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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.

86 Episodes
NBCUniversal has unveiled its Peacock streaming service to investors. Former NBC Cable President and CNBC contributor Tom Rogers reflects on the origins of CNBC and discusses what’s to come in streaming. Airbnb is planning on holding a “Stakeholder Day,” Andrew reports. CNBC’s sports business reporter Jabari Young discusses David Tepper’s big NFL move with Joe, Becky, and Andrew, which leads to the hedge fund billionaire David Tepper himself messaging Joe about the markets, which in turn leads to Stanley Druckenmiller—another hedge fund billionaire—contacting Joe as well. Plus, Twitter Co-founder Ev Williams joins his partner at Obvious Ventures James Joaquin to discuss impact investing and Silicon Valley sentiment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
WeWork’s Q4 leases plunged 93% in its fourth quarter. The anchors discuss that company’s future, some Gucci kicks, and they taste test a new Ben & Jerry’s flavor. Apple CEO Tim Cook refuses to build a “backdoor” to its iPhone encryption; CNBC Squawk Alley anchor Jon Fortt and tech editor Steve Kovach discuss President Trump’s request for Apple’s help. Plus, Point Bridge Capital CEO Hal Lambert and Amundi Pioneer Investments CIO Ken Taubes debate whether ESG investing is profitable, or even feasible.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Hedge fund manager and Hayman Capital Management founder Kyle Bass joins former White House insider and fellow China hawk Steve Bannon to discuss today’s signing of “phase one” of the U.S.-China trade deal. Bass is calling for more humanitarian considerations in the relationship, and Bannon sees the deal as a huge win for President Trump. In his new book “Tightrope,” Pulitzer Prize-winning international journalist Nick Kristof is looking at his own hometown in Oregon as an example of the diverging economic fortunes of America’s working class. Plus, President Trump’s relationship with Apple CEO Tim Cook is evolving, and Beyond Meat is betting on the pea (protein). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Larry Fink, founder and CEO of BlackRock, announced a sustainability-focused investment strategy in his annual letter today. He reflects on climate change and the future of our financial system in an extended interview with Andrew, exclusive to CNBC. Joe, Becky, and Andrew discuss the impact of Fink’s CEO letter, environmentally conscious investment philosophies, and corporate responsibility.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A Japanese billionaire is taking applications for a life go to the moon. Fox is pushing to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday; Buzzfeed’s Alex Kantrowitz and The New Yorker’s Charles Duhigg discuss NFL streaming and big tech’s path in 2020. Former Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) debate the impact the 2018 tax cuts had on each state, and what it means for the 2020 election. It’s David Calhoun’s first day as CEO of Boeing, and Yale’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and former Boeing VP and GM Gordon Bethune agree that he’s up for the challenge. Plus, China’s delegation is heading to Washington to sign “phase one” of a trade deal, but its ultimate impact on businesses is still up for debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Boeing released hundreds of damaging internal messages between employees, right before a new CEO steps in on Monday. The U.S. Labor Department released the jobs and unemployment numbers for the last month of the decade; Strategas’ Jason Trennert, Blackrock’s Kate Moore, AEI’s Alex Brill, former CEA Chairman Austan Goolsbee, and CNBC’s Steve Liesman digest the metrics and what they mean heading into the 2020 election. Plus, CNBC’s Wealth Reporter Robert Frank and pollster Frank Luntz have the details on the donations keeping 2020 Presidential candidates afloat, as well as which companies those donors work for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Twitter is planning to test a new feature that allows users to filter out unwanted tweet replies, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping back from their roles in the Royal Family. Fmr. GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz—a longtime Tesla bear—finally has an optimistic outlook for Elon Musk and the big payday he might have coming. He discusses Tesla’s stock and Musk’s wallet with WSJ Reporter Tim Higgins. It’s the revenge of the spammed: RoboKiller CEO Ethan Garr was fed up with robocalls, so he built a business on shutting them down...and having fun with it. Plus, highlights from Michelle Caruso-Cabrera’s one-on-one with ousted Nissan leader Carlos Ghosn, and an update on U.S. tensions with Iran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Carlos Ghosn, ousted Nissan-Renault leader, speaks publicly for the first time in over 400 days about his decision to flee house arrest in Japan. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau, Yale’s Jeff Sonnenfeld, and attorney Joshua Dratel analyze Ghosn’s passionate self-defense with Joe, Becky, and Andrew. Katie Kramer and CNBC Wealth Reporter Robert Frank discuss Ghosn’s future, his finances, and the relationship between wealth and justice in a conversation exclusive to Squawk Pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
There’s a second act ahead for many serial entrepreneurs of the last decade, including Travis Kalanick and Mike Cagney, CNBC’s Deirdre Bosa reports. Finland’s Prime Minister is hoping to shorten the workweek for her citizens, and Facebook is making some changes regarding deepfakes. Tesla has hit a market cap milestone, Elon Musk is dancing, but Wall Street analysts Gene Munster and Craig Irwin are split on its stock. Plus Blackstone’s Byron Wien and Joe Zidle release their surprise market predictions for 2020, from the S&P to the Senate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
CNBC contributor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera gives her analysis on U.S. tensions in the Middle East, including possible Iranian retaliation for the American airstrike that killed the Tehran’s top military leader. Joe, Becky, and Andrew recap the Golden Globes and discuss the latest drama at Boeing. More details of Carlos Ghosn’s flight to Lebanon have come to light; crisis management expert Eric Dezenhall explains the best case scenario for the ousted Nissan leader—and for the Japanese government. Plus, Oprah Winfrey is traveling the country for the WW International 2020 Vision Tour. Mindy Grossman, CEO of the company formerly known as Weight Watchers, is cashing in on that partnership, New Year’s resolutions, and a well-rounded wellness strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani has been killed in an airstrike authorized by President Trump. Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer discusses possible retaliation from Iran. Axios co-founder Mike Allen runs through reactions from Presidential hopefuls and other politicos with Becky, Joe, and CNBC’s Eamon Javers. Plus, Apple’s share price has crossed $300 for the first time; famed venture capitalist Alan Patricof was one of the company’s earliest investors, and he reflects on how far Apple has come and how far it can go still. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has died at 77. BET Founder and first black majority owner of an NBA team Bob Johnson speaks on Stern’s legacy on the court and in the boardroom. Becky, Joe, and CNBC’s Phil LeBeau discuss the emerging details of Carlos Ghosn’s flight from Japan’s legal system. The FDA plans to ban flavored e-cigarette cartridges as early as this week, but former commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the damage is already done. Plus, Google veterans call the company’s culture in 2019 “unrecognizable.” Journalists Ed Lee, Joanne Lipman, and CNBC’s Dierdre Bosa discuss internal strife at Alphabet and how the company’s evolution could affect top talent recruitment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Happy New Year! Microsoft President Brad Smith has a message for the tech community: “If you create technology that changes the world, you do bear a responsibility to help address the world that you’ve helped create.” He speaks with Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Mike Santoli about corporate accountability and digital behemoths in the age of the Internet. Plus, podcast-exclusive conversations with the Executive Producers of Squawk Box, Max Meyers and Anne Tironi. Hear what happens behind the scenes (and sounds) of our TV broadcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has fled house arrest in Tokyo and landed in Lebanon, potentially with some help from an instrument case. The booze you choose for tonight’s toast—and the Uber or Lyft you take home—might be a little more expensive in the new year. White House Trade Adviser and Assistant to the President Peter Navarro shares his very optimistic economic outlook for the decade to come. The American Cancer Society’s new venture fund is attempting to change the way we donate to research; Managing Director of ACS’s BrightEdge Ventures Bob Crutchfield shares his outlook for the next decade of philanthropy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Joe takes issue with the (widely agreed upon) end date for this decade, and he walks Wilfred Frost through his logic. Joe also recounts tales from the Twittersphere, from the headlines to his personal strategies. NYT’s Cecilia Kang and The Guardian’s Alex Hern discuss streaming in the new decade. Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank spars with former aide to President George H. W. Bush Joe Watkins and with Joe Kernen on how Democrats can compete with President Trump in 2020. Plus, are you hoping to pick up a new language in the new year? App and tech unicorn Duolingo might be able to help—even if your goal is learning Klingon.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Nasdaq Composite hit 9000 for the first time ever in the last trading week of the decade. CNBC’s Dominic Chu walks us through the market journey to this record. The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese telecom giant Huawei had access to $75 billion from the Chinese government throughout its lifetime; Becky and Andrew press Huawei USA’s Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy on the company’s ties to its home government and the threats it may pose to American companies—and national security. In another installment of Squawk Pod’s 2019 market debut series, Joe talks cancer-curing technology with Turning Point Therapeutics CEO Dr. Athena Contouriotis. Plus,Bill Gates is in a Secret Santa gift exchange, and it’s open to everyone. That’s right, everyone. Today’s guest host: Edmund Lee, Media Reporter for The New York Times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, in 1975. In the years since, he’s built up an immense personal fortune and developed a set of beliefs about capitalism. He joined Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Becky Quick to discuss his concerns about income disparity, the rise of billionaires and the shaky promise of the American dream. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Melinda Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, co-chair of the Gates Foundation and now author. In The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Gates shares stories from her global philanthropic work on gender equality. She joined Becky Quick for a conversation about family planning, getting women in STEM and creating a balanced relationship with her husband and Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It’s a special holiday edition of Squawk Pod! NORAD has the intel on how to track Santa’s journey across the globe this Christmas Eve, and whether Google’s data is as accurate. Plus, Crowdstrike CEO George Kurtz on his company’s IPO performance, the second in our series of the 2019 class of public companies. And The New Yorker’s Charles Duhigg and The New York Times’ Ed Lee on former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg pouring millions into a tech fund to bring digital know-how to his 2020 campaign. Andrew Ross Sorkin is joined by Brian Sullivan, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, and Tom Farley to discuss Boeing’s ouster of CEO Dennis ouster and the role of CEOs in this season of giving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, the first in our series on the new class of companies that went public in 2019. Butterfield shares his thoughts on the popularity of direct listings and Slack’s role in this new information age. Plus, an update on the Boeing Starliner’s marred launch, an event that capped off a long year of ups and downs for the aerospace giant.. And Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tom Farley and Joanne Lipman run through today’s headlines, including Travis Kalanick leaving Uber for good, new questions around the death of Jamal Khashoggi, and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’s weekend box office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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