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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. 

    Heated: Brittney Griner, Medical Gaslighting, Hot Girl Sh*t

    Heated: Brittney Griner, Medical Gaslighting, Hot Girl Sh*t

    First: We’ve got the context on the biggest headlines of the week: Brittney Griner’s guilty verdict, monkeypox updates + how to stay safe, the unexpected Kansas abortion vote outcome, and the killing of Al Qaeda’s leader. PS: check out the CDC’s FAQ on the monkeypox vaccine.


    Next: House speaker Nancy Pelosi went on a tour of Asia this week. And her summer travel itinerary got international communities buzzing. We’ll give you the DL on why her trip to Taiwan was so controversial and what went down…in 60 seconds. 

    Also: Has a doctor ever downplayed your symptoms? If so, you’re not alone. There’s even a name for it: medical gaslighting. And it disproportionately affects women, people of color, geriatric patients and LGBTQ+ people. We talk to two experts who break down what medical gaslighting is, what the signs of it are, and how to advocate for your health at the doctor’s office. 

    Finally: ICYMI, everything is "hot" now. Inspired by pop-culture icons like Paris Hilton and Megan Thee Stallion, people are now calling everything in their lives "hot" – even when it doesn't conform to the word's conventional definition. We speak to a reporter about how the three letter word has recently taken on a new meaning. Plus, a TikTok creator guides us on a "hot girl walk". So lace up those shoes. 


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Allison, Sidney, and Pam, Skimm HQrs


    Dr. Jennifer Mieres, professor of cardiology and chief DEI officer, Northwell Health


    Dr. Karen Spencer, professor of health and behavioral sciences, University of Denver-Colorado


    Danya Issawi, writer, The Cut


    Mia Lind, TikTok creator 


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 34 min
    Both Sides Now: Recession Fears, VP Harris on Abortion, Heat Waves

    Both Sides Now: Recession Fears, VP Harris on Abortion, Heat Waves

    First: We’ve got the latest on the economic news of the week. To sort out the Fed’s interest rate hike, corporate earnings, and the latest GDP report showing another quarter of shrinkage, we phone a friend and learn what all these money moves mean. 

    Next: Lawmakers in Indiana introduced a near total abortion ban, kicking off a special legislative session this week. Skimm This spoke to VP Kamala Harris in Indianapolis to learn about the federal government’s response since Roe fell — and what we can expect to see going forward. 

    ICYMI: It’s too darn hot. With extreme heat on the rise worldwide, many cities are scrambling to figure out how to handle it. We talk to an emergency planning coordinator from Seattle who tells us how her city plans to beat the heat. PS: Here’s how you can stay safe and cool during a heatwave.


    Finally: From Yosemite to Yellowstone, national park visits boomed during the pandemic as people looked for safe-ish ways to go on vacay. But with parks overcrowded and severe weather taking a toll, one travel expert shares alternative places to go that are just as Instagram-worthy, if not more. 


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Katheryn Edwards, economist, RAND Corporation


    Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States

    Lucia Schmidt, emergency planning coordinator, Seattle Office of Emergency Management


    Shannon Lowery, content manager, Visit USA Parks


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 33 min
    About Damn Time?: Strong US Dollar, Microchip Manufacturing, Shark Sightings

    About Damn Time?: Strong US Dollar, Microchip Manufacturing, Shark Sightings

    First: We've got the major headlines from this week: President Biden tests positive for Covid-19, heat waves scorch western Europe and 100M in the US, a marriage equality vote in the House, and an election security vote in the Senate. 

    Next: The Euro and US Dollar are just about equal for the first time in along time, but it isn’t JUST about cheap aperol spritzes (well, maybe to some people).  We’ll break down how we got here – and how you can take advantage of a strong dollar – all in 60 seconds.  

    ICYMI: Monkeypox cases are on the rise, and vaccine appointments are still scarce. We talk to an expert about why cases are spreading, why the government has been so slow to act, and what to expect as new infections continue.

    Also: Tiny microchips are the talk of the town in Washington DC. We’ll explain why microchips are getting the A-list treatment on Capitol Hill, and what this means for the future of American tech innovation. 

    Finally: Baby there’s a shark in the water. Or like, 100 of them. With all the recent shark attacks and sightings in the Northeast, we sat down with a shark expert to learn why it seems like there’s more than usual and what we can do to stay safe at the beach. 


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Keletso Makofane, PhD, FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow, Harvard University


    Will Knight, Senior Writer, Wired


    Candace Fields, PhD Student in Predator, Ecology ,and Conservation lab, Florida International University


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by  Elie McAfee-Hahn and Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 36 min
    Cruel Summer: Inflation, COVID Immunity, and Shady TikTok Ads

    Cruel Summer: Inflation, COVID Immunity, and Shady TikTok Ads

    First: We’re kicking it off with the big headlines for the week: June inflation numbers, what you need to know about the COVID variant dominating the US right now, the launch of the 988 mental health hotline, and why the president of Sri Lanka resigned – over email – today. 

    Next: President Biden hopped on Air Force one to head to the Middle East for his first visit to the region since his presidency began. We'll explain the Biden agenda and why the trip is causing a lot of controversy...in 60 seconds.

    ICYMI: Elon Musk called it quits with Twitter this week. Twitter’s response? Lawyer up, Musk. We talk to a tech reporter to learn more about the breakup and how she thinks it’ll all play out in court. 

    Also: From foot fetish websites to fancy water, TikTok influencers are making bank off of sponsored content. But some of them are breaking the law at the same time. We talk to a reporter who went down the rabbit hole of undisclosed sponcon to learn why influencers are saying “no thanks” to putting #ad on their posts – and why it’s so hard to stop it. PS: If you think you’re seeing undisclosed spon-con on your FYP, report it to the FTC here. 

    Finally: We’re throwing it back to the early 2000s mall culture. Specifically to the store with the little pink bag and iconic fashion show, Victoria’s Secret. We chat with the director and EP of a new docuseries that follows the iconic brand’s fall from grace.


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Dr. Kavita Patel, physician


    Rachel Lerman, technology reporter, The Washington Post


    Sara Morrison, senior reporter, Recode

    Jenny Ewig, executive producer, Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons

    Matt Tyrnaeur, director, Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 37 min
    We’ve Only Just Begun: Brittney Griner, IVF’s Future, Rent and Relationships

    We’ve Only Just Begun: Brittney Griner, IVF’s Future, Rent and Relationships

    First: We’ve got the big headlines for the week: Boris Johnson saying cheerio to being Britain’s PM, a critical week for Brittney Griner in Russia, the latest on the Highland Park shooting, and the newest jobs report. 

    Next: This week, seven of former President Trump’s allies were subpoenaed. We’ll break down why a Georgia court wants them to testify and how this is different from the House’s Jan. 6 investigation…all in 60 seconds. 

    ICYMI: Fertility doctors have been sounding the alarm about what a post-Roe America means for patients going through IVF. We’ll explain how abortion and IVF are linked – and where IVF could be threatened. PS: check out theSkimm’s guide to IVF. 


    Finally: Cuffing season just got a lot more interesting. With high housing prices around the country, couples are saying ‘don’t hate, cohabitate.’ We sat down with a sociologist to learn what happens when couples move in to save $$$, and the secrets to a successful move in. 


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Dr. Natalie Crawford, reproductive endocrinologist and co-founder, Fora Fertility


    Sharon Sassler, professor, Cornell University’s Brooks School of Public Policy


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, Blake Lew-Merwin, and theSkimm’s senior health writer Carly Mallenbaum. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 31 min
    All Shook Up: SCOTUS Fallout and Summer Travel Tricks

    All Shook Up: SCOTUS Fallout and Summer Travel Tricks

    First: We’re looking at the fallout in the US after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade last week (think: trigger laws, legal battles, and the scramble to find abortion care). Plus, we sat down with Governor Gretchen Whitmer from Michigan on the complicated future of abortion rights in her state. 

    Next: Last weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the impeachment of two Supreme Court justices. We’ll break down why AOC wants them gone, who else is beefing with SCOTUS, and if impeachment is even possible – all in 60 seconds. 

    Then: We’re turning the mic over to our listeners, to hear how they’re thinking about a post-Roe America. 

    ICYMI: We’ve got the other major headlines from this week, including: final rulings from SCOTUS about the environment and immigration, a bombshell testimony about what happened on Jan. 6, the tragic migrant deaths in TX, and Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

    Finally: Summer travel is already hitting some turbulence. So while we wait for the airlines to get their s*** together, we got some insider tips on how you can travel smarter – not harder. 


    PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Want to share how you’re feeling in this post-Roe world? Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan (D) 

    Skimm This listeners 

    Misty Belles, vice president, Global Relations at Virtuoso


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    Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. theSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 39 min

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