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In today’s world, context is clarity. "Skimm This" breaks down the most important stories of the day and explains why they matter. All in 10 minutes. Every Monday through Friday. All at 5PM.
||CleanWhy Voting Districts Look Like Abstract Art, French Yellow Vests and Ballsy Women||Gerrymandering: drawing district lines so that some people have more power at the polls. And a big talker ahead of the 2020 election. Today, the Supremes are hearing a Virginia case. And they’ll be hearing from a couple more states this year. So we’re breaking down what you need to know. Also on today’s episode: French yellow vest protesters are back at it, and the NCAA tournament is about to take over your water-cooler conversations.PS: We'd love to know what you think. Head on over to theskimm.com/feedback to share and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card.||3/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhite Nationalism and the Internet||Mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand are forcing a conversation about the spread of white nationalism … and the internet. Meanwhile, students took action to protest government inaction on climate change. Also on today’s episode: a Skimm’r shares her pick for Woman of the Week.||3/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean‘20 Questions: Citizenship and Beto O’Rourke||There are big questions coming up in 2020. Politicians are trying to get ahead of them. Today, Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross took the mic on Capitol Hill. The issue on the table: the 2020 census, and whether it should include a question about citizenship. But there’s another questionnaire coming up in 2020. Hint: it’s your ballot. Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke added his name to it today. Also on today’s episode: Christina Koch makes history, and we celebrate Pi Day. PS: Want us to highlight a woman who’s been crushing the game? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370 and tell us about her.||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehind Bars: The CA Death Sentence and Paul Manafort||California Governor Gavin Newsom hit ‘pause’ on capital punishment in his state. Opening up the floor for a national debate on the death penalty. In other criminal justice news, a judge tacked on more federal prison time for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Now, prosecutors in New York want in on the action. Also on today’s episode: the US jumps on the ‘ground the Boeing Max 8’ bandwagon, and Judge Judy gets a nod from the TV Academy.PS: Want to tell us about the Judge Judy in your life? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370.||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Rude: Brexit’s Backstop and How “Aunt Becky” Got Her Kid Into College||British parliament rejected PM Theresa May’s latest Brexit plan today. ICYMI, the EU and the UK are getting a divorce. But three years in, they still can’t agree on the terms. The biggest sticking point: the border with Ireland aka ‘the backstop.’ We’ll break it down, guvnah. In other news, the DOJ dropped the curtain on a huge college admissions scam this morning. And they implicate some familiar faces. (Whatever happened to predictability?) Also in today’s episode: millennials break a financial record, and the world wide web celebrates a big birthday.||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJust Won’t Budget||President Trump just released his financial wishlist. On it: $718 billion for the Pentagon, way more than the spending cap. But he might get lucky with the money because of something called the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund, aka the Pentagon “slush fund”. Spoiler: it’s controversial. Meanwhile, Boeing is in crisis mode after another one of its planes crashed over the weekend. Also on today’s episode: Swiss moms speak up about maternity leave policies at UBS, and a man almost gets swallowed by a whale.||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Not Pass Go: How Judges Hand Down Prison Sentences||Paul Manafort got muuuch less prison time than prosecutors recommended on Thursday. Which got everyone talking. So today we’re breaking down sentencing laws... and how judges decide who gets to pass Go. In other jailhouse news: former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is back in prison. She RSVP’d ‘no’ to an invite to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, and a judge found her in contempt of court. Also on today’s episode: your pick for Woman of the Week.||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing: Skimm This||A daily news podcast from theSkimm that’s breaking down the most complex stories of the day and connecting the dots on why it's important. The news is constantly changing. And in today's world, context is clarity. Skimm This is here to help.||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Military Handles Sexual Assault||Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) has everyone talking about how to fix the military’s process for handling allegations of sexual assault. We’re breaking down what you need to know. Meanwhile, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is headed to prison … unless the president decides to pardon him. TBD on that. Also on today’s episode: the history of International Women’s Day, and the new Queen of Instagram… PS: This week, women have been crushing it in the news. Leave us a voicemail at 1.646.461.6370 and tell us which one has your vote for Woman of the Week.||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Border Crisis: A Family Matter||The federal government is arguing about whether families migrating across the US-Mexico border are a national emergency. We’ll break down what’s going on. In other news from the feds, the FDA just gave a new antidepressant the thumbs up. But it’s got some baggage. Also on today’s episode: Gayle King keeps her composure, and the International Space Station is getting ready to take one giant leap for womankind…||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeasles and Mardis Gras||You’ve been hearing a lot about the anti-vaccination movement. We’ll give you the context behind the headlines. In other health news, doctors in London say they’ve helped a second HIV patient beat the virus. But they want you to read the fine print. Also on today’s episode: locals in New Orleans have found a way to put the green icing on the (king) cake, and 21-year-old Kylie Jenner is making money moves.||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Tale of Two Presidents: Venezuela’s Political Crisis||Two guys are fighting over Venezuela. One’s got the military behind him. The other has … pretty much everyone else on his side. In other fights over presidential power, US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with his party. And voting to block President Trump’s emergency declaration. Also on today’s episode: we introduce you to suffragist Ida B Wells, and say goodbye to the star of “Beverly Hills 90210”.||3/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
PLEASE do not cherry-pick the facts
Initially, I was impressed with the content and quality of this podcast. Unfortunately, that ended very quickly with the biased story on Venezuela. Venezuela has not refused humanitarian aid for its people, as their story states, but it has only refused aid from the US and Brazil. Venezuela HAS accepted humanitarian aid from Russia and China. Omitting such simple facts as these shows that The Skimm is just another mouthpiece for the corporate mainstream media. If you really want to differentiate yourselves from other media outlets, please allow listeners the opportunity to come to their own logical conclusions based on facts and not half-truths such as these.
Love this podcast. I'm a regular subscriber to their daily emails, but can't always find the time to read them. This podcast fills me in on the news and the highlights of the emails, and I can listen to it while I work! I'm a big fan!
Sounds like a high school kid reading a research report
This is a bit brutal to listen to. Sounds like a Jr High or High School student wrote a weekly news report and had to stand up infront of class and deliver it. If you need made some really really basic and dumbed down news read to you, then subscribe. Or go looking for some adults to listen to until they get a new newscaster.