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Joe, Becky, Andrew Conquer the Morning vignettes

Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, is BACK after our holiday hiatusproviding tidbits, insights, and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME from the notepad of the show's senior executive producer.

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Conquer the Morning! Conquer the Day!

It's the new "Squawk Box" ad campaign, and it's a lot of fun. The first ads are meant to give you a real behind-the-scenes view of our three musketeers, showing you what makes them tick both at home and at the office. So if you haven't seen them yet, I posted the links to the videos featuring Becky, Joe, and Andrew below. (I should mention, we shot them for our "Squawk on the Street" brethren too! If you want to check them out just go to CNBC's "Conquer the Morning" Channel on YouTube)

Conquer the Morning with Becky Quick:

Conquer the Morning with Joe Kernen:

Conquer the Morning with Andrew Ross Sorkin:

Big thinking

Peter Orszag used to run the budget at the White House. Now he's the global banking vice chairman at Citigroup, and he's paid to think big. Like Obamacare big, and Grand Bargain big.

More big thinking

Meanwhile, Glenn Hubbard ran the White House Council of Economic Advisers before he became dean of the Columbia Business School. He's also paid to think big on the economy.

Byron Wien
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Byron Wien

Byron Wien's market surprises

Every year, market guru Byron Wien makes a list of 10 surprise predictions. He revealed this year's list on "Squawk Box" and then we went through them one at a time.

Among the highlights, he thinks this could be another 20 percent year for stocks!

Another surprise? Mexico.

And how about agricultural commodities?

The Squawk Reserve

"Squawk Box" Market Master Mohamed El-Erian runs Pimco—the largest and most influential bond trading firm in the world.

This week, along with his appearance on the show, he penned an editorial exclusively for CNBC.com. Here's the link to his interview.

'Shark Tank'

I have to admit, I have never been a huge fan of reality television. But "Shark Tank" on CNBC might just change my mind.

We had "Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary on this week to talk about the show's debut on CNBC on Tuesday nights.

Watch how this segment evolves and the conversation it sparked on the minimum wage.

The 'Kernency'

All this bitcoin talk got us talking this past week, mainly about the story of Kanye West getting his own virtual currency, "Coinye."

This very important and relevant business discussion led the control room to draw their own obvious conclusions on what the next big virtual currency opportunity would be.

Of course, we now introduce to the world to the Joe "Kernency."

Squawkward moments

Byron Wien: " ... I knew that would arouse you Joe."

Joe: "No, Byron your comments earlier about you hop around in the snow aroused me, but let's not get into that."

Eye in the sky

Your car knows more about you than you may think.

Ford's head of marketing was talking about data privacy at CES in Las Vegas this week. He says GPS units installed in Ford vehicles allow the automaker to know when drivers are speeding.

This of course has some Squawkers a little upset. Cue the classic Joe Kernen road rage video!

Change the world

It's our effort to help profile philanthropic gifts that could make a real difference. This week, a $75 million gift to Weill Cornell Medical College to help fight cancer!

Happy birthday!

Yep, Jan. 6 (the Epiphany in the Christian religion) is also known as Joe's birthday!!

Along with being the Epiphany, we also pointed out some other notable people who shared Joe's birthday celebration this past week.

Yep, that's Mr. Bean in the No. 1 position.

Tweets of note:

Check out @TIME's exclusive interview with Janet Yellen:

(It's not often the chair of the Federal Reserve makes the cover of Time magazine)

A power lunch

So where do superfamous mega TV news stars like Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin do lunch? Michael's of course. We booked a reservation on the "Squawk Box" set with proprietor Michael McCarthy.

(That's if somebody else "more-famous" can get them in!)

Must follow them @

@CNBCPrimeTV with #SharkTankTuesdays

War on poverty

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told us this week that the problem with the U.S. labor market isn't income inequality, its opportunity inequality.

Overheard on the set

Anchor No 1: "Happy birthday Joe!:

Anchor No. 2: "Shut up, X&$#@!"

Next week's economic calendar (all 8:30 a.m. ET releases)

  • Tuesday: Retail sales and import/export prices
  • Wednesday: Producer price index
  • Thursday: Consumer price index
  • Friday: Housing starts

Word Jumble

OK, we have to catch up for a few weeks. Joe and Becky's Word Jumble competition has been on and off over the holidays. They only played six times. But we have kept a running tally since our last pre-Christmas update. They were knotted at three wins each. Here's Joe's bonus word: CBTOHL. Here's Becky's bonus word: PECLHA. Find the answers at the end of the blog.

Mark your calendar (or set your DVR for our guest hosts)

  • Monday: Glenn Hutchins of Silver Lake Partners
  • Tuesday: David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group
  • Wednesday: Walter Isaacson, biographer of Apple's Steve Jobs, of the Aspen institute
  • Thursday: Larry Fink of BlackRock and Scott Sperling of Thomas H. Lee Partners
  • Friday: Jonathan Tisch of Loews Hotels and the New York Giants

The corny-sappy motivational business-based inspirational quote

"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out."
—John Wooden

—By CNBC's Matthew Quayle. Follow him on Twitter @matthew_quayle.

*Joe's Jumble bonus word answer: CBTOHL=Blotch

*Becky's Jumble bonus word answer: PECLHA=Chapel

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