Kara Swisher investigates power and interviews celebrity guests and more on ‘Sway’

Society & Culture December 3, 2021
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The New York Times’ “Sway” is a society and culture interview podcast hosted by Kara Swisher, “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist.” Through her thought-provoking podcast, Kara shares opinions and unpacks power: “who has it, who’s been denied it, and who dares to defy it.”

“Sway” has over 2,500 ratings on iTunes and has released 125+ episodes and counting. Every Monday and Thursday, new episodes are posted, with average episodes running 37 minutes long.

In a recent episode of Podsauce, guest Ellen Pompeo shared Kara Swisher’s “Sway” and “Pivot” as shows she often listens to. Ellen enjoys hearing long-form interviews in the podcast space and also hosts her own show, “Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo.”

Recent episodes dug into The Metaverse’s expectations vs. reality. Hans Zimmer explored technology’s influence over music and what he thinks the Metaverse sounds like. Hans explained how there are so many issues with the music industry’s model, specifically with fairness and payments, that are not improved by artificial intelligence or streaming. In this episode, Hans discussed his songwriting process and scoring music for Dune.

In November, Emily Ratajkowski stopped by to share how she has made a living modeling for years, and she isn’t going to stop profiting from the male gaze anytime soon. In this episode and in her new book of essays, My Body, Emily wonders: “When you make a living off your desirability, is the power of your body ever just yours?” Emily is wildly popular on Instagram, favoring the platform as a tool to control her narrative and wants her fans to interact with the content she’s releasing and read the articles she links to in posts. Emily also discussed her appearance in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video and more.

On the podcast, Katie Couric explained her new memoir and what she experienced working with Matt Lauer and Les Moonves. Sacha Baron Cohen delivered a message to Mark Zuckerberg in an episode, originally recorded in February 2021. In Samantha Bee’s episode, she explained how comedy is better without Donald Trump and covered his presidency for six seasons on her show, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” Representative Adam Schiff discussed the January 6th Capitol attack, Fox News, Facebook, and Trump.

In an episode from October, Matthew McConaughey discussed running for Texas’ governor and shared his opinions on abortion, mask mandates, and voting. Monica Lewinsky wondered what it would have been like if Twitter existed in 1998 and discussed FX’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story” and her new project with HBO Max, “15 Minutes of Shame.” 

In addition to “Sway” and “Pivot,” Kara hosts “HBO’s Succession Podcast,” recapping episodes of the popular TV drama and exploring how the on-screen drama is paralleled in real-life events.

If you’d like to hear from Kara and learn from guests over an array of disciplines, check out new episodes of “Sway,” posted twice a week.

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