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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. 

    Handle with Care: Worker Shortages, Haiti, Debt Ceilings

    Handle with Care: Worker Shortages, Haiti, Debt Ceilings

    First up: Thousands of Haitian migrants are gathering at the U.S.-Mexico border. We’ll break down why they’re there and why the U.S. government’s response is stirring up controversy.
    Then: We’ve got the latest on Pfizer’s vaccine for kids under 12, new rules for travelers entering the U.S.., Canada’s elections, and the first legal challenges to the new abortion law in Texas.
    ICYMI: This week, we listened in on world leaders having a real life reunion at the U.N. General Assembly. We’ve got the details on their discussions.
    Plus: We’ve heard a lot of warnings lately about the U.S. hitting its “debt ceiling.” We’ll break down what the debt ceiling is, why it exists, and how Congress is responding.
    Next: The U.S. is facing a childcare shortage. And a nursing shortage. We’ll take a deep dive into both industries and explore why solving these staffing shortages won’t be easy. 
    Finally: The 2021 Emmys kicked off this year’s awards season. We’ll discuss the highs, lows, and expectations for other awards shows.  

    To share your story from the front lines of the childcare and nursing industries, leave us a voicemail at (646) 461-6370.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Lindsey Harris, president, Alabama State Nurses Association


    Heather Long, economics correspondent, The Washington Post

    Bridget Armstrong, senior audio producer, theSkimm, host of “Pop Cultured with theSkimm”


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    • 35 min
    Fauci, Facebook, and Forests

    Fauci, Facebook, and Forests

    First up: We’ve got an exclusive interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, where we got the chance to ask about everything from vaccine mandates on airplanes and in schools to his biggest pandemic mistakes.
    Next: We’ll get into the latest headlines, from explosive revelations about the final days of the Trump administration, to the results of California’s recall election, and why college students are swapping wine for weed.
    Then: The federal government is trying to stop Texas’s restrictive new abortion law. We quizzed a legal expert on whether that and other legal efforts are likely to succeed.
    ICYMI: Remember the freakout over Google Glass? Facebook hopes you forgot. It’s launching Ray Bans featuring a hidden camera, and doing so at a time when it’s reputation already isn’t great. 
    Finally: We’ll look at the chillest new prescription some doctors are starting to write. Hint: there’s no co-pay. (Here’s how to find an outdoor space nearby if you’re itching to get outdoors.

    P.S., Here’s what happened when Joanna Stern tried out Facebook’s hybrid camera-glasses. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

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


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


    Joanna Stern, senior personal technology columnist, The Wall Street Journal



    Jennifer D. Roberts, associate professor, kinesiology, University of Maryland


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    • 35 min
    If We Could Turn Back Time: 9/11, California’s Recall, (Offline) Dating

    If We Could Turn Back Time: 9/11, California’s Recall, (Offline) Dating

    First up: We’ve got the latest on the week’s biggest headlines, from El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin to the removal of Virginia’s most prominent Confederate statue, the newest COVID-19 variant, and Britney’s conservatorship.
    Next: It’s back to school time… but there’s no vaccine for kids under 12. So, we called up an expert to find out everything we need to know about schools, kids and COVID-19.
    Then: It’s the 20 year anniversary of 9/11, and even if we were too young to remember all of it, the terrorist attack and our government’s response to it has shaped all of our lives. We’ll look at the legacy of September 11th, two decades later.
    ICYMI: California governor Gavin Newsom’s in trouble, and facing possible removal from office in an election next week. We’ve got the details you need to know on California’s recall election … in 60 seconds.
    Plus: We were glued to our gaming consoles growing up… but for kids in China, that might not be so easy any more: China’s banning kids from playing more than 3 hours of video games a week. We’ll explain what’s going on. 
    Finally: Match Group is going official with the S&P 500, a sign that dating apps are here to stay. But don’t worry, if they still make you nervous, we’ve asked an expert for some dating-app survival tips.

    P.S. Here’s a map of public symbols of the Confederacy around the U.S., and updates on their status.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


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

    Laura Dugan, professor of human security, Ohio State University


    Nastasia Griffioen, doctoral researcher, Games for Emotional and Mental Health Lab


    Lindsey Metselaar, influencer and host of the "We Met at Acme" podcast


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    • 33 min
    Stormy Weather: Abortion Access in Texas, Hurricane Ida, and Smoky Wine

    Stormy Weather: Abortion Access in Texas, Hurricane Ida, and Smoky Wine

    First up: We’ve got the details on Texas’ new abortion law, and what experts say it could mean for abortion rights across the U.S.
    Next: We’ll take stock of the damage after Hurricane Ida caused damage from the Gulf Coast all the way to the Northeast. 
    Then: The U.S. has officially left Afghanistan. But what happens to the Afghans who were left behind and are hoping to leave? We get the latest details from PBS NewsHour’s Jane Ferguson.
    ICYMI: Forget cable news-style business updates. We’re bringing you the latest financial news on three companies that are here to stay: Zoom, IKEA, and Amazon.
    Plus: SCOTUS has a secret agenda — and it’s being put to use more and more frequently. We’ll dive into the “shadow docket” and some of the big decisions it’s being used to make.
    Finally: We don’t love breathing in wildfire smoke. We also don’t love drinking it. Luckily, one company has a plan to save California’s wine country from ashy bouquets — using artificial intelligence.

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 


    Caroline Kitchener, staff writer, The Lily


    Jane Ferguson, special correspondent PBS NewsHour and contributor The New Yorker

    Katerina Axelsson, founder and CEO, Tastry



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    • 36 min
    Long Way Home: Chronic COVID and the Afghan Airlift

    Long Way Home: Chronic COVID and the Afghan Airlift

    First up: We’ve got the latest on evacuations from Afghanistan, and the deteriorating security situation around Kabul airport.
    Next: We’ll break down this week’s biggest headlines, from a report on COVID-19’s origins to school closures — plus a big decision by streaming platform OnlyFans.
    ICYMI: The F.D.A. and Pfizer made it official this week, in the form of full approval for the pharma company’s COVID-19 vaccine. We’ll break down why that’s different to emergency authorization, and what it could mean for vaccine mandates.
    Then: Some millennials are living a double life - working two full time jobs while their bosses have no clue. We asked one reporter what’s behind this latest work trend - and why bosses may actually be the ones driving them to double up on Zoom calls. 
    Finally: COVID-19 has been debilitating for “long haulers”, who’ve suffered symptoms for months on end. We’ll talk to two women dealing with “long COVID” about their experience, and hear from a doctor about what we know now that we didn’t several months ago. 

    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Anna Roberts Gevalt, long COVID patient


    Chimére L. Smith, long COVID patient and advocate


    Rachel Feintzeig, work and life columnist, The Wall Street Journal

    Dr. Hana Akselrod, COVID-19 Lead, GWU Medical Faculty Associates


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    • 33 min
    Sending Out an SOS: The Taliban Return, Booster Shots, Havana Syndrome

    Sending Out an SOS: The Taliban Return, Booster Shots, Havana Syndrome

    First up: The week’s biggest story is Afghanistan. We’ll break down how the Taliban took over so quickly, whether more people can get out safely, and what’s next for the country.

    Next: We’ll bring you the latest on the major earthquake in Haiti and the latest data breach affecting over 40 million people. Hint: if you’re a T-Mobile user, tune in. And click here for tips on how to keep your information safe. 

    Also: Remember hot girl summer? Enter: shot girl fall, because boosters are coming soon to a pharmacy near you. 

    Plus: We finally have the latest Census data. We’ll tell you three things you need to know about how America’s changed in the last 10 years. 

    Finally: We’re trying our hands at true crime, for a story about a mystery that’s stumped the entire U.S. intelligence community for five years.


    P.S. Here are the orgs we mentioned helping in Afghanistan: 


    Volunteer to support Afghans being evacuated to the US


    Become an Airbnb host for resettled Afghans 

    For lawyers: help process special immigrant visas


    Donate airline miles with Miles4Migrants

    Donate to the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee

    Make your voice heard here at home


    On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

    Kelly Kennedy, managing editor, The War Horse 



    Lina Abirafeh, executive director, the Arab Institute for Women


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    • 32 min

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