The Vox Media Podcast Network today announced new seasons of its award-winning narrative podcast franchise, Land of the Giants, which is turning its focus to Tesla and Twitter. Out today with its eighth season, Land of the Giants: The Tesla Shock Wave marks 20 years of Tesla by examining the past, present and future of the company that jump started the shift to electric vehicles. Produced in partnership with The Verge, the six-episode season will delve into Tesla’s forgotten origin story, CEO Elon Musk’s role in steering the company to EV market leadership, and the future the company faces as competition ramps up. Hosted by automotive journalists Tamara Warren and Patrick George, the series features extensive interviews with Tesla’s founders Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, as well as conversations with former employees, industry analysts, investors, and more.
In October, Land of the Giants will turn its focus to Twitter, telling the story of the social media platform at a crucial moment, exactly one year after Musk’s takeover. Produced in partnership with Vox.com and hosted by senior correspondent Peter Kafka, the four-episode season will survey the social media company’s outsize influence on politics and culture, its struggle to find a profitable business model, and whether Twitter is, was, or ever can be the global town square Musk says he wants to run.
“Land of the Giants has made a name for itself through its singular approach to longform storytelling about the technology giants shaping our world,” says Vox Media’s SVP and executive producer for audio, Nishat Kurwa. “Our deeply sourced reporting goes beyond present-day headlines and the story audiences think they know, to trace a company’s rise to dominance from its seminal moments. With heated competition in the EV marketplace, and the fascinating dislocations in the state of social networking, we’re excited to turn our focus to two vitally important and intertwined companies, Tesla and Twitter. Their tales of ambition, genius, hubris and peril are riveting—with real world stakes for people around the globe.”
Land of the Giants is Vox Media’s narrative podcast franchise about big tech, and how it’s transforming every aspect of our world. Previous seasons have explored the FAANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google), dating apps, and food delivery services. The first episode of Land of the Giants: The Tesla Shock Wave, about the car that changed everything for Tesla, is out today, with new episodes released weekly on Wednesdays, Listen to the trailer and first episode, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts to receive new episodes automatically.
About the Vox Media Podcast Network:
Home to award-winning shows like Today, Explained, Criminal, Pivot, and Stay Tuned with Preet, the Vox Media Podcast Network features industry-leading voices and storytellers from Vox Media’s editorial networks and beyond. From daily news and tech to culture and sports, and talk and interview shows to news and rich narrative storytelling, the Vox Media Podcast Network is one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most topically diverse collections of premium podcasts. Learn more about the Vox Media Podcast Network here.