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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.




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...


A Boost for J&J; Tim Cook’s 10 Years at Apple; Meme Stocks Surging

Johnson & Johnson announced that it has enough data to support administering a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Following the announcement, the CDC tweeted that they need more data and information before recommending a booster dose from J&J. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell reports on the new research supporting the booster. Tim Cook was named CEO of Apple 10 years ago. He took over Apple at a turbulent time when Jobs was battling pancreatic cancer and the company's future seemed uncertain. Toni...


Standstill on the Hill; Vaccines, Mandates, and Workplace Rights

The House has once again delayed a planned vote to advance two key proposals that make up President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) discuss the path forward for an infrastructure deal and a budget resolution. Major companies – from Walt Disney to Walmart – have already mandated Covid-19 vaccines for some or all of their employees, and now that the FDA has granted the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine full approval, more businesses are poised to follow...


Pfizer Vaccine Approval with NIH Director

The FDA has fully approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine. Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins explains what this approval might mean for vaccine hesitancy across the country. He also answers questions about vaccine safety for children, as young people prepare to return to school amid an uptick in cases of the Delta variant. Beloved game show Jeopardy! is host-less as the show still searches for Alex Trebek’s successor. Variety’s business editor Cynthia...


Billie Jean King: Icon, Champion, Trailblazer

In an extended interview, sports icon and 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King discusses the 2021 U.S. Open Tennis Championship amid pandemic and her autobiography, “All In.” As more and more professional athletes speak out about mental health in sports, King considers her own experience with mental health, the media, and activism. In a conversation exclusive to Squawk Pod, Joe Kernen shares why he finds her journey so inspirational and emotional, and underlines her role in pushing...