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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.




A Message from OPEC+ 10/6/22

OPEC+, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, have decided to cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day. The decision puts pressure on a Europe already squeezed by an energy crisis and a conflict in Ukraine, and it could be interpreted as a snub to the Biden administration, which has been asking the Saudi Kingdom to ramp up production to ease pressure on the U.S. energy markets. CNBC’s Brian Sullivan, on the ground in Vienna for the announcement, deciphers the message OPEC and Russia are...

The Twitter, Musk Affair: On Again, Off Again, On Again 10/5/22

Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter is back on track–but questions remain. Can he afford it, and does he have the time to run it? CNBC’s wealth reporter Robert Frank maps out Musk’s financial ability to complete the deal, highlighting the $6 billion he’s still short. If he scrounges together the cash to succeed, Musk biographer Walter Isaacson considers whether Musk has the time to run the platform, and offers insights into the billionaire’s desire to own the platform in the first place. It...

CEO Confidence, The Rally’s Longevity, & Elon Musk’s Hot (and Unpopular) Take 10/4/22

After a bright start to the fourth quarter, Joe, Becky, and Andrew consider what’s driving the rally, whether it will last, and what the Fed might do in response. In KPMG’s new CEO survey, almost all 400 leaders included, the vast majority of them (91%) are expecting a recession in the next year, but even more of them (93%) are confident in the growth prospects for the U.S. economy. KPMG Chair and CEO Paul Knopp discusses the survey findings, including the biggest concerns weighing on the...


Kim K’s Crypto Ad with SEC Chair Gensler; Credit Suisse Concerns 10/3/22

Kim Kardashian’s Instagram ad post about the EthereumMax token has cost her $1.26 million. SEC Chair Gary Gensler discusses the celebrity’s settlement with the regulator and explains why her post–and others from DJ Khalid and Steven Seagal–raised a flag that other celebrity ads do not. Concerns about whether Credit Suisse is on the brink of a “Lehman moment” have rocked the global banking industry. Andrew reports on the Swiss bank’s financial health and the fallout it could have on the rest...


Goodbye, Q3! A New Episode of the Musk-Twitter Soap 9/30

Joe, Becky, and Andrew recap a long, turbulent month and quarter for the markets as we head into the fourth quarter. Investor, founder of Evercore, and former U.S. Treasury official Roger Altman discusses whether the Fed’s policies will have a hard or a soft landing, and Altman considers whether in two years, we’ll be in an economic recession or recovery. A text thread between Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey has revealed the friendships and strains behind the scenes of Musk-Twitter Soap Opera....


Music Therapy, Smile Meters, & Backing Innovation in Unexpected Places 9/29/22

Legendary investor Stanley Druckenmiller warned Wall Street of a gloomy market future at CNBC’s Delivering Alpha Investors Summit. Joe breaks down his Druckenmiller interview with Becky, and they weigh the pros and cons of Federal Reserve policy. Despite a gloomy start, the rest of this episode is uplifting, literally. AOL founder Steve Case discusses his new book, “The Rise of the Rest,” and how supporting entrepreneurs in unexpected places could push America’s innovation forward. The...


Delivering Alpha: Carson Block & Activist Short-Selling 9/28/22

Joe Kernen and Becky Quick are on site at CNBC’s 2022 Delivering Alpha Investors Summit, where they interview Muddy Waters CIO Carson Block about his firm’s short-selling thesis, his mission to call out fraudulent businesses, and the difference between “fake” and “real” ESG companies. CNBC’s Jim Cramer and David Faber join to discuss the Fed’s fight against inflation, and global threats to the markets–including Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and the Bank of England’s big bond buy. Plus,...


Cathie Wood’s Bets: Recession, Deflation, & Tesla 9/27/22

Ark Invest CEO and Chief Investment Officer Cathie Wood discusses her newest launch: a venture firm for private investments, open to non-accredited investors. As international currencies like the British pound, South Korean won, Japanese yen, and euro all fall weaker against the dollar, Wood shares her firm’s perspective on recession and inflation. A famed tech investor, Wood explains her bullish five-year thesis on Tesla. Plus, mortgage rates keep going up, and three men are answering for a...


Jeremy Siegel is Fired up 9/26/22

Are we on the wrong path in the fight against inflation? Wharton Business School professor Jeremy Siegel criticizes the Federal Reserve and its chairman, Jerome Powell, saying the U.S. central bank is moving too aggressively to fight inflation and will hurt American workers in the process. The British pound falls to historic lows against the U.S. dollar, sparking currency concerns around the globe. Plus, the new fee that car dealerships are trying out on auto lease consumers. In this...


Markets Tumble, Fearing the Fed and Women and Money 9/23/22

A rough week ends on Wall Street as markets take a dive and bond years are surging. Why? Becky Quick and Melissa Lee take a closer look at the investor worries and the wonky numbers driving the market downturn. This comes after the Federal Reserve announced it will be raising interest rates 75 basis points. CNBC’s Steve Liesman explores the market reaction to the Fed’s decision and its global impact. Plus, Boeing has agreed to pay $200 million to settle charges over the two deadly crashes...


Palantir’s Alex Karp and a Disney Princess Takes Aim at the Castle 9/22/22

“Software plus heroism can really slay the giant,” Palantir CEO Alex Karp tells Andrew Ross Sorkin and Becky Quick in his analysis of how big data and technology have changed modern warfare. Karp is carefully watching Russia’s first military mobilization since World War II and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine; he thinks that countries around the world are taking notice of the new global order. The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate 75 basis points and the world’s central...


Earth the Shareholder, with Patagonia’s CEO 9/21/22

Patagonia’s founding family is redirecting their billions to fight climate change and preserve our Earth; the move has sparked conversation about ‘woke capitalism’ and a company’s impact on the world, versus its return to shareholders. Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert discusses his predecessor’s choice to “make Earth its only shareholder,” and whether the drastic move will really make a difference. Axios co-founder Mike Allen discusses former President Trump’s strategy for announcing another run...


Layoff Season, A Bonus Squeeze, & The Beyond Meat Bite 9/20/22

Investors are bracing for the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting this week, ready for another policy announcement to curb inflation. Workers are returning to the office, but surveys show that in-person attendance is down, compared to pre-pandemic levels. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy discusses the impact of New York’s return-to-office push on the Garden State commuters and taxpayers. New York Times reporter Kate Kelly details the in-person trends on Wall Street, the waves of...


Balancing Powers: China, Russia, & the West 9/19/22

In an interview over the weekend, President Biden discussed his plans for battling inflation and the American strategic response to Chinese aggression in Taiwan. Today, former SEC chair Jay Clayton responds to the President’s comments on the economy; instead of talking about rates of inflation and statistics, Clayton urges economists and lawmakers to start speaking in terms of the prices that Americans are paying for basic needs. Abroad, Presidents Putin and Xi are testing the strategic...


Precarious Positions; Pete Buttigieg on Inflation and Avoiding a Rail Strike 9/16/22

The Biden Administration, railroad companies and labor unions are sharing credit for averting a potentially expensive strike. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discusses the close call, as well as the shadow persistent inflation cast on the negotiations and on the White House’s efforts to celebrate recent legislative wins. The stock markets were headed toward another down week as corporate leaders sound alarm bells for a potential recession. FedEx CEO Raj Subramaniam told CNBC the...


Barry Sternlicht: “The economy is braking hard” 9/15/22

In an extended interview, Starwood Capital Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht warns that the economy is slowing, and considers what August’s hot inflation data could mean for the Federal Reserve’s next rate hike decision. The real estate mogul and investor discusses the current labor market, including wage pressures on the economy and the corporate push to return to in-person offices. Plus, in an eleventh hour deal, the Biden administration negotiated a stop to the planned railroad...


Congressional Stock Trades and the Inflation Equation 9/14/22

Markets have their worst day since June 2020 following worse than expected inflation data. Squawk Box anchors Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin hit the impact of inflation on investors, the housing market, and the outlook for the Fed’s next interest rate decision. Members of Congress can buy and sell stocks with few restrictions, The New York Times’ Kate Kelly reports on the paper’s exhaustive analysis of lawmakers and their family members’ trades. Plus, Twitter’s whistleblower...


Hot Data, Musk’s Endgame, & A Commuter Comeback: “It’s good for society” 9/13/22

Inflation in August rose more than economists were expecting, and the markets are reacting poorly. CNBC’s Steve Liesman, former Acting CEA Chair Tyler Goodspeed, and JPMorgan’s Meera Pandit discuss the repercussions of this data for the Fed’s next rate hikes and the labor market, in September and beyond. Millions of Americans are headed back to in-office work this week, and Walter Isaacson says, it’s about time. The Tulane professor discusses the shift in employer-employee negotiations....


A New Code for Gun Sales 9/12/22

77% mass shootings in America were committed with guns bought legally, the majority with credit cards. Four years ago in columns for The New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin suggested that credit card companies have the power to help spot dangerous patterns in U.S. firearms sales by categorizing gun purchases the same way retailers categorize transactions at hair salons, and movie theaters. Earlier this year Amalgamated Bank, a union-owned U.S. bank driven by social responsibility, proposed...


US Chips Break New Ground, & Remembering Queen Elizabeth II 9/9/22

In Ohio, Intel is breaking ground at the sites of its two new semiconductor factories, marking a major shift in American manufacturing. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger discusses the pivotal moment for the US chip industry, and why the factories in America’s heartland will boost national security. As the markets await Fed Chair Jay Powell’s next announcement later this month, Becky Quick, Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Steve Liesman break down the Fed’s aggressive policies to combat inflation,...