New York Magazine presents “Pivot,” a news commentary podcast hosted by journalist Kara Swisher and NYU professor Scott Galloway. Twice a week, Kara and Scott delve into news, share opinions, cast predictions, and identify who’s winning or losing. You’ll hear about business, technology, and politics from these bright minds who are not afraid to share their honest takes and disagree with one another.
Since 2016, “Pivot” has released over 270 episodes. The average episode length is 70 minutes long. Drop into “Pivot” in any order, since each episode covers specific topics, although we recommend listening in to the most recent episode to hear the latest news.
This week, Kara and Scott discussed COVID-19’s Omicron variant, the Build Back Better bill, Peloton’s stock offering, and Theranos trial updates after Elizabeth Holmes testified. Apple’s staff is heading back to the office, and the hosts shared their thoughts on the company’s plan. In other news, the hosts weighed in on Amazon’s alleged faux pas, exposing customers’ data inside the company. There’s a bidding war going on for an original version of the U.S. Constitution, and the hosts unpacked this saga.
The hosts will often make predictions, and Scott shared that he called Jack Dorsey’s eventual exit from Twitter a few months ago. Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, will testify about the social media giant’s toxic mental health impacts on users, among other issues. Scott and Kara explored what they would advise Adam to say if they were on his PR team and how they would address the crisis. Some possibilities would be for Instagram to be more proactive in enforcing identity and age gating, in addition to actively stating the company is working on ways to improve safety measures. In another episode, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explained the mental health impacts of social media.
On a recent episode of Podsauce, actress, producer, and podcaster Ellen Pompeo shared her podcast picks including “Pivot.” Ellen enjoys hearing news and long-form interview-based podcasts and also tunes into Kara Swisher’s series “Sway.”
Kara and Scott are often joined by guests to share their insight on current events. Stephanie Ruhle (a frequent co-host) discussed inflation, Steve Bannon’s indictment, The Great Resignation, and more. On this same episode, “Pivot” friend Blake Scholl explained supersonic air travel and his company, Boom Supersonic. John McWhorter stopped by the podcast to speak about his book, Woke Racism.
Kara has written books, opinion pieces for The New York Times, and is a contributing editor at New York in addition to hosting several podcasts including “HBO’s Succession Podcast.” Scott teaches at NYU Stern School of Business, is an entrepreneur, and author.
Tune in Tuesdays and Fridays for new episodes of “Pivot,” wherever you listen to your podcasts.