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 Feb 15, 2019
I love this podcast. it's thoughtful. I hate the mouth smacker though. it's Nick's side kick. it is so annoying. the mouth smacking after he speaks is obnoxious!!

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 Jul 21, 2018


Every week, cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan tackle the week's news with fresh takes on current affairs, exclusive insights from the staff of Vanity Fair’s The Hive, and a featured conversation with a marquee guest at the center of the action who can help decipher and comprehend the headlines, whether in politics, media or entertainment

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(Re-run) An Interview with Hunter Biden
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, Emily Jane Fox sits down with the First Son to talk about his addiction, his dad, what makes a Biden love story, and why he thinks the GOP, and Don Jr. in particular, are obsessed with him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 10, 2022
"They are damaged in the exact same way": What Do Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Want?
Hive correspondents unpack Jared Kushner’s romantic and financial spin in his upcoming memoir and try making sense of Donald Trump burying his ex-wife, Ivanka’s mother, on a New Jersey golf course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 03, 2022
”It Is All So Very True.” Stephanie Grisham Talks Cassidy Hutchinson’s J6 Testimony and Sounds the Alarm on Trump in 2024
Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham joins Inside the Hive to talk about what she witnessed on January 6th, Melania’s “lazy” run as First Lady, and what people should know ahead of 2024. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 27, 2022
Lis Smith Says the Path to Trounce Ron DeSantis Is Straight Through Right-Wing Media
This week, Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan talks to Lis Smith, Democratic campaign veteran and author of the new memoir Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story, which details her journey, the public one and the private one, through Democratic campaigns over the past 17 years, for candidates as varied as Jon Corzine, Barack Obama, Pete Buttigieg, and, most infamously, former governor Andrew Cuomo, whose lurid political demise she details down to the last moments of his time in office. A savvy political operator, Smith trains her sights on stubborn problems like Florida governor Ron DeSantis, and what to do about President Joe Biden, who, despite his abysmal poll numbers, she says is preparing to come out swinging in advance of the midterms.    “If the [midterms] are a referendum on Democrats, we will be screwed in November,” says Smith, but if Biden and his surrogates can effectively target Trump-tainted election deniers and antiabortion Republicans, “that’s a terrain we can win on. And that’s a switch that we need to flip—we need to flip that switch pretty soon. And we have the opportunity to now.”   Smith, who helped take Buttigieg’s star to the national level, is now working with Michigan state senator Mallory McMorrow, who went viral with a searing counterattack on anti-LGBTQ+ Republicans. Smith puts McMorrow on a short list of candidates, along with Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas, to form the future of the party. Listen to Joe's record: "Earl’s Closet: The Lost Archive of Earl McGrath, 1970-1980." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 20, 2022
How Chrysta Bilton Found Her 35 Siblings—And More Life-Changing Truths
This week’s episode of Inside the Hive first dives into the latest revelations from the January 6th committee, and explores what could happen next as the panel draws to a close Then Chrysta Bilton, along with her husband Nick Bilton, join Emily Jane Fox to discuss “Normal Family,” Chrysta’s memoir that recounts her discovery of more than 35 biological siblings from the same sperm donor. She describes her colorful upbringing, the shock of a lifetime in finding out that she was perhaps unknowingly dating her half brother, and how this experience shaped her views on nature versus nurture Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 15, 2022
Civil War Is “On the Table.” Vanity Fair's Jeff Sharlet on the Martyrdom of Ashli Babbitt and What’s to Come
This week, Vanity Fair contributing editor Jeff Sharlet joins Inside the Hive to talk about his journey into the far-right world of Jan. 6 insurrectionists, Qanon-ers and Trump cultists — who they are, what they’re saying, what they believe, and what their still-growing movement might portend (including the specter of civil war in America).  Also: Willem Marx, a London-based contributor to Vanity Fair, discusses the fall of British PM Boris Johnson as well as his latest report on the undue influence of Putin-connected Russian oligarchs in the British establishment - including, allegedly, Johnson himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 08, 2022
"I Wasn't Cynical Enough." Cecile Richards Discusses the New Fight to Get Back Abortion Rights
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, the former head of Planned Parenthood joins Emily Jane Fox to discuss abortion rights, contraception, and advocacy in the wake of Roe “I thought that at some point, there would be some group within the Republican party that would go, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa. This is too far,” she said. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 01, 2022
“If You Bite the Head Off of the Snake, the Rest of the Snake Will Die”: Daniel Goldman on Prosecuting Trump
This week Inside the Hive features two guests focused on the Jan. 6 hearings. First, Daniel Goldman, former federal prosecutor and newly-announced candidate for New York's 10th congressional district, analyzes the findings of the Select Committee investigating the insurrection from the point of view of a lead lawyer in the first Trump impeachment. “If [Merrick Garland] doesn't charge him because Trump is a former president, then that is political,” Goldman says. “And so if you want to de-politicize the Department of Justice, you can't not charge him.” Second, Inside the Hive talks to Alex Holder, the British filmmaker whose exclusive access to Donald Trump and his family before, during and after Jan. 6 has turned his forthcoming documentary, Unprecedented, into explosive new evidence for the Committee and the filmmaker himself into a possible witness. After witnessing Trump’s “tone of belligerence," says Holder, “I predicted that [the Jan. 6 insurrection] was going to happen the night before.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 24, 2022
“Thoughts and Prayers, Thoughts and Prayers”: How Two Comics Pranked the NRA
This week, Inside the Hive co-host Joe Hagan talks to Jason Selvig and Davram Steifler, the comedy duo known as The Good Liars, about their viral prank on the National Rifle Association in late May. Selvig, posing as an NRA ally, stood before Wayne LaPierre and thanked him for his continual “thoughts and prayers” for mass shootings, presenting a brutally exhaustive list. The duo has attended 15 Trump rallies, poking at the QAnon insanity inside, and were eyewitnesses to the insurrection on Jan. 6th—which they also managed to turn into pointed comedy. “You couldn't help but feel like they were getting ready for a battle reenactment or something,” says Steifler. "Everyone we stopped was like, ‘This is 1776.’” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 17, 2022
Is It Hopeless to Hope For Gun Reform?
Author Dave Cullen, who has been covering mass shootings in America for two decades, joins Emily Jane Fox for this week’s episode of Inside The Hive, to talk about the slow progress he has witnessed in how new groups are taking on the NRA for the first time, and what he is hearing from survivors of mass shootings about how they are dealing with the repeated trauma. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 10, 2022
“He’s a One-Man Crime Wave”: Rep. Jamie Raskin on Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 Hearings
Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a key member of the Jan. 6 Committee investigating the Capitol attack, gives Inside the Hive an exclusive preview of next week’s primetime hearings.  After nearly a year of investigating the insurrection, Raskin says the most surprising discovery has been "the role that money played, and the role of a financial motive behind all these events, to keep the money pouring in.” The committee, he promises, will also draw direct and indirect lines between “the top of the Republican hierarchy” and the "violent hooligans and street fascists” who overran the Capitol.  But will Donald J. Trump himself be implicated? Raskin has said the former president will get his “comeuppance" but whether he’ll face direct criminal justice for his “premeditated” role in an attempted coup remains an open question. Tantalizingly, Raskin deflects on the question of whether former VP Mike Pence has spoken to the committee or might testify against Trump. "I can't get into it,” he says.  Plus: Raskin offers a powerful message and emotional plea to Democrats demoralized by the political landscape facing the party going into the midterms.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 03, 2022
We Don't Deserve Beto O'Rourke
The only public figure with the guts to confront cynical Republicans over gun laws and the Texas massacre was a defiant Democrat who the media class long ago dismissed: gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke. Inside the Hive cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan grapple with the horrors of this week's events in Uvalde and what they say about our broken politics and national backslide. When rare instances of idealism and courage are framed by political elites as mere opportunism, is there any hope left? Where do we go from here? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 27, 2022
"This Is a Razor Thin State": PA Gubernatorial Candidate Josh Shapiro on His All-Important, Closely-Watched Race
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is running to be the state's next governor, joins Emily Jane Fox fresh on the heels of Tuesday's primary elections. In November, Shapiro, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, will face Republican Doug Mastriano, the Trump-backed far-right candidate who wanted to overturn the 2020 election results, whom Shaprio called "extremely dangerous. Fox and Shapiro dive into his opponent's role in the January 6th insurrection and how to message to voters who believe in The Big Lie. Plus, Shapiro speaks to what he learned from Democrats' campaigning mistakes in 2016, why he believes freedom is on the ballot, and his thoughts on how to win in a swing state. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 20, 2022
“We’re about to live in hell again”: How Screwed are the Democrats?
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, co-hosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan are joined by Hive political reporter Abigail Tracy to talk about the plight of the Democratic Party leading into this year’s midterms. With the right savaging Democrats on the economy and culture-war issues, and a total loss of congressional power to the Trumpist right looming, what is the Democrats' message to voters and why isn't Joe Biden delivering it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 13, 2022
“This Is The Terrifying Future”: Feminist Writer Rebecca Traister On The Death Of Roe v Wade
Rebecca Traister, feminist, author and New York Magazine contributor, talks to co-host Joe Hagan about the shocking Supreme Court leak that all but confirms the impending death of Roe v. Wade. Democratic leadership from President Joe Biden to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi have failed, Traister says, to formulate a "robust and morally persuasive message” to counteract the decades-long march of anti-choice Republicans who are set on reengineering society to the past. With consequential elections on the horizon, the fall of Roe could very well mean the toppling of other progressive rulings, from the right to contraception to marriage equality and even interracial unions. Traister finds slivers of hope in a new generation of progressive female voices who are forcefully connecting abortion rights to economics, class, and race as they face "an era that none of us can imagine.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 06, 2022
Inside the “New Right”
Author James Pogue talks to cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan about the so-called New Right, the intellectual movement congealing around tech billionaire and MAGA mega-donor Peter Thiel and the Trumpist GOP, which he wrote about for this month’s Vanity Fair. After embedding himself with the vanguard of intellectuals whose reactionary politics, antagonism for democracy and visions of retro-patriarchy inform the agendas of people like Tucker Carlson and JD Vance, Pogue demystifies fringe ideas like the “black pill,” “trad wives,” and “ball tanning." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 02, 2022
Will Elon Musk Save Twitter Or Burn It To The Ground?
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Nick Bilton--who literally wrote the book on Twitter--returns to dissect why Elon Musk is trying to buy the company, what employees and investors are talking about behind closed doors, and whether or not he thinks the deal will even go through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 29, 2022
"He Just Wants To Be Feared": Bill Browder on Putin, Sanctions, And Being a Russian Target
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Bill Browder joins Emily Jane Fox to talk about how governments around the world can more effectively turn the screws on Russia, and how, if the Russian people begin to see Putin as what Browder calls a "failed, corrupt, tinpot dictator," he could be stripped of his power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 15, 2022
“There’s evil out there”: Rep. Charlie Crist on Florida, DeSantis and Disney
This week, Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan talks to Florida Congressman Charlie Crist, former Republican and one-time governor, about the culture wars emanating from his home state and specifically, from Governor Ron DeSantis. As DeSantis passes discriminatory new laws targeting gay and trans people, generating partisan bile for a potential presidential run, Crist is betting DeSantis is a “paper tiger” who is weaker than he appears. "I think he's terribly vulnerable,” he says. “[His] support is a mile wide and an inch deep.” Taking a page from Biden’s playbook against Trump in 2020, Crist thinks voters secretly want civility and not bullying, Disney and not DeSantis, even if current polling shows DeSantis trouncing Crist in a theoretical match up. "I'm an optimist, I'm idealistic, and I believe good will triumph over bad,” Crist says. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 08, 2022
“Seven Hours and Thirty Seven Minutes”: Robert Costa of CBS News on Trump’s Jan. 6 “Gap”
This week, cohost Joe Hagan digs into the latest on the Jan. 6 story with CBS New correspondent Robert Costa, who, along with legendary reporter Bob Woodward, broke the news that the House Committee investigating the insurrection discovered a 7 hour and 37 minute gap in Donald Trump’s call logs from that day. Costa explains the importance of that Watergate-like hole in Trump's story — when he was MIA while the Capitol burned — and what it may portend for the investigation. He also defends the Department of Justice against critics who believe AG Merrick Garland isn’t doing enough to probe Trump’s involvement in an attempted coup. “Maybe we just don't know the full story because they work like sharks,” he says. "They're underwater in a way congressional committees are not.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 01, 2022
The Tangled, Messy Roots of Fake News
People were grappling with "fake news" long before it became Donald Trump's favorite term. Fake news might feel new — but the concept has a long twisted history in the United States, as Andie Tucher, a Columbia Journalism School professor and author of the new book "Not Exactly Lying: Fake News and Fake Journalism in American History," tells Inside the Hive cohost Emily Jane Fox this week. How did we get to this moment, with its toxic mix of hyperpartisanship, disinformation, and seemingly endless turmoil? What is the role of social media, and of Donald Trump and Fox News in making our understanding of reality feel so dire? Tucher also explains how Democrats and Republicans, as well as liberal media and conservative media, communicate about truth differently, and explores how we can restore faith in our sources of news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 25, 2022
Kyiv "Looks Like A Fortress": CNN's Matthew Chance On Covering Russia's Brutal War
CNN senior international correspondent Matthew Chance flew to Kyiv in January as Russia began amassing troops on Ukraine's borders, and was in the capital on February 24 when it launched its brutal assault. He tells Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan about covering a war that has transformed a country overnight, sending millions fleeing and others into the resistance as Russia targets civilians in its quest to take over the country. Chance describes what he witnessed, and what it’s like to be a journalist on the ground, as fellow reporters lose their lives. He also mulls what the war could mean for the global order, and the hopeless quagmire Vladimir Putin now finds himself in. Now recouping in London, Chase says the Kyiv he last saw was the tragic shell of a formerly vibrant metropolis, a hollowed-out death trap awaiting Russian forces with "a javelin anti-tank missile in every window.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 18, 2022
The Human Toll of Putin's War
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Emily Jane Fox talks to The Hive's editor and resident Russia-Ukraine expert Miriam Elderabout what is happening on the ground in Ukraine. As Russia escalates its war in Ukraine, including its bombing of a maternity and children's hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, Elder talks through the human toll of this war: the impossible choices families are having to make, the horrors children are living through, the impact on a pediatric cancer hospital, and what Russian families are facing at the same time. Then, author Rebecca Fox Starr stops by to discuss how we talk about hard things with children, teach kids to take in events with empathy and how we process our own feelings about what is happening in this world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 11, 2022
“The Money Was Too Good”: Who Are the Oligarchs and What Do They Want?
This week, Inside the Hive cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan talk to an expert on the ultrarich oligarchs behind Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Dartmouth sociologist and author Brooke Harrington. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has implicated Putin’s feudal system of corrupt oligarchs, rallying the West to trying to seize their offshore bank accounts and superyachts. Taking their stuff could weaken them, but Harrington says tarnishing and destroying their social status in London and New York, where they’ve built opulent fiefdoms, may be just as effective. Also, Harrington tells of her efforts to join the White House’s new anti-oligarch task force, KleptoCapture—with distressing results. Follow our guest, Brooke Harrington: Follow Emily and Joe on Twitter: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 04, 2022
“He's A Small Man Of 5’6" Saying he's 5’7”: The Psychology Behind Putin’s War
Russia expert Nina Khrushcheva and Trump impeachment hero Alexander Vindman explain what is driving Putin's assault on Ukraine — and how Republicans also have blood on their hands. Cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan interview two leading experts about Russia's invasion of Ukraine — how it happened and how it could reshape the world as we know it. First, Nina Krushcheva, a Russia expert and professor at the New School in New York, takes us inside the mind of Vladimir Putin, how he was underestimated and whether the cold, calculated ex-KGB man has finally succumbed to a world-historic megalomania. Next, Hagan talks to Alexander Vindman, the former Army Lt. Colonel and outspoken participant in Trump's first impeachment trial that revolved around the then president's attempts to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine. Vindman reserves his harshest criticism for Putin sympathizers in the GOP: “These folks have blood on their hands. They're going to own this.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 25, 2022
"Becoming Lucy Sante”: What does it mean to transition?
This week, cohost Joe Hagan talks to renowned writer, culture critic, and scholar Lucy Sante, whose essay in the February issue of Vanity Fair describes her transition at age 67. Sante expands on her many stages of personal revelation—how the “egg” was cracked—and the relief and liberation she experienced in embracing her long-denied gender as well as the challenges she still faces, personally, socially, and romantically. While she works on a new book about her self discovery, the author of nonfiction classics like Low Life and Factory of Facts is navigating the misunderstood nexus of gender and sexuality with her signature erudition, wit and curiosity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 18, 2022
Are Republicans Slowly Backing Away from Trump?
This week, Inside the Hive cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan examine potential cracks in the American ice. On one side of the aisle, Republicans Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell appear to have distanced themselves from the Jan. 6 insurrection. On the other, Democrats have begun backing away from COVID restrictions. Are these maneuvers for political advantage in advance of the 2022 midterms, or signs of something more? Plus: Fox and Hagan weigh in on this year's Oscar nominations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 11, 2022
L'Affaire Zucker: Why Did CNN’s President Really Leave?
This week, cohost Joe Hagan talks to Hive media correspondent Joe Pompeo, who helps unwind the Succession-worthy melodrama around the departure of CNN president Jeff Zucker in the wake of the ouster of anchor Chris Cuomo, which itself came in the wake of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation following accusations of sexual harassment. How does one ouster connect to the other? And was the reason Zucker gave for his exit — failing to disclose a romantic relationship with a top CNN executive — the true reason he left or is there something more at work? Pompeo explores the possibilities and reveals new details. All this and the drama surrounding Joe Rogan too on the latest episode of Inside the Hive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 04, 2022
Why Does the Economy Look So Good And Feel So Bad?
The week’s episode of Inside the Hive gets to the heart of this puzzling economic moment—with inflation on the rise and the supply chain a mess but the rest of the fundamentals stronger than they have been in years. Economist Beth Ann Bovino breaks it down and looks ahead to what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 28, 2022
“Bragging and Blaming”: Paul Begala on How Joe Biden Makes a Comeback
On this week’s Inside the Hive, cohost Joe Hagan and Paul Begala, CNN analyst and former counselor to Bill Clinton, discuss the woeful state of the Biden White House and the fate of the Democrats, including the latest defeat over the Voting Rights Act and the filibuster. With Biden trying to be both a “normal” President and an FDR change agent for the ages, he’s managed to do neither and please no one as his polls sink. Begala offers his analysis and advice for rebuilding Democratic prospects in the midterms and countering a Republican Party hellbent on destroying democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 21, 2022
What You Actually Need to Know About the State of the Pandemic From Your Local Epidemiologist
The CDC's messaging around Omicron has been a disaster, and with cases surging and despair on the rise, Dr. Katelyn Jetelina stops by this episode of Inside the Hive to give a clear picture of what we should know about the virus right now. The epidemiologist, professor and author of the popular "Your Local Epidemiologist" newsletter answers all of our questions about when the variant might peak, what comes next, what we should know about schools, and where to find some silver linings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 14, 2022
What Happens In a Post-January 6 World?
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox are joined by their colleague Abigail Tracy to talk about what's next for the January 6 commission, what is at stake in an election year, and whether it will practically mean anything to half of the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 07, 2022
Inside the Hive Holiday Special
This week, Inside the Hive cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan discuss strategies for surviving holiday isolation and anxiety during the COVID resurgence. In that spirit, Hagan talks to Don Was, famed record producer and president of Blue Note Records, about the transporting power of music, taking listeners through his own personal playlist of favorite recordings and the stories behind them, from Norah Jones and Iggy Pop to the Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd. A holiday special for the news weary. (Find an exclusive playlist on Spotify under "Inside the Hive Holiday Special.") Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 24, 2021
In a New Memoir, Katie Couric Is “Going There” — But Where Was She Exactly?
This week, Katie Couric, legendary onetime cohost of NBC’s Today show, talks to Inside the Hive's Joe Hagan about her frank and searing new memoir, Going There, which pulls back the curtain on her starry and sometimes starcrossed life and career. Couric recounts the sexist culture of network TV but also examines her own place in a culture that allowed alleged abusers like Matt Lauer, Jeff Fager and Les Moonves (Couric allies all) to thrive. There’s plenty of blame to go around - including Couric's charge, in her book, that Hagan’s 2007 cover story on Couric in New York magazine was a “hit job.” Hagan and Couric visit the spirits of media Past, Present and Yet to Come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 17, 2021
Should Hunter Biden Be Selling Paintings for $300,000?
This week, Inside the Hive cohosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox explore the crossroads of art and politics, discussing Hagan’s recent Vanity Fair profile of Hollywood director and democratic socialist Adam McKay, and Fox’s new profile of Hunter Biden, the son of the President of the United States who has taken up painting and developed a lucrative career in the shadow of ethical questions and his own lurid personal history. One wants to change the world with movies; the other wishes the world would just leave him alone. An exclusive peek behind the stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 10, 2021
Beatlemania!: Inside Peter Jackson’s New Docuseries
This week, Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan invites resident Beatles fanatics Miriam Elder and Mike Hogan, Hive executive editor and digital director, respectively, to analyze, review, and otherwise obsess on Peter Jackson’s sprawling 7.8-hour Beatles docuseries Get Back, available on Disney+. From the George Harrison psychodrama to the John-Paul balancing act to the “fifth Beatle” to Ringo’s drumming to what’s up with Yoko, this is the conversation you need whether you’ve seen one, three, or none of the episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 03, 2021
What To Talk About at Thanksgiving
Inside the Hive cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan hash out the big Thanksgiving dinner-table talking points, from the confounding economy to Joe Biden’s political fortunes to what movies and TV shows everybody needs to watch. A survival guide and an offer of gratitude. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 24, 2021
Did the Lingerie Business Make Jeffrey Epstein Possible?
As the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell starts up this week, Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan talks to Vanity Fair correspondents Vanessa Grigoriadis and Gabriel Sherman about their reporting on the Jeffrey Epstein scandal—what we know, what we don’t know, and what the whole sordid affair tells us about power and sexism in America. Grigoriadis’s latest podcast series, Fallen Angel: The Victoria’s Secret Story, details the fascinating history of the lingerie chain and the cultural damage it did to a generation of women, including its own models. Sherman, a featured voice, explains how Ohio-based owner Les Wexner came under Epstein’s spell and helped finance his predatory designs on women and girls. The ironies are rich: “This man who was so connected to Jeffrey Epstein is also the man who was making that lingerie that young girls were coveting,” observes Grigioriadis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 19, 2021
Is There a Way Out of the Internet?
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Pod Save America host Jon Favreau stops by to talk about his new podcast series, Offline, about the ways in which the internet is changing and possibly breaking everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 12, 2021
Will the metaverse be filled with Nazis and racists?
This week, cohost Joe Hagan reviews the news with Miriam Elder, executive editor of the Hive, examining Tuesday's election results and what they portend for Democrats and President Joe Biden. Are voters really afraid of critical race theory, or was Virginia's Terry McAuliffe just a terrible candidate? Also: What’s a metaverse, and will it save us from ourselves or become just another hothouse for the culture wars? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 05, 2021
Inside Nap Dress Nation with Nell Diamond
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Hill House House founder and C.E.O. Nell Diamond talks with Emily Jane Fox about creating an "it" item on Instagram, building a community around a commodity, and how to get direct to consumer right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 29, 2021
All Politics Are Local
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox talk how climate change, shipping delays and local school boards could impact midterm elections. Plus: what they're watching and reading to get through the darkness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 22, 2021
As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation: Lone Star Candidate Matthew Dowd on How Democrats Can Win in 2022 The veteran political adviser and analyst talks about now running for office himself on Inside the Hive.
Matthew Dowd, former Bush campaign adviser turned analyst, has spent his career behind the scenes. But now he’s running as a Democrat for lieutenant governor of Texas in 2022—with eyes locked on hard-right incumbent Dan Patrick, the man responsible for pushing through the infamous voter-suppression and antiabortion bills that have galvanized Republicans and alarmed Democrats. On this week’s Inside the Hive, Dowd analyzes the state of the Democratic Party and makes the case that if Texas can be turned blue (finally), the spread of Trumpism can be stopped nationally too. And even if the Biden administration can’t pull out of its current slump, he argues, Democrats can still beat Republicans at the state level. Dowd weighs in on Biden, congressional Democrats, Beto O’Rourke—and his favorite Matthew McConaughey film.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 15, 2021
Back to Reality: Whistleblowers, Trump Derangement, and Democrat’s Big Problem
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox talk about what COVID attitudes feel like in different cities, what the Facebook whistleblower revealed about social media algorithms, and debate whether or not we should ever talk about Trump again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 08, 2021
“The Only Winning Move Is Not to Play”: Vanity Fair's Tech Correspondent on How to Beat Social Media
This week, Vanity Fair tech correspondent Nick Bilton speaks with cohost Joe Hagan about the recent leaks from Facebook that reveal the company knew of the toxic impact of their platforms, including Instagram, on users, especially teenage girls. In a world in which the social media giants—FAANG, or Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google—are too rich and powerful to be contained by limp political and regulatory systems, “we’re left to the wolves,” says Bilton. After covering the social media world for a decade, Bilton says the only way to beat the media giants is to hack the system—ourselves—by reprogramming our behaviors, which are the literal coins of the social media realm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 01, 2021
“Texans Are Being Held Hostage”: Julián Castro on “WTF Is Happening” in the Lone Star State
This week, Julián Castro, onetime Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama, joins Inside the Hive to discuss the hard-right push on guns, abortion, and voting in Texas, which has become a blueprint for recalcitrant Trumpist states, and what Democrats are going to do about it. Castro is worried about what he calls Biden’s relatively weak leadership—especially his handling of the border crisis. “My hope is that the Biden administration is going to reverse course on this very soon,” he says. He also sketches out a scenario in which his former competitor, Beto O’Rourke, runs for governor of Texas in 2022 and helps Democrats retake power after years of dashed hopes: “I believe that he has a shot to beat Greg Abbott.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 24, 2021
Family Matters: Gillian Laub Explores the Political Divide
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, photographer and author Gillian Laub talks about her beautiful new book, in which she documents her family’s love and their divide over President Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 17, 2021
"I thought you said you’d never forget”: A conversation on 9/11 with author Elliot Ackerman
This week, co-host Joe Hagan talks to novelist Elliot Ackerman, a veteran of both the Afghan and Iraq wars, on the meaning of 9/11 and the long-term impact on American life, politics and culture. A critic of the Biden administration’s exit from Afghanistan, Ackerman has struggled with feelings of bitterness over the wars that defined his life and redefined the nation. As media and politics have become more extreme and polarized in the 20 years since 9/11, the country has become more cynical and demoralized, less able to unify in a crisis. An optimist in a pessimistic time, Ackerman looks for signs of hope in America's founding ideals--enlightenment, reason--even if the country never quite lives up to them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 10, 2021
“Like A Mad Max Movie Plot”: Confronting The Texas Abortion Ban
In the wake of the shocking Supreme Court move that has allowed Texas to effectively ban abortion, cohost Joe Hagan conducts back to back interviews with Amy Hagstrom Miller, of Whole Women’s Health, which operates abortion clinics in Texas, and Wendy Davis, a veteran of Texas politics and founder of Deeds Not Words, a nonprofit committed to gender equality. Addressing the law and its ramifications for women (and especially women of color), Miller and Davis bring front line news and historical context to this demoralizing moment in the years-long battle for women’s reproductive rights. They also consider the political fallout and offer ideas for a path forward in what is sure to be a long and rocky road ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 03, 2021
Anti-Vaxxers, Afghanistan, and the Late-Summer Bad News Cycle
Inside the Hive cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan analyze the latest bad news from Afghanistan and the pandemic resurgence sweeping the country, especially Florida. Twenty years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in search of Al Qaeda, was a bloody and chaotic exit the only possibility? When Donald Trump can’t convince his own followers to get vaccinated (he was booed for suggesting as much), has the weaponized ignorance he helped foment finally gone rogue? How will these world-historical events be woven into our politics? Plus: a touch of good news with a bonus clip from a newly unearthed live recording of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 27, 2021
“Damn, what do we do now?”: A conversation with Afghan TV chief Saad Mohseni
This week, cohost Joe Hagan talks to Saad Mohseni, chief executive of the MOBY Group, which has been broadcasting television news and entertainment programming in Afghanistan since 2004. As the Taliban take over the country following the US’s chaotic exit last week, the fate of Mohseni’s media outlet in Kabul, staffed with 450 Afghans, hangs in the balance. Will the Taliban shut down or take over the TV network? Even as Mohseni looks for signs of hope in a young population weened on TV and Internet access (including the Taliban themselves), he remains wary of the Taliban's extremism, misogyny and censorship and expresses anger at the Biden administration’s handling of the pullout, which has left his beloved country to a grim fate after decades of cynical US foreign policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 20, 2021
How Florida Turned American Politics into a Tabloid Nightmare
This week, Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman joins cohost Joe Hagan to discuss the “Floridization” of conservative politics, from the hanging chads of the 2000 election to Trump’s “Southern White House” in Palm Beach to Governor Ron DeSantis’s ostensible 2024 campaign slogan, “Make America Florida.” The Hive correspondents explore the history of tabloid and conservative media in Florida and the inevitable merger of the two in the form of Trumpism, expanding and riffing on Hagan’s feature in the September issue of Vanity Fair, “Postcards from the Edge." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 13, 2021
Is “Hot Vax Summer” a Total Bust?
Cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan discuss the latest COVID wave and how it’s affecting our health, social lives, politics, and summer plans. Mask mandates are back, and not even Barack Obama can throw a birthday party on Martha’s Vineyard without it becoming a national incident. Also discussed: the Tokyo Olympics; what we’re reading on the beach this summer; and what you’ll find inside the newest issue of Vanity Fair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 06, 2021
What’s on Mark’s Mind?: Journalist Sheera Frenkel on the “Ugly Truth” about Facebook
This week, New York Times reporter Sheera Frenkel, coauthor of the blockbuster book “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination,” describes her and coauthor Cecilia Kang's deep dive into the history and ambitions of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. How and why did Zuck allow his tech behemoth to become a hothouse of hate speech, misinformation and coordinated attacks on world governments? And what has he done about it? Frenkel explains to cohost Joe Hagan how Zuckerberg's pursuit of power has run roughshod over social responsibility, as he cashes in on Kumbaya connectivity instead. With Donald Trump suing Facebook for temporarily evicting him and Joe Biden accusing the platform of “killing people” by spreading vaccine misinformation, Zuckerberg keeps his eyes on the 5 billion customers that remain to be converted to the platform. An in-depth conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 30, 2021
“Long-Term Disaster Is the Best-Case Scenario”: Author Nathaniel Rich Sounds the Alarm on Climate Change
Floods, wildfires, skies filled with smoke and ash—it’s been a summer full of alarming signs of climate change. This week, journalist and novelist Nathaniel Rich joins Joe Hagan on Inside the Hive to discuss the looming catastrophe we’ve known about for decades but have consistently failed to slow, let alone stop. Should we take the climate fight to politicians and corporations, or is our system too hopelessly broken to respond to the earth’s rising temperatures? How much do individual choices like eating vegan or driving electric cars really help? The author of Losing Earth: A Recent History talks about his personal response as he paints a portrait of ignorance and bad faith among the powers that be. Rich also suggests new ways to change and deepen our relationship to our planet in crisis—including the power of fiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 23, 2021
Baby on Board: Balancing Work and Parenthood on Inside the Hive
This week, we welcome cohost Emily Jane Fox back to the podcast from paid family leave to discuss some personal breaking news: the arrival of infant daughter J.R. last week and the implications for work-life balance, family, marriage and podcasting. Plus, a review of the summer news cycle, what readers of Vanity Fair can expect in weeks to come, and a squeak or two from the new podcast cohost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 16, 2021
Why New York Matters: The Hive’s Chris Smith on the State of the World’s Greatest City
This week, veteran Hive correspondent Chris Smith talks to co-host Joe Hagan about the winner of the Democratic primary for New York mayor, Eric Adams, and his journey toward the most powerful office in the city. Smith has been covering city politics for more than two decades, through Bloomberg’s three terms and Bill DeBlasio’s seven tumultuous years, and understands better than most the risks and opportunities for a city trying to reinvent itself after the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer. Can a former policeman and savvy self-promoter like Adams lower crime, enact police reforms while also earning the trust of the NYPD and shepherd the city to prosperity? Chris Smith explains it all to you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 09, 2021
“S--tcoin” from Shinola: Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton Explains Cryptocurrencies
This week, Vanity Fair special correspondent Nick Bilton returns to Inside the Hive to help cohost Joe Hagan (finally) understand what cryptocurrencies are — how they came to be, how they work, and where they’re headed. From Bitcoin to Ethereum, from Elon Musk’s favored Dogecoin to the dreaded “shitcoin," Bilton, who has covered technology for over a decade, links cryptocurrencies to the evolution of an Internet culture driven by speculators, conspiracists and opportunists — and then answers the $33,000 question (the current price of Bitcoin): Should we actually invest in these things? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 02, 2021
The Paid Leave Motherlode
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Emily Jane Fox talked to White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the administration's plans to pass paid leave and support working families, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian about paternity leave and the stigma around fathers taking time off (if they even get it, that is), and Rent the Runway C.E.O. Jenn Hyman about how offering fair and robust leave to employees makes economic and moral sense for employers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 25, 2021
A Warm and Fuzzy Start To Summer
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox talk about 60 hours of Beatles footage, the fallibility of memories, and recording moments big and small in our own lives. Plus: what's happening in Washington and what's to come next week.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 18, 2021
How Jon Chu’s In the Heights Bet on the Big Screen and Won
A year ago, when the pandemic was first raging, director Jon Chu faced a painful decision: He could send his new musical adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” straight to streaming on HBO or wait for the theaters to reopen once the pandemic was over—a depressingly indeterminate time. Now it looks like that decision has paid off. Chu and his film editor Myron Kerstein return to Inside the Hive to talk about the experience of keeping their dream alive while the world twisted and turned. The movie — about a community of immigrants friends and families struggling to keep their “suenitos” alive in New York’s Washington Heights — arrives in a poetic new context that not even Hollywood could have dreamed up: “In the Heights,” screening in 5,300 theaters in the U.S., is the first real blockbuster film to test the power of cinemas after a year of closure. Chu and Kerstein discuss the long journey to the screen, the influences and ideas that went into making it, Chu's desire to mint a new cast of unknown Latino stars (like Anthony Ramos), the unlikely story of how the soon-to-be-iconic swimming pool sequence was conceived and created, and their hopes for a financial success that will make similar musicals possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 11, 2021
Did Cable News Just Die?
On this week’s episode, Vanity Fair’s senior media correspondent Joe Pompeo breaks down what’s happened to all the news networks post-Trump and what he thinks will happen to the hosts, ratings, and news-obsessed viewers now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 04, 2021
Infrastructure, Incentives and Settling Back In
Co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox talk vaccine incentives, the two kinds of infrastructure we need to be investing in, and the joys and pains of taking a first reporting trip in more than a year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 28, 2021
Danny Meyer on the New Future of New York City Restaurants
A year ago, when restauranteur Danny Meyer first stopped by Inside the Hive, the restaurant industry—and every industry, really—was in peril. He’d just laid off 2,000 employees, closed all of his restaurants, and had no idea how they could pivot or when things would get better. This week, he joins co-host Emily Jane Fox to discuss preparing to operate at 100 percent capacity as a vaccinated New York City roars back to life and how he thinks the business will change forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 21, 2021
From D**k Pic Renegade to Space Travel Trailblazer: Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos
On this very special episode of Inside the Hive, dear friend of the podcast Nick Bilton is back to interview author and reporter Brad Stone, whose new book on Jeff Bezos and his earth-shaking company—Amazon Unbound—is out this week from Simon & Schuster. In it, Stone traces the evolution of Amazon as a company, as well as the progression of Bezos himself from startup engineer to one of the most powerful men in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 14, 2021
An Interview with Hunter Biden
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, Emily Jane Fox sits down with the First Son to talk about his addiction, his dad, what makes a Biden love story, and why he thinks the GOP, and Don Jr. in particular, are obsessed with him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 07, 2021
How to Be Happier: an Interview with ABC News’s Dan Harris
After the longest year in history—or four, to be honest—ABC News anchor and founder of meditation app 10 Percent Happier Dan Harris stops by this week’s episode of Inside the Hive to talk about meditation for skeptics, the toll a year of isolation takes on our mental health, and what we can all do to be just a little bit more at peace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 30, 2021
After George Floyd: An interview with Minneapolis Activist Sheila Nezhad
This week, Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan interviews Sheila Nezhad, the Minneapolis activist whose candidacy for mayor against incumbent Jacob Frey has been powered by the protest movement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Nezhad gives an eyewitness account of the scene when former Officer Derek Chavin was convicted of murder and manslaughter this week, a verdict that left the city relieved but with unanswered questions about the future of law enforcement and racial justice. With the Justice Department investigating the practices of the Minneapolis Police Department, Nezhad sees an opening for a different kind of American city, one without a police department but with more social services and a larger safety net. Whether Nezhad's vision is unrealistic or inevitable is both the key to her political future and the knife’s edge of a national reckoning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 23, 2021
Paris Hilton, In Reflection
Her fame has endured. Her brand has expanded. The way the media has framed who she was and how she is talked about has changed. Paris Hilton sat down with Emily Jane Fox for an interview to talk about that shift, that sex tape, nostolgia culture, and life in quarantine on this week's episode of Inside the Hive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 16, 2021
Beautiful and Not So Beautiful Things: Inside the Hive Reviews the Hunter Biden Memoir
This week, cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan pour through the pages of Beautiful Things, the eye-popping new Hunter Biden memoir, to highlight the best revelations and insights—not only into a President’s son, but into the Biden presidency itself and this peculiar (but hopeful) moment in American history. A tearful and candid tale of addiction and familial love, the book describes in excruciating detail the death of Hunter's brother Beau, the Biden family's private struggles in the aftermath, and Hunter’s lurid descent into alcoholism and crack addiction. He also attempts to set the record straight on the Burisma controversy that made him the political whipping boy for Donald Trump. An Inside the Hive book review. Bonus: Speaking of beautiful things, Emily Jane Fox has a life-altering revelation of her own for podcast listeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 09, 2021
The GaetzGate We Deserve
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox dissect the allegations against Congressman Matt Gaetz—namely that he bankrolled the travel of a 17-year-old with whom he was romantically involved—and his puzzling spin on them. Plus, Infrastructure Week is for real this time, and perhaps Twitter is a construct we could all do without. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 02, 2021
"I've Got to Do Something. I've Got to Say Something”: A Conversation with CNN’s Don Lemon
The Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 catalyzed Black Americans far and wide, and CNN’s Don Lemon, the only African-American cable news anchor in primetime, was no different. Lemon joins Inside the Hive to discuss his bestselling new book, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism. In it, Lemon describes how the Trump years exposed America’s racial wounds, but also cleared the way for a new era of accountability. "People are being held accountable and they cannot just say something bigoted or racist or insensitive or inappropriate with impunity anymore,” Lemon observes.  But he also believes in forgiveness. Addressing free speech and “cancel culture,” Lemon says, "I think you have to allow people grace in the conversation and in the act of trying to do the right thing.”  Despite the divisions of the last four years, Lemon remains optimistic about the promise of pluralism, if for no other reason than demographics and the logic of capitalism. “We're all gonna have to learn to get together because that's what our country will be,” he says. “I think the way that we're going to do that is not by segregating ourselves, but by having relationships with people who don't look like us, because when you do that you get to experience other people's humanity, it is harder for you to treat them as other." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 26, 2021
What Does Life Post-Vaccine Look Like?
Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox talk about returning to normal after this year, in terms of news coverage, daily routines, and the way we treat one another going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 19, 2021
COVID A Year In: Where We Are and Where We're Headed
On the anniversary of the coronavirus changing everything, Harvard epidemiology professor Willam Hanage stops by Inside the Hive to break down the new CDC guidelines, vaccine messaging and myths, and what we should all be doing to prepare for this next phase. Plus, co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox dissect the royal family drama and ultimate queen, Oprah. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 12, 2021
“It Was a Test of My Mettle. Am I Really About What I Say I'm About?”: A Conversation with Late Show Band Leader Jon Batiste
This week, Inside the Hive welcomes special guest Jon Batiste, leader of the Stay Human Band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Hot off his Golden Globe win for his work on the score of Pixar’s Soul, Batiste's latest album, We Are, represents a vivid turn from straight jazz into a joyful, danceable pop and neo-soul. It's also a bold declaration of conscience: catalyzed by the Black Lives Matter movement of last summer, when he rallied protestors with an ad hoc street band, Batiste wanted to deliver a personal statement on his own experience as a Black man in America. “We have to hold ourselves accountable to the things that we profess to believe,” he says.  Batiste collaborated with 200 musicians, producers, and friends, including Quincy Jones, Mavis Staples, and even author Zadie Smith, with whom he held regular singing sessions over Zoom at the height of the pandemic. Here he recounts his own musical evolution, from Louisiana, where he grew up in a storied musical family, to New York, where he studied jazz piano at Juilliard and later developed what he’s come to call “social music,” a sound that draws on, in addition to New Orleans jazz, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Wu Tang Clan and even Bjork to find a common humanity in a time of division. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 05, 2021
A Return of Normalcy
On this week's episode, Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox extoll the virtues of having time to talk about actual issues--confirmation processes, the minimum wage, Potato Heads. Plus: what the future could look like for the Republican party and a very special superfan email that will make your week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 26, 2021
The “Absolute and Abject Failure” of the GOP: Democratic Stars Joe Neguse and Beto O’Rourke on Trump, Cruz, and Finding Hope
In this double feature episode of Inside the Hive, cohosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox interview rising Democratic star Joe Neguse, Congressman from Colorado, about last week’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump and what was and was not achieved after Republicans refused to convict. Neguse takes us behind the scenes with the impeachment managers, including the controversial decision not to call witnesses before a final vote, and considers what lessons Democrats should draw from it.  That's followed by Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who talks to Hagan about the state of emergency in Texas and the intransigence of his former rival for Senate, Ted Cruz. O’Rourke lays into Cruz, who flew to Cancún during statewide blackouts: "I don't know how much we were expecting from him to begin with,” he says. “That guy wants nothing to do with government, or at least our form of it.” Whether voters, suffering from food shortages following a freak snow storm, will make the GOP pay—and create an opening for O’Rourke to run for Texas governor in 2022—remains to be seen. But O’Rourke finds optimism for the country in new leaders like Neguse, who he calls “an all-time American hero.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 19, 2021
Life On the Disinformation SuperHighway
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, NBC News's Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins talk about the roots of the disinformation that gets planted online, fed on social networks and tech platforms, and spread all the way to Washington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 12, 2021
Can Trump’s Grip on the GOP Be Loosened?: Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger Says Yes
This week, Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, joins Inside the Hive to talk about his campaign to steer the GOP away from Donald Trump, the QAnon conspiracy cult, and the insurrection of January 6. In advance of an impeachment trial in the Senate, Kinzinger has allied himself with Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney and voted to remove Trump ally and QAnon adherent Marjorie Taylor Greene from her congressional committees. But he acknowledges a tough battle ahead, not least the struggle to bring Trump’s base out of the “fog” of disinformation, comparing the current crossroads to the morning after a Friday-night “bender”: “The easy answer is to drink a Bloody Mary and just feel a little better and start up again,” he says. “Or you can take a look at what you did and…bear the pain a little bit.” The congressman recently started a PAC to support “country first” Republicans and predicts that sanity will prevail and Trump’s support will deteriorate within six months. “[Trump] doesn't have Twitter, he's not blinding people,” he observes. “And I think folks are gonna wake up … and say, ‘The party of Trump is not the party that's going to be in the majority of the future.’” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 05, 2021
"Fake Famous": The Dark Side of Influencer Culture
Nick Bilton stops by Inside the Hive to talk about his upcoming HBO documentary, Fake Famous, about a social media experiment that explores the influencer economy, but not before discussing all the ways in which people are trying to get COVID-19 vaccines, and how Joe Biden’s administration is trying to correct course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 29, 2021
“I Don’t Tense Up in Atlanta When I See the Police": An Interview with Author Charles Blow
This week, Inside the Hive co-host Joe Hagan talks to New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow about his provocative new book, The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto, which proposes a reverse migration of young Black people from northern cities to the South to try replicating what Stacy Abrams achieved in Georgia in the 2020 presidential and congressional races. Post-Civil Rights empowerment for Black populations has failed to materialize, argues Blow, with racism as pernicious, if not more so, in the “liberal” north as the south. The only way for Blacks to claim true power, he says, is through self determination—creating large Black population centers in places like Atlanta and turning the political tide in their direction. Blow paints a searing portrait of fair-weather liberals whose BLM protests last summer he likens to "a social justice Coachella” that ultimately failed to deliver policy changes. “Somehow Black people are supposed to pat white people on the back and say, ‘You're getting there, I'll keep waiting?’” he says, calling Dr. King's dream of white and Black children joining hands a naive vision. "I have three children in this world,” Blow says. “The idea that they can still be fighting some form of the thing that I'm fighting today, when I am gone from this earth, is insane to me.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 22, 2021
"The Poison in This Was Donald Trump": PA's Attorney General Talks Insurrection, Elections, and Consequences
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shaprio joins Emily Jane Fox to discuss what he's doing to hold violent rioters accountable, why he thinks impeachment is essential, and how to protect democracy going forward into a post-Trump era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 15, 2021
“Nothing About What Trump Does Surprises Me": An Interview with Democratic Superlawyer Marc Elias
This week, Inside the Hive welcomes Marc Elias, the lawyer who defended the election results against the Trump campaign’s assault, winning 62 out of 63 court cases in multiple states. Despite the fraud claims of seven senators and 121 members of congress who rebelled against the certification of Joe Biden's win this week, Elias says “not a single judge found a single vote that was fraudulent. None. Zero.” The bloodshed at the Capitol on Wednesday was more predictable than it was shocking, he says, and “the Republicans are even now still invested in trying to salvage the kernel of Trumpism.” What follows is an in-depth conversation with the election lawyer at the front lines of history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 08, 2021
A Look Ahead to 2021
Our good friend Nick Bilton stops by for the first episode of the year, to usher in the new, dissect the old, and resolve what will and should look different. We resolve to mention President Trump less, talk about how all politics are local, what excites us about the new administration, and discuss what we're most looking forward to covering in our reporting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 01, 2021
The Best of the Worst: Everything That Was Worthwhile in 2020
For the final episode of this very tough year, co-hosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan go through what they read, watched, listened to, and loved over the last 12 months.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 25, 2020
Michael Cohen Predicts Trump’s Future
For years, Donald Trump's personal attorney had to live in Donald Trump's head. He knew his every move. He understood his every action and reaction. On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, he talks with co-host Emily Jane Fox about what he's sure Trump will do next, what investigations hang in the balance, and whether he thinks they'll ever speak again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 18, 2020
"America’s Kind of Crazy—and it Doesn’t Go Away” - A Conversation with Rick Perlstein, Author of Reaganland
In 1977, Jimmy Carter entered the White House with as much public goodwill as any president in modern times (an 80% approval rating) on the promise of restoring decency through political restraint and shared sacrifice. Sound familiar? On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, Joe Hagan talks to historian Rick Perlstein about the latest edition to his spectacular three-volume history of the modern right wing, Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980, which documents the presidency of Carter and the emergence of Ronald Reagan in the wake of Watergate. When the bill came due for Carter's “ideological profligacy” of aiming to please everyone, Perlstein says, Carter crashed and Reagan rose to power on a strategy of “organized discontent,” building the reactionary coalitions that would haunt America for the next four decades. Perlstein’s history is a blueprint of the politics that brought us Trump—and a cautionary tale for President-elect Joe Biden. "We can’t change the past,” says Perlstein, "but we can live with our eyes open." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 11, 2020
Prosecuting This President: Attorney General Maura Healey on Trump’s Legal Jeopardy
The Massachusetts AG joined this week’s episode of Inside the Hive to talk about taking on the Trump administration, handling election interference, and how to transition to the next chapter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 04, 2020
Barack Obama's “A Promised Land”: Inside a Sit-Down With the 44th President
On this week’s episode, we are lucky enough to share the conversation between President Obama and Jesmyn Ward, which is featured in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. They talk about his new memoir, the state of our country, and the process of writing truths about themselves. For this listen—and so many things—we have a lot to be grateful for.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 27, 2020
After Trump, does truth matter?: A conversation with CNN’S Jake Tapper
Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent for CNN, returns to “Inside the Hive” for an in-depth conversation on the state of the media in these bitter, waning days of the Trump era. While Trump and his legal team spin outlandish conspiracies to reverse the legitimate election of Joe Biden, Tapper separates fact from fiction, casts skepticism on a Trump “coup,” and considers the long-term damage Trump’s war on reality has done to American life. How much is the media—including CNN—culpable for his rise? Will his political influence stay alive or decline when he finally leaves office? And will the media, addicted to the ratings his chaos provides, continue to empower him with attention? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 20, 2020
Are we on the sunny side of the street yet?
On this week’s podcast, cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan game out the political future of the Trump machine in the aftermath of Joe Biden’s decisive electoral victory. While Trump drums up hysteria about a coup to fan the passions of his minions—prepping, no doubt, for a right-wing media company to challenge Fox News—the rest of the media faces a reckoning: Will we continue to breathe life into Trump’s reality show by indulging his 24/7 madness with cameras and microphones? Will Jared and Ivanka manage to sneak back into Upper East Side society or will they be pecked to death by angry socialites? As the nation teeters between the political chaos of Trumpism and a cooler, saner Bidenesque calm, we have a painful postmortem to conduct, but also, for the first time in a long time, hope.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 13, 2020
The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
The election came and went and we are here to talk it all through, break it all down, and feel our way through what may come next. Co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox go over what the polls and pundits missed, the cooling effect of a President Biden, and the impacts of the Trump derangement syndrome we're all suffering from.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 06, 2020
Series Finale of the Trump Show?
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, co-hosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan ask the question: If this reality-TV presidency was scripted, how might it end? Expanding on a special project published in the Hive this week—in which Susan Orlean, Tom Perrotta, Anthony Scaramucci, Alexandra Petri and others imagine a Trump-era “finale”—the hosts bring in special guest Lee Eisenberg, former head writer of The Office (and Hive-famous financée to Fox), to discuss how a writer’s room in Hollywood might build a bookend to the series—or, as the case may be, a cliffhanger to another season of Trumpian hell. In the spirit of both hope and realism, the hosts offer advice for surviving the next week and begin (carefully) imagining post-election possibilities for a nation desperate to wean itself from Trump’s show-and-awe dopamine hits.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 30, 2020
Can America Recover From The Trump Presidency?
This week, Hive special correspondent Gabe Sherman, who has covered Donald Trump since 2015, joins cohost Joe Hagan for an in-depth discussion of the final days of the 2020 election and - possibly - the Trump era. Sherman and Hagan look past the polls to discern the narrative logic of Trump’s reality-TV presidency: As he runs out of storylines and ideas, the President of “scandal, chaos and conflict" has been bested by his biggest political competitor of the 2020 campaign: the coronavirus. Desperate to distract the public from the reality of mass death and joblessness, Trump has failed to live up to his own entertainment credo: “He’s become boring,” says Sherman. Carefully peeking past November 3rd, the two Hive reporters consider what comes next for Trump, for the media, and, more importantly, for an exhausted nation — is it possible to return to political normalcy, even under Joe Biden?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 23, 2020
Get In the Fight: Jon Lovett's Home Stretch Playbook
With less than three weeks to go before the election, Crooked Media’s Jon Lovett joins co-host Emily Jane Fox to talk about the closing arguments each candidate is making—or not making, as it may be. Plus, he weighs in on the bigger questions of how Washington could normalize in a post-Trump world and what we should be doing in this final countdown.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 16, 2020
Just How Far Will This Super-Spreader Spread?
With President Donald Trump as contagion in chief and the election right around the corner, co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox break down the administration's trust deficit, the debate over the next presidential debate, and the personal bellwethers they've seen over the last few weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 09, 2020
“I Know Our Day Is Coming”: Valerie Jarrett on Women in 2020
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, co-host Emily Jane Fox sits down with former Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett to discuss what it’s like to work with Joe Biden, how debate prep usually works, what’s at stake in the coming weeks, and what a difference mentorship can make.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 02, 2020
Will the Center Hold?: A Primer on Why What Matters Matters
With a Supreme Court nomination fight, a debate slugfest, and a battle for the soul of our nation on the horizon, co-hosts Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox talk about what’s at stake for the winners and losers and how to make it through alive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 25, 2020
“Nationalism Will Run Roughshod Over Democracy”: What can Nazi Germany tell us about Trump’s GOP?
This week, “Inside the Hive” welcomes historian Peter Fritzsche, author of "Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich,” to help separate fact from exaggeration on the increasingly pressing question of how much Trump’s GOP resembles the Nazis of the early 1930s. As Donald Trump attacks democratic norms and undermines the electoral process, and AG William Barr stokes fear of "a socialist path” if Trump loses, historians are hearing distressing echoes of Adolph Hitler’s rise, from the fear-mongering demonization of the left to the threat of street violence and military force against enemies real and imagined. One difference: “A white ethnic America is much more important in Trumps’ campaign than the vision of a Aryan-ized Germany was in Hitler’s electoral campaigns,” says Fritzsche, who says the MAGA conception of America "means there are villains who have undone America but now there are the virtuous who can remake America and 'make it great again.’ I call it ‘muscular melodramatic populism'”—the same phenomenon that brought Hitler to power.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 18, 2020
Lordy, There Are Books: But Will They Matter?
On this week’s Inside the Hive, Joe Hagan and Emily Jane Fox go deep into Bob Woodward's new bombshell of a book, which is all the more rattling because it is backed up by tapes of President Donald Trump himself detailing failure of leadership in the face of a global pandemic. Along with two other missives, from Michael Cohen and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the president and his family have been caught in a tattered web of their own words at a time when they needed to be weaving their own narratives if they want to have a chance in November. The question is whether or not book sales will translate into votes, and if any of this will hold until then. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 11, 2020
“I Really Think He is Against America”: Trump The Traitor?
On this week’s “Inside the Hive,” Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan assess the state of the presidential race at the end of the long, hot 2020 summer and find themselves torn between glimmers of hope for Joe Biden in the polls and the ongoing apocalyptic tidings of Trumpism. In a feature interview, Hagan talks to longtime Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, whose best-selling book “It Was All a Lie” is a confession, a mea culpa and a searing analysis of the racism and xenophobia that has swallowed the GOP with the rise of Donald Trump, who he deems a “traitor” to his country. "I really think he is against America, what it means to be an American,” he says, blaming the Republican Party for "a complete collapse of responsibility that they had to defend democracy in America. And they failed." Stevens also offers advice on how to talk to your Trump-loving relatives about their vote in November.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 04, 2020
RNC EDITION: How Much Can One Nation Take?
On this week’s “Inside the Hive,” Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan parse Trump's ghastly RNC, discussing what the Trump children’s speeches tell us about the family’s inner workings and the psyche of their narcissistic paterfamilias. As the GOP tries to turn the social unrest in Wisconsin into a suburban fear factor and tie it to Joe Biden, our hosts wonder whether this week’s convention—or the DNC, for that matter—will have any lasting impact. Plus: Joe Hagan talks to author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates about his role guest editing the September issue of Vanity Fair, which focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement and the fallout from the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Arriving in print and online during the Repulican National Convention, the issue aims directly at the heart of what’s at stake in this year’s election.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 28, 2020
DNC SPECIAL: Is It Safe To Feel Optimistic?
On this week’s “Inside the Hive,” co-hosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan discuss the four-day extravaganza of Democratic hopes and dreams and the official coming out of Joe Biden as the nominee who will face off against Donald Trump for the future of the free world. From Joe and Jill Biden’s 70s sitcom-worthy biography to Barack Obama’s cold dismantling of Trump to Kamala Harris’s intersectional feminist vision, Fox and Hagan examine the spectacle and speeches (and the musical choices) for clues to the deeper storylines and the political battles ahead. With Republicans rolling out their own program next week, our co-hosts are poised somewhere between hope and nausea.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 21, 2020
The 2020 Circus Hits Primetime
On this episode of Inside the Hive, the co-hosts of Showtime’s The Circus, which premiers its fifth season this weekend, stop by to talk about how quote-on-quote traditional campaigns may be extinct; how Joe Biden will handle a more progressive Democratic party; and the intricacies of filming their show during a global pandemic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 14, 2020
The Crossroads: How the GOP broke America and what to do about it
On this week’s “Inside the Hive," author and journalist Kurt Andersen discusses his new book, “Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History,” which is both the story of how the GOP spent the last 50 years reengineering the economy to favor big business at the expense of the working class, and also a crucial primer for the 2020 election. Andersen argues that we’re at a crossroads not unlike 1980, when Reagan ushered in the rightward tilt of our economic lives, selling the idea that unfettered greed would magically lift all boats. The plan was long in the making, a counterstrike against the 1960s, and it was all too successful. To understand what must be done in a post-Trump America — which is the only America with a future — you have to understand the crucial history that brought us here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 07, 2020
“Down the Road We Go”: On Loss and Leadership
On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, Nick Bilton comes back to talk with Emily Jane Fox about Congress’s tech mess, Trump’s tweeting, and the loss of our beloved editor, John Homans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 31, 2020
Inside the Michael Cohen Saga, Part Bazillion
On this week’s Inside the Hive, Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan go deep into everything you need to know about the governments “retaliation” against Michael Cohen, Trump’s mental acuity test, and the major roadblocks standing in the way of his re-election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 24, 2020
Can Negative Ads Alone Beat Trump in November?
GOP consultant and Never-Trumper John Weaver talks to “Inside the Hive” about the origins and aims of the Lincoln Project, the PAC that’s kicking out incendiary viral ads aimed at exploiting Trump’s self-regard and paranoia and keeping him on the defensive. Weaver analyzes the Biden campaign and argues that a relentless barrage of negative advertising will weaken Trump and help “clear the air” for Biden’s positive message. He also implores nervous Democrats to stop fretting and follow their lead: “They’re more worried about losing than winning,” Weaver says of Democrats. “Stop worrying about November and beat the shit out of him now.” Also listen in for the exclusive premiere trailer to the new HBO movie, The Swamp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 17, 2020
The September Issue: Can School Really Go Back in Session?
On this week's episode of *Inside the Hive*, Emily Jane Fox talks with Randi Weingarten of American Federation of Teachers about the biggest question on everyone's mind: will schools safely open in September? They discuss what needs to be done to protect teachers, whether it makes sense to pay for remote college this fall, and how the Trump administration dropped the ball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 10, 2020
How will CNN's Jake Tapper be remembered 30 years from now?
This week on Inside the Hive, CNN’s Jake Tapper joins Joe Hagan for a wide-ranging conversation, from his role covering Trump to the gripping new war movie “The Outpost," based on Tapper’s 2012 nonfiction book about a harrowing battle between 53 U.S. forces and 400+ Taliban in which eight Americans were killed. Tapper talks of his emotional reaction to reports that Trump ignored intelligence about Russia paying Taliban insurgents to kill U.S. soldiers. Tapper also addresses the theory that CNN itself is partially culpable for Trump's rise and explains what motivates his reporting in a world where Watergate-sized revelations rarely move the needle of public opinion.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 03, 2020
Is Facebook the New Fox News?
On this week's Inside the Hive, Nick Bilton comes back to talk about social media during COVID19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, how Mark Zuckerberg will be remembered in the history books, and why we shouldn't trust the newest polls. Plus, Bilton reveals his matchmaking abilities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 26, 2020
"Nothing Ever Ends Well With Him": Will Trump Crash and Burn In November?
As President Donald Trump stares down a global pandemic, an economic catastrophe, protests following George Floyd's murder, and John Bolton and Mary Trump's books, the general election hangs in the balance. Former Trump advisor Sam Nunberg joins this week's *Inside the Hive* to talk about what the campaign is getting wrong, the last time Trump called him, whether the president even wants to be reelected, and who's on his list of enemies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 19, 2020
Could Trump Steal the 2020 Election?
On this week’s Inside the Hive, cohost Joe Hagan talks to two lawyers on the front lines of the battle over the integrity of November's election. It’s a worrisome picture. Marc Elias, a veteran lawyer for the DNC, and Dale Ho of the ACLU, discuss their respective court battles to establish and protect mail-in voting and expand the rights of voters in the face of well-funded GOP efforts to limit and even purge voters, especially African-American and younger voters. Will Republicans follow Trump’s lead and restrict mail-in voting in crucial swing states as COVID-19 surges and depresses turnout? And what about the suspicious new postmaster general appointed by Trump? Joe Biden’s fear that Trump will steal the election is the daily nightmare of lawyers Elias and Ho. If Trump should challenge the results by zeroing in on mail-in votes, says Ho, “we’re really in uncharted territory.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 12, 2020
The Protests are changing America -- But what about Facebook?
This week, cohosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan bring you important voices from two fronts of the ongoing struggle for justice after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. First, Fox interviews Maya Wiley, the Brooklyn-based civil rights activist and MSNBC legal analyst, who dissects and interprets the murder charges against four policemen involved in the killing, and explains how to reform policing in this country. Next, Joe Hagan interviews Brandi Collins-Dexter, the senior campaign director for Color of Change, the largest online civil rights group in America, to discuss the group’s years-long battle with Facebook over hate speech and disinformation, including the company’s attempts to discredit their work and last week’s contentious talks with Mark Zuckerberg about removing the President’s incendiary lies from the site. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 05, 2020
The Fresh Prince of Kalorama: A Jared Kushner Roundtable
Kushner, the President's son-in-law, is one of the Trump West Wing's only survivors, having outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted his rivals as he stayed in his father-in-law's good graces while keeping an eye on his comically large portfolio. But before he was finding peace in the Middle East, defining the Republican agenda, and handling a global pandemic, he was a lowly newspaper publisher. On this week's *Inside the Hive*, co-host Emily Jane Fox sits down with Tom McGeveran, Elizabeth Spiers, and *Vanity Fair's* own Michael Calderone, all former *New York Observer*-ites, to talk about Kushner's attitude towards the press, his favorite band and books, his arguing style and value system, and what he'll do next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 29, 2020
"We made this movie to be on the big screen": Director Jon Chu Bets On a Post-Pandemic Hollywood
On this week’s episode, Joe Hagan talks to Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu and film editor Myron Kerstein to discuss the wrenching decision to push their new tent-pole film, the Lin Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights, to summer 2021 instead of opening on a streaming service. With movie production in Hollywood halted, studios and the producers, directors, actors and film crews they employ are groping for answers as to how films get made again, where their next paychecks will come from, and whether audiences will ever return to theaters in the numbers they once did. Jon Chu is betting that theater-goers will come back once the crisis has passed: "I have to believe in that. I can't give up. I can't give up on that dream. And so our job is to give reasons for it to exist." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 22, 2020
Can the Subway Survive Corona, and Can the Public Survive the Subway?
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, co-host Emily Jane Fox sits down with Sarah Feinberg, the Interim President of the New York City Transit Authority, to talk all things transit in the midst of coronavirus: how to keep 51,000 workers and millions of riders safe in the midst of a highly contagious virus, how the agency can make money if people stay working from home forever, and how the Trump administration has failed to protect the American public.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 15, 2020
Can Progressive Feminists Vote for Joe Biden?
On this week's episode of Inside the Hive, co-host Joe Hagan talks to Rebecca Traister, author of "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger," about the Joe Biden/Tara Reade imbroglio, analyzing the thorny implications for the former VP's female allies, the problem with the #believewomen movement, and how Joe Biden might have better handled the allegation that he sexually assaulted Reade 27 years ago. Whatever Biden's shortcomings, the feminist columnist for The Cut vows she'll "crawl over broken glass" to vote for him in November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 08, 2020
Danny Meyer: Why Taking PPP Loans Is Irresponsible
This week, Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan are back for an interview with Danny Meyer, founder of Union Square Hospitality Group and Shake Shack. Meyer and Fox discuss the controversy around Shake Shack applying for—and returning—a $10 million Paycheck Protection Program loan and the wreckage restaurants are wading through to survive through COVID-19. Meyer elucidates the government’s many failures, his suggestions for helpful legislation, and what restaurants will look like once diners can return to full rooms and menus: which establishments will survive and what people will want to eat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 01, 2020
Chris Matthews: To Win, Joe Biden Must Prove Himself
The first episode under new co-hosts Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan features an exclusive interview with Chris Matthews, former host of HARDBALL on MSNBC, who discusses with Hagan his controversial exit after 20 years and analyzes a presidential election thrown into chaos by the pandemic. Can Joe Biden break through? Was Bernie Sanders right? Why does Matthews prefer Amy Klobuchar over Stacey Abrams for Biden’s VP? An in-depth conversation on the “highly unpredictable” politics of 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 24, 2020
Trump, Masks, and Sourdough: The Coronavirus Round Table
After 150 episodes, Nick Bilton is handing over the reigns of Inside the Hive to Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan. In today’s episode, all three join together for a round-table discussion on Trump’s attempt to blame everyone—from Barack Obama to the World Health Organization—for his floundering response to COVID-19; how Joe Biden and the Democrats should respond; and if Americans have too much freedom (and an aversion to wearing masks) to truly stop the spread until there’s a cure. Stick around for a little heart-to-heart at the end, and—of course—a brief discussion about making sourdough bread in the middle of the apocalypse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 17, 2020
On the Frontlines of COVID-19: A Nurse, A Governor and A Journalist
On this week's Inside the Hive we talk to Sydney Gressel, a nurse at UCSF's Benioff Hospital in San Francisco who has started a new nonprofit to help feed doctors and nurses around the country as they fight on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Then, Vanity Fair contributor Joe Hagan sits down with Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker to parse the Trump White House’s missteps in fighting the virus and how the state is trying to combat the disease. Finally, Nick sits down with Sarah Frier, a reporter for Bloomberg, to discuss her new book, "No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram," which gets into the details of how Instagram went from a scrappy startup to the most important social network in the world, and what tech companies are doing to help stop misinformation around COVID-19. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 10, 2020
Will Coronavirus End Like Contagion?
Is coronavirus on track to play out like the movie Contagion? Scott Z. Burns, the writer of the film, and Ian Lipkin, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, join Nick to explain how much of the research that went into the film is playing out in real time; how the states and countries that ignore social distancing will pay the ultimate price; why this particularly insidious virus is unlike anything we've seen in recent history; and how an FDA-approved vaccine could take a lot less time than we’ve been told. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 03, 2020
Inside the White House’s Coronapocalypse
Does Trump's response to COVID-19 hurt or help his reelection bid? Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair special correspondent, and Don Winslow, crime novelist, join Nick to talk about what's going on deep inside the White House, why Trump (thankfully!) can't fire Dr. Fauci, and how the media is responding to the Trump Coronapocalypse. Plus, a bonus discussion on Joe Biden, and if Andrew Cuomo could end up as the Democratic presidential pick in a draft nomination. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 27, 2020
Coronavirus Against the World
Are we nearing another Great Depression? Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace, joins Nick to explain how COVID-19 is going to decimate the global economy, how rapidly job loss will occur, and why this is unlike anything we've seen in recent history. Nick also elucidates the latest numbers and projections around mortality rates and global impact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 20, 2020
The Impending American Housing Crisis
First thing's first: Coronavirus! A request from listeners and a short PSA. Second: Are we at the beginning of a massive nationwide housing crisis in America that will force millions into homelessness? Conor Dougherty, an economics reporter at The New York Times, joins Nick to talk about his new book, “Golden Gates,” which tells stories of eviction, gentrification, an eroding middle class, a financial system that could be on the brink of driving families from their homes, and how to stop such a disastrous situation from happening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 13, 2020
Can Biden Really Beat Trump?
Are Americans on the left and right simply destined to hate each other forever? Ezra Klein, cofounder of Vox and author of the new book, “Why We’re Polarized,” joins Nick to explain how we became a country so divided, if the current media landscape is causing more harm than social media does, and why Biden pulling ahead in the primary flipped everything upside down this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 06, 2020
Can We UnTrump America?
x`Over the past three years, Trump has become a pox on America, both at home and abroad, and changed politics forever. Daniel Pfeiffer, former Senior Advisor to President Obama, joins Nick to explain how we can "UnTrump America," how the Democrats have a slim, but possible, chance of winning in November, why beating Mitch McConnell might be more important than defeating Donald Trump, and how to roll back the disastrous judges that the Republicans have appointed over the past three years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 28, 2020
Is Parasite a Game-Changer for Hollywood?
Let’s talk Trump, Tinseltown, and Parasite! Franklin Leonard, creator of “The Black List,” joins Nick to discuss what effect (if any) Parasite will have on the movies and TV shows that will be created in Hollywood in the coming years, if the tech industry can truly disrupt the most broken creative business model in the world, and which Democratic candidate Tinseltown is backing to go up against Trump in the coming election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 21, 2020
Is the Democratic Party Dumber than Trump?
What brought Hope Hicks back into the fold? Why have Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg succeeded, while Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have failed (so far)? And what on earth is happening with the Michael Avenatti trial and the sentencing of Roger Stone? Emily Jane Fox joins Nick to decode what happened this week in politics, crime and punishment, and why—as Nick puts it—the Democratic Party needs to get its s**t together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 14, 2020
Impeachment, Iowa, and the Week from Hell
Trump didn't get impeached! Iowa was a disaster! A virus is getting ready to destroy humanity! What's next? Bess Levin, a columnist for Vanity Fair, joins Nick to discuss why this week sucked so much, why the economy still hasn't gone into a Trump-induced recession, whether this is all part of Mike Bloomberg's master plan, and why Donald Trump Jr. not being hugged enough as a child means he’ll probably be president one day. Oh, and stick around until the end when Nick surprises Levin with the most difficult question ever asked on Inside the Hive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 07, 2020
The Economic Armageddon Ravaging America
Is American retail about to go through its most apocalyptic change since the invention of Main Street, U.S.A.? Larry Ingrassia, a former editor at The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, joins Nick to talk about his new book, "Billion Dollar Brand Club," to discuss how the country’s corporate giants are finally getting what they deserve, how the Razor Wars, Mattress Wars, and Eyeglass Wars are a sign of what's to come for businesses everywhere, and why Trump's economic upswing will inevitably eventually fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 31, 2020
Knives Out: The Democratic Primary Is About to Get Messy
It’s finally here! No, the impeachment—we’re talking about the Iowa Caucus. After what feels like 30 years of speculation (but has really been three), Jordan Brown, a political consultant and fundraiser who has spent time on the ground with almost all of the Democratic nominees, joins Nick to explain how the Democratic primary could play out from Iowa to New Hampshire to Super Tuesday, why the country is at its biggest crossroads in history, and whether impeachment, which likely won’t end in Trump’s removal, will help or hinder his prospects of winning a second term. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 24, 2020
How to Survive America's Job Apocalypse
Are you about to lose your job to a robot? Adam Davidson, creator of NPR's "Planet Money," joins Nick to talk about his new book, "The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century," where he argues that capitalism isn't dead, a (coming) recession won't destroy America, and the world isn't in as terrible shape as we've all been led to believe—although, in order to survive the coming job apocalypse, you might need to become Amish. Stick around when Adam and Nick get meta-meta-meta as they talk about the future of media and the business of podcasting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 17, 2020
You Won't Believe What Trump Said About His Middle Name
Is the Iran skirmish over? Or is this the beginning of something bigger? Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent for Vanity Fair, joins Nick to explain how this all went down inside the Trump White House, why anti-immigration scribe Steven Miller still has a job, why Don Jr. will go on to run for office, but Ivanka won't, and—perhaps most importantly—what Donald J. Trump told a Republican pollster last week when asked what the "J" in his middle name stood for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 10, 2020
Will 2020 Kick Off the Gene-Editing Revolution?
Thanks to the rise of the smartphone, the last decade saw the most dramatic technological change in centuries. Over the next ten years, the same thing will happen to science, healthcare, and space travel. D.A. Wallach, a former rockstar turned biotech investor, joins Nick to kick off the year by debating the scientific predictions for the next decade, including whether we will soon be able to print human organs, if healthcare will become so advanced that living past 100 will become routine, or if only the rich will be afforded such advancements, and whether humans will live on Mars by 2030. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 03, 2020
How Jared Kushner and Kim Kardashian’s Pet Issue Could Shape 2020
Is the American prison system the most broken part of this country? Believe it or not, prison reform might be the one issue Republicans and Democrats can agree on. Scott Budnick, the producer behind The Hangover and Just Mercy, joins Nick to elucidate the many pitfalls of the U.S. incarceration system, why over 6 million Americans are under correctional supervision, why America is the only country that jails kids for life, and why we need to start giving people a second chance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 27, 2019
Ronan Farrow Tells All: Weinstein, NBC, and Why Cancel Culture Is Bunk
As the #MeToo movement continues to roil corporate boardrooms and Hollywood studios, the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow has been at its forefront. The author of Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, joins Nick to take listeners behind the scenes of his years-long reporting on Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Les Moonves, among others. The two also discuss Jeffrey Epstein’s death, why Donald Trump and Bill Clinton still haven’t gone down, and why cancel culture sometimes misses the point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 20, 2019
Why the $120,000 Banana Is the New Mona Lisa
Does the $120,000 sale of a banana duct-taped to a wall at Art Basel signify the decline of capitalism, or is just really clever P.R.? Stefan Simchowitz, the notorious art dealer, joins Nick to not only defend the banana, but to (genuinely) argue that it may be the greatest work of art since the Mona Lisa. Stick around to hear Nick and Stefan discuss an egg, consumerism, and the collective banality of social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 13, 2019
Is It Possible to Get Trump Out of Your Head?
Should we shut down the media complex in order to save democracy? Dylan Byers, senior media reporter at NBC News and MSNBC, joins Nick to talk about why news has become so divisive, why Bloomberg isn’t just another annoying billionaire, how to get Trump out of our heads, and why he thinks Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg aren’t as bad as the rest of America does. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 06, 2019
Three Mayors and a Turkey
Will 2020 be “The Battle of the Mayors,” in which former Mayor Mike Bloomberg takes on Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be the 2020 Democratic nominee? Senior Hive correspondent Emily Jane Fox joins Nick to talk about why the Democrats hate each other, if impeachment will hurt or hinder Trump’s reelection bid, and if the other former Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, really has an insurance policy on Trump. Stick around until the end of the show to talk turkeys and what we’re all grateful for this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 29, 2019
Can a Whistleblower Really Bring Down Trump?
The chaos inside the White House, from immigration to Ukraine, would still be a big secret if not for whistleblowers in the Trump administration. John Tye, a former government official turned whistleblower himself, joins Nick to talk about the rise of people leaking information from all corners of America, from the MeToo movement to Trump’s misdeeds to employees at Google decrying projects they see as uniquely evil. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 22, 2019
Are Evil Capitalist Overlords Ruining Our Lives?
Is Bernie right—has capitalism broken America beyond repair? Yancey Strickler, former CEO of Kickstarter and author of the book, “This Could Be Our Future,” joins Nick to explain how Wall Street, game theory, and the disgusting modern day-business habit of maximizing shareholder value, has destroyed our democracy, and how we can fix it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 15, 2019
Director Errol Morris on Bannon, Holmes, and the Scam of the Century
Is Steve Bannon a white nationalist, a patriot, or something way more sinister? Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris joins Nick to discuss his new film about the Trump White House, the rise of the alt-right, and why Bannon might be the biggest hypocrite in the history of politics. Plus: the latest juicy gossip about disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 08, 2019
Kanye, Kim, Trump and the Battle for the White House
Should we boo and yell “Lock Him Up!” at Donald Trump? Or should we go high when they go low? DeRay Mckesson, the inimitable, Patagonia vest-wearing civil rights activist who helped start the Black Lives Matter movement, joins Nick to discuss how to effectively protest the Trump administration, who might be able to beat Trump in 2020, and why Kanye West and Kim Kardashian just need to go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 01, 2019
Sam Harris Explains Why There’s No Free Will
Take a deep breath and forget about Donald Trump. On this week’s show, Nick sits down with renowned neuroscientist and author Sam Harris to discuss the science of meditation, why free will is an illusion, and how to get through 2020 without losing your mind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 25, 2019
The 2020 Terror That Keeps Democrats Up at Night
Joel Stein, a writer for The Los Angeles Times and author of a new book, “In Defense of Elitism,” joins Nick to explain how impeachment could backfire on Democrats, why the best chance to win in 2020 is a bipartisan ticket, and why “ozone chambers” are the hottest new health fad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 18, 2019
Why Can’t #MeToo Bring Down Trump?
And why wasn’t the movement been able to touch Brett Kavanaugh? Nick talks to New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly about their new book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh,” which includes new allegations against the Supreme Court justice and shines a light on whether he could be impeached if Trump loses reelection in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 11, 2019
Will Impeachment Cost Democrats the White House?
Or will it cause Trump to unravel? David Plouffe, former campaign manager for Barack Obama, joins Nick to discuss the chances of Trump winning a second terrifying term, whether Dems can retake the Senate, and why 2020 will be the most important election in a hundred years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 04, 2019
Inside the 9/11 Coverup Worse Than Ukraine
Forget impeachment, let’s talk hidden government torture programs and shell corporations stealing money from the poor!  Filmmakers Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns join Nick to talk about writing and directing “The Laundromat” and “The Report,” two films that explore the dark world of the Panama Papers, and how the Bush and Obama administrations hid post-9/11 CIA torture programs from the public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 27, 2019
Did Adnan Syed Do It?
And was Meek Mill targeted by a rogue judge? Tyler Maroney, a former journalist-turned private investigator with QRI, talks about some of the most bizarre and infuriating cases he’s covered as a P.I., as well as his upcoming book, “Corporate Dick.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20, 2019
Was Uber's CEO a Sociopath?
Travis Kalanick did unspeakable things to grow his company. But is the rest of Silicon Valley any better? Mike Isaac, a tech reporter at The New York Times, joins Nick to discuss all the insider drama, boardroom knife-fighting, and other juicy details in his new book, “Super Pumped.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 13, 2019
Trump and “1984”: Inside the Plot to Break the Media
As the election nears, Republicans are going full Mao Zedong on the media. Can journalism as we know it survive? Joe Pompeo, Media Correspondent for Vanity Fair, joins Nick talk about the new right-wing plot to expose reporters’ old tweets, how fake news can be a weapon of war, and why Americans are giving up on the truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 06, 2019
Could Gene Editing Turn You Into Captain America?
Scientists are on the brink of creating super humans that are stronger than Chris Evans and faster than Usain Bolt. But should we? Jamie Metzl, author of the book “Hacking Darwin,” joins Nick to discuss the future of gene editing, why eradicating disease could ruin our ability to create art, and how China could be using CRISPR to breed a terrifying new type of super soldier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 30, 2019
Marianne Williamson on God, Guns, and Transcendental Meditation
Do Democrats need to find God before they can defeat Trump? Marianne Williamson, the controversial spiritual guru turned presidential candidate, joins Nick to explain how the left lost religion, why America needs a Department of Peace, and her plan to defeat the “dark psychic force” of the Trump administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 23, 2019
Was Jeffrey Epstein Murdered?
Everything about Epstein’s alleged suicide seems fishy, from the the sleeping guard to his broken neck. Vanity Fair correspondent Emily Jane Fox and writer-director Lee Eisenberg join Nick to talk conspiracy theories, comedy in the age of Trump, and why a TV show about immigration might help us make it through the 2020 election with our sanity intact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 16, 2019
Is Your Phone Trying to Kill You?
Breaking news. Push notifications. Email alerts. We live in a world where technology has become inescapable—and where tech CEOs profit from our addictions. Ryan Holiday, author of a new book on “Stillness,” joins Nick to explain how to turn off your phone, tune out Trump, and drop off the grid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 09, 2019
#MoscowMitch and the Republican Plan to Steal 2020
Is Mitch McConnell a secret Russian agent, or just an unpatriotic hack? Political reporter Abigail Tracy joins Nick to discuss how Republicans plan to win in 2020 and whether Warren, Biden, Buttigieg, or Harris can stop them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 02, 2019
Epstein, Mueller, and the Secret of Human Life
In this jam-packed episode, Emily Jane Fox joins Nick to reveal her most startling reporting about Jeffrey Epstein, Mueller, and Michael Cohen. Afterward, musician-turned-tech investor D.A. Wallach stops by to debate Nick about consumerism, dining furniture, and why we exist in the universe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 26, 2019
Wall Street Braces for Trump’s Economic Colonic
Recession! Inflation! Economic collapse! We’ve heard the doomsday predictions for Donald Trump’s economy, but will any become a reality? William D. Cohan, the Hive’s resident Wall Street expert, joins Nick to explain how and when the stock market might tank. Stick around to hear about Cohan’s new book, “Four Friends,” which explores the lives of four young men, including JFK Jr., who died too young. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 19, 2019
QAnon, UFOs, and America’s Craziest Conspiracy Theories
When the hell did American politics get so weird?  Investigative journalist Anna Merlan joins Nick to talk about her new book, “Republic of Lies,” which details all of the conspiracy theories currently floating around the U.S., including Pizzagate, the Pee Pee Tape, secret CIA programs, and “Q.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 12, 2019
Bill Nye the Science Guy on Aliens, the Universe, and Trump
Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? What about in the White House? Bill Nye the Science Guy joins Nick to answer all of the questions that keep you up at night, including why we’re here, the odds that climate change will destroy civilization, whether humanity will ever fully explore the cosmos, and most important, why Trump is such a pathological liar.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 05, 2019
Why Kumail Nanjiani Is Sick of Big Tech
The star of Silicon Valley (the HBO show) joins Nick to explain why he hates Silicon Valley (the industry), why so many CEOs appear to be sociopaths, and the reason he all but stopped using Twitter. Plus: the importance of comedy in the Age of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 28, 2019
Can Fox News Keep Trump in the White House?
Is Fox News the most insidious organization in the history of journalism? Gabriel Sherman, author of “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” the definitive book about Roger Ailes—now coming to Showtime as a limited-series TV show—joins Nick to explain how Ailes changed the landscape of American politics and how Rupert Murdoch could help get Trump reelected in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 21, 2019
Wait, Elizabeth Holmes Got Married?!
Emily Jane Fox joins Nick to talk about the Theranos founder’s secret wedding, and who did and didn’t make the guest list. Plus: Fox takes us inside the clink with former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, followed by a discussion about the presidential race and why Joe Biden is to 2020 what Jeb Bush was to 2016. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 14, 2019
Is YouTube Secretly the Worst Company in America?
This week, Vanity Fair’s Abigail Tracy flips the script to interview Nick about Chinese spies in Silicon Valley, whether President Warren will annihilate Amazon, and why YouTube might be the worst company in America. Stay tuned until the end, when Tracy explains why Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to impeach Donald Trump—and how Congress will make his life hell, anyway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 07, 2019
Scott Galloway on the Algebra of Happiness
The grumpiest man on earth (or one of them) joins Nick to explain how decades of research have finally uncovered the key to happiness. (That answer is not what you think.) After uncovering the world’s best kept secret, Scott and Nick delve into Facebook, and why he thinks Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg will be arrested in Europe before the end of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 31, 2019
Will a New Cold War Break the Internet?
With Trump blacklisting Chinese technology companies, will a new Iron Curtain split the digital world in two? Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss, technology journalists and podcast hosts, join Nick to explain why this is such an integral crossroads for Silicon Valley, in which technology could trap us in a terrifying surveillance state, or allow us to upload our thoughts and live forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 24, 2019
Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?
In 2004, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee, for killing his three daughters in an arson fire. As numerous investigations and news articles have uncovered, he likely didn’t commit the crime. Academy Award-winning director Ed Zwick joins Nick to talk about his new film, Trial by Fire, and explain how broken death row is, after over a hundred people have been exonerated post-death for crimes they didn’t commit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 17, 2019
Why is America So Violent?
Gun laws in America have barely changed despite hundreds of mass shootings in America over the past decade. Yet when a gunman opened fire in a mosque in New Zealand, the country’s leaders banned assault rifles less than a week later. Shannon Watts, founder of Mom’s Demand Action, joins Nick to explain why America is so obsessed with guns and violence, why the NRA is so vulnerable right now, and how a grassroots movement is trying to change how easy it is to get an assault rifle in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 10, 2019
Is America Too Bigoted for Pete Buttigieg?
Mayor Pete speaks seven languages, is deeply religious, fought in Afghanistan, and is smarter than Donald Trump in every way imaginable, but is America evolved enough to elect a gay president? Tina Nguyen, The Hive’s resident 2020 expert, joins Nick to explain why Elizabeth Warren is amazing, but might be too boring, how Beto O’Rourke ruined his bid with the worst announcement video in history, and why Joe Biden could be the Jeb Bush of the 2020 Democratic field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 03, 2019
The “Homeless Billionaire” Predicts Humanity Is Toast
Is America broken beyond repair? Nicolas Berggruen, the “homeless billionaire” who now runs his own think tank, joins Nick to discuss why we’re losing to China, how gene-editing could create a new species that destroys humanity, and why that may not be such a bad thing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 26, 2019
The Mueller Bombshell Hiding in Plain Sight
It appears Attorney General William Barr wasn’t being truthful about the Mueller report. Abby Tracy, Vanity Fair’s resident expert on everything Russia-related, joins Nick to discuss all the bombshells, why Trump isn’t as innocent as Barr claimed, and what it all means for 2020. Plus: Nick’s salacious theory about the famed pee-pee tape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 19, 2019
Will Silicon Valley Wipe Out Hollywood?
Some say Hollywood is the weirdest, most-wasteful industry in earth. So what happens when Silicon Valley disrupts it? Will actors be replaced by CGI versions of themselves? Rob Fishman, a techie turned studio head, joins Nick to try to explain why Hollywood is so broken, and if it can ever be fixed. Plus: Vanity Fair’s special Wall Street correspondent, Bess Levin, explains why Jack Dorsey has truly lost his mind, what the arrest of Julian Assange means for Trump, and why no one can sit in a 220-degree sauna for 45 minutes without burning to death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 12, 2019
How Fox News and Trump Are Melting Our Brains
Has Donald Trump broken our minds, and is it possible to tune him out? Longtime White House correspondent Jessica Yellin joins Nick to discuss the 2020 horse race, why so much of the media sucks (on both sides), and how our collective obsession with Trump has destroyed our ability to make sense of what matters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 05, 2019
Was Boeing the Start of the A.I. Apocalypse?
The airline industry is one of the most regulated in the world, yet a potential software bug on Boeing’s 737 Max may have killed hundreds of people. Should we be worried the same thing could happen with driverless cars, drones, and delivery robots in the not-too-distant future? Clive Thompson, author of the new book, “Coders,” joins Nick to explain what we can do to stop cyberterrorists or a rogue nation from using code instead of bombs to kill us all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 29, 2019
How the Mueller Debacle Could Save Dems from Total Annihilation
For two years, Americans have assumed Trump colluded with Russia. Did the media lead us astray? Or did the Democrats? Or perhaps we’re just asking the wrong question.  Emily Jane Fox joins Nick to explain why it’s actually a good thing that Trump isn’t a secret Russian spy, and how this actually might be the best thing to happen to the Democrats since the election of Donald Trump. And, finally, will the Mueller Report leak? And if so, when and by whom? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 26, 2019
Look Out, Beto: How Trump Could Nuke the Dems for a 2020 Landslide
Will the countless Democratic presidential nominees destroy each other before Trump destroys himself? Will a Republican take on Donald in the primaries? And will we finally see our first female POTUS?  Jennifer Palmieri, the former White House Director of Communications for Barack Obama, joins Nick to talk about what’s going on in the race for the next President of the United States, and why she thinks the entire election will come down to one issue: abortion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 22, 2019
What AOC Really Thinks
The Hive’s Abby Tracy visited AOC in her New York district and then spent some time with the freshman congresswoman in her apartment where she opens up about fame, Trump, and what’s next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 15, 2019
Can Facebook Save Itself From Ruin?
Facebook has gone from being a viral sensation to a virus people want nothing to do with anymore. This week, amid more bad news for the social network, Casey Newton of the Verge joins Nick to take him inside Facebook’s troubled moderator division, and later in the show, the venture capitalist Roger McNamee, who made his fortunes investing in Facebook, explains why he’s soured on the company that made him so rich. Nevertheless, he still believes its leaders, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, can save themselves, and in turn, the company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 08, 2019
The Secret Story of the Cohen Deposition
Emily Jane Fox, the Truman Capote of the Michael Cohen saga, swings by the studio to discuss the backstory behind Cohen’s remarks; the checks; and what lies ahead for Trump’s former lawyer during his remaining months of freedom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 01, 2019
Breaking: Inside Theranos' Final Days
In September 2017, Elizabeth Holmes was watching her company go up in smoke. There were government investigations, nightmarish legal bills, a dwindling bank account, and the evaporation of her credibility. Then she came up with an unorthodox plan to turn it all around....a wolf? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 20, 2019
Jared Kushner’s Clintonian Nightmare
There is likely only one single issue the Democrats and Republicans agree on: the desperate need for prison reform. Jason Flom, the founding board member of the Innocence Project, joins Nick to explain what's currently happening with incarceration rates in America, and why so much of it is Bill Clinton's fault.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 15, 2019
Inside Trump’s Inauguration Nightmare
“I am disgusted.”: Taped conversations reveal how money was being spent on Donald Trump’s inaugural events (a whopping $107 million), the general chaos of the process, the involvement of the Trump family, and how money was being funneled back to Trump’s own hotels.  Emily Jane Fox, a reporter for The Hive covering politics and the .001 percent, joins Nick to explain why Trump’s inauguration could be his downfall, and which of the Trump kids (and in-laws) could go down in this latest scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 08, 2019
Was Cheney More Evil Than Trump?
Adam McKay, the Oscar-nominated director of Vice, offers his unfettered opinions on Cheney, Bush, Trump, when the American train fell off the tracks and why his next movie might be the most important thing he ever works on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 01, 2019
Why @AOC Scares the S**t Out of Republicans
This week Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stirred up the Republican Party when she warned that that if we don’t solve the climate crisis in 12 years, the Earth could be doomed. Peter Brannen, author of “The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions,” joins Nick to explain why Cortez is correct, and how the past 400 million years on Earth can explain how we might be heading towards an overheated world that we can’t cool down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 25, 2019
Is Impeachment a Done Deal?
On the latest episode of Inside the Hive, Nick talks to West Wing supersleuth Gabe Sherman about Giuliani’s latest meltdown, if the painful shutdown will ever end, whether Trump will even make it to 2020, and what it will take for the Republicans to finally turn on their leader. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 18, 2019
Source: Human Civilization Won’t Be Around Much Longer
Are We Nearing the End of Human Civilization? Description: What if there was a simple calculation that could foretell when a company will go bankrupt, when artificial intelligence will become smarter than humans, and when human civilization will meet its eventual demise. William Poundstone, author of the upcoming book, The Doomsday Calculation, joins Nick to explain how such an algorithm does exits, can predict all of this and more, and why humans likely only have 760 years left in the universe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 11, 2019
Inside Apple’s iPhone Problem
In this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, Nick games out Apple’s startling revenue news. (Is it China? Trump? Or flat-lining iPhone growth. Then The Hive’s Claire Landsbaum swings by to discuss The Reign of Pelosi 2.0, and what it means for the border wall, presidential indictments, and the president’s forthcoming annus horribilis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 04, 2019
“Financial Colonoscopy”: Trump, Snap, Dara, Sheryl and Other 2019 Predictions
What will the Democrats do with their newfound power in the House in 2019? Will Snap sell to Verizon, Disney or Apple? Will Facebook be broken up by government regulators? What will Uber's valuation be when it goes public? When Robert Mueller finally releases his report, will Jared or Donny Jr. go to jail? And, will Donald J. Trump resign under pressure, or forge ahead into 2020 and possibly — gulp!— even beyond? Nick and Jon Kelly discuss all of this, and more, in the Vanity Fair yearly predictions episode of Inside the Hive. 2019 here we come! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 28, 2018
Is Facebook Becoming Marlboro?
Being a tech company in Silicon Valley could be bad for your health, and the health of your company. Jason Fried, author of the book, "It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work," joins Nick to explain why, as the CEO of a successful startup, he stays as far away from the tech epicenter as possible. He explains why technology has become more of a hindrance than a solution at the office, and home, when A,I. will really start taking jobs, and how evil Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and other social networks have become. Fried likens them to cigarette companies two decades ago, where the CEOs were fully aware that they were making something bad for our health and society, but did it anyway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 21, 2018
Will MAGA Turn on Trump?
Michael Cohen is now going to jail as more federal investigations into Donald Trump open up. Will the people who voted Trump into the White House finally see him for who he is? Joel Stein, a journalist, author and comedy writer, recently spent a week with those voters in the most pro-Trump town in America, and he joins Nick to explain what’s really going on inside the mind’s of conservative Trump-lovin’ Americans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 14, 2018
90 Percent Unemployment in 2030?
Are we all going to be killed by rogue robots? Will war drones replace suicide bombers? Could artificial intelligence replace 90 percent of the workforce in the next decade? Martin Ford, a futurist and author focusing on the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on society and the economy, joins Nick to explain why Trump might not lead to the end of civilization, but rather, a bunch of programmers in Silicon Valley could write code the destroys us all, and how quickly that could happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 07, 2018
Did Mueller Create a Perjury Trap?
While Donald Trump tweets like a two-year-old at investigators, it appears Robert Mueller has been a dozen steps ahead all along, ready to catch Paul Manafort lying to investigators, turning Michael Cohen against Trump, and even catching cunning Roger Stone in one of his many little lies. Abby Tracy, reporter for the Hive, joins Nick to explain what happened this week, what will happen when the Democrats take the house next year, and if Donald J. Trump will find himself in the center crosshairs of Mueller‘s investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 30, 2018
The Crisis that Dwarfs Facebook
While we’re all full on Thanksgiving turkey, a global food crisis, worse than anything we could imagine, looms in the distance. Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, joins Nick to explain how climate change, geopolitical chaos, and Donald Trump’s pointless trade war, could lead to starvation for billions in the next ten years if we don’t change the way we grow and distribute food.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 23, 2018
The End of the Sheryl Sandberg Myth?
Is the appointment of Matthew Whitaker the beginning of Donald Trump’s first constitutional crisis?  Katie Benner, who covers the Justice Department for The New York Times, joins Nick to take us inside the Department of Justice, explain what is going on inside the White House, why Facebook is helping destroy democracy, and why Google got away with hiding workplace sexual harassment. Stick around to hear Nick and Jon Kelly discuss the latest scandal inside Facebook, and if Sheryl Sandberg is going to suffer any consequences for trying to hide the Russia scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 16, 2018
The Silicon Valley Atomic Bomb
While the Democrats celebrate the blue wave, we all seem to be ignoring the larger problem in America: inequality. Anand Giridharadas joins Nick to explain how elites are destroying the world, how philanthropy is a fallacy designed to keep the poor poor, on the rich richer, and how inequality in the U.S. is likely going to lead to a revolution, if it hasn’t already, and why Giridharadas believes the poor have been duped into voting for social issues (like abortion and gay rights) but in doing so, are voting against themselves economically.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 09, 2018
“No question: He Gives a S**t About the Country”: The Mooch Explains Trump
Anthony Scaramucci candidly discusses it all: his eleven days in the White House, the Lizza call, Bannon’s self-fellating, Trump’s political instincts, the midterms, border separations, what the media gets wrong and his own alter ego, The Mooch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 02, 2018
Should Zuck be Fired?
As Facebook’s scandals mount, and its mea culpas fall flat, some are wondering how society can rein in the company—regulation, intervention, God knows what. On this week’s episode, Sally Hubbard, who served in the New York State A.G.’s Antitrust Bureau, and now works at Capitol Forum, the influential and erudite beltway financial journal, explains why the government should break up Facebook, and why Mark Zuckerberg might be the most dangerous C.E.O. in the world. After the show, Ted Sarandos of Netflix discusses the future of Hollywood, and how Netflix will dominate the future of storytelling Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 26, 2018
Michael Avenatti Says He is Trump’s Kryptonite
The TV lawyer-turned-political aspirant talks to Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox about his political dreams, the Stormy Daniels of it all, and how he found himself in front of the audience of one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 19, 2018
Monica Lewinsky and Hannah Gadsby Talk Trauma
In this special episode, the award-winning stand-up comedian and creator of “Nanette” talks to Monica Lewinsky, social activist and Vanity Fair contributing editor, on how to deal with trauma in the public eye Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 17, 2018
Inside the Westeros Wing
On a special episode of Inside the Hive, taped during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, new WarnerMedia C.E.O. John Stankey tells Andrew Ross Sorkin about his plans for HBO—and the rest of his new portfolio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 15, 2018
Exclusive: Dara on Uber’s Path to World Domination
This week, Nick interviews Uber C.E.O. Dara Khosrowshahi on his plan to pivot the conpany’s culture, his relationship with Travis Kalanick, and the horrors posed by autonomous vehicles. Plus: Nick and Jon Kelly discuss the highlight’s of Vanity Fair’s fifth annual New Establishment Summit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 12, 2018
The Tech Mess Trump Won't Clean Up
As America tears itself apart over social issues, like Roe vs Wade and whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, technology could soon make things even worse in this country. Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box, joins Nick to discuss potential massive job loss, gross inequality and A.I. being used against America with the power of digital nuclear bombs. As Levie and Nick discuss, Silicon Valley has shown that it is incapable of seeing how the future can be used against us, and yet Donald Trump and his administration are oblivious (or don't care) about what's coming next. Stick around after the show, when Jon Kelly joins Nick to voice their dismay over the GOP, and discuss the Vanity Fair New Establishment list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 05, 2018
The Kavanaugh Monstrosity
It's been decades since there has been a Supreme Court hearing like Brett Kavanaugh's, and yet, the outcome could end up being exactly the same as Anita Hill's testimony. Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox joins Nick to discuss why Kavanaugh will likely still be a Supreme Court Justice, and why Christine Blasey Ford's testimony was so important to the #MeToo movement. After the show, Nick and Jon Kelly talk about the abrupt exodus of Instagram co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mikey Krieger, and what Facebook will do with its photo platform when Mark Zuckerberg gains complete control. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 28, 2018
Is Kavanaugh Going Down in Flames?
As Americans await the news of whether Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee, the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh could go down in flames, bringing Republicans and evangelicals along for the ride. Tina Nguyen, who covers the right wing for The Hive, joins Nick to explain how the G.O.P. and alt-right media is dealing the accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford three decades ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 21, 2018
Is the Housing Market About to Implode?
A decade ago this week, America officially entered the worst financial collapse since The Great Depression. Now, as Donald Trump rolls back regulations meant to protect consumers, some fear that we are about to see another housing collapse? Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of Zillow, joins Nick to discuss this and everything housing-related, from the future of the industry to how most poor and middle class Americans have been priced out of buying a home. Then Nick and Jon Kelly discuss this week in Trumpland, and how the White House is in a feverish state of tumult after the release of the Bob Woodward book, "Fear." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 14, 2018
Trump's Deep Throat
Who was it? Who wrote the New York Times OpEd from deep inside the White House? Nick and Jon discuss this, who will be fired next as a result, Bob Woodward’s new bombshell book, “Fear,” and if Congress is finally going to regulate social media after the hearings this week. Also on the show, Nancy Jo Sales, director of, “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age,” a new documentary for HBO, explains how the swipe and hook-up culture around Tinder and other dating apps is harming society in unimaginable ways, and how video streaming is going to make things so much worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 07, 2018
Which Trump(s) Will Go to the Clink?
Will Donny Jr. be indicted for lying to Congress? Does Michael Cohen sleep with one eye open? Will Paul Manafort spend the rest of his life in jail, or be pardoned by his old buddy, POTUS? Will Trump's downfall come from his infidelities? And speaking of, how does Melania feel about all of this?  Emily Jane Fox, a senior reporter for Vanity Fair, and author of the book Born Trump, joins Nick to explain what is going to happen to The Trump inner circle over the next 18 months, and also why Mr. Magoo, also known as Jeff Sessions, has finally started to fight back against the President of the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 31, 2018
The Coming Trump Recession
Could a Trump impeachment destroy the economy, or save it? Is Trump's trade war with China going to usher in a new recession? Will Trump's deregulation end up screwing over consumers, who could lose their jobs, homes, and retirement? Mary Childs, a senior reporter for Barron's magazine, joins Nick to answer all the questions about the economy that keep us up at night. Childs also discusses how Elon Musk's erratic behavior is perceived on Wall Street, and that if he was a woman, he would have been fired long ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 24, 2018
You Won’t Believe Trump’s Biggest Regret
It’s been a few weeks since Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing his diabolical decision to separate children and parents at the border, but the story is far from over. Jacob Soboroff, correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, who helped break the child separation story open, joins Nick to explain what will happen to the hundred of children who have still not been reunited with their parents, why Trump officials regret giving in to pressures from the left and the right to stop their policy, and what the administration is planning next that could be much, much worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 17, 2018
Inside the Alex Jones Debacle
Do this week’s voter numbers in Ohio, and elsewhere, foreshadow a blue wave? Is Donald Trump actually the Republican party’s most powerful weapon, or its Achilles’ heel? Could Trump finally be impeached? Jefrey Pollock, a Democratic pollster and political consultant, joins Nick to answer all those questions, and how it could all go drastically wrong. Stay tuned after the show for Nick and Jon Kelly, who discuss Elon Musk’s bid to take Tesla private, if Snap will be bought, and why Jack Dorsey wants to protect Alex Jones more than the parent’s of slain kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 10, 2018
How Trump Became a Kardashian
The rise of celebrity culture, and now influencer culture, has it's good sides, and it's bad. But does one outweigh the other? Nick Adler, who manages investments and social media for The King of Rap, Snoop Dogg, joins Nick (Bilton) to offer his insight about the rise of the celebrity culture and what it means for the world, from Kim Kardashian to Logan Paul, all the way up to that guy currently in the White House. Adler also discusses why the tech platforms that disrupted the taxi industry and hotels, have become as bad as the things they once tried to change. Finally, there's a story about Snoop Dogg and Elon Musk that you won't want to miss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 03, 2018
Facebook After Zuck?
Its been the craziest week in recent Silicon Valley memory--Facebook's stock fell of a cliff; Elon Musk went after one of his critics; and Robert Mueller started looking into Trump's Twitter feed. Nick explains what all of this means in the here and now, and answers a very serious question down the line: what would it take for Zuck to move on from Facebook? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 27, 2018
How Silicon Valley Turned Evil
Technology has a history of starting out with good intentions, and eventually being leveraged for quite the opposite. On this week’s episode, Adam Fisher, author of Valley of Genius, joins Nick to explain how Silicon Valley--an industry created to advance war research and governmental capacities--was co-opted for commercial, and often sinister, purposes, from election-meddling operatives to racist trolls. Fisher also explains what Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Elon Musk can learn from their predecessors, before they destroy the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 20, 2018
Did RFK’s Assasination Pave the Way for Trump?
On the face of it, it seems like America is currently more divided than anytime since the Civil War. But back in 1968, America was embroiled in chaos, torn over the war in Vietnam, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and later, the murder of Robert Kennedy, the brother of JFK. Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, the team behind Crimetown and The Jinx, join Nick to explain how the murder of RFK, in 1968, might have been a government conspiracy, and why it changed the shape of America forever. Also: Vanity Fair’s Abby Tracy explains what’s going to happen with Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, and what the Democrats can do to stop the court from overturn Roe vs Wade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 13, 2018
Tom Arnold Lets Loose
Are Tom Arnold and Michael Cohen, as one recent tweet could have been construed to suggest, teaming up to take down Donald Trump? The famous comedian and Trumpworld scold joins Nick to explain how he plans to take down the president, what it was like being married to Rosanne, and how he recently tried to fight Cohen outside the Regency hotel.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 06, 2018
Has Putin Fixed the World Cup?
A few years ago, a chance encounter between Christopher Steele, of the now-famous Steele Dossier, and an FBI agent who was working on a gambling case at Trump Tower, opened the door to a multi-year investigation into the massive corruption taking place at FIFA, the soccer federation. Ken Bensinger, author of the new book, “Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal,” joins us to tell a wild and crazy story that involves the mob, British spies, a 450-pound informant who gets around on a mobility scooter with a parrot on his shoulder, Vladimir Putin, Robert Mueller, a soccer-obsessed IRS agent in Orange County, and tangentially, none other than Donald Trump. We also discuss if Putin might have already fixed who will win this year’s World Cup. Hint: Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 29, 2018
Is Ivanka a Bigger Liar Than Her Daddy?
While Americans watched in horror as innocent children, as young as 9-months-old, were torn from their parents arms, Ivanka Trump was posting photos of her and her children, as happy as could be. Is she oblivious? A mean girl? Or is she unable to speak publicly about how she really feels out of fear of her father? Emily Jane Fox, author of the new book, Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family, joins Nick to talk about what Ivanka and her brothers, Donny Jr. and Eric, are really like in person. She offers salacious and wild stories about how these children grew up, about whether they liked each other, and if they really care about how their dad is ruining the country. Also: Nick and Jon Kelly talk about how Russia is planning to disrupt the 2018 and 2020 elections, and why Bob Iger is happy spending tens of billions of dollars on Fox. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 22, 2018
Hillary’s campaign Manager Bares All
Robby Mook, former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, joins Nick this week to discuss how Russian is planning to drive more discourse in our democracy, and the 2018 election. Mook also discusses how the Republican party is simply a rubber stamp for Trump, afraid of what he might do or say to them; and who the Democratics will elect in 2020. Finally, Mook talks about the best and worst times during the 2016 campaign, and what he and his old boss, Hillary, still text each about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 15, 2018
‘’Sociopathic Tendencies”: Inside Elizabeth Holmes’ Colossal Disgrace
Silicon Valley is notoriously full of founders who exaggerate, intentionally lie to the media, and dupe investors, and even Congress. But there are few stories that rival the fraud behind Theranos, the blood-testing company once worth $10 billion, and now worth nothing. John Carreyrou, author of a new book, "Bad Blood," joins us to explain how the company's CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, defrauded everyone who came into her orbit, how she might still end up behind bars, and he answers the question on everyone's mind: Is Holmes a sociopath? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 08, 2018
Selling Guns, Drugs, and Murder on the Dark Web
Should it be legal to sell mild drugs, like weed and magic mushrooms, on the Internet? What about heroin? Handguns? AR-15s? Even murder-for-hire? Nick Bilton sits down with Tom Conrad, former product director of Snap and co-founder of Pandora, to discuss Nick's book, “American Kingpin;” if Silicon Valley CEOs are moral at heart, or more concerned with their profits and their legacy; and if Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the Silk Road website, is any different from other CEOs in tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 01, 2018
Is There Another Donald Trump in The Cosmos?
Why are we here? Is there a God? A reason to it all? How, and why, did the universe begin, and how, and why, will it end? Sean M. Carroll, a cosmologist and physicist specializing in dark energy and general relativity, joins Nick to answer the questions that plague us all, including, if there's a chance that somewhere out there in the cosmos, there is another extraterrestrial Donald Trump ruling over a planet of little green aliens.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 25, 2018
The Conservative Case Against Trump
Donald Trump has always been a blatant liar, making up stories about his worth to how many people were at his inauguration, but do people actually like it when Trump lies to them? Amanda Carpenter, author of a new book, "Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies To Us," joins Nick to talk about why Republicans, and evangelicals, still love Trump, even after all these lies, how Trump actually pulls off these outright deceptions, and why they are only going to get worse in 2020 as Trump does everything possible to try and maintain control of the White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 18, 2018
Who is Worse: Trump, Pence, Kanye, or Zuckerberg?
Comedian and commentator, formally of The Onion and The Daily Show, Baratunde Thurston, joins this week to talk about whether Kanye West poses a bigger threat to civilization than Trump, how white men in Silicon Valley could destroy the future for everyone, especially African Americans, and why the future probably isn't as bad as Nick thinks it is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11, 2018
How Evil is Silicon Valley?
As of late, tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Google, are being perceived as evil for taking advantage of our deepest, darkest secrets and fears with one goal: to make us click on more invasive ads. Tristan Harris, who has been described as "the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience," is trying to change that. But can an industry worth trillions of dollars, with some of the biggest egos in business, ever change to do the right thing? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 04, 2018
The Magic Tricks to Beat Trump in 2020
The only reason that magic tricks actually work, according to the world famous magician and puzzle-maker David Kwong, is that “people want to believe.” The same theory applies to politics, fake news, and the entire tricks that Trump used to win the White House. Kwong joins us this week to share fascinating stories about magicians playing an integral role in war efforts, clandestine government operations, and yes, politics. In part two of this week’s show, Nick talks about his latest feature in Vanity Fair, about Russian, Chinese and domestic spies working in Silicon Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 27, 2018
Is The Trump Administration Full of Racists?
Is Trump making it more difficult to be African American in the U.S.? Does Ben Carson secretly dislike people of color? Is Donald Trump a true racist? Jamil Smith, a writer for The New Republic, Time, and now, Rolling Stone, joins us to explain why, 155 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, black men are arrested for just sitting in Starbucks coffee shop, why President Obama could have done more to speak out against these issues, and why we’re all so sick and tired of hearing about James Comey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 20, 2018
Will Facebook Be Broken Up?
Since the Cambridge Analyitca scandal broke just a few weeks ago, Facebook has seen its stock fall by $100 billion, and Mark Zuckerberg was forced to go before Congress. But what happens next to the 2.25-billion user social network? Will it be regulated? Or will it be broken up? Kevin Roose, NYT Tech columnist, joins us to explain what happened on the hill this week, and what will happen next in Silicon Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 13, 2018
Why a Woman Will Win in 2020
Will America finally vote a women into the White House in 2020? Will she be a Democrat or a Republican? Does it even matter? Could Stormy Daniels be the scandal that topples Trump? Jennifer Palmieri, former Director of Communications for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, and author of the new book, “Dear Madam President,” joins us this week to talk about all these topics, and what life in the Obama White House was like, how it felt to lose to Trump in the 2016 election (“surreal”), and the fear of knowing that Russia was trying to break our democracy, and change the outcome of the 2016 election.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 06, 2018
Will Stormy Nuke Trump into Oblivion?
Stormy's in, Hope is out. Bolton's hired as Shulkin is fired. How does FLOTUS feel POTUS? Emily Jane Fox joins us to explain what's going on inside the Trump's chaotic White House. Then, Nick Bilton and Jon Kelly talk about all the problems at Facebook, and if a company that just lost $100 billion in value because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, can survive in the longterm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 30, 2018
The Most Hated Man in Silicon Valley
Ryan Holiday, author of the new book "Conspiracy," tells the inside story of how Peter Thiel took down Gawker Media and Nick Denton, how the tech billionaire's relationship with Donald Trump isn't what it used to be, and why we should kind of — just a little bit — feel sorry for Thiel, even though he is one of the most disliked people in Silicon Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 23, 2018
What Will Kill Us First: Trump or Technology?
Will robots kill us all? Will a rogue A.I. shut off the power grids? Could we lose track of what is real, and what is not, in a permanently augmented reality? My guest today, Kevin Kelly, has spent his entire career (accurately) predicting what tomorrow will look like, and quelling the fears that come with each new technology. He offers a prediction of what culture, society and politics will look like over the next thirty years, and if humanity will survive a technological apocalypse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 16, 2018
Would You Turn Down $125 Million From Zuck?
One minute, Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare, was building a little app in a New York City coffee shop, and the next he was being wined and dined by every VC in Silicon Valley, being offered hundreds of millions of dollars for his young startup, and seeing the valuation of his company head towards a billion dollars. Crowley takes us through the tumultuous, breakneck, insane ride of running a startup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 09, 2018
Can Trump Survive Without Hope?
Gabe Sherman, who has known Hope, Lewandowski and Trump since the nascent days of the campaign trail, joins us to explain what the latest round of chaos inside the White House means, how Jared Kushner might be the next to get booted, and why Hope Hicks has left the building.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 02, 2018
Has the NRA Met its Maker?
The students behind the #neverAgain movement are more eloquent than any politician, and are totally unphased by Trump and his online trolls. Abigail Tracy, who covers Washington for The Hive, joins us to explain how a group of high schoolers could take down Trump, how they could turn Florida blue, and why the NRA might have finally met it’s match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 23, 2018
Trump is Proof There is no God
Sam Harris, a world renowned author, neuroscientist and atheist, joins us to explain why there is no such thing as God, how consciousness is the most incredible invention in the universe, why politicians like Mike Pence and Donald Trump pretend they're religious because it helps gets votes, and how artificial intelligence could end up destroying humanity and replacing us with sentient robots that are nicer and smarter than us -- if we're lucky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 16, 2018
The Great Trump Recession?
Description: For the last year, Trump has bragged about the rise of the stock market, taking credit for every upswing since Obama left office. Yet this week, when the bottom fell out of the market, Trump blamed — yep — the media. Bess Levin, The Hive’s Wall Street corespondent, explains why this could be the beginning of the recession we’ve all been expecting, how Trump will try to blame everyone else for the declines, and she helps rank the Trump administration’s finance appointees in order of worst, dumb, and the devil himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 09, 2018
How Trump F**cked Democracy
It really is even worse than you thought, notes David Cay Johnston, author of a new book with a slightly more elegant title. Johnston explains how Trump is systematically, and intentionally, dismantling the way the U.S. government works to help boost his own ego. From Scott Pruitt rolling back regulations that will destory the environment, to Betsy DeVos disemboweling the country's education system, the actions of the Trump administration are going to have devastating impacts on the next generation. But Johnston does have one glimmer of hope... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 02, 2018
The Threat Worse Than Trump
Donald Trump has turned back more climate-related safety measures in the past year than any president in history. Jeff Orlowski, the Oscar short-listed filmmaker behind "Chasing Coral" and "Chasing Ice," joins us to lay out the implications of our warming planet, how most of the coral reefs on earth are dying, and why that is even more terrifying than you think. Orlowski explains that we could be at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 26, 2018
How Donald Trump Could Crush Facebook
The Hive’s tech reporter and millennial expert, Maya Kosoff, joins us to explain why the government may soon start regulating social media companies, why you should delete Facebook from your phone ASAP, whether Snap will survive the assault of Mark Zuckerberg, and why the White House should build a “fake” alternate Twitter that only Trump sees, replete with fake likes and fake retweets, and maybe even a fake Oval Office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 19, 2018
Let's Meet Some Robots!
At this year's CES in Las Vegas, robots of all shapes and sizes were on display. There were robots that can fold your clothes, others that can clean your windows, walk your dog or make you an omelet. There were social robots and butler robots. Big robots and little bitty robots. On this week's show, we went to Vegas and talked to two experts about the world of tomorrow, hearing how robotics, driverless cars, and artificial intelligence are going to change everything we touch and do in the not-too-distant future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 12, 2018
Are We Approaching the End of Days?
Terrified by Trump's latest nuclear tweet? Worried that Kim Jung-Un might fall asleep on his little button and blow us all up? This podcast will probably terrify you even more. Kal Raustiala, Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, and an expert on foreign affairs and international law, joins me this week to explain how close we are to global annihilation, why artificial intelligence could prove to be more dangerous than a global thermonuclear war, and why California should just call it quits and secede from the union. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 05, 2018
Will We Finally Stop Talking About Trump in 2018?
If you think 2017 was tough to get through, just wait until next year. In the year’s final podcast, Nick Bilton and Jon Kelly offer predictions for 2018. Among them: Will the Dems actually win back the House? Will Bitcoin still be around 12 months from now? Could the #meToo movement finally reach the shores of Silicon Valley? And will Trump finally begin his inevitable passage into oblivion? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 29, 2017
This Podcast Could Make You Filthy Rich!
Here's a fact for you: If you bought $1 — yes, one single dollar — of Bitcoin in March, 2013, it would be worth $6 million today. Joyce Kim, who has been in the cryptocurrency game since the very beginning, joins us this week to explain what is really going on with all these digital currencies, why they are rising so rapidly, if you should own them (or if you already do, if you should sell them), if there's a Bitcoin Bubble, and why all the nerds in Silicon Valley can't stop talking about this digital gold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 22, 2017
How to Beat Donald Trump at Twitter
Tim Wu might be the most prescient person in tech: he invented the term “net neutrality,” and predicted the global dominance the Internet would have on society. He joins us this week to explain why Facebook is the most likely tech company to be regulated by the government, how Donald Trump used technology to hijack our attention (and how we’ll all reclaim it back), what happens now that net neutrality has been rolled back, and why everyone should spend at least one week alone in the desert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 15, 2017
Forget the Dow, Trump Is About to Trigger Financial Armageddon
Each week, the stock market reaches all-time highs, and Donald Trump takes all the credit. But is his insanity and destruction going to lead to a crash of biblical proportions, or possibly to a recession akin to 2008? My guest this week, William D. Cohan, a former banker-turned journalist, seems to think so. Hear him explain why Wall Street should be worried by the actions of the man they hate, and how everyday Americans are going to be affected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 08, 2017
Even America's Top Expert on God Can't Explain Donald Trump
For the past two decades, Reza Aslan has been studying religions from all over the globe, and talking to people who believe in one God, many Gods, or no God at all. He joins us this week to explain the origins of belief, why faith is ultimately a good thing for society, and how he got fired from CNN for calling Donald Trump a “piece of s**t.” (A spokesperson for CNN declined to comment on Aslan’s depiction of his dismissal.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 01, 2017
This Podcast Will Scare You To Death (Seriously)
Do Donald Trump's provocations of Kim Jong-Un have you scared? You might not be scared enough. Right now, U.S. generals are performing war games exploring how to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack on American soil. Other government employees are evaluating what would happen if Russian hackers knocked out our power grids; others still are trying to stop ISIS from recruiting a new generation of suicide fighters on Twitter; meanwhile, the Navy Seals are slowly becoming obsolete in a virtual world of ubiquitous and disruptive terror.  Haroon Ullah, who spent nearly a decade at The State Department, and recently authored the book Digital World War, joins us to explain how close we really are to World War III, how modern day warfare is unlike anything we've seen before, and why America is losing its standing on the world stage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 24, 2017
The Gwyneth Paltrow Industry
Gwyneth Paltrow joins us to explain what acting has in common with running a company; why she doesn’t miss the movie business and won’t ever go back; how Goop (if all goes well) could go public one day; and how relieving (and shocking) it’s been to finally see some of the worst men in Hollywood finally fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 17, 2017
Can We Turn Texas Blue?
After the Democratic wins in New Jersey and Virginia, this week, could Texas become increasingly blue in 2018? Jay Hulings, who is running to repressent the state’s 23rd congressional district, joins us to explain how The Lone Star state could become a blue state (or at least purple) next year, how people along the Rio Grande really feel about “The Wall,” and why, as a gun-loving Democrat, people like him could re-write the future of the left. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 10, 2017
Imagine Jared Kushner is Your Boss…
Kyle Pope spent 18 months running the New York Observer under Jared Kusher. In that time, he was forced to contend with more problems than he had ever anticipated when he took the job. Jared's father (who Jared calls "daddy") allegedly wanted his son to order "hit pieces" on bankers he didn't like; Jared's mother complained about the decor in people's offices and tried to have a rug removed; and on one occasion, Kyle was forced to have a sit down with The Donald himself. Pope joins us today to tell these stories and more, and explain what the future might look like for Jared and Ivanka when this all comes crashing down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 04, 2017
And Then There Were Four
The past decade has seen the biggest disruption in American business in a hundred years — and its only just the beginning. Scott Galloway, author of the new book “The Four,” joins me to explain how Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon, grew into such massive companies. He lays out which of them is the least likely to survive (ahem, Facebook), and why those that do (ahem, Amazon) may end up in a war with the U.S. governments over regulation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 27, 2017
The End of Harveywood
For 30 years, Harvey Weinstein bullied his way through Hollywood, sexually assaulting and harassing countless women. But how did he get away with it for so long? Krista Smith, who is been with Vanity Fair for two decades covering Hollywood, explains why the worst man in the industry took so long to fall, and how this may be the moment that finally changes the industry’s misogyny. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 20, 2017
Decoding Trump's Lies
When Tim O’Brien wrote the book, "Trump Nation: The Art of Being the Donald," he noted that Trump wasn't actually a real billionaire. In response, Trump sued O’Brien, and after a salacious legal battle, lost. O'Brien joins us this week to share some of the craziest lies Trump has told people over the years, and to predict how the Trump administration will be remembered several decades from now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 13, 2017
Columbine to Vegas
Columbine, Fort Hood, Sandy Hook, and now Las Vegas. America once again this week broke a record for the most number of people killed in a mass shooting. Dave Cullen, author of the book "Columbine," joins us to explain why these mass shootings keep happening and what can be done to stop them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 06, 2017
Jared’s Daddy Issues
Emily Jane Fox discusses Jared Kushner’s recent spate of bad press, whether he’ll learn from it, and how much trouble the president’s son-in-law, and adviser, is really in. Also: we discuss Don Jr.’s moose! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 29, 2017
Category 5!
You’ve heard of Irma and Harvey, Jose and Maria, but you might not have heard of Phil Klotzbach, an expert on hurricanes in the Atlantic. He joins us today to tell us what’s really going on with all these storms, and what it says about climate change and global warming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 22, 2017
Curb His Enthusiasm
Want to know how Curb Your Enthusiasm, SNL, ESPN and CAA all began? Want to know how they all became so insanely successful? Well, this week's guest, James Andrew Miller, is here to tell us, and offer a glimpse into his new podcast, Origins, where he interviews Larry David and the cast of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, to learn how a hilarious show about nothing actually began Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 15, 2017
Leave it or Lovett
You've heard him on Pod Save America, you've heard him on Lovett or Leave It, you've heard him through the speeches of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Now you get to hear Jon Lovett as our guest this week, discussing the mess we find ourselves in today, what the DNC can do to win in 2018 and 2020, and what it feels like to be the guy who could have provoked Trump into running for office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 08, 2017
Today's guest, Sarah Ellison, was hate-tweeted by Donald Trump this week. Find out why, and hear us discuss what people in Washington really think of Jared and Ivanka (hint: it ain't pretty), why Fox News will eventually fall, and the long term effects of Trump's attacks on the media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 01, 2017
Donald Trump of the Art World
Stefan Simchowitz is easily one of the most controversial figures in today's art world. Partially because he's breaking the norms of the establishment, and making tons of money in the process. He talks to us about what art is today, why people in Silicon Valley don't buy any of it, and what it's like to be called the Donald Trump of the art world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 25, 2017
The End is Nigh!
We might manipulate the genes of the next generation to make them kinder, or create seeds that you plant in the ground that grow into a house. This week, we talk to D.A. Wallach, a rockstar-turned-biotech investor, who tells us about all the scary technological and biological advancements coming our way, that could end the world as we know it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 18, 2017
Valley Talk: Uber's Headache, Zuck's Political Ambitions, and the Future of Twitter
This week we go deep into Silicon Valley to see if the ousted C.E.O. of Uber, Travis Kalanick, will return to the company to rule again, if there will be a President Zuckerberg in the White House one day, and if Twitter will eventually sell to Verizon or Disney, or just die in the Trump Apocalypse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 11, 2017
The Winklevoss Twins are Back!
What's 6’5" and 220 pounds, and there's two of them? Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss! This week, Bilton talks to the world's most famous twins about their obsession with Bitcoin, their Hollywood portrayal in The Social Network, and their circuitous route to Silicon Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 04, 2017
Joe Trippi Diagnoses Washington's Illness
Joe Trippi, the legendary political consultant and campaign insider, who has worked with everyone from Ted Kennedy to Howard Dean (with a little Gary Hart in between), explains what the hell is currently going on in our nation¹s capital. Are the Republicans are scared about their future? Who can the left lineup in 2020? And how in the world did we get here in the first place? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 28, 2017
A Podcast of Ice and Fire
Joanna Robinson, the world (and Vanity Fair's) renowned expert on all things Game of Thrones, joins us to explain what's going on in Westeros this season, which of our favorite (and least favorite) characters will be killed, and who will survive, and what HBO is going to do when it's tentpole show comes to an end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 21, 2017
Malcom Gladwell's Sad Country Songs
Who do you know who could weave together stories about McDonalds french fries, the civil rights movement and a Los Angeles golf course? Yes, you guessed it: Malcom Gladwell. He's our guest this week on Inside the Hive, where we discuss all those topics, plus why people in Silicon Valley make up stories about how their company was founded, why country songs are sad and rock and roll songs are not, and his latest podcast, Revisionist History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 14, 2017
Kara Swisher on Uber, Zuck, and the Legend of the Red Chair
Kara Swisher sits down with The Hive to talk about covering, and interviewing, the biggest names in tech and politics, from Steve Jobs and Bill Gates to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. We talk about what really happened inside Uber, and how she once saved Mark Zuckerberg for self-destruction on stage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 30, 2017
The Secret of the Handmaid's Tale
There are few shows on television today that are more prescient than The Handmaid's Tale. This week, we sit down with Bruce Miller, the show's creator, to talk about life inside the dystopian world of Gilead, what it's like to work with the brilliant author, Margaret Atwood, why the show is so intense and the stakes are so high, and what to expect in season 2. Blessed be the fruit! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 23, 2017
You Are Wonder Woman!
Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, discusses how you direct a $150 million movie, why women make up most of the audience in theaters and yet so few of the directors and leading roles, and how she deals with male executives "mansplaining" things to her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 16, 2017
Snoop, Trump and Jesse
YouTube star Jesse Wellens tells us how he went from being a used car salesman to becoming one of the most followed people on the Internet. He also talks about directing the latest Snoop Dogg video, which led to not-very-happy Trump tweet and a Secret Service visit, and finally, how vlogging made him famous at the cost of his relationship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 10, 2017
Dick Costolo on Twitter, trolls and Trump
Dick Costolo started his career as an improv comedian, sharing the stage with Steve Carell, and ended up in Silicon Valley running Twitter. He discusses what it's like to bomb on stage in front of 2,000 people, how stressful it is being the CEO of a public company, and if he could have stopped Donald Trump rise to power on a social media rocket ship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 02, 2017
Famous for Being Conan
The iconic talk show host talks about how celebrity culture is ruining society, why he has a piñata of Donald Trump in his office, and why The Conan O'Brien Show probably won't be on TBS in 10 years — but rather, the Internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 26, 2017
Iger 2020?
The Disney C.E.O. Discusses the next Star Wars installment, his strategy for conquering the ever-shifting media landscape, why he buys certain companies (but not others), and—yes—those lingering 2020 rumors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 19, 2017
Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton - TEASER
Every week, Nick Bilton interviews the leading minds in tech, politics, and the culture to find out what motivates them, how they make decisions, what keeps them up at night, where their ideas come from, who they look to for advice, and where they think their industry is going. Bilton brings you into the room where the world's most interesting, and important, decisions are made. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 02, 2017