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The official companion podcast for the HBO Original series Succession. Journalist and host Kara Swisher unpacks every episode of this final season with the show’s writers, producers, and directors. Plus, she taps real life experts outside the show – like business titans, whistleblowers, and political consultants – to find out just how terrifyingly accurate the world of Succession really is. You can stream all episodes of Succession and listen to the podcast on Max. The Official Succession Podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios
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In part two of the series finale podcast, it’s time to say goodbye to the Roy family, once and for all. Host Kara Swisher sits down with director and executive producer Mark Mylod. He breaks down everything about episode 10, “With Open Eyes” – from the first table read, to that tense boardroom showdown, the Tom/Shiv of it all, and the final fate of the Roy children. Kara Swisher is also the host of the New York Magazine podcast “On with Kara Swisher,” where she grills real billionaires, media tycoons and more. You can find it here: https://link.chtbl.com/onwithkara?sid=hbo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher unpacks the Succession series finale, “With Open Eyes,” in a two-part supersized podcast. In part one, Kara talks with Alexander Skarsgård about why his tech billionaire character, Lukas Matsson, just can’t let Waystar Royco go. Then Kara goes deep with Jeremy Strong to discuss the tragic end of Kendall and what his character really wanted all along. Part two, coming later this week, features an extended conversation with director and executive producer Mark Mylod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This week, it’s a full house to discuss the penultimate episode of Succession, “Church and State.” First, host Kara Swisher unpacks Ewan’s surprise eulogy with actor James Cromwell. Then, she finds out how real-life funeral planner William Villanova helped the Succession team create a perfectly extravagant service for Logan Roy. And finally, Kara checks in with Jeremy Strong about Kendall’s blockbuster speech and where he stands as we head into the series finale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Matthew Macfadyen joins Host Kara Swisher to unpack Tom’s pre-election jitters and the state of his marriage in episode 7, “Tailgate Party.” Then, Kara chats with former Obama Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, who advised the Succession writers on how to convey the all-too-real, cozy relationship between politics and media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher sits down with J. Smith-Cameron to process episode six, “Living+” and the future of Gerri Kellman at Waystar Royco. Plus, director Lorene Scafaria discusses how Kendall walks the line between success and failure, as he tries to follow in his father’s footsteps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher is joined by Kieran Culkin to discuss what’s going on with Roman in episode five, “Kill List” – the Roys’ Scandinavian adventure. Then, the former CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, shares thoughts on Lukas Matsson and the veracity of the deal at that Nordic retreat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sarah Snook sits down with Host Kara Swisher to unpack episode four, “Honeymoon States.” Kara also welcomes back executive producer/writer Lucy Prebble and speaks with James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams, authors of the new book Unscripted, which covers the Redstone family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher is joined by series creator Jesse Armstrong and episode director Mark Mylod. Then she has a spirited conversation with actor Brian Cox.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher and Succession executive producer/writer Lucy Prebble dig into the family dynamics on display in season four, episode two, “Rehearsal.” Then Kara talks with divorce attorney to the stars, Laura Wasser, about Shiv and Tom’s messy separation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher is joined by Succession creator Jesse Armstrong and executive producer Frank Rich to unpack “The Munsters”, episode one of the final season. Then, Kara talks with Ben Smith, co-founder of the news site Semafor, about the Roy kids’ new media venture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher is joined by Succession creator Jesse Armstrong and executive producer Frank Rich to discuss the shooting of episode 9, reaching those surprising betrayals in the finale, and life in the writers’ room. Episode 9, “All The Bells Say” has one of the most painful scenes between Kendall, Roman and Shiv that was ever written. Jesse takes us through the process of writing and shooting it and why it was so key for Jeremy Strong to be physically uncomfortable in order to pull it off. Will Kara have any luck getting inside information about season 4? Listen and find out. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher talks with pop culture writer Hunter Harris and Succession Director Mark Mylod about episode 8, “Chiantishire.” Despite being in Tuscany for a lavish wedding, the Roys seize the moment to have some of the most devastating conversations of the season. Kara gets the details on shooting those scenes and getting those performances from director Mark Mylod who reveals the subtle way he tries to keep Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong in the zone as Kendall and Logan Roy. Kara also gets to dish about the episode with culture writer Hunter Harris who was on set with the Succession crew in Tuscany. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher talks with Succession production designer Stephen Carter and party designer for the wealthy Ken Fulk for a conversation corresponding to season 3, episode 7, “Too Much Birthday.” With Kara, Stephen talks about how set ideas came together for Kendall’s 40th birthday bash and some of our favorite episodes throughout the seasons. Later in the show Kara gets dishy with party planner Ken Fulks, who details how parties for the rich and wealthy really go down. And Kara details who is climbing or falling down the Succession leaderboard in her final power rankings of the season. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher talks with political pundit Anthony Scaramucci for a conversation corresponding to season 3, episode 6, “What It Takes.” Using his brief-but-legendary stint as Trump’s White House Director of Communications he offers unique insight into the Roy family and its role in fictional politics. They also discuss the media’s role in anointing a presidential candidate. Plus, Kara details who is climbing or falling down the Succession leaderboard in this week's power rankings. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher is joined by writer and podcast host Aminatou Sow to discuss the world of privilege and role of race in Succession. They discuss the Roys’ private jets at stake in season 3, episode 5 “Retired Janitors of Idaho,” and Aminatou explains how she feels about representation in Succession, and the window it provides into an isolated world of privilege. Also, Kara lets us know who’s up and who’s down in this week’s power rankings. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher is joined by entrepreneur and NBA governor Mark Cuban for a conversation corresponding to season 3, episode 4, “Lion in the Meadow.” They dissect the business acumen of Logan Roy and his efforts to keep control of his company in the face of shareholder hostility. Cuban gets into what it means to be a high stakes investor in a family company that’s trying to stay in control. With Logan’s back against the wall and his health at risk, can he afford not to have a succession plan? Mark doesn’t seem to think so. And as usual, Kara gives her take on this week's installment of power rankings. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In the third episode of the podcast (corresponding with Season 3, Episode 3, “The Disruption,”) Kara Swisher and Succession Executive Producer Lucy Prebble talk about how the writers of the show walk the line between tragedy and comedy. We hear how Succession creator Jesse Armstrong pushes the writers to steer clear of anything that could veer into soap opera, and learn where they find inspiration in real world events. And of course, Kara goes through this week’s Succession “Power Rankings.” The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Kara Swisher is joined by organizational psychologist Adam Grant to discuss Season 3, Episode 2, “Mass in Time of War,” and dive into the complicated family business dynamics of the Roy children. Kara and Adam talk about what happens when a culture of lies, narcissists, ego is fueled by a demanding and demeaning boss. Plus Kara gives her take on who ended this week’s episode of Succession on top of the leaderboard, who’s down, and who made the biggest power move. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In the first episode of the Succession podcast, host Kara Swisher unpacks the season three premiere episode, “Secession,” which features a deliciously awkward phone call between Gerri and the president’s press secretary. Kara is joined by former White House Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri to talk about real life media conglomerates lobbying the White House, and whether Waystar’s move was savvy, or just a complete disaster. Kara also ranks which character is up in this week’s episode, who’s down, and who made the most surprising power move. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
HBO’s Emmy-winning show Succession is back for a third season. After each week’s episode airs, join host Kara Swisher and her guests as they unpack how the real world is reflected in the world of Succession on screen. She’ll dive into family dynamics, capitalism run amok, and power unchecked with some of the top thinkers, as well as some of the people who made the show. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Humera Jamshaid

Rising Star Steven Spilly is a multi-talented actor and Music Composer hailing from Australia. With a passion for the performing arts from a young age, he has dedicated his life to honing his craft and entertaining audiences around the world. Steven Spilly Australia

May 4th
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AR YA

S4E3 WOW! Just WOW!

Apr 11th
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Nima Zardbani

Hi How can i read the notes of podcasts tnx

Apr 9th
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Martin Ryan

seriously? Stacy Abrams?

Apr 3rd
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rainbow popping candy frkz

This episode needs show notes of all the high art Strong references (including Andre Agassi's autobiography)

Jul 7th
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Jason Rotter

The female moderator has a real misunderstanding that these characters have no heart. She does not have a clear enough understanding of the real pressures that these characters are coping with and completely misses the moments where family or playing the game is more about fun than money.

Dec 13th
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Shanna Keene

Love the show! So hope this improves with more actual content and discussion points from & about the show.

Oct 21st
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