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Apr 12, 2017

Attention passengers, we've overbooked this podcast with too much topical content, so unfortunately we'll need to forcibly re-accommodate a random listener. On this episode, Adweek's editors and writers talk United's drag-out social disaster, the lessons of S-Town and all the cool things happening in the modern brand Mecca of Atlanta.  

Apr 5, 2017

What was Pepsi thinking? Its new long-form ad, featuring Kendall Jenner as a soda-carrying savior for social injustice, was an immediate disaster and is already being described as one of the worst ads ever. In this quick bonus episode, we talk about what happened, why it was such a stinker and what kind of lingering damage Pepsi may have done to its brand.

Apr 5, 2017

Who are the media world's new pundits and personalities worth following? In this week's episode, Adweek's writers and editors break down our list of 2017's Political Power Players, debate the Carl's Jr anti-cleavage ad and recap this year's best April Fools' brand pranks. We also talk about advertisers fleeing Bill O'Reilly's show after new sexual harassment claims came to light.

Mar 28, 2017

Who are the most tech-savvy CMOs? How do you make a tequila cloud? Why does London have a giant boob on a rooftop? All this and more shall be revealed in this week's installment of the Adweek podcast. 

Mar 22, 2017

What are the hottest apps, tech brands and gadgets of 2017? Adweek's writers and editors unveil our 2017 Digital Hot List and discuss the agency world's dangerous addiction to overwork. We also stop and look around so we don't miss Domino's homage to Ferris Bueller.

Mar 14, 2017

Like the Heinz Ketchup to your naked french fries, Adweek's podcast panel is back to make your week complete. Our panel of editors and writers talks SXSW, Don Draper's long-awaited pitch win and our favorite moments from International Women's Day.

Mar 8, 2017

Mobile World Congress is over, and International Women's Day is here, so Adweek's panel of writers and editors have a lot to talk about this week. We'll look at Denny's record-setting memeness, Coke's best ad in a long while and why tequila is the perfect drink for the end of the world.

Mar 1, 2017

From Burger King's (possibly too) hot new ad campaign to Snap Inc's pending IPO, Adweek's panel of editors and writers has a lot to discuss this week. We'll look at the top news in marketing, media and tech, then let you know which ads are actually worth watching this week. We'll also talk about how marketers are trying to understand the American heartland after President Trump's surprising victory and which agencies are pioneering new business models.

Feb 27, 2017

Well that was certainly an ending. The Adweek crew discusses the Academy Awards, advertising during the ceremony from brands like Walmart and Samsung, as well as Droga5's notable spot for the New York Times, in a bonus episode!  

Feb 23, 2017

Adweek's Mobile Issue is out this week. On the podcast, we talk about the evolution of Pokemon Go and our list of Mobile Innovators. We also look at Uber's latest big PR headache, and deconstruct Wieden + Kennedy's great new short film for The Atlantic starring Michael K. Williams.

Feb 15, 2017

Adweek's annual list of the top media agencies is out, and our panel of editors and writers is here to walk you through this year's picks. We also look at John Oliver's plan to put ads right in front of Donald Trump, why Maker Studios is dropping YouTube megastar PewDiePie and how Under Armour responded to claims its CEO is siding too much with the new president.

Feb 7, 2017

We exorcise our last Super Bowl demons by talking about the Big Game's ratings, the lingering weirdness of Snickers and Lady Gaga's halftime-energized sales boost. Our expert panel of Adweek writers and editors also chats about Twitter's new anti-troll features and trailers for Stranger Things and Iron Fist. In this week's Ads Worth Watching, we talk Geico, Cars Against Humanity and Tom Brady.

Feb 6, 2017

Super Bowl LI is in the books, and Adweek's podcast panelists have assembled for a special episode about the best and worst Big Game ads of 2017.

This week's episode is brought to you by Deloitte Digital. Get to know the world’s first Creative Digital Consultancy:

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Feb 1, 2017

The Super Bowl is nearly here, and Adweek's panel of editors and writers are back to highlight the ads worth watching for. We also talk about the relaunch of and how brands responded to Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration.

This week's episode is brought to you by Deloitte Digital. Get to know the world’s first Creative Digital Consultancy:

This episode was also brought to you by Neustar.  Check out their playbook for marketers at

Jan 25, 2017

Adweek's television reporter is back from 14 long days at the industry's annual winter showcase, and he has lots of news on your favorite (and soon-to-be favorite) shows. Plus our panel talks Oscar nominations, brand backlash against Trump, a super-freaky horror movie stunt and much more. 

Jan 19, 2017

Grab a bucket of Los Pollos Hermanos and settle in for this week's Adweek podcast, where we're talking about our new Arc Awards (including the winners), a new study of brands whose reputations took a dive in 2016 and this week's ads worth watching.

Jan 12, 2017

After the Golden Globes, CES and Television Critics' Association Winter Press Tour, there's a lot for our panel of Adweek editors and writers to talk about this week. Join us as we recap a big week in TV, tech and cannibalism-themed advertising.

Jan 5, 2017

Like a questionably sexy emerald giant pushing veggies across your table, the Adweek editors and writers are back to bring you news and insights from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We'll talk about trends to watch for, along with news about Megyn Kelly's new gig and this year's Super Bowl advertisers.

Dec 29, 2016

This week we're looking back at the trends in creativity, media and tech that shaped 2016. We also talk about the far-too-soon passing of Carrie Fisher and discuss more of the week's news.

Dec 14, 2016

Join us as we count down the 10 best ads of 2016! Our panel of Adweek writers and editors also talks about the new round of Golden Globe nominations and Time's polarizing pick of Donald Trump as Person of the Year.  

Dec 7, 2016

We unveil our three Agencies of the Year, debate the effectiveness of boycotting your former advertisers and look at some of the week's best ads, including an incredible spot with a blood-chilling twist. Join Adweek's panel of writers and editors for our weekly discussion of all things marketing, media, tech and pop culture.

Nov 30, 2016

What were the hottest apps, TV shows, magazine covers and personalities of 2016? Our panel runs down Adweek's annual Hot List, along with the week's best ads (including Wes Anderson's return to marketing, this time for H&M). We also talk about AT&T's new TV package for cord cutters, Casey Neistat's new CNN gig and lots more.

Nov 16, 2016

It's only the middle of November, but we're already deluged with holiday ads. Our panel of experts sifts through this year's feel-good spots to find the real gems (and the lumps of coal). We also talk about how brands and agencies might respond to a Trump presidency in their targeting and messaging, and we discuss Facebook's rotten week as well as the colorful launch of Snap Inc.'s Spectacles.

Nov 9, 2016

Trump's the new U.S. president, and a few more states have made it legal to smoke marijuana. Oddly enough, those two aren't directly related. Our panel of Adweek editors talk about these ballot results, along with the Adweek 50, our annual list of the real power players behind today's top marketers and media outlets. Check out this week's episode for all that, plus the week's best ads.

Nov 2, 2016

We memorialize the loopy candle in the wind that was Vine, then move on to more positive news like the week's best ads, our fascinating conversation with #BlackLivesMatter icon DeRay Mckesson and the joys of having an awesome creative side job.

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