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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. 

    Soundtrack to the Summer

    Soundtrack to the Summer

    First up: We’ve got this week’s biggest headlines, from progress towards a new Iran nuclear deal to border clashes in Northern Ireland and Biden’s latest moves on gun control. (0:46)
    Then: This week, Arkansas’ Governor vetoed a bill banning gender-affirming healthcare for minors – only for lawmakers to overturn the veto. We’ll break down a rollercoaster week in the state. (5:22)
    Next: President Biden has some big infrastructure plans, but wants to raise corporate taxes to foot the bill. We’ll dive into the pros and cons of that hotly-debated tax hike. (7:55)
    ICYMI: Wondering what President Biden’s plan is for student loan forgiveness? We’ve got the deets on what we know so far … in 60 seconds. (13:09)
    Plus: 4,500+ Skimm'rs recently told us about the pandemic habit they most want to kick. One of the most common answers? ‘Drinking.’ We asked the experts: are we the only ones? And, how can we cut down if that’s something we want to do? (15:30)
    Finally: If you’re bored of hibernating and feeling ready for summer … so are billions of noisy cicadas. We’ll talk to a nature expert and an event planner about what to expect in the next few months. (24:34)

    P.S., Here are some of resources we in our show this week:

    The ACLU has a tracker where you can check up on any legislation affecting the transgender community in your state.

    If you’re looking for guidance on how to cut down on drinking, check out the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Addiction. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Joan Tucker, senior behavioral scientist, the RAND Corporation


    Sherry Price, host, 'Drink Less Lifestyle' podcast

    Jillian Smith, event planner and owner, One Touch Events


    Amy Moore, lead Teacher and naturalist, Potomac Valley Audubon Society


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    • 29 min
    Trials and Tribulations: Minneapolis, Myanmar, and Amazon

    Trials and Tribulations: Minneapolis, Myanmar, and Amazon

    First up: Derek Chauvin’s trial began this week. He’s the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd. We’re taking a look at what we can expect in the courtroom in the weeks ahead. And we’ll break down why America doesn’t have a strong track record when it comes to convicting police officers.  
    Then: It’s time for headlines. We’re bringing you news from the WHO, Pfizer, Georgia, and New York… and giving you the context on why it all matters. 
    Next: There’s a tiny but historic election going on in Bessemer, Alabama. Amazon warehouse employees there have voted on whether or not to unionize. We’ll tell you why this one small town is really getting under Jeff Bezos’s skin. 
    ICYMI: The situation in Myanmar is only getting more dire. After the military took over in a coup back in February, people are continuing to protest, with many protests turning deadly. We’ll tell you about the global response (hint: barely any) and what’s expected to happen next.  
    Finally: We asked: which quarantine habit are you most trying to shake? And a lot of you said: snacking. Here’s the deal: snacking is good for us. So we asked an expert how we can snack … smarter. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Sharon Fairley, professor, University of Chicago Law School, creator, Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability

    Rebecca Rainey, labor reporter, Politico

    Krista Linares, registered dietitian, Nutrition con Sabor



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    • 31 min
    This Is Us Trying: Gun Reform, Reparations, Grounded Ships

    This Is Us Trying: Gun Reform, Reparations, Grounded Ships

    First up: Less than a week after a mass shooting in Atlanta, there was another massacre – this time in Colorado. We’re diving in to look at what’s changed – and what hasn’t – about gun violence in the US. 
    Then: From Israel’s elections and a ship stuck in the Suez Canal to Equal Pay Day and Virginia abolishing the death penalty, we’ve got the context on this week’s biggest headlines.
    Next: As spring breakers crowd the streets in Miami, we ask an epidemiologist: are we gonna see another surge in COVID outbreaks? And what can we start to enjoy safely?
    Plus: Evanston, Illinois just made history as the first city to approve reparations in the US. We’ll break down what reparations are, and how they could work in practice. 
    Finally: Endometriosis is tricky to diagnose, but it affects at least 10% of women (ages 15-44) in the US. So we asked an expert: what is it, how do we know if we have it, and how can we treat it? 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, medical director, Special Pathogens Unit, Boston Medical Center

    Dr. Natalie Crawford, fertility physician


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    • 31 min
    This Could Be Anywhere in the World

    This Could Be Anywhere in the World

    First up: We’ve got the context on this week’s deadly shootings around Atlanta, where a lone gunman murdered 8 people — 6 of them of Asian descent — in a time when attacks against Asian Americans are rising. 
    Then: Last weekend, police in London shut down a vigil for Sarah Everard, who was abducted and murdered while walking home from a friend’s house. We break down why Everard’s death matters — not just in the U.K., but everywhere.
    Next: We’ve got the context on some of this week’s other big headlines, including big news on same-sex marriage in Japan, a frosty summit in Alaska, and the IRS giving us another month to do our taxes.
    Plus: This week, some EU countries temporarily paused their rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. We break down how regulators have reacted to concerns over blood clots — in 60 seconds.
    ICYMI: Is there a “crisis” at the US-Mexico border? We dive into what’s going on, and what’s changed about immigration policy so far in the Biden Administration.
    Finally: Every week, there’s a new financial acronym to learn. First it was SPACs. Now it’s NFTs. We’ll break down why all these new investment crazes are happening.

    P.S. Here are some of resources we mentioned if you’re struggling to cope with this week’s news:

    Stop AAPI Hate

    National Sexual Assault Online Hotline


    Mental Health Resources for the AAPI Community 

    Ignoring Your Emotions Is Bad for Your Health. Here's What to Do About It. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Izzy Capelin, London resident

    Valerie Gonzalez, staff reporter, The Monitor (TX)

    Kristie De Peña, vice president for policy and director of immigration, the Niskanen Center

    Rachel Lerman, technology reporter, The Washington Post



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    • 30 min
    Looking Back, Springing Forward, and Hitting Up Obama

    Looking Back, Springing Forward, and Hitting Up Obama

    First up: Today, President Biden signed a long-awaited stimulus bill. We’ll break down three of the biggest wishes he granted and look at who’s gonna be affected. (Here’s the rest of theSkimm on the stimulus bill)
    Then: We’ll explain the CDC’s new guidelines about what we can do once we’ve been vaccinated.
    Plus: We’ll follow one Skimm HQ’er as she gets her first shot.
    Remember Me? TheSkimm sat down with former President Obama this week and asked him what it will take for Americans to truly get to a place of racial equality.
    ICYMI: It’s almost time to “spring forward” this weekend for Daylight Savings. We’ll share some tips to make losing an hour less difficult this year. 
    Finally: A year after the pandemic officially began, we’ll talk to a grief counselor about reckoning with the losses we’ve dealt with — from loved ones to jobs — and how to move forward.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Kat, Skimm HQ’er

    Carly M., Skimm HQ’er

    Barack Obama, Former President of the United States, author, “A Promised Land”


    Dr. Sonya Lott, licensed psychologist


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    • 35 min
    Doctor's Orders: Talking COVID with the CDC + Beating Zoom Fatigue

    Doctor's Orders: Talking COVID with the CDC + Beating Zoom Fatigue

    First up: We had some questions for the new CDC director, like: if it’s my turn, how do I sign up to get vaccinated?
    Then: We’ve got the context on some of this week’s big headlines, including the latest on NY Governor Cuomo, why the Capitol is on high alert, and what’s up with Dr. Seuss.
    Next: We’ll explain the fate of the $15 minimum wage … in 60 seconds. 
    ICYMI: A new report found that political and economic freedoms are declining all around the world, including in the U.S. We’ll tell you why that’s happening — and why we’re still hopeful.
    Finally: We all know that Zoom fatigue is real, but now scientists are telling us just how real. We’ve got the scoop on why, and what you can do about it.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Amy Slipowitz, research manager, Freedom House

    Professor Jeremy Bailenson, founding director, Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab


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    • 29 min

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