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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. 

    Heat of the Moment: Biden Meets Putin, SCOTUS, and Juneteenth

    Heat of the Moment: Biden Meets Putin, SCOTUS, and Juneteenth

    First up: Biden and Putin had their first face-to-face meeting. We’ll tell you what was on the agenda (hint: nuclear weapons and cyberattacks) and whether this meeting was more than just a photo op. 

    Next: We’ve got the context on recent reports about the Trump-era Department of Justice obtaining the info of journalists and politicians, and what’s going on with the latest heat wave out West. 

    Then: The Supremes are about to take their summer vacay, but before they go, they tend to drop some bombshells. And two major decisions broke today. We’ll explain the cases we have our eye on. 

    Finally: Saturday is Juneteenth. We’re taking a look at how companies have been thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion differently over the last year. 


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Torrey Taussig, research director for the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Harvard Kennedy School

    Caroline Polisi, legal analyst and adjunct lecturer at Columbia Law School

    Evelyn Carter, Managing Partner, Paradigm 

    Janelle Jones, Chief Economist, Department of Labor


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    Skimm'd by Bridget Armstrong and Alex Carr. Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
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    • 32 min
    Call Them What You Want To: Voting Bills, COVID Variants, Royal Offspring

    Call Them What You Want To: Voting Bills, COVID Variants, Royal Offspring

    First up: We’ll break down Biden’s first overseas trip as president, how the U.S. hopes to stay the world’s top tech country, why its RIP for Keystone XL and what leaked docs show the ultra-wealthy really pay in taxes.
    Next: This week, the F.D.A. approved a new Alzheimer’s drug — but not everyone’s thrilled. We’ll get into why experts aren’t so sure about aducanumab.
    Then: Dozens of bills restricting voters’ rights have passed in states all over the U.S. this year. We’ll dive into some of the most common restrictions being passed, and the impact they’re likely to have. You can find theSkimm’s breakdown of voting rights bills by state here. 
    ICYMI: A 6-3 conservative majority in the Supreme Court and aging liberal judges has some calling for Justice Breyer to step down. We’ll break down why a guy with a lifetime gig might choose to throw in the towel early.
    Plus: What’s in a name? A lot, if you ask the W.H.O — which is asking news outlets to call COVID-19 variants by Greek letter nicknames.
    Finally: Hear ye, hear ye. There’s a new royal baby in town. So we’re talking royal baby names with an expert… and breaking down why Meghan and Harry’s choice of Lilibet Diana might be a diplomatic masterstroke.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Eliza Sweren-Becker, counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

    Omid Scobie, royals correspondent, Harper's Bazaar, author, “Finding Freedom”


    P.S. If your appetite for learning about the royals knows no bounds, check out our list of 9 essential royal reads.
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    • 29 min
    New School: Naomi Osaka, Global Vax Access, Teaching Tulsa

    New School: Naomi Osaka, Global Vax Access, Teaching Tulsa

    First up: We’ll break down Israel’s (likely) government shakeup, Biden’s latest moves on the southern border, and new data about female CEOs.
    Next: We’ll look at why tennis star Naomi Osaka’s decision to take a break from competition is about so much more than sports.
    Then: While the U.S. deals with vaccine hesitancy, a lot of countries have no shots, period. We’ll talk to a health reporter about how the U.S. can (and should) turn the global vaccine shortage around.
    ICYMI: This week was the 100 year anniversary of the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We asked two experts why schools don’t teach students about that and the dozens of similar events that happened in what’s known as the “Red Summer.”
    Finally: We’ll get the lowdown from a book critic about why adding a kinda dark-sounding work of foreign fiction to our summer reading list is worth it.

    P.S. You can get your copy of this year’s International Booker Prize winner here.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Natasha Loder, health policy editor, The Economist, host, “The Jab” podcast

    Dr. Shanedra Nowell, associate professor of social studies education, Oklahoma State University

    Heather Goodenough, social studies teacher, Oklahoma


    Lily Meyer, writer, translator and book critic


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    • 30 min
    Something’s in the Air: Pollen, COVID Origin Theories, Police Reform

    Something’s in the Air: Pollen, COVID Origin Theories, Police Reform

    First up: Let’s break down some headlines, from America’s top diplomat visiting Israel to Belarus faking an airline bomb threat.
    Next: President Biden wants U.S. intelligence to figure out the origins of COVID-19. That’s reviving an old theory that the pandemic could have come from a laboratory.
    Plus: It’s been a year since George Floyd was murdered. We’ll break down what progress has been made — and where activists say there’s more to do.
    ICYMI: In a bid to get past the partisan standoff in Congress, politicians are reconnecting with some old friends: earmarks. We break down how the controversial practice could help — or hurt — in Washington D.C.
    Finally: If you can’t stop sneezing … we know why. We’ll chat with a pollen expert about tips to cope and why pollen forecasting could offer some sweet relief.

    Interested in joining our team? Check out our audio producer job opening here.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, The Advancement Project


    Fiona Lo, pollen scientist, University of Washington


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    Correction: A previous version of our story on earmarks featured an archival news audio clip claiming that $500,000 had been earmarked for studying "shrimp on a treadmill." That news clip failed to mention that funding was spent on a variety of scientific projects.

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    • 24 min
    The Price Is Not Right: Mideast Fighting, Inflation, Summer Travel

    The Price Is Not Right: Mideast Fighting, Inflation, Summer Travel

    First up: We’ve got the context you need on Mississippi abortion law heading to the Supreme Court, the new hate crimes bill that just passed Congress and President Biden showing off an electric pickup. 
    Next: Nearly two weeks of Israeli-Palestinian fighting has caused fighting… among US lawmakers. We’ll break down what’s going on with America’s diplomatic relationship with Israel, and what some politicians are hoping to change.  
    Plus: U.S. military intelligence says reports of UFOs are legit. But do we know anything about them?
    Then: If you’re thinking about planning a vacation this summer, you might want to act fast. We’ll tell you why everything from flights to rental cars is in extra high demand right now. 
    ICYMI: You may have heard the word “inflation” come up recently. If you need a quick refresher, we’ve got you. We’ll explain how inflation works, why people are talking about it right now, and ask an expert if it’s worth getting worried.
    Finally: On our other podcast, Skimm’d from the Couch, we sat down with Stacey Abrams this week to talk career goals. You can catch our full interview here.

    Interested in joining our team? Check out our audio producer job opening here.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Anna Palmer, founder and CEO, Punchbowl News

    Darlene Brown, Texas AirBNB operator, owner, Bonhost


    Dr. Kristen Broady, Dean, Dillard University College of Business

    Stacey Abrams, voting rights activist and former Georgia House representative


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    • 32 min
    Is This Gonna Be Forever?

    Is This Gonna Be Forever?

    First up: Renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict is threatening to spiral into all-out war. We’ll break down what you need to know. 
    Then: We’re giving you the context on two more events that have been making headlines this week: Liz Cheney’s demotion, and a Pfizer vaccine for teens.  
    Next: A major pipeline in the US got hacked over the weekend. We’ll tell you WTF a ransomware attack is, why they’re so common, and why the US is typically a major target. 
    ICYMI: We’re speaking with one of the cofounders of the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate to talk about the hate crimes that Asian Americans have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Finally: We’ve been feeling kind of embarrassed about our screen time over the past year… but should we be? We investigated whether this pesky new habit is really so bad. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Lily Hay Newman, senior writer, WIRED

    Manjusha P. Kulkarni, co-founder, Stop AAPI Hate


    Wendy Zukerman, host, “Science Vs,” a podcast from Gimlet, A Spotify Studio


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    • 28 min

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Best news recap/learning

Love this show every week. Takes a different POV than most other news shows and isn’t biased. They have interesting guest speakers and find innovative ways to break down the hop topics of the week.

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This show used to be my go to for real, easy to understand news. However, it’s taken quite a turn from reporting news to reporting a super left agenda, which is highly disappointing. I understand that all news podcasts are somewhat directed by political views but it becomes a no for me when it moves from moderate on either side to full tilt right or left. I’m super disappointed that the show is now just another “one of those”.

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Love this show

The interviews y’all do are always so interesting. Like you see inside my brain :)

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