Decoder with Nilay Patel

The Verge

business, technology
Decoder is a new show from The Verge about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night,Read more
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Best Episodes

Trump, Twitter, and the First Amendment, with platform moderation expert Daphne Keller

Jan 12, 2021

"“Content moderation at scale is impossible to do right, there will always be a lot of errors, inconsistencies”"



In the aftermath of the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol, many online platforms, including both Twitter and Facebook, banned President Trump. In this week’s episode, Nilay Patel talks with regulation expert and law professor Daphne Keller, about a big problem: how to moderate what happens on theRead more

Meet Austin Russell, the 25-year-old billionaire building the future of self-driving cars

Mar 2, 2021




Austin Russell, Luminar’s founder and CEO on why he thinks LIDAR is the future of self-driving technology, where he thinks the autonomous vehicle industry is headed, and proving Elon Musk wrong.Let us know what you think: Learn more about your ad choices. VisitRead more

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Sep 28, 2020

"Where demanding equality and having an interest in power play come together "


In this best-of episode, originally published in March 2018, Kara Swisher talks to sex and relationship therapist Esther Perel, the host of the podcast Where Should We Begin? Perel discusses her then-new book about infidelity, The State of Affairs, and how dating apps like Tinder discourage theirRead more

Instagram’s Adam Mosseri on the future of Reels, moderation, and the responsibility of social media platforms

Jan 19, 2021

"haha isit not all glitters and magic"


The Verge's Nilay Patel talks with head of Instagram Adam Mosseri about how to run a creative platform like Instagram at scale while keeping users — and democracy — safe, how much responsibility the platforms have for what their algorithms promote, and, of course, Instagram's products like Reels,Read more

Best of: Nicole Wong

Aug 17, 2020

"Slow Movement of the Web 2/2"

In this best-of episode, former deputy CTO of the United States Nicole Wong talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the future of tech policy and why content moderation is more complicated than many people think. They discuss how she went from working for Google to working for President Obama, andRead more

Can Substack CEO Chris Best build a new model for journalism?

Dec 8, 2020

"Chris Best on how to market a paid newsletter on Substack"

Nilay Patel talks to Chris Best, cofounder and CEO of Substack, the subscription newsletter startup that’s taken the media industry by storm over the past few months.The conversation explores how Substack's business model could potentially impact the media industry, but also dives into the basicRead more
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