The podcast shakeup for technology journalist and entrepreneur Kara Swisher continues with a second big move this month. Swisher is leaving the influential Silicon Valley-focused Recode Decode podcast in July and moving to the New York Times, where she’ll begin producing a twice-weekly show that will make its debut in the fall under the banner of Opinion Audio.
Over five years as the host of Recode Decode, produced by the tech website Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network, Swisher has conducted hundreds of news-making interviews with nearly every major tech and media figure in the country, from Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to Shoshana Zuboff and Kim Kardashian. It earned her the title as “Silicon Valley’s most-feared journalist” by New York Magazine. In the new podcast for the Times, Swisher will still focus on the technology industry but will expand her scope to a wider landscape of political leaders, regulators, CEOs and important thinkers in science, culture and entertainment.
The new podcast is part of the New York Times’ continued expansion into audio, which has already produced two other opinion podcasts: “The Argument” and “The Choice,” a short-run series about the editorial board’s presidential endorsement. Earlier this month the company also hired Paula Szuchman to serve as the Opinion section’s new audio lead. And the company recently acquired Audm, which has already produced several read-aloud versions of Opinion articles.
Earlier this month the Pivot podcast, co-hosted by Swisher and New York University Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway, became part of New York magazine’s podcast lineup. The show had also been part of the sister Vox Media Podcast Network, and the move to New York magazine coincides with plans to expand the show into live and virtual events. It also comes as Swisher joins the magazine as an editor-at-large. She will contribute magazine features in addition to co-hosting the podcast.
Launched in 2018, Pivot also focuses on tech, business and politics. It will continue to publish Tuesdays and Fridays. Erica Anderson will continue as Pivot’s Executive Producer and Rebecca Sananes as the show’s Producer. Under Anderson’s leadership, New York says the show has more than doubled in downloads per new episode and moved from weekly to twice-weekly this past winter following audience demand for more content.
Swisher came to fame as one of the early beat reporters covering the nascent internet industry with the Wall Street Journal. She also was a co-producer and co-host of The Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference series with Walt Mossberg starting in 2003. After that came to an end, she has hosted the Code Conference, something that will remain unchanged under the new podcast deals.