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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. 

    Shoot for the Moon

    Shoot for the Moon

    First up: We’ve got the context on this week’s biggest headlines, from Trump’s Facebook ban to what’s going on with federal eviction protections and protests in Colombia. 
    Plus: This week, the White House said it supports waiving patent protections for COVID vaccines. Well break down whether that will help boost the global vaccine supply and why drug companies are annoyed.  
    Next: Can employers or colleges make people get vaccinated? We’ll take at the arguments on both sides.
    Then: Whether it’s burnout or boredom, low wages or Zoom fatigue, millennials are making some big professional and financial changes. The logic? YOLO.
    ICYMI: Who else knows you only live once? The billionaires competing in the 21st century’s new space race. We’re diving into what the battle between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos means for the future of space travel.
    Finally: It’s been a mother of a year. We’re passing the mic to five moms to hear how its been and what this Sunday means to them. 

    P.S. You can find theSkimm’s guide to Mother’s Day — from our survey results to gift guides and how to outsource your household work — here.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Duke University’s Global Health Institute


    Kevin Roose, technology and business columnist, The New York Times



    Marina Koren, staff writer, The Atlantic


    Jessica, Samii, Rochelle and Stephanie, Skimm’r moms 

    Stacy Rapacon, theSkimm’s finance editor


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    • 31 min
    What Are You Waiting For?

    What Are You Waiting For?

    First up: President Biden’s been in office for 100 days. And while he's giving himself an A for effort, we’ll break down his real report card with what he has – and hasn’t – accomplished so far. 

    ICYMI: We’ve got the latest on the 2020 Census data, the arrival of some pesky friends, and the drama between Facebook and Apple (pssst: you may have a front row seat). 

    Next: India is facing a COVID-19 crisis. We’ll explain what’s going on, and what the rest of the world is doing to help. 

    Later: The U.S. still hasn’t reached herd immunity. One reason? Vaccine hesitancy. We spoke to an expert to ask: how bad is this problem and how are public health agencies trying to change minds?

    Finally: Do the words “bedtime procrastination” resonate with you? We’ll break down the concept, and hopefully, help you catch some zzz’s. 


    PS: Those links we told you about in our sleep segment? 

    Check out Dr. Sirois’s research here


    Here’s the OG “revenge bedtime procrastination” article 

    And here’s our guide to help you sleep smarter


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan, assistant professor of family Medicine and community health, Duke University Global Health Institute

    Dr. Fuschia Sirois, researcher on health and human psychology, University of Sheffield

    Carly M., theSkimm’s health writer 


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    • 29 min
    Skimm Special: Your Best and Worst Pandemic Buys

    Skimm Special: Your Best and Worst Pandemic Buys

    On this special episode of Skimm This, we wanted to take a break from the news for some comic relief, and get a chance to hear some of your voices. A few weeks ago, we asked you to fill out a survey about how the past year has been. The good, the bad, and the ugly. And we started getting a lot of must-read responses to one question in particular: what was your best or worst pandemic purchase? 




    First up: A wannabe survivalist builds out his basement to store lots and lots of powdered milk. We decided to check in with him...and his wife.

    Then: We heard about some toys for kids that didn’t exactly come as advertised. 

    Next: Millennials are becoming farmers, with new chicken coops and garden boxes sparking joy. 

    Later: Some purchases ended up being some serious silver linings. Looking at you, new mattress and blow-up swimming pool. And other pandemic buys became new hobbies that are hopefully sticking with us post-COVID.   

    Finally: We’ll break down the trends from the year’s purchases...and give you some tips on what makes a good one (and how to avoid the bad). 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 




    Luke, senior audio producer, theSkimm

    Skimm’rs Dominique, Lisa, Heather, Mia, Julia, Shelby, Sara, Anissa, Jessica and Kelly 


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    • 18 min
    Like the Sea We Rise

    Like the Sea We Rise

    First up: A jury this week found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. We’ll talk to the creator of Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability  about how this historic trial could impact law enforcement trials in the future. 

    ICYMI: We’ve got the latest news about fake vaccines, global travel warnings and a sleep study you may have texted to your parents in a panic.

    Next: The U.S. just set some big climate goals. We’ll break down what those promises actually mean. (Here’s the Daily Skimm’s big Earth Day newsletter)

    Later: So much for dolphins in the Venice canals. A year into the pandemic, global emissions are rising again. But there are some silver linings. We’ll talk to a climate reporter about the growing environmental justice movement and how we can make a difference. 

    Finally: We’ve got a viewer’s guide on Sunday’s Academy Awards and what to binge at the last minute. (P.S. Our team's favorite films last year were Promising Young Woman, First Cow, Bacurau, Greyhound and Emma)


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

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

    Helen Mountford, vice president for climate and economics, World Resources Institute 


    Kendra Pierre-Louis, senior reporter and producer, “How to Save a Planet”


    Nicole Sperling, media and entertainment reporter, The New York Times


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr and Luke Vargas. With additional support from Ciara Long and Peter Bonaventure. Our head of audio is Graelyn Brashear. 
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    • 31 min
    Fury Road: Minnesota, Infrastructure, and Scream Science

    Fury Road: Minnesota, Infrastructure, and Scream Science

    First up: To help understand all of this week’s COVID headlines – including big news about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – we phoned up a doctor to ask: “Hey did you read that thing?”
    Then: We’ve got the latest on the most recent incident of police violence in Minnesota, why Iran is increasing its uranium enrichment, and the latest beef between the U.S. and Russia.
    After that: If President Biden has his way, U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021. We’ll break down why ending America’s longest war is so tricky.
    Quickly: We’ve got the details on a new plan to slow migration to the U.S. from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.
    Later: We got a call from the U.S. Commerce Secretary this week. A $2 trillion infrastructure plan is being debated in Congress, and she thinks millennials should be paying attention.
    Finally: We’re letting out some steam. And breaking down the science…of screaming. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 



    Dr. Celine Gounder, clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases, New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine

    Gina Raimondo, US Commerce Secretary

    Noreen MacDonald, chair, department of city and regional planning, UNC Chapel Hill


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    • 32 min
    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

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