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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 CDC Reversal, Spirit Airlines CEO, & Hood-winked: After the IPO

The Covid Delta variant is likely infecting more people than are being recorded, according to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. He discusses transmission and hospitalization rates and responds to concerning data from an internal CDC presentation obtained by The Washington Post. Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie considers what the variant data means for leisure travel, and explains why he hasn’t required vaccinations for his own employees or passengers. Scarlett Johansson and Disney...


Memes to Market: Robinhood IPO

Vlad Tenev, Robinhood CEO, says meme investing is no joke, “it’s a real thing.” Free stock trading app Robinhood surged in popularity among retail investors through the Covid-19 pandemic and the meme stock mania of 2021. The company sold shares in its Nasdaq launch at $38 a piece, valuing it over $30 billion. Tenev celebrates Robinhood’s IPO, the role of ‘payment for order flow’ in the next generation of investing, cryptocurrencies, and what the road to the public market means to him...


Elizabeth Warren on Crypto and Wealth Tax: ‘Yes, Jeff Bezos, I’m looking at you’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s skeptical that Bitcoin will prove to be a reliable hedge against inflation over the long run, a key reason some investors choose to own it -- and why she’s warning for tighter regulation, suggesting it will help root out “snake oil salesmen” and may shore up the confidence of investors in the nascent asset class. And, Warren’s tax proposal on the wealth of ultra-millionaires and billionaires garnered a lot of attention from Wall Street during the early days...


Beijing Cracks Down; Kyle Bass: “No defense for investing in China;” Tesla’s Drive

Beijing’s sweeping regulatory crackdown on technology, education, food delivery and property sectors has sent shockwaves across global markets, driving Chinese markets down. Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital Management says it's 'unconscionable' for global fund managers to invest in China. CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports from a tutoring company in China as new rules in that once under-the-radar industry shed light on the demographic and industrial changes in the world’s second-largest economy. Tesla...


Lucid’s Launch; Crypto Chronicles; Who is Watching the Olympics?

Luxury electric vehicle maker, Lucid Motors, debuts today under the ticker LCID. Lucid’s first electric vehicle, the $77,000 Lucid Air, is expected to be delivered to customers in the second half of 2021. Peter Rawlinson, chief executive officer at Lucid Motors, discusses the trading debut and the future of electric vehicles. Ratings for the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony were down 36% compared to 2016. Axios Media Reporter, Sara Fischer, and CNBC’s Jabari Young weigh in on the ratings,...


Variants and Vaccines; Twitter Takes Off; Olympics 2021

Everybody’s online. Twitter’s second-quarter earnings came in stronger than analysts had anticipated as revenue grew 74% year over year in the quarter due to “a broad increase in advertiser demand.” Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal breaks down the earnings results, Bitcoin, and fighting misinformation on the platform. The Covid-19 Delta variant is highly-contagious. Former FDA Commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he expects businesses and organizations to...


Crumbling Infrastructure Talks; “Secretary Mayor Pete;” HBO vs. 5G

A failed Senate test vote dealt a blow to the bipartisan infrastructure framework, but the plan could have a chance to move forward again as soon as Monday. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg believes there will be an infrastructure deal and said the Biden Administration’s “not trying to get gold-plated water pipes, just ones without lead.” AT&T beat analysts’ estimates for monthly phone bill paying subscriber additions in the second quarter, fueled by more Americans converting to 5G...


Verizon Deals Data & Damien Hirst: Art Market Shark

Verizon reported better-than-expected revenue and subscriber growth, raising its full-year outlook. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg breaks down the results and how much our smartphones show about post-pandemic consumers. Famed visual artist Damien Hirst says he believes in the staying power of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs. He discusses his NFT project where the buyer eventually chooses whether to keep - or destroy - digital or physical art, aptly named “The Currency.” The Opening Ceremonies are...


Blue Origin Launch; Delta Variant Spooks Wall Street

World’s richest man leaves Earth. Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, launched him into spaceflight history, riding in the inaugural human crew of the New Shepard rocket. Adam Jones, Morgan Stanley Head of Global Autos and Share Mobility discusses the investment implications of the Blue Origin launch and the road ahead for space tourism. New Covid-19 cases are up in the U.S., as the highly-contagious Delta variant spreads among unvaccinated Americans. Former Obama administration official...


Taking the SPAC out of Ackman

Billionaire investor Bill Ackman’s blank-check company Pershing Square Tontine Holdings has dropped a deal to buy 10% of Vivendi’s flagship Universal Music Group, following regulator concerns. Ackman discusses why he decided to pull his SPAC deal -- but is still investing in Universal Music -- the markets and his thoughts on Covid. He says the spread of the Delta variant doesn’t pose a significant threat to the economic reopening, and he sees interest rates rising on the back of the big...


Billionaires in Rockets & Masks in LA

As Jeff Bezos prepares for his upcoming spaceflight, the Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer Derrick Pitts discusses details of the unpiloted Blue Origin craft and the differences between this billionaire’s trip to space and Sir Richard Branson’s. A Covid outbreak in California has prompted L.A. County to reinstate its mask mandate. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb identifies who’s at risk of contracting the Delta variant, and who’s spreading it. Plus, Cleveland Clinic and Mt....


Spruce Short Selling Oatly; Netflix Playing the Game; America Tackling Equity

Activist short seller Spruce Point Capital Management is accusing Oatly of shady accounting and greenwashing, claiming the stock is up to 70% overvalued. Spruce Point Founder and CIO Ben Axler explains his short position on the oat milk brand and defends the allegations. Netflix is making moves to enter the gaming space, but not without some watch list and content suggestions from Joe Kernen. Plus, the National Urban League is out with its annual “State of Black America” report. President...


BlackRock’s Larry Fink & Marriott’s New CEO

Founder, chairman, and CEO of the world’s largest asset manager, Larry Fink discusses inflation and the Delta variant as they impact the global economic recovery in an extended interview. With $9.5 trillion in assets under management, Fink’s BlackRock has participated in the Federal Reserve’s efforts to buoy the American economy--during the Covid-19 pandemic and during the financial crisis of 2008. New to the helm of Marriott, Tony Capuano offers a look at rising consumer interest in...


Boosters with Dr. Fauci; The Top State for Business; Worker Wage Wellness with Chipotle & PayPal CEOs

Pfizer executives shared data about vaccines and Covid-19 boosters with government agencies this week. After attending the meeting, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci shares his expected timeline for boosters, confidence in vaccines, and global health outlook. CNBC Special Correspondent Scott Cohn unveils the network’s annual ranking: America’s Top States for Business. All 50 states are measured against each other with an extensive set of metrics, but only one claims the #1 spot. Plus,...


To the Edge of Space, & Beyond!

Virgin Galactic successfully brought founder Sir Richard Branson and three other crew members in a suborbital space flight, its fourth spaceflight to date. Joe, Becky, Andrew, and discuss the trip’s implications for the space race and for aviation with CNBC’s Morgan Brennan, who was on the ground in New Mexico for the launch. Former Astronaut and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson shares his perspective on the billionaires’ space race and considers innovation, exploration, and competition on the...


Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: Thinking Like An Oracle

In the final episode in Squawk Pod’s Berkshire Hathaway series, 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 prosperous. Reflecting on their years together, Buffett,...


Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: A Swing & A Risk

In part three of the Squawk Pod Berkshire Hathaway series, 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 identifies patterns in the economy’s long road from the Great...


Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: Taking the High Road

In part two of a special series of Squawk Pod episodes, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman and long-time partner Charlie Munger recount their humble origins at a 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 years. In...


Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger: A Wealth of Wisdom

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. Hear archival footage of Buffett through the ages: from the 1960s, the early 2000s, and just last month. Buffett and Munger reminisce on how Berkshire got into the insurance business, how the two became friends, and how their earliest failures taught them lessons that they still live by, 70...


July 4th Travels, The Billionaire Space Race, & Under the “HOOD”

Disruptor investing app Robinhood has finally filed to IPO after years of upending the retail trading industry and months of regulatory and legal scrutiny. Founder and managing partner of venture capital firm Bedrock Capital Geoff Lewis shares his outlook for the company, its roadshow, and all the investors who want a piece. Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson is headed to space, just days before his fellow billionaire, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, was scheduled to lift off himself....