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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. 

    All Shook Up: SCOTUS Fallout and Summer Travel Tricks

    All Shook Up: SCOTUS Fallout and Summer Travel Tricks

    First: We’re looking at the fallout in the US after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade last week (think: trigger laws, legal battles, and the scramble to find abortion care). Plus, we sat down with Governor Gretchen Whitmer from Michigan on the complicated future of abortion rights in her state. 

    Next: Last weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the impeachment of two Supreme Court justices. We’ll break down why AOC wants them gone, who else is beefing with SCOTUS, and if impeachment is even possible – all in 60 seconds. 

    Then: We’re turning the mic over to our listeners, to hear how they’re thinking about a post-Roe America. 

    ICYMI: We’ve got the other major headlines from this week, including: final rulings from SCOTUS about the environment and immigration, a bombshell testimony about what happened on Jan. 6, the tragic migrant deaths in TX, and Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

    Finally: Summer travel is already hitting some turbulence. So while we wait for the airlines to get their s*** together, we got some insider tips on how you can travel smarter – not harder. 


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Want to share how you’re feeling in this post-Roe world? Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan (D) 

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    Misty Belles, vice president, Global Relations at Virtuoso


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

    • 39 min
    Skimm This Special Report: The Future of Abortion Access

    Skimm This Special Report: The Future of Abortion Access

    First: The deets on the ruling – how many voted to overturn, who will be impacted, and how Americans are reacting. 

    Next: Two legal experts enter the chat to talk about the reasoning behind the ruling, how it’s different from the leaked draft opinion, and how it compares to other cases already ruled on this month. 

    ICYMI: A breakdown on how states’ abortion access will look after today. PS: Check out theSkimm’s guide to abortion access in the US. 

    Finally: A deeper dive into what is at stake post-Roe, including: women’s health outcomes, economic impacts, and other rights that might be on the chopping block. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Caroline Polisi, lecturer in law, Columbia Law School 


    Seema Mohapatra, M.D. Anderson Foundation Endowed Professor in Health Law and Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University


    We also want to hear from you: how are you thinking about a post-Roe America? Call and leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 266-4381. ‬
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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 14 min
    We Can’t Stop: SCOTUS Rulings, WFH Forever and Psychedelics at Work?!

    We Can’t Stop: SCOTUS Rulings, WFH Forever and Psychedelics at Work?!

    First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: the biggest takeaways from the Jan. 6 hearings, an update on the bipartisan gun deal and the police response in Uvalde, Biden’s push for a gas tax holiday, and the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. 

    Next: Before SCOTUS leaves for summer recess, it’s dropping rulings on cases it heard this year. We sat down with a legal expert to get the TLDR on what they’ve released so far, including a controversial second amendment case that’s creating shockwaves through US cities. 

    ICYMI: Across the pond, thousands of UK rail workers went on strike. All aboard as we break down why rail workers are walking out, and why it could be bad news for Boris Johnson…in 60 seconds. 

    Also: We’re kicking off a new segment, Ask Skimm This. As the economy seems to be cooling off, CEOs are tightening the reins. So: does that mean workers can say goodbye to WFH? We’ll ask an expert. 

    Finally: Some businesses are taking employees on the trip of a lifetime. Think: taking psychedelics with your coworkers to get the creative juices flowing. We'll ask a reporter who investigated this trend WTF is going on. And whether or not psychedelics might be making an appearance at a workplace near you. 


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. If you have a question for us — about the news, work, or life — call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Caroline Polisi, lecturer in law, Columbia University


    Vivian Giang, senior staff editor, The New York Times


    Natasha Loder, health policy editor, The Economist


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

    • 39 min
    The Climb: Cancer Breakthroughs, Google’s AI, and Vaccines for Kids

    The Climb: Cancer Breakthroughs, Google’s AI, and Vaccines for Kids

    First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: the Fed raising interest rates again, an update from the war in Ukraine, what we learned from the January 6th hearings, why there’s a tampon shortage, and what’s going on with extreme weather. 

    Next: As the COVID vaccine for kids under 5 got the thumbs up from an FDA panel this week, we asked a pediatrician to answer parents’ burning questions. Daycare’s future? Vaxxed, snacks, and mid-day naps.

    ICYMI: The tech industry experienced a WTF moment over the weekend when a Google engineer said the company’s AI was sentient. Meaning: unlike our exes, it has a soul. We'll break down what’s going on and why this isn’t Google’s first AI controversy…in sixty seconds. 

    PS: This Sunday is Juneteenth. To learn more about the celebration of liberation, check out theSkimm’s guides on the history of the holiday, systemic racism in the US, and where the US stands on reparations. 

    Also: Recently, there have been some major breakthroughs in cancer research. We’ll ask a scientist to explain two small clinical trials, and how their outcomes could have huge implications for the millions of people living with cancer. 

    Finally: We chat with the organizer of Dave’s Lesbian Bar to understand the role queer bars played in history—and why now more than ever, they’re more than just local watering holes. Also: check out theSkimm’s guide on how to celebrate Pride. 


    P.S. Calling all Skimm This listeners. If you have a question for us — about the news, work, or life — call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.
    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Dr. Tina Tan, professor of pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


    Dr. Luis Diaz, medical oncologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


    Kristin "Dave" Dausch, organizer, Dave’s Lesbian Bar


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

    • 36 min
    Ready for Prime Time: January 6 Hearings, Gun Legislation, Crypto in the Midterms

    Ready for Prime Time: January 6 Hearings, Gun Legislation, Crypto in the Midterms

    First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: what to look out for in the Jan. 6 hearings, the latest on gun control legislation, and the gymnasts who are seeking $1 billion from the FBI. 

    Next: Primary elections are chugging along. And there’s one industry that’s making its mark with political donations this election season – crypto. We’ll explain which candidates crypto execs are supporting and why the industry’s got skin in the political game…in 60 seconds. 

    ICYMI: As we wait for the final SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade, we sat down with the President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights to understand what we can expect if Roe is overturned, who will be most impacted, and what other rights would be threatened by the decision.

    Finally: A tick whose bite could give you a red meat allergy might be coming to a summer BBQ near you. We talk to an expert to understand how worried we should be. And two women who are learning to live with their new allergies. 


    P.S. Calling all Skimm This listeners. If you have a question for us — about the news, work, or life — call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Nancy Northup, president and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights


    Candice Matthis, blogger, Two Alpha Gals


    Debbie Nichols, blogger, Two Alpha Gals


    Dr. Scott P. Commins, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Elie McAfee-Hahn and Ko Takasugi-Czernowin. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 37 min
    Sign of the Times: School Safety, Women in Afghanistan, and the Queen’s Jubilee

    Sign of the Times: School Safety, Women in Afghanistan, and the Queen’s Jubilee

    First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: another mass shooting in Tulsa, the end of lockdowns in Shanghai, and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

    Next: After weeks of negotiating, the EU has finally put its foot down and banned most Russian oil imports. But when we look at the fine print, we learn that not all oil is banned equally. We’ll break down the latest sanctions and why they matter…in 60 seconds. 

    ICYMI: After the shooting in Uvalde last week, politicians are talking about gun control…and school safety. Aka: metal detectors, armed guards, armed teachers, and more. We’ll ask two educators about how they’re thinking about classroom safety – and what’s best for students. 

    Later: With SCOTUS ready to strike down Roe v. Wade, we’ve got women’s rights in other countries on our mind. Particularly in Afghanistan. We asked an expert where things stand for women in the country almost one year since the Taliban took control. 

    Finally: The babysitters club has new members. And for them, $15/hr won’t cut it anymore. An expert told us why babysitters are asking for more money, plus how parents are reacting. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Courtney Powers, high school teacher, Greenwich High School 


    Dr. David Title, associate professor, Sacred Heart University


    Dr. Lina AbiRafeh, aid worker, academic, and women’s rights activist



    Lynn Perkins, founder and CEO, UrbanSitter


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    • 37 min

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