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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.




TikTok, the App of Microsoft’s Eye; LA Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer; Restaurateurs Seeking Relief

Microsoft is in talks to buy some of the TikTok business from Chinese parent company ByteDance as U.S. government officials raise concerns about the platform’s risks to national security. Microsoft’s largest shareholder, former Microsoft CEO, founder of USAFacts, and Chairman of the NBA LA Clippers Steve Ballmer talks TikTok, big tech, and Covid cases. Plus, Cameron Mitchell operates dozens of successful restaurants across the country, but he says his industry won’t survive without another...


Big Tech Blowout, Coronavirus Relief Bill & Shake Shack Drive Thru

The biggest tech companies and market leaders, Amazon, Apple and Facebook, reported stellar quarterly results. Legendary tech investor, Alan Patricof, says “everybody’s got to face up to the fact they are basically utilities.” Emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire today and Congress and the White House still seem far apart on an agreement. O’Shares ETFs Chairman and ”Shark Tank” Co-Host Kevin O’Leary, and Operation Hope Chairman, John Hope Bryant, discuss what they would like to...


Washington vs. Big Tech: Taking on the Trillion-Dollar Club

Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai, leaders of the four tech titans, testified remotely on Capitol Hill for 6 hours this week. Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Wilfred Frost recap the highlights of the hearings, from antitrust defenses to privacy concerns and technical glitches. Former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra breaks down the evidence presented by the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee and how the hearings may change FTC, DOJ, and...


Kodak’s New Big Picture; SEC Chairman Jay Clayton; Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Kodak is back. The once-giant corporation responsible for most twentieth century American memories is now reinventing itself as a drug company. Executive Chairman James Continenza explains Kodak’s comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discusses corporate hygiene as company boards cash in on their own holdings. He issues a word of advice for investors looking to get involved in SPACs, and urges transparency among corporate management. Plus, former FDA Commissioner...


Bill Gates on the Race for a Vaccine, Elon Musk, & Big Tech

In an interview exclusive to CNBC, billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates discusses the efforts to find a coronavirus vaccine and therapeutic, how those technologies may change our new normal, and when. Gates weighs in on big tech ahead of the Silicon Valley giants’ antitrust hearings this week, as well as the other tech giant: Elon Musk. Plus, when would Bill Gates send his children back to school? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Moderna CEO Racing for a Vaccine; Harlem Children’s Zone’s National Covid Relief

As coronavirus cases spike in hot spots across the country, biopharmaceutical companies race to find a vaccine. Moderna Therapeutics has secured an additional $472 million in government funding to develop its own vaccine candidate, which begins phase 3 human trials today. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel discusses the vaccine development and addresses concerns about his executive team’s lucrative and unscheduled stock sales over the past six months. The Harlem Children’s Zone is going national...


Elon Musk, “A Bona Fide Texan,” & Wall Street’s Scandals, from Goldman Sachs to Tapestry

Texas Governor Greg Abbott discusses the new $1B Tesla factory moving into Austin. After issuing a statewide mask mandate, Governor Abbott explains his strategy for keeping Texan businesses open amid rising coronavirus cases. The U.S. and China are in a diplomatic spat that’s escalating quickly, and the highly anticipated big tech hearing on the Hill has been postponed. Plus, two Wall Street scandals: Goldman Sachs has reached a settlement with Malaysia, putting the star-studded 1MDB debacle...


United Airlines CEO; Tesla’s Profits; Investor Chamath Palihapitiya

Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO, explains why despite safe and clean air circulation on planes, his industry won’t fully recover until a Covid-19 vaccine is widely available. Tech investor, co-owner of the NBA Golden State Warriors and Virgin Galactic Chairman Chamath Palihapitiya breaks down Tesla’s track for the S&P 500. Palihapitiya, a former Facebook insider, says big tech has “had a good run,” but a breakup is good for competition. Plus, a continuing SPAC education: Palihapitiya’s case...


SPAC-Man: Bill Ackman’s Pitching SPACs & Defending Profits

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management sponsored the largest SPAC IPO in history, raising $4B in capital. In an exclusive CNBC interview, the hedge fund billionaire makes his pitch for the insider baseball market vehicle: the special-purpose acquisition company. “Much better for the issuer, much better for the shareholder, because they get to make a thoughtful decision that’s not rushed by the typical IPO process.” Plus, four months after his “Hell is coming” comments rocked the...


Classrooms & Covid; Musk’s & Bezos’s Billions; Pandemic Pivots

Epidemiologist and Dean of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Michelle Williams suggests corporations may be the key to stemming Covid’s spread and ensuring a safe fall semester for students and teachers. Bruce Feiler, author of “Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age,” offers insight on navigating the personal and professional changes prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are each over $10 billion wealthier today than they were...


Mark Cuban’s Tips for TikTok Traders; Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Covid Testing

While Covid-19 cases climb in 40 states, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb considers the American infrastructure that led the country to this point, as well as what’s needed to support its physical and financial recovery. Mavericks owner, entrepreneur, and investor Mark Cuban offers his investing tips to day traders, even the ones on TikTok. With the 1990s tech bubble in mind, Cuban encourages market participants to think long term and practice patience. He issues a reminder to...


BlackRock’s Fink: Masks are needed to avoid future economic shutdowns

The U.S. reported another record one-day spike in new Coronavirus cases on Thursday as outbreaks continue to worsen across the country, particularly in Texas, Florida and California. A growing number of politicians, health and business experts, including BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, are advocating mask-wearing amid concerns about the possibility of having to shut down the U.S. economy again to contain the spread. Fink also discussed the asset manager’s position on environmental, social and...


Twitter Hacked, Disney Heiress on Higher Taxes; Amazon’s Anniversary

Hackers gained access to more than a dozen high-profile Twitter accounts yesterday, including those of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Elon Musk and the corporate account of Apple. Facebook’s former head of security, Alex Stamos, warns about the possible future consequences and the controls that need to be in place before the 2020 elections. Disney heiress, Abigail Disney, says millionaires (yes, she is one) should pay higher taxes permanently to aid in...


Moderna’s “Ethical Obligation” for a Vaccine … and Fast

Moderna released promising data on its potential coronavirus vaccine trial late Tuesday, saying it generated a “robust” immune response. Moderna’s chief medical officer, Tal Zaks, says the newly released data “puts us on a positive path towards a larger phase three trial.” Plus, Apple’s tax break, United Health earnings, and the Trump Administration punishing Chinese officials for new security laws. CNBC’s Beijing Bureau Chief, Eunice Yoon, also discusses the U.K’s decision to ban Huawei...


Delta & Disney World: Traveler Safety on Planes & in Parks

Delta CEO Ed Bastian discusses his airline’s financials after a difficult quarter for the industry. He expects Delta’s journey to pandemic recovery to be choppy and years long, but in the meantime, passengers can expect mandatory masks and empty middle seats. Disney World in Florida has reopened, and Disneyland in Hong Kong has reclosed as coronavirus cases rise in both areas. New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes traveled to Disney World in Florida for the park’s reopening, and he’s...


Reopening Schools; Weighing More Stimulus

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA Commissioner, discusses the health risks and the political factors involved in reopening schools come September. Former White House Chief of Staff and previously the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney considers the steps every state needs to take to help businesses and the national economy back to their feet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Chicago Mayor; Business from Barbados; Procter & Gamble: “Let’s #TalkAboutBias”

Procter & Gamble is using its position as one of the world’s largest advertisers to combat racism with powerful ad campaigns. P&G Chief Communications Officer Damon Jones says two videos released this week, “The Choice” and “Let’s #TalkAboutBias,” are part of the CPG giant’s long-standing strategy to encourage activism and dismantle inequality. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot discusses her plans for reopening her city and maintaining safety for its residents. Plus, Barbados may be open for...


Pete Buttigieg & Joe Biden’s $700B Plan; “How to Build a Life”

: Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and previously a Democratic Presidential candidate, discusses Joe Biden’s $700 billion “Buy American” campaign. Buttigieg explains why he supports Biden’s plan to maintain U.S. global competitiveness and support economic recovery with tax policies and government investments. Harvard Professor and AEI President Emeritus Arthur Brooks shares his family’s journey building an American life and finding happiness in his “How to Build a Life”...


Facebook’s Civil Rights Zoom Call; The New College Campus

"There are no nuances to white nationalism.” Over 750 companies have agreed to pull or pause their Facebook advertising spending as part of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. After a virtual meeting about moderating racist content with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and other Facebook executives, the organizers of the boycott expressed deep disappointment. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, one of the organizers and participants in the civil rights Zoom call, urges Facebook...


Government Spending Sprees: Novavax’s Vaccine and U.S. Business Relief

Vaccine maker Novavax received $1.6B from the U.S. government for “Operation Warp Speed,” an effort to expedite the race for a coronavirus vaccine. Novavax CEO Stanley Erck maps out his timeline for vaccine distribution. The government has also poured trillions of dollars into the American financial recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and Jason Furman, former Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, says the government is battling two concurrent recessions. He and AEI’s...