May 5, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

Which laptop should you buy?

Mac or Windows? Pay to fix your old laptop, or suck it up and get a new one? And what's the best gaming laptop to buy? On this week's Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode geek out on laptops with special guest Dan Seifert from The Verge. Read More

May 1, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

‘When women fail, we all fail,’ says Deeds Not Words’ Wendy Davis

Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis talks with Kara Swisher about her new digital initiative Deeds Not Words, which hopes to mobilize young women into political action. She discusses her history of confronting misogyny and discrimination, both in real life and online, and why progress in women's rights has been so slow. Read More

April 28, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

How can I “spring clean” my tech life?

It's time for a little digital spring cleaning, and Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode are here to help. They outline some strategies for decluttering your overloaded email inbox, apps you never use and gadgets that are gathering dust in your closet. Read More

April 27, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

The NYT’s Jenna Wortham just wants to “write about people who look like me”

New York Times Magazine writer Jenna Wortham talks with Peter Kafka about covering the intersection of culture and technology at Wired and then at the Times. She argues that today's journalists must constantly reinvent themselves and that there's value in zigging where others zag. Read More

April 24, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

Keith Rabois says winter is coming for wasteful startups

Khosla Ventures investment partner Keith Rabois talks with Kara Swisher about the entrepreneurial lessons he learned from jobs at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, Google and Square. Now a venture capitalist, he discusses why investors who once feared missing the next Uber are now rejecting startups with high burn rates. Read More

April 21, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

What are the best podcasts? (Other than this one.)

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about listening to podcasts and whether the current renaissance of online radio is here to stay. Plus: Lauren has had it up to here with the iOS podcast app. Read More

April 20, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

“Veep” Producer Frank Rich: Trump Can Win

"Veep" executive producer and New York magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with Peter Kafka about why he underestimated Bernie Sanders and what future candidates can learn from Hillary Clinton's gaffes and Donald Trump's larger-than-life persona. Formerly a theater critic and political columnist for the New York Times, Rich explains why he left the Times in 2011 and how he got involved with HBO. Read More

April 17, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

Steve Case’s ‘Third Wave’: Startups In Every State and the Internet In Everything

Investor and former America Online CEO Steve Case, the author of a new book called "The Third Wave," talks with Kara Swisher about how companies like AOL made on-ramps to the Internet and where we'll find the next big ideas. He dissects why the notorious AOL Time Warner merger failed and explores what the big market leaders need to do to stay on top. Read More

April 14, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

Special Episode: Tech & Sleep, with Arianna Huffington

Huffington Post co-founder and "The Sleep Revolution" author Arianna Huffington talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about why you shouldn't sleep with your smartphone. Then, Kara and Lauren answer your questions about sleep technology, such as whether Apple's new Night Shift, which tints your phone's screen yellow in the evening, is more hype than reality. Read More

April 13, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

Snapchat Should Start Paying Its Users (Hunter Walk, Investor, Homebrew)

Venture capitalist Hunter Walk, the co-founder of Homebrew, talks with Peter Kafka about his pre-investing career at Second Life, YouTube and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." He also joined Google in 2003, when the 1,000-employee company was only known for search and before it went public. He discusses why YouTube started paying its users and why Vine, Instagram and Snapchat should follow YouTube's example. Read More

April 10, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

“The Eyewear Industry Is Kind of Messed Up” (Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, co-CEOs, Warby Parker)

Warby Parker co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal talk with Re/code's Senior Commerce Editor Jason Del Rey about how they challenged the incumbents of the eyewear business, which is dominated by one company, Luxottica. They explain why they expanded beyond their online sales business into old-fashioned retail stores and why, even in the digital age, a strong brand name is vitally important for fashion. Read More

April 7, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

Alexa, Is Jeff Bezos Spying on Me? (Guest: Dan Seifert, Senior Editor, The Verge)

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Dan Seifert about Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, which can be found in products like the Amazon Echo and Fire TV. They are joined by one of the newest Alexa-ready gadgets, the Amazon Tap. Kara, Lauren and Dan answer your questions about whether the Echo, Tap and Amazon Dot are worth the money and if you should be concerned about your privacy when your tech is listening to you. Read More

April 6, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

From Fake Steve Jobs to HBO’s “Silicon Valley” (Dan Lyons, Author, “Disrupted”)

Dan Lyons, author of the new book "Disrupted," tells Peter Kafka how he came to work at a "cult-y" unicorn. He traces his career from Forbes Magazine, where he secretly created the satirical Internet personality Fake Steve Jobs, to Newsweek, HubSpot, ReadWrite and Gawker's Valleywag. Most recently, he's been a writer on HBO's hit comedy "Silicon Valley" and shares some behind-the-scenes stories. Read More

April 3, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

You’re in Charge of Your Own DNA (Anne Wojcicki, CEO, 23andMe)

Kara Swisher talks with 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki about how she bounced back from a battle with the FDA. Wojcicki argues that consumers are increasingly taking control of their health. She also discusses what she thinks of 23andMe's embattled peer Theranos, why she doesn't read her own press and being in the paparazzi's crosshairs with her boyfriend, New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez. Read More

March 31, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

When Will Smart Homes Stop Being Dumb? (Guest: Alex Hawkinson, CEO, SmartThings)

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk about technology that claims to make your home smarter and more automated. They chat with Alex Hawkinson, CEO of Samsung-owned SmartThings, about how the tech is maturing and which devices play nicely with one another. Plus: Kara, Lauren and Alex answer your questions about the connected home. Read More

March 30, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

Millennials Aren’t an Alien Species (Philippe von Borries, co-CEO, Refinery29)

Refinery29 co-CEO Philippe von Borries talks with Peter Kafka about how his company morphed from a New York-focused fashion guide to a globally recognized powerhouse with 150 million readers and followers online. He explains how Refinery29 created some of the Web's first native ads and argues that native advertising is the antidote to modern cynicism about traditional ads. Read More

March 27, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

Wall Street Doesn’t ‘Get’ Online Lending … Yet. (Renaud Laplanche, CEO, Lending Club)

Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche talks with Kara Swisher about why his online marketplace company's stock has been slipping for two years and is currently at half its IPO share price. Plus: Why the venture capitalist honeymoon with private financial tech companies might be ending and why Laplanche is bracing for a general market downturn. Read More

March 24, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

Is Apple Out of Ideas? (Guest: Walt Mossberg, Executive Editor, The Verge)

Lauren Goode and special guest host Walt Mossberg talk about Apple's spring product event, where the company announced the iPhone SE, a beefier iPad Pro and a price cut for the Apple Watch. Lauren and Walt answer your questions about whether these gadgets are worth investing in an upgrade and if Apple is still as innovative as it used to be. Read More

March 23, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

Can Donald Trump Be Stopped? (Nate Silver, Founder, FiveThirtyEight)

FiveThirtyEight Editor in Chief Nate Silver talks with Peter Kafka about the 2016 election, and why his site was one of many that didn't see Donald Trump coming. He calls Trump a "demagogue" who has succeeded under extraordinary circumstances and says he has a 25 percent to 30 percent chance of winning the general election if he is the Republican nominee. Read More

March 20, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

“Rich Douchebags” Shouldn’t Get Tech’s Wealth (Chamath Palihapitiya, Investor, Social Capital)

Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya talks with Kara Swisher about working on Winamp, AOL Instant Messenger and Facebook before becoming an investor. In today's Silicon Valley, he says, old investment firms are dying and the next hundred-billion-dollar companies will be more diverse and open-minded. Read More

March 17, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Too Embarrassed to Ask

Why Is Your Phone’s Battery Life So Bad?

Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and special guest Ina Fried talk about the rechargable batteries that power our smartphones, tablets, laptops and more. Why do our batteries seem to be running out faster than they used to? And what are some things you can do to keep your phone awake without a charge for longer? Read More

March 16, 2016, 9:02 PM PDT | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

Digital Brands Are a “Sh*t-Ton of Work” (Troy Young, President, Hearst Magazines Digital)

Hearst Magazines' Troy Young talks with Peter Kafka about his efforts to unify the legacy media company's magazines under one digital strategy. He calls himself "incredibly optimistic" about the future of the medium as it moves away from monthly timelines and toward global, minute-to-minute activity. Read More

March 13, 2016, 9:03 PM PDT | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

You Can Be Hacked From Anywhere (Orion Hindawi, CEO, Tanium)

Tanium CEO Orion Hindawi talks with Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl about why it's easier than ever for hackers to strike at companies and governments, and why those who cling to obsolete security solutions are putting everyone at risk. Hindawi also attacks the coconut-water-drinking corporate culture in Silicon Valley as wasteful, irresponsible and headed for a fall. Read More

March 10, 2016, 9:02 PM PST | Too Embarrassed to Ask

Kara Swisher’s Junk Drawer of “Unwearables”

Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode are back, and this week they have props: Several pieces of wearable technology they've bought and then abandoned. Kara and Lauren discuss why they want to love wearables but can't, and try to figure out what companies like Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and Jawbone can do to keep customers from shelving their tech. Read More

March 9, 2016, 9:01 PM PST | Re/code Media with Peter Kafka

Peter Gould, Co-Creator, “Better Call Saul”

"Better Call Saul" co-creator and Executive Producer Peter Gould talks with Peter Kafka about getting his first big break after the age of 40 on the hit AMC television show "Breaking Bad." Gould says that show and "Saul," its currently-airing prequel, might owe their existence to DVRs and the Internet. Read More

March 6, 2016, 9:01 PM PST | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

Ash Carter, United States Secretary of Defense

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter talks with Kara Swisher about his efforts to unite the Pentagon and Silicon Valley behind common goals. He also explains why he is a strong supporter of encryption and why he does not want to cede control of the Internet to countries like China and Russia. Read More