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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.

293 Episodes
Two months of record-setting payroll growth slowed in July, but the Labor Department's monthly report still showed encouraging signs. Jason Furman, Former Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, Kate Moore, Head of Thematic Strategy at Blackrock and Steve Liesman, CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter break down the jobs report. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) discusses the latest stimulus negotiations and the U.S. economy. Plus, Nasdaq's new highs, U.S.-China tech tensions, and supporting struggling Americans: will billionaires be on the hook to cover fellow citizens' health costs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The markets may be nearing all-time highs, but the real economy continues to struggle amid the pandemic. Senator Bernie Sanders is calling on billionaires to help support their country in need. Stimulus negotiations press on in Washington, and Operation Hope Chairman & CEO John Hope Bryant debates “Shark Tank” co-host Kevin O’Leary on what’s fair, what’s needed, and what’s at stake in the next round of pandemic relief. Plus, Rocket Companies, the parent of Quicken Loans, IPOs on the NYSE today. CEO Jay Farner and founder, chairman, billionaire, and philanthropist Dan Gilbert share what’s next for the now-public company, and for the mortgage lending landscape.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Businesses still recovering from Covid-19 shutdowns are now saddled with Tropical Storm Isaias damages. CNBC’s Contessa Brewer shares the storm’s impact on insurers amid the pandemic. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, says the worst relief plan for struggling businesses is no stimulus plan. The Senator weighs in on the stimulus stalemate in Congress and TikTok’s journey from hottest teenage app to hottest political headline. CNBC’s Ylan Mui reveals the financial impact of remote university learning on college towns in America, and former White House Health Care Policy Advisor Dr. Zeke Emanuel shares action steps for how schools can reopen safely. Plus, Apple is marching toward a $2T market cap, and Disney is leaning on streaming to survive the year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Over three million small businesses in the U.S. have closed amid the pandemic, and former Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz says that without any "significant stimulus" plans available, millions more will follow. As the coronavirus crisis wears on, schools across the country are strategizing safe education. Julie Kashen, Director at Women's Economic Justice and Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, discusses what’s at stake for parents--and the economy--in school’s new normal. If children are staying home...who’s caring for them? Plus, Microsoft may have competition in its pitch to buy TikTok, and President Trump wants the U.S. government to receive a cut of the deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Microsoft is in talks to buy some of the TikTok business from Chinese parent company ByteDance as U.S. government officials raise concerns about the platform’s risks to national security. Microsoft’s largest shareholder, former Microsoft CEO, founder of USAFacts, and Chairman of the NBA LA Clippers Steve Ballmer talks TikTok, big tech, and Covid cases. Plus, Cameron Mitchell operates dozens of successful restaurants across the country, but he says his industry won’t survive without another stimulus package.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The biggest tech companies and market leaders, Amazon, Apple and Facebook, reported stellar quarterly results. Legendary tech investor, Alan Patricof, says “everybody’s got to face up to the fact they are basically utilities.” Emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire today and Congress and the White House still seem far apart on an agreement. O’Shares ETFs Chairman and ”Shark Tank” Co-Host Kevin O’Leary, and Operation Hope Chairman, John Hope Bryant, discuss what they would like to see be done at the state and federal level. Plus, Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti on the company’s push in digital, and plans for Drive-Thru services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai, leaders of the four tech titans, testified remotely on Capitol Hill for 6 hours this week. Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Wilfred Frost recap the highlights of the hearings, from antitrust defenses to privacy concerns and technical glitches. Former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra breaks down the evidence presented by the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee and how the hearings may change FTC, DOJ, and state-led investigations into Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet. Plus, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) raises his concerns about what might follow a big tech breakup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Kodak is back. The once-giant corporation responsible for most twentieth century American memories is now reinventing itself as a drug company. Executive Chairman James Continenza explains Kodak’s comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discusses corporate hygiene as company boards cash in on their own holdings. He issues a word of advice for investors looking to get involved in SPACs, and urges transparency among corporate management. Plus, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb discusses the race for a Covid vaccine and planning schools’ fall semesters.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In an interview exclusive to CNBC, billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates discusses the efforts to find a coronavirus vaccine and therapeutic, how those technologies may change our new normal, and when. Gates weighs in on big tech ahead of the Silicon Valley giants’ antitrust hearings this week, as well as the other tech giant: Elon Musk. Plus, when would Bill Gates send his children back to school?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As coronavirus cases spike in hot spots across the country, biopharmaceutical companies race to find a vaccine. Moderna Therapeutics has secured an additional $472 million in government funding to develop its own vaccine candidate, which begins phase 3 human trials today. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel discusses the vaccine development and addresses concerns about his executive team’s lucrative and unscheduled stock sales over the past six months. The Harlem Children’s Zone is going national with its efforts to provide communities with holistic Covid-19 relief. President Geoffrey Canada and CEO Kwame Owusu-Kesse discuss the disproportionate effect the pandemic has had on Black communities, and share their approach to scaling relief efforts from NYC to six other cities across the US.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Texas Governor Greg Abbott discusses the new $1B Tesla factory moving into Austin. After issuing a statewide mask mandate, Governor Abbott explains his strategy for keeping Texan businesses open amid rising coronavirus cases. The U.S. and China are in a diplomatic spat that’s escalating quickly, and the highly anticipated big tech hearing on the Hill has been postponed. Plus, two Wall Street scandals: Goldman Sachs has reached a settlement with Malaysia, putting the star-studded 1MDB debacle to bed, and Coach & Kate Spade parent Tapestry’s CEO abruptly resigned as questions about his past behavior came to light. Vanity Fair special correspondent and CNBC contributor William Cohan chronicles how what started as a profile on Jide Zeitlin turned into a bizarre discovery of a double life. Happy National Tequila Day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO, explains why despite safe and clean air circulation on planes, his industry won’t fully recover until a Covid-19 vaccine is widely available. Tech investor, co-owner of the NBA Golden State Warriors and Virgin Galactic Chairman Chamath Palihapitiya breaks down Tesla’s track for the S&P 500. Palihapitiya, a former Facebook insider, says big tech has “had a good run,” but a breakup is good for competition. Plus, a continuing SPAC education: Palihapitiya’s case for special-purpose acquisition companies after taking a few of his own to the public markets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management sponsored the largest SPAC IPO in history, raising $4B in capital. In an exclusive CNBC interview, the hedge fund billionaire makes his pitch for the insider baseball market vehicle: the special-purpose acquisition company. “Much better for the issuer, much better for the shareholder, because they get to make a thoughtful decision that’s not rushed by the typical IPO process.” Plus, four months after his “Hell is coming” comments rocked the markets, Ackman, a famous short seller, explains why less than a week after that warning, he profited over $2 billion.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Epidemiologist and Dean of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Michelle Williams suggests corporations may be the key to stemming Covid’s spread and ensuring a safe fall semester for students and teachers. Bruce Feiler, author of “Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age,” offers insight on navigating the personal and professional changes prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are each over $10 billion wealthier today than they were yesterday, and the NFL is shelling out $75 million for daily Covid testing during practice camps.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
While Covid-19 cases climb in 40 states, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb considers the American infrastructure that led the country to this point, as well as what’s needed to support its physical and financial recovery. Mavericks owner, entrepreneur, and investor Mark Cuban offers his investing tips to day traders, even the ones on TikTok. With the 1990s tech bubble in mind, Cuban encourages market participants to think long term and practice patience. He issues a reminder to investors, novice and seasoned: “Everyone’s a genius in a bull market.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The U.S. reported another record one-day spike in new Coronavirus cases on Thursday as outbreaks continue to worsen across the country, particularly in Texas, Florida and California. A growing number of politicians, health and business experts, including BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, are advocating mask-wearing amid concerns about the possibility of having to shut down the U.S. economy again to contain the spread. Fink also discussed the asset manager’s position on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and how a young generation of America’s workers are being shaped by the crisis. Plus, the Coronavirus continues to affect Netflix, Twitter, cruise companies … and Joe Kernen tries to tell the difference between the Hemsworth brothers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Hackers gained access to more than a dozen high-profile Twitter accounts yesterday, including those of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Elon Musk and the corporate account of Apple. Facebook’s former head of security, Alex Stamos, warns about the possible future consequences and the controls that need to be in place before the 2020 elections. Disney heiress, Abigail Disney, says millionaires (yes, she is one) should pay higher taxes permanently to aid in Coronavirus recovery. Plus, Amazon celebrates its 25th anniversary on-line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Moderna released promising data on its potential coronavirus vaccine trial late Tuesday, saying it generated a “robust” immune response. Moderna’s chief medical officer, Tal Zaks, says the newly released data “puts us on a positive path towards a larger phase three trial.” Plus, Apple’s tax break, United Health earnings, and the Trump Administration punishing Chinese officials for new security laws. CNBC’s Beijing Bureau Chief, Eunice Yoon, also discusses the U.K’s decision to ban Huawei from its 5G network.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Delta CEO Ed Bastian discusses his airline’s financials after a difficult quarter for the industry. He expects Delta’s journey to pandemic recovery to be choppy and years long, but in the meantime, passengers can expect mandatory masks and empty middle seats. Disney World in Florida has reopened, and Disneyland in Hong Kong has reclosed as coronavirus cases rise in both areas. New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes traveled to Disney World in Florida for the park’s reopening, and he’s impressed with the protocols in place. Plus, Tesla’s share price is soaring, but clickbait headlines about the stock could be misleading.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA Commissioner, discusses the health risks and the political factors involved in reopening schools come September. Former White House Chief of Staff and previously the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney considers the steps every state needs to take to help businesses and the national economy back to their feet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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this podcast is so terrible. waaay too much narrator introduction and for no reason. it sucks up too much time. yes, I fast forward, but it's so annoying to even have to listen to "her" speak

May 12th
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