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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.




Big News for Brokerages; Debate Night; Kara Swisher

Becky breaks news that Charles Schwab is reportedly in talks to acquire TD Ameritrade, potentially creating a brokerage behemoth. Political pollster Frank Luntz doesn’t see any frontrunners emerging from the Democratic debates, and he has a surprising candidate suggestion who is not any ballots. Recode’s Kara Swisher is watching Silicon Valley and Washington meet again. She weighs in on what turns out not to be an Apple-owned manufacturing plant in Texas and Google’s new stand on political...


Target CEO; Apple & Trump in Texas

Target CEO Brian Cornell is looking forward to a bustling holiday season after the company’s strong quarterly report. He and Becky Quick talk strategy and seasonal sales in the Herald Square Target location in NYC. The Dean of Stanford Medical School Dr. Lloyd Minor is prescribing tech innovation for rising healthcare costs. Joe, Andrew, and CNBC reporter Eamon Javers weigh the positives and perils of Tim Cook’s meeting with President Trump. Plus, Mohamed El Erian is on set, and Mark Mahaney...


Kris Jenner; Taco Bell Date Night

Kris Jenner, the “momager” behind the Kardashian-Jenner empire, sees family business opportunities beyond Kylie Jenner’s $600 million cosmetics deal with Coty. In a conversation exclusively for Squawk Pod, Andrew Ross Sorkin shares his insights about the family and the deliberate strategy that drives its success. Former Yum! Brands CEO David Novak is optimistic about the trade war with China and sets up a special night for Andrew and Joe. Plus, Disney+ accounts might have been hacked and...


FedEx CEO is Fired Up; Ford’s Electric SUV; Walter Isaacson

FedEx founder and CEO Frederick Smith is challenging The New York Times to a debate. Ford has unveiled its fully electric SUV; the automaker’s president Joe Hinrichs speaks to the new Mustang Mach-E and auto-electrification beyond Tesla. WSJ’s Dan Gallagher and author and CNBC contributor Walter Isaacson run through the logistical and philosophical obstacles for tech giants, from politics to acquisitions. Plus, Hong Kong violence continues to escalate and the FAA is considering a change to...


The Jedi Battle; Directness of Direct Advertising; Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood

Amazon is challenging the Pentagon’s award of a $10 billion cloud contract known as Jedi to Microsoft. Amazon accused the government of bias because of President Trump’s disparagement of the company and its CEO Jeff Bezos. Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Joe Kernen debate with The New York Times’ Ed Lee whether the government was biased when choosing Microsoft over Amazon. Tim Armstrong, the founder and CEO of the DTX Company, discusses Twitter’s political ad ban and the new shopping...


Warren Bashing Billionaires; Impeachment Impact; Cooking Conversations with Lidia Bastianich

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren fired her latest shot at billionaires with a commercial on our own network, CNBC. Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin discuss her ad -- targeting hedge fund mogul Leon Cooperman, among others -- with Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist & economic policy adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, and the Heritage Foundation’s Joel Griffith. Raymond James’ Washington Policy Analyst Edward Mills breaks down how the House impeachment inquiry...


Tax Cuts 2.0; Justice in Business; Regulating Big Tech

An annual ranking of the most just companies - responsible to both society and shareholders - is out from Just Capital, co-founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones. He joins Squawk Box with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman to explain why it’s important to recognize businesses based on how they treat their employees and customers, as well as their impact on the environment and local communities. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) explains why he’s pushing back on Facebook’s political...


Microsoft’s DACA Mission; Betting Big in Space; Disney+’s Debut

Microsoft is stepping in to try to save DACA. Today, the Supreme Court begins hearing the case that that’s trying to stop the termination of the program that protects 700,000 people who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President, says Microsoft is the only company that’s a plaintiff in the case. About five dozen current Microsoft employees are DACA recipients. Space Angels’ Chad Anderson tells Becky Quick and Joe Kernen why he’s betting big in outer space .....


Singles’ Day; Dimon’s Wealth; Social Media Spying

It’s Singles’ Day— one of the biggest shopping days in the world. Alibaba has already beat last year’s sales on the e-commerce platform’s 24-hour shopping event. JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon defended his $31 million salary in an interview about wealth inequality on 60 Minutes. Joe Kernen and Becky Quick discuss that and Taylor Swift’s boyfriends with guest host Tom Farley. General David Petraeus is on set for Veterans Day to encourage businesses to hire and support veterans’ careers. Alex...



Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be running for President, but Joe’s betting Andrew that he doesn’t. The team speaks to pollster Frank Luntz (again), Operation Hope’s John Hope Bryant, and CNBC’s Robert Frank. NYT reporter and CNBC contributor Edmund Lee rounds up the week’s tech and media stories, from WeWork’s concerned employees to Disney+ and product placement on Apple TV’s “The Morning Show.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Food (Delivery) Fight; Bill Gates’ Tax Math; Tom Friedman

Bill Gates is the second-richest man in the world and a famously generous philanthropist, so he knows a thing or two about taxes. At The New York Times DealBook Conference in partnership with CNBC, Bill did the math on his taxes under Senator Warren’s plan...and now the Presidential candidate is reaching out for a meeting. Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT columnist Tom Friedman weighs in on China’s economy and the 2020 race for the White House. Plus, the Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann has big plans...


Wall Street vs. Warren; Personal Finance with A-Rod

Bank of America’s Savita Subramanian is on set with Becky and Joe talking Walgreens, SoftBank, Amazon, and whether anyone “Xeroxes” anymore. Wall Street and Senator Elizabeth Warren are at it again; pollster Frank Luntz shares his statistics and his theories about economic education in the U.S., and whether believers in socialism will stay on that side of the capitalism debate. Plus, baseball legend Alex Rodriguez became a millionaire at 18, and now he’s a CEO with a new show on CNBC. He...


Exclusive: Boeing’s Chairman

The full, exclusive interview with Boeing’s new Chairman, David Calhoun. The aircraft manufacturer stripped CEO Dennis Muilenburg of the Chairman role last month in the wake of the 737 Max tragedies. CNBC’s auto and airline reporter Phil LeBeau has been covering Boeing for 20 years, and he shares his perspective with Katie in a conversation exclusive to Squawk Pod. Plus, private equity pioneer David Rubenstein joins the show from the Greenwich Economic Forum. Learn more about your ad...


McDonald’s Fires CEO; Medicare for All; Kickstarter’s Co-Founder

McDonald’s is on its fourth CEO in eight years. Yale’s School of Management and CNBC contributor Jeff Sonnenfeld puts its most recent corporate exit into perspective. Joe, Becky, and Andrew discuss the federal accounting probes facing Under Armour and whether a four-day workweek could improve a company’s bottom line. Former FDA Commissioner and CNBC contributor Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Obamacare advisor Dr. Zeke Emanuel debate all $20.5 trillion of Senator Warren’s Medicare for All plan. Plus,...


Silicon Valley Whisperer Kara Swisher & Who’s Hiring

Jobs Friday is here! It turns out, employment in the U.S. might be healthier than we thought. Job opportunity in transportation is particularly strong, according to LinkedIn’s Dan Roth. CNBC contributor and journalist Kara Swisher has some hot takes on the streaming wars, and she shares her biggest takeaways from her interview with NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden. Plus, Leon Cooperman’s letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and WeWork’s increasingly dramatic decline. Learn more about...


Trolling Twitter; E-Cig Efforts; Big Tech’s Big Hurdles

Twitter is banning political ads while Facebook defends them. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) penned a letter urging the White House to pull flavored e-cigarettes from the market, and he has the statistics to back up his argument. Plus, one of the first internet venture capitalists and AT&T board member Geoff Yang isn’t sure how prepared Silicon Valley is for the ramifications of its technology. Happy Halloween! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Supersized: Boeing on the Hill & Barry Diller on Set

The Squawk team breaks down Boeing’s time on Capitol Hill with Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who was in the room for the hearing. Crisis management expert Eric Dezenhall projects the C-suite fallout from the tragedy and the testimony. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are teaming up for (federal) trust funds. Media mogul and Hollywood veteran Barry Diller, Chairman of Interactive Corp. and Expedia, shares his wisdom from over five decades of corporate deals and content...


Beyond Meat; California Fires; Humans Ruining Companies

Wildfires rage on in California, and pressure mounts on PG&E, the utility company that many are holding responsible for the crisis. CNBC’s Jane Wells is on the ground with updates from communities affected, and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) is calling PG&E to action. Saudi Aramco finally has an update on its highly anticipated IPO. Speaking of IPOs, Beyond Meat is still sizzling at the six-month mark, even with a slight dip in share price this week. CEO Ethan Brown breaks down his company’s Q3...


Microsoft’s Win; Facebook’s New News; SALT-y About Taxes

Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin catch each other up on the weekend headlines, from major corporate deals to Twitter trends and box office records. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has a new plan for low-income homebuyers. Plus, another day, another tax debate. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), talks SALT, “mooching,” and middle ground with Rep. Kevin Brady, House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member and co-author of the GOP’s 2017 tax cut. Learn more about...


Billionaire Bull; Tesla’s Plan for China; Davos in the Desert

Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin set you up with the headlines you need for your weekend. Becky sits down with legendary investor Ron Baron at his annual investment conference. Tesla Chairman Robyn Denholm joins Squawk Box with the latest on Tesla’s growth in China. CNBC contributors author Walter Isaacson and The New York Times journalist Kate Kelly dissect the controversial decisions in Washington and on Wall Street’s to attend an economic conference in Saudi Arabia. Plus,...