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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. 

    New Year, New You, New Impeachment

    New Year, New You, New Impeachment

    First up: President Trump is now the first president to be impeached twice. We’ll tell you what happened this week and what to expect from a Senate trial. (:54)

    Then: It’s been more than a week since the attack on the U.S. Capitol, but the ripple effects are still being felt. We’ll break down last week’s security failure and look at what’s being done to stop something like this from happening again. (4:26)

    Quickly: The federal government has announced some big changes to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout policy. We’ll skimm what’s new … in 60 seconds. (11:42)

    ICYMI: 140,000 jobs were lost in the last month, and they were all held by women. We’ll explain how the fallout from this past recession disproportionately affects women. (14:01)

    Later: Let’s skimm your resume! We spoke to a career expert to break down how to put your best professional self forward on paper. (19:23)

    Finally: We’ve got a recap of the hottest (and strangest) tech coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show. Any takers for a $1,000 machine that makes margaritas and ice cream?! (29:20)


    PS: Want to tune up your own resume? Join TopResume's career expert, Amanda Augustine, for a free webinar and Q&A next week to learn the New Resume Rules for the New Year.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Jvette Klausen, professor of politics, Brandeis University 

    Brette Steele, director of prevention and national security, McCain Institute

    Kathryn Edwards, economist, RAND Corporation

    Yeerang Jang, Skimm’r

    Carolyn Nieberding, Skimm’r


    Amanda Augustine, career expert, TopResume


    Heather Kelly, technology reporter, The Washington Post



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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Justine Davie, and Luke Vargas. With additional support from Peter Bonaventure and Ciara Long. 
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    • 34 min
    How It Ended: Chaos in Congress

    How It Ended: Chaos in Congress

    Welcome to Skimm This. Here’s what we’re covering this week: 

    First up: In D.C., as Congress gathered to certify President-elect Joe Biden's presidential win, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. We’ll break down what happened on Wednesday.

    Then: All eyes were on Georgia this week. We’ll tell you what Democrats winning both Senate seats there means for the Biden administration. 

    ICYMI: The COVID-19 vaccine rollout hasn’t been going according to plan. We’ll explain the holdup in getting vaccines into people’s arms. 

    Later: Iran made a major announcement this week: they’re enriching their uranium to 20% purity. We won’t give you a chemistry lesson, but we will tell you why this matters and what this means for U.S. diplomacy moving forward.

    Finally: Is your fridge a hot mess after the holidays? We’ll speak to an expert to help you Skimm your fridge…so you can finally find your ketchup again. 


    Fun fact: "Betriebsblindheit" is German for "business blindness." Basically, something you do over and over without questioning. Click here to fill out our podcast survey. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Josh Michaud, associate director for global health policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

    Leah Askarinam, editor-in-chief, National Journal’s The Hotline


    Holly Dagres, non-resident fellow, the Atlantic Council

    Rachel Gurjar, chef, recipe developer, and food writer (IG)


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    • 31 min
    2020's Big Breakthroughs

    2020's Big Breakthroughs

    We all know 2020 has been a year. And while we may remember it as the year we started matching our facemasks to our sweatpants… it turns out 2020 can be remembered for a lot more than that. This week we’re looking back at the major developments that happened this year in medicine, foreign policy, and entertainment. 

    First up: It turns out COVID vaccines are not just a turning point for ending the pandemic, but also for fighting things like cancer and heart disease. We’ll break down this year’s medical breakthroughs. 

    Then: 2020 has been the year of global protests. Specifically, female-led global protests. We’ll explain the positive changes happening in Belarus, Sudan, and Poland, and why they could be a good sign for the future.  

    Finally: Anyone else miss going to the movies? We sure do. And so does the entertainment industry. We’ll tell you how they’ve pivoted because of the pandemic. And why videogames are making a major comeback. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief medical correspondent, author, "The New Normal"

    Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, author, “The Education of an Idealist”

    Giovanni Colantonio, video game reporter 

    Rebecca Rubin, film and media reporter, “Variety” 

    Skimm HQ’ers Hadley, Sam N., Maria M., Lindsay, and co-founder Carly Zakin


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    • 34 min
    You Asked, We Skimm’d: Russian Hacking, the New COVID Strain...and Aliens

    You Asked, We Skimm’d: Russian Hacking, the New COVID Strain...and Aliens

    This week, we’re answering your questions about what’s going on in the news right now. Here’s what you wanted to know: 

    First up: What’s the deal with this new strain of COVID that’s been found in the UK? 

    Then: Why did Russia hack the United States again? And what information did they get? 

    Next: What’s in the new stimulus package? 

    And: What’s happening to our alcohol consumption during COVID? And how do we know if it’s a problem? 

    Also: Why am I seeing headlines about a “galactic federation”? 

    Finally: Are robots really coming for our jobs?


    PS: You can find the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Website, Rethinking Drinking, here. And here is the NIAAA’s Treatment Navigator. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Dr. Amber D’Souza, infectious disease epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins University

    Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Garrett Kenyon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Yijing Watkins, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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    • 23 min
    Your COVID Vaccine Q’s, Skimm’d

    Your COVID Vaccine Q’s, Skimm’d

    Welcome to Skimm This. Here’s what we’re covering this week: 

    First up: The first Americans have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that it’s here, we know you’ve got questions. So we called in an expert to Skimm the answers.

    Then: Your holiday package forecast? Expect some delays. We’ll tell you what you need to know if you’re planning to do some last minute shopping. 

    Quickly: This season’s hottest gift? Dry ice. We’ll tell you why…in 60 seconds. 

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    ICYMI: Congress is working on another COVID-19 stimulus bill. But longer-term solutions are required to solve some of the most pressing issues in America: hunger and public transportation. 

    Finally: What better way to kick off the week of Christmas than with...a Christmas star. We’ll explain the once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event that you might spot on the horizon starting December 21st.


    P.S., Those resources we told you about in the show? Click here if you or someone you know needs help seeking information on how to obtain food.
    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Julie Fischer, associate research professor, Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security

    Ramona Hood, president and CEO, FedEx Custom Critical

    Stacey Nicholas, director of community outreach, Douglass Community Services

    Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America

    Sarah Kaufman, associate director, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation


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    • 29 min
    Polar Express: From Pfizer’s Labs to You

    Polar Express: From Pfizer’s Labs to You

    Welcome to Skimm This. Here’s what we’re covering this week: 


    First up: The Electoral College is meeting Monday to finally put this whole election to bed. We’ll tell you what’s expected to go down. 

    Then: Congress is, once again, deadlocked over whether to pass another Coronavirus relief bill. We’ll explain the holdup.

    Quickly: Some major companies (think: Airbnb and Doordash) are going public. If that has you wondering WTF is an IPO… we’ll break it down in 60 seconds. 

    ICYMI: It’s been a historic week in the fight against COVID-19. But approving a vaccine and successfully “rolling one out” aren’t the same thing. We’ll tell you what challenges lie ahead. 

    Finally: We’ve got some advice on how to limit your COVID-19 exposure risk if you’re getting into an Uber or Lyft. Pro tip: roll down multiple windows. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in governance studies, Brookings Institution

    Wendy Zukerman, host, “Science Vs.” (a podcast from Gimlet, a Spotify Studio)

    Kenny Breuer, professor of engineering, Brown University


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    • 28 min

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