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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. 

    Table Topics: Oil Prices, Rittenhouse, and Ethical Debates

    Table Topics: Oil Prices, Rittenhouse, and Ethical Debates

    First up: We’ve got a breakdown of the week’s biggest stories – including anti-lockdown protests in Europe, what President Biden is doing to lower gas prices, and why more Americans are saying they don’t want to have children. 

    Next: We’ll break down the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, and speaking to an expert about the bigger implications of this trial for gun rights in the United States. 

    Then: We’ve got updates on the status of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, and we’ll follow up on those labor strikes from October. 

    Plus: If your family keeps complaining about the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, we’ve got some tips on how to limit the impact rising inflation will have on your wallet.

    Finally: If your dinner table debates get a little too spicy this year, it might be time to call in the oracle of Delphi – or at least her AI replacement. Here’s where you can find her.



    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Cheryl Bader, clinical associate professor of law, Fordham 

    Liwei Jiang, PhD candidate, University of Washington


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    • 29 min
    Bad Boys? Gosar, Putin, and Elon Musk

    Bad Boys? Gosar, Putin, and Elon Musk

    First up: We’ll break down the headlines, including what got settled at a meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and China, why the sports world is on edge after the disappearance of a Chinese tennis star, new consumer spending data, and why the House voted to censure Republican Paul Gosar.
    Next: Vladimir Putin is causing headaches for world leaders again. We’ll ask one expert: why is Russia stirring up trouble with Poland and Ukraine, and firing missiles into space? 
    Then: We’ve got an exclusive chat with Mayor Pete — or rather, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg — on what the newly-passed infrastructure bill will mean for your town or city.
    ICYMI: Elon Musk has been all over the news lately: selling Tesla stocks, insulting politicians, and telling the U.N. he’d help solve world hunger if they showed him a plan. We’ll save you a scroll down his Twitter feed with a breakdown of what he’s been up to … in 60 seconds.
    Plus: November is Native American Heritage Month. We’ll speak to one expert about the dark history of American assimilation policies, and what new research is uncovering.
    Finally: Ahead of Thanksgiving, we called up a few of our doctor friends to ask what they’re doing to celebrate the holiday safely this year.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    John E. Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine


    Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation


    Dr. Susana Grajales Geliga, co-director, Genoa Indian School Reconciliation Project


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


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


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    • 32 min
    Shivers: Astroworld, COP26, and Inflation

    Shivers: Astroworld, COP26, and Inflation

    First up: Nine people died in a stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival last weekend. We called up one local reporter who was on the scene to explain what happened, whether this tragedy could have been prevented, and what it means for live music. 
    Next: Congress finally passed its $1.2 billion infrastructure bill. We’ve got the details on how the money’s gonna be spent.
    Then: The U.N.’s climate talks are starting to wrap up. We’ll talk to a climate reporter about what new commitments countries brought to the negotiations, as well as what they didn’t.
    ICYMI: We’ve got a roundup of some of this week’s biggest stories, from Nicaragua’s elections and Belarus’ border to how a hand signal learned on TikTok saved a life.
    Plus: We’ll break down this week’s top business headlines, including the U.S. welcoming back foreign visitors and why everyone from Amazon to Spectrum is begging you to work for them.
    Finally: We’ve got an infrastructure bill, but we’re still waiting on its counterpart: the social spending bill that, at one point, contained paid family leave. We’ve got an update on what’s holding it up.

    P.S. Here’s how to do the TikTok hand signal for distress, and here’s the research on why wish-lists for gifts are better for everyone.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Joey Guerra, music critic, The Houston Chronicle



    Juliet Eilperin, deputy climate editor, The Washington Post



    Dr. Carolyn Rubenstein, psychologist


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    • 37 min
    20/21 Vision: Election Results, Greenwashing, and Let’s Go Brandon

    20/21 Vision: Election Results, Greenwashing, and Let’s Go Brandon

    First up: We’ve got a breakdown of what went down in elections all over the country this week, and what it could mean for next year’s midterms. 
    Next: We’ll get into this week’s other big stories, from the latest on COVID-19 vaccines for kids to workplace vaccine mandates and Facebook’s retreat from facial recognition.
    Then: Texas’ restrictive abortion law wound up in front of the Supreme Court again this week. We listened in on the arguments — and called up two of our lawyer friends to tell us what’s likely to happen next.
    Plus: The U.N.’s yearly climate talks around underway — and people keep talking about greenwashing. We’ll explain what it actually is and how you can avoid it.
    ICYMI: You might have heard someone say “Let’s Go Brandon!” at some point in the last few weeks. Here’s why it probably isn’t aimed at a Brandon near you.
    Finally: New research finds women are better investors than men. We’ll talk to an expert about why that might be.

    P.S. Here’s a tool you can use to figure out if your fave clothing company is as sustainable as it says it is, and here’s a tool to help screen your investments.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Caroline Mala Corbin, professor of law, University of Miami School of Law


    Seema Mohapatra, visiting professor of law, Southern Methodist University School of Law


    Debbie Carlson, freelance investing reporter, Marketwatch

    Elisabeth Schenk, Clean Clothes Campaign, Public Eye

    Lorna Kapusta , Fidelity Investments


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    • 35 min
    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Paid Leave, Facebook, the Planet

    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Paid Leave, Facebook, the Planet

    First up: So much for paid family leave. Democrats unveiled a more than $1 trillion spending bill this week, but it’s leaving a lot of people disappointed. We’ll catch up with one Capitol Hill reporter to find out why.
    Next: We’ve got the latest on Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for kids under 12, the coup in Sudan, the U.N.’s scary climate report and the U.S. asking passport holders: is your gender M, F or X?
    ICYMI: The midterm elections aren’t until 2022, but Election Day next Tuesday could set the tone for next year’s midterms. We’ll break down what to look out for.
    Then: October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. We’ll explain what miscarriages are, and we’ll ask two fertility specialists: what are the best things to say to someone who’s going through one?
    Let’s talk biz: A bunch of companies announced their Q3 earnings this week, and plenty of them announced more price increases for consumers. We’ll explain what’s driving that.
    Plus: Facebook has had so much bad press lately, but the headlines are barely making a dent in the company’s profits. We’ll talk to one reporter about Facebook’s handling of the “Facebook Papers” scandal.
    Finally: If the “nature is healing” memes got you through some dark moments last year, now there’s actual science to show you’re not alone. Literally, memes are good for our health. We’ll get into just why that is.

    P.S. We’ve got resources for anyone dealing with loss or grief after a miscarriage here.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Alice Miranda Ollstein, healthcare and Capitol Hill reporter, POLITICO


    Keach Hagey, investigative reporter for media and tech, The Wall Street Journal



    Dr. Natalie Crawford, fertility physician


    Dr. Temeka Zore, fertility specialist and board-certified OB/GYN


    Jessica Myrick , professor of media studies, Penn State University


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    • 33 min
    Strike Three: Labor Unions, Netflix, and Twindemics

    Strike Three: Labor Unions, Netflix, and Twindemics

    First up: We’ve got the latest on COVID booster shots, over-the-counter hearing aids, a breakthrough organ transplant, and a high-profile kidnapping in Haiti. 
    Next: Congress’ January 6th investigation is picking up steam. We’ll break down what info they’re after, and why former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is coming up in all of this. 
    ICYMI: It’s flu season again, and experts are warning about a “twindemic.” We’ll Skimm what that could look like … in 60 seconds.
    Then: Netflix employees staged a virtual walkout this week, after the streaming giant defended the release of a controversial Dave Chapelle comedy special. We listened in on Netflix’s earning call to figure out where the company really stands.
    Plus: Workers are getting ready to walk all over the country, as labor unions prepare to strike for better pay, conditions and hours. We’ll look at why so many strikes are happening that this month has been dubbed “Striketober.” 
    Finally: We’ve spent the last year craving a vacation. And it seems like Saudi Arabia heard our prayers… although we can’t say hanging out on an oil rig is exactly our speed. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, Cornell University


    Alex Press, staff writer, Jacobin


    Kathryn Dill, early careers reporter, the Wall Street Journal 


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    • 30 min

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