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Inside the Hive

168 episodes - English - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★ - 814 ratings

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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The September Issue: Can School Really Go Back in Session?

July 10, 2020 07:00

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

How will CNN's Jake Tapper be remembered 30 years from now?

July 03, 2020 07:00

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 CN...

Is Facebook the New Fox News?

June 26, 2020 07:00

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

"Nothing Ever Ends Well With Him": Will Trump Crash and Burn In November?

June 19, 2020 07:00

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

Could Trump Steal the 2020 Election?

June 12, 2020 07:00

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 Trum...

The Protests are changing America -- But what about Facebook?

June 05, 2020 07:00

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 di...

The Fresh Prince of Kalorama: A Jared Kushner Roundtable

May 29, 2020 07:00

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...

"We made this movie to be on the big screen": Director Jon Chu Bets On a Post-Pandemic Hollywood

May 22, 2020 07:00

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, a...

Can the Subway Survive Corona, and Can the Public Survive the Subway?

May 15, 2020 07:00

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. V...

Can Progressive Feminists Vote for Joe Biden?

May 08, 2020 07:00

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 "...

Danny Meyer: Why Taking PPP Loans Is Irresponsible

May 01, 2020 07:00

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 retu...

Chris Matthews: To Win, Joe Biden Must Prove Himself

April 24, 2020 07:00

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 m...

Trump, Masks, and Sourdough: The Coronavirus Round Table

April 17, 2020 07:00

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. ...

On the Frontlines of COVID-19: A Nurse, A Governor and A Journalist

April 10, 2020 07:00

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...

Will Coronavirus End Like Contagion?

April 03, 2020 07:00

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...

Inside the White House’s Coronapocalypse

March 27, 2020 07:00

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. Vis...

Coronavirus Against the World

March 20, 2020 07:00

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

The Impending American Housing Crisis

March 13, 2020 07:00

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...

Can Biden Really Beat Trump?

March 06, 2020 08:00

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

Can We UnTrump America?

February 28, 2020 08:00

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. Lear...

Is Parasite a Game-Changer for Hollywood?

February 21, 2020 08:00

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

Is the Democratic Party Dumber than Trump?

February 14, 2020 08:00

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

Impeachment, Iowa, and the Week from Hell

February 07, 2020 08:00

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...

The Economic Armageddon Ravaging America

January 31, 2020 08:00

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 e...

Knives Out: The Democratic Primary Is About to Get Messy

January 24, 2020 08:00

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 ...

How to Survive America's Job Apocalypse

January 17, 2020 08:00

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 m...

You Won't Believe What Trump Said About His Middle Name

January 10, 2020 08:00

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....

Will 2020 Kick Off the Gene-Editing Revolution?

January 03, 2020 08:00

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, o...

How Jared Kushner and Kim Kardashian’s Pet Issue Could Shape 2020

December 27, 2019 08:00

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 abo...

Ronan Farrow Tells All: Weinstein, NBC, and Why Cancel Culture Is Bunk

December 20, 2019 08:00

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 someti...

Why the $120,000 Banana Is the New Mona Lisa

December 13, 2019 08:00

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

Is It Possible to Get Trump Out of Your Head?

December 06, 2019 08:00

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

Three Mayors and a Turkey

November 29, 2019 08:00

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 mor...

Can a Whistleblower Really Bring Down Trump?

November 22, 2019 08:00

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

Are Evil Capitalist Overlords Ruining Our Lives?

November 15, 2019 08:00

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

Director Errol Morris on Bannon, Holmes, and the Scam of the Century

November 08, 2019 08:00

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

Kanye, Kim, Trump and the Battle for the White House

November 01, 2019 07:00

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

Sam Harris Explains Why There’s No Free Will

October 25, 2019 07:00

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

The 2020 Terror That Keeps Democrats Up at Night

October 18, 2019 07:00

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

Why Can’t #MeToo Bring Down Trump?

October 11, 2019 07:00

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

Will Impeachment Cost Democrats the White House?

October 04, 2019 07:00

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

Inside the 9/11 Coverup Worse Than Ukraine

September 27, 2019 07:00

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

Did Adnan Syed Do It?

September 20, 2019 07:00

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

Was Uber's CEO a Sociopath?

September 13, 2019 07:00

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

Trump and “1984”: Inside the Plot to Break the Media

September 06, 2019 07:00

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

Could Gene Editing Turn You Into Captain America?

August 30, 2019 07:00

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

Marianne Williamson on God, Guns, and Transcendental Meditation

August 23, 2019 07:00

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

Was Jeffrey Epstein Murdered?

August 16, 2019 07:00

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

Is Your Phone Trying to Kill You?

August 09, 2019 07:00

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

#MoscowMitch and the Republican Plan to Steal 2020

August 02, 2019 07:00

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


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