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Pivot

Vox Media Podcast Network

News, News Commentary, Technology, Tech News

4.4 • 6.5K Ratings

Overview

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.

567 Episodes

Elon's About-Face, Surgeon General's New Warning, and AI in Ads

Kara and Scott are live at Cannes! They discuss Elon's plan to win back advertisers, and the Surgeon General's proposal for warning labels on social media. Then, what brands are using AI most effectively right now? Plus, the EU's hard-right parties just harnessed the youth vote in recent elections. What role will the younger generation of voters play in the upcoming U.S. presidential election? Recorded on June 18th at the AdWeek House in Cannes, France DISCLAIMER/ONLY IN CANNES: Our live taping of Pivot in Cannes had some brief competition from the Olympic torch passing by. That led to some mild audio interference at the top of the show. We've minimized it as much as possible, and hope it doesn't impact your enjoyment! 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

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2024

Future of Travel: Is High-Speed Rail Finally Happening in the U.S.?

All aboard for Pivot's special series on the future of travel, examining the big changes coming to the way we get around the world! Will 2024 be the year that high-speed rail becomes reality in the United States? How did the U.S. get so far behind other countries? And what cities have the best train systems? On this episode, Kara and Scott talk trains with Yonah Freemark, the principal research associate at the Urban Institute, who also writes the blog, The Transport Politic. Follow Yonah at @yfreemark 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

Transcribed - Published: 19 June 2024

Washington Post Drama, OpenAI IPO Rumblings, and Guest Scott Wiener

Kara and Scott discuss the drama surrounding the Washington Post's new publisher and incoming editor, as well as Amazon's One Medical facing questions about its call centers. Then, Stanford's Internet Observatory, a prominent disinformation research group, is facing an uncertain future amid ongoing political attacks. Plus, OpenAI announces its newest board member, and might be moving closer to becoming a for-profit company. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is California State Senator Scott Wiener. Senator Wiener is working to pass an AI regulation bill, but not everyone in Silicon Valley is happy about it. Follow Scott at @Scott_Wiener 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

Transcribed - Published: 18 June 2024

Apple’s AI Pop, The Fate of Paramount, and Elon’s Eventful Week

Kara and Scott discuss North Dakota voting in favor of placing age restrictions on congressional candidates, X making likes private, and Tesla shareholders voting on Elon Musk’s pay package. Then, Apple stock is surging after the company revealed its AI plans, and Paramount’s merger talks with Skydance fall apart. Plus, a listener question on the latest drama with Justice Alito. 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

Transcribed - Published: 14 June 2024

Apple Intelligence, The Texas Stock Exchange, and Guests Brody and Luke Mullins

Kara and Scott discuss Apple finally unveiling AI plans. Can it pull ahead in the AI race? Then, Sandy Hook families may finally get some of their settlement, as Alex Jones moves to liquidate his assets. Plus, AI start-up Perplexity is in hot water with news publishers, Amazon expands its robotaxi testing to more cities, and a proposed Texas Stock Exchange throws its hat in the ring. Finally, our Friends of Pivot are Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, Brody Mullins, and Politico contributing writer, Luke Mullins. The Mullin Brothers have written a new book, "The Wolves of K Street: The Secret History of How Big Money Took Over Big Government," and they explain how tech companies changed the lobbying game. Follow Brody at @BrodyMullinsDC and Luke at @LMullinsDC. 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

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

AI Antitrust Investigations, Nvidia Stock Split, and OpenAI Whistleblowers

Kara and Scott discuss New York's plan to regulate social media for kids, X's new rules on adult content, and Shane Smith's latest venture at Vice. Then, federal regulators move forward with antitrust investigations in the AI sector, while Nvidia surges to a $3 trillion market cap, and gets ready for a stock split. Plus, a group of current and former OpenAI employees call for transparency and whistleblower protections. Finally, a listener question about the recent ruling that blocks Fearless Fund from issuing grants to Black female entrepreneurs. 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

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

Google Search Troubles, Trump Trial Aftermath, and Guest Elie Honig

Kara and Scott discuss the Paramount/Skydance merger, the Washington Post's major changes at the top, and Salesforce's worst trading day in 20 years. Then, Google is in damage control mode after a document leak raises questions about search, and its new AI Overviews feature goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Plus, Tesla shareholders are getting ready to vote on reinstating Elon Musk's multi-billion dollar pay package. Will Elon come out on top? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is CNN's Chief Legal Analyst Elie Honig. Elie discusses his New York Magazine column on why he believes the Trump hush money case was flawed, and he looks ahead to next month's sentencing. Follow Elie at @eliehonig. 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

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

Elon and Trump, OpenAI's Next Moves, and Melinda French Gates' $1B Donation

Kara and Scott discuss what impact the Trump hush money trial outcome could have on the election, and whether a Trump second term could include Elon Musk in an advisory role. Then, OpenAI announces a new model in the works, the formation of a safety committee, and more deals with publishers. Plus, Melinda French Gates announces a $1 billion donation to support women, families, and reproductive rights. Are the ex-wives of tech billionaires creating a new era of philanthropy? Finally, Kara and Scott take a listener question on the products and devices they can't stand. Note: This episode was recorded before former President Donald Trump was convicted on 34 felony counts. 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

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2024

Are Elon’s Best Days Behind Him? | On With Kara Swisher

Pivot will be back on Friday! In the meantime, we're bringing you an episode of On With Kara Swisher, all about someone we just don't discuss enough – Elon Musk. Kara has assembled a panel of experts, to get their take on all things Elon: Kirsten Grind from the New York Times, Becky Peterson from The Information, and Tim Higgins, Wall Street Journal columnist, and author of "Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century." The group talks Tesla, Twitter/X, SpaceX, and more. Follow and subscribe to On With Kara Swisher here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 May 2024

Scarlett vs. OpenAI, Nvidia's Numbers, and Guest Julia Angwin

Kara and Scott discuss the Department of Justice's antitrust suit against Live Nation, News Corp's $250 million deal with OpenAI, and Nestle's new frozen food brand aimed at Ozempic users. Then, Scarlett Johansson alleges OpenAI copied her voice after she refused to license it to Sam Altman, though new reporting says a voice actress was hired months earlier. How does OpenAI move past these accusations, and regain trust? Plus, Nvidia shares blockbuster earnings, while Trump Media's numbers are lackluster. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Julia Angwin, CEO and founder of Proof News, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Julia shares why she thinks AI hype is overblown, and why she opposes the TikTok ban. Follow Julia at @juliaangwin 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

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

Market Milestone, Alito Flag Fail, and OpenAI Drama

Kara and Scott discuss Disney character and parade performers voting to unionize, whether a global tax on billionaires could actually happen, and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's wife flying an upside-down American flag. Then, the Dow passes the 40,000 mark as other markets surge. But are meme stocks creating a little too much froth for investors? Plus, OpenAI deals with another high-profile departure over safety concerns. 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

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

OpenAI's New Model, Presidential Debates, and EV Tariffs

Kara and Scott discuss the Senate's new AI "Roadmap to Legislation," the Biden administration's tariffs on Chinese EVs, and Mark Zuckerberg's 40th birthday bash. Then OpenAI and Google reveal their latest AI models and features. Should we be worried about our AI future? Plus, President Biden and former President Trump are set to face off in two debates — Kara is excited and Scott has concerns. Finally, a listener mail question on setting kids up for the financial road ahead. 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

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

Apple’s ChatGPT Deal, Uber Earnings, and Guest Adam Moss

Kara and Scott discuss Sony and Apollo Global wanting to break up Paramount, Apple apologizing after everyone hated the new iPad Pro ad, Melinda Gates resigning from the Gates Foundation, and new reporting that casts doubt on RFK Jr.’s VP pick. Then, earnings, earnings, earnings. What do Kara and Scott think of the latest numbers from Uber, Warner Bros and The New York Times? Plus, Apple has closed in on an agreement with OpenAI to use ChatGPT in iPhone operating systems. And, our Friend of Pivot Adam Moss joins us to discuss his new book, “The Work of Art: How Something Comes From Nothing.” You can find Adam’s book, “The Work of Art: How Something Comes From Nothing,” 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

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

TikTok Lawsuit, Reddit's Debut Earnings, and the 4-Day Work Week

Kara and Scott are live at the Finance Forward Conference in Hamburg, Germany! They discuss TikTok's lawsuit against the U.S. government, as well as the latest earnings from Reddit and Disney. Then, Microsoft and OpenAI launch a $2 million fund to counter election deepfakes. Will that amount of money do anything to move the needle? Plus, Germany is the latest country to test a four-day work week. Could that actually improve productivity? 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

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

Non-Competes, Inflation, and Peloton

Kara and Scott take another look at non-compete agreements: where do they actually make sense? Plus, as the Fed holds interest rates steady, what factors are really affecting inflation? And, with another leadership shakeup at Peloton, can the pandemic-era fitness darling survive? All that and more, including what Big Tech regulation would do to stocks, and some positive thoughts for the rest of the year. 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

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

Tesla Layoffs, Amazon Earnings, and Walmart Closes Health Centers

Kara and Scott discuss Tesla laying off its Supercharger team, WeWork reaching a $450 million restructuring deal, and Dave & Buster's taking a gamble on betting. Then, what do Amazon's latest earnings mean for the company's AI plans? Plus, Walmart shuts down its health centers and CVS stocks take a major tumble. Is anyone doing healthcare right? 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

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

Paramount CEO Ouster, Microsoft and Alphabet Earnings, and Guest Jan Sramek

Kara and Scott discuss the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the FTC accusing Amazon of using disappearing messaging apps to conceal potential evidence, and social media reacting to Gov. Kristi Noem's dog tale. Then, what Microsoft and Alphabet's latest earnings reveal about the Big Tech's AI race. Plus, Paramount's drama continues as CEO Bob Bakish steps down. Finally, our Friend of Pivot is California Forever CEO and Founder, Jan Sramek. Jan explains why he wants to build a new community in Solano County, California, and clears up some of the misconceptions. Follow Jan at @JanSramek. 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

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

Kara's Ketamine Trip, Meta and Tesla Earnings, and the FTC Bans Non-Competes

Kara and Scott discuss the campus protests, Harvey Weinstein’s conviction being overturned, and… Kara doing ketamine. Meta and Tesla’s Q1 earnings are out, and Scott’s got predictions on earnings to come. Plus, the FTC bans non-competes. Then, a listener question on what the TikTok ban means for the presidential election. 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

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

TikTok Ban Approaches, China's App Crackdown, and Guest Dana Mattioli

Kara and Scott discuss Tesla's Cybertruck recall, Sony teaming up with Apollo for a Paramount bid, and Netflix's decision to stop reporting subscriber numbers. Then, the TikTok bill moves closer to becoming a law. Will TikTok's parent company go to court to stop a ban? Plus, is China's decision to crack down on popular messaging apps a retaliatory move? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Dana Mattioli, the Wall Street Journal's Amazon reporter, and author of the new book, "The Everything War: Amazon’s Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power." Dana explains what she learned about Amazon's tactics to stay on top. Follow Dana at @danamattioli. 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

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

TikTok Ban Fast-Tracked, Elon Pay Package Revived, and NPR Bias Accusations

Kara and Scott discuss the new plan to fast-track the TikTok ban bill through Congress, the debate over Caitlin Clark's WNBA salary, and Trump Media's questionable move into streaming. Then, Tesla is asking shareholders to reapprove Elon Musk's multi-billion dollar pay package, despite a judge calling it unfair back in January. Will Elon get his way? Plus, NPR and Google are the latest companies to get publicly called out by employees. How should employers handle criticism and pushback from within? Finally, a listener mail question about who really benefits from dual class stocks. 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

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2024

Trump on Trial, Big Bank Earnings, and Guest Charles Duhigg

Kara and Scott discuss Google's efforts to avoid paying for news in California, Barry Diller's plan to revitalize The Daily Beast, and Iran's attack on Israel. Then, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase are out with first quarter earnings. Is the future looking bright for big banks? Plus, Donald Trump's hush money trial gets underway in Manhattan. How will this case impact the presidential race? Finally, our Friend of Pivot is Charles Duhigg, writer for the New Yorker and author of the new book, "Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection." Charles explains why listening is such an important component of conversations. Pivot has been nominated for a Webby for Best Business Podcast! Vote here. Follow Charles at @cduhigg 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

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

Election Predictions, Trump Media’s Dip, and Guest Host Jon Favreau

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 15 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

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