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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.
137 Episodes
“This is a bit of a moonshot for J&J.” Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson Alex Gorsky discusses its experimental vaccine for COVID-19 that will begin clinical trials by September, and could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says deaths in the U-S related to the virus would likely peak toward the end of April and suggests that life might start returning to normal after the middle of May. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Surgeon, author, and CEO of Haven, the joint health care venture between JPMorgan, Amazon, and Berkshire Hathaway, Dr. Atul Gawande shares what U.S. systems need while under pandemic-induced duress. Plus, some Friday news (and booze) you can use: Katie Kramer gets tips for virtual happy hours from Food and Wine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
"America can beat this thing. Humanity can beat this thing.” Hedge fund titan and philanthropist Paul Tudor Jones says investors can take heart in the United States’ fiscal “nuclear bomb.” Jones was the first money manager to raise concerns about the coronavirus back in January; in a colorful, emotional interview today, he weighs in on the pandemic’s shock to the U.S. economy and the American workforce.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“It is important before we put everybody back to work that we feel like we have the public health situation under control.” Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke led the Fed during the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent recession; now he’s weighing in on the Fed’s playbook to prevent another American recession in 2020. As a student of the Great Depression, he views today’s economic distress as much closer to a natural disaster than the economic downturn of the 1930s. Current President of the St. Louis Federal Reserve James Bullard calls for historical perspective as well, telling the public, “Don’t get discouraged, because this isn’t at all comparable to past events in U.S. macroeconomic history.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“If there is no government support…we can still find our way to the other side. But if it goes on for 8 months, probably not.” Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun considers the future of his company with and without an industry bailout. Covid-19 test producer LabCorp is rolling out 20,000 tests per day. CEO Adam Schechter urges Americans to continue social distancing while healthcare companies and the government work to curb the pandemic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass is calling for the U.S. markets to be shut down completely as coronavirus cases continue to grow worldwide. Allianz Chief Economic Advisor Mohamed El-Erian envisions a long, arduous journey to the other side of this market turmoil. One of the biggest landlords in the New York tri-state area, Richard LeFrak, addresses calls for a mortgage and rent “holiday” as workers follow shelter-in-place mandates and miss paychecks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dr. Scott Gottlieb considers the next steps in the U.S. response to pandemic, including a nation-wide tech strategy for Covid-19 screenings. The Federal Reserve has employed billions to buoy the American economy, and it still has more work to do, according to former Federal Reserve Governor, Kevin Warsh.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“I don’t want people to mass panic, I want people to think.” Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world, considers the market downturn and what’s needed from investors and the Federal Reserve to relieve economic anxiety. Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, has closed each of his restaurants in over a dozen states and cut his staff from 4000+ to a mere six. He considers the wide impact of pandemic-prompted shutdowns across the service industry. CEO of Boston Consulting Group Rich Lesser has been speaking with other CEOs around the world; he maps out the long term costs of business slowdown.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“What can we do to make sure that everybody lands on their feet?" Entrepreneur, investor, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban contemplates the responsibility of billionaires, corporations, and governments to ensure financial and physical wellbeing for everyone. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb considers best practices to curb the spread of coronavirus as the pandemic wages on. Airlines are seeking over $50B in government assistance as travel plans grind to a near-halt. Aerospace analyst Seth Kaplan compares a potential 2020 bailout with the airline bailout after 9/11.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Stay home! Reddit and Initialized Capital co-founder Alexis Ohanian bought a billboard in Times Square in the hopes “the crossroads of the world” is empty during the coronavirus scare. He explains why he’s staying home. Regeneron aims to have COVID-19 antibody treatment ready for human treatment by early summer, reports CNBC’s Meg Tirrell. The New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist Tom Freidman advises cool heads when understanding the exponential factor of public health and Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy says we may have many more months of social isolation ahead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As global fears of the spread of coronavirus mount, the Federal Reserve slashes rates to stave off a recession, we get analysis from CNBC's senior economics reporter, Steve Liesman. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he believes the coronavirus will peak in the U.S. from around late April to early May. Swiss drugmaker Roche has the first commercially available diagnostic test to treat COVID-19 that can deliver results in just over three hours, we hear from CEO Severin Schwan and how he is addressing demand. Plus, Uber’s CFO Nelson Chai discusses a series of measures aimed at mitigating the effect of Coronavirus on its workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
CNBC Beijing Bureau Chief Eunice Yoon shares details of living and reporting during a pandemic in a conversation exclusive to Squawk Pod. Cleveland Clinic is developing a test for COVID-19 that delivers results in eight hours, instead of multiple days. CEO of Cleveland Clinic Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic explains testing capabilities at this stage in the pandemic and urges patients who feel ill to call healthcare facilities ahead of their visits. Plus, a bear market has begun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The WHO has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman says the U.S. needs a “World War II-level response.” Former FDA Chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns that the United States has been too slow to roll out broad virus testing. A passenger on a JetBlue flight tested positive for coronavirus; another passenger on that plane explains the airline’s response and his efforts to keep his family safe. The global pandemic continues to rock the economy, sending stocks into a bear market. Allianz Chief Economic Advisor Mohamed El-Erian expects more volatility--and a deeper drop--still to come.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
China’s businesses are starting to reopen, but Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer says China’s economy could be worse off than the government is letting on. Richard Attias is the events coordinator behind the Davos World Economic Forum; as the coronavirus outbreak prompts event cancellations around the globe, Attias explains how digital meetings aren’t the ideal solution. Plus, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is looking for a new gigafactory, and it could be coming to a city near you.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Coronavirus fears have shaken the global markets; the New York Stock Exchange even tripped a “circuit breaker” designed to halt trading and give investors a few minutes of perspective. Virtus Investment Partners’ Joe Terranova weighs in on market volatility and President Trump’s planned stimulus package. Volatility has also shaken Robinhood, the millennial-favored trading platform. Ariel Investments Chairman John Rogers has 37 years of experience investing through crises, and he’s thinking long term through this market roller coaster. Plus, RBC’s Helima Croft is fresh off a trip to Riyadh with her insights on the Saudi-Russian oil price war that has sent crude prices to multi year lows. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A split between Russia and Saudi Arabia has triggered oil’s biggest price plunge since the Gulf War, sparking fears of an all-out price war. ProShares Advisors’ Simeon Hyman and Strategas’ Jason Trennert discuss the oil production battle and the broader market sell-off. Dr. Luciano Borio, former Director of Medical and Biodefense Preparedness as the White House National Security Council joins former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb to discuss coronavirus testing and the outbreak’s global impact. NBC’s Claudio Lavanga is on the ground in Rome with details on the Italian response to the virus. Hayman Capital Management founder and CIO Kyle Bass weighs in on oil prices, coronavirus concerns, and the market sell-off. The man who predicted the subprime mortgage crisis leading up to the Great Recession thinks the virus peak in financial markets is still a month away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The markets see-sawed this week, but the Labor Department’s February jobs number is out and better than expected. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes working with China during the coronavirus outbreak and keeping himself healthy during his travels. Exxon Mobil CEO and Chairman Darren Woods discusses sustainability and market volatility with Becky Quick. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is recovering from successful emergency heart surgery; Yale’s Jeff Sonnenfeld discusses the bank’s leadership during Dimon’s recovery and beyond. CNBC’s Alex Sherman shares details from his exclusive interview with the head of SoftBank’s Vision Fund, Rajeev Misra about SoftBank post-WeWork. Plus, a PSA: Tito’s Vodka is not a suitable hand sanitizer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign for President might be over, but he’ll still spend millions until Election Day. Former director of USAID Jeremy Konyndyk weighs his experience with the Ebola outbreak as he considers the global coronavirus risks to come. Real estate titan and billionaire, Equity Group Investments Chairman Sam Zell, talks energy bets, market volatility, motorcycle rides with the Squawk team and Douglas Elliman Chairman Howard Lorber.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Super Tuesday has revealed a two-person race among the Democratic presidential candidates, says political pollster and strategist Frank Luntz. The markets’ roller coaster ride continues with the yield on the 10 year treasury bond dropping below 1%. Douglas C. Lane’s Sarat Sethi weighs in on the Federal Reserve’s emergency rate cut and the response from global investors. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) discusses the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on airlines. Plus Axios Business Editor Dan Primack explains why Robinhood’s platform outage could be trouble for millennial investors who use it and for the company’s future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Federal Reserve announced a surprise cut to its key interest rate as coronavirus concerns pressure the global economy. Jim Cramer and Steve Liesman discuss the Fed, the coronavirus, and handshakes with Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Mike Santoli. Squawk Alley host Jon Fortt shares CNBC’s data on how tech executives are keeping their businesses running—and their employees safe—during the coronavirus outbreak. Plus, Robinhood investors missed out on the biggest point gains for the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq, and it has been almost one year since the Boeing 737 Max was grounded.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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