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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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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
2022-12-02
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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
2022-11-29
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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
2022-11-25
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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
2022-11-22
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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
2022-11-18
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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
2022-11-15
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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
2022-11-11
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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
2022-11-08
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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
2022-11-04
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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
2022-11-01
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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
2022-10-28
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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
2022-10-25
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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
2022-10-21
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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
2022-10-18
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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
2022-10-14
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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
2022-10-10
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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
2022-10-07
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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
2022-10-05
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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
2022-10-04
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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
2022-09-30
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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
2022-09-28
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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
2022-09-27
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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
2022-09-24
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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
2022-09-23
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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
2022-09-21
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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
2022-09-20
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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
2022-09-17
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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
2022-09-16
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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
2022-09-14
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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
2022-09-13
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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
2022-09-10
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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
2022-09-09
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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
2022-09-06
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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
2022-09-02
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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
2022-08-30
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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
2022-08-26
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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
2022-08-23
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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
2022-08-19
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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
2022-08-16
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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
2022-08-12
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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
2022-08-09
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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
2022-08-05
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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
2022-08-02
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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
2022-07-29
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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
2022-07-26
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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
2022-07-22
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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
2022-07-19
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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
2022-07-15
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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
2022-07-12
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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
2022-07-09
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