Hard Fork

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“Hard Fork” is a show about the future that’s already here. Each week, journalists Kevin Roose and Casey Newton explore and make sense of the latest in the rapidly changing world of tech.

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  • orikle
    I AM A KID
    Hello I am 10 years old and I love your podcast it is hilarious 😆
  • JB20152015
    Lame jokes and a *little* tech?
    The amount of lame joking is over the top. Some good tech content but I couldn’t stand the exaggerated, dull comedy routines.
  • Nintendobiggestfan
    No longer a tech podcast
    It’s degenerated to just another AI hype pod. It was a great podcast to get the pulse on leading tech generally, but this podcast interpreted leading tech to just mean AI now so it’s really boring.
  • Robert Cusella
    A Perfect Duo
    Kevin and Casey host a classic, hilarious, and super smart podcast on the tech world. I love this podcast with all my heart.
  • Jill Lloyd Flanagan
    I like it
    A good podcast to stay up to date on tech, I did stop listening for a bit when both hosts were in favor of a TikTok ban which i think is insane but I think overall it’s a good tech podcast with the fact that you have to take it with a grain of salt as it does come from the very centrist New York Times
  • jcd1969
    10 out of 10
    I’d listen to Kevin & Casey talk about anything! It just happens that their shows cover timely tech themes with clarity & insight. Love these guys.
  • Mme Blink
    Skip the small talk
    Skipping the small talk and opening chit chat would greatly improve this podcast.
  • j footprint
    mostly good content but
    Being in tech myself, I like the content of Hard Fork, BUT... Tone it down. I can’t believe that Roose and Newton over-emote in normal conversation, and they just spin up each other into a frenzy here. It gets annoying quickly. Maybe take a step away from gamer enthusiasm.
  • lgmiller77
    Love the concept, but hard to take serious
    I love the concept of this podcast and I’m looking for a place to keep up with the fast, ever changing world of technology. But the hosts make it really hard to take them seriously. The forced jokes they tell become distracting and cringey to listen to. In particular, the episode on OpenAI and Scarlet Johansson was painful; Casey’s ScarJo movie title jokes almost made me turn the podcast off. I really want to stick with this podcast. But please dial back the cheesiness. It’s distracting to the point of annoyance.
  • Irina Krivonos
    Great tech show
    I love how light Kevin and Casey are. It’s easy to understand the information with good storytelling and sense of humor. Absolutely the best show about the tech
  • Chrislan88
    It downgraded from good to bad
    Nowadays, it’s more about a conversation of two insecure losers mumbling
  • Finjimin
    Love it!
    Love this show, genuinely look forward to it as one of my weekend listens… I’ve been in tech/digital for 25 years and I find this a great balance of commentary, thought provoking points of view, interesting interviews and presented in a way that often makes me laugh along. Its great to listen to smart people who are not taking themselves or the subject matter too seriously whilst also asking some really good questions from their own industry viewpoint. Great work!
  • Patrick.J.W
    reliably informative and entertaining
    Well produced and informative. The hosts are smart and funny and have great rapport.
  • Joe_Rude
    Get smarter and have a great time
    I love the chemistry between Kevin and Casey. They’re really enjoyable to listen to and at the same time I’ll learning a lot about different areas of tech, so much so that I can have intelligent conversations with my “techie” friends. I would highly recommend this podcast!
  • crisygal
    Kudos
    This podcast is in my top 5 to learn from. Kevin and Casey should be AI personality models I’d chat with them frequently! Hey is that a new idea for a business ? Celeb AI friends? Like those celeb calls where you hire a b-list personality to make a personal bday wishes video or phone call- your celeb AI is modeled after their personality and experience in a friendly conversation. See how inspiring Kevin and Casey are!? Anyway, these dudes are smart, fun, interesting, well connected (they know about the cool stuff and cool parties and interview the cool people) and they are just good humans. (Bonus!) When’s the BBQ? Please send me an invite. Love Hard Fork so much!
  • Rebecca1954
    Cord box?
    Love you guys! I’m a clinical social worker from a tech family… yet I just have to comment Kevin, us women of a certain age have a cord box too!! lol…👌🏻👍🏻
  • Shellandjj
    5 stars…AGAIN!
    Writing another review about STILL listening to Hard Fork. I thought the music episode was really creative and the compositions were beautiful. I just finished listening the episode highlighting how listeners use AI in their work and even though I’m retired, I got some great ideas. Like, I finally decided to download and play with ChatGPT to help me finish writing my dad’s memoir. He got 2/3 through his memoir before he passed away in Dec and I brought this idea the finish it for him from the back burner due to that episode. And anecdotes like the “cord box”!!! After I retired, I found 3 of my own cord boxes, which contained lots of forgotten cabling treasures!🤣Casey and Kevin keep me relevant and giggling and I really appreciate that. I always look forward to my weekly Hard Fork doses, thanks!
  • MistraHelpful
    Edging toward Click & Clack
    This show started strong, but is now settled in and moving toward Car Talk territory, with forced jokes and forced chuckles in response. Casey needs to stop trying so hard. He also needs to STOP YELLING. I mean, even right at the beginning, during the topic accouncements, so much yelling that the baby cries and the cat runs out of the room. He yells so hard that he knocked a star off my rating. Otherwise, a great show.
  • gronster
    Amusing, highly informative
    Love the tone of this show! Amusing but not snarky. Very informative, but not at all dry.
  • Nickt123
    Pretty good!
    This podcast fills a crucial role in communicating updates in the world of technology in a manner accessible to the public. I don’t agree with all of their takes, but they provide good info. Would definitely recommend!
  • Digitalmem
    The Elon Musk is evil, X is doomed…
    For the last year, about 60% of the tech coverage was interesting but the constant anti-anything Elon Musk coverage finally got too much. Funny thing about Caseys pronouncements that X was doomed a year ago and now all the underlying business numbers - I.e users, subscribers, engagement time - are all up. Current episode features a hit Job on why Tesla is now also doomed, just as it’s basically solved self driving and will likely have working humanoid robots in market in the next 24 months. Also funny that the first brain machine implanted in a paraplegic human, making them telekinetic was never covered on the show… I wonder why? I guess it’s hard to spin that story as horrible and evil therefore don’t touch it. I’m curious how all of these insightful predictions will be spun over the next couple of years as Tesla becomes the most valuable company in the world and X eats the New York Times for lunch.
  • alicevlaubach
    Non-Tech, Cool Mom Loves the Show
    I am not in the tech world but I love this show. I have 3 small children and want to be a cool Mom who is somewhat informed on tech and not asking them repeatedly about tech, like a Boomer. I do work in corporate immigration which affects a huge amount of tech workers. If you need some insights, let me know!
  • Gvantsa.K
    ♥️♥️♥️
    This show is hightlight of my week. Thank you! 🙏🔥
  • jencismai
    Great!
    Always enjoyable on a Friday afternoon.
  • Mountains720
    Tickles and tech
    Not since Cheech and Chong … Great, smart, funny podcast.
  • CinciJJ
    Learn about tech (and laugh too!)
    These two have great chemistry. Have learned so much from this show.
  • northbanker
    Great show! Could you add time markers in summary?
    Been listening to the show since it was birthed. Keep up the good work guys! BUT may I make one request: in your summary, could you please add time markers to the segments of your show? I listen to a zillion podcasts, and that feature is invaluable, in order to listen to as many as I do, skipping over a few bits that are not of interest.
  • sam-1984
    Incredible podcast
    I’ve listened to every episode starting at the first one and love this podcast. Casey Newton is so funny!
  • MDTof De
    Love
    Yes, love the podcast - Casey and Kevin make what is generally dry tech info accessible while not insulting their audience. It’s also fun.
  • Devil Dinosaur
    Feels like sitting around with friends on a Friday afternoon.
    I just started listening and don’t even know the host’s name but their delivery is so infectious I look forward to listening to them at the end of the week. They remind me of my college days and just exploring the outer edges of tech with classmates.
  • KriDisco
    Love this podcast
    This podcast brings me so much joy! I do not work in the tech space, but Kevin & Casey’s rapport, their humor and insights have made Hard Fork one of my new favorites.
  • ASP18218483
    Love!
    I live for the opening of the show. So amazingly funny and catchy. I look forward to it each week and the show only gets better from there. Great job guys, keep doing the awesome reporting and informing.
  • E5trella333
    Ah the blissful ignorance of parenting young children
    I’m giving a 5 star bc 99% of the time, these guys provide an incredibly thoughtful and balanced approach to covering tech issues, and generally admit to any blind-spots and biases. BUT… regarding the kids and social media conversation. You guys. C’mon. And I get it- when my daughter was 3 (and an angel), I too gave myself a premature high-five about how amazing I was as a parent, and how great she would be at 15. And now here we are… literally every argument and conflict ties back to that little rectangle that’s surgically attached to her hand. And we don’t even allow social media. It has highjacked her brain, it is literally rewiring our kids. To suggest we can “teach them to use it responsibly” when (1) the companies don’t give us the tools to control exposure (2) we can’t even figure out a responsible way to use as adults is so incredibly obtuse. Do you REALLY think all of us parents have just totally given up on parenting? Bc that is the only way mental health, attention, social issues could be such a huge issue, if tech (/social media) isn’t at least a part of it, controlling for all other variables, as the biggest thing to change around how kids socialize vs even 10 years ago. Yet we (working moms) spend more time parenting these days on avg than stay at home Moms in the 70’s. Everyone is a perfect parent until they become one. Or in this case, become the parent of a teen. I’d love to see you revisit this issue with actual parents of teens.
  • No, and I mean it
    Great music, and excellent content too.
    The music on this show is the best. Great all-around podcast!
  • Requestfromlistener
    To Casey Newton
    Casey, we get it. You’re gay. Please stop mentioning your sexuality in the podcast. It seems that your personal life isn’t of interest to the audience.
  • Timo1234625638
    Okay but skews anti-tech/techno pessimist
    Decent coverage about currently events in tech, but tends to have a strong anti-tech bias. I wish they’d do a better job not letter their personal politics skews their coverage or even just cover tech in a way that focuses on the positive aspects and possible futures.
  • WBSupreme
    My Favorite Tech Podcast
    I can’t remember how I found this but I’m so glad I did. This is the main podcast I look forward to each week. I really enjoy the hosts’ discussions and perspectives; appreciating their sense of humor and critical thinking on the week’s happenings in tech. In addition, I feel like this is one of the shows that tends to present tougher questions and discussion while remaining respectful with guests. Great job!
  • Nicholas_Alexander
    tiktok ban
    critiquing china for banning american social media companies and then encouraging america to do the same is a weird stance to take. I guess as long as meta, google and apple keep inviting you guys to their demos you’re okay with them stealing our data.
  • Recovering Tech Bro
    Great Work
    I’m to busy to write reviews, but I just have to. This is THE best podcast since the days when Radiolab was king. I look forward to this every week. Thank you all.
  • ThisIsTheTruth
    Enh
    The content is generally good. The presentation is tiring — the hosts joke around but are rarely actually funny, they’re always yelling, and and you get the sense they speed up the recording and close up silent breaks, which just makes it all more frenetic. Beyond the hosts, the entire production feels like a game show more than anything else. Just, like, calm down already.
  • jakebutcher
    Only podcast I download
    Having an old phone leads to interesting download behavior: I stopped automatically downloading podcasts months ago. The only exception to this is Hard Fork. It’s the one podcast which we listen to every week. Its a fun and informative listen.
  • gybuse
    I just love this show!
    That’s all I gotta say! + I love your music and 1 more thing…with all that’s going on we need a little fun! Thanks Casey and Kevin
  • DASinEUR
    Great shows … but you’re missing the mark on Gemini
    About the Gemini bias controversy, I think that you and other AI pundits are missing something. Yeah, there’s underlying bias in genAI tools because of the human bias in the internet they all ingested, and in the case of Gemini images, Google “overcorrected”… But the OTHER thing about Gemini – it’s absolute refusal to answer questions about Donald Trump, the January 6 riot, etc. AND its biased responses to lots of other questions related to politically charge concepts or events (see the oped in WaPo on 2/27) … I can’t see how that is something that’s innocent! It smacks to me of the kind of censorship in China, where Tiananmen Square is barely a geographical location of some distant historical interest. I’m not picking on you, but I think that there is something much more alarming and Gemini than generating images of black Founding Fathers. Am I off-base??
  • Carnesen
    Hilarious and informative
    I just started listening to this podcast and I’m so into it. The hosts are freakin hilarious. They get great guests. The topics are interesting and relevant.
  • darlene mm
    BEST SHOW EVER.
    I’m not even that into tech, and still, I think this is the best show ever. Even when they are interviewing someone I couldn’t care less about, I still enjoy it.
  • Ty$dollar
    Wonderful
    The absolute best tech podcast out there
  • know better do better
    NYT is a Genocidal Publication
    Boycott all NYT propaganda
  • fuvdtvh
    Love it!
    Kevin and Casey are so delightful and funny together! I love the banter between the two of them and they are informative about all the latest technology. So glad I found this podcast. Thank you for all your fun and entertaining work!
  • smart now
    It’s time for Casey to go
    With Kevin this is a 5 star podcast. Casey constantly is dragging it down with “jokes” that are more like panicked accusations of everyone around him. I don’t know who hurt him in his formative years, but he’s clearly taking it out on big tech. Maybe they represent some kind of bad stepfather to him. Whatever the case, it’s beyond obvious he does not have journalistic integrity, he hates the subjects of his reporting, and he seems more or less unqualified to handle a lot of this source material. This show would be significantly better with Kevin alone, or a new co host.
  • Tealness
    Delightful & informative
    As someone who is not deeply interested in tech… I’ve found myself, for some reason, absolutely hooked on this podcast. Kevin & Casey have great chemistry and are so witty and informative that I find myself becoming interested in topics that I didn’t even know existed before I found this podcast. Their witty banter is genuinely entertaining- I often find myself giggling along with them. Truly a gem that you don’t have to be in the tech industry to enjoy.
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