The Heart of the Apps

The podcast Land of the Giants takes a fresh look at the multibillion-dollar industry of dating apps.

Hosted by Vox Media (home of The Verge and The Cut), the six-episode latest season features interviews with current and former employees, founders, and executives from companies like Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Hinge, and Match Group. The season also talks to critics and experts like author Nancy Jo Sales, data scientist Cathy O’Neil, and anthropologist Natasha Schull to analyze the impact of this industry on culture.

The season is underpinned by conversations with dozens of app users grappling with the question of whether the business goals of dating-app companies align with their romantic aspirations.