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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.




Debt Default Drama; Theranos Texts on Trial; Smart Travels with The Points Guy

Fed Chair Jerome Powell signaled a rate hike and a stimulus taper, prompting a positive day on Wall Street. In Washington, Congress may be at a standstill to raise or suspend the debt limit, thus averting a government shutdown, and a debt default. Eric Cantor, former Republican House Majority Leader and CNBC’s Ylan Mui discuss the debt ceiling and the possible economic fallout. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 booster shots for people 65 and older...


Vaccine Donations with Pfizer’s CEO, & Discord’s CEO Has Entered the Chat

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla discusses his company’s donation of 500 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the U.S. government for distribution among lower income countries. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell and Pfizer’s Bourla discuss equitable vaccine access and the global distribution infrastructure. The group chat app Discord is now valued at $15 billion after a new funding round. Discord CEO Jason Citron shares how he’s built a communication app in a crowded marketplace, the pros and cons of working...


Uber’s Path to Profits with Dara Khosrowshahi; Martha Stewart’s Expansion; Evergrande’s Debt Dilemma

Uber may be bumping up its timeline for profitability. After years of losses and struggles with surge pricing and labor shortages throughout the pandemic, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the company is ready to turn its first adjusted profit sooner than expected. Martha Stewart shares her plans to expand Martha.com’s shopping and learning experiences for consumers. A real estate company’s debt crisis in China is rippling through markets around the world; CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports on Evergrande’s...


Pfizer’s Trial Results, Washington’s Tax Plans, & NYC’s Mayoral Nominee Eric Adams

Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid vaccine is safe for kids, and appears to generate a robust immune response, according to results from a clinical trial of children 5 to 11. The companies tested a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms — about a third the dosage used for teens and adults — administered three weeks apart. CNBC’s Senior Health and Science Reporter Meg Tirrell says the company plans to submit the data to the FDA and other health regulators as soon as possible. Democratic mayoral nominee...


The Fed’s Ethics; The FDA’s Booster Shot Plan; Reid Hoffman’s ‘Masters of Scale’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has ordered an internal ethics review after several senior central bank officials disclosed large investments and stock trades in 2020. CNBC’s Steve Liesman reports on the details of the disclosure documents, the existing rules for Fed official holdings. LinkedIn co-founder, venture capitalist, and host of the ‘Masters of Scale’ podcast Reid Hoffman discusses his new book, years of his own interviews with entrepreneurs, and the magic of an...


NJ Governor Phil Murphy; Apple’s Unveiling; SpaceX in Orbit; Chevy’s Bolt, Aflame

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has issued a warning to residents who haven’t received a Covid-19 vaccine, advising them to register for their first doses as hospitalizations and ventilator usage climb across the state. Murphy discusses Covid safety in schools, tax changes for residents, and the fight for infrastructure on Capitol Hill. Apple’s new iPhone 13 promises improvements in camera performance, battery life and general speed; CNBC’s Jon Fortt breaks down industry headwinds ahead of the...


Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, & Microsoft’s Biggest Ever Buyback

In an extended interview, founder of Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio outlines his strategy for diversifying his portfolio, from the stock market to gold and cryptocurrencies. Dalio discusses the global and domestic market risks, warns investors away from cash, and considers a conflicted future for capitalism. At the Skybridge Alternatives Conference in New York, Andrew Ross Sorkin sits down with Ray Dalio and, later, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Dr. Gottlieb considers a...


Robinhood on the Road to Rebellion, & AOC at the Met: “Tax the Rich”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala returned to New York City on Sunday, and hundreds of celebrities walked the red carpet to celebrate the Costume Institute’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” Exhibit. Making a splash among entertainment’s wealthiest elite, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez donned an Aurora James gown with a loud message: “Tax the Rich.” Robinhood’s payment-for-order-flow business model has long been the focus of the platform’s biggest critics, but...


Tax Hike with Carlyle’s David Rubenstein; Epic App Battle; Game, Set, Match

House Democrats outlined a bevy of tax hikes on corporations and wealthy people to fund an investment in the social safety net and climate policy that could reach $3.5 trillion. CNBC’s Robert Frank reports on the possible impact for high-earners and considers possible timeline for implementation, and Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein says there is “no doubt we will have a tax increase” by the end of the year. Rubenstein weighs in on China’s regulatory crackdown and global risks to...


September 11th, 20 Years Later

In remembrance of September 11, 2001, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners CEO and chairman Howard Lutnick, and CNBC’s Contessa Brewer reflect on that tragic day, how the world was shaped by it, and what’s next, at home and abroad. Lutnick remembers over two thirds of the Cantor Fitzgerald employees lost in the 9/11 attacks, and speaks to the Cantor Fitzgerald-BGC Partners annual Charity Day, in support of their families. CNBC’s Contessa...


ABCs with Lululemon CEO & “The Anti-Social Network” with Ben Mezrich

GameStop’s latest quarterly report did little to answer Wall Street’s--and Reddit’s--concerns about the company’s turnaround plan and sky-high stock price. Ben Mezrich, author of “The Anti-Social Network,” joined to discuss his book about the Gamestop saga and how it continues to shake up Wall Street. Lululemon shares hit a fresh, all-time high after the retailer blew past Wall Street’s expectations in its latest fiscal quarter. Famous for its women’s leggings and “ABC” jogger pants for men...


Board Diversity Data; Fed Investment Ethics; The Homes of Holmes

Private venture- and private equity-backed companies have a homogeneity problem: Black directors have consistently held only 1 percent of board seats at these companies, and Latinx directors have held even less. Gabrielle Sulzberger of Two Sigma and Ursula Burns, former Xerox CEO, founded the Board Diversity Action Alliance, and they have data to prove that now is the time to make a change. CNBC’s Steve Liesman reports on Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan’s portfolio holdings after Kaplan...


Microsoft’s Cyber Walls; “Shang-Chi” at the Box Office; SoftBank Strikes a Deal

Microsoft President Brad Smith discusses cyber risks in the digital age, and explains his company’s effort to support federal, state, and local governments in building safe online infrastructure. He details Microsoft’s pledge to invest $20 billion in cybersecurity over the next 5 years and the chip shortage hitting global markets. Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” broke box office records in the U.S., garnering an estimated $71.4 over the holiday weekend....


The Job Hunt; Cathie Wood’s Car Call; The Delta Wave

In August, the US economy added only 235,000 jobs, much less than economists were expecting. The hiring blitz at bars and restaurants came to an abrupt halt in August as more Covid-19 cases and a scarcity of willing workers kept employers from adding to payrolls. CNBC’s analysis of the August 2021 jobs report shows a loss of 42,000 jobs in food services and drinking places last month. Nela Richardson of ADP, Jason Furman of Harvard, and CNBC’s Steve Liesman and Rick Santelli discuss the...


Ida Heads North; Building Better with Walter Isaacson; Box Office Blues

At least 22 people were killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ida battered New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. NBC meteorologist Bill Karins reports on Ida’s path and the record rain and flooding that deluged the region and triggered states of emergency on Thursday. CNBC’s Ylan Mui and Walter Isaacson, history professor at Tulane and renowned author, discuss how the extreme weather may impact priorities for Washington’s infrastructure deal. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell reports that new data from...


Kids, Covid, & Classrooms; KPMG’s C-Suite Survey

As students return to physical classrooms, cases of Covid-19 are ticking up among children. The Academy of American Pediatrics President Dr. Lee Savio Beers discusses classroom safety and a timeline for a kids’ vaccine. In a survey of 400 U.S. CEOs, KPMG found that American executives are optimistic about the economy, despite more and more delays to the return to office. Paul Knopp, KPMG U.S. CEO and chair, discusses the c-suite outlook on inflation, hybrid work, and taxation. Plus, August...


Evacuation Complete; Energy at Home & Abroad; Fed Talk with Mohamed El-Erian

America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan came to an end as the Americans stationed there finished their evacuation. CNBC’s Eamon Javers details the military’s next steps for extracting the remaining group of Americans in the country, as well as the Biden administration’s strategy to monitor the Taliban. CNBC’s Frank Holland reports on how residents of New Orleans are planning for the days ahead as the city remains without power and with limited access to other resources in the wake of Hurricane...


On the Ground in Ida-Struck Louisiana

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 miles per hour, one of the strongest storms to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) discusses the damage caused by Hurricane Ida as over one million people in the region--including his own family--are without power. The United States is a day away from ending its evacuation mission in Kabul, marking the apparent end of a 20-year engagement in Afghanistan. AEI President...


ISIS-K & Kabul; Covid & Classrooms; US Open with USTA CEO

The U.S. and its allies have warned that more terrorist attacks in Kabul are likely, as the deadline for military withdrawal from Afghanistan draws near. CNBC’s Eamon Javers reports on the latest information gathered after the twin suicide bombings in Kabul. Children are now being hospitalized in record numbers across the United States, and doctors are warning that it could get worse as physical classrooms welcome students back. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost of global initiatives at the...


Jab Incentives & Ultimatums; A Marketplace for Fakes; The Scoop on Jelly

Delta Air Lines is the first company to raise health insurance premiums for employees that are not vaccinated against Covid-19. Shellye Archambeau, board member of Verizon, Okta and Nordstrom, discusses whether this move is the beginning of a movement from employers, and shares how executives are weighing vaccine incentives and ultimatums in the boardroom. J.M. Smucker CEO Mark Smucker says inflation and supply chain issues are hitting the jelly business, but Smucker’s is still expanding its...