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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. 

    Get It Together: Senate Filibuster, US-Russia, and Your Paycheck

    Get It Together: Senate Filibuster, US-Russia, and Your Paycheck

    First up: We’ve got the latest on how hospitals are coping with Omicron cases amid a staffing shortage, rising inflation (again), the latest scandal to hit top US universities, and Prince Andrew getting thrown some royal shade. 
    Then: The US and Russia are squaring off again – and these talks are giving people some major Cold War vibes. We’ll ask one expert why things are so tense right now, and why Putin’s got Team Biden running in circles. 
    ICYMI: Djokovic might be warming up for the Australian open, but immigration officials still haven’t decided if he should even be in the country. We’ll bring you up to date on the twists and turns of Djokovic’s Australian visa drama.
    Next: The debate over the filibuster is back and if you forgot exactly what the filibuster even is…you’re not alone. We’ll run through a quick definition, and break down both sides of the spicy debate over changing it. 
    Finally: At theSkimm, we do New Year’s resolutions a little differently. Today, we’ll fill you in on one of the ways we’re getting smarter this year: making sure our paycheck deductions are going to the best health insurance and retirement options.

    P.S. Here’s what all those acronyms for different kinds of retirement plans actually mean.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security

    Marsha Barnes, personal finance expert and founder, The Finance Bar 


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    • 32 min
    Where Do We Go From Here? Capitol Insurrection, 5G, Back to School

    Where Do We Go From Here? Capitol Insurrection, 5G, Back to School

    First up: We’ve got the latest on school closures across the country, COVID-19 boosters for teenagers, the jury’s verdict in the Elizabeth Holmes trial, and Apple hitting $3 trillion dollars. 
    Next: Verizon and AT&T’s 5G rollout is threatening to ground planes in major cities all over the US. We’ll break down why — and how the airlines and mobile networks plan to fix it. 
    Then: One year ago today, rioters stormed the Capitol building in DC. We’ll ask two experts: what’s happened since then? And what’s being done to make sure nothing like this ever happens again?
    Plus: Biden’s got beef with the meat industry. We’ll explain why a few major meatpackers have got the President’s attention. 
    Finally: It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter movie hit theaters. We’ll talk to one journalist about the legacy of those movies - and what the HBO anniversary special left on the cutting room floor.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Molly Reynolds, senior fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institute


    Seamus Hughes, deputy director, George Washington University Project on Extremism


    Karla Rodriguez, pop culture reporter, Complex


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    • 31 min
    NSFW: Omicron Surge and Swear Words

    NSFW: Omicron Surge and Swear Words

    First up: We’ve got the latest on the end of the Kellogg’s workers’ strike, the government hitting pause on student loan repayments again and emergency FDA authorization for Pfizer’s at-home COVID-19 pill. 
    Then: If you’ve been wondering why we’re all still scrambling for rapid tests two years into the pandemic… you’re not alone. We Skimm’d Biden’s announcement this week on the plan for tackling Omicron - which includes revamping testing.
    Next: Season Three of COVID-19 just dropped, and a lot of people are getting positive tests for the first time. We’ll ask two doctors what we should do if we test positive.
    Plus: If you’re planning some serious sofa time over the holidays — whether you’re isolating at home, or just relaxing — we’ve got you covered. We’re sharing some of theSkimm staff’s top TV, film, book, and podcast recs from 2021.
    Finally: We’re really done with being in a f****** pandemic. And apparently it’s showing up in all our language, because we’re all cursing a lot more. We’ll break down why, and what you can do if you wanna clean things up. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


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


    Dr. Lipi Roy, medical director, Housing Works


    Dr. Kavita Patel, primary care physician and fellow, Brookings Institution 

    Skimm HQ’rs Alaisha, Andrew, Anthony, Ciara, Clem, Erika, Graelyn, Niven, and Sarah 


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    • 33 min
    And Just Like That: Omicron, Kentucky, Peloton

    And Just Like That: Omicron, Kentucky, Peloton

    First up: We’ve got the latest on the tornado damage in Kentucky, Congress raising the debt ceiling, and the big USA Gymnastics settlement. 
    Then: This week, Congress passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act, funding the military for the next year. But this year’s bill was different. We’ll break down a major change that’s meant to curb sexual assault in the armed services. 
    ICYMI: The Golden Globes nominations dropped this week… and basically no one cared. We’ll get into how the award ceremony’s scandal-tainted history is affecting its cultural relevance.
    Next: Experts say Omicron is about to surge here in the US. We called up Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to answer our questions about staying safe over the holidays. 
    Plus: It seems like no-one can stop talking about inflation. Including the Federal Reserve, who met this week to try to lower prices. But while we wait for new policies to kick in, we’ve got some expert advice on how to rework your budget in the meantime. 
    Finally: Peloton got some bad press after the first episode of the ‘Sex And The City’ reboot aired… and the workout-from-home company fired back with its own ad. We’ll ask a marketing expert: how much trouble did this actually cause for Peloton?

    P.S. Here’s what you can do to help victims of the recent tornadoes in the Midwest and the South.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Kelly Kennedy, managing editor, The War Horse


    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 


    Marguerita Cheng, Certified Financial Planner


    Whitney Headen, CEO, 19th and Park creative agency


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    • 33 min
    Reality Dating Shows Are Bad. Why Do We Love Them?

    Reality Dating Shows Are Bad. Why Do We Love Them?

    Today: we're sharing the latest episode of another Skimm podcast, Pop Cultured with theSkimm. Skimm This will be back in your feed with the week's news on Thursday.
    The Bachelorette’s Michelle Young is making Bachelor nation history. For the first time since the franchise premiered in 2002, the man who'll soon be handed that final rose is guaranteed to be a man of color. It may seem like reality dating shows are making some slow progress on diversity. But why aren’t they keeping up with our IRL views on love and relationships? 

    You’ll hear from:

    Bethonie Butler, TV and pop culture reporter for the Washington Post.
    Joanna Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of Experience magazine and contributing editor to POLITICO Magazine

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    • 44 min
    Naughty List: Russia, China, Texas Redistricting

    Naughty List: Russia, China, Texas Redistricting

    First up: President Biden and Vladimir Putin had an awkward Zoom this week to discuss the growing tension at the border of Ukraine. But just like any convo you’ve had with a friend slash enemy, this one… didn’t solve much. 
    Next: Speaking of US frenemies, this week Biden bucked the social norms by RSVPing ‘no’ to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics… as did Canada, the UK and Australia.
    ICYMI: We’ve got the latest on the Department of Justice suing Texas over its redistricting maps, new data about teens’ mental health, and Angela Merkel’s auf wiedersehen after 16 years as German Chancellor.
    Then: It’s looking more likely that SCOTUS might overturn Roe v. Wade next year. We’ll talk to two experts about how access to abortion affects our finances, our health and our mental wellbeing.
    Finally: Art Basel just wrapped in Miami, with a new addition this year: NFTs. We’ll ask one art reporter what this new convergence of art and tech means for the future of the art market.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Dr. Marta Perez, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine

    Caitlin Myers, economics professor, Middlebury College

    Anna Brady, art markets editor, the Art Newspaper


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    • 29 min

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