

A week of surprising resignations: the FTC’s lone Republican commissioner announced her departure in the Wall Street Journal, and Scotland’s First Minister will step down after drama around a transgender prisoner. Also, the US and China practice electric car diplomacy, and Elon Musk *really* wants you to read his tweets. Friends of Pivot James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams discuss their book, Unscripted, about the scandalous last years of Sumner Redstone. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Check out Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy and follow James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/17/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 17 seconds
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UFOs, The State of Tech, and Guest Lakshmi Rengarajan

Kara and Scott talk Super Bowl ads and legacy blue check wars. And what on Earth (or Mars?) is the deal with all of these UFOs? Plus, the state of Big Tech: the layoffs, the opportunities, the A.I. Also, Friend of Pivot and co-host of Land of the Giants, Lakshmi Rengarajan joins to dicuss all things dating. You can hear more from Lakshmi on Land of the Giants and Paired by the People. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/14/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 9 seconds
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AI Blunders, The GOP Cries Censorship, and Adam Neumann’s Comeback

Kara and Scott discuss the latest changes at Disney, including layoffs, and the expensive mistake made by Google's chatbot. Also in the mix: Adam Neumann is back, and has invented apartments! Plus, how did that Republicans hearing with the former Twitter execs go? The Dawg and Jungle Cat have thoughts. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/10/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
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Balloon-Gate, The AI Arms Race, and Guest Jerry Saltz

Kara and Scott discuss Google's newest effort to compete with ChatGPT, the Koch network's anti-Trump efforts, and the latest on Elon Musk’s many legal battles. Plus, of course, the fallout from the Chinese balloon. Then, they’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Jerry Saltz to discuss the state of art world. You can find Jerry on Twitter at @jerrysaltz and can get his book here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/7/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 52 seconds
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Meta Shakes Off the FTC, and AAG Jonathan Kanter takes on Google

The Fed eases up on the brakes, Elon Musk looks for new ways to monetize Twitter, and Snap has another rough quarter. Also: Meta may have prevailed in a fight with the FTC. Today’s Friend of Pivot is Jonathan Kanter, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the DOJ. He stops by to discuss Google, antitrust, and his agency's fight against monopolies. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/3/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 28 seconds
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Sick Day! Tinder Changed the Game - from Land of the Giants: Dating Games

Today Kara’s out sick and we’re sharing an episode of Land of the Giants. When Tinder launched in 2012, it changed dating culture and our expectations around dating forever by leveraging the iPhone and gamifying the dating experience. But did the rise of dating apps make finding romance easier or harder, and what are the consequences of playing a game that never ends? Subscribe to Land of the Giants to get new episodes every Wednesday. If you miss Scott and Kara you can hear them on their other podcasts. Check out Scott’s recent Prof G episode on the markets. And listen to an episode of On with Kara Swisher where Nayeema grills Kara about her looong relationship grilling Mark Zuckerberg on Apple or Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/31/202338 minutes, 23 seconds
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Trump is Back on Meta, The DOJ Sues Google, and No More Murdoch Merger

Kara and Scott discuss the Bad Blood between the Senate Judiciary Committee and Live Nation, Walmart giving workers a raise, and the cancelled Murdoch merger of Fox and News Corp. Also, will you see more covfefe in your feeds? Trump is back on Facebook and Instagram. Plus, the DOJ is suing Google over its dominance in digital advertising: what took them so long? Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/27/202351 minutes, 35 seconds
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Netflix Shakeup, More Tech Layoffs, and Guest Cory Doctorow

Biden will get a new Chief of Staff, the U.S. Attorney has questions for Amazon, and Elon takes the stand. Over at Netflix: strong subscriber growth, and Reed Hastings is out as Co-CEO. And of course, more layoffs. Then we’re joined by Friend of Pivot Cory Doctorow on his new book, “Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We’ll Win Them Back.” Cory is on Twitter at @doctorow and you can find his book here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/24/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 31 seconds
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Microsoft's Hard Landing, Bitcoin Bounces Back, and Inside Twitter with Zoe Schiffer

Kara and Scott discuss Microsoft layoffs, cryptocurrency’s surprising recovery, and Jacinda Ardern’s resignation. Plus, someone bought a Twitter bird statue for $100k, and it wasn’t Kara. Friend of Pivot Zoë Schiffer (@zoeschiffer) joins to discuss all of her recent Twitter reporting, including the work that went in to this week’s major New York Magazine story, which you can read here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/20/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 1 second
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Live from London: Recession Calling?

Kara and Scott visit London's "new Palo Alto" for a live discussion on Tim Cook's pay cut, Prince Harry's memoir "Spare," and what European regulation means for social media users. Also, banking's biggest Eeyore softens his predictions for a 2023 recession, while Britain takes another step towards Brexit. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/18/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 50 seconds
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Live from DLD: Microsoft's AI Future and the FAA Meltdown

At Munich's Digital-Life-Design conference, Kara and Scott unpack EU tech regulations, Tesla's many challenges (including Twitter), and OpenAI's future in Microsoft products. Also, what the latest airline meltdown says about US infrastructure. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/13/202352 minutes, 41 seconds
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The New McCarthy Era, A.I. on the Rise, and Guest Mike Allen

Kara and Scott are back together! They discuss the new power balance in Congress, how A.I. will and won't transform, and a potential ban on non-compete clauses. Plus, Jack Ma will give up control of Ant Group, and echoes of January 6th in Brazil. Today's Friend of Pivot is Mike Allen of Axios, who stops by to chat about his new book, “Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less,” and the changing landscape of the news business. You can find Mike Allen on Twitter at @MikeAllen and can find Smart Brevity here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/10/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds
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House Arrest, Meta Fined Over Fine Print, and More...with Audie Cornish

CNN's Audie Cornish joins Kara as guest co-host with plenty to cover: the Republican disarray in the Speaker of the House vote, the E.U. fining Meta for privacy violations, and Twitter allowing political advertising back on the platform. Also, Donald Trump could get his Facebook account back, and Elon Musk’s year is off to a rough start. Plus, SBF’s former allies are cooperating, and tech layoffs continue. You can find Audie on Twitter at @AudieCornish, and can listen to her podcast “The Assignment with Audie Cornish” wherever you listen to podcasts. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/6/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 49 seconds
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State of Play: Inflation, Recession Signals, and the Housing Market — with Mark Zandi - The Prof G Pod

Today we're sharing an episode of The Prof G Pod, Scott Galloway's other favorite podcast. Enjoy! Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Analytics joins to discuss the economy, including geopolitical uncertainty, the housing market, and why he’s not all that concerned about a possible recession. Follow Mark on Twitter, @Markzandi. Scott opens with his thoughts on investing in Chinese stocks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/3/202341 minutes, 50 seconds
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Elon Musk: Somebody That I Used to Know - On with Kara Swisher

Today we're sharing an episode of On with Kara Swisher - her other favorite podcat. Elon Musk is a puzzle, but if there’s anyone who can make sense of him it’s Kara Swisher. She’s covered him since the late 90s – back in her early days as a beat reporter at the Wall Street Journal and she’s had many in-depth interviews and exchanges with the tech titan since, perhaps more than any other reporter. She’s also covered Elon’s latest fiefdom, Twitter, before it even was Twitter. So today we turn the tables, and Kara Swisher is “On” with Nayeema Raza. We’ll unpack how Elon became Elon, why Kara came to believe he was one of the greatest visionaries in Silicon Valley, when exactly she soured on him — and why she still holds out some hope. You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter @karaswisher and @nayeema. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/30/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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Elon, SBF, AI and What the Hell is Up in Tech? - On with Kara Swisher

Enjoy this episode of On with Kara Swisher! From the high speed train wreck at Twitter to the extradition of a fallen crypto kingpin and an AI that can rewrite your dating profile, there’s a lot happening in tech right now. Today, Nayeema moderates a conversation with Kara Swisher and Casey Newton, the tech reporter who runs the Platformer substack. They break down the biggest stories of 2022. And they look at what lies ahead in 2023. Will there be less billionaire grift? Is this the year that AI takes your job? And, ok Google, could this be the year of revenge for Bing?  This conversation was taped in front of a live audience at Manny’s in San Francisco.  You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter @karaswisher and @nayeema. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/27/202256 minutes, 34 seconds
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2022: Pivot's Year in Review

We're looking back at the BIGGEST stories of the year. And what a year! When 2022 began, Russia enjoyed somewhat normal relations with the West, many Covid measures were still in place, Queen Elizabeth II reigned, and Big Tech was entering a second decade of economic dominance. Nothing lasts forever. Also: Kara and Scott's best brags, insults, and wins for the year. Happy 2023! Eat it, 2022! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/23/202254 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Future of Antitrust, Bitcoin, DWAC, and more

Kara and Scott look back on a year of predictions. What did they get right? What did Elon ruin? We’ll tally up the wins and losses around super-acquisitions, metaverse real estate, Trump’s SPAC, and, or course, Twitter. Also, friends of Pivot weigh in with their own predictions about augmented reality, privacy, and more. Send in your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/20/202249 minutes, 1 second
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Microsoft Takeovers, the World's Richest Person, and Jack Dorsey's Legacy

Kara and Scott open the ol' listener mailbag to answer queries about LinkedIn etiquette, Microsoft products, and why Jack Dorsey is the best CEO ever. Also, a Pivot listener may have saved someone's life. Want to hear your own question on the show? Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/16/202248 minutes, 29 seconds
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The FTC Sues Microsoft and Twitter Blue is Back

Shortly after we recorded this episode, Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested in the Bahamas. Don't worry, the takes in here are still fresh. The Respect for Marriage Act is headed to President Biden’s desk, and Sam Bankman-Fried will appear before the House Committee on Financial Services... actually, maybe not. Also, Twitter Blue is making a return, and the FTC has sued to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. Then, a spirited listener voicemail on Kara and Scott’s discussions about Twitter. We’ll be back with a Listener Mail episode on Friday! Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/13/202247 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Growing U.S.-China Divide, Senate's Journalism Bill is DOA, and Congressman Ro Khanna

Twitter ads are showing up on white nationalist profiles, and some big names exit Salesforce. Also, Congress killed the Journalism and Competition Preservation Act, and the divide between the U.S. and China is growing in the tech industry. Plus, Sunny Balwani has been sentenced, and Britney Griner is free. Kara and Scott are joined by Friend of Pivot, Congressman Ro Khanna about the Twitter Files, and his emails. You can find Congressman Ro Khanna at @RoKhanna on Twitter. We’re nominated for a Signal Award for Best Co-Host Team! You can vote for us here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/9/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Twitter Files, How to Make Good Business Decisions, and Guest Maria Ressa

In another big week for content moderation, internal Twitter emails detailing the decision to block the Hunter Biden laptop story were released, and Ye was suspended from Twitter. Then, welcome to Prof G University: Scott helps us understand how to make good business decisions for stakeholders. Plus, The DOJ wants an independent review into FTX’s bankruptcy, Tim Cook is on damage control on Capitol Hill, and Trump wants to flush the constitution down the toilet. Then, we’re joined by our Friend of Pivot, Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa, to talk about democracy and dictatorship. Maria’s new book, “How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight For Our Future,” is out now. You can find Maria on Twitter at @mariaressa. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/6/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 50 seconds
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SBF’s Publicity Tour, Elon vs. Apple, and The Respect for Marriage Act

Elon Musk calls a truce with Tim Cook after picking a series of fights with Apple. Kara and Scott review Sam Bankman-Fried's publicity tour, and discuss the Senate's passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. Finally, this episode's listener question comes in via carrier pigeon. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/2/202256 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Excruciating Toll of Elon's Stunts

Guest host William D. Cohan joins Kara to discuss the latest developments in the Twitter saga: banned accounts will return! Apple could ban Twitter from the App Store! Elon drinks caffeine-free Diet Coke?! Also, protests in China could disrupt Apple. Friend of Pivot Anand Giridharadas joins to discuss his latest book, "The Persuaders," and how clear, concise messaging could help save democracy. Suggested reading: "Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon" by @williamcohan "The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy" by Anand Giridharadas. You can follow Anand at @anandwrites. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/29/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to Raise the Next Scott Galloway

Happy Thanksgiving! Kara and Scott take a break from the news to answer all your questions about raising happy, healthy, successful Pivot listeners. Between Covid, the economy, and the always-difficult work/life balance, modern parents face unprecedented challenges. Luckily, Pivot's here to answer the What, Whys, and Hows of parenting in the age of endless distraction. Send us your questions, parenting-related or otherwise! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/25/202259 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bob One Returns, Trump Can Tweet Again, and Guest Noam Bardin on Post News

Kara and Scott discuss Elon Musk’s latest moves, including letting Former President Trump back onto the Twitter. And Bob 1 has returned to replace Bob 2 at Disney. Also, Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to over 11 years, and Swifties are coming for Ticketmaster. Then, they’re joined by former Waze CEO Noam Bardin to discuss his newest endeavor, Post News, a social network with the goal of paying publishers. You can join Post News here: post.news Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/22/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 13 seconds
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Elon Bets It All, Apple Grows Out of China, and Guest Kate Klonick

Apple will source chips from a plant in Arizona, in a move to lower its dependence on Taiwan. Also, Chief Twit is still at it; this time with a hustle culture ultimatum for Twitter 2.0. Also, Facebook still won’t fact check politicians, including Donald Trump, and Yale and Harvard are done participating in the U.S. News and World Report. Kara and Scott speak with Friend of Pivot and Associate Professor at St. John’s University Law School, Kate Klonick about social media moderation. You can find Kate at @Klonick on Twitter. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/18/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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Deep Cuts at Twitter, FTX Hack, and Friend of Pivot Joe Coscarelli

Kara and Scott discuss the latest belt-tightening measures at Amazon and Disney and the latest round of the Apple v. Epic Games antitrust fight. Also, Twitter’s shrinking workforce, Musk v. Markey, and the mysterious hack that’s just one of FTX’s mounting problems. New York Times Culture Reporter Joe Coscarelli is our Friend of Pivot. He stops by to chat about his new book, Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story. You can follow Joe Coscarelli here. In Wins and Fails, Kara and Scott discuss. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Be sure to check out this episode of Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders, which explores the Marvel Cinematic Universe. AND...the latest episode of On with Kara Swisher is about Kara’s decades-long relationship with Elon Musk, why she had high hopes for him in the past, and why she’s disappointed now. Check it out here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/15/202258 minutes, 2 seconds
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Crypto Chaos, Meta Layoffs, Musk Mania, and Guest Jonathan Haidt

Kara and Scott dissect what the FTX meltdown means for cryptocurrency, Meta's layoffs, and how the midterms might impact big tech. Friend of Pivot Jonathan Haidt stops by to talk about the impacts of social media on teens and society. And hours after our regular taping, we dragged Scott out of a fancy London bar to record an updated reaction to the latest Twitter news: Elon Musk was warning of a possible Twitter bankruptcy, while top executives were jumping ship. You can check out more of Jonathan Haidt's work here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/11/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 27 seconds
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Parody Accounts on Twitter, Peak Layoff Season, and Tech Monopolies

Kara and Scott question Elon Musk's sense of humor after he bans comedian Kathy Griffin (and others who spoofed his account) over the weekend. They also talk about the layoff trend in the tech industry, as Meta reportedly prepares for a massive reduction in its workforce this week. Friend of Pivot Matt Stoller stops by with reasons to be optimistic about the fight against corporate monopolies. You can follow Matt Stoller at @matthewstoller, and subscribe to his substack, BIG, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/8/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 18 seconds
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More Twitter Drama, Amazon Post-Pandemic, and Guest Jon Favreau on the Midterms

Kara is joined by guest host Kai Ryssdal, Host and Senior Editor of Marketplace! They discuss the latest dispatches from Elon Musk’s Twitter, from layoffs to subscription plans. Also, Amazon’s new post-pandemic reality, and the Fed’s latest interest rate hike. Friend of Pivot Jon Favreau stops by to break down what’s to come in the midterms. You can find Kai on Twitter at @kairyssdal, and Jon at @jonfavs. If you want to get involved in the last days before the midterms, visit VoteSaveAmerica.com. You can listen to Kara’s new show, On with Kara Swisher, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/4/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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Chief Twit, Apple’s Earnings, and Guest Margaret Sullivan

From a misinformation scandal to a so-called trolling campaign, Kara and Scott discuss the first few days of Elon Musk's Twitter. Also, Apple beat earnings expectations, but how long can it depend on iPhone sales? Mark Zuckerberg will testify in a case brought by the FTC, and Lula da Silva takes back the Brazilian presidency. Friend of Pivot Margaret Sullivan talks about the state of journalism and her new book, Newsroom Confidential. You can find Margaret on Twitter at @Sulliview and Newsroom Confidential here. Kara’s interview with John Legend will be up soon on On with Kara Swisher - click here to follow the show feed and hear that interview when it’s released. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/1/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 39 seconds
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Twitter’s Future, Big Tech’s Bad Earnings, and Adidas and Ye

Kara and Scott discuss the headwinds Elon Musk and Twitter employees will face, as well as disappointing earnings reports for big tech. Warner Bros. Discovery will pay $1 billion to downsize, and Adidas has terminated its partnership with Ye. Then, a listener question for (specifically) Kara. *Note: This episode was recorded on Thursday morning and reflects the news at that time. You can listen to Kara’s new show, On with Kara Swisher, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/28/202251 minutes, 25 seconds
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Republicans v. Google, Musk’s Twitter Plans, and Guest Dahlia Lithwick

Elon Musk wants to layoff 75% of Twitter’s staff, and Republicans are suing Google. Amazon's getting in to home insurance, while Apple's getting in to home security. Friend of Pivot Dahlia Lithwick joins to discuss her book, “Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America,” and what the future holds for abortion rights. You can find Dahlia on Twitter at @Dahlialithwick and can find her book here. NEWS FLASH: Kara’s Twitter spaces on WTF is happening in England and about the rise of the right can be found in the feed for her new podcast, On with Kara Swisher, along with her interview with Nouriel Rabini. Send us your parenting questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/25/202259 minutes, 29 seconds
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Netflix Breaks a Losing Streak, Zuck Swipes at iMessages, and Guest Ben Smith of Semafor

Netflix beat estimates for Q3 and added two million subscribers. Meta has Super-App dreams for WhatsApp, and Mark Zuckerberg is ready to take on iMessage. Plus, Twitter freezes employees' stock accounts, and an activist investor grabs a significant stake in Salesforce. Friend of Pivot Ben Smith joins Kara and Scott to talk about the state of media, and the launch of his news platform, Semafor. You can find Ben on Twitter at @semaforben, and Semafor at semafor.com. You can listen to Kara’s new show, On with Kara Swisher, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/21/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ye's Parlay, Rupert's Reunion, and Guest Anne Applebaum

It’s been a big week in right wing media: Kanye’s buying Parler, Murdoch may re-merge Fox and News Corp, and whistleblowers are getting fired at Truth Social. Plus, Musk is under federal investigation, stemming from his attempt to buy Twitter. Also, Apple’s mixed reality headset will scan irises, Netflix’s ad-supported tier will launch November 3rd, and in Big Grocery news, Kroger has agreed to buy Albertsons. Author and historian Anne Applebaum joins to discuss the latest in Ukraine and Russia. You can find Anne at @anneapplebaum on Twitter. You can listen to Kara’s new show, On with Kara Swisher, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/18/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 50 seconds
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Elon and Russia, the Metaverse, the Economy, and Alex Jones

Elon Musk pushes back against reports that he had conversations with Putin, but Kara and Scott aren't having it. They also discuss Meta's new hardware and what it means for the company's overall strategy. Plus, the latest on the economy, and the $965 million Alex Jones owes Sandy Hook families. You can listen to Kara’s new show, On with Kara Swisher, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/14/202251 minutes, 22 seconds
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On with Kara Swisher: Maggie Haberman Makes Sense of Donald Trump

Hey Pivot listeners! The Pivot team is off for the Monday holiday, so instead of your regularly-scheduled episode, you're getting an exciting surprise: an episode of our sister podcast, On with Kara Swisher! You're welcome, and we'll be back on Friday with more Pivot! Donald Trump has said journalist Maggie Haberman is like his “psychiatrist” — a remark she dismisses as a meaningless and failed attempt at flattery. Yet Haberman does have a deep understanding of what makes the former president tick, cultivated through years of covering City Hall in New York City and then Donald J. Trump for The New York Times. Her recent book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” tells Trump’s origin story and chronicles his unexpected takeover of the Republican party and his consolidation of power in Washington. “He’s not a political genius,” Haberman tells Kara, “he is a genius about human emotions and a certain darkness in what animates people.” So will Trump run again in 2024? Haberman says that “he’s backed himself into a corner where he has to,” but she’s not sure whether she'll be covering him. Before the interview, Kara and Nayeema talk about the newsmakers: Elon Musk’s about-face on the Twitter deal and Peter Thiel’s financing foray into key Senate races and ... a conservative dating app. Don't forget to follow and subscribe to On with Kara Swisher here! You can find Kara and Nayeema on Twitter @karaswisher and @nayeema. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/20221 hour, 16 seconds
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Elon and Twitter's Wild Ride, Q3 Wins and Fails, and OPEC

Kara and Scott give us a break down of the biggest themes of Q3, and wins and fails of the quarter. And of course, the latest with Elon and Twitter. Also, Amazon won’t make any new hires for the rest of the year, Uber’s former Security Chief has been convicted of obstructing justice, and OPEC voted to decrease oil production. A listener asks Kara and Scott to reveal their (news) sources. *NOTE: This episode was recorded on Thursday morning and reflects news at the time. You can listen to Kara’s new show, On with Kara Swisher, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/7/20221 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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Emergency Bonus Episode: Now Elon's Really Ready to Buy Twitter at $54.20

Kara and Scott are ready with the hot takes in reaction to the breaking news that Elon Musk has revived his offer to buy the social media company. They discuss everything from his possible motivations, to the financial and political implications, to whether Scott will lose his blue check mark. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/4/202224 minutes, 20 seconds
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Elon’s Texts, TikTok’s Wins and Fails in Europe, and Guest Gabriel Debenedetti

So many Elon texts. Kara and Scott discuss A-listers’ conversations with Musk, and TikTok’s wins and losses in Europe. Also, Liz Truss’s reversal on tax cuts for the wealthy, and Kim Kardashian’s crypto trouble with the SEC. Then, we’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Gabriel Debenedetti about his new book on the relationship between Joe Biden and Barack Obama. You can find Gabriel on Twitter at @gdebenedetti, and you can buy The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama here. You can listen to Kara’s new show, On with Kara Swisher, here. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/4/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 33 seconds
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Oprah and Apple End Deal, 'Dahmer' Sets Records, Advertisers Flee Twitter, and More

Oprah and Apple TV cut the cord on their deal while Netflix's Dahmer series breaks records. Kara and Scott discuss what it all means for the streaming industry. Also, Apple rolls back iPhone production while Amazon rolls out new hardware. Advertisers blast Twitter after ads appear next to child abuse content, and Elon Musk and Parag Argawal’s depositions have been delayed. Plus, Italy’s recent turn to the far right. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. We’d really appreciate your feedback to help us understand who's listening. That’s why we’d like your help planning for our future by filling out a short survey at vox.com/podsurvey. Thank you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/30/202249 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Legacy of Steve Jobs, at Code 2022

Tim Cook, Sir Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs unpack the life and work of Steve Jobs, the legendary Apple co-founder who changed consumer technology forever. Jobs was a regular guest at Code conferences, appearing at the first All Things D in 2003. Over the years on the Code stage, he predicted the end of the PC era, bantered with his arch-rival Bill Gates, and famously denied— and later teased— plans for the iPhone. Now, he’s remembered by three luminaries who knew him best: Cook, his protege and successor; Ives, who translated his ideas into iconic designs; and Powell Jobs, founder of Emerson Collective and Jobs’ wife of 20 years, until his death in 2011. Recorded September 7, 2022 in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/28/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 5 seconds
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Market Mayhem, Iran Protests, and Guest Jessica Yellin

Kara and Scott discuss the growing protests in Iran, and what dramatic market declines mean for the future. They also chat about Elon's pre-trial deposition in Delaware, and how Meta allegedly bypassed Apple’s tracking transparency policy. Then, Friend of Pivot Jessica Yellin joins to discuss the neutral news trend, and her independent media company, News Not Noise. You can find Jessica on Twitter and Instagram at @jessicayellin. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/27/202257 minutes, 48 seconds
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Jen Psaki at Code 2022

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks with Kara Swisher at Code 2022. They discuss Psaki's new career at MSNBC, the state of news, and her time in the White House. Recorded on September 8th in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/24/202238 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Future of Crypto, SPACs, and Trump's Legal Troubles

The Biden administration makes a full-court press at crypto. Could a digital dollar be next? Also, the FTC wants the dirt on the Amazon/Roomba deal. Trump says he can use the power of thought to declassify documents, but there's one thing he didn't think of: a new lawsuit from NY's Attorney General. Kara and Scott take a listener question about prioritizing your career and your clients. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/23/20221 hour, 37 seconds
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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy at Code 2022

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy speaks with Kara Swisher at Code 2022. Kara and Andy discuss his thoughts on unionization, returning to the office, higher wages, and tech legislation. Recorded on September 7th in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/21/202259 minutes, 28 seconds
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States vs. Social Media, Adobe Acquires Figma, and Guest Marta Tellado

Kara and Scott discuss the impacts of a Texas social media law, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bill to protect children’s data. Also, Adobe acquired Figma. Plus, a mega stock crash at Meta, a bizarre harassment case for eBay, and Russian troll’s impact on the Women’s March. Friend of Pivot, Marta Tellado, stops by to talk about her new book, “Buyer Aware: Harnessing Our Consumer Power for a Safe, Fair, and Transparent Marketplace.” You can find Marta on Twitter at @MLTellado. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/20/202256 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bob Iger at Code 2022

Bob Iger, the former CEO and Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, speaks with Kara Swisher at Code 2022. Kara and Bob discuss the winners and losers in the streaming wars, the future of movies, that time he almost bought Twitter, and what he’s up to in retirement. Recorded on September 6 in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/17/202247 minutes, 10 seconds
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Big Tech Testifies, California v. Amazon, and Patagonia for the Climate

It’s a big week on the Hill for tech companies. Kara and Scott discuss the testimonies of TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas and Twitter whistleblower, “Mudge.” Also, California’s Attorney General sued Amazon, Patagonia’s founder is giving the company away to help fight the climate crisis, and Kara's fired up about Link Rot. Plus, you'll want to stick around for our spiciest listener question yet. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/16/202254 minutes, 25 seconds
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Frances Haugen at Code 2022

Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who turned over a trove of documents known as the Facebook Files, speaks with Kara Swisher and Casey Newton at Code 2022. What was the impact of Haugen’s disclosure, and what does she still wish to see? And, ultimately, was it worth it? Recorded on September 6 in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/14/202238 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Twitter Whistleblower, A Potential Saudi Vice Deal, and Guest Mark Bergen

Kara and Scott are back to discuss the demise of a journalism antitrust bill, as well as a potential deal between Vice and a Saudi media giant. Also, Twitter says payments to a whistleblower shouldn't affect its deal with Elon Musk. Then, Friend of Pivot Mark Bergen chats about his new book, “Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination.” Plus, Scott was on Bill Maher! You can read the statement we mentioned from Little People of America here. Mark Bergen is on Twitter at @mhbergen. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/13/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds
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Snap Inc.'s Evan Spiegel at Code 2022

2022 has been a difficult year for Snap, Inc. Shortly after announcing layoffs, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sat down with Kara and Scott to discuss the challenges facing his company, and why he thinks they can be overcome. Recorded on September 7 at Code 2022 in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/10/202237 minutes, 22 seconds
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Queen Elizabeth, Code 2022, and Return of the Dawg!

Scott Galloway is back! He joins Kara at Code 2022, where they spent the week interviewing the biggest names in tech (and some presidential hopefuls) about everything from regulation to TikTok to the legacy of Steve Jobs. It was busy week: Senator Amy Klobuchar and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy make their cases for and against antitrust bills. Former Disney CEO Bob Iger may have just opened himself to a subpoena from Elon Musk. And Tim Cook had a beautifully simple solution to the phone wars. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT or go to nymag.com/pivot. --- A previous version of this episode included regrettable language to describe little people, or people with dwarfism. It has been removed, and in our next episode we will read and respond to a listener e-mail on the topic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/9/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 41 seconds
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Land of the Giants: The Facebook Election

Today, we're sharing a special episode from Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption. To listen to the full series from episode one, Follow Land of the Giants to get new episodes every Wednesday. https://podcasts.voxmedia.com/show/land-of-the-giants Facebook used to brag about how its tools helped politicians swing elections. Now, the platform’s relationship to politics is much more complicated. Today: the story of how one politician, again and again, forced Zuckerberg to confront his own role in democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/6/202232 minutes, 23 seconds
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Trump’s Top Secret Photo, Snap Layoffs, and more with George Hahn

George Hahn is back for our final Scott-Free August episode! Kara and George discuss Twitter's big changes (hello, Edit Button!), Snap’s disappearing staffers, and a photo shoot that may have laid Trump's secrets bare. Also, Elon Musk subpoenaed the Twitter whistleblower. Dr. Jeffrey Swisher joins to talk about long COVID, Monkeypox, and Kara's first cigarette. You can find George on Twitter at @georgehahn, and Jeffrey at @jeffreyswisher. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/2/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Fed’s Dire Warning, Apple's Legal Headache, and Guest Kevin Delaney

Today’s co-host is William D. Cohan! He and Kara discuss a dire warning from the Fed, and a potential antitrust case against Apple. Plus, Truth Social is struggling, and the @WhiteHouse Twitter is getting feisty. Charter's Kevin Delaney joins to discuss the future of work. You can find William on Twitter at @WilliamCohan, and Kevin at @delaney .Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/30/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 18 seconds
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Twitter's Whistleblower and Biden's Debt Jubilee, with Sam Sanders

Sam Sanders (of Vulture's podcast "Into It") joins Kara to discuss the politics of Yellowstone, the return of MoviePass, and HBO's big win with "House of the Dragon." Also, President Biden makes a big move on student loan debt, and a whistleblower says Twitter isn't safe. Plus, a listener question about nostalgia. Check out "Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders" here. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/26/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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Social Media Bad Guys, Mar-a-Lago Mania, and Co-Host Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky co-hosts Pivot! She and Kara discuss Andrew Tate's ban from Meta and TikTok, Dan Price's exit from Gravity Payments amid assault allegations, and the latest in the Trump investigation. Also, CNN axes Brian Stelter and “Reliable Sources," and the Finnish Prime Minister’s party fallout. Then, a listener question on social media regulation. You can find Monica on Twitter at @MonicaLewinsky. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/23/202255 minutes, 57 seconds
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Adam Neumann's Return, Climate Change Tech, and More with Molly Wood

Guest host Molly Wood joins Kara to discuss how social media platforms are preparing for the midterm elections, Elon Musk's Republican pajama party, and whether there's a capitalist solution to climate change. Also, an infamous ex-WeWork CEO gets a second chance... and $350 million. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/19/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 10 seconds
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Salman Rushdie Recovers, Republicans vs. the FBI, and Guest Ken Burns

Roxane Gay joins Kara as guest co-host! They discuss the growing threats of violence following the FBI’s search of Mar-A-Lago and Salman Rushdie's recovery after his on-stage attack. Also, Amazon turns surveillance into reality TV, and Al Franken endorses Liz Cheney. Friend of Pivot Ken Burns discusses his latest work, “The U.S. and the Holocaust.” You can find Roxane on Twitter at @rgay, and listen to "The Roxane Gay Agenda". “The U.S. and the Holocaust” premieres September 18th on PBS. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/16/202256 minutes, 12 seconds
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Trump Pleads the Fifth, Privacy Post-Roe, and Elon Dumps More Tesla For Twitter

Judd Apatow is Kara’s guest co-host! They discuss what the Fifth Amendment means to Donald Trump, the use of private Facebook messages in a Nebraska abortion case and Disney’s subscriber numbers. Also, Elon Musk sold more Tesla stock, and a listener question on working with your spouse. Judd’s new movie, BROS is out September 30th. George Carlin’s American Dream is nominated for 5 Emmys, and voting is open now! Apply to work for Kara’s new podcast here.  Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/12/202253 minutes, 9 seconds
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A Landmark Climate Bill, Alex Jones Owes, and Guest Isaac Fitzgerald

Kara’s co-host for this episode is the one and only Sean Hayes! They discuss the Alex Jones verdict awarding more than $45 million to the parents of a Sandy Hook victim, and the Senate passing a landmark climate, health, and tax bill. Plus, people are paying big money to be podcast guests, HBO Max and Discovery+ are merging, and theaters are making a comeback. Then, they’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Isaac Fitzgerald to talk about his memoir, “Dirtbag, Massachusetts.” Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/9/20221 hour, 1 minute, 34 seconds
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Primary Results, An Abortion Win in Kansas, and Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip

Kara is joined by co-host Lis Smith! They discuss this week’s primary results and Kansas voting to uphold the right to abortion. Also, Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, and Twitter subpoenas Musk allies. And, though it is indeed Scott-Free August….some dick jokes. You can find Lis’s book, “Any Given Tuesday,” here. Send us your questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/5/202257 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Missing January 6th Texts, Sinema’s Disruption, and Guest Sari Horwitz on the Opioid Industry

Scott-Free August is here, and comedian Kathy Griffin is Kara’s first guest co-host! They discuss the missing Secret Service text messages, and whether Kyrsten Sinema will disrupt the Schumer-Manchin bill. Also, Alex Jones has filed for bankruptcy amidst a defamation trial, and celebrities love flying private. Then, we're joined by Friend of Pivot Sari Horwitz on her new book, “American Cartel: Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry.” You can find an excerpt of the book here, and can buy a copy here. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/2/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 43 seconds
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The DOJ’s Trump Investigation, Meta’s Revenue Drop, and Joe Manchin’s Deal

MSNBC’s Katy Tur is Scott's guest co-host on this episode! They discuss Meta’s first ever drop in revenue, and the backlash against Instagram's new design. Also, Trump is under investigation by the Justice Department, Verizon gives OAN the boot, and Sen. Joe Manchin's surprising deal. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/29/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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Liz Cheney's Next Move, a Massive Crypto Scam, Earnings, and More

Of course Kara and Scott will talk about the sex lives of tech leaders. But once that's out of their system, they'll discuss Q2 Earnings, whether the Jan. 6th committee will hear from Ginni Thomas, and salary transparency. Friend of Pivot Jamie Bartlett tells us about his book, "The Missing Cryptoqueen: The Billion Dollar Cryptocurrency Con and the Woman Who Got Away with It.” Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. You can follow Jamie at @JamieJBartlett and check out The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/26/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 55 seconds
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Amazon's Healthcare Move, Netflix Earnings, and More

Amazon's purchase of One Medical could disrupt the healthcare industry, maybe for the better, Kara and Scott discuss stock gains for Netflix and Tesla, and whether Biden's executive actions on climate change are executive enough. Plus, a listener question on changing careers. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/22/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 2 seconds
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Microsoft & Netflix are BFFs, Delaware Showdown, and Sperm Donors

Elon Musk doesn't want to go to Delaware anytime soon. Adam Neumann's new blockchain venture isn't bearing fruit. "Normal Family" author Chrysta Bilton tells Scott and Kara about IVF, DNA tests, and her prolific sperm donor father, who produced more than 40 children. Send us your questions! Call 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/19/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 24 seconds
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Everyone’s Favorite Legal Battle, and So Much Inflation

Kara and Scott discuss inflation being at a 41 year high, and predict what's to come in the showdown at the Delaware Chancery Court between Twitter and Elon Musk. Also, the newest revelations from the January 6th hearings, Governor Newsom takes on gun manufacturers, and crypto lender Celsius files for bankruptcy. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/15/202257 minutes, 6 seconds
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Twitter and Elon Head to Court, The Uber Files, and Guest Mark Leibovich

Kara and Scott discuss Elon Musk and Twitter gearing up for a court battle, the initial revelations from The Uber Files, and Klarna’s slashed valuation.  They also debate the ethics of a liberal group offering bounties for Supreme Court Justice sightings. Then, they’re joined by Friend of Pivot Mark Leibovich to discuss his new book, “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVITUDE: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Price of Submission.” You can find Mark on Twitter at @MarkLeibovich and you can buy his book here. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/12/202259 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Elon is Done with Twitter

Breaking news: Elon Musk has informed Twitter that he is terminating his $44 billion dollar deal. Kara and Scott have a few things to say, and a few (correct) predictions to flash back to. We'll be back on Tuesday with a regular episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/9/202221 minutes, 23 seconds
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Twitter’s Suing the Government of India and Yet Another Mass Shooting in America

Kara and Scott discuss Twitter alleging the Government of India abused their power, and more Government vs. Tech news. And there was yet again, another mass shooting in America. Plus, Boris Johnson will Brexit, and he’s not the only one with secret children. Also, Biden and Bezos have beef, and Gavin Newsom is coming for Ron DeSantis. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/8/202253 minutes, 42 seconds
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Twitter, Layoffs, and Streaming: Pivot's Q2 Quarterly Review

Kara and Scott are back with a Quarterly Review, to see how our predictions from the past quarter have held up. We'll also get some predictions for the next quarter from Friends of Pivot, including Preet Bharara, host of Stay Tuned with Preet, Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-Founder and CEO of Yelp, Edward Ongweso Jr. of Vice’s Motherboard, and Cecilia Kang of The New York Times. You can find Preet on Twitter at @PreetBharara, Jeremy at @jeremys, Edward at @bigblackjacobin, and Cecilia at @ceciliakang. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/5/202238 minutes, 43 seconds
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Corporations Adapt Post-Roe, Disney’s Bob Chapek is Here to Stay, and Cassidy Hutchinson’s Testimony

Kara and Scott take a look at how corporations are adapting to a post-Roe world, including Facebook blocking abortion content, and major pharmacies limiting the sale of Plan B. Also, Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s contract was extended and Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann is stepping down. Plus, Cassidy Hutchinson’s blockbuster testimony and Snapchat’s subscription service. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/1/20221 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Post-Roe America: Politics, Privacy, and the Court

Kara talks to three experts about the fallout from Dobbs v Jackson. First, Irin Carmon, Senior Correspondent at New York Magazine, joins to discuss the immediate impact on the front lines, Then, Amy Kapczynski, Professor of Law at Yale Law School, walks us through what may be next for SCOTUS. Finally, Evan Greer, Director of Fight for the Future, joins to discuss the fallout for tech and privacy. You can find Irin at @irin on Twitter, Amy at @akapczynski, and Evan at @evan_greer. Amy’s blog can be found here, and New York Magazine’s Abortion Guide can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/28/202253 minutes, 11 seconds
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TikTok's China Problem, Kellogg's Snack Attack, and MSNBC'S Katy Tur

Twitter's board gives Elon's bid the go-ahead, the Obamas ditch Spotify for Amazon, and TikTok denies that it's sending data to China, even as reporting says otherwise. Kara and Scott speak with MSNBC's Katy Tur about cable news, Trump, and her new memoir, Rough Draft. Katy Tur is on Twitter at @KatyTurNBC. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa at nymag.com/pivot. *An earlier version of the episode referred to Vanessa Pappas as the CEO of TikTok. She is the COO. We regret the error. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/24/20221 hour, 1 minute, 52 seconds
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Couples, Money, and the Future of Dating Apps

In Pivot’s first (and possibly last) dating-themed show, Kara and Scott discuss expert predictions on the future of dating apps, and listener questions about romance, finance, and personal marketing. You can find Logan Ury, Director of Relationship Science at Hinge, on Twitter at @loganury and Julia Naftulin, Health Reporter at Insider, at @jnaftulin. **Today’s show contains mature adult themes and is not intended for younger audience members. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/21/202248 minutes, 7 seconds
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Elon's Meet-and-Tweet, Microsoft's Union Deal, and Senator Michael Bennet

Netflix plays a Squid Game in real life, but the Fed may have already launched its own. The January 6 Committee gives tech a break, Microsoft reaches a deal with a union, and Elon Musk meets with Twitter staffers to sing WeChat's praises. Also, Senator Michael Bennet drops in to discuss his plan for regulating Big Tech. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/17/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 9 seconds
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Will Netflix Buy Roku? Are You Ready for Antitrust Summer? And More.

Kara and Scott sounds off about the rumors of a Netflix-Roku deal. Also, the Senate could vote on two antitrust bills this month. And Meta is delaying its rollout of AR glasses. Friend of Pivot, David Gelles to discuss his new book on Jack Welch, "The Man Who Broke Capitalism."You can find David’s book here. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/14/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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Apple’s Buy-Now-Pay-Later, Texas’ Twitter Investigation, and Buzzfeed’s Stock Drop

Kara and Scott discuss Apple getting into the Buy-Now-Pay-Later game, and Texas announcing an investigation into the number of bots on Twitter. Also, Buzzfeed shares took a major tumble. Then, a listener question on whether ethical billionaires exist. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/10/202253 minutes, 44 seconds
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Elon Threatens to Walk, TikTok's Fave CPA, Krystal Todd, and more.

Surprise, surprise: Elon is threatening to walk away from the Twitter deal. We look ahead to the upcoming public hearings from the January 6th committee. Then, Kara and Scott are joined by Friend of Pivot, Krystal Todd, CPA, to discuss her financial literacy crusade on TikTok and YouTube. You can find Krystal on TikTok at @KrystalToddCPA and on her YouTube channel, The Cash Compass. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/7/20221 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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Sheryl Sandberg's Next Move

Elon Musk orders Tesla executives back to the office, Texas's social media law goes back on ice, and the FTC sets its sights on Amazon. Sheryl Sandberg announces she's leaving Meta (née Facebook). Kara and Scott predict what's next for tech's most famous COO. Send us your Listener Mail questions (especially if they're about dating!) by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/3/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ask Kara and Scott!

You send us great questions, and we owe you answers. On this episode, we open up the listener mailbag, fielding queries such as: What's the best way to change jobs? How does Kara prepare for her interviews? Why isn't Scott on Shark Tank? Plus, the dating advice you didn't know you needed...and more! Submit your Listener Mail questions for a future episode by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/31/202250 minutes, 48 seconds
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Judd Apatow, Texas, and Snap Inc.

Kara and Scott discuss the shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Also, Snap Inc.’s stock spiral, and Paypal and Klarna layoffs. Then, they’re joined by Friend of Pivot Judd Apatow to discuss the state of comedy, harnessing creativity, and his new documentary, George Carlin’s American Dream. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/27/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 28 seconds
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Just the SPACs, Ma'am

Apple pulls up roots in China, Facebook gives researchers access to some treasured data, and the SPAC market falters. Also, the S&P moves Tesla from the Nice to the Naughty list. Scott and Kara are joined by Pulitzer prize-winning author Matt Richtel for a conversation on creativity and a not-so-prize-winning song about sex. Matt Richtel's INSPIRED: Understanding Creativity: a Journey Through Art, Science, and the Soul is on sale now. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/24/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 59 seconds
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Billionaires Shouldn't Tweet, Netflix Layoffs, and Guest Rebecca Traister

Primary results are in! Aggrieved billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk can't stop tweeting at the government and Netflix laid off 150 full-time staffers. Also, ICE is watching you. Kara and Scott are joined by Friend of Pivot Rebecca Traister to discuss the impending end of Roe v. Wade. You can find Rebecca on Twitter at @rtraister. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this episode, we stated that Netflix cancelled its animated Matilda series, which was incorrect. In fact, Matilda is going back into development, but has not been cancelled. The streamer will also release a film version of Matilda the Musical later this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/20/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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Twitter's Lots of Bots, Netflix Isn't Joking With Employees

Disney+ gains subscribers in Q2, but winter may be coming. Kara and Scott discuss Twitter's bot problem, and what it could mean for Elon's takeover bid. Also, a listener question about AirBNB, and a prediction on the future of employment. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/17/202254 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Elon Pauses Twitter Bid

Elon Musk is putting his Twitter deal on hold. Who could have predicted this??? Kara and Scott have a few things to say. -- We'll be back on Tuesday with a regular episode of Pivot! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/13/202219 minutes, 2 seconds
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Thiel Thinks BlackRock is Woke, Tesla Stalls Out, and a Crypto Crash

Tesla halts production in Shanghai, Grindr flirts with going public, and Democrats get an edge at the FTC. Also, Peter Thiel sets his sights on BlackRock, because apparently it's too woke? Kara and Scott discuss the meltdown in cryptocurrencies and take a listener question about TikTok's management. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/13/20221 hour, 1 minute, 5 seconds
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Market Madness, The Latest on Roe, and Guest Kirsten Grind

Kara and Scott ponder the market slide and where its worst impacts will be felt, and discuss legal efforts to jump-start a Post-Roe society. Plus, Elon thinks he can quintuple Twitter’s revenue in the next six years, and Meta is going physical. Today's Friend of Pivot is Kirsten Grind, the co-author of of “Happy at Any Cost,” about former Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh. You can find Kirsten on Twitter at @KirstenGrind. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/10/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 27 seconds
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Can Corporations Plan for a Post-Roe World?

Roe v. Wade could be overturned. Kara and Scott discuss the implications for big business and beyond. Also, Uber and Lyft get a flat tire in their first quarter. What does that mean for the millennial lifestyle? And, Vice could go to pieces, and Elon's funding partners are revealed. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/6/202251 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tech Stock Slump, Staff Morale Down at the FTC, and Guest Tripp Mickle

Kara and Scott discuss Amazon missing its earnings target, employee morale at the FTC, and Warren Buffet’s latest comments on the stock market. Plus, the Correspondents Dinner is back and workers behind union drives at Amazon and Starbucks may get a White House visit. Then, we’re joined by Friend of Pivot, Tripp Mickle to discuss his book, “After Steve” about Apple post Steve Jobs. You can find Tripp on Twitter at @trippmickle and can order “After Steve” here. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/3/202259 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Latest Twitter Battle, What's Up With Tech Stocks, and Our Guest Is State Senator Mallory McMorrow

Kara and Scott discuss the fallout so far from Elon’s Twitter purchase, and some mixed news for big tech stocks. Also, Fidelity is throwing Bitcoin into 401Ks and Robinhood is cutting staff. Then, Friend of Pivot, State Senator Mallory McMorrow joins to talk about her viral response to accusations of “grooming.” You can find Senator McMorrow on Twitter at @MalloryMcMorrow. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/29/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 4 seconds
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Twitter! CNN+! Unions!

In the most Elon Musk move ever, the billionaire bought Twitter just 2 hours after we finished taping. But don’t worry, we did an emergency re-tape so you’d have our latest thoughts. Scott & Kara discuss the unprecedented buyout, as well as Scott's front row seat to the demise of CNN+. And as Amazon labor organizers make inroads in New York, Kim Kelly, author of Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor, joins us to talk about the past, present, and future of unions. Follow Kim Kelly at @GrimKim and find her book here. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/26/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 24 seconds
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Everyone's Watching NFLX, and Elon Says "Funding Secured"

Elon Musk says he's financed his Twitter bid to the tune of $46 billion. Netflix subscriber numbers dropped for the first time in over a decade, but is the market missing the bigger picture? Also, Governor Ron DeSantis won't be leading the Disney parade anytime soon. And, Kara and Scott take a listener question about the future of aging. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/22/202245 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Poison Pill, The State of Streaming and Guest William D. Cohan

Kara and Scott discuss the Twitter board's “poison pill” approach to fend of Elon’s bid. Friend of Pivot William D. Cohan joins to discuss whether or not Elon has the cash. Also, Alex Jones’ Info Wars has declared bankruptcy, and Tucker Carlson’s new documentary trailer is raising eyebrows... and other things, too. You can find William on Twitter at @WilliamCohan. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/19/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 48 seconds
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Is Elon's Offer Serious? Plus, Inflation, Astroturfing, and DAOs

The Elon and Twitter saga continues: Kara and Scott talk about Musk’s offer to buy all of Twitter for $43 billion. Also, inflation, price gouging vs supply and demand, and more trouble at the Texas border. Then, a listener question, and Wins and Fails. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/15/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 55 seconds
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Elon's Twitter Board Reversal, Warner Bros. and Discovery Merger, and Cathy O’Neil on Shame

Never mind: Elon's NOT joining the Twitter board after all. Kara and Scott discuss the Warner Media and Discovery deal closing. Plus, a strike at Etsy, and Saudi investments in Jared Kushner. Then, Kara is joined by Friend of Pivot and author of “The Shame Machine,” Cathy O’Neil. You can find Cathy on Twitter at @mathbabedotorg. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/12/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Has Musk Crossed a Red Line? Plus: Uber’s Superapp, and Career Advice for Grads

Stock buys, joining the board, edit buttons, polls: Kara and Scott Discuss everything Elon and Twitter. Also, Uber’s looking to create a superapp. Plus, a listener question on startup culture, and Wins and Fails. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/8/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 43 seconds
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Elon’s Twitter Buy, Urban Hellscapes, and Guest Dr. Laurie Santos

Kara is joined by co-host George Hahn today to discuss Elon Musk becoming Twitter's largest shareholder, Louis C.K.'s Grammy win, and urban crime trends. This episode's Friend of Pivot, Dr. Laurie Santos of The Happiness Lab to talk about the secret to living a happy life.Y ou can find George on Twitter at @georgehahn. You can find Dr. Laurie Santos hosting The Happiness Lab and on Twitter at @lauriesantos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/5/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 37 seconds
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Pivot Q1 Quarterly Review

Kara and Scott are back with Pivot’s Quarterly Review series. They take a look at Scott’s past predictions on Alibaba, Meme Stocks, and record entrepreneurship to see how they’ve held up. Then, they get some predictions from Friends of Pivot, including Ina Fried of Axios, journalist Nicole Perlroth, Rani Molla of Recode, and Matt Belloni of Puck. You can find Ina on Twitter at @inafried, Nicole at @nicoleperlroth, Rani at @ranimolla, and Matt at @MattBelloni. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/1/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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Oscars Reactions, Apple Subscriptions, and The Team Behind Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

Kara and Scott discuss new regulations for tech in Europe and Apple planning a subscription service. And of course, all the Oscars news. Then, they’re joined by Friends of Pivot, Executive Producers of Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, Brian Koppelman, David Levine, and Beth Schacter. You can watch Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber here. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/29/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 38 seconds
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Buzzfeed Layoffs, SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings, and MacKenzie Scott’s Donations

Kara and Scott discuss Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, layoffs at Buzzfeed, and a new social network from AARP. Also, Ben and Justin Smith announce the name of their new venture and more impressive donations from MacKenzie Scott. Then, a prediction on what’s to come for private companies across the U.S. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/25/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
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Disney Drama, Amazon Owns MGM, and Guest Kelly AuCoin

Kara and Scott talk about the latest drama at Disney, Amazon officially owning MGM, and some impressive download numbers for Crypto apps. Also, China produces more billionaires than any other country, but regulatory crackdowns there have led to tens of thousands of job cuts. Today's Friend of Pivot is Scott 2, aka actor Kelly AuCoin, who joins to talk about playing our Scott in WeCrashed on Apple TV. You can find Kelly on Twitter at @KellyAuCoin77. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/22/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 37 seconds
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Universities Cut Ties with Russia, Antitrust Action, and Guest Preet Bharara

Kara and Scott talk about universities cutting ties with Russia, this week's antitrust action against Amazon, and the Fed raising interest rates for the first time in three years. Also, Tesla prices are going up, and there's a big switch-up at Starbucks. Friend of Pivot Preet Bharara joins to discuss his upcoming live event, and more. You can find Preet on Twitter at @PreetBharara. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/18/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds
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More COVID Disruptions, Government Internet Carve-Ups, and Friend of Pivot, Dr. Vivek Murthy

Kara and Scott discuss the latest COVID-related supply chain interruptions in China, and Disney's pause on all political donations in Florida. Plus, governments are carving up the global internet. Friend of Pivot Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy joins to talk about misinformation and loneliness. You can find Dr. Murthy on Twitter at @Surgeon_General and @vivek_murthy. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/15/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 11 seconds
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Let's Say Gay, The U.S. Bans Russian Oil, and Guest Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Florida's “Don’t Say Gay” has impacts for Pivot. Kara and Scott discuss the U.S. ban on Russian oil, and Biden’s executive order on cryptocurrencies. Also, Elon just wants his Twitter freedom back. Friend of Pivot Jeffrey Sonnenfeld has been tracking all the companies that have left Russia... and the ones that have stayed. You can find Jeffrey on Twitter at @JeffSonnenfeld and can find his list here. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Recorded 3/10/2022. Since recording, Burger King and Uniqlo have updated their positions on Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/11/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 1 second
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Truth Social Sinks, More Russia Fallout for Big Tech, and Guest Elizabeth Williamson

Russia’s invasion has more impacts for Big Tech, including Facebook. Elon Musk wants a union vote, and Apple may have big surprises at today’s event. Also, Trump’s Truth Social does not have the largest audience ever. Guest Elizabeth Williamson joins to talk with Kara and Scott about her new book, “Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and The Battle for Truth.” You can find Elizabeth on Twitter at @NYTLiz. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/8/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Latest on Ukraine, A TikTok Investigation, and Guest Gal Beckerman

Kara and guest host Stephanie Ruhle discuss the latest developments in Ukraine, the Fed's plan to raise interest rates, and a new investigation of TikTok's effects on mental health. Plus, Friend of Pivot Gal Beckerman joins to discuss his new book, The Quiet Before: On The Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas. You can find Gal on Twitter at @galbeckerman. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/4/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 59 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE! Live from Pivot MIA: The Life Cycle of a Company with Prof. Aswath Damodaran

In one of the most popular presentations from Pivot MIA, Professor Aswath Damodoran of NYU's Stern School of Business compares the life cycle of a company to the stages of life of an actual human being. It’s the structure he uses to understand why companies do what they do, and more importantly, to pinpoint “when companies do things they shouldn’t be doing.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/3/202247 minutes, 52 seconds
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How Big Tech is Responding to Russia, with guest Nicole Perlroth

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine causes trouble for Big Tech players. Kara and Scott discuss its effects on moderation, monetization, and cybersecurity with journalist Nicole Perlroth. Plus, the CDC says most of the country can go maskless, and Elon Musk has more trouble with the SEC. And big news for Pivot fans: You can WATCH video clips from Pivot on Salesforce+. Find Nicole on Twitter at @nicoleperlroth. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/1/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 31 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE: Parler, GETTR CEOs in Conversation with Casey Newton at Pivot MIA

Platformer's Casey Newton speaks with Parler CEO George Farmer and GETTR CEO Jason Miller about the conservative social media business model, free speech, and content moderation. Recorded live at Pivot MIA on February 16, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/26/202246 minutes, 47 seconds
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Russia Invades Ukraine, Texas Gov.'s Attack on Trans Youth, and Guest Ben Stiller

New Friend of Pivot Ben Stiller joins to talk about his new Apple TV+ thriller, Severance. Kara and Scott also discuss Texas Governor Greg Abbot's attack on health care for trans youth, as well as what Russia's invasion of Ukraine means for tech and business You can find Ben on social media at @RedHourBen. Severance is streaming now on Apple TV+. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/25/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 51 seconds
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Disney’s Housing Venture, Truth Social’s Soft Launch, and Scott’s Voicemails

Kara and Scott discuss Truth Social’s future, Elon Musk’s beef with the SEC, and Disney’s new housing venture. Plus, Kara hired a plane to fly Scott’s phone number on a banner over South Beach. We play the voicemails. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/22/202253 minutes, 5 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE! Live from Pivot MIA: Kara & Scott in conversation with Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb

Kara and Scott chat with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky about the future of the travel industry, housing, workplace culture, human interaction, and why the pandemic was the “ultimate growing-up experience” for business founders. Plus, he tells the audience all about his stay at a “themed fairytale princess Cinderella cottage.” Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/19/202257 minutes, 25 seconds
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What Happens in Miami....

Couldn't make it to Pivot MIA? Kara and guest host Casey Newton bring you the highlights: from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's remarks on how his company handled January 6th, to the fireworks at Casey's panel on conservative social networks. Plus, a look at the latest headlines, including Melania Trump's NFT mystery. You can find Casey on Twitter at @CaseyNewton. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/18/20221 hour, 47 seconds
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All Things Pivot MIA, California’s Lawsuit Against Tesla, and The Latest on the Trucker Convoy

Kara and Scott are in Miami! They talk through what’s to come at Pivot MIA, including interviews with Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, David M. Solomon, and NYU Professor, Aswath Damodaran. Also, California’s lawsuit against Tesla for racist harassment of employees, and how the CIA may be spying on Americans. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/15/202244 minutes, 9 seconds
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Peloton's Executive Shuffle, Peter Thiel's Meta Exit, and the Future of Fintech with Jeremy Allaire

Listeners tell Kara and Scott why they're not watching the Olympics, and Elon's tweets draw SEC attention (again). Also, Amazon wants five star talent, and it's willing to pay. Friend of Pivot Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, drops by to discuss USDC, stablecoins, and the future of fintech. You can find Jeremy on Twitter at @jerallaire. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/11/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 50 seconds
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More Bad News at Spotify, Amazon’s Ad Business Revealed, and Guest Wajahat Ali

Meta threatens to shut down Facebook in Europe! Kara and Scott discuss the latest twist at Spotify, and the surprising scale of Amazon's advertising business. Also, no one is watching the Olympics. Friend of Pivot Wajahat Ali joins to talk about his book, “Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American." You can find Wajahat on Twitter at @WajahatAli. Send us your Listener Mail questions by calling us at 855-51-PIVOT, or via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/8/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds
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Listeners Sound Off on Spotify, Big Tech's Winners & Losers, and CNN’s Jeff Zucker is Out

Kara and Scott go through your responses on Spotify’s Joe Rogan controversy. Then, they unpack the Big Tech winners and losers of earnings week. Also, Jeff Zucker is out at CNN. Plus, a prediction on what’s to come for Metaverse real estate. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/4/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 24 seconds
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Spotify's Joe Rogan Controversy, Canada's Trucker Protests, and Guest Neal Kaytal

Kara and Scott have a lot to say about Spotify, Joe Rogan, and Neil Young.  A "Freedom Convoy" of Canadian truckers are protesting vaccine mandates, and Elon Musk thinks they "rule." Plus, Friend of Pivot, Neal Katyal on Justice Stephen Breyer and SCOTUS. You can find Neal on Twitter at @neal_katyal. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/1/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 8 seconds
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Facebook’s Crypto Dreams Bite the Dust, Robinhood M&A Rumors, and Guest W. Kamau Bell

Kara and Scott discuss the downfall of Facebook cryptocurrency, Diem, and M&A speculation surrounding Robinhood. Also, another round of Elevator Pitch starring Tom Brady’s NFT platform, Autograph. Then, Friend of Pivot W. Kamau Bell joins to talk about his upcoming documentary, “We Need to Talk About Cosby.” You can find Kamau on Twitter at @wkamaubell. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stock Market Blues, a Crypto Crash, and Mark Cuban's Pharmacy

Can things get any worse for Peloton? Kara and Scott discuss the D.C. tech lobby, Twitter's push into NFTs, and the troubled stock market. Plus, Mark Cuban's new online pharmacy, and a listener question about whether your local grocery store should play by Amazon's rules. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/25/20221 hour, 1 minute, 43 seconds
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The FTC's New Rules, Sony's Fall, and Starbucks 86's a Vax Mandate

Kara and Scott delve into Peloton's uphill battle, and what the proposed Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal means for Sony. Also, they unpack Kara's interview with FTC chair Lina Khan. Plus: A listener question about vertical integration. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/21/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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Google’s Manipulated Ad Auctions, Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard, and the Danger of Billionaires

Kara and Scott discuss Microsoft's play for Activision Blizzard, Google's alleged ad auction shell game, and Peleton's rise in prices. Also, DirecTV is dropping One America News. We’re joined by our Friend of Pivot, Peter S. Goodman to discuss his book, “DAVOS MAN: How the Billionaires Devoured the World.” You can find Peter on Twitter at @petersgoodman. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/19/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Biggest Deal in Video Game History, and the FTC Comes for Meta (Again)

Kara and Scott discuss the return of the FTC’s monopoly case against Meta, Take Two's purchase of Zynga, and a new lawsuit claiming the nation’s top universities colluded to fix pricing. Plus, United Airlines' Covid staffing woes, and a prediction on Pinterest. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/14/202259 minutes, 41 seconds
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Tech Stocks, Covid Sick Leave, The Winners of The Chip Shortage, and Guest Jonathan Greenblatt

Kara and Scott discuss The New York Times' plans to buy The Athletic, how Tesla adapted to the 2021 chip shortage, and the latest tech stock slide. Also, Amazon cuts paid leave time for Covid. Our Friend of Pivot is Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. He'll discuss his new book, “It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable―And How We Can Stop It.” You can find Jonathan on Twitter at @JGreenblattADL. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/11/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rep. Adam Schiff on the Capitol Attack Anniversary, The Theranos Trial Verdict, and Adam Neumann is back

Kara and Scott discuss the verdict of the Theranos trial, Ben Smith's new global news startup, and Apple crossing the 3 trillion dollar-mark. Also, Adam Neumann is back. Then, Chairman Adam Schiff joins on the anniversary of the insurrection. Plus, a prediction on meme stocks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/7/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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Twitter Boots Marjorie Taylor Greene, Russia’s Demands for Netflix, and Omicron Ruined the Holidays

Kara and Scott are back! On the agenda? Twitter's decision to ban Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal account, Russia forcing Netflix to stream state-owned channels, and Apple’s plan to keep their engineers from leaving. Plus, the many ways Omicron ruined the holidays. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/4/202254 minutes, 19 seconds
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Guest Episode: Stay Tuned with Preet: College Cartels and Facebook Follies (with Scott Galloway)

Preet answers listener questions about Michael Cohen’s assertion that former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is “not the key” to the Manhattan DA’s investigation. He also addresses the news that former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows has decided to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack.  Then, Preet interviews Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and host of The Prof G Pod and Pivot. They talk about how the pandemic has changed the nature of work, the cartel-like behavior exhibited by elite higher ed institutions, and what to do about Facebook.  For show notes and a transcript of the episode, head to: https://cafe.com/stay-tuned/college-cartels-and-facebook-follies-with-scott-galloway/ Don’t miss the Insider Bonus, where Galloway answers a lightning round of questions. The CAFE merch store is now open! Head to cafe.com/shop for some holiday favorites.  As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at [email protected], or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail. Stay Tuned with Preet is produced by CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Editorial Producers: Sam Ozer-Staton, Noa Azulai. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/31/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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2021: Pivot's Year In Review

Kara and Scott look back at the biggest news of 2021. From the Capitol insurrection to the Facebook Files, 2021 was chock full of wild events, big personalities, and strange happenings. Join us as we unpack one of the longest years, ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/28/202159 minutes, 16 seconds
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Guest Episode: Decoder with Nilay Patel: Why the future of work is the future of travel, with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky prides himself on thinking very differently than other CEOs, and his answers to the Decoder questions about how he structures and manages his company were almost always the opposite of what I’m used to hearing on the show. Airbnb is pretty much a single team, focused on a single product, and it all rolls up to Brian. That’s very different from most other big companies, which have lots of divisions and overlapping lines of authority. And Airbnb’s relationship to cities is changing as tourism changes. Airbnb used to be the poster child for a tech company that showed up without permission and fought with regulators, but as the company has grown and the pandemic has changed things, it’s entered what is hopefully a more mature phase — it just came to a deal with New York City after ten years of argument. I asked Brian about that and about what it’s like to run a public company now — the transition from scrappy startup to public company engaged with regulators is a big one. Of course, I also had to ask about cryptocurrency and the metaverse — does Brian think we’re all going to be visiting virtual NFT museums on vacations in the future? You have to listen and find out. Okay, Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, here we go. Transcript: https://www.theverge.com/e/22547463 Credits: Decoder is a production of The Verge, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Today’s episode was produced by Creighton DeSimone, and Andrew Marino, our research was done by Liz Lian. And we are edited by Callie Wright. Our music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/24/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 11 seconds
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BFFs: The Best of Kara and Scott 2021

This episode takes a look back at 12 months of the most aspirational friendship in podcasting. Kara and Scott review a year's worth of hot takes, bold ideas, jealous fits, civil disagreements, and heartwarming family vacations. Come for the memories, stay for the triggers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/21/202153 minutes, 20 seconds
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End of Year Listener Mail Bag

In this episode, Kara and Scott dedicate a full show to the questions you've sent in! They answer questions on responsible gambling, the future of transportation, green energy investments, and more. They also reveal their favorite interviews over the past year, as well as their New Year's resolutions for 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/17/202147 minutes, 35 seconds
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Pivot Predictions Special: 2022

Kara, Scott and a handful of Friends of Pivot make some predictions about what 2022 has in store for the Metaverse, China, Apple and more. In this episode, we hear predictions from Co-Anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box Andrew Ross Sorkin, LightShed Partners’ Rich Greenfield, Senator Amy Klobuchar, author Cory Doctorow, WSJ Senior Personal Technology Columnist Joanna Stern, NBC News Senior Business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle, NYU Professor Aswath Damodaran, author Sheera Frenkel, and actor George Hahn. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/14/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 57 seconds
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Apple’s Secret China Deal, Buzzfeed’s Mild Disaster, and Newspapers Strike Back

Kara and Scott discuss a massive Amazon Web Services outage, Trump Media's new CEO, and Tim Cook’s Chinese diplomacy. Also, what BuzzFeed's stock launch means for the rest of us. Plus, a prediction on who will acquire Twitter. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/202152 minutes, 55 seconds
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Twitter’s Reorg, Comedians v. Spotify, and Friends of Pivot Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Peterson

Kara and Scott discuss Twitter’s split into three divisions, Spotify’s royalty dispute with comedians, and the charges against parents of the Michigan school shooting suspect. Also, CNN’s messy Cuomo breakup, and Donald Trump’s media group says it’s raised $1 billion. Plus, Friends of Pivot Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Peterson on their new book, “OUT OF OFFICE: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home.” You can find Charlie and Anne on Twitter at @cwarzel and @annehelen. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/7/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 37 seconds
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Twitter’s New Anti-Harassment Policy, Chris Cuomo’s Suspension, and Stacey Abrams is Running for Governor

Kara and Scott discuss Twitter’s new anti-harassment policy, Chris Cuomo’s indefinite suspension from CNN, and Stacey Abrams running for Governor in Georgia. Also, UK’s Competition Watchdog tells Meta to sell off GIPHY. CEOs and insiders have sold off a record number of stocks in 2021. Plus, Scott gives us some predictions on SpaceX and Twitter. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/3/202151 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter, Omicron’s Impact, and Friend of Pivot, John McWhorter

Kara and Scott discuss the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, Jack Dorsey's Twitter exit, and Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri's upcoming congressional testimony. Also, a bidding war for an original U.S. Constitution, and the pressure on ride-sharing giant Didi to delist from the NY Stock Exchange. Plus, Friend of Pivot, and author of the book “Woke Racism,” John McWhorter. You can find John on Twitter at @JohnHMcWhorter. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/30/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 5 seconds
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Build Back Better Passes in the House, Amazon’s Exposed Customer Data, and the Holmes Trial's Surprise Witness

Kara and Scott discuss Amazon reportedly leaving customer data exposed inside the company, Build Back Better passing the House, and Apple’s back-to-the-office plan. Plus, Elizabeth Holmes testifies in her own trial. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/23/202159 minutes, 41 seconds
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Pulp Fiction NFTs, Netflix’s Numbers Revealed, and Peloton Peddles New Stock

Kara is back with Scott to discuss Peloton's new stock offering, the Miramax versus Tarantino battle over Pulp Fiction NFTs, and alarming updates in Activision's sexual misconduct allegations. Plus, Netflix reveals its most popular content and an iconic arena gets a crypto name change. Plus, Scott gives us a prediction on the Metaverse. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/19/202157 minutes
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The Great Resignation Continues, J&J’s Two-Way Split, and Friend of Pivot, Blake Scholl

Kara is out welcoming the newest member of the Pivot family! Scott is joined by co-host Stephanie Ruhle to talk about The Great Resignation, inflation, J&J’s split, and Steve Bannon’s indictment. Also, Elon is still bullying senators on Twitter, and Beto is officially running for Governor of Texas. Plus, Scott chats with Friend of Pivot, Founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, Blake Scholl about supersonic air travel. You can find Blake on Twitter at @bscholl, and Boom Supersonic at @boomaero. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/16/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 57 seconds
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GE’s Three-Way Split, Facebook Scraps “Sensitive”Ad-Targeting Categories, and Friend of Pivot, Jonathan Haidt

Kara and Scott discuss GE’s plans to split into three companies, Facebook’s decision to disable ad targeting based on sensitive categories, and the Twitter Blue rollout. Also, a data breach at Robinhood, and Adam Neumann’s return. And Scott gives us a prediction on M&As in 2022. Plus, Friend of Pivot Jonathan Haidt on social media’s mental health effects. You can find Jonathan on Twitter at @JonHaidt and can find more of his research at thecoddling.com/better-social-media. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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Elon’s Taxes, Infrastructure Week at Last, and Friend of Pivot, Mark Mahaney

Kara and Scott discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, Pfizer’s new COVID-19 pill, and Scott’s Twitter feud with Elon Musk. Big Bird and Aaron Rogers take heat for their vaccination statuses. Plus, Friend of Pivot Mark Mahaney on his new book, Nothing But Net. You can find Mark on Twitter at @markmahaney. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/9/202159 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Tesla and Hertz Mystery, a Tough Election for Democrats, and the Squid Crash

Kara and Scott unpack Tuesday’s election results, dive into the confusion around the Tesla and Hertz deal, and examine Zillow quitting the home-buying business. Also, cryptocurrency Squid crashes and the Facebook app is ditching facial recognition. Plus, Scott gives us a prediction for Build Back Better. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/5/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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Facebook is So Meh-ta, Biden's Budget Package, and Friend of Pivot, Aswath Damodaran

Kara and Scott talk about Facebook’s rebrand, Biden’s big week at COP 26, the spending bill drama at home, and the CEO who actually asked for a pay cut. Plus, Friend of Pivot Aswath Damodaran on taxing billionaires, the future of SPACs, markets, meme stocks, and more. You can find Aswath at @AswathDamodaran. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/2/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Billionaire Tax Bites the Dust, Big Tech’s Q3, and Tesla’s Worth a Trillion

Kara and Scott discuss the latest on Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed billionaire tax, Big Tech’s Q3 results coming in strong, and testimony from YouTube, Snap, and TikTok. Also, Tesla is now worth a trillion, and what Kara’s Twitter followers wanted Facebook’s new name to be, revealed. Plus, Scott’s predicts Time's 2021 Person of the Year. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/29/202141 minutes, 17 seconds
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Land of the Giants: This Changes Everything

In Land of the Giants: The Apple Revolution, Recode’s Peter Kafka explores the company that changed what a computer is — and then changed what a phone is. From its beginnings as a niche personal computer company, Apple became the preeminent maker of consumer tech products, a cultural trendsetter, and the most valuable company in the world. And along the way, it changed the way we live. New episodes come out on Wednesdays. Listen at the link below or subscribe wherever you find great podcasts. https://www.vox.com/land-of-the-giants-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/27/202136 minutes
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Apple’s Privacy Changes, Amazon’s Flawed Leave System, and Friend of Pivot Pamela Paul

Kara and Scott discuss Amazon’s leave system short-changing workers, the impacts of Apple’s privacy changes on Big Tech, and PayPal saying it won’t acquire Pinterest. Also, the Facebook headlines keep coming. Plus, Friend of Pivot Pamela Paul on “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet.” You can find Pamela on Twitter at @PamelaPaulNYT. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/26/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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Live from Advertising Week: Netflix’s Q3 Numbers, Facebook's Name Change and Trump's Social Network

Kara and Scott are (virtually) live from Advertising Week! They discuss Facebook changing its name, Netflix’s Q3 numbers and Trump launching a social network. And they tell us how they feel about the latest vaccine mandate pushbacks from In-N-Out Burger and radio host Dan Bongino. Also, some predictions around Shopify and Square. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/22/202150 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Ari Emanuel at Code 2021

Kara speaks with Endeavor's Ari Emanuel about entertainment lawsuits, UFC, movie theaters, and more. Recorded live at Code Conference 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/20/202138 minutes, 9 seconds
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LinkedIn is Leaving China, TikTok is Bad for Teens, Too, and Friend of Pivot Christopher Mims

Kara and Scott discuss the latest bad news for teens on social media, LinkedIn shutting down in China, and Harvard’s endowment. They also talk about Hollywood’s narrowly avoided strike, and the planned walkouts at Netflix. Plus, Friend of Pivot Christopher Mims on how the global supply chain problems will affect our lives. You can find Christopher on social media at @mims. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/19/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Facebook’s Blacklist, Apple Trims iPhone Production and William Shatner Went to Space

Kara and Scott discuss Facebook’s blacklist of dangerous users, Apple cutting iPhone production due to the global chip shortage, and how Texas-based airlines are responding to Gov. Greg Abbot’s anti-vaccine mandate. Also, their thoughts on the controversy around Dave Chapelle's Netflix special. Plus, Kara reveals some fascinating details from her high school years. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/15/202159 minutes, 17 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Satya Nadella at Code Conference 2021

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins Kara for a discussion on ransomware, remote work, and dealing with the Trump administration. Recorded live at Code 2021. This interview was been lightly edited for runtime and clarity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/13/202157 minutes, 43 seconds
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Rent The Runway’s IPO, Southwest’s Flight Cancellations and Friend of Pivot Eli Saslow

Kara and Scott discuss Southwest’s flight cancellations, Rent The Runway's IPO filing, and Nick Clegg’s non-apology tour. Also, Ireland wants American companies to pay more in taxes and Tesla is moving to Texas. Plus, Friend of Pivot Eli Saslow on his new book, Voices From The Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage, and Resilience.  You can find Eli on Twitter at @elisaslow. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/12/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE: Marc Benioff at Code Conference 2021

Kara and Stephanie Ruhle sit down with Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff. Recorded live at Code 2021 in Los Angeles. This interview has been condensed and lightly edited. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/9/202148 minutes, 58 seconds
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Pivot Q3 Quarterly Review and Friend of Pivot, Senator Amy Klobuchar

Pivot is back with its Quarterly Review series, taking a look back at Q3 and predicting what’s to come. Kara and Scott discuss the biggest wins and fails of the past quarter and check their prediction track records. They also get some predictions from from Friends of Pivot, including Preet Bharara, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, author Sheera Frenkel and Cofounder of Zero100, Kevin O’Marah. Plus, Friend of Pivot Amy Klobuchar joins to discuss the Frances Haugen testimony and what’s next for Facebook. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/8/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 29 seconds
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BONUS EPISODE: Elon Musk at Code Conference 2021

Kara sits down with SpaceX CEO/Tesla Technoking Elon Musk for a discussion on China, rockets, Mars colonization, and more. Recorded live at Code 2021 in Los Angeles. This interview has been condensed and lightly edited. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/6/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Pandora Papers, Facebook’s Whistleblower and Friend of Pivot, Andrea Elliott

Kara and Scott talk about the Facebook whistleblower’s debut, the release of the “Pandora Papers,” and Ozy Media’s demise. They also discuss the U.S. passing yet another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, and their reaction to Alex Jones losing two defamation lawsuits. Plus, Friend of Pivot Andrea Elliott on her book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City. You can find Andrea on Twitter at @andreafelliott. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/5/202159 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Biggest Moments from Code, the Latest Robinhood Controversy, and the Future of Fitness Apps

Kara and Scott discuss the biggest moments from the Code conference, including Kara’s Elon interview that sparked a Musk vs. Bezos rumble. Also: the latest with Robinhood, Citadel and #KenGriffinLied, and a big announcement from The Dawg. Plus, a prediction around fitness and health apps. Keep an eye on the Pivot feed for bonus episodes: full interviews from Code! Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/1/202148 minutes, 5 seconds
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Code Galore, No More Instagram for Kids, and Friend of Pivot Jim Bankoff

Code has begun! Scott helps Kara prep for her conversations with Elon Musk, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and many more. Plus, Facebook puts Instagram for Kids on pause, and what are the implications of China's crypto ban? Then, Friend of Pivot, Chairman and CEO of Vox Media, Jim Bankoff. Stay tuned to the Pivot feed to hear full interviews from Code! You can find Jim on Twitter at @bankoff. Tell him how much you love the Pivot team. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/28/20211 hour, 43 seconds
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Apple Wants to Diagnose Your Depression, Google Bets on New York City, and a Friend of Pivot on Facebook Marketplace

Facebook wants to push pro-Facebook material in News Feed. Also, Kara and Scott dive into Google's big bet on back-to-office, and Apple's plan to diagnose depression with iPhone data. Friend of Pivot Craig Silverman discusses his latest reporting on the problems with Facebook Marketplace. Plus, Scott gives us a dire prediction on Facebook's legal woes. You can find Craig on Twitter at @CraigSilverman. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/24/202158 minutes, 24 seconds
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Russia vs. Big Tech, Facebook Responds (Dismissively), and Friend of Pivot Max Chafkin on Peter Thiel

Kara and Scott unpack Russia's fight with Big Tech, Facebook's disappointing response to the Wall Street Journal’s revealing series, and how streaming swept the Emmys. Also, Kara has a big announcement. (Hint: She confirms that Scott is NOT the father). Plus, Friend of Pivot Max Chafkin on Peter Thiel and his new book, The Contrarian.  You can find Max on Twitter at @chafkin. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/21/202158 minutes, 10 seconds
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Instagram Knows it’s Toxic, Amazon’s Starting Wage Hike, and Another Big Week for Apple

Kara and Scott talk about the newest revelation in the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files series, Amazon raising their starting wages, and what we’ve learned from the California Recall Election. And Kara reminds us all to update our Apple devices. Plus, Scott gives a prediction on the SPAC market. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/17/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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Epic v. Apple, Facebook’s VIP List and a Friend of Pivot Brian Derrick on the California Recall

Kara and Scott talk about a new report on Facebook’s special rules for their internal list of VIP users, how the Epic v. Apple lawsuit played out, and the House Democrats’ push for a new FTC Privacy Bureau. Also, Facebook stole Ray Bans from Kara. Plus, Friend of Pivot Brian Derrick helps us process the California Recall election and gives some predictions on 2024. You can find Brian on Instagram at @BrianDerrick_ Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/14/202159 minutes, 11 seconds
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The red-hot IPO Market , El Salvador’s Bitcoin Experiment and SCOTT IS BACK!

Scott has returned! He and Kara talk about The Justice Department’s ad tech suit against Google, the SEC-Coinbase spat, a record year for IPOs, and El Salvador’s Bitcoin buy. And it wouldn’t be an episode with Scott without some predictions - he tells us which start-ups are about to get some major attention. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/10/20211 hour, 54 seconds
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The Texas Abortion Ban, Joe Rogan's Covid, and the Politico Acquisition Soap Opera

Guest host George Hahn joins Kara to talk about the Texas abortion ban and Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s threats to tech companies over the Jan. 6 riot inquiry. Plus, why are there so many viral videos of anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers spinning out? Then, a surprise listener question catches both hosts off guard. And finally, George tries to figure out why he keeps getting being banned from TikTok, and gives an update on his bid to co-host The View. You can follow George on Twitter at @georgehahn, and check out more of his work at georgehahn.com. Send us your Listener Mail questions, via Yappa, at nymag.com/pivot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/3/202148 minutes, 14 seconds
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Lessons from Afghanistan, the California Recall, and this week’s Friend of Pivot is Nathan Allebach aka The Steak-umm Twitter Guy

Guest host Katie Couric joins Kara to discuss the withdrawal from Afghanistan and lessons learned, possible outcomes of the California recall, and of course, Jeopardy! Plus, Friend of Pivot Nathan Allebach joins to talk about how he turned Steak-umm’s Twitter account into a truth bomb machine. Check out the latest from Katie Couric at katiecouric.com, or on social media at @katiecouric. You can also subscribe to her daily newsletter, Wake-Up Call, here. AND you can pre-order her book, Going There, here. Nathan Allebach covers internet culture, advertising, and media literacy discourse at nathanallebach.medium.com and on social at @nathanallebach. And of course, check out some of his best-known work on Twitter at @steak_umm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/31/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 18 seconds
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What the OnlyFans news says about power and control, Cathie Wood's transparent investment strategy, and a prediction on the federal reserve pulling away from the punch bowl

Guest co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin joins Kara to discuss TikTok's e-commerce play with Shopify, Airbnb's announcement to house 20,000 Afghan refugees, and how more businesses are going to start requiring COVID-19 vaccination proof. Kara and Andrew also discuss OnlyFan's decision to reverse course on its plan to ban sexually explicit content, and then break down Cathy Wood’s popularity with high-risk investors. Plus, a question on the future of healthtech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/27/202150 minutes, 37 seconds
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Big Covid Questions, the Nursing Shortage Crisis and a Friend of Pivot on the upcoming Elizabeth Holmes Trial

Guest host Dr. Jeffrey Swisher joins for a medical (and Swisher) themed episode. What does full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine mean for public health? What about antibody treatments? Team Swisher also discusses the nursing crisis, and the Biden Administration’s new plan to lower prescription drug costs. Plus, Friend of Pivot John Carreyou joins to discuss what’s to come in his new Theranos trial podcast, “Bad Blood: The Final Chapter.” You can find Dr. Jeffrey Swisher on Twitter at @jeffreyswisher, and on substack at jeffreyswishermd.substack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/24/20211 hour, 51 seconds
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What the Taliban’s Rise Means for Big Tech, Facebook’s Plans for a Virtual (Reality) Work Space, and Fox News' Vaccine Database

What will the Taliban do with Afghans’ data? Kara and guest host Casey Newton discuss that, and how social media platforms are handling pro-Taliban accounts. Plus, will workers go for Facebook’s new VR meeting app, Horizon Workrooms? And...thoughts on Fox News requiring employees to report their vaccination status. Find Casey at @CaseyNewton on Twitter and subscribe to Platformer at www.platformer.news/subscribe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/20/202149 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tucker goes to Hungary, the Taliban take Afghanistan, and a Friend of Pivot on why Epstein couldn't have killed himself

Guest host Ben Smith joins Kara to discuss Afghanistan's fall to the Taliban, and what it means for news coverage of the region. And: a new business deal aims to bring movies back to movie theaters. But will audiences follow? Also, Friend of Pivot Julie K. Brown joins us to discuss her reporting in Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/17/202157 minutes, 13 seconds
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Rudy Giuliani's on Cameo, Marjorie Taylor Greene's off Twitter (for now), and Baratunde Thurston's on Pivot to discuss it alll

Guest co-host Baratunde Thurston tells Kara what he'd pay to hear Rudy Giuliani say on Cameo. Kara pulls no punches on the politicization of vaccines. They discuss the implications of the latest census data, and answer a listener question about what CNN should do about Chris Cuomo. Plus, Baratunde has a prediction about the future of the auto industry, and Kara reveals what she'd do if she had as much money as Jeff Bezos. You can check out Baratunde's new newsletter at theeasystuff.news, and check out his podcast, How To Citizen, here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/13/202151 minutes, 10 seconds
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We're not the only ones obsessed with Preet Bharara. Plus, the vaccine mandate divide and Friend of Pivot Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

Guest host Preet Bharara reacts to getting in Team Cuomo's crosshairs. Friend of Pivot Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on the phone call that changed his life, and his new book, Here, Right Matters: An American Story. Also: Apple's new child safety measures pique privacy advocates, while Chinese giant Tencent faces a lawsuit for not protecting children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/10/202154 minutes, 29 seconds
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Cuomo digs in, Chaos in the skies, and Evictions delayed... perhaps

Guest host George Conway (and a pack of dogs) join Kara to unpack the results of a special election, new information on Trump's last days in office, and the damning report on Governor Andrew Cuomo. Also, could a class action lawsuit make Facebook the new Big Tobacco? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/6/202151 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hollywood on Blast, Vaccine Mandates, and Friends of Pivot Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

Kara and guest host Stephanie Ruhle talk about why Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Knox are putting the Hollywood establishment on blast. They also break down the latest on vaccine mandates and infrastructure legislation. Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker join to talk about their best-selling political exposé, I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, and give us their predictions on whether Trump will run again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/3/202155 minutes, 38 seconds
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Instagram's new privacy settings, Big Tech's record profits, and the Capitol insurrection hearing.

On this week’s Pivot, Kara and Scott wonder why Instagram took so long to add protections for teens, and what Big Tech will do with its record profits. A Pivot listener wants the details on Scott’s investment strategies, and this week's prediction is about vaccine mandates. Plus, Kara sends Scott off in style for his month-long vacation. She’ll miss him, but the slew of guest hosts she announces might help fill the void. Just a little. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/31/202151 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tokyo Games Can't Catch a Break, Klobuchar Targets Vaccine Misinformation, and Friend of Pivot Eliot Brown

A tropical storm threatens the Olympics, Kara enjoys being the Bad Girl of GETTR, and Friend of Pivot Eliot Brown explains how WeWork's Adam Neumann attracted experienced investors, and kept his hair looking good at all times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/27/20211 hour, 1 minute, 17 seconds
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Jack Dorsey's Bitcoin hopes, Biden picks a heavy hitter, and the Pegasus spyware scandal

Kara and Scott discuss Marjorie Taylor Greene's recent Twitter ban, Jack Dorsey's hopes for a bitcoin "world peace," and the "joyless" Olympics. Kara has high hopes for Jonathan Kanter, Biden's pick for the Justice Department's anti-trust division. Things look a little more glum for privacy after the Pegasus Project revelations. And in listener mail, we get a question on every Zoomer's mind: Should I even bother planning for retirement? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/23/202150 minutes, 27 seconds
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Biden vs. Facebook, the U.S. accuses China of cyberattacks, and Friend of Pivot Paxton Smith on Texas' new abortion law

Kara and Scott talk Robinhood's IPO, Netflix earnings, and Jeff Bezos' rocket ride. They also weigh in on the war of words between Facebook and President Biden, as well as the administration's stance on China and cyberattacks. And, Friend of Pivot Paxton Smith discusses the stringent Texas abortion bill that inspired her viral valedictorian speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/20/202153 minutes, 24 seconds
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Big banks' quarterly earnings and economic recovery, and a prediction on space SPACs

Kara and Scott talk what the big banks' quarterly earnings can tell us about economic recovery. They also discuss Senate Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget deal. In listener mail, we get a question about Apple and the niche search market. Scott has a prediction about space SPACs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/16/202143 minutes, 14 seconds
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Regulators are cracking down on tech, and Friends of Pivot Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang on Facebook's leadership

Kara and Scott talk about Biden's broad executive order aimed at stirring competition and limiting corporate dominance. They also discuss the regulations coming out of China that specifically call for data-rich companies to undergo security reviews before listing overseas. Then we are joined by NYT journalists, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, to hear about their new book, "An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/13/202158 minutes, 10 seconds
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Q2 Quarterly Review: The State of the World According to Pivot

Pivot launches its Quarterly Review series, with a look back at the past two quarters and predictions of what's ahead. Kara and Scott discuss the biggest wins and fails of the year so far and check their prediction track record. They also get some forecasting from Friends of Pivot, including Congressman Ro Khanna, Lightshed Partners' Rich Greenfield, MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle, and fellow podcaster Preet Bharara. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/9/202159 minutes, 9 seconds
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Facebook FTC antitrust case thrown out and Amazon vs. Lina Khan

Kara and Scott talk about a Federal judge throwing out an antitrust case against Facebook by the FTC and more than 40 states. They also discuss Amazon's motion to have newly instated FTC Chair Lina Khan recuse herself from antitrust actions. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about young people quitting the corporate world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/2/202158 minutes, 8 seconds
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Toyota's GOP contributions, BuzzFeed's SPAC and a Friend of Pivot from Microsoft

Kara and Scott talk about the revelations that the car company Toyota is the highest contributor to Republicans who voted to invalidate the presidential election. They also discuss BuzzFeed's plan to IPO with a SPAC and what that means for media and SPACs. Then we are joined by Yusuf Mehdi is the Corporate Vice President, Modern Life, Search & Devices at Microsoft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/29/202157 minutes, 44 seconds
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House Judiciary Committee antitrust bills, Microsoft hits $2 trillion, and a prediction on the future of social media

Kara and Scott talk about the six antitrust bills the House is contemplating this week and what it means for big tech and political divisions. They also discuss Microsoft joining Apple as the 2nd $2 trillion company. In listener mail, they discuss how much climate change will cost versus the Covid-19 crisis. In predictions, Scott foresees new companies emerging with big tech break up looming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/25/202156 minutes, 30 seconds
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American Airlines cancellations, Bitcoin mining bans, and Friend of Pivot Chuck Todd

Kara and Scott talk about American Airlines cancelling flights because of staff shortages. They also discuss China banning the mining of Bitcoin in the country. Meanwhile, the SEC is readying new climate change disclosure regulations. Then we are joined by NBC News Political Director, Moderator and Host of Meet the Press and Host of Peacock’s Meet the Press Reports, Chuck Todd to talk about the future of news streaming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/22/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 34 seconds
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Amazon's worker problem, Andreessen Horowitz's new website and a prediction about inflation

Kara and Scott talk about a blockbuster story exposing worker issues in Amazon warehouses as Mackenzie Scott donates money to counteract the forces of her ex-husband's company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/18/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 52 seconds
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Apple vs. the Trump Administration, CEO compensation broke records during COVID, and Friend of Pivot Caleb Scharf on space exploration 8:18

Kara and Scott discuss how Apple unknowingly handed over phone data of two Democratic congressmen to the Trump Administration. Then, they discuss how the pay gap between workers and CEOs grew even wider during the pandemic. In Friend of Pivot, Caleb Scharf, the Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University and author of The Ascent of Information: Books, Bits, Genes, Machines, and Life's Unending Algorithm, tells us why we should care about UFO sightings, the future of space travel, and whether it's really worth it to visit Mars — regardless of what Elon Musk says. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/15/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 51 seconds
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Billionaires and the tax code, Facebook smartwatch and a listener mail question on children's screen time

Kara and Scott talk about the ProPublica report that America's wealthiest people paid basically nothing in taxes and what the country should do about it. They also discuss Facebook's upcoming smartwatch and the wearables industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/11/202158 minutes, 17 seconds
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G-7 nations' historic tax reform, Bitcoin 2021, and Friend of Pivot Jon Meacham on de-platforming Trump

Kara and Scott talk about the historic tax reform deal reached by the G-7 nations that would make the minimum global corporate tax rate 15%. Then they discuss this weeks' Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami and Jack Dorsey's future in cryptocurrency. In Friend of Pivot, we are joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning Presidential historian, and host of the new podcast Fate of Fact, Jon Meacham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/8/202159 minutes, 18 seconds
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The SEC goes after Elon Musk's tweets, Fauci's emails, and should Roku acquire more content?

Kara and Scott talk about the SEC saying that several of Elon Musk's tweets were not vetted before they were posted and violate a previous settlement with regulators. Then they discuss the trove of Dr. Fauci emails released from a FOIA request. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about Roku's acquisition of Quibi content and what it means for the company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/4/202157 minutes, 16 seconds
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Uber and Lyft price surge, the Biden infrastructure bill and Friend of Pivot Casey Newton

Kara and Scott talk about Uber and Lyft rideshare prices surging as the companies struggle to find contract drivers. They also discuss hold-ups from Republican Senators and the Biden infrastructure bill. Then All-Star Friend of Pivot and writer of the newsletter Platformer, Casey Newton comes on to talk about all things social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/1/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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Russia crackdown on social media, Amazon buys MGM, and is 5G worth the hype?

Kara and Scott talk about Russia increasing penalties and crackdowns on Google, Twitter, and Facebook. They also discuss Amazon's $8.45billion purchase of MGM Studios. In listener mail they answer a question about whether 5G is actually worth the hype. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/28/202153 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tim Cook takes the stand in Apple vs. Epic trial and a Friend of Pivot on app dating

Kara and Scott talk about Apple CEO Tim Cook's testimony in the final days of the Apple vs. Epic antitrust case. Scott gives a mini-lesson on why "big is bad". Then we're joined by Friend of Pivot, author Nancy Jo Sales to talk about her new book Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno. They discuss the pros, cons, and pitfalls of dating apps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/25/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 32 seconds
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Crypto-crash, Streaming wars and tax plans with MSNBC Host Stephanie Ruhle

Kara and Scott are joined by MSNBC Host and NBC News Senior Business Correspondent Stephanie Ruhle for a lightning round about the week's news. They talk about the tough week for the crypto-market, more on the AT&T spin-off of Time Warner (and who could swoop in to challenge the deal). They also take a listener mail question on mental health and big tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/21/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
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AT&T's TimeWarner/Discovery+ super merger and GLAAD's report on social media platforms

Kara and Scott talk about AT&T spinning off their streaming service Time Warner and combining it with Discovery+ to compete with streaming content giants. They also discuss Twitter's potential new subscription service "Twitter Blue" (ya heard it here first!) Then we're joined by GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis to discuss the organization's new report that looks at safety for the LGBTQ community across social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/18/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and Tesla breaks up with Bitcoin

Kara and Scott talk about the fallout from the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the gas hoarding that followed. They also discuss Tesla's decision to suspend accepting Bitcoin for car purchases until it is more sustainable and environmentally-friendly (Scott is skeptical). In listener mail, we get a question about how the global tech industry is being affected by humanitarian crises in India and Tel Aviv. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/14/202153 minutes, 7 seconds
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Elon Musk on Saturday Night Live and the dogecoin tumble

Kara and Scott recap Elon Musk's host appearance on Saturday Night Live and how it affected the cryptocurrency market. They also discuss a major cyberattack on a US natural gas pipeline. Then we are joined by author of the new book Amazon Unbound, Brad Stone, to discuss how Amazon is changing in the post-Bezos era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/11/202155 minutes, 21 seconds
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Facebook Oversight Board and the Trump ban, trouble for Peloton and a listener question about AI

Kara and Scott talk about the Facebook Oversight Board's decision to uphold Facebook's ban of Donald Trump's Facebook account... for the next six months. Then they talk about Peloton recalling, their treadmills, and how the company handled the crisis. In listener mail, we get a question about how Google has dealt with ethics as it relates to artificial intelligence. And in predictions, we have more thoughts on Dogecoin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/7/202154 minutes, 59 seconds
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Apple and Epic go to trial and Friend of Pivot Senator Amy Klobuchar

Kara and Scott talk about Apple going to trial with Epic over its choice to kick Fortnite out of the app store. They also discuss the upcoming Facebook Oversight Board decision on whether to uphold the ban on Donald Trump. Then in Friend of Pivot, we're joined by US Senator Amy Klobuchar to talk about the future of antitrust. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/4/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 30 seconds
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Trouble at Basecamp, Bezos fights for the moon, and a listener question about dating apps

Kara and Scott talk about controversies at Basecamp, as the company rolled out a new ban on internal political talk. They also discuss Jeff Bezos's company Blue Origin petitioning to have NASA revisit the contract it awarded SpaceX to land on the Moon by 2024. In listener mail, we get a question on the Bumble IPO and the future of dating apps. Scott predicts that Elon Musk's SNL appearance may land him in legal troubles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/30/202158 minutes, 28 seconds
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CEO wealth surge, Apple/Facebook tensions heat up, and Friend of Pivot DoorDash COO Christopher Payne

Kara and Scott talk about how CEOs in the United States wealth has surged during the pandemic as compared to their workers. Meanwhile, tensions heat up between Tim Cook at Apple and Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, as iPhone users are given the option to opt-out of ad tracking. Then we are joined by Friend of Pivot, DoorDash COO Christopher Payne who talks about the company's new model for food delivery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/27/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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Apple's podcast play, Netflix's rough quarter, and a listener mail on crypto's carbon footprint

Kara and Scott talk about Apple's big announcements in the podcast space and what that means for other competitors in the podcast market. They also discuss Netflix's falling subscriptions and take a look back at their first quarter last year. In listener mail we get a question about cryptocurrency's carbon footprint. And Scott has predictions for Quibi content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/23/20211 hour, 4 seconds
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Facebook gets into audio, WeWork's SPAC, and Friend of Pivot Preet Bharara

Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's new foray into the audio space and what it means for creators. They also discuss NASA partnering with SpaceX on its next moon landing mission. Scott's favorite disaster story is possibly making a comeback – Kara and Scott talk about the WeWork SPAC. Then, former US attorney, and host of the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet, Preet Bharara joins to talk about joining Vox and brings insights on some of the biggest legal issues in the news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/20/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 56 seconds
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The crypto-surge, Bernie Madoff's dark legacy, and a question on Russia slowing Twitter

Kara and Scott talk about the Coinbase IPO and the surge for Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other currencies. They also discuss the legacy financial Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, who died in prison this week. We have a pop-in from Friend of Pivot Andrew Ross Sorkin on his interviews with the late Madoff. In listener mail, we get a question about Russia's decision to slow down Twitter. Scott has predictions on Alibaba stock and the future of cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/16/202149 minutes, 59 seconds
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Amazon union defeat, Alibaba’s antitrust fine, and Walter Isaacson on CRISPR

Kara and Scott talk about the failure to form a union at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama; this was the biggest unionization effort in the company's history. They also discuss China's antitrust fine against the e-commerce giant Alibaba, and how the company is actually benefitting. In Friend of Pivot, we are joined by best-selling author Walter Isaacson to talk about his new book The Code Breaker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/13/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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Twitch's new guidelines, YouTube's video violations, and a prediction on LG's handset company

Kara and Scott talk about Amazon's live-streaming service Twitch's new guidelines to keep hate speech and other forms of violence off their platform. They also discuss YouTube's new metric for showing how many videos are viewed before they are removed for violating the company's user guidelines. In listener mail, we get a question about the future of marijuana stocks. Scott has a prediction for who will acquire LG's handset company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/9/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Global corporate tax, Facebook's data breach and a Friend of Pivot on "cancel culture"

Kara and Scott discuss Janet Yellen's call for a global corporate tax and what that would mean for corporations. They also discuss a new report saying that Facebook leaked millions of users' personal information. Then we're joined by Columbia Professor, John McWhorter, to discuss the line between cancel culture and accountability, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/6/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 49 seconds
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Big Tech military contracts, Compass's IPO, and President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan

In this episode of Pivot, Kara and Scott talk about Big Tech getting involved in military matters, and how their employees are responding. They also discuss whether Compass really counts as real estate tech, and fawn over President Biden's $2 trillion dollar infrastructure plan. Also, Kara plays a little April Fools joke on Scott, and spoiler alert—it works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/2/202153 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tony Hsieh, Jeff Bezos's Twitter fingers, and Big Tech in Congress (again)

This week, Kara and Scott chat about the Wall Street Journal's deep dive on Tony Hsieh, Jeff Bezo's twitter fingers, and the future of unions. Then, Friend of Pivot Zephyr Teachout joins us to talk about Cuomo Corruption and how monopoly power is "white power." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/30/202158 minutes, 5 seconds
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Microsoft and Discord, Goldman Sachs' junior bankers and a listener mail question on news consumption

Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft's potential acquisition of the video gaming social platform Discord. They also preview the big tech hearings on disinformation. Meanwhile, Scott thinks Goldman Sachs junior employees should "buck up", even though Kara thinks "work-life-balance" priorities might be shifting in our culture. In listener mail, Kara and Scott talk about how they consume the news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/26/202149 minutes, 46 seconds
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Struggles at Dispo, Trump's own social media network, and the 411 on NFTs

Kara and Scott talk about troubles at Dispo – the photosharing app – after allegations of sexual assault came out around the founder's circle. They also discuss the possibility of former President Trump starting his own social media platform. Then, we are joined by Friend of Pivot Chairman of the Department of Finance at NYU Stern, David Yermack, on how to think about the NFT craze and the cryptocurrency landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/23/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 5 seconds
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Facebook makes a Substack competitor, Netflix's carbon footprint and the future of McKinsey

Kara and Scott discuss scandals at Substack as Facebook builds a newsletter competitor. They also discuss a new tool that is measuring the carbon footprint of streaming on Netflix and what that means for the industry. In listener mail, we get a question about whether McKinsey is still the gold standard for early career success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/19/202156 minutes, 46 seconds
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The future of travel and a Friend of Pivot on telehealth

Kara and Scott talk about the biggest weekend for airlines since the pandemic started and what that means for the industry. They are joined by Hims/Hers CEO Andrew Dudum to talk about how telehealth surged in the past year and his decision to take the company public as a SPAC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/16/20211 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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Roblox IPO, Facebook doesn't think it has an antitrust problem and a listener question on PlayStation5

Kara and Scott talk about Roblox going public – and making a big splash – and what that means for the gaming industry. Then they discuss Facebook asking Federal judges to overturn the FTC's antitrust charges. In listener mail, a former Prof. G student asks if Sony has a Consumer Protection Act problem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/12/202145 minutes, 7 seconds
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SPACs tumble, the education tech market and the future of automation

Kara and Scott talk about how SPACs have tumbled in recent weeks and what that means for the IPO landscape. They also discuss Coursera going public and the future of education tech post-pandemic. Then, New York Times tech reporter and author of the new book, "Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation", Kevin Roose joins to discuss the future of automation in our day-to-day lives. Mackenzie Scott's marriage is our win! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/9/20211 hour, 9 seconds
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Google ad track changes, implosions for the entertainment industry and Square buys Tidal

Kara and Scott talk about Google changing its ad model – they won't be selling ads based on how your browse the web anymore. They also discuss Square purchasing Jay-Z's music streaming service company – and we're not quite sure why... Meanwhile, Alamo Drafthouse files Chapter 11, and ratings for the Golden Globes hits an all-time low. In listener mail, a 21-year-old on a visa asks for advice on how to build an international career as an entrepreneur. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/5/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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The new COVID stimulus and Andy Slavitt on vaccine plans

Kara and Scott talk about the $.19 trillion stimulus package that passed the House and the fight for a $15/hour minimum wage. They also discuss the digital Golden Globes and Trump's appearance at CPAC. Then they are joined by White House Senior Advisor to the COVID-19 Response Team, Andy Slavitt, to discuss vaccine distribution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/2/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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More hearings for big tech, GameStop stock surge (again), and predictions come true

Kara and Scott talk about deals reached between Facebook and Australia as Facebook, Google and Twitter prepare to testify in front of Congress. They also discuss the new surge of GameStop stock. In listener mail we get a question from a Texan about how tech companies are going to be looking at their moves to the state. In predictions, Scott does a victory lap on 3 big predictions come true in 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/26/20211 hour, 17 seconds
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U.K. says Uber drivers are employees, and the future of cyber attacks

Kara and Scott talk about a U.K. Supreme Court ruling that says Uber drivers must be treated as employees and what that means for the future of the company. Then Kara and Scott are joined by New York Times reporter and bestselling author of “This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends", Nicole Perlroth about the danger of cyber attacks in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/23/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 56 seconds
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Australia vs. Facebook and the GameStop hearings

Kara and Scott talk about Facebook restricting users and publishers from using the platform in Australia as the country weighs a law that would require big tech to pay for news content. They also discuss the hearing on the GameStop fiasco and how Robinhood played a part. In listener mail, Scott answers why he doesn't invest in Bitcoin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/19/202158 minutes, 48 seconds
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Lincoln Project implosion, Microsoft says Google should pay newspapers, and Friend of Pivot Adam Grant

Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft CEO Brad Smith's stance saying the US should follow Australia in a model that would force tech giants to pay for news content. They also discuss implosions at the Lincoln Project and Disney dropping the actor Gina Carano. Then in Friend of Pivot, Adam Grant, the author of the New York Times bestseller "Think Again", joins the show to talk about how to think outside your opinion bubble. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/16/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 41 seconds
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Is there a Trump without Twitter? A mini class on "dispersion", and a prediction about CNN

Kara and Scott talk about Twitter's fourth-quarter earnings and the decision to ban Trump's account for life. Scott gives a mini-class on the idea of "dispersion". In listener mail we get a question about whether Clubhouse is a threat to podcasting. In predictions, Scott sees a CNN being acquired. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/12/20211 hour, 58 seconds
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Twitter subscription service, Tesla invests in Bitcoin, and Friend of Pivot Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

Kara and Scott talk about Tesla investing $1.5billion in Bitcoin and what that means for the future of cryptocurrencies. They also discuss Twitter mulling a new subscription product. Meanwhile, Apple's talks with Hyundai/KIA to build an autonomous vehicle broke down. Then in Friend of Pivot, Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel talks about the importance of expanding broadband during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/9/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 8 seconds
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The end of the Bezos era, SpaceX for civilians, and a stock prediction

Kara and Scott talk about Jeff Bezos stepping away from his role as CEO of Amazon and moving into the Executive Chair position. They talk about Elon Musks' plans to send a civilian crew to space by the end of the year in hopes of ushering in a new era of space travel. In listener mail, a young Facebook employee asks if the company has any redeeming qualities. And Scott has more predictions on GameStop stock. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/5/20211 hour, 54 seconds
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Who is profiting off Reddit stock threads? And the "Marshall Plan for Moms"

Kara and Scott talk about more fall out from the Reddit/Robinhood stock blitz. They also discuss escalating tensions between Facebook and Apple. Then in Friend of Pivot, we hear from Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani, who is heading up a new movement to have mothers at the center of economic recovery called "The Marshall Plan for Moms". Women account for most of the jobs lost over the course of the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/2/202154 minutes, 22 seconds
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The GameStop, Reddit, Robinhood saga

Kara and Scott break down how amateur traders best hedge fund managers, driving up GameStop stock and what that means for the future of the stock market. They also discuss Google's PAC ending donations to congress members who voted against verifying Biden's election win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/29/20211 hour, 1 minute, 40 seconds
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Facebook's oversight board takes on the Trump ban and Friend of Pivot Congressman Ro Khanna on what's ahead in Washington

Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's oversight board are deciding whether to permanently ban Donald Trump from the platform and what that might mean for other world leaders. Then we are joined by Silicon Valley's representative and the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, Ro Khanna, to discuss the senate impeachment trial, tech regulations, and President Biden's first 100 days in office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/26/202156 minutes, 51 seconds
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Inauguration Day, Biden's antitrust issues, and the future of Fox News

Kara and Scott talk about Inauguration Day and the Biden administration. Big tech critics are concerned about his potential DOJ antitrust division appointees. They also discuss several big names at Fox News departing the outlet and what happens to the cable networks without Donald Trump. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about how to teach students K-higher education about misinformation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/22/202156 minutes, 58 seconds
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More GOP Twitter suspensions, Parler is back, and FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter on the future of big tech

Kara and Scott talk about Twitter suspending republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading misinformation about the election. They also talk about Parler's resurgence on the internet. Then in Friend of Pivot, we hear from FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter on antitrust lawsuits against Facebook and the future of tech regulations under the Biden administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/19/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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Impeachment number 2, Airbnb cancels DC reservations, and rebranding America

Kara and Scott talk about the second impeachment of Donald Trump. They also discuss a roundup of more businesses and platforms banning Trump his alt-right supporters. Airbnb is cancelling its DC area reservations ahead of next week's inauguration. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer how to save America's brand. And a prediction on the consumer economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/15/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
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Parler goes dark, Trump's power without Twitter, and a Friend of Pivot on the history of coups

Kara and Scott talk about how an alt-right social media app got shut down. They also discuss Trump's permanent ban from Twitter. In Friend of Pivot, we talk to NYU Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat about the history of fascists, how they rise to power, and where Trump fits into that context. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/12/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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Twitter and Facebook ban Trump, the future of Internet regulations under Democrats, and a prediction on Sheryl Sandberg

Kara and guest hosts Casey Newton and Louie Swisher talk about the insurrection on the US Capitol and the de-platforming of Donald Trump. They also discuss the future of FCC, Section 230, and antitrust now that the Senate, House, and White House will all be blue. In predictions, Casey Newton says this will be Sheryl Sandberg's last year at Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/8/202147 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Trump tapes and Tesla sales soar with guest host Stephanie Ruhle

Kara and guest host MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle talk about the Georgia special Senate election and the leaked tapes of Trump asking to doctor votes. They also discuss the major sales of Tesla vehicles in 2020 despite the downturn of the auto industry as a whole. In Friend of Pivot, we talk to Kara's brother, Dr. Jeffrey Swisher, about his experience with the covid-19 vaccine and what he sees for the rest of the 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/5/202155 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Wonder Woman premiere, Georgia's run off election, and friend of pivot Olivia Nuzzi

Kara and guest host Hilary Rosen talk about Wonder Woman and the future of streaming. They also talk about the stimulus package, the January 5th Georgia run off election, and how the media and political landscape will look in a Post Trump America. Wins and fails include Joe Biden and the Americans who still aren't taking this pandemic seriously. Olivia Nuzzi is our Friend of Pivot. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/29/202056 minutes, 36 seconds
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2021 Predictions Special: the future of markets, healthcare, and media

Kara and Scott are joined by a slew of Friends of Pivot to look ahead at what to expect in markets, acquisitions, automation, work culture, healthcare, and media. Thank you to our friends: Andrew Ross Sorkin, founder, and editor of New York Times Dealbook Aminatou Sow, creator of Crème de la Crème newsletter, and author of the bestselling book Big Friendship Baratunde Thurston, host, and creator of How To Citizen (send his community number a text at 202-894-8844) Andy Slavitt, host of In the Bubble and head of Obamacare during the Obama Administration Erica Anderson, Executive Producer of Pivot PLUS members of the Galloway/Swisher households Rebecca Sananes produces Pivot Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/22/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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Facebook vs. Apple, Robinhood reckoning, and a prediction for Zoom

Kara and Scott talk about Facebook's ad campaign going after Apple as both companies face antitrust lawsuits. They also discuss the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth filing a complaint against Robinhood. In listener mail, we get a question about whether podcasters will go behind paywalls. Scott has a prediction for Zoom Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/18/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Covid vaccine in the US, Roblox IPO delay, and friend of Pivot Stephanie Ruhle

Kara and Scott talk about the covid-19 vaccine being distributed in the United States and the apps that will trace who has gotten the vaccine. They also discuss Roblox delaying its IPO until 2021 after Airbnb and Doordash's blockbuster market debuts. Then MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle joins to talk about her own experience with the coronavirus and how she thinks the US will or will not change once we have the vaccine. Kara thinks that a Wall Street Journal op-ed about First Lady-elect Dr. Jill Biden was a fail. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/15/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 19 seconds
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Facebook's monopoly reckoning, the Pfizer vaccine begins, and predictions for Airbnb stock

Kara and Scott discuss the FTC and 48 states bringing a lawsuit to Facebook, alleging it is a social media monopoly. They also discuss the future of vaccine distribution, starting in the UK. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about Apple's new chip. And in predictions, Scott and Kara talk Airbnb. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/11/202050 minutes, 1 second
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DoorDash and Airbnb IPOs, WarnerMedia streaming updates, and Casey Newton on Substack

Kara and Scott talk about Airbnb and DoorDash's IPOs expected this week. They also discuss Warner Media potentially launching more streaming services in 2021. In Friend of Pivot we hear from Casey Newton about his jump to Substack and his new newsletter. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/8/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 46 seconds
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Amazon’s podcast acquisition, what led to Slack losing its lead, and Trump's move on 230

Kara and Scott talk about Amazon's move into podcasting companies and Salesforce buying Slack. They also talk about Trump threatening to veto a defense bill in Congress if it doesn't include striking down Section 230. In listener mail, Kara and Scott answer a question about food insecurity and the future of grocery. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/4/202052 minutes, 7 seconds
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Antitrust trouble for Facebook and Google, Friend of Pivot on Covid vaccines, and remembering Tony Hsieh

Kara and Scott talk about new antitrust cases being prepared against Facebook and Google. They also talk about Amazon's hiring surge this year – the biggest employment growth in corporate America history. Then we are joined by Harvard epidemiologist, assistant professor, Dr. Michael Mina, about testing and vaccines to get the pandemic under control. In wins, Kara and Scott share memories of Tony Hsieh. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/1/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 16 seconds
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What happens post-Corona, marketing "defund the police", and predictions on SPACs

Kara and Scott talk about an outage at AWS, Salesforce potentially buying Slack and Scott's new book Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity. Send us your Listener Mail questions through our site, nymag.com/pivot and use Yappa to leave a video or audio message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/27/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 33 seconds
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Media consolidations, Snapchat's TikTok competitor, and Joanna Coles on retail during the pandemic

Kara and Scott talk about BuzzFeed acquiring the Huffington Post and other media consolidations as the industry shifts. They also discuss Snapchat's new feature "Spotlight" that will function like TikTok and pay top creators. In Friend of Pivot, we hear from Joanna Coles about what and how people are shopping during the pandemic holiday season. For Kara and Scott, the Biden cabinet picks are the win of the week. Learn more about yo