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Power, unpacked. “Sway” is a new interview show hosted by Kara Swisher, “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well liked journalist.” Now taking on Washington, Hollywood and the world, Kara investigates power: who has it, who’s been denied it, and who dares to defy it. Every Monday and Thursday, fromRead more
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Best Episodes

Food Delivery Is Keeping Uber Alive. Will It Kill Restaurants?

Jan 14, 2021

"Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi makes Andrew Yang's point about capitalism's destruction of labor's leverage in the system"




Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, is charging toward a world in which food is delivered through apps like Uber Eats and “a driver may be human or may be software.” On the way, he acknowledges, “the human consequences can be painful.” Uber is not profitable yet, but its deep pockets andRead more

Post-Election Therapy With Esther Perel

Nov 9, 2020

"Insights from Mating in Captivity during the pandemic from Esther Perel"



With a divisive election, an economy in a tailspin and a global pandemic, we could all use a little healing. Enter Esther Perel, an author and psychotherapist with the power to help mend relationships. “We have a screaming match, but we have a foundation underneath that,” she says.In this episodeRead more

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Why 3rd Grade Matters

Nov 19, 2020

"The fading American Dream"



President-Elect Joe Biden has a daunting task ahead of him: reviving an economy that’s depressed while governing a country that’s politically divided. But one of his core advisers, Raj Chetty, believes that there’s a way to push past the politics: data.Mr. Chetty, head of the Harvard-based researchRead more

If You Were on This App, You Saw the Mob Coming

Jan 7, 2021

"Parler’s crowd-sourced content moderation"




A mob stormed Washington and Twitter locked the account of a president who helped incite this violence. But Donald Trump and his supporters still have an effectively unregulated safe space: Parler. Chief executive John Matze calls his social media platform a “neutral town square.” Kara SwisherRead more

The Man Behind America’s Race for a Vaccine

Oct 5, 2020

"Two vaccines. Like London buses "



Dr. Moncef Slaoui is the head of Operation Warp Speed, and arguably the most powerful force in the mission to vaccinate America from the coronavirus. The scientist, a 30-year pharmaceutical industry veteran and registered Democrat, says he doesn’t “want to get into the politics” even thoughRead more

At-Home Covid Tests and Other Powers of a Tech Billionaire

Nov 16, 2020



Chamath Palihapitiya is one of Silicon Valley’s most successful tech investors. He’s also among the most candid. “I aspire to be a Koch brother before I aspire to be an under secretary,” he tells Kara Swisher on this episode of “Sway.” His definition of power has little to do with politics — it’sRead more

Elon Musk Wants to Hack Your Brain

Sep 28, 2020

"Elon: we’re being irrational about COVID Also Elon: I don’t want to have a debate about this, Kara"



Elon Musk has a vision of the future, and — as one of the world’s richest men with four corporations under his reign — the means to try to manifest it. In a conversation with Kara Swisher, he outlines his theory of, well, everything.“I do not think this is actually the end of the world,” say Musk.Read more

Is it Investing or Cliff Jumping? Reddit C.E.O. on the Forum Shaking Up Wall Street

Feb 1, 2021

" Reddit CEO trusts the instincts of the members of r/wallstreetbets"



Shares of GameStop shot up 400 percent last week, egged on by the Reddit forum r/WallStreetBets. The online community rallied to drive up the stock price and put the squeeze on big hedge funds who had bet against the struggling video game retailer. Reddit chief executive Steve Huffman — who callsRead more

In Hollywood, Women Are Seen as ‘a Risk’

Nov 30, 2020



Marielle Heller had her big acting break in “The Queens Gambit,” a chess drama that has already been viewed on Netflix by over 60 million households. But prior to her performance as Alma Wheatley, Ms. Heller was already a big name — off the screen.She directed award-winning films like 2019’s “ARead more

Fran Lebowitz Isn’t Buying What Jack Dorsey Is Selling

Feb 11, 2021

" Bored rich people should get another hobby "



The 70-year old social commentator and humorist doesn’t have a smartphone. That doesn’t stop her from having a take on big tech (and everything else).You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.
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