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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.




Spooky Season: Disney’s Downgrade & ‘Squid Game’ Mania

Disney’s streaming business could be running out of steam; MoffettNathanson founding partner and media watcher Michael Nathanson weighs in on Wall Street’s Disney debate. Nathanson also dives into the 'Squid Game' mania and what its eyepopping metrics mean for Netflix and the streaming wars. CNBC’s Steve Liesman breaks down the latest GDP forecasts for the back half of 2021. The first bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund will make its official debut tomorrow. Three other bitcoin futures ETFs...


Crypto Futures & the Theranos Trial, Week 6

A key FDA advisory committee unanimously recommended giving booster shots of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to people ages 65 and older and other vulnerable Americans. Dr. Kavita Patel, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and former White House health policy director, breaks down the FDA’s debate over Covid-19 boosters. CNBC’s Scott Cohn provides an update on the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, on week six of what’s slated to be a 13-week trial. According to court testimony this...


What’s in a Mandate? Vaccine Politics

The U.S. is reporting an average of about 362,000 booster vaccine shots administered per day over the past week, 57% higher than the 231,000 average daily first doses. A key FDA advisory panel is meeting today and tomorrow to discuss the efficacy and safety of extra doses of the Moderna and J&J vaccines. Shellye Archambeau, former MetricStream CEO and Verizon, Okta and Nordstrom board member, discusses how Covid-19 has disrupted the workplace. Carlos Gutierrez, Empath co-founder, former...


Labor Squeeze with Barry Sternlicht; Hollywood Stars in Space

Starwood Capital Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht discusses the current real estate market, U.S. labor shortages, and his crypto portfolio. The noted investor and real estate mogul reacts to comments from BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, and explains why he thinks the service economy is in a major labor crisis right now. Corporate vaccine mandates are causing friction in Texas, and after China’s crackdown on the crypto community, the U.S. has become the most popular place for metaverse miners....


Preparing for Takeoff, the “Worthless” Coin, & Royal Investments

Over the course of three days, Southwest Airlines has canceled more than 2,000 flights and left thousands of travelers stranded around the country. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau and Casey Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, discuss what's behind the canceled flights and what travelers can expect during the upcoming holiday travel season. JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon, says he’s still a bitcoin skeptic and calls the coin “worthless.” Plus, Amazon is switching...


Southwest Stuck at the Gate; Biotech’s Breakthroughs: The Covid Pill

Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have asked the FDA to approve their Covid-19 antiviral pill molnupiravir for emergency use. It’s only the latest in a stream of biotech innovation this year; Dr. Christiana Bardon, co-managing partner of one of the world’s largest biotech investment firms MPM BioImpact Capital, discusses the sector’s opportunities for portfolios and public health right now. The global energy crisis has sent crude oil to over $80 a barrel, and vice chairman of IHS...


Tinder & Lyft to Netflix & Chill; Debt Crisis Averted--For Now

The U.S. economy created much fewer jobs in September than economists were hoping, a disheartening sign of the country’s pandemic recovery. CNBC’s Steve Liesman, BlackRock’s Kate Moore, and Chicago Booth School’s Austan Goolsbee break down the dismal jobs report and its implications. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor, discusses the timeline for getting a Covid-19 vaccine authorized for young children. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is moving the company’s HQ to Texas;...


A Global Gas Crisis & a Battle-Tested Risk Theory

Global gas prices are soaring, and Americans are now paying the most at the pump in seven years. Jeffrey Currie, Goldman Sachs global head of commodities research, discusses what’s driving the spike in energy prices. Currie says that the structural underinvestment to supply and deliver energy commodities and an increase in demand as economies reopen could be to blame. CNBC’s Julianna Tatelbaum also reports U.K. consumers and businesses are bracing for higher electricity bills this winter...


Facebook’s Whistleblower & DC’s Impending Deadline

Facebook faced negative testimony about user health and safety from a whistleblower yesterday in front of Congress. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is defending the company against the accusations from whistleblower Frances Haugen. Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, also discusses why lawmakers need to enact regulations against Facebook. Democrats are looking to suspend the debt ceiling by targeting the...


Sec. Janet Yellen on Avoiding “Catastrophe,” & Michael Dell Tells All

As the debt ceiling deadline looms, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says a failure to suspend or raise it could mean “catastrophic” consequences for the U.S. economy and reputation. If Congress does not find a deal by October 18th, the country will default for the first time. Yellen addresses tax concerns, proposals to avoid default, and the longevity of her successor at the Fed, Jerome Powell. Plus, computing legend Michael Dell discusses his new book, “Play Nice But Win,” and recalls...


Ozy Media CEO Carlos Watson, On the Record

Ozy Media CEO Carlos Watson speaks out, addressing numerous reports of mistruths that have led to his company’s demise. Confronted with misleading claims in his own company’s pitch deck and a review of texting exchanges between himself and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Watson defends the company’s history and discusses his own leadership. He addresses the allegations of inflated viewer metrics, his COO’s impersonation of a YouTube executive on an investor call with Goldman Sachs, and suggestions that...


Merck’s Covid Pill; Ozy Media’s Meltdown; Facebook, Finsta, & Teenage Health

Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have developed a therapeutic pill for Covid that reduces the risk of hospitalization or death by around 50% for patients with mild or moderate cases. CNBC’s Meg Tirrell reports that Merck hopes for emergency use authorization after “compelling results” in trials. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, also discusses Merck’s late-stage data and says it’s a ‘profound game changer’. Billionaire investor Marc Lasry has resigned as chairman of Ozy Media,...


DC Deadlines & Bipartisan Ball Games; A Boozy Boon; (More Than A) Dollar Tree

Congress will race to prevent a government shutdown before the debt deadline, today at midnight. CNBC’s Ylan Mui details the various other deadlines on the docket for lawmakers, including a short-term appropriations bill and the infrastructure bill. Former OMB Director in the Trump administration Mick Mulvaney joins former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) to discuss bipartisanship, baseball, and averting a shutdown. AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine showed 74% efficacy in a U.S. clinical...


Warby Parker’s Debut, the Latino GDP, & a “Dangerous Man”

Eyewear start-up Warby Parker (WRBY) begins trading today via a direct listing, testing investors’ appetite for a household direct-to-consumer retail name. Warby Parker co-founders and co-CEOs Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa discuss the company’s outlook and a tech driven future. The Latino Donor Collaborative has released its 2021 U.S. Latino GDP report, revealing that growth has averaged 5.6% over the last two years, double the rate of the U.S. economy. Sol Trujillo, co-founder of the...


Ford’s $11B Plan, Benchmark’s Bill Gurley, & #KenGriffinLied

Ford has announced a $11.4 billion deal to build four new battery and EV factories through a joint venture with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation. Ford CEO, Jim Farley, spoke with CNBC’s Phil Lebeau about Ford’s ambitious electric vehicle plan and what it means for American jobs and the U.S. supply chain. Data analytics company Amplitude (AMPL) has listed on the Nasdaq via direct listing, rather than a SPAC or traditional IPO. Amplitude CEO Spenser Skates and renowned venture...


The Real Ozy Media; A Kids-tagram Pause; “Facts of Life” Amid Covid

Lawmakers are attempting to pass a funding plan in time to avert a government shutdown on Friday. The debt ceiling is expected to be part of that debate, but strategists do not expect it to be resolved at the same time. As for the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expects it to be passed this week. However, CNBC’s Ylan Mui says voting may be pushed back from today's promised deadline. There will be a return to “normal life” within a year according to...


Roger Federer, John McEnroe, & the Laver Cup

Tennis champion Roger Federer, his agent Tony Godsick, and tennis legend John McEnroe kick off the Laver Cup tournament with the “Squawk Box” team. Federer and Godsick discuss co-founding the tournament, this weekend’s lineup, and the return of live sporting events. John McEnroe reunites with Joe Kernen and Joe Kernen’s hair, and weighs in on the wealth tax debate on Capitol Hill: “I pay more taxes than Jeff Bezos.” The head of the CDC overruled an advisory panel today, approving the...


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...