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Squawking 'Sharknado', the munchies & NYC soccer

Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, provides 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.

Ways to fix health-care

If we here at Squawk could put one person in charge to fix America's health care problems, it might just be Mark Bertolini. The Aetna CEO came on the set this week and explained the problems and the challenges the health-care insurance sectors face in a way few can. We broke up the interview into a few parts with the links below. If you watch all three, you'll walk away with a much wider view of why America's health-care system is so hard to reform correctly.

Bertolini on Obamacare not being affordable for many | Aetna's earnings and impact of Obamacare | Why this doesn't feel like a 4 percent economy

If we just nominated Mark Bertolini to fix America's health-care system, then we suggest the first person he hires to help him is Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. He joined Bertolini with us on-air this week to discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act on patients, including what they will pay and the resulting strain on the nation's Medicare and Medicaid systems.

Buzz word: Inversions

It's the buzzword of the month in both business and political circles, which shows you things really aren't all that exciting in the news cycle at the moment when corporate tax inversions are front page news. David Gelles, The New York Times reporter, came on this week to discuss how businesses view relocating overseas to escape higher corporate tax rates in the U.S., and weighed in on the chances Congress will pass legislation to limit the phenomenon.

Collision course

OK, this special report by Eamon Javers about highway safety and long-haul trucking is really too important not to post for everybody to see again and share. Please drive safe everybody.

3D mammograms

This new technology by Hologic might change the entire experience of mammograms, and significantly reduce the number of false positives that have caused a nationwide debate on how often and what age women should start getting regular screenings. The CEO of the company explained how it works.

Taking on the big guys

Larry Young, the CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple, talks about competing with beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, and reveals the company's plans to grow globally.

Getting the munchies

Our Andrew Ross Sorkin asks Brian Niccol, the incoming CEO of Yum Brands unit Taco Bell, if sales have gone up after midnight in Colorado after the legalization of pot.


Earnings on tape

  • Monday: Cardinal Health, Loews Corp., Marathon Oil, Vornado Rlty Trust
  • Tuesday: Activision, Blizzard, Archer Daniels, Cablevision, Coach, CVS Caremark, Emerson Electric, Liberty Media, Office Depot, Papa Johns, TakeTwo Interactive, Time Inc., Walt Disney
  • Wednesday: Chesapeake Energy. ISIS Pharma., MBIA, Parker Hannifin, Ralph Lauren, Sotheby's, Time Warner, Viacom
  • Thursday: CBS, Chiquta Brands, Duke Energy. Foster Wheeler, Freddie Mac, Zynga
  • Friday: Fannie Mae, EW Scripps, Kate Spade

Taking Twitter by storm

Source: Syfy Network

OK, only "Squawk Box" can go from earnings and fixing America's health-care system to sharks attacking New York City inside a rogue tornado system. But yes, "Sharknado 2: The Second One" debuted this week and we embraced it like a shark in a tank full of Tuna. It was a low-budget movie project that exploded into the big time thanks to a very successful social media campaign. The star of the original "Beverly Hills, 90210" TV series Ian Ziering has a leading role in the movie and he came on the show to give us some insight into this shark-tornado sensation and how Sharknado 3 has already received the green light.

Hair Nation

Our Joe Kernen wasn't here this week for the Ian Ziering interview and the whole "Sharknado 2" media storm. But that doesn't mean he's not angling for a part in "Sharknado 3." Check out Joe's close-up, courtesy of our Squawk Director @PaulDeFabo and Technical Director @Keith_Falcone.

Meanwhile, we overheard this the set.

Anchor No. 1: "Yeah, I'm actually in 'Sharknado 2.'"

Anchor No. 2: "Cool, are you getting royalties?"

Anchor No. 1: "Royalties? No! I run down the street and I think I get eaten."

Here's the video of that anchor's unfortunately demise.

Must follow them @

@Joe kernens_hair (After a long hiatus, the hair is back! And the Twittersphere is better for it!)

@powerrosssorkin (Because he lists www.kansasband.com as his official webpage ... any fan of the show who is also a fan of our favorite band @kansasband is a fan of ours.)

@morningmoneyben (Ben White's "Morning Money" newsletter at Politico is on our daily must read list and that's not just because he's now on the payroll.)

Squawk on Soccer

MLS is coming to the Big Apple.

New York City Football Club's Tim Pernetti (@timpernetti) discusses the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S. after the World Cup. The new team will play at Yankee's Stadium. The New York Red Bulls actually play in New Jersey.

Word Jumble

The word Jumble is suspended while Joe is on vacation. But to keep everybody fresh, here are their weekly bonus words. Joe's word is YECOOT. Becky's word of the week is GEELUA. You can find the answers at the end of the blog.

Mark your calendar (or set your DVR)

  • Monday: Harry Wilson (MAEVA Group CEO), Mike Jackson (AutoNation CEO), James Welch (YRC WolrdWide CEO)
  • Tuesday: Neel Kashkari (GOP candidate for governor of California and former Pimco equities head)
  • Wednesday: David Levin (McGraw Hill Education CEO), Gov, Dennis Daugaard (R-South Dakota)
  • Thursday: Steve Sadove (Former SAKS CEO), Gerald Storch (Former Toys R Us CEO)
  • Friday: Stay tuned!

Next week's economic calendar

  • Monday: 3 month and 6 month Treasury note auctions
  • Tuesday: Factory Orders; ISM Non Manufacturing Index
  • Wednesday: International Trade Gap figures
  • Thursday: Weekly Jobless Claims
  • Friday: Productivity and Costs; Wholesale Trade report

The Corny-Sappy Motivational Business-Based Inspirational Quote

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
—Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), science fiction author, professor of biochemistry at Boston University

*Joe's Jumble bonus word answer: YECOOT = COYOTE
*Becky's Jumble bonus word answer: GEELUA = LEAGUE

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