Recode Media

by Recode
Tech News #199

What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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  • nbsfmc
    self important
    he’s mostly a jerk to everyone who comes on this show and it’s baffling anyone even bothers to agree to it. All for investigative journalism but it’s unnecessarily adversarial the way this guy handles the interviews.
  • Clarisse Gomez
    Awesome Podcast!!!
    Peter, host of the Recode Media podcast, highlight all aspects of technology, innovation and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
  • eileen334455
    Shocked at the most recent Pod.
    Way to pander to the author of chaos monkeys. Done listening to this pod.
  • djf at mndsindsk.
    Always interesting
  • Jon AM
    Change the cover
    Who of this guy? Be someone before you put your face on a podcast. If you write longer episode titles, maybe people will listen.
  • Ian77147
    One of the most insightful podcasts out there
  • stingrayhall
    Highly Recommend
    I like Peter’s no nonsense interview style & he keeps me up to date on the important media players. I can also always count on him to ask a question about VC rounds & funding.
  • TheCorkScrew
    Very good
    Peter is very good at podcasting. He asks informative questions. I learn a lot about new media every episode.
  • Long time in China
    Excellent podcast!!
    Peter is a very good podcast host. Does comprehensive background research and is very well prepared for every interview. I learn tons every time!! Thank you!
  • Osssssbear
    Best business of entertainment podcast out there!
    Highly recommend to anyone who works in the industry or is interested in what’s going on. The guests are top of their fields, and every conversation is fascinating and enlightening!
  • BigPoppa99
    Useful and smart for anyone in media.
    The guests and topics are at the very top of what is driving media. These are the true movers and shakers. The host annoys the heck out of me. He’s very snarky. And interrupts in a rude way. Not to get better answers. Overall, if you work in media it’s a must. But I just wish the host was better. Oh, and the intel ads are just plain silly. And annoying.
  • Gabe Mott
    Great content but crappy commercials
    Peter and the whole gestalt asks direct impactful meaningful questions. But misses this authentic moment.
  • Canvas and Canopy
    Enough already.
    Same old format, same old boring agenda pushing. Hitting unsubscribe.
  • SideHustlerInTraining
    Fun and insightful conversations
    A great guide into the complex and changing media landscape
  • resistimpulse
    Interview with YT Sue and he whiffs with bias
    Love Kafka and his podcast but he whiffed it hard when he had YT Sue available to answer questions. You could hear in his voice how he got amped up and biased because a coworker of his was teased. He pushes the agenda to limit the youtube upload freedoms, as well as some more crazyness, while citing how it works for traditional media... This dude, Kafka, knows the dangers and hurdles of traditional media! He knows the generational engagement challenges of traditional media to penetrate cord cutters etc. Pisses me of Kafka gets the opportunity to speak with Sue and basically whiffs the first half with bias then speed runs through generic talking points etc. One of the audience members asked one of the best questions regarding the actual platform, creators, and viewers.
  • ReportThis505
    Peter Kafka, whiz kid
    Peter Kafka knows his way around the media-verse and when he doesn’t (which rarely happens), he interviews someone who does know. His podcast is great for all of the media junkies out there wanting to keep in the know about the ever-changing media landscape. He talks to magazine editors, newspaper journalists, tv producers, and all sorts of content creators. He asks questions clearly and doesn’t shy away from more difficult questions.
  • Heyooooobadyletsgoooi
    Vocal frying
    I love the people this host gets on his podcast, but I can’t listen to the vocal frying of the host. It hurts my throat just listening to him talk.
  • La21218
    Always something to learn
    Peter is a great host and I appreciate that he doesn’t fawn over his guests, rather he asks them pointed questions that offer great insights. If you work in media, the digital space, advertising or something similar you really can’t afford not to listen. I learn something new every podcast and find the podcast material pretty compelling. Some interviews are a bit long but that just means I need to listen in bits and pieces. Great stuff though.
  • cc28
    It’s great!
    It’s great!
  • benf19
    Favorite podcast
    One of the best interviewers + reliably awesome guests = great show
  • itamarro
    You’re reading a review from a random person on the Internet - that is me - and today I’ll be telling you that Peter Kafka’s podcast is really great and you should totally listen to it.
  • War Eagle 2015
    Great insight
    Nice look into what top people in digital media are thinking about and basing strategy around.
  • BenjaminMullin
    Great interviews
    I love Peter Kafka’s unsparing interview style.
  • zservideo
    Consistently great media podcast
    Peter Kafka brings healthy skepticism to every discussion whether it’s with Reed Hastings from Netflix or Jeff Green from The Trade Desk. The resulting dialogue arms me and my consortium with knowledge to be smarter in our strategic roles for our media + tech partners.
  • MaineAle
    Not too shabby...
    Good guests, good topics. Peter K. is a better interviewer than Kara Swisher.
  • PDX1968
    Kara Fischer is just plain rude
    Just listened to the most recent episode, with Facebook execs. Kara was simply rude to the guests on the show. I'm not a huge defender of Facebook or anything, but it really isn't necessary to be offensive in order to be challenging. I'll avoid episodes with her in them in the future.
  • portalkeeper
    Fantastic interviews that summarize the media business
    If the show were just boring delivery of this information and analysis, it would still be five stars, but Peter Kafka is also a gifted, engaging interviewer with excellent taste in guests, so it's entertaining as well.
  • Nahtehc
    From someone who has seen it all...
    Peter Kafka has (out of nowhere for those who have been seeing his print work for years) created a great review of the themes, content, and personalities of the shifting tide of the media + tech world. He’s not always right but he’s always knows where he is mentally and physically, and he knows what to ask. One of my favorites!
  • cdohertyk
    Good, but can feel stale
    I do like Recode Media and think Peter Kafka is an excellent interviewer, but I wish the podcast would feature storytelling as well as straight interviews. Just to get more context behind the people.
  • kendraslo
    The host is so interesting and asks fantastic questions. Because if this he gets top executives and playas in the media industry. He ask old media execs at Hearst tough questions and asks good questions to new media companies like Buzzfeed and Bleacher Report. I’ve been listening for years and just love the host. He says he’s older than many, but it’s clear he keeps up with the times and can easily relate to a mid-20s listener. Go check out Recode Decode after you listen to Recode Media!
  • thinkman
    Kara, are you reading to this……please?
    I do enjoy your show, however "quasi-manic" you can be at times. Peter Kafka is right up there with you as an intelligent, conversational, yet probing interviewer - he, however, doesn't interject/interupt his guests as you do - often pushing the conversation in a direction you want it to go as opposed to the natural direction a conversation simply takes. When you listen to your guest and form another question, based on their answer - you have to first hear the guest's answer. Our world seems to revolve around the same story. on traditional media, day in and day out/week in and week out! The variety you bring is such a ray of sunshine for me. So, Kara, here's my critique for what you need to do better, and my five stars for what you both do so well.
  • Argomancer
    Topical guests, incisive questions
    Peter has great guests who are plugged into the tech/media eco system and asks insightful and tough questions. It’s clear he really knows this space.
  • killingcrawdads
    Excellent Pod
    This is going to be a boring 5-star recc. Sorry. Just listen. You’ll learn something.
  • Amandaj333
    Strong Interviewer
    I am a political podcast junkie but pretty discriminating about what I listen to. This is a new one for me but I have been bingeing. Kafka is a great interviewer -- where others would lob softballs, he's tough and incisive. I appreciate it.
  • Hypercasey
    Fantastic insight by Peter Kafka
    Fantastic insight by Peter Kafka and his guests. It's a great complement to Lara's show.
  • KevWDadeo
    Interviews for All
    Peter is very good interviewing all guests. Tech and all aspects of modern life. Worth the listen every episode.
  • SeanPmacNYC
    Refreshingly honest media biz interviews, top guests
    Peter Kafka is great - welcoming but candid/no bs conversationalist with his guests, and knows how to follow up esp when an answer goes in an interesting/unexpected direction.
  • isaacada1
    Solid listening
    Peter does a fantastic job bringing you insightful conversations with the biggest players in the media landscape. Enjoy the bantor.
  • patburd
    Peter's Approach is Great
    Love the style and approach to the vary varied interviews! Highly recommend!
  • USPMcN
    Good listening for marketers
    If you work in marketing as I do you need to keep up with media trends constantly. This podcast is very helpful for keeping up with what people in media are thinking about, worrying about, and anticipating. Tune in.
  • Berk Fam
    Terrific commentary on today's media issues.
    Listening to Mr. Kafka and his guests is like having a seat at the table of an insider discussion of important tech and media issues of the day. Deep and thoughtful, Mr. Kafka manages to wrangle in interesting and smart guests that I really, really enjoy.
  • Olliefly
    My of my favorite podcasts!
    Informative, timely and relevant! This is one of my favorite podcasts.
  • Muskatinho
    Consistently interesting and thoughtful
    I listen regularly. Kafka is super knowledgeable and almost all his guests are accomplished and interesting. And Kafka is obviously plugged in because his guests treat him as a peer.
  • Lisa from Santa Monica
    Always great
    Peter is always entertaining and funny. Great interviews. Look forward and love every single one.
  • NicknamePolicyIsDumb
    Great interviewing style
    Peter Kafka has great guests and a very smooth interviewing style that makes for an interesting conversation.
  • Josh!!!!!!!!!!!
    Start here
    If you want one podcast, this should be it.
  • Felix.FL
    Great podcast
    Really enjoy listening to this podcast - a great variety of guests and a great range of topics. Wish some subjects were discussed at more length and detail, but overall would recommend.
  • msadesign
    Kafka' charm drives great conversation
    Oh, dear! Whodathunk that respectful and deeply informed questions would actually elicit thoughtful, fully formed answers from interesting people? Is this that journalism thing I've heard old people talk about?
  • Satchicat
    First thing I listen to on Thursday Mornings
    I've listened to ReCode Media since the day it launched and I have been a junkie ever since. Kafka's guests are diverse and always intriguing. His interview style is laid back but laser sharp. He's tenacious without being antagonistic and rarely lets a guest sidestep a question they obviously want to avoid. The show is a definite must for anyone interested in media and the game changers who are shaping its future.
  • luky
    I LOVE this podcast
    The guests are incredible, and Peter is a first rate interviewer. I stopped listening to music in my car, and now listen almost exclusively to Recode Podcasts. Recode Media is fantastic, don't miss it!!!
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