Squawk Pod

Squawk Pod

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.

Episodes

February 27, 2024 34 mins

Google has taken its Gemini AI image generator offline after the tool’s historically inaccurate images prompted criticism across the internet. Heroic Ventures founder, futurist and podcaster Michael Fertik discusses various LLM controversies–some involving Elon Musk–and the solutions to bias in AI. Fertik underlines the importance of these “fixes” early in AI adoption, before AI-generated inaccuracies find their way into public kno...

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Nikki Haley lost to former President Donald Trump in the South Carolina Republican primary, but she’s committed to her campaign. Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman discusses the 2024 race and its impact on progress in Congress. Amid uncertainty, the market has hit 52-week highs; whatever happens, Professor Jeremy Siegel says he’s bullish on the markets. Plus, a BP executive’s husband pleaded guilty to work-from-home eavesdroppi...

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Reddit has filed for an IPO! The social media company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker RDDT, but Wall Street is asking questions about its business model–and its plans for advertising. Big Technology founder Alex Kantrowitz parses the S-1 filing and the company’s growth trajectory. Spot bitcoin ETFs are available to the masses, thanks to last month’s regulatory approval, and Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnen...

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Nvidia’s fourth quarter blew past expectations. The chip maker's revenue tripled from last year, hitting $22B in one quarter. Sapphire Ventures partner Cathy Gao explains how Nvidia’s boom is impacting the private AI market. Another company did not fare as well in its fourth quarter: Rivian. The EV-maker is cutting 10% of its workforce. The Presidential candidate Nikki Haley is still fundraising; Puck founder Teddy Schleifer weighs...

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Washington lawmakers like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are raising concerns over Capital One’s planned acquisition of Discover. Antitrust laws and consumer protections are just part of the regulatory pushback on the deal. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Charles Duhigg is out with a new book, “Supercommunicators.” He explains what differentiates a good communicator from a super one, including a polite, inquisitive attitude. Manh...

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It’s big news for your wallet: Capital One is set to acquire Discover in a $35.3B all-stock deal, pending any regulatory hurdles. In the run-up to the 2024 election, Axios co-founder Mike Allen is watching two key issues: President Biden’s upcoming State of the Union, and former President Trump’s days in court. In DC, the Biden administration is awarding chipmaker GlobalFoundries $1.5B for semiconductor production; National Economi...

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Russian media has announced the death of Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned opponent to Vladimir Putin. Convening with other global defense leaders at the Munich Security Conference, former CIA Director General David Petraeus discusses Navalny’s death and legacy, as well as news that the FBI disrupted a Russian cyber espionage operation. Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Fox might face regulatory scrutiny for their attempt to launch ...

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Thousands of flight attendants are picketing at dozens of airports around the country. President of the Association of Flight Attendants Sara Nelson explains the wage increases her colleagues are requesting. Cisco and Morgan Stanley are the latest firms to announce layoffs, joining the ranks of UPS, Paramount Global, Amazon, Macy’s, Alphabet, Levi Strauss, and others. Recruiter.com chairman Evan Sohn discusses a workforce “reshuffl...

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A month after approving spot Bitcoin ETFs, SEC Chair Gary Gensler shares his perspective on cryptocurrency. In an extended conversation with Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, he discusses market risks for investors, the responsibilities of investment advisors employing AI, and much more. Hot CPI data on Tuesday sparked a market sell-off and suggested that America’s inflation woes are far from over. Plus, an error in ...

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Expedia’s CEO says travelers are in a new era after post-pandemic revenge travel has faded. Peter Kern explains travel demand and his four years turning the travel company technology first, as he prepares to leave the C-suite in May. Author Jared Cohen has penned a new book; in “Life After Power,” Cohen examines the chapters after leadership for seven U.S. Presidents who explored new roles and more purpose after leaving the White H...

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Elon Musk is swapping Neuralink’s Delaware incorporation for one in Nevada, after a Delaware judge struck down his $55.8B Tesla pay package. Separately, the SEC has asked Musk to testify in a probe of his Twitter takeover. Elon Musk biographer and Perella Weinberg advisory partner Walter Isaacson shares takeaways from his time chronicling the billionaire, including Musk’s frustration with multiple regulatory threats. Plus, after th...

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President Biden spoke to reporters yesterday, rebutting claims made in Special Counsel Robert Hur’s recent report and defending his memory. Axios National Political Correspondent Alex Thompson discusses sentiment in DC and at the White House, as well as the paths forward for the Democratic Party as the country gears up for the 2024 election in just 9 months. The S&P 500 is flirting with a milestone: 5,000. Fairlead Strategies Found...

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In this bonus episode of Squawk Pod, Google CEO Sundar Pichai discusses Google’s newest iteration of AI, now known as Gemini. He explains which aspects of Google’s AI excite him the most, including Gemini’s ability to interpret images and video. Plus, Pichai comments on AI’s innovation trajectory, combating deep fakes, and working with regulators to build a safe internet. Andrew Ross Sorkin digests the interview with Joe Kernen, an...

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Disney’s first quarter earnings report beat estimates and revealed multiple new deals, releases and events in the year ahead. Disney’s new CFO Hugh Johnston discusses the media giant’s investment in Epic Games, its plan for an ESPN sports streaming service, and Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, soon available on Disney+. Plus, NBC’s Chief International Correspondent Keir Simmons is on the ground in Iraq, after a U.S. drone strike killed a ...

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Disney-owned ESPN, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Fox are launching a joint sports streaming platform this year, with each party owning a third of the newly formed company. Sports entrepreneur and Kevin Durant’s long-time agent Rich Kleiman says he likes the media move, for sports and for athletes, although many factors–like the cost for consumers and the name of the venture–are still unknown. Plus, in his latest essay, Minneapolis Fe...

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Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman forecasts that stocks could see losses this year, while long-duration Treasury yields could test higher again. The Omega Family Office chairman and CEO also discusses the latest market trends, the Fed’s rate path decision, state of the economy, antisemitism on campus, the 2024 Presidential race, Elon Musk, and more. Shares of Palantir popped Tuesday, a day after the company released fourth-quarte...

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Episode 3, Catching a Spy:

CNBC’s Eamon Javers reveals the fate of Xu Yanjun, the spy from China that targeted GE and one of its engineers.  He also talks to the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray and China experts to find out what key U.S. industries are in the crosshairs of China’s plans for global economic domination and what risks this poses to U.S. businesses.  He also explores the fallo...

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Episode 2, Tricks of Tradecraft:

CNBC’s Eamon Javers talks to a former chief of counterintelligence at the CIA, James Olson, whose expertise from his 31-year career makes him essential to understanding the case of a spy from China who targeted GE’s jet engine trade secrets.  Javers also interviews aviation analysts to discuss the challenges China faces in building its own commercial passenger planes, why it would be after GE’s techn...

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Episode 1, A Spy Finds His Target:

CNBC Documentaries dives into the undercover world of economic espionage and details an illicit campaign by China’s government to steal high tech trade secrets from some of the biggest companies in the United States.  Correspondent Eamon Javers follows the story of Xu Yanjun, a Chinese government spy who targeted GE and one of its engineers in an attempt to steal valuable proprietary information ab...

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Senators have unveiled a $118B bipartisan deal for international aid and border security, but it might face resistance in the House. Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) explains the package and his greatest security concerns after the U.S. and U.K. military strikes in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Just Capital is out with the JUST 100, the annual ranking of U.S. companies on 20 core issues and 5 key stakeholders: workers, communities, share...

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