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“Skimm This” is a weekly news program that breaks down important stories from the past week and adds context and clarity to answer the questions on your mind. Every Thursday evening. 

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“Skimm This” is a weekly news program that breaks down important stories from the past week and adds context and clarity to answer the questions on your mind. Every Thursday evening. 

    Freedom: Griner’s Release, Future of Elections, Deleting TikTok

    Freedom: Griner’s Release, Future of Elections, Deleting TikTok

    First: We’ve got the biggest headlines of the week, including Brittney Griner’s release from a Russian prison, the outcome of Georgia’s runoff election, and the Respect for Marriage Act. Plus, the latest on the Trump Organization’s tax fraud charge, and an update on the protests in Iran. 

    Then: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Moore v. Harper, a case that could change how elections are run in the US. We’ll explain the case and why it’s so controversial…in 60 seconds.

    Next: Between national security and data privacy concerns, more experts – and even US federal officials – believe we should ctrl-alt-delete TikTok from our lives. So this week, we're asking the tough question: should you remove TikTok from your phone? Two experts help break down the pros and cons of the app, so you can decide for yourself. 

    Finally: Our team tried the AI avatar app that’s been flooding your social media feeds. And the results were questionable. We’re breaking down why these fun photos actually show the dark side of AI tech. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Emily Baker-White, technology reporter, Forbes


    Cleo Abram, video journalist


    Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent, Axios 


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. We had additional help from Sarah Collins. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 33 min
    Landslide: China Protests, Not-So-Lame Duck Congress, Gaslighting

    Landslide: China Protests, Not-So-Lame Duck Congress, Gaslighting

    First: Some of the biggest protests in decades broke out in China last weekend over the country’s strict COVID guidelines and – in some cases – over the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership. We call an expert to explain the historic protests and their impacts worldwide.  

    Then: Democrats in Congress only have a few weeks to pass some major legislation before a new group of lawmakers heads to DC in January. We're breaking down why this “lame duck" session might be anything but lame...in 60 seconds.

    Next: Roadway deaths have been rising – and apparently, it's a uniquely American problem. New reporting shows us why we've seen an increase in roadway deaths in the US and what we can learn from other countries about how to prevent them. 

    Finally: Merriam Webster declared “gaslighting” as its word of the year. We break out our dictionaries to break down the word’s definition – and why it gets misused.  


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Sue-Lin Wong, correspondent, The Economist


    Emily Badger, cities and urban policy writer, The Upshot, The New York Times


    Dr. Ramani Durvasula, clinical psychologist


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. We had additional help from Sarah Collins. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 31 min
    Thanksgiving Week Special: Colorado Springs, Ticketmaster, Turkey Pardon

    Thanksgiving Week Special: Colorado Springs, Ticketmaster, Turkey Pardon

    First: We’ve got the headlines from the week’s news, including the mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, a rail strike that could dampen our holiday spirits, and a historic climate agreement.

    Then: After technical difficulties shut down ticket sales to Taylor Swift’s Eras tour, Ticketmaster is under fire. We’ll skimm why Taylor Swift fans – and the Justice Department – have bad blood with the ticket selling platform…in 60 seconds. 

    Finally: President Biden carried on the annual turkey pardon. Meet: Chocolate and Chip. 


    Skimm This will be back in your feed next Thursday. Have a happy holiday weekend. 

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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin with help from Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. theSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 13 min
    Renaissance: FTX Fallout, World Cup Outrage, Setting Boundaries at Holidays

    Renaissance: FTX Fallout, World Cup Outrage, Setting Boundaries at Holidays

    First: We’re covering the week’s biggest headlines: a roundup of midterm outcomes and political news, the latest on the protests in Iran, and the Artemis I rocket launch.  

    Then: FTX – one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges – had a pretty abrupt fall from grace. We're talking to an expert about what FTX's demise means for the rest of the crypto world and what potential investors can learn from it. 

    Next: The World Cup kicks off this weekend, but there’s been a lot of off-the-field drama. We’ll break down why the Cup has become a geopolitical mess…in 60 seconds. 

    Plus: In partnership with our friends at Slack, we're taking listeners behind the scenes of our digital HQ, and talking about how certain Slack channels help us do our jobs better. Our final channel deep-dive: #parent-life.

    Finally: Ever been asked “why are you still single?” or “why aren’t you drinking?” at the Thanksgiving table? For many of us, sitting at the Thanksgiving table can make us wanna pull our hair out thanks to nosy family members and political heat. But this year, setting boundaries is in. So we called a therapist who helps us navigate who to set boundaries with, how to actually set them, and how sticking to them can help keep the peace and our sanity. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Anita Ramaswamy, senior cryptocurrency reporter, TechCrunch

    Jana Pollack, senior manager of creative strategy, theSkimm


    Nedra Tawwab, therapist and author


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin with help from Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 36 min
    Pressure Cookin: Midterm Results and Surprises, COP27, Thanksgiving Recipes

    Pressure Cookin: Midterm Results and Surprises, COP27, Thanksgiving Recipes

    First: Results from the midterm elections are coming in, and it's a mixed bag. We’re breaking down some major takeaways as we wait to see which party will take control of Congress. 

    Then: There’s a lot of turbulence in Silicon Valley. We’re sorting through all the drama @ Twitter, the historic layoffs at Facebook, and some good news for your winter getaways, in 60 seconds. 

    Next: The COP27 conference is putting global conversations about climate change in the spotlight. We’re talking to an expert about how these negotiations are playing out in Egypt, and who’s ready to take action.

    Plus: In partnership with our friends at Slack, we're taking listeners behind the scenes of our digital HQ to show how certain Slack channels help us do our jobs better. Next up: #headline-workshop.

    Finally: Just in time for Thanksgiving, there's a national turkey shortage. Thanks, bird flu. We’re talking to a chef about two show stopping dishes you can make instead, plus another option that could totally change your Thanksgiving game. You can find the recipes we talked about here and here.


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Juliet Eilperin, Deputy Climate and Environment Editor, The Washington Post

    Alicia Valenski, Senior Editor, SEO, theSkimm

    Maria Corpus, Senior Writer, theSkimm


    Becky Krystal, Food Writer, Voraciously The Washington Post


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. We had additional help from Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 35 min
    Made You Look: Affirmative Action, Salary Transparency, Twitter Takeover

    Made You Look: Affirmative Action, Salary Transparency, Twitter Takeover

    First: We’re breaking down the biggest headlines of the week: the Fed raising interest rates yet again, the growing risk of political violence leading up to election day, and Elon Musk’s chaotic onboarding @ Twitter.

    Then: The Supreme Court heard two major cases on affirmative action this week. And according to analysts, the Supremes appear ready to reverse decades of precedent. We talk to an expert about what’s gone down in oral arguments so far, and what the impacts of an affirmative action reversal could look like.

    Next: NYC’s new salary transparency law took effect this week, and it could have an impact far beyond the tri-state area. We’re talking to two experts about what’s changing for employees, employers, and those on the job hunt. And how you can take advantage of transparency laws, even if you don’t live in a place that has them.

    Plus: In partnership with our friends at Slack, we're taking listeners behind the scenes of our digital HQ to show how certain Slack channels help us do our jobs better. Next up: #people-leaders.

    Finally: The midterm elections are next week, and we’re handing the mic over to you to hear what’s on your mind as you get ready to vote. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Seema Mohapatra, MD Anderson Foundation Endowed Professor in Health Law and Professor of Law


    Zoe Cullen, Assistant Professor of Business administration, Harvard Business School


    Mandi Woodruff-Santos, Career Coach, Co-Host of the Brown Ambition Podcast

    Molly Rosen, VP of People, theSkimm

    Graelyn Brashear, Senior Director of Audio, theSkimm

    Sophie Riese, senior manager of consumer insights and UX research, theSkimm

    Skimm’rs Leslie, Katlin, and Jenny


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin with help from Hannah Parker and Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

Neece44 ,

Better when it was daily but still good.

This is a great podcast! Not sure why they went down to one day a week! It was fantastic when it was daily. More Canadian news would be awesome

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CANADA

We want a Canadian version pleaseeeee ❤️ 🇨🇦

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Always listen

I too listen most days. I love the approach you take. I vote for a Canadian version that would be amazing

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