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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.




NYC’s Tickets to Ride with MTA CEO; Big Ten’s Big Deal with George Pyne 8/19/22

The NYC MTA is low on ridership and on revenue, but Chair and CEO Janno Lieber says he has a plan to boost both and restore trust in the safety of public transit. The Big Ten has sealed its 7 year, $7 billion TV deal, marking the biggest annual deal for any college sports league. Sports business executive George Pyne unpacks the giant payout and what it means for the league’s student players. Plus, the Bed Bath & Beyond carnage keeps coming for the company and its traders, and Starbucks has...


Dr. Scott Gottlieb & the CDC Reorg; Walter Isaacson & the Other Side of Elon Musk 8/18/22

After internally reviewing its own response to the covid-19 pandemic, the CDC has concluded, there’s room for the agency to improve. Director Rochelle Walensky has announced her plan to restructure the CDC, and in so doing to improve future responses and to rebuild public trust in the organization. Dr. Scott Gottlieb examines the road ahead for the CDC and Washington’s role in improving it. While Wall Street and Twitter still reel from the latest Elon Musk antics, biographer and Tulane...


Bed Bath & Way Beyond and The Data on Quitting 8/17/22

Bed Bath & Beyond, AMC, and Gamestop are all swept up in a revival of meme stock trading; tastytrade founder and Co-CEO Tom Sosnoff discusses the recent meme stock surges. After President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, Director of the White House National Economic Council Brian Deese shares the intended impact of the legislation for Americans’ health care costs and greener living. Also in politics, Liz Cheney is considering her next move in her mission to support...


Big Box Penny-Pinching & America’s Teacher Shortage 8/16/22

: Walmart reported better than expected earnings this quarter, but its profits are still under pressure. CNBC’s Courtney Reagan and Refinitiv’s Jharonne Martis examine the report and what it reveals about inflation and today’s consumers. The U.S. education system is short hundreds of thousands of teachers and support staff, according to estimates. President of Purdue University Mitch Daniels discusses why, after teaching through a global pandemic, many educators have left the profession, and...


Market Momentum & the Largest Profits Ever 8/15/22

Markets are looking less and less like a recession, according to CNBC’s senior economics reporter Steve Liesman. He, Mike Santoli, and Becky Quick explain the rebound in stocks and in jobs data that has assuaged many investor concerns. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb offers a rundown of the latest health news, including the recent discovery of polio in New York City sewage, the CDC’s updated covid guidelines, and national vaccination rates for both viruses. CNBC’s Eamon Javers...


Mark Cuban & DC’s “Good Idea” for Shareholders 8/12/22

As the House prepares for a vote on the Inflation Reduction Act, Representative French Hill (R-AR) discusses the pivotal 15% tax on large corporations as well as the 1% excise tax on corporate buybacks. While Rep. Hill will likely vote against the legislation in part because of these proposed changes to the tax code, billionaire investor Mark Cuban calls into the show with a different perspective. For ordinary investors and for companies, the Mavericks owner and entrepreneur says, “Dividends...


A Pricier House of Mouse & Inflation Translations 8/11/22

Disney is raking in streaming subscribers, but it’s still hiking the price for Disney+. Gas prices may be on the decline, but inflation is still front and center for the Federal Reserve and Wall Street investors; CNBC’s Steve Liesman breaks down the market’s reaction to the latest inflation data, and political strategist and pollster Frank Luntz offers a rhetorical analysis for President Biden’s comments on inflation to the American people. Then, we zoom out: Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz and...


$80B for the IRS, $7B for Elon, & Cuts for Wall Street Bankers A 8/10/22

Elon Musk sold nearly $7 billion worth of Tesla shares, just in case the courts mandate he follow through with his deal to buy Twitter. As a part of the Inflation Reduction Act the IRS will receive an $80 billion investment, but Sen. Tim Scott (R- SC) says it won’t help inflation, and it will unfairly impact the average American. The author of “America: A Redemption Story” shares his personal American story and details why he voted against the bill in the Senate. And layoffs could be coming...


Searching Mar-a-Lago, Signing Off on CHIPS, & Take a Chance on Meme? 8/9/22

The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s resort home in Palm Beach, Florida, escalating federal law enforcement scrutiny on Trump and sparking drama on both sides of the political aisle. CNBC’s Eamon Javers breaks down the unprecedented action by the FBI in search of classified National Archives-related materials. President Biden signed the bipartisan CHIPS act into law today, marking a huge win for the semiconductor industry and directing tens of billions of dollars...


Build Back Smaller, Come Back Workers! 8/8/22

In a tight vote after a weekend vote-a-rama, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, sending the legislation to the House. Brian Sullivan and Ylan Mui discuss the climate, health care, and tax bill as a “zombified” Build Back Better bill, and White House CEA member Jared Bernstein explains how the Democratic party envisions its impact on inflation, American families, and corporate players. Plus, workers are returning to the office en masse–or are they? Harvard Business School...


Washington Weekend: Competing for Chips & Voting for Billions 8/5/22

President Biden is set to sign the Chips and Science Act, aimed to support US semiconductor manufacturing. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) discusses the bipartisan effort to boost US competitiveness with China and other major chips producers. Also in Washington, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has finally signed off on the Inflation Reduction Act, the Democrats’ reconciliation bill that includes hundreds of billions of dollars in spending on climate, health care initiatives. CNBC’s Ylan Mui...


Pete Buttigieg, Golfers Striking Back, & Fake News Propaganda 8/4/22

Gas prices may have peaked for now, but the road to lower inflation is long. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discusses the U.S. energy economy and the giant inflation reduction act crafted by Senate Democrats. Pro golfer Phil Mickelson and ten of his co-competitors have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA after their participation in the Saudi-backed LIV tournament prompted suspensions from the PGA Tour. Tom Cruise’s performance in “Top Gun” impressed audiences, but not enough...


St. Louis Fed President James Bullard & The Flight Watched ‘Round the World 8/3/22

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard says, with labor growth as strong as it’s been, it’s unlikely we’ve been in a recession–and we might have brighter economic days to come. In an extended interview, voting FOMC member Bullard discusses America’s path out of inflation, GDP growth in the second half of the year, and geopolitical and global health impacts on our economy. CNBC’s Beijing Bureau Chief Eunice Yoon reports on China’s response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s contentious trip to...


Bill Ackman: The ultimate regulator is Visa 8/2/22

In our continuing coverage of the lawsuit against Pornhub parent MindGeek and Visa, hedge fund investor and Pershing Square billionaire Bill Ackman discusses the next steps he expects Visa and other credit card companies to take to ensure that their tools are not being used for harm. Founder and CEO of the Justice Defense Fund Laila Mickelwait shares how many victims of non-consensual and underage pornography have come forward since the suit was filed. Ackman also weighs in on the recession...


The Visa, Pornhub, Bill Ackman Story 8/1/22

A district judge has denied Visa’s motion to be removed from a lawsuit against MindGeek, Pornhub’s owner. The judge upheld the legitimacy of the plaintiff’s allegation that Visa “knowingly” provided the tool for the site to monetize child pornography. Micheal Bowe, the lead attorney for the plaintiff, discusses suit against MindGeek, the fallout for Visa, and the precedent this case could set for all credit card companies. The Ford Foundation is marking five years since investing $1 billion...


The Gulf Takes the Green, The Influencer’s Influence, & A ‘Really Weird’ Recession 7/29/22

As the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament begins, fans and athletes debate whether pros can simultaneously condemn human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and accept the Kingdom’s prize money. President of LIV Golf Atul Khosla tells CNBC’s Dominic Chu that it’s no different from a private equity fund’s commercial investment: just business. NYT foreign affairs op-ed columnist and author Tom Friedman discusses the geopolitics on New Jersey’s Bedmin green as well as other global headlines. He...


Recession, Recession, Recession? 7/28/22

The Federal Reserve has once again hiked interest rates by 0.75%, but the markets breathed a sigh of relief at the central bank’s signal that the peak hikes might be behind us. Today’s GDP data revealed a second consecutive quarter of contraction in the US economy, which traditionally would constitute a recession; however, Fed Chair Jay Powell does not believe our country to be in a recession, despite the data. He, President Biden, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and other economists are...


Tech’s Quarterly Tea Leaves & Hulu, Open for More Politics 7/27/22

Microsoft and Alphabet both missed analyst expectations in quarterly financial results, pointing to “uncertainty” ahead. Investors were buoyed by certain metrics, though, and Wall Street anxiously awaits the rest of tech’s earnings results. Despite Walmart’s warning to the Street and inflation pressures on the consumer, Visa execs have assured investors that the company hasn’t seen any sign of a spending slowdown. Disney has announced that Hulu will begin accepting political issue ads in...


Retailers Be Warned & Coffee for Crypto 7/26/22

Walmart has issued a dire warning to Wall Street, sending share prices of other retailers lower after cutting its profit outlook. Congress aims to move on U.S. chip manufacturing legislation this week. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) discusses moving the industry to the country’s heartland in the name of national security. Washington lawmakers are aiming to make it easier for consumers to use cryptocurrency in everyday purchases; Ylan Mui reports on plans for a future without a bitcoin capital...


The “R” Word & Summer Invites: Billionaire or Bust 7/25/22

The U.S. economy may see two consecutive quarters of GDP contraction, but the White House isn’t ready to call it a recession. Whatever we call it though, today’s economic and political environment has pushed Americans to an unhappy place; host of ‘The Art of Happiness’ podcast Arthur Brooks says, both sides of the aisle are to blame. Brooks, also a Harvard professor and contributor for The Atlantic, discusses the loss of faith in capitalism and in America herself, and whether we’ll ever get...