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Squawk Pod is a daily, guided curation of the top moments and takeaways from CNBC’s flagship morning show, “Squawk Box”, anchored by Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin. Each day, the podcast includes news making interviews, perspective and analysis from iconic guest hosts, and slices of debate and discussion—from the heated to the hilarious— all wrapped with exclusive context and color from Senior Producer Katie Kramer.

Squawk Pod is a daily, guided curation of the top moments and takeaways from CNBC’s flagship morning show, “Squawk Box”, anchored by Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin. Each day, the podcast includes news making interviews, perspective and analysis from iconic guest hosts, and slices of debate and discussion—from the heated to the hilarious— all wrapped with exclusive context and color from Senior Producer Katie Kramer.


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Squawk Pod is a daily, guided curation of the top moments and takeaways from CNBC’s flagship morning show, “Squawk Box”, anchored by Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin. Each day, the podcast includes news making interviews, perspective and analysis from iconic guest hosts, and slices of debate and discussion—from the heated to the hilarious— all wrapped with exclusive context and color from Senior Producer Katie Kramer.




Intel’s Chips in the Heartland, Nasdaq Woes, & What’s Next in the Peloton Cycle

The Nasdaq is firmly in correction territory, with Peloton and Netflix leading the slide downhill. Veteran investor Jeremy Grantham says there’s more to come, predicting a multi-asset bubble burst, resulting in a 45% decline in stocks. After CNBC’s report that Peloton would halt production of its products and concerns about insider trades in the c-suite, Peloton’s been on a bumpy ride. Its stock price returning to earth from the stratosphere could make it a good target for M&A, maybe even...


American Airlines CEO; NYC Subway Slump; ‘Til Next Time, Beijing

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker spoke with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau and the ‘Squawk Box’ team to break down the company’s latest fourth-quarter earnings report. In his last interview as CEO, Parker considers omicron’s impact on industry recovery, provides a bookings forecast for the spring, and discusses the nation’s 5G rollout. The Winter Olympics kick off in two weeks, but NBC’s announcers have decided against traveling to Beijing over Covid-19 concerns. Plus, is it finally time for NYC...


M&A in the Metaverse, 5G in the Skies, & Trades on the Peloton

Microsoft’s enormous deal for Activision Blizzard might be the catalyst for consolidation of metaverse projects in 2022. AT&T and Verizon have turned on a major new part of 5G coverage, but alarm from some airlines has delayed the launch near U.S. airports. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg discusses 5G safety and how the new 5G C-band coverage could supercharge the internet, just in time for more metaverse projects. Plus, Pfizer’s new Covid antiviral drug is effective against the omicron variant,...


Microsoft’s Big Gaming Deal; The Cost of Streaming; Palihapitiya’s ‘Nobody Cares’

Microsoft announced it will buy video game giant Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion all-cash deal. Under the deal, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, who has faced calls to resign over the cultural problems within his company, will remain CEO during the transition. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor, discusses the omicron Covid variant and says its global spread is inevitable. CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports on China’s latest efforts to tamp down a recent uptick in...


The News Evolution with Journalist Carl Bernstein & Building Back America with NEC Director Brian Deese

Carl Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist behind Watergate, discusses the evolution of the news industry, what constitutes good journalism, and his new book, ‘Chasing History’. The Transportation Department is launching a $27 billion program to repair and upgrade roughly 15,000 highway bridges across the nation as part of the infrastructure law approved in November. White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese discusses the Build Back Better bill,...


The 2022 Flightpath with Delta’s CEO

Delta and other airlines are facing headwinds from weather and rising cases of omicron, but Delta CEO Ed Bastian predicts a travel rebound at the end of February. Speaking with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau and the ‘Squawk Box’ team, Bastian reacts to the company’s latest quarterly earnings report, the rising cost of oil, and Delta’s ranking on 2022′s “Just 100” list. After lobbying the CDC to shorten quarantine guidelines from 10 to 5 days to mitigate airline staffing issues, Delta is now facing...


Chair Powell’s Second Term; China’s Covid Surge

Investors are considering what Fed Chair Powell’s second term means for their portfolios, particularly after the Labor Department revealed that inflation grew at its fastest 12-month pace in nearly 40 years during December. CNBC’s Ylan Mui reports on the growing calls for new stock trading rules for Capitol Hill lawmakers and for Fed officials. Also in DC, Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) discusses common ground between Democrats and Republicans, and whether Congress can build back the...


The ‘Just 100’ with Paul Tudor Jones & Accenture CEO Julie Sweet

Legendary trader and Just Capital co-founder Paul Tudor Jones discusses this year’s “Just 100” list, which ranks companies based on ESG issues. Julie Sweet, CEO of number 17 on the list Accenture, shares how her focus on sustainability and diversity has helped her company’s bottom line. Paul Tudor Jones lays out his outlook for the U.S. economy in 2022, including the Fed, crypto, and more. As new Covid cases rise, consumers are scrambling to buy tests online, especially as brick-and-mortar...


Pfizer’s Omicron Vaccine; SEC Chair’s 2022 Goals; Novak’s Courtside Drama

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says the company will have an omicron vaccine ready by March, just in case. He discusses global vaccine distribution, the covid treatment pill, and what he’s hoping for in 2022 with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin. SEC Chairman Gary Gensler discusses regulatory goals on his 2022 docket, including bolstering transparency for investors. Plus, China is attempting to mitigate a surge of Omicron before the Winter Olympics, and tennis champion Novak...


Tech in the Red; Tests Out of Stock; Pizza-dillas for Take Out

The tech stock darlings of the pandemic have finally hit a pullback. For the first time in five years, the Dow is outperforming the Nasdaq. The Fed’s signals for rate hikes on the horizon has prompted a reversal for high-growth cloud stocks, which could spell trouble for portfolios of tech bulls like Cathie Wood. Omicron is weighing on the markets and a group of former advisers to President Biden, who urge, “We need to do better.” Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb discusses test and...


The Capitol Insurrection, One Year Later

One year after the deadly insurrection at the Capitol, we consider leadership, complicity, and the future of American democracy with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. President Biden delivered remarks from Statuary Hall of the Capitol building, a space that a year ago was overrun by rioters discontent with the 2020 election results: “You can’t love your country only when you win.” In this episode: Tom Friedman, @tomfriedman Becky Quick, @BeckyQuick Andrew Ross Sorkin,...


The Deal for Topps Trading Cards & Arthur Brooks on the Art of Pandemic Unhappiness

President Joe Biden’s overall disapproval rating reached a new high in December as more voters signaled their unhappiness with his handling of the economy and the Covid pandemic. Harvard University’s Arthur Brooks, AEI president emeritus, contributing writer for the Atlantic, and host of “The Art of Happiness,” breaks down why Americans are feeling disappointed with the U.S. economy despite strong employment and economic metrics. Walmart and Kroger have raised the price of Abbott’s at-home...


One Million Cases & Four Counts of Fraud

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty on four of eleven charges in her criminal fraud trial; CNBC’s Scott Cohn breaks down the jury’s verdict and the life that now awaits Holmes. The U.S. reported a record 1 million cases of new Covid infections on Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The record single-day total may be due in part to delayed reporting from over the holiday weekend. Dr. Kavita Patel, former White House health policy director and fellow...


2022 Begins: Planes Grounded, Gyms Reopened, & Elon Musk, Shooting for the Stars

Kicking off 2022, CNBC’s Meg Tirrell discusses the latest surge in Covid-19 cases, up more than 200% in the last two weeks. 2021’s issues at the airport continue in 2022, as well: over 13,000 flights were canceled in the U.S. between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports on the latest wave of flight cancellations and says airlines have blamed the disruptions on a combination of bad weather and omicron infections that sidelined staff. While a problem for air travel,...


REFRESH: Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: Thinking Like An Oracle (part 4)

In the final episode in Squawk Pod’s special series on the wealth and wisdom of the leaders behind Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger share their combined 187 years of wisdom, both in life and in finance. The two consider history’s patterns, from fiscal stimulus to global pandemic, and offer perspective on today’s economic and social problems. Buffett and Munger discuss wealth’s impact on character, both for individuals getting rich, and America, growing ever more...


REFRESH: Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: A Swing & A Risk (part 3)

In part three of our most popular episodes of Squawk Pod, featuring real stories behind the leadership of Berkshire Hathaway, CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger share lessons learned from investing through nearly 7 decades of economic history. In conversations with Becky Quick, the two share their perspective on axe murderers, “swingers,” and the costs of a free market, and the two speak candidly on the dangers of Robinhood, bitcoin, and stock market “gambles.” Buffett...


REFRESH: Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: Taking the High Road (part 2)

In part two of a series of Squawk Pod episodes - Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman and long-time partner and friend Charlie Munger recount their humble origins at the same Nebraska grocery store, tracing their nearly 70-year-long journey through their worst trades and best influences. The two discuss Berkshire Hathaway succession plans and the links between being the bigger person and making the bigger profit in conversations with CNBC’s Becky Quick spanning the last 15...


REFRESH: Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: A Wealth of Wisdom (part 1)

In the first of a special series of Squawk Pod episodes, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger speak with CNBC’s Becky Quick about their 60 years of friendship and their journey building Berkshire Hathaway. In this special, refreshed episode, hear archival audio of Buffett through history: from the 1960s, the early 2000s, and pandemic-era America. Buffett and Munger recall their earliest days in the insurance business, how the two became friends, and how failure taught them lessons that they...


Supply Chain with Secretary Pete; Tracking Santa with NORAD; Popping Bubbly with Food & Wine

As the rush for pre-holiday Covid tests continues, new studies suggest that omicron may have lower hospitalization risk than other Covid-19 variants. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell discusses the new data as well as the FDA’s approval of Pfizer’s therapeutic pill and the other oral treatments that could come in 2022. While the variant puts extra pressure on an already squeezed supply chain, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg provides an update on the nation’s supply chain bottlenecks and...


Danny Meyer’s Restaurant Closures; Biotech Bets on Anti-Aging; Elon Musk’s $11B Fair Share

In light of rising Covid-19 cases in New York, restaurateur Danny Meyer has made the call to temporarily close a number of establishments owned by his company, Union Square Hospitality Group. Meyer discusses a new vaccination policy that he hopes will help keep staff and patrons safe. As founder of Shake Shack, Meyer also weighs in on the french fry shortage, as well as the superior fry shape. Biotechs aiming to increase our lifespans and reverse aging-related diseases have garnered billions...