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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.




Special Episode: TechCheck – TechCheck Day 2

TechCheck Day 2! On our second day as a new show, CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, Jon Fortt and Deirdre Bosa talk to Twitter’s Former CEO Dick Costolo about Grab, SPACs, valuations and how Bitcoin keeps climbing higher. Then, Affirm’s Founder & CEO Max Levchin weighs in on the future of payments and gives us a gutcheck after the company’s IPO earlier this year. We also hit the J&J news of the day and Julia Boorstin talks Facebook’s plan to delve deeper into the dating space.


Halted: Johnson & Johnson & the Vaccination Timeline

After 6 people in nearly 7 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients developed a rare type of blood clot, the FDA and CDC have recommended a pause on administering that vaccine in the United States. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell digests the news and what it means for the rest of the J&J vaccine recipients, and Dr. Kavita Patel, a practicing physician and former health official in President Obama’s administration, considers the pause’s impact on vaccine supply, timeline goals, and vaccine hesitancy...


Special Episode: Introducing CNBC’s TechCheck podcast

Today, CNBC launched its newest daily podcast, TechCheck. Each day, CNBC’s Jon Fortt, Carl Quintanilla and Deirdre Bosa bring you the boldest ideas and most influential names in the tech industry. This bi-coastal program dives deep into stocks focused on new technologies and trends while highlighting the latest news out of iconic companies, FAANG heavyweights, social media darlings, streaming giants, red-hot disruptors and more. Available to listen daily by 12:30pm ET / 9:30AM PT.


100 CEOs Off Mute; Navigating Vax-Fraud

Corporate leaders are speaking up about social justice, voter suppression, and the role of the American CEO. Yale School of Management’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld organized a Zoom call with over 100 prominent CEOs to discuss their collective response to Georgia’s voting law, and calls from the public and from government officials to speak out--or not. Sonnenfeld shares key takeaways from that massive virtual conversation. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is looking ahead to a world of...


“Ripples” in Banking; Marking Up Political & Economic Expectations

CEO of retirement services provider TIAA and former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Roger Ferguson shares why corporate America should be speaking out against Georgia’s controversial voting law. He discusses his decision to co-sign the letter penned by Black American executives urging their fellow CEOs to speak up for equality and democracy. Plus, in light of Jamie Dimon’s annual letter, Ferguson considers fintech’s role in the financial ecosystem, and in light of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s...


Big Banks Fending off Fintech; Employers Weighing Vaccine Mandates

Axios business editor Dan Primack and RiverFront Investment Group senior market strategist Rebecca Felton consider Jamie Dimon’s suggestion that big banks like his own JPMorgan ought to look out; fintech is coming for them, and their money. Schools and employers are weighing pros, cons and legal limits to mandated vaccinations and vaccination disclosures. Wharton’s Management Department Chairperson Professor Nancy Rothbard posits that in the workplace, incentives may be a more effective,...


Jamie Dimon Projects America’s Future; Vaccine Cards & Verifications

In a 66-page-long iteration of his annual shareholder letter, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon shares his expectations for America’s economic future, in both the immediate and long term. He’s bullish on the U.S., but wary of political and social dysfunction across the country. Pollster and political strategist Frank Luntz is urging leaders to choose their words wisely. A new survey reveals that Americans are broadly opposed to carrying a vaccine “passport,” but not a “verification” or...


From Ninety to Zero: Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon & Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore

NYC-based nonprofit Robin Hood has teamed up with corporate giants like Starbucks, McKinsey, and Goldman Sachs to launch NinetytoZero, an initiative aimed at eliminating the 90% wealth gap between white and Black families in the United States. Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore underlines how corporate decisions to hire and promote Black talent and invest in Black-owned businesses can make a tangible difference in America’s wealth disparity. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon discusses his involvement in...


Controversy in Georgia; Staving Off a Fourth Wave

Leaders across corporate America, from Coca-Cola and Delta to the MLB, have spoken out against Georgia’s controversial voting law. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) defends the legislation, and suggests that non-lawmakers should stick to their own businesses. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb discusses the increased rates of vaccinations, cases of Covid-19, and offers the vaccinated population a word of advice: remain careful. Plus, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is pushing for a global...


Becky & Squawk’s Biggest Teenage Fan

Nick, a 15-year-old CNBC fan, started his Twitter account @Live_News_Nick at the beginning of the pandemic in hopes of kickstarting a reporting career. Becky Quick sits down with Nick--via Zoom--to swap stories about covering financial news and pursuing a career in TV.


Opening Day with Red Sox Chairman; An Infrastructure Plan & “Smart Capitalism” with NYT’s Tom Friedman

President Biden has unveiled his $2 trillion, 15 year infrastructure plan signaling stricter corporate tax policies and a crackdown on offshoring. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman digests the proposal and his hopes for “smart capitalism” in a discussion of his latest column. Tom Werner, Chairman of the Boston Red Sox and of the Fenway Sports Group, discusses the MLB’s Opening Day and Fenway Park’s plans to reopen to fans at a 12 percent capacity. Plus, Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is proving...


“There is no middle ground”: Protecting Voting Rights with Ken Frazier & Ken Chenault

A group of Black business executives are urging the rest of corporate America to oppose legislation aimed at restricting voting access, following a new law in Georgia that critics say disproportionately hurts voters of color. Merck CEO Ken Frazier and former Chairman and CEO of American Express Ken Chenault led a group of executives in publishing an open letter in The New York Times pushing Wall Street to wield its power. Frazier and Chenault discuss the effort to rally opposition to...


Beeple’s Mystery NFT Buyer; Documentarian Ken Burns; Bill Hwang’s Bets, Debts, & Dominoes

Mystery art collector MetaKovan spent $69 million on Beeple’s NFT in mid-March. The man behind MetaKovan and NFT collection Metapurse, Vignesh Sundaresan, joins Joe, Andrew, Becky, and CNBC’s Robert Frank to explain his bet on blockchain-based digital art. Wall Street is still unearthing parts of the Archegos Capital forced liquidation fiasco, which prompted stock sell-offs and major losses for big banks. The latest chapter: questions about a charity run by former hedge funder Bill Hwang,...


Margin Call Shock; Amazon Union Vote; Suez Canal Refloat

Family office Archegos Capital was forced to liquidate tens of billions of dollars in stock holdings, sending U.S. media stocks and Chinese tech stocks into selloff mode, and leaving big financial players on the hook for billions. Archegos founder and former hedge funder Bill Hwang is at the center of the Wall Street whirlwind; Joe, Becky, and Andrew track the series of falling financial dominoes that led to the ViacomCBS, Discovery, Tencent Music, and Baidu losses, from swap strategies and...


WeWork’s Debut; Disinformation Nation; Chaos in the Canal

Coworking company WeWork has announced it will finally go public via SPAC merger with BowX Acquisition Corp. WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani and Bow Capital’s Vivek Ranadive discuss the deal and their bet on an office space resurgence post-pandemic. Twitter, Alphabet, and Facebook CEOs answered lawmakers’ questions about disinformation dissemination and social media accountability in a marathon virtual House hearing on Thursday. Axios media reporter Sara Fischer and tech and press industry...


Trust, Transparency, & Vaccines; Tax Plan Tacks; Fintech Leveling Finance

Big banks are appeasing their overworked junior staff with perks, from Zoom-free Fridays to $20,000 bonuses. CNBC.com’s Hugh Son discusses the domino effect the “Goldman Sachs 13” have had, up and down Wall Street. AstraZeneca is struggling to maintain public trust after a series of transparency and communication missteps surrounding its otherwise effective Covid-19 vaccine. President Biden’s tax plan continues to fuel debate across the political aisle; President Trump’s former Chief of...


Financial Inclusion, the Fed, & Forecasting America’s Covid Future

Operation Hope founder John Hope Bryant is working with former SEC Chair Jay Clayton to expand financial literacy and inclusion across the country, in an effort to shrink poverty and the wealth gap in the U.S. Nonresident Fellow at Brookings and NBC News contributor Dr. Kavita Patel considers what a third wave of Covid in Europe may mean for the pandemic trajectory here at home. A Covid-free world, she suggests, may not be the post-pandemic reality. Investors are eyeing GameStop after its...


Penn National Gaming CEO & Data Drama: AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Study

AstraZeneca’s good vaccine news is tempered by federal health officials voicing concerns about the company’s data. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell digests the news and considers the blow’s impact to the vaccination timeline in the U.S. A year after U.S. stocks plummeted on fears of the coronavirus pandemic, markets have bounced back, in what Mike Santoli calls their best year since the 1930s. CEOs are facing tough decisions as they plan office reopenings; KPMG CEO Paul Knopp shares results from his...


AstraZeneca U.S. President & Well-being on Wall Street

AstraZeneca has unveiled new data on its Covid-19 vaccine, revealing that it’s 79% effective at preventing symptomatic cases. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell explains the news, and AstraZeneca U.S. SVP and President of the Biopharmaceuticals Business Unit Dr. Ruud Dobber shares details and implications from the new study. Some of Wall Street’s junior bankers are banding together to shine a light on the 100 hour work weeks taking a toll on their physical and mental health. New York Times reporter Kate...


March (Money) Madness & Reopening Momentum with N.J. Governor & Danny Meyer

States across the country are relaxing of pandemic rules as more Americans are vaccinated against Covid. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy discusses vaccine eligibility, reluctance, and efficacy as he reopens business across his state. Union Square Hospitality Group and Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer says the restaurant industry has learned helpful lessons from the pandemic despite its struggles. “When we get to the point where we’re 100% indoor, plus outdoor dining, shipping, takeout,...