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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.




Taxes Back to Jerseyans, Markets Back to the 70s 6/30/22

Americans are feeling the pain caused by inflation, but New Jersey is hoping to help its residents with an historically large budget plan. Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ) discusses how Jersey’s rebate will alleviate some of the pain, from property taxes to back-to-school supplies. The markets are set to close on the worst first half in more than 50 years. The Dow and S&P 500 are on track for their worst three-month period since Q1 of 2020, and the Nasdaq is on its worst run since 2008. Plus,...


America, Hitting the Road & Skipping the Office: Best Western & Slack CEOs 6/29/22

Americans are gearing up to travel this Fourth of July weekend despite higher fuel and food costs this year. Amid record-high inflation, president and CEO of Best Western Hotels and Resorts Larry Cuculic says summer travel is surging in cities like Seattle, New York, and San Francisco. Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, joins Andrew from the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss what impact a recession could have on employers recalling workers to the office. He says the pandemic has proved that...


Tech Check-In: Cathie Wood & Eric Schmidt 6/28/22

As investors come to terms with a recession and the tech markets weather a downturn, we turn to legendary tech voices Cathie Wood and Eric Schmidt for guidance. Cathie Wood, founder of Ark Invest and a famous innovation bull, shares lessons from last year’s profits and losses. She maps out the biggest problems facing companies today, including inflation and supply chain issues. Eric Schmidt, former CEO and Executive Chairman of Google, joins from the Aspen Ideas Festival to share lessons...


Once More, With Energy: Gas Prices, G7 and Ken Langone 6/27/22

We’re kicking off the week with a super-sized Squawk Pod! Three big interviews that all start with the key question Wall Street is asking: how bad is the impact of 2022’s high energy prices? Becky Quick and Brian Sullivan weigh the influence higher gas prices have on the stock market, and G7 leaders convene in Germany to discuss additional Ukraine support and new sanctions that include a proposal to cap the price of Russian oil exports. Goldman Sachs’ Jeff Currie says a brief pullback in...


Oil Squeeze, Price Pain and Summer Travel Woes 6/24/22

Fresh reporting from Becky Quick on what happened inside the room with leading executives from the U.S. oil industry and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. Inflation continues to run hot. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the Fed is committed to fighting inflation “unconditionally” in a testimony to the House Financial Services Committee. Member of the committee, and Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) wants to act aggressively to solve the problems...


Meetings and Metaverses 6/23/22

Big Oil executives head to Washington today for a meeting with the Biden Administration to go over a diminishing list of options to contend with the rising price of gas. President Biden announced plans to enact a “gas tax holiday” in the U.S. this summer, and has not received broad initial support. Amos Hochstein, State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, discusses the $0.18 reduction per gallon the holiday would save and the outlook for getting the...


Stuck on the Tarmac 6/22/22

A nationwide pilot shortage is prompting thousands of delays and cancellations for summer travelers. Dennis Tajer, American Airlines pilot and spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association, says the staffing issues are due to management’s lack of foresight, and he warns that airlines may start to cut corners to keep up with demand. CNBC’s autos and airlines reporter Phil Lebeau considers how long it will take carriers to sort out their problems, and whether the federal government will have...


A Gas Tax Holiday & Hodling onto Faith 6/21/22

In the wake of a turbulent market week, investor fears of a recession are growing in step with losses on Wall Street. Crypto hodlers are in pain, but investor and former NYSE President Tom Farley hopes the worst is behind them. Chair of President Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse discusses inflation, the state of the economy, and the administration’s options to mitigate ever-rising fuel prices across the U.S., including a gas tax holiday. Plus, Mondelez is taking a Clif...


Ron Baron’s Ray of Hope; Black Financial Influencers 6/17/22

The S&P 500 is headed for its worst week since March of 2020, but famed buy-and-hold billionaire investor Ron Baron offers a ray of hope amid Wall Street’s worries. A Tesla bull and futurist investor, Baron likens today’s market with the opportunity that earned him billions in the 1980s. In an all-hands meeting with Twitter employees, Elon Musk addressed layoff and content moderation concerns. For consumers, inflation is still cause for worry; Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) discusses pump pressures...


Did the Fed Do Enough? The Central Banks’ Great Awakening 6/16/22

The Fed raised interest rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday and alluded to more hikes in the coming months, as CNBC’s Steve Liesman recaps. But did the Fed do enough? Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz and Gramercy advisor and president of Queens’ College, Cambridge shares his thoughts on the Fed, the European Central Bank, and the Swiss Central Bank after all three announced interest rate hikes. CNBC’s Jon Fortt considers whether the Fed raised rates high enough, quickly enough, and what it will...


Hiking Rates, Calling Big Oil, & Hedging Portfolios 6/15/22

The S&P 500 fails to rebound, the markets are poised for the Fed’s big rate hike, inflation and pump pressures are on, and crypto is crumbling. Founder and chairman of Equity Group Investments Sam Zell shares his unfiltered perspective on the Fed, energy prices, and DC policy, all from his vantage point as a real estate billionaire and energy, health care, and manufacturing investor. President Biden is asking oil CEOs to boost gasoline supply and is calling their profits “unacceptable.”...


The Investor Psyche: War, Recession, & Not-So-Stablecoins 6/14/22

In the wake of this week’s bear market, former NYSE President Tom Farley and former Chairman and CEO of TDAmeritrade Joe Moglia discuss the peaks and valleys still to come, both in the crumbling crypto markets and in the broader economy. Tom Farley, who has debuted more than one SPAC of his own, discusses the market’s depleted appetite for any kind of public listing. Joe Moglia speaks to the psyche of retail investors as global conflict rages on and inflation ticks higher, and considers...


Bear Market Woes: Crypto Contagion & Inflation 6/13/22

$200 billion was wiped out of the crypto market over the weekend, and Bitcoin has hit its lowest level since December of 2020. Skybridge Capital founder and crypto bull Anthony Scaramucci unpacks the global market sell-off, the slide in crypto, and why the drama at crypto lender Celsius could make things worse. Inflation and gas price pressures are hitting consumers and corporations; CEO of Stew Leonard’s details the fuel and food supply chain issues impacting his bottom line. Plus, a break...


Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz & Our Inflation Nation 6/10/22

In his first aired interview since taking the helm (again) at Starbucks, interim CEO and founder Howard Schultz speaks candidly to Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times DealBook D.C. Policy Forum in Washington. In an extended conversation, the two cover inflation, America’s gun policy, the mental health crisis, the labor movement, and leadership in capitalism. Plus, May’s consumer price index, or CPI, was up 8.6% from last May, the highest year-on-year increase since December of 1981....


Regulation Nation: Twitter’s Data Dilemma with Ajit Pai, & Robinhood’s Revenue with Jay Clayton 6/9/22

Robinhood turned millions of people into retail traders, but now the app’s business model may be in jeopardy as the SEC eyes a plan to crack down on Payment For Order Flow, a practice crucial to its revenues. Jay Clayton, former Chair of the SEC, weighs in on how the SEC’s agenda could transform the stock market. Twitter has agreed to comply with Elon Musk’s demand for access to the platform’s data stream. Former FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, breaks down what more Musk will ask for, and...


Retail’s Beauty Mark with Ulta & the Media-Scape with AMC 6/8/22

As most retailers struggle with a difficult quarter, cosmetics might be a bright spot. Alongside Elf Cosmetics, Ulta Beauty reported upbeat first quarter results despite rising inflation; Ulta CEO David Kimbell discusses the company’s year over year revenue growth and the relative strengths of beauty consumers and social media beauty influencers alike. As streaming stocks like Netflix have struggled, AMC CEO Matt Blank suggests the answer to media’s momentary woes might be linear. Plus, a...


Taming Crypto’s Wild West; Target Feels a Profit Squeeze 6/7/22

Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would overhaul the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The two share details of their plan, how the SEC and the CFTC would fit into it, and how “rules of the road” would benefit both investors and the economy at large. Target is warning investors of a hit to profits next quarter, as the company manages inventory, inflation, and freight cost issues. Longtime...


Sweetening the Deal for Spirit & Weathering Crypto’s Cold Front 6/6/22

JetBlue has upped its offer for Spirit Airlines as the battle with Frontier heats up. CEO Robin Hayes explains the new, larger breakup fee offer and shares why he feels shareholders should be happy with this deal. After Coinbase’s hiring freeze and Gemini’s layoffs, the crypto community could be headed for a “crypto winter.” Forkast founder and CEO Angie Lau says, a contraction is certainly underway. Plus, Elon Musk claims Tesla is overstaffed, Starbucks is closing down a recently unionized...


Netflix’s Bumpy Ride & Buy Now, Pay Later Debt 6/3/22

Netflix’s volatility continues; despite a bounce in share price this week, the stock is down 66% this year. Gene Munster, Loup founder, discusses his firm’s “higher risk, higher reward” investment in the streaming platform and why it’s important to get its ad model right. Consumers have taken on a lot of credit card debt this year, and CNBC’s Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson breaks down the booming buy now, pay later debt. Plus, Tesla is cutting staff, and crypto firms...


Sheryl Sandberg’s Leaving Meta’s C-Suite & Elon Musk’s Anti-WFH 6/2/2022

Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down from her post as Meta Platforms Chief Operating Officer after 14 years. Sara Fischer, Axios media reporter, and Rich Greenfield of LightShed Partners, discuss what this means for the Facebook parent’s stock and its future in the metaverse. Elon Musk has ignited another debate: returning to work. Commenting on a Twitter post, Musk said that Tesla executives unwilling to return to office work “should pretend to work somewhere else.” Tsedal Neely, Harvard...