Business News

Squawking Dr. Oz, 'Blood Lake' & the pot convention


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.

Kovacevich unvarnished

What Geithner didn't understand: Kovacevich

He's the outspoken former CEO of Wells Fargo. Richard Kovacevich didn't want to take the money that the government forced him to take during the 2008 financial crisis. So you can imagine his reaction when we asked him what he thought of Tim Geithner's new book.

It probably shouldn't surprise us that he also thought one of the biggest mistakes the government made was rescuing Bear Stearns, instead of letting them fail.

He also let loose on why housing is stalled and what needs to be done to prevent the U.S. from becoming a nation of renters—not homebuyers.

Blood Lake!

'Blood Lake': These giant leeches could give you a hickey

Where else can you get a recipe for beer-battered, fried, blood sucking, killer, mutant lampreys? Only on Squawk!

Not sure what lampreys are? They kind of look like eels. Here's the wiki.

Cannabis convention

High interest in cannabis convention

So what would persuade you to watch a C-level movie starring Shannen Doherty of "90210" and "Charmed" fame about an invasion of killer lampreys? Perhaps some legal Mary "Jane" for our users who live in Washington State and Colorado? Well, our own "Jane" Wells has the scoop from Colorado's Cannabis Convention? How does she get these assignments?

Hey Dr. Oz, what happens when ...

Dr. Mehmet Oz delineates the "triangle of death."
Source: CNBC

It was one of the most eye-opening interviews we have done in a while. But it wasn't an interview from a Fed governor, a billionaire investor or a Fortune 500 CEO. It was Dr. Oz! And he came to us warning about the Triangle of Death! He also answered many of our health questions in a segment aptly named "What Happens When…"

Ryanair CEO defends the Irish

Michael O'Leary is one of Ireland's leading businessmen. We love him because he'll say anything. (Last time he was on he discussed the idea of charging a fee to customers for using the bathroom in-flight.) But this time the subject was a little more serious, we discussed corporate taxes and why Ireland should not be considered as a tax haven for companies.

We love animals!

Squawk has a long history of celebrating our friends in the animal world. For example our long time support of "The Animal Orchestra" is known around the world.

So it comes as no surprise that this week, only on Squawk, a "First On CNBC" report, we were able to spend a little quality time focusing on the important issues surrounding Manatee sex acts.

Revenge of the Nerds

OK, let's go back to high school for a minute. Remember the kids who were the stars of the football team? How about who won "best personality in the school yearbook?" How about the homecoming queen and king? We all remember the cool kids. And then there were kids like Steve Liesman. This is why it makes sense that we found Steve this week hosting the14th annual National Economic Challenge.

Need a chopper?

Need a helicopter? There's an app for that

Yup, there's an app for that. Here's CNBC's Robert Frank.

Cramer clip

Cramer's stocks to watch: BBY & SHLD

Check out Jim's take on the retailers—including his beat down on Best Buy.

Earnings on tap

Tweets of note

This tweet from @Washington Post just caught me and really made me stop for a minute.

How the VA calculates the truecost of war

Hair Nation

We had an absolute blast with Dr. Oz this week when he came to the Squawk set. Unfortunately, after he sees Joe's head on his body, he'll mostly likely never come back. We'll blame our director @PaulDeFabo and our technical @Keith_Falcone. They couldn't help themselves!

Stella Blues Band

Most of us know @SteveLiesman as Squawk's official econo-nerd. But he's also a pretty darn good guitarist and we plug his band's gigs from time to time—basically as a bribe to make sure he sticks around and gets up early when we need him. So, for those in the tri-state area, the @stellabluesband will be playing at Drom in New York City on Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Word Jumble

The ever-continuing Word Jumble grudge-match went to Joe this week with two wins to Becky's one. Joe's bonus word of the week is RBULMA. Becky's word is YOARPD. Answers can be found at the end of the blog.

Mark your calendar (or set your DVR)

  • Tuesday: Mark Travis (Intrepid CapitalFunds CEO) and Kevin Holt (Invesco Comstock Fund)
  • Wednesday: Byron Wein (Blackstone Advisory Partners)
  • Thursday: Ken Langone aand John Veihmeyer (KPMG CEO)
  • Friday: Phil Ehart of Kansas as well as Walter Issacson and Saira Malik (TIAA-CREF)

Next week's economic calendar

  • Tuesday: Durable Goods (8:30 a.m. ET)
  • Wednesday: MBA Purchase Applications (7 a.m. ET)
  • Thursday: GDP and Jobless Claims (8:30 a.m. ET)
  • Friday: Personal Income & Spending (8:30 a.m. ET)

The Corny-Sappy Motivational Business-Based Inspirational Quote

"The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing."
—Isaac Asimov, science fiction pioneer

*Joe's Jumble bonus word answer: RBULMA = LUMBAR
*Becky's Jumble bonus word answer: YOARPD = PARODY

—By CNBC's Matt Quayle