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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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A Final Sign Off for Skimm This, But Not a Goodbye

January 19th, 2023


We’re back in your feed after a week off with…some news. But it’s not the news of the week, which we’ve been bringing you since 2019. It’s actually some personal news. After four amazing years, one pandemic, 451 …

One Way or Another: Kevin McCarthy, Abortion Pills, Being Happier

January 5th, 2023

  • First: The GOP can’t seem to get their House in order. Between a fight over who should be Speaker, and a congressman elect’s sketchy past, the 118th …

Sweater Weather: Arctic Blast, January 6th Report, Listening Back on 2022

December 22nd, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the week’s biggest headlines – from how to travel safely during this weekend’s bomb cyclone to President Zelensky’s …

Sign of the Times: Inflation Cooling, Nuclear Fusion, SBF Arrested

December 15th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the week’s biggest headlines – from crypto founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest, to major protests going down in Peru, …

Freedom: Griner’s Release, Future of Elections, Deleting TikTok

December 8th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the biggest headlines of the week, including Brittney Griner’s release from a Russian prison, the outcome of Georgia’s runoff …

Landslide: China Protests, Not-So-Lame Duck Congress, Gaslighting

December 1st, 2022

  • First: Some of the biggest protests in decades broke out in China last weekend over the country’s strict COVID guidelines and – in some cases – over …

Thanksgiving Week Special: Colorado Springs, Ticketmaster, Turkey Pardon

November 22nd, 2022


  • First: We’ve got the headlines from the week’s news, including the mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, a rail strike that could …

Renaissance: FTX Fallout, World Cup Outrage, Setting Boundaries at Holidays

November 17th, 2022

  • First: We’re covering the week’s biggest headlines: a roundup of midterm outcomes and political news, the latest on the protests in Iran, and the …

Pressure Cookin: Midterm Results and Surprises, COP27, Thanksgiving Recipes

November 10th, 2022

  • First: Results from the midterm elections are coming in, and it's a mixed bag. We’re breaking down some major takeaways as we wait to see which …

Made You Look: Affirmative Action, Salary Transparency, Twitter Takeover

November 3rd, 2022

  • First: We’re breaking down the biggest headlines of the week: the Fed raising interest rates yet again, the growing risk of political violence …

Karma: US GDP, Ye’s Fallout, Midterm Voting

October 27th, 2022

  • First: We’re breaking down the biggest headlines of the week: US GDP numbers, Ye's (aka Kanye West) fallout, and what you need to know about RSV, a …

Kid Q&A: Sleep On It

October 26th, 2022


Should you let your baby cry it out at night? Is it ever OK to give a toddler melatonin? And maybe most importantly — will you ever get a good …

Kid Q&A: Cold, Flu or COVID?

October 25th, 2022


It's virus season again — though if you feel like it's been virus season nonstop for years, you're not alone. This week, we're teaming up with Boston Children's Hospital to answer your biggest questions about parenting …

Kid Q&A : The Tantrum Diaries

October 24th, 2022


We’ve all heard of the “terrible twos.” But what’s really going on when a toddler has a tantrum? And what’s “normal”?

This week, we're teaming up with Boston Children's Hospital to answer your biggest questions about …

Midnights: Liz Truss, Student Loans, Midterms

October 20th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the week’s biggest headlines: Liz Truss is out after 44 days in office, new tax brackets that could mean more cash …

In This Economy?!: Staying Sane

October 17th, 2022


Sky-high inflation. Rising interest rates. A maybe recession. Oh, it’s just the second financial crisis millennial women are facing in their lifetime. In this special miniseries from the Skimm This team, we're going to …

Long Time Running: January 6th Committee, Xi Jinping, 5 Years of #MeToo

October 13th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the week’s biggest headlines: September inflation numbers (sigh), the final January 6th committee hearing, another …

In This Economy?!: Investing

October 10th, 2022


Sky-high inflation. Rising interest rates. A maybe recession. Oh, it’s just the second financial crisis millennial women are facing in their lifetime. In this special miniseries from the Skimm This team, we're going to …

Guess Who’s Back: SCOTUS Returns, NFL Controversy, Twitter and Musk

October 6th, 2022

  • First: We’re giving you the context on this week’s biggest headlines, including: Biden’s latest move on marijuana, what to expect from the new …

In This Economy?!: Budgeting for Inflation

October 3rd, 2022


Sky-high inflation. Rising interest rates. A maybe recession. Oh, it’s just the second financial crisis millennial women are facing in their lifetime. In this special miniseries from the Skimm This team, we're going to …

Disturbia: Workplace Surveillance, Putin's War, Hurricane Ian

September 29th, 2022


  • First: We’ve got the latest on the week’s biggest headlines: Hurricane Ian, Team Biden’s plan to end hunger by 2030, a big development in …

When September Ends: Adnan Syed, Immigration, the Queen’s Funeral

September 22nd, 2022

  • First: We’re giving you the context on this week’s biggest headlines, including: another interest rate hike, storm damage in Puerto Rico, new …

Price Tag: Congressional Trading, College Rankings, the Art of Mediocrity

September 15th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the top headlines of the week: a national abortion ban on the table just weeks before the midterms, August inflation numbers …

God Save the Queen: Remembering Elizabeth II, Europe’s Energy Crisis, PSL Season

September 8th, 2022

  • First: Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. We’ll take a look at the life and legacy of Britain’s longest-ruling monarch, and what’s next …

To The Moon?: New Boosters, Artemis 1, MoviePass 2.0

September 1st, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the breakdown on some of this week’s headlines, from UN inspectors on the ground at a nuclear plant in Ukraine, to an unfolding …

Fun Tonight: Student Debt Relief, Electric Cars, Barbiecore

August 25th, 2022

  • First: We’re sitting down with United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to get the full update on President Biden’s student debt relief …

Dog Days Are Over: Teacher Shortage, Colorado River Drought, Pickleball

August 18th, 2022

  • First: We’re giving you the context on the biggest headlines for the week: from a major NFL star being sidelined, to Liz Cheney losing her seat in …

Twist of Fate: FBI Raid, Inflation Reduction Act, BeReal

August 11th, 2022


  • First: FBI agents searched former president Donald Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago on Monday. We talked to a Congressional reporter to learn what the FBI …

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

August 4th, 2022


  • 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 …

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

July 28th, 2022

  • 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 …

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

July 21st, 2022

  • 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 …

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

July 14th, 2022

  • 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 …

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

July 7th, 2022

  • 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, …

All Shook Up: SCOTUS Fallout and Summer Travel Tricks

June 30th, 2022

  • 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 …

Skimm This Special Report: The Future of Abortion Access

June 24th, 2022

  • First: The deets on the ruling – how many voted to overturn, who will be impacted, and how Americans are reacting. 
  • Next: Two legal experts enter …

We Can’t Stop: SCOTUS Rulings, WFH Forever and Psychedelics at Work?!

June 23rd, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: the biggest takeaways from the Jan. 6 hearings, an update on the bipartisan gun deal and the …

The Climb: Cancer Breakthroughs, Google’s AI, and Vaccines for Kids

June 16th, 2022


  • First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: the Fed raising interest rates again, an update from the war in Ukraine, what we learned from …

Ready for Prime Time: January 6 Hearings, Gun Legislation, Crypto in the Midterms

June 9th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: what to look out for in the Jan. 6 hearings, the latest on gun control legislation, and the …

All Eyes On: School Safety, Women in Afghanistan, and the Queen’s Jubilee

June 2nd, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on this week’s headlines: another mass shooting in Tulsa, the end of lockdowns in Shanghai, and the Queen’s Platinum …

This is America

May 26th, 2022

  • First: An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, TX. We’ll cover the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook, and the …

Desperado: Formula Shortage and TikTok Healthcare

May 19th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got some of the biggest headlines this week – an update on the war in Ukraine, Tuesday’s primary elections here in the US, COVID …

Waitin’ On A Sunny Day: Stock Market, Formula Shortage, Blockbuster Boom

May 12th, 2022

  • First: Now that Roe v. Wade looks like it’ll be overturned this summer, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are planning their next moves. We’re …

Time Machine: Roe v. Wade and Recession Fears

May 5th, 2022

  • First: It was the leak heard around the world. We’ll break down the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade. Plus, we’ll hear from legal …

Unwritten: Twitter’s Future, Teen Mental Health Crisis, and California Drought

April 28th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the biggest stories from the week – from the US economy shrinking for the first time since 2020, to a concerning …

Skimm Special: The Science of Skincare

April 26th, 2022


Harsh scrubs. Toothpaste spot treatments. Chemical face peels. Some of the beauty ‘hacks’ you might see on the internet (or recognize from middle …

Mood Ring: Airport Drama, Netflix, Sustainable Living

April 21st, 2022

  • First: Russia is restrategizing in Ukraine ahead of an important deadline. We’ll take a look at how the war is changing. 
  • Next: We’ve also got the …

Loose Threads: Subway Shooting, Inflation, Abercrombie & Fitch

April 14th, 2022

  • First: This week, commuters in New York City saw their worst nightmare come to life. We’ll break down what happened on Tuesday morning – and why …

Skimm Special: COVID and Kids

April 11th, 2022


If you’re a parent of young kids, you’ve probably spent the last two years thinking a lot about your kid’s health and how to keep them safe. Chances are: You’re exhausted, overworked, worried, and confused. So together …

I Feel It Coming: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Surrogacy Shortage, Ukraine

April 7th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the biggest stories from the week –from Oklahoma’s abortion ban… to a new date you might want to add to your …

Taking Care of Business: Four-Day Work Week, Facebook vs. TikTok, Fake LinkedIn Profiles

March 31st, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the biggest stories from the week – from the war in Ukraine, to the latest booster shot recommendations. And a major …

Watch List: SCOTUS Hearings, Russia and China, Oscars

March 24th, 2022

  • First: We’ve got the context on the biggest stories from the week – from the new Omicron subvariant, to a controversial new abortion bill in Idaho. …

High Gear: Inside Kyiv, Interest Rates, Formula 1

March 17th, 2022

  • First: We’ll start this week by speaking to someone inside the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. We've got an inside look at emotions on the ground, the …

Surface Pressure: Oil Ban, Cyberattacks, Tech CEO TV Shows

March 10th, 2022

  • First: We’re entering a new phase of the war in Ukraine as Russia ramps up its attacks on civilians. Cue: pressure on the US to hit Russia harder. …

Gimme Shelter: Refugees in Europe, Inflation, Headline Stress Disorder

March 3rd, 2022

  • First: Over a million refugees have left Ukraine as Russia continues to attack the country. We'll speak to a professor about what’s next for those …

Heartbreak Warfare: Russia Invades, Equal Pay, Dating App Scams

February 24th, 2022

  • First: It finally happened. Russia has launched a major invasion of Ukraine. We know the headlines probably feel scary and chaotic right now. So …

The Ugly Truth: Russia-Ukraine, No More Guac, Rom Coms

February 17th, 2022

  • First: Tensions at the Ukrainian border seem to be at a boiling point, as the US warns a Russian invasion is imminent. We spoke to a reporter on the …

On Ice: Big Tech, Crypto’s Super Bowl Play, Olympic Drama

February 10th, 2022


Suit up, Skimm’rs. This week, we’re all about the competition: Winter Olympics drama. The Super Bowl, which, yes, we’re watching for the ads. And big tech, where some power players are trying to avoid a losing streak. …

War of Words: Banned Books, Winter Olympics, Spotify Drama

February 3rd, 2022


First up: We’ve got the latest on the US military operation in Syria, a potential COVID-19 vaccine for kids under five, and a bombshell lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the NFL. Plus, the latest data shows …

Wild Ride: SCOTUS, Stock Market, NFL Quarterbacks

January 27th, 2022


First up: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring. We called up a law professor to find out what this means for the court’s future. 

Next: We’ve got the latest on tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border, as well …

Under Pressure: Biden At One Year, Voting Rights, and Return to Office

January 20th, 2022


First up: We’ve got the latest on voting rights legislation in the Senate, 5G versus airlines, the Texas synagogue standoff, and how to get free COVID-19 tests and N95 masks.

Next: We called up White House press …

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

January 13th, 2022


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 …

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

January 6th, 2022


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 …

NSFW: Omicron Surge and Swear Words

December 23rd, 2021


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 …

And Just Like That: Omicron, Kentucky, Peloton

December 16th, 2021


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, …

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

December 14th, 2021


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 …

Naughty List: Russia, China, Texas Redistricting

December 9th, 2021


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 …

How to Save a Life: Omicron and Abortion Care

December 2nd, 2021


First up: The word of the week is definitely “Omicron.” We called up a doctor friend to break down what we do and don’t know about the new COVID-19 variant.

Next: We’ll get into this week’s other big headlines, from a …

Table Topics: Oil Prices, Rittenhouse, and Ethical Debates

November 23rd, 2021

  • First up: We’ve got a breakdown of the week’s biggest stories – including anti-lockdown protests in Europe, what President Biden is doing to lower …

Bad Boys? Gosar, Putin, and Elon Musk

November 18th, 2021


First up: We’ll break down the headlines, including what got settled at a meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and China, why the sports world is on edge after the disappearance of a Chinese tennis star, new consumer …

Shivers: Astroworld, COP26, and Inflation

November 11th, 2021


First up: Nine people died in a stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival last weekend. We called up one local reporter who was on the …

20/21 Vision: Election Results, Greenwashing, and Let’s Go Brandon

November 4th, 2021


First up: We’ve got a breakdown of what went down in elections all over the country this week, and what it could mean for next year’s midterms. 

Next: …

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Paid Leave, Facebook, the Planet

October 28th, 2021


First up: So much for paid family leave. Democrats unveiled a more than $1 trillion spending bill this week, but it’s leaving a lot of people …

Strike Three: Labor Unions, Netflix, and Twindemics

October 21st, 2021


First up: We’ve got the latest on COVID booster shots, over-the-counter hearing aids, a breakthrough organ transplant, and a high-profile kidnapping in Haiti. 

Next: Congress’ January 6th investigation is picking up …

Hate on Me: Texas, Football, The Great Reshuffle

October 14th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the latest on I.C.E. ending worksite immigration raids, Social Security payments increasing, and the F.D.A.’s first approval of a vape pen. 

Then: We’ve spent a lot of time talking about COVID-19 …

How the F Is That Legal?! Facebook, South Dakota, NWSL Abuse

October 7th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the latest on a groundbreaking new malaria vaccine, the Facebook whistleblower in front of Congress, the abortion battle in Texas, and how South Dakota became a global tax haven.

Next: It might start …

Who’s in Charge Here? Congress, IG for Kids, Holiday Shortages

September 30th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the latest on a major congressional hearing on Afghanistan, plus why March Madness isn't just for the boys anymore.

Next: Congress …

Handle with Care: Worker Shortages, Haiti, Debt Ceilings

September 23rd, 2021


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 …

Fauci, Facebook, and Forests

September 16th, 2021


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 …

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

September 9th, 2021


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 …

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

September 2nd, 2021


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 …

Long Way Home: Chronic COVID and the Afghan Airlift

August 26th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the latest on evacuations from Afghanistan, and the deteriorating security situation around Kabul airport.

Next: We’ll break down …

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

August 19th, 2021

  • 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, …

The Best Laid Plans: Afghanistan, Droughts, and Back to School

August 12th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the latest on Afghanistan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation and the CDC’s new guidelines on getting vaxxed while …

The Real World: Vax Mandates, Dr. Vivek Murthy and MTV’s 40th

August 5th, 2021


First up: We’ll break down this week’s big stories, from the results of a sexual harassment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to a new federal …

2020 2.0: Pandemic Woes and Endless Wars

July 29th, 2021


First up: We keep hearing about people getting COVID … who already got the vaccine. We’ll tell you what you need to know about these breakthrough …

Carry Me Away: To Tokyo, Space, and All the Weddings

July 22nd, 2021


First up: We’ll break down this week’s big stories, from COVID cases at the Olympics to chip shortages and Jeff Bezos’ big adventure.

Next: COVID cases are soaring again in the U.S. – that is, among the unvaccinated. …

Déjà Vu: Cuba Protests, Vax Debates, Sky-High Home Prices

July 15th, 2021


First up: We’ll break down this week’s big stories, from anti-government protests in Cuba to Texas Dems literally fleeing the state.

Next: Between booster shots and new side effect warnings, we’ll break down this week’s …

From A to Z: Haiti, Olympic Drama, Girl Groups

July 8th, 2021


First up: Haiti’s president was assassinated in his home this week. We’ll get into what just happened and what this could mean for the country. 

Next: …

(Not) Cool for the Summer: Surfside, Crazy Heat, Cosby Released

July 1st, 2021


First up: Bill Cosby was released from prison yesterday. We’ll explain the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s shocking decision to release him early.  

Next: We’ll break down this week’s other big stories, from the Supreme …

Stronger Than Yesterday: Antitrust Laws, Britney, Pride Diplomacy

June 24th, 2021


First up: We’ll break down what Britney Spears told a court about her conservatorship this week, plus two more big SCOTUS decisions on college …

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

June 17th, 2021

  • 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 …

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

June 10th, 2021


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 …

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

June 3rd, 2021


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 …

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

May 27th, 2021


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 …

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

May 20th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the context you need on the 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 …

Is This Gonna Be Forever?

May 13th, 2021


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 …

Shoot for the Moon

May 6th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the context on this week’s biggest headlines, from Trump’s Facebook ban to what’s going on with federal eviction protections and …

What Are You Waiting For?

April 29th, 2021

  • First up: President Biden’s been in office for 100 days. And while he's giving himself an A for effort, we’ll break down his real report card with …

Skimm Special: Your Best and Worst Pandemic Buys

April 27th, 2021


On this special episode of Skimm This, we wanted to take a break from the news for some comic relief, and get a chance to hear some of your voices. A few weeks ago, we asked you to fill out a survey about how the past …

Like the Sea We Rise

April 22nd, 2021

  • First up: A jury this week found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. We’ll talk to the creator of Chicago’s Civilian Office of …

Fury Road: Minnesota, Infrastructure, and Scream Science

April 15th, 2021


First up: To help understand all of this week’s COVID headlines – including big news about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – we phoned up a doctor to ask: “Hey did you read that thing?”

Then: We’ve got the latest on …

Soundtrack to the Summer

April 8th, 2021


First up: We’ve got this week’s biggest headlines, from progress towards a new Iran nuclear deal to border clashes in Northern Ireland and Biden’s …

Trials and Tribulations: Minneapolis, Myanmar, and Amazon

April 1st, 2021


First up: Derek Chauvin’s trial began this week. He’s the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd. We’re taking a look at what we can …

This Is Us Trying: Gun Reform, Reparations, Grounded Ships

March 25th, 2021


First up: Less than a week after a mass shooting in Atlanta, there was another massacre – this time in Colorado. We’re diving in to look at what’s …

This Could Be Anywhere in the World

March 18th, 2021


First up: We’ve got the context on this week’s deadly shootings around Atlanta, where a lone gunman murdered 8 people — 6 of them of Asian descent — in a time when attacks against Asian Americans are rising. 

Then: Last …

Looking Back, Springing Forward, and Hitting Up Obama

March 11th, 2021


First up: Today, President Biden signed a long-awaited stimulus bill. We’ll break down three of the biggest wishes he granted and look at who’s gonna …

Doctor's Orders: Talking COVID with the CDC + Beating Zoom Fatigue

March 4th, 2021


First up: We had some questions for the new CDC director, like: if it’s my turn, how do I sign up to get vaccinated?

Then: We’ve got the context on some of this week’s big headlines, including the latest on NY Governor …


February 25th, 2021


First up: A few places, including the U.K. and Israel, have successfully rolled out COVID-19 vaccinations. We want to know: how did they do it? And …

The She-cession Crisis: Policy Meets Reality

February 23rd, 2021


On this bonus episode of Skimm This, we're following up our interview with Vice President Kamala Harris by diving into a topic that's been on our …

Out of This World: Extreme Weather and a Mars Expedition

February 18th, 2021

  • First up: We’ll break down how one of America’s largest states was brought to its knees by a freak winter storm, and why most of the rest of the …

VP Harris on the She-cession

February 11th, 2021


First up: Women are being pushed out of the workforce at an alarming rate. We interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris to learn how the next COVID …

Skimm Special: Mindfulness Over Matter

February 8th, 2021


ICYMI, the last year has been stressful. But we can’t just unplug, wait a few seconds, and hope that everything returns to "normal" again. No matter …

Super Bowl, Superspreader?

February 4th, 2021

  • First up: We’ll ask an expert about whether we should be picky about which COVID vaccine we get, and break down why the COVID vaccines haven’t been …

Straining to Make Sense of it All

January 28th, 2021

  • First up: By now you’ve probably heard about some new strains of COVID-19… that kinda sound like spy names. Meet B117, B1351, and P-1. And some bad …

Clocking In: Biden Gets to Work

January 21st, 2021

  • First up: Before handing over the keys to the White House, President Trump made some final moves in office that could have a lasting impact. We’ll …

New Year, New You, New Impeachment

January 14th, 2021

  • First up: President Trump is now the first president to be impeached twice. We’ll tell you what happened this week and what to expect from a Senate …

How It Ended: Chaos in Congress

January 7th, 2021


Welcome to Skimm This. Here’s what we’re covering this week: 

  • First up: In D.C., as Congress gathered to certify President-elect Joe Biden's …

2020's Big Breakthroughs

December 30th, 2020


We all know 2020 has been a year. And while we may remember it as the year we started matching our facemasks to our sweatpants… it turns out 2020 can be remembered for a lot more than that. This week we’re looking back …

You Asked, We Skimm’d: Russian Hacking, the New COVID Strain...and Aliens

December 23rd, 2020


This week, we’re answering your questions about what’s going on in the news right now. Here’s what you wanted to know: 

  • First up: What’s the deal …

Your COVID Vaccine Q’s, Skimm’d

December 17th, 2020


Welcome to Skimm This. Here’s what we’re covering this week: 

  • First up: The first Americans have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that it’s here, we …

Polar Express: From Pfizer’s Labs to You

December 10th, 2020


Welcome to Skimm This. Here’s what we’re covering this week: 

  • First up: The Electoral College is meeting Monday to finally put this whole election to …

New Admin, Who 'Dis?: Cabinet Picks and Challenges

December 3rd, 2020


We’re all pretty excited for a fresh start in 2021.

Before we get there, we’ve got some vaccine news for you and a look at who might get a dose before the end of the year.

Then, there’s one person who’s already making his …

Kind of a Big Deal: Black Friday 2020

November 27th, 2020


Once the Thanksgiving table is cleared, it’s shopping season. Black Friday may look a bit different this year, but it still kicks off a crucial period for online and real-world retailers as they try to end 2020 on a …

You Can’t Sit With Us: COVID and Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2020


A dangerous collision between a pandemic and America’s biggest family get-together is just around the corner.

Before we get to the main course, we’ve …

WFH: Is This Going To Be Forever?

November 13th, 2020


In case you missed it last week, the U.S. just left the Paris Agreement on climate change. We’ve got the details on what could happen next. After …

Deep Breath: Making Sense of a Crazy Week

November 6th, 2020


It’s been a long week, but it’s not over yet. We’ve got the latest on the Trump campaign’s legal strategy as it tries to stop the vote counts in some …

Skimm This: Election Update

November 4th, 2020


Welcome to a special bonus episode of Skimm This, breaking down what we know – and don’t know – about the election results so far. 

First, the race …

Last Call: Election Day Expectations

October 30th, 2020


Up first, we’ve got the latest on three developing stories from this week. Including: Amy Coney Barrett officially joining the Supreme Court, a new study on COVID-19 antibodies, and why tech CEOs faced a grilling on …

theSkimm’s Interview with Sen. Kamala Harris

October 28th, 2020


This week, theSkimm sat down with Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, to talk about everything that’s on her mind in the week leading up to Tuesday’s election. 

From how she and Democratic …

Awareness, Meet Action: Battling Breast Cancer During COVID-19

October 23rd, 2020


This week, we’ve got updates on three developing stories you’ve probably been hearing about. We’ll break down Pope Francis’s recent comments on same-sex civil unions. We’ve got the latest on new COVID-19 lockdowns …

Are We There Yet? When to Expect a COVID Vaccine

October 16th, 2020


Research teams from around the world have been hard at work on a COVID-19 vaccine for more than six months. But the big question still remains: When are we going to actually have a vaccine? This week, we spoke to the …

Skimm Special, Part 3: COVID, Women, and Their Wallets

October 12th, 2020


Over the last few months, most of us have faced some sort of COVID-related lifestyle changes that have disrupted our everyday norms. On today’s Skimm Special, brought to you in partnership with Northwestern Mutual, …

Whoa, We’re Halfway … Where?

October 9th, 2020


It’s been a week since President Trump announced he’d tested positive for COVID-19. We’ll give you an update on his condition and how this health …

Skimm Special, Part 2: COVID, Women, and Their Wallets

October 5th, 2020


Over the last few months, most of us have faced some sort of COVID-related lifestyle changes that have disrupted our everyday norms. On today’s Skimm Special, brought to you in partnership with Northwestern Mutual, …

Special Update: President Trump Tests Positive for COVID-19

October 2nd, 2020


President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The news has already sent shockwaves around the world. We’ll break down what we know right now, and what …

Tug of War: The Future of the Supreme Court

October 2nd, 2020


The President and First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19. We've got the latest on that developing story in this morning's Daily Skimm.

President Trump’s tax returns are also in the news after a big report by The …

Skimm Special, Part 1: COVID, Women, and Their Wallets

September 28th, 2020


Over the last few months, most of us have faced some sort of COVID-related lifestyle changes that have disrupted our everyday norms. Unemployment has …

...Ready For It?: Voting Season is Here

September 25th, 2020


As the nation mourns the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her death leaves a vacancy on the Supreme Court that Republicans are eager to fill ASAP. We’ll break down where the effort to nominate her replacement currently …

Clearing the Air: Making Sense of the West Coast Wildfires

September 18th, 2020


The saga over TikTok is back in the headlines this week. The Chinese-owned social platform is desperately looking for a match before Sunday - the deadline President Trump gave the company to find a buyer before it gets …

Back to School: C for Confusion

September 11th, 2020


President Trump is in the hot seat this week regarding COVID-19. A new book - and some audio recordings - reveal him acknowledging the consequences of the virus behind the scenes while downplaying it to the American …

A Tale of Two Housing Markets

September 4th, 2020


All eyes were on President Trump this week as he visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot last month. The shooting prompted protests …

Movements Bigger than Fear: Kenosha and Belarus

August 28th, 2020


Cellphone video of the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police has reignited Black Lives Matter protests around the country. And …

March, March: How The Fight For Suffrage Still Lives On

August 21st, 2020


This week’s fastest developing story… is all about snail mail. That’s right. Some controversial new changes at the US Postal Service are causing mail delays and making some people worried about voting by mail this …

Skimm Special: Quarantine Memories Worth Keeping

August 16th, 2020


Where were you when heard the country was in a national emergency because of COVID-19? If you can remember where you were, down to what Netflix you were binging, there’s a name for that. In today’s Skimm Special, …

Breaking With Convention: Why This Year’s Democratic And Republican Conventions Are Making History

August 14th, 2020


The Democratic and Republican national conventions typically represent a major moment in the lead up to an election. But this year - you guessed it - they’re going to look different. And some attendees might be joining …

Gym, Class...COVID test?: How Colleges Are Getting Students Back To Class

August 7th, 2020


It’s August. Which usually means college students are heading back for the fall semester. But this year, back-to-school tailgates and freshman …

Escalation Nation: Federal Troops in Portland Have Other Cities on Edge

July 31st, 2020


At the start of July, in an effort to protect federal monuments and buildings, President Trump started deploying federal agents to cities across the …

Against The Clock: What A New Stimulus Package Could Mean For You

July 24th, 2020


Congress is back in session. And the major topic up for discussion: another economic stimulus package. Some big deadlines are coming up (think: the …

Varsity Blues: Why Everyone’s Talking About 'Back to School'

July 17th, 2020


Even though it's the middle of summer, all eyes are on the fall. Specifically, how schools are supposed to reopen in the middle of a global pandemic. …

“In The Bubble”: How COVID-19 is Changing Sports

July 10th, 2020


Now that you’ve made it through your Netflix queue, you might be wondering when sports are coming back. After sports leagues postponed their seasons back in March, some - like the National Women’s Soccer League - are …

Voting From Home: How COVID-19 is Changing The Vote

July 3rd, 2020


In some states, primary voting during COVID-19 has been off to a rocky start. Long lines and crowds at the polls aren’t great for social distancing. …

“Mask Girl Summer”

June 26th, 2020


As the number of new COVID-19 cases rises in some states, the debate continues about what role the government should play in helping people protect …

Monumental Change: The Fight To Take Down Confederate Symbols In the US

June 19th, 2020


In recent weeks, there’s been a renewed push to remove symbols of the Confederacy: including flags, statues and the names of some military bases. …

“Different Things To Different People”: How Calls to ‘Defund the Police’ Could Play Out

June 12th, 2020


As protests continue in the US, some demonstrators are now calling to ‘defund the police.’ And those calls are already having an impact. Cities like …

“A Stopgap for a Much Larger Problem”: What Police Reform Could Look Like

June 5th, 2020


People across the US have flooded into the streets to protest police violence against black Americans. We’ll break down some of the concerns protests …

‘Female-Led Recession’: How Economists Think Unemployment Will Impact Women and Minorities

May 29th, 2020


As of this week, one in four US workers has filed for unemployment benefits. But economists say the historic numbers don’t tell the whole story. And …

More To Come: What Experts Say Congress Should Focus On

May 22nd, 2020


Back in March, Congress passed a historic $2 trillion stimulus bill that reached millions of Americans. You may have received a check in the mail or …

Not So Fast: Creating A COVID-19 Vaccine Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

May 15th, 2020


The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is underway. But don’t hold your breath. This race could take years. We’ll tell you why, and what’s being done to try …

The Bigger Picture: Beyond The Record Unemployment Rate

May 8th, 2020


The CDC has been working on new guidelines for how states should start to reopen. But the White House is putting them on ice and telling the agency …

Putting on the Pressure: Ahmaud Arbery’s Death Sparks Public Outcry

May 7th, 2020


The latest unemployment numbers are in, and no surprise: they’re not very good. We’ll explain why -- despite all the bad economic news -- the stock …

A First For Everything: The Supreme Court Literally Phones It In

May 6th, 2020


The White House coronavirus task force is getting a makeover. Sort of. We’ll explain what today’s change-up is all about and how it impacts you. Meanwhile: major grocery and fast food chains are showing cracks in the …

Skimm Special: COVID-19 and Climate Change (Rebroadcast)

May 5th, 2020


This is a rebroadcast of our Skimm Special that originally aired on April 18th. We’ll be back tomorrow with new episodes.

Across the world, economies have essentially been on pause due to COVID-19. The unintended …

At the Stroke of Midnight: What Happens When Federal Stay-at-Home Guidelines End?

April 30th, 2020


Federal stay-at-home guidelines are officially expiring tonight. But since it’s states that call the shots on reopening, not much is going to change when the clock strikes midnight. Meanwhile: there’s encouraging news …

Turn Down For...Months: Falling US GDP Expected to Keep Dropping

April 29th, 2020


We knew the economy wasn’t doing well. But a new report out today shows us just how bad it really is. We’ll dive into what ‘gross domestic product’ …

Fasten Your...Masks?: First US Airline to Require Face Coverings

April 28th, 2020


The White House released new guidelines for how states should ramp-up their testing programs. We’ll explain how this could impact your state. …

All The Rage: Antibody Tests Are ‘In’ But Do They Work?

April 27th, 2020


We’re starting to learn more about COVID-19 antibody testing. But these tests might not be ready for primetime yet. We’ll explain what they are and …

Million Dollar Question: How Many of us Have Had COVID-19?

April 24th, 2020


President Trump signed the bill to re-up the Paycheck Protection Program.  But: there might be another snag. We’ll dive into why it still may not get small businesses the help they need. Meanwhile: a new study out of …

Business, Unusual: Decoding Wall Street’s Unemployment Warnings

April 23rd, 2020


The House of Representatives is expected to pass another major stimulus bill to get more money into the hands of small businesses. We’ll dive into …

Only as Good as the Data: Newly Discovered Death Complicates COVID-19 Timeline

April 22nd, 2020


Officials say the first known death from COVID-19 in the US happened weeks earlier than they realized. We’ll tell you what that might mean for the projection models everyone has been relying on. Meanwhile: a new study …

Time for a Refresh: Small Business Relief Bill To Get a Vote

April 21st, 2020


Last night, President Trump announced he’ll sign an executive order to suspend immigration into the US. But the administration has already made a number of changes to immigration procedures since the pandemic began. …

Low Lows: Oil Prices Go Negative For First Time

April 20th, 2020


Most public health experts agree: we need more testing to start lifting stay-at-home orders. But in the US, officials disagree on how to get more tests. We’ll explain how this impacts you. Meanwhile: people across the …

Skimm Special: COVID-19 and Climate Change

April 18th, 2020


Across the world, economies have essentially been on pause due to COVID-19. The unintended consequence? A significant decrease in air pollution and …

That’s (Not) an Order: States Have Final Say About New White House Guidelines

April 17th, 2020


The White House has new advice for states that might want to lift their stay-at-home orders. We’ll tell you what these new guidelines actually mean for you. Meanwhile: you might be hearing a lot about a new antiviral …

A Trend Everyone Hates: Unemployment Rises by the Millions (Again)

April 16th, 2020


For the fourth week in a row, US unemployment claims have risen by the millions. We’ll explain what Congress is doing to try to curb that trend. …

Your Shopping Cart Misses You: Retail Has One of its Worst Months Ever

April 15th, 2020


A new report from the US Commerce Department says shopping carts across America are way emptier than usual. We’ll tell you what a drop in retail sales means for the rest of the economy. Meanwhile: President Trump says …

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work?: States Unite to Coordinate COVID-19 Response

April 14th, 2020


States are teaming up to figure out how and when to lift their stay-at-home orders. We’ll explain why that’s causing tension with the White House. …

The List Goes On and On: Can “Contact Tracing” Help Get us Back to Normal Life?

April 13th, 2020


There’s been a lot of talk lately about when it’s OK to ‘reopen the economy.’ Public health experts say one thing that could get us to that point is …

Jump in Line: As Unemployment Grows, States Struggle to Keep Up

April 9th, 2020


This week’s new unemployment numbers are in, and things still aren’t good. We’ll look at what states are doing to keep up with the worsening jobs crisis. Meanwhile: as unemployment skyrockets, the Centers for Disease …

Numbers Talk: How the Pandemic is Affecting African Americans

April 8th, 2020


We’re seeing clearer trends that black Americans may be at disproportionately higher risk of falling ill and dying from COVID-19. We’ll break down why public health experts say this is happening. Meanwhile: Wuhan — the …

Odd One Out: Wisconsin Votes IRL During Pandemic

April 7th, 2020


Voters are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the Wisconsin primary despite orders from the governor to stay home. We’ll dive into the …

Rough Road Ahead: Are Hospitals Ready for This Week?

April 6th, 2020


Health officials are warning that this will be an especially tough week. Are hospitals ready? A new federal report gives us an indication. Meanwhile: …

Time for a Check-Up: Should Everyone Wear A Mask?

April 3rd, 2020


When news broke that COVID-19 had hit the US, many of us were told not to wear masks unless we were sick. Now the US government is reportedly …

The Wrong Kind of Stunning: 6.6M Americans File for Unemployment

April 2nd, 2020


We woke up this morning to some record-breaking unemployment numbers — as huge as they are, they may not even be showing the full picture. We’ll …

A Few Very Bad Weeks: Forecasting COVID-19 in the US

April 1st, 2020


The US intelligence community is reportedly warning that China hid key info about the severity of its COVID-19 outbreak. We’ll walk you through what …

COVID-180°: Convention Centers and Parks Become Hospitals

March 31st, 2020


A US Navy Captain is pleading for help containing a COVID-19 outbreak onboard an American aircraft carrier in Guam. We’ll explain why the Navy is facing similar problems as cruise ships, and why having a nuclear power …

Strike Now, Shop Later: Delivery Workers Want More Pay for More Risk

March 30th, 2020


Grocery delivery workers went on strike today. We’ll explain how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the delivery industry and how consumers can respond. Meanwhile: the White House extends social distancing guidelines …

Skimm Special: Equal Pay

March 28th, 2020


It’s 2020 and women’s median earnings are about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. Cool cool. That’s known as the gender pay gap. Ahead of Equal …

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The COVID-19 Stimulus Package

March 27th, 2020


President Trump just signed the most expensive relief bill in US history, but it wasn’t exactly a cakewalk. We explain the drama that had lawmakers …

3.3 Million Americans File for Unemployment: Is Help on the Way?

March 26th, 2020


The latest US unemployment numbers are in. They’re historic, and not in a good way. We’ll break down the data and look at how Congress is trying to patch up the unemployment insurance system in the middle of a health …

A Really Big Deal: Inside Congress’ COVID-19 Relief Bill

March 25th, 2020


Senate leaders say they’ve reached a historic deal to help Americans and American businesses deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19. The $2 …

Not Playing Games: 2020 Summer Olympics Postponed

March 24th, 2020


The 2020 Summer Olympics won’t be happening in summer 2020 anymore. We’ll explain how the decision to postpone the Olympics could impact more than …

Two Strikes: The Senate’s Economic Stimulus Bill

March 23rd, 2020


The Senate is divided over a bill that’s supposed to help Americans deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19. We’ll tell you the latest. Meanwhile, President Trump appears anxious to send Americans back to the office. …

Don’t Panic! At the Supermarket: Understanding the Supply Chain

March 20th, 2020


The US is sealing itself off from its neighbors, with big restrictions on the Mexico and Canada borders. We’ll explain why, and take a look at the other big COVID-19 news of the day. Meanwhile, if you’ve been to a …

Mission Zero: China’s Big COVID-19 Milestone

March 19th, 2020


China just reported no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time since the outbreak began. We’ll explain why that’s great news, but why China isn’t quite out of the woods just yet. Meanwhile, the federal …

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Health Workers Brace for COVID-19

March 18th, 2020


Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll dive into the risks they’re facing as they work around the clock to save lives. Meanwhile, the US government is coming up with ways to help …

This is New: Voting During a Pandemic

March 17th, 2020


The COVID-19 caseload in the US topped 5,000 today, but Florida, Illinois and Arizona kept calm and carried on with primary voting. Meanwhile: are we on the cusp of a lockdown? We’ll explain how federal and local …

Taking Shape: The Fed’s Plan to Stabilize the Economy

March 16th, 2020


The Federal Reserve dusted off its Great Recession playbook on Sunday to find ways to boost the US economy. It cut interest rates to close to zero percent and will buy up $700 billion in financial assets to help get the …

Results Pending: The Plan to Increase COVID-19 Testing

March 13th, 2020


President Trump declared a national emergency today over the COVID-19 outbreak, and said more Americans should be able to get tested soon. We’ll …

Hold The Plane: The US Preps for COVID-19

March 12th, 2020


Last night President Trump addressed the nation to explain how the US is responding to COVID-19. He talked up the importance of keeping the disease out of the country. But remember: it’s already here. We dive into the …

Let’s Touch Base: Why Working From Home Doesn’t Work For All

March 11th, 2020


COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic. But as more and more companies are telling their employees to work from home, many people don’t have that luxury. We’ll explain why the lack of unemployment insurance and universal …

Going the Distance: Italy on Lockdown Mode Over COVID-19

March 10th, 2020


Italians woke up this morning under a nationwide quarantine as the country attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by …

Pump the Brakes: The Stock Market and COVID-19

March 9th, 2020


The markets took a nosedive today. And in response, Wall Street found the brakes and stepped on them. We’ll explain what happened and what it means moving forward. Meanwhile, the beginning of the week might have you …

When Your Side Hustle is Free: Female Unpaid Labor

March 6th, 2020


The Supreme Court heard its first major case on abortion access with a strong new conservative majority on the bench. We’ll dive into what the …

Warren Has a Plan… To Find The Nearest Exit

March 5th, 2020


Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Her next big plan is TBD. Meanwhile, countries around the …

And Then There Were Two-ish: Democratic Field Narrows

March 4th, 2020


With Super Tuesday behind us and nearly all the results in, the 2020 Democratic presidential field is narrowing even more. We’ll explain who won and …

Super-Sized: Primary Day, COVID-19’s Olympics Impact

March 3rd, 2020


It’s Super Tuesday. The biggest primary day so far where voters in 14 states plus American Samoa cast their ballots to pick their preferred nominee. …

Not a Test: Why COVID-19 Cases Could Spike

March 2nd, 2020


At least six people in the state of Washington have died from COVID-19. As the US government ramps up testing efforts, experts warn to expect a big …

In the Red: The COVID-19 Market Downturn

February 28th, 2020


This week, the stock market has been feeling the pain of COVID-19. We’ll look at what the current economic impact is and what a ‘market correction’ has to do with it. Meanwhile, the US and the Taliban are on the verge …

Scotland’s Quest to End ‘Period Poverty’

February 27th, 2020


Scotland is about to make your ‘time of the month’ a lot easier on your wallet. It will soon become the first country to make tampons and pads free …

COVID-19: Coming to a Community Near You?

February 26th, 2020


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans to prepare for COVID-19 to spread within the US. (That’s the new disease caused …

Out Front: Bernie Sanders Leads the Pack

February 25th, 2020


Must feel good to be first. Bernie Sanders has achieved front-runner status in the 2020 Democratic primary. How is that possible after just three …

Verdict Reached: The Harvey Weinstein Trial

February 24th, 2020


A jury in New York has found Harvey Weinstein guilty of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual assault. He could face more than two …

Easy as A, B, Cease: A US-Taliban Truce?

February 21st, 2020


The US and the Taliban have agreed to a reduction of violence for the next seven days. It’s kinda like a test run to see if they can put down their …

Not a Quiet Place: Nondisclosure Agreements in the #MeToo Era

February 20th, 2020


Nondisclosure agreements were a big talker at last night’s democratic presidential debate. We’ll dive into what former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg had to say, and talk to former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson …

Place Your Bets: Nevada’s Culinary Union and Medicare for All

February 19th, 2020


Medicare for All is likely to come up in tonight’s big Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas. But Nevada’s powerful Culinary Union fought hard for …

Scout’s Honor: Why the Boy Scouts of America Filed for Bankruptcy

February 18th, 2020


The Boy Scouts of America has officially filed for bankruptcy as it deals with an onslaught of sexual abuse lawsuits. We’ll dive into what this move means for the future of the organization and for thousands of victims …

I’m Not Gonna Write You A Love Song: The US and Iran...and Switzerland?

February 14th, 2020


As the coronavirus continues to spread, one of the affected groups has been healthcare workers on the frontlines in China. We’ll dive into how a …

Party in the USA: Attorney General Bill Barr RSVP’s Yes

February 13th, 2020


Attorney General William Barr has RSVP’d to a hearing with the House Judiciary Committee. And Dems have a lot of things they want to ask him about. …

Juan Guaidó: Started From the Bottom, Now We’re Here

February 12th, 2020


Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is back home after a whirlwind trip throughout Europe and the US to drum up support for his cause. It’s been …

Merger Story: The New T-Mobile

February 11th, 2020


Today, after years of lawsuits and red tape, a federal judge approved the merger of wireless network giants T-Mobile and Sprint. We dive into why …

Sticking Points: Budget Plans, Cruise Ship Quarantine, CROWN Act

February 10th, 2020


Today, the Trump administration unveiled its budget proposal for 2021. But since Congress holds the purse strings and Democrats have the majority in …

In the Spotlight: Dem Debate Preview, Weinstein Trial, Oscars

February 7th, 2020


It’s Friday night, and some 2020 democratic candidates will be spending theirs in...New Hampshire for the eighth democratic debate. We’ll tell you why some of the candidates are hoping to put this ‘No Good, Very Bad’ …

Not a Joke: More Investigations, Mask Shortages, Traffic as Art

February 6th, 2020


President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is over, but that’s not the end of political investigations in 2020. We’ll explain what info Democrats and …

Now What?: Impeachment’s Final Act, ERA, ‘Cheer’

February 5th, 2020


President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial has come to an end. So, what happens now? Meanwhile, if you spotted members of Congress last night wearing pins with the letters E-R-A and asked W-H-Y, there was a reason for …

Head-Scratching: Caucus Confusion, Censure, Lonesome George

February 4th, 2020


A day after the Iowa Democratic Caucus, we’re told results are still just around the corner. But the damage from a historic vote-counting fail is …

Huddle Up: Iowa Caucuses, Impeachment Check-in, Shakira Memes

February 3rd, 2020


The 2020 primary season kicks off tonight with the Iowa caucuses. But how does a caucus actually work – and why does Iowa get so much clout? Meanwhile, the Senate impeachment trial continues but the end is in sight. …

It’s Been a Long Road: Brexit Day, Impeachment Trial, Super Bowl Firsts

January 31st, 2020


After more than three years, Brexit is actually happening. We’ll break down what’s next for the UK. Spoiler: there’s still a long road ahead. Meanwhile, the debate over witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial is …

This Is a Lot: Coronavirus Updates, Quid Pro Quo, and Locust Invaders

January 30th, 2020


The World Health Organization says that the coronavirus outbreak is a global public health emergency. We’ll break down what this means as countries respond and how the economic impact of this disease is being felt …

Back to School: Senate Questions, Tobacco Report Card, Negotiations

January 29th, 2020


Now that opening arguments have wrapped up in the Senate impeachment trial, it’s time for lawmakers to ask the questions. We’ll break down how this process works and what to expect next. Meanwhile, the American Lung …

Make-or-Break Moment: Trump Defense, ‘Deal of the Century,’ Iowa Voting

January 28th, 2020


President Trump’s defense lawyers have wrapped up opening arguments. We’ll break down the case they made, and what’s next for the Senate impeachment trial. Meanwhile, the White House has finally unveiled its plan for …

Where It Happened: Bolton Leak, Rival Meetings, Quarantine Update

January 27th, 2020


President Trump’s defense team is launching into day two of their opening arguments at the Senate impeachment trial. But leaked excerpts from former …

Great Lengths: Democrats on the Mic, March for Life, Grammys Drama

January 24th, 2020


House Democrats are wrapping up three days of opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Before Trump’s defense lawyers take the mic on Saturday, we’ll take a look at how Democrats laid out …

Noble Intentions: Quarantines, Genocide Prevention, Profit-Sharing

January 23rd, 2020


China is turning to massive quarantines to stop the spread of coronavirus. Now, millions are impacted as transportation comes to a halt ahead of the Lunar New Year. We’ll explain why some experts say quarantines don’t …

Check Up: Coronavirus, Impeachment Managers, Negotiating

January 22nd, 2020


Hundreds of people have been infected by a virus that originated in China. Now, a case has been diagnosed in the US, too. We’ll explain what the coronavirus is and how officials are handling it. Meanwhile, the …

All Talk: Davos, Impeachment Trial Rules, Big Endorsement

January 21st, 2020


The world’s biggest movers and shakers are packing up their skis and heading to a place called Davos in the Swiss Alps. That’s right: it’s time for the annual World Economic Forum. We’ll explain what that is and why …

Warning Signs: Media Access, Privacy Please, China’s Birth Rate

January 17th, 2020


All eyes are on the Senate in the run up to next week’s impeachment trial. But new rules could make it difficult, or even impossible, to keep up with …

Take An Oath: Impeachment Trial, New Russian PM, Prohibition

January 16th, 2020


Something new started today: the impeachment trial of the President of the United States. We’ll explain how a one-man media circus gave the start of the trial a run for its money. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir …

Back in Business: Impeachment, US-China Trade, Electable Ladies

January 15th, 2020


The “i” word is back in the headlines after the House of Representatives sent articles of impeachment to the Senate today. Did Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to hit ‘pause’ on impeachment for almost a month pay off? …

Showdown: DOJ vs Apple, Democratic Debate, Longest Rap

January 14th, 2020


One month after a deadly shooting in Florida, the Justice Department is still trying to figure out what happened. But there’s one thing standing in the way of investigators: Apple. We’ll explain why the government and …

Damage Control: Protests in Iran, Aussie Bushfires, Royal Shake-Ups

January 13th, 2020


Iran is suddenly on the defensive, facing critics inside and outside the country after it admitted to shooting down a passenger plane last week. We’ll explain how Iran is dealing with widespread protests and how the …

What Now?: Plane Crash Investigation, Puerto Rico, Space Explorers

January 10th, 2020


Days after a deadly plane crash in Iran, questions remain over what exactly happened. We’ll explain why major media outlets and western leaders are pointing to Iran. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is still recovering from two …

Skimm Special: Harry and Meghan

January 10th, 2020


First there was Brexit, now there’s Megxit. If you checked Instagram (or just the internet) this week, you probably saw the news that Prince Harry …

Let’s Negotiate: War Powers, Impact Reports, Pay Raises

January 9th, 2020


Members of Congress had a heated debate today over limiting President Trump’s ability to start a war with Iran. We’ll explain who holds the …

Where To?: Iran-US Tensions, Great Escapes, ‘Megxit’

January 8th, 2020


At times this week, it looked like the US and Iran were heading toward an all-out war. And those concerns only intensified last night after Iran attacked a pair of Iraqi military bases where US troops are stationed. …

Another Look: The US in Iraq, Deepfakes, Christmas Trees

January 7th, 2020


The latest drama between the US and Iran is catching Iraq in the crossfire. After a deadly US drone strike in Iraq, Iraq’s parliament wants US troops out of the country. We’ll explain how America’s relations with key …

Heating Up: Iran Fallout, Weinstein Trial, Australia Fires

January 6th, 2020


The year is off to a rocky start for the US and Iran. Last week, the US killed a top Iranian general linked to attacks on hundreds of Americans. Now, Iran is threatening to retaliate. We’ll dive in. Meanwhile, it’s day …

Sea Changes: Impeachment, Climate Crisis, Anti-Austerity Protests

January 3rd, 2020


Last year brought with it some big stories about change - stories that we’ll probably see more of in 2020. So before we ring in the new year, here are some of the major ‘sea change’ stories that were on our radar: the …

Power Players: The People Who Shaped 2019

December 30th, 2019


When the history books are written, we think a few names from 2019 will stand out. Greta Thunberg helped make climate change protests mainstream. Boris Johnson won a big election and pushed Brexit toward the finish …

Money Moves: Trade War, Interest Rates, Unemployment Rate

December 27th, 2019


With New Year's resolutions right around the corner, we want to talk about money. If you’re looking to make a fresh start, knowledge is power. New …

And the most complicated story of 2019 was...

December 23rd, 2019


We asked our listeners which 2019 story you still want explained. At the top of the list: Brexit. Totally fair. British voters chose to leave the European Union in 2016, but here we are three years later and … that …

Making the Cut: Voter Purges, Impeachment Trial, Brexit

December 20th, 2019


Some election officials are making a list, checking it twice – and cutting hundreds of thousands of people from their voter registration rolls. We’ll …

Taxation and Representation: Obamacare in Limbo, Debate Diversity, and Wakanda

December 19th, 2019


The future of Obamacare is limbo again, after a federal court struck down the individual mandate as unconstitutional. We’ll explain how this decision …

The Rest is History: Impeachment Vote, Teen Vaping, Missy Robbins

December 18th, 2019


Today the House of Representatives prepared to impeach a President of the United States for the third time in US history. The Constitution doesn’t exactly provide a ‘how-to’ guide for what happens next, but lawmakers in …

Big Deals: Budget Breakthroughs, Boeing, Happy Birthday Simpsons

December 17th, 2019


The House just passed a budget bill to fund the federal government through next September. The budget was only possible after lots of behind-the-scenes dealmakings, and the finished product includes some measures on …

Keep On Keepin’ On: Trade Deals, Protests in India, Climate Talks

December 16th, 2019


The Trump administration reached two blockbuster trade deals last week – or so we thought. Turns out there are still some big question marks surrounding the future of the US-China trade war and the US-Mexico-Canada …

Two Roads Diverge: Late-Night Impeachment Quarrels, Brexit’s Open Road

December 13th, 2019


Today the House Judiciary Committee gave the go-ahead for a full House vote on impeachment, but the process was anything but tidy. Committee members …

Now Boarding: Trade Courts, Parental Leave, Ugly Sweaters

December 12th, 2019


The World Trade Organization’s top court stopped functioning this week after the US blocked the appointment of new judges. That means major trade …

Upgrades: New NAFTA, Executive Order, Campaign Transparency

December 11th, 2019


People on both sides of the aisle in DC might finally be on the same page about something: a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada. We’ll explain what you need to know. Meanwhile, President Trump announced he’s signing …

High Crimes: Hearings at the Hague, Articles in the House, and Shifty DNA

December 10th, 2019


The government of Myanmar is in court this week over allegations of genocide, and the actions of the country’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader is …

One More Time: Another Russia Report, Olympic Bans, Hong Kong Protests

December 9th, 2019


If you thought you were done hearing about Russian interference in the 2016 election – think again. The Justice Department Inspector General dropped a 476-page report today on the origin story of the probe. We’ll …

Going Viral: Measles in Samoa, Uber Safety Data, Yuletide Insults

December 6th, 2019


Health officials in the island nation of Samoa are fighting a deadly measles outbreak. We’ll explain why anti-vaxxers in Samoa and in the US could be …

Look Back in Anger: Abuse Claims, Pension Strikes, Talkative Robots

December 5th, 2019


A handful of states are passing laws to help victims of child sexual abuse seek justice. We’ll explain why one new law in New Jersey could end up …

I Fought the Law: Impeachment, Hospital Bills, Salon Chemicals

December 4th, 2019


The impeachment inquiry into President Trump jumped to a new House committee today, and it’s starting to feel a bit like law school. We’ll explain …

You Get What You Give: Champagne Tariffs, Giving Tuesday, Rapinoe

December 3rd, 2019


President Trump is handing out tariffs left and right, and countries aren’t psyched about it. The latest target? French champagne, among other things. We’ll explain why tariffs have become the President’s economic …

Feuding: NATO Summit, Gun Rights, Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

December 2nd, 2019


The UK is hosting a big NATO summit this week to celebrate the alliance’s 70th birthday. But budget fights and membership debates could kill the …

What’s Going On: Mass Imprisonment in China, Impeachment Drama, ‘Dear Santa’

November 26th, 2019


Newly-leaked government documents are pulling back the curtain on China’s mass detention of ethnic minorities. We’ll get into how the docs provide …

Following: Navy Secretary Out, Michael Bloomberg, Wild Turkey

November 25th, 2019


The Secretary of the Navy is out. We’ll connect the dots between President Trump’s controversial pardons of service members and what they have to do with the Navy Secretary’s sudden departure. Meanwhile, former NYC …

Can’t Let It Go: Israeli Political Drama, Debating Pot, ‘Let It Go’ 2.0

November 22nd, 2019


It was a busy week in Israeli politics, between a US announcement on West Bank settlements and talk of new elections next year. Then: Prime Minister …

Bring Da Ruckus: Impeachment Hearings, Paid Family Leave, Throwback Theme Park

November 21st, 2019


Today was the last day of scheduled impeachment hearings, and we heard from two officials who had front row seats to events at the center of the …

We Hear You: Impeachment, Iran Protests, Grammy Noms

November 20th, 2019


The US ambassador to the European Union walked into the impeachment inquiry hearing this morning, and threw just about everybody under the bus. We’ll explain how Gordon Sondland brought President Trump further into the …

Neverending Story: Impeachment Hearings, Savvy Scammers, OK Boomer

November 19th, 2019


Lawmakers sat for a LONG time today during marathon impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill. Today we finally heard from officials who listened in on …

Pardon Me?: War Crimes, Hong Kong Schools, Bye Bye Bei Bei

November 18th, 2019


President Trump pardoned Army officers accused of war crimes, and the decision has sparked a heated debate over whether this is a good idea for the military justice system. We’ll explain the reasoning behind this move, …

Escalating: Impeachment Drama, Bill Blockers, People-Movers

November 15th, 2019


Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in the ongoing impeachment hearings today. She described how her anti-corruption efforts …

Float On: US-Ukraine Relations, Google Cache, Swimming Cows

November 14th, 2019


Thanks to the ongoing impeachment inquiry, we’re hearing about Ukraine a lot lately. Turns out: the US and Ukraine have a history. We’ll explain why the diplomats you’re hearing from during public impeachment hearings …

Brace Yourself: Impeachment Hearings, Greta at Sea, Really Old Booze

November 13th, 2019


The impeachment inquiry hearings into President Trump finally went public today. There was the usual partisan drama, but also some important new developments. We’ll break down the case Democrats hope to make and how a …

Out in the Cold: DACA, Bolivia’s President, Arctic Air

November 12th, 2019


The Supreme Court heard one of the biggest cases of the term: whether the Trump admin can end DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started by  President Obama in 2012. We’ll explain the Trump …

Dark and Stormy: Hong Kong Protests, Concussion Research, Impeachment Smells

November 8th, 2019


The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong took a dark turn this week, amid the death of a young student and two violent attacks on politicians. After …

Hold Up: The US v. Gilead, ‘Recanvassing,’ Buying a House

November 7th, 2019


The US government is suing a major pharmaceutical company over its HIV prevention drugs. We’ll tell you why, and explain how it’s spotlighting a larger movement to make life-saving drugs easier to access. Meanwhile, the …

Brave New Worlds: Shadow Diplomacy, Cartel Violence, Voting Methods

November 6th, 2019


The outlines of a power struggle between US diplomats and President Trump’s personal attorney are emerging out of transcripts from the House …

One Day You're In: Paris Agreement, Election Day, Being 'Single'

November 5th, 2019


The Trump administration formally told the United Nations that it’s pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, making the US the only country in the …

Smoldering: PG&E’s Future, Iraq Protests, Party Houses

November 4th, 2019


Firefighters are gradually putting out California’s wildfires, but the state’s big power company is just starting to feel the heat as lawmakers call for a government takeover. We’ll explore the challenges facing …

Getting Started: 5G in China, Cystic Fibrosis Drug, NaNoWriMo

November 1st, 2019


Earlier today, China turned on the fifth generation of super-fast Internet, AKA 5G. We’ll connect the dots between what the tech can do – for better and worse – and why there’s been a race to see who can press ‘on’ …

Spooktacular: Impeachment Rules, Twitter Ads, Dressed-Up Pets

October 31st, 2019


The House of Representatives set the ground rules for its impeachment investigation into President Trump today. The next phase of the process – …

New Heights: Middle East Protests, Sea Levels, Phone Bills

October 30th, 2019


Anti-government protests have erupted in Lebanon and Iraq. Young people are leading the charge, and are calling for major economic reforms. We’ll explain what protesters want, and how a key player in the region is …

For the Record: The Armenian Genocide, Impeachment, Palladium

October 29th, 2019


The US House of Representatives is taking a historic vote today to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915. We’ll break down why mass atrocities …

Say Goodbye?: ISIS Leader, Missouri Abortion Clinic, Phishing

October 28th, 2019


The leader of ISIS died during a US military raid in Syria over the weekend. We’ll explain who Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was, and what his death means for ISIS – and for the world. Meanwhile, there’s only one clinic in …

More Than Meets The Eye: Impeachment Inquiry, Chile Protests, TikTok

October 25th, 2019


It’s been a busy week for the impeachment investigation into President Trump. Some key witnesses testified about the US-Ukraine relationship and Republicans staged a controversial walk-in of a secure conference room. …

Cancel It?: Student Loans, Revenge Porn, Trading Fees

October 24th, 2019


A top Education Department official is calling it quits, and on his way out the door he’s urging the federal government to cancel most of the …

Turn Around: Facebook Updates, Teachers Strike, Bird Alerts

October 23rd, 2019


It’s October 23rd. Today, we Skimm’d This: 

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has been in the news a lot recently, and today he was in the hot seat …

Questionable: Ceasefire, Drone Deliveries, the ‘World’ Series

October 22nd, 2019


After five days, the ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria has come to an end. As the clock ran down, the Kurds said they had moved away from the border as promised, while Turkey’s president flew to …

Making Changes: Canadian Elections, Opioid Settlement, and Floppy Disks

October 21st, 2019


It’s Election Day in Canada, and polls are showing a virtual tie between the two biggest parties. We’ll connect the dots between the issues party …

New Vocab: Impeachment Latin, El Chapito, All-Female Spacewalks

October 18th, 2019


The impeachment inquiry is forcing us to dust off our Latin dictionaries and look up “quid pro quo” and “emolumentum.” These words are coming up as …

Let's Make a Deal: Brexit, Syria Ceasefire, Auto Worker Strike

October 17th, 2019


With just days to go before a Brexit deadline, UK and EU leaders shook hands on a new withdrawal agreement today. But that hardly means a Halloween …

Getting Involved: Russia in Turkey, Hong Kong Solidarity, and Good Samaritans

October 16th, 2019


Russian and Syrian troops swooped into parts of northern Syria this week, just days after US troops pulled out. Given the history between Russia and …

Drawing Lines: DC Depositions, Racism in Sports, Amazing Authors

October 15th, 2019


Three senior US officials have answered questions from House lawmakers in recent days, even as the White House has pushed to limit or block officials from complying with an ongoing impeachment probe. We’ll explain how …

The Law of the Land: Previewing the Supreme Court’s Big Year Ahead

October 11th, 2019


The Supreme Court got back to work this week for a potentially historic term. The court’s reinforced conservative majority is expected to dish out

Not Done Yet: Turkey’s Syria Invasion, Climate Activism, Long Commutes

October 10th, 2019


Turkey launched an attack on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria this week, bringing violence to a region where thousands of ISIS fighters are held in …

Power Struggles: Trump vs. Congress, Fighting Fires, Lithium Batteries

October 9th, 2019


The White House’s refusal to cooperate with an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives is setting the stage for a constitutional crisis. We’ll look at what a constitutional crisis actually means, and how …

On Watch: Chinese Surveillance Companies, Discrimination, The Cosmos

October 8th, 2019


The US government is taking names. The Commerce Department says its adding 28 Chinese companies to a trade blacklist. We’ll connect the dots on what …

Ready for Battle: Turkey in Syria, Trump's Taxes, Red Blood Cells

October 7th, 2019


Democrats and Republicans are speaking out against the surprising pullback of US troops from northern Syria, saying the Kurdish forces that helped …

Unmasked: Ukraine Texts, Hong Kong Protesters, and Dino Bones

October 4th, 2019


The former US special envoy to Ukraine has handed over some of his texts as evidence in the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump. And now …

Remedies: Injection Sites, Wine and Cheese Tariffs, and IPO Woes

October 3rd, 2019


A federal judge just gave a boost to supervised injection sites, saying a clinic in Philadelphia doesn’t violate drug laws. Activists say the ruling …

Gettin' Fresh: Impeachment Inquiry, Boeing Whistleblower, Algae

October 2nd, 2019


House Democrats are ratcheting up the impeachment inquiry. And now, all eyes are on the State Department, which is trying very hard not to get …

Super-Massive: China's 70th, Global Banking, and Galactic Mysteries

October 1st, 2019


Today marked 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the country threw a huge birthday party for itself. China’s economic and military rise is impressive, but there are some storm clouds on …

Competing Interests: Refugee Crisis, Campaign Finances, Mortgage Rates

September 30th, 2019


Four years after the European migrant crisis reached its peak, European leaders are being called on to once again to address a situation that’s never …

Time After Time: Egypt Protests, US Refugee Program, Landmines

September 27th, 2019


Protesters tried to mobilize across Egypt today for a second week of anti-government demonstrations. But security forces were out in force after days of making arrests. We’ll explain why President el-Sisi is coming …

Power Moves: Whistleblower Complaint, Israeli Politics, and ‘Gini Index’

September 26th, 2019


The mysterious whistleblower complaint everyone’s talking finally public. So: we got lots of new details. And lawmakers in Congress had lots of questions – especially about why it took so long to see the …

Call Me Maybe: Trump and Ukraine, Juul CEO, and 'Apply Thru'

September 25th, 2019


It’s the phone call heard ‘round the world: the White House released what it says is a rough transcript of President Trump’s controversial chat with the president of Ukraine. But not everyone is saying ‘case closed.’ In …

What Lies Beneath: UN Speeches, Brexit Ruling, Lost Continent

September 24th, 2019


The UN General Assembly kicked into high gear today and President Trump urged world leaders to take a page out of his ‘America First’ playbook. UN chief Antonio Guterres had a slightly different idea of how to tackle …

Words vs. Action: Trump and Ukraine, UN Climate Summit, and Retirement

September 23rd, 2019


It’s only Monday, but President Trump probably can’t wait for the weekend. A mysterious whistleblower complaint is still dominating the headlines, reportedly for a phone call he had with the President of Ukraine. But …

Balancing Act: Climate Strikes, Pacific Islands, and Japanese Whisky

September 20th, 2019


The world was gripped by massive student-led climate strikes today. Some say the demonstrations were the largest climate protest in history. We’ll let you know what strikers want and what they’ll be watching for at a …

Step Up: Whistleblowers, Russian Protests, and the Washington Monument

September 19th, 2019


A whistleblower is sending Washington into a tizzy today. The House Intelligence Committee is demanding information about a complaint that reportedly has to do with President Trump. Meanwhile: an actor’s arrest is …

New Normals: Tent Courts, Interest Rates, and ‘They’

September 18th, 2019


The Trump Administration is unveiling new immigration courts that look a little different than what you might expect. They’re actually tents and shipping containers built right near the US-Mexico border as a part of a …

Making Waves: Auto Strikes, Impeachment Hearings, and Channel Swimming

September 17th, 2019


Autoworkers across the country are joining the picket line in a strike against General Motors. They say the company needs to give them better wages and benefits. Meanwhile, President Trump’s former campaign manager was …

Awaiting Results: Israeli Elections, Saudi Oil, and Science Prizes

September 16th, 2019


Israelis might be feeling a little déjà vu: they’re heading back to the polls tomorrow to vote for parliament for the second time this year. Current …

Now What: Gun Control, The Bahamas, and #MeToo

September 13th, 2019


The top ten Democrats in the presidential primary faced off last night for their third debate, and three big ideas emerged from their conversation on …

Legal Speak: Terms of Impeachment, Opioid Settlement, and the Dem Debate

September 12th, 2019


The House Judiciary Committee formalized its process for potentially impeaching President Trump. Everyone on Capitol Hill has something to say about …

Making the Case: Gig Economy Reform and Canadian Elections

September 11th, 2019


California lawmakers are making moves to reform how businesses treat their gig economy workers. Election season is underway, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a tough reelection campaign. Lucky for Canada, …

On the Market: John Bolton, NC Special Election, and New iPhones

September 10th, 2019


White House National Security Advisor John Bolton is turning on his ‘out of office’ – for good. President Trump tweeted that he fired Bolton, while …

Back to Work: Gun Control Bills, Big Tech Investigations, and Volfefe

September 9th, 2019


Congress is back to work after summer vacation. One big issue lawmakers could tackle? Gun control. It’s been a couple of decades since the last …

Spin-Off: Mortgage Giants, Hurricane Dorian, GOP Primaries

September 6th, 2019


The Trump Administration wants to spin off Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as private companies. We’ve got the A to Z on Fannie and Freddie and what these …

Deadlines: Iran Deal, Climate Crisis, NFL Kickoff

September 5th, 2019


It’s almost the end of the week, and deadlines are looming – in Iran. They’re giving major players in Europe until tomorrow to help them out financially before they stop complying with more parts of the 2015 Nuclear …

Game-Changing: Brexit Lingo, Hong Kong Bill, and Cherokee Nation Delegate

September 4th, 2019


‘Blimey’ isn’t the only British phrase being thrown around in the UK today. All kinds of parliamentary phrases have been flying as the debate over how-to-Brexit heats up. Today, members of Parliament voted to avoid a …

At What Cost: Taliban Talks, China Tariffs, and a Very Long Cruise

September 3rd, 2019


US and Taliban negotiators are reportedly closing in on a deal that lead to a drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan. The deal could be a way to help …

Out of Office: AI and Jobs, Hong Kong Arrests, and Pigs on the Run

August 30th, 2019


Automation and artificial intelligence are supposed to make jobs easier, but sometimes they can take away jobs altogether. This Labor Day weekend, we’re taking a look at the current and future impact of AI on American …

Lift Off: US Space Command, Vaping, ‘Planet’ Pluto

August 29th, 2019


Today President Trump announced the lift-off of a new part of the military: the United States Space Command. We’ll explain what it might look like, …

Incoming: UK Parliament Suspension, Hurricane Dorian, Greta Thunberg

August 28th, 2019


Today UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the Queen to suspend parliament, and she said she would. We’ll explain why this is a controversial move, …

Reckoning: Opioid Rulings, Epstein, and Rescuing Rhinos

August 27th, 2019


Johnson & Johnson was hit with a $572 million penalty for its role in fueling the opioid crisis in Oklahoma. The drug company says it will …

Tiebreak: G7 Conclusion, GOP Challengers, and Althea Gibson

August 26th, 2019


G7 leaders are heading home after their latest summit in France. We’ll take a look at three of the big issues they tried to tackle, and what to expect next. Then: former US Rep. Joe Walsh is challenging President Trump …

Cruel Summer: The Amazon, Beach-side Summits, and Taylor Swift

August 23rd, 2019


As fires continue to burn across the Amazon, Brazilan President Jair Bolsonaro has blamed NGOs for starting the fires and is picking fights with …

Unraveling: Intel Sharing, Title X Funding, and Amazon Fires

August 22nd, 2019


Today, South Korea said it will stop sharing military intelligence with Japan. We’ll look at the reasons why, and examine the possible fallout for …

Indefinitely, Maybe: Brexit, Migrant Detention, and Robots

August 21st, 2019


The UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson flew to Berlin this afternoon for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a quick press conference, they listed a bunch of topics they wanted to cover, but the one …

Let’s Get Digital: Taxes, Texas, and College Football Rankings

August 20th, 2019


France wants big tech firms to pay a 3 percent tax on profits they make in the country. We’ll explain why the companies are siding with President Trump to push back. Then: authorities in Texas reported a coordinated …

Pride and Prejudice: Portland Protests, Open Arms, Humanitarian Day

August 19th, 2019


Dueling protests by right-wing and anti-fascist groups in Portland, Oregon over the weekend are raising questions about the definition of domestic terrorism. We’ll break down what happened, and where the law currently …

Done Talking: North Korea, Greenland, and Superdeep Diamonds

August 16th, 2019


Today North Korea called off peace talks with South Korea and launched its sixth missile test in a month. We’ll examine when and why diplomatic talks turned sour. Then: President Trump has reportedly been floating his …

Keeping Track: Lead in the Water, Israel Visit Ban, and Greta Thunberg

August 15th, 2019


Thousands of residents in Newark, NJ are grappling with a growing crisis over lead in drinking water. Officials are handing out bottled water instead - and trying to figure out how to fix the pipes. We’ll discuss why …

Huddled Masses: Green Cards, Abuse Victims, and Berlin Bees

August 14th, 2019


The Trump administration is changing immigration rules to make it more difficult for welfare recipients to obtain green cards. We’ll break down the …

Grounded: Hong Kong Protests, Cracker Plants, and Chlamydia Vaccine

August 13th, 2019


Protesters and riot police clashed at Hong Kong’s International Airport today in ongoing demonstrations against the government. We’ll examine the …

Burning Questions: Jeffrey Epstein, Russian Missiles, Endangered Species

August 12th, 2019


Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide has left his accusers and the public demanding answers about why he was removed from suicide watch. We’ll explain why the federal facility that held him – and the Justice Department – …

SPECIAL EPISODE: A Deep Dive Into Deepfakes

August 9th, 2019


Imagine a computer downloading footage or photos of you from the internet and using them to create a video of you saying something you’ve never said. Sounds more than a little sinister, right? It might not be a sci-fi …

Lay Of The Land: Climate Report, Immigration Raids, Iowa State Fair

August 8th, 2019


The UN’s latest climate change report says the way we are using land is seriously damaging the planet. We dive into the main findings, what problems we are causing, and what we really need to change. Then, ICE agents …

Pressure Points: Venezuela Sanctions, Gun Laws, and "Impeachment"

August 7th, 2019


The Trump admin still has issues with Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro -- and it’s using new sanctions to try to squeeze him out of office. …

Language Matters: Mass Shootings, China Currency, and Toni Morrison

August 6th, 2019


We’re still learning more about the two mass shootings that took place in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. Lawmakers are placing blame for these acts …

No More Words: Mass Shootings in US, Tensions in Kashmir, and Hong Kong Protests

August 5th, 2019


This weekend in the US, there were two deadly mass shootings: one in Texas, and one in Ohio. They were less than 13 hours apart, and at least 31 people were killed. From increasing background checks, to shutting down …

Dark and Stormy: Nuclear Treaty, Trade, and Happy Hour

August 2nd, 2019


The US officially pulled out of a historic Cold War arms control deal today. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty helped the US and Soviet …

Burden of Proof: Criminal Justice Reform, A$AP Rocky, and Robocalls

August 1st, 2019


Onstage at last night’s democratic debate, candidates went after each other on their criminal justice records. Things got heated -- and personal. We’ll explain the history here. Meanwhile, rapper A$AP Rocky took the …

Making The Most Of It: Medicare For All, Interest Rates, and Grasshoppers

July 31st, 2019


Medicare for All was all the rage at last night’s democratic debate. And not necessarily in a good way. We’ll tell you why Dems are divided over it, and what to expect for the second part of the debate tonight. …

Keeping Watch: Dems Debate, Capital One Data Breach, and Robot Contacts

July 30th, 2019


Live from Detroit, it’s round two of the 2020 democratic primary debates. You know the drill: ten candidates tonight, and ten more tomorrow. But the dynamics have shifted since round one. We’ll tell you what to keep an …

Next Level: Trump vs. Cities, John Ratcliffe and Greta Thunberg

July 29th, 2019


This weekend President Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against the city of Baltimore and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. Trump said Charm City is “infested with rodents,” and “dangerous,” reigniting the ‘good …

Tour de Force: Russia, OITNB and Cycling

July 26th, 2019


 Russia targeted U.S voting systems. Right, we’ve heard that before. From Robert Mueller, for example. He really wanted to talk about Russian …

Not Messing Around: North Korea, The Death Penalty, Heatwave

July 25th, 2019


North Korea is playing with fire – literally. Just a couple weeks after President Trump visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea and agreed to resume denuclearization talks, North Korea tested two missiles this morning. Back …

Digging deeper: Mueller Testifies, Facebook Settlement, and Self-Care Day

July 24th, 2019


Today, Democrats and Republicans told former special counsel Robert Mueller: ‘have a seat - actually, have two.’ Mueller said he was done talking …

Changes: UK Prime Minister, SNAP Benefits, and Wrestling

July 23rd, 2019


The UK has a new prime minister. Between dealing with Brexit and tensions with Iran, Boris Johnson has a long ‘to do’ list to tackle. And he doesn’t …

On The Rise: Tensions with Iran, Puerto Rico Protests and India's Moon Mission

July 22nd, 2019


Today, Iranian officials announced that they’ve broken up a CIA spy ring and that they’ve arrested 17 suspected spies. Iran’s claimed this kind of thing before -- and President Trump says reports of arrests aren’t true. …


July 19th, 2019


Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the “giant leap for mankind.” You may have heard of it. On today’s episode, we break down the Apollo 11 mission: …

Alienated: US and Turkey, FaceApp, and Area 51

July 18th, 2019


Turkey just ordered a new missile defense system from Russia. And now the US is telling Turkey: no F-35 fighter jets for you. Basically, the US is worried selling Turkey the F-35s means giving Russia access to top …

On the Outs: Libra in Congress, Planned Parenthood, and Netflix

July 17th, 2019


Today, the head of Facebook’s global cryptocurrency project got a bipartisan grilling from the House Financial Services Committee. Lawmakers have been raising concerns about the crypto, called ‘Libra’: over who will …

Transfer of Power: Asylum Rule, Ursula von der Leyen and Emmy Nominees

July 16th, 2019


The Trump administration has issued a new rule that’ll mean most migrants heading to the US-Mexico border likely won’t be eligible for asylum. The …

Doubling Down: Trump Tweets, Puerto Rico, and Prime Day Protests

July 15th, 2019


Over the past few days, President Trump’s sent out a series of tweets about a group of “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen.” He suggested they …

Incoming: Citizenship Data, ICE raids, and Tropical Storm Barry

July 12th, 2019


President Donald Trump has dropped the idea of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But he says he has a back-up plan to get the data …

Don’t @ Me: Social Media Summit, Student Loans, and World Population

July 11th, 2019


Today, the White House hosted a social media summit. None of the big players (think: Facebook, Twitter) were reportedly on the guest list. President Donald Trump and his guests have claimed those companies have an …

Free Falling: Interest Rates, UK Ambassador’s Resignation, and Ticker Tape

July 10th, 2019


Today, the Federal Reserve’s top guy Jerome Powell spoke. He doesn’t do that much. But when he does - it’s important. Especially when it comes to interest rates. We’ll tell you what you – and your wallet – need to know. …

Picture This: ID Photos, Drug Prices, and Emojis

July 9th, 2019


In a new study, researchers at Georgetown University say FBI and ICE agents are giving millions of people ID checks. Their focus: your photo. Congress never gave the OK on this. And now lawmakers from both sides of the …

The Big One: Jeffrey Epstein, The Census, and the World Cup

July 8th, 2019


Jeffrey Epstein, a multimillionaire money manager, was in a New York federal court today to face sex trafficking charges. The indictment comes a …

Upping the Ante: Campaign Fundraising, Immigration, and Hot Dogs

July 3rd, 2019


Tis the season where all the 2020 candidates are letting us know what their campaign bank accounts look like. Some have a lot to brag about. But it isn’t all about the amount of cash – it’s also about who’s ponying up. …

Calls For Action: Border Facilities, Hong Kong, and Women’s World Cup

July 2nd, 2019


About a dozen lawmakers took a field trip to Texas yesterday. To visit two border facilities where migrants are being held. And some lawmakers did not like what they saw. Now there are protests being held around the …

Visiting Hours: Trump in North Korea, OPEC, and Cori Gauff at Wimbledon

July 1st, 2019


This weekend, President Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea. This was Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s first meeting since February, when a summit about nuclear weapons and …

The Heat Is On: Biden and Harris, G20, and the World Cup in Europe

June 28th, 2019


Senator Kamala Harris is getting a lot of attention today after last night’s democratic primary debate. She called out former VP Joe Biden over his record on race. And: busing. There’s a lot of history here -- and for …

Take Two: SCOTUS, Dems Debate 2.0, and Rapping G20 Grannies

June 27th, 2019


Today, the Supremes dropped the mic on two big issues: partisan gerrymandering and a citizenship question on the census. These rulings really came …

Center Stage: 2020 Debates, Mueller’s Return, and Moon Rocks

June 26th, 2019


The first 2020 Democratic primary debate begins tonight in Miami. But don’t forget: this is a two-night event. Featuring a total of 20 candidates. …

It’s Personal: Sanctions, E. Jean Carroll, and Climate Change

June 25th, 2019


The Trump administration is sanctioning top Iranian officials, including Iran’s Supreme Leader. The US has been sanctioning Iran for a while already, to get them to change course on nukes – but do sanctions ever …

No Quick Fix: Immigration, Middle East Peace, and Women’s Soccer

June 24th, 2019


Immigration and Customs Enforcement was scheduled to target 2,000 families in raids across the country this weekend. But with hours to spare before …

Take It Back: US and Iran, Police on Social Media, and Harry Potter

June 21st, 2019


President Trump says he approved military strikes on Iran planned for last night – but that he called them off with ten minutes to spare. This is the latest move in the rocky relationship between the US and Iran, and it …

Meet Me In The Middle: China and NK, UK Prime Minister, and Phone Bone

June 20th, 2019


Today, China’s President Xi Jinping and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un kicked off a two-day summit with the red-carpet treatment. This is the first time in almost 15 years that a Chinese leader has visited North …

Owning Up: Reparations, Jamal Khashoggi, and Joy Harjo

June 19th, 2019


Hundreds of people showed up to a House subcommittee hearing today on Capitol Hill. The topic? A bill that would create a commission to study slavery …

Ready to Launch: Libra, Trump’s 2020 Campaign, and Boaty McBoatface

June 18th, 2019


It’s only June, but Facebook’s ready for Libra season. The social media giant is about to roll out a new global cryptocurrency called Libra. We’ll …

Decisions, Decisions: Iran Nuclear Deal, SCOTUS, and Gloria Vanderbilt

June 17th, 2019


The Iran Nuclear Deal is on the rocks. This is the deal Iran, the US and a bunch of major EU and other powers signed back in 2015 to prevent Iran from making a nuclear weapon. Now, Iran’s says it’s about to break one of …

History Rhymes: the US and Iran, Flint, and Father’s Day

June 14th, 2019


There were explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week. The US is pointing the finger at Iran, who’s saying ‘not us.’ These two …

Fake It Till You Make It: Russia Probe Inquiry, ‘Deepfakes’, and Dads

June 13th, 2019


Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped the mic a couple weeks ago, but Washington still has some unfinished business with the Russia investigation. The Attorney General has launched an investigation into the original …

Waving Flags: Hong Kong Protests, Executive Privilege, and Pulse

June 12th, 2019


There were massive protests in Hong Kong today over a bill that would allow fugitives to be extradited to mainland China. Hong Kong is technically a …

Game Time: ‘Safe Third Country’, Iowa, and Kickoff

June 11th, 2019


The US and Mexico struck a deal on immigration before President Trump could impose tariffs on all Mexican imports. But now, Trump is saying ‘more to …

Everything's Goin' My Way: Mueller Report, Health Care, and Ali Stroker

June 10th, 2019


This week, lawmakers in Congress are nose-deep in a page-turner: the Mueller Report. Mueller’s not talking … but Dems are hearing from some old …

Flip it and Reverse it: Emissions Rules, Robocallers, and the Women’s World Cup

June 7th, 2019


Major automakers wrote a letter to two of their pen pals: President Trump and CA Gov. Gavin Newsom. They’re asking them to, pretty please, compromise on emissions standards. Before it’s too late. We’ll tell you why the …

Not Forgotten: D-Day and Today, Hyde Amendment, and Long Weekend Forever

June 6th, 2019


World leaders gathered today to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and remember those who fought and those who lost their lives. But the alliances in place since D-Day between the US and Europe are now being tested. …

Work, Work, Work: Arms Sales, Mexican Tariffs, and a Mass Wedding

June 5th, 2019


The Trump administration wants to sell $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and some other Middle East countries. But many US lawmakers are saying: ‘bad idea.’ We’ll explain why they don’t want this sale to go …

Old Wounds: Tiananmen Square, Cuba, and High Heels

June 4th, 2019


It’s been 30 years since Beijing's Tiananmen Square massacre, in which the Chinese government turned the military on its own people. China doesn’t want to talk about it – but some survivors do. And the US has a lot to …

Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do: Big Tech, Trump’s UK Visit, and T-Swift

June 3rd, 2019


Two major government agencies reportedly have their eyes on Google and Amazon. Because they’ve got antitrust issues. We’ll explain why. Meanwhile, President Trump and the First Lady are across the pond visiting the …

Pressure’s On: Mexico Tariffs, Hollywood Boycotts, and Drake

May 31st, 2019


President Trump is threatening Mexico with tariffs. Because of immigration. While the US, Mexico and Canada are trying to seal the deal on a new trade agreement. We’ll explain what it all means. Meanwhile, some …

Now You See Me: Israel’s Parliament, Women Suing the FBI, and Spelling

May 30th, 2019


Israel’s parliament has dissolved. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu couldn’t get enough support to form a government, and now the country has to …

Is This Thing On?: Mueller Speaks, Abortion in Missouri, and Graduation Trees

May 29th, 2019


Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned off his “do not disturb” mode today to give a brief statement. The message: his Russia investigation is officially over and he’s clocking out. He said some words about whether …

Extreme Measures: Opioid Crisis, Mount Everest, and Burnout

May 28th, 2019


Oklahoma is taking the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson to court today. This is the first state trial connected to the opioid crisis ... which has been determined a public health emergency. We’re going to …

Do It Yourself: Theresa May, Julian Assange, and $20

May 24th, 2019


British Prime Minister Theresa May is saying “I’m out.” She is only the second woman to hold the position and is leaving after three years – one of …

Taking Action: McDonald’s Strikes, HUD and Transgender Rights, and Office Sweaters

May 23rd, 2019


Some McDonald’s workers were on strike today … while the company held its annual shareholder meeting. Employees are asking for better pay, more say, …

Testing Democracy: EU Parliamentary Elections, DC Drama, and Mars 2020

May 22nd, 2019


Europeans head to the polls starting tomorrow for the European Parliamentary elections. This is the second-biggest election in the world, and has …

On The Books: Trump’s Finances, CBD, and 'Milkshaking'

May 21st, 2019


Three House committees want to dive into President Trump’s business financials. Specifically, they want the deets from his accounting firm, Capital …

Battle Lines: Foreign Fighters, Google, and ‘Game of Thrones’

May 20th, 2019


John Walker Lindh, a US citizen convicted of helping the Taliban, will be released from federal prison this week. And some lawmakers in Congress says …

Numbers Game: Immigration Issues, Indian Elections, and Time Off For Loan Debt

May 17th, 2019


Yesterday, President Trump announced a new proposal to overhaul the US immigration system - specifically shifting the priorities in the green card …

The Fine Print: Abortion Laws and Personhood, SAT Adversity Score, Pricey Coffee

May 16th, 2019


Missouri’s the latest in a line of states taking on a hot-button issue: abortion. State lawmakers across the country are passing bills restricting it -- and hoping the Supreme Court will give the OK. We’ll explain what …

Looking For Fixes: Falling Birth Rates, FAA and Boeing, Office Distractions

May 15th, 2019


There’s a baby bust in the US: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that last year’s birth rate was down 2 percent …

I Spy: Facial Recognition, Russia Investigation, WhatsApp

May 14th, 2019


Facial recognition technology is creeping into all aspects of life, and San Francisco could be the first city in the US to block it. Other cities are …

Que Sera, Sera: US and Iran, Julian Assange, Doris Day

May 13th, 2019


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo crashed a meeting of EU foreign ministers today ... and he had Iran on the brain. Tensions between the US and Iran have been heating up for weeks, and now Pompeo is asking US allies: …

Going the Distance: US-China Trade Talks, Space Race 2.0, Mother’s Day

May 10th, 2019


Today, trade talks between the US and China left with them saying ‘no deal.’ Right after the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. These two powers have spent months at the …

Tariffs and Tithing: Uber’s IPO, Catholic Church, Trade Talks with China

May 9th, 2019


Uber’s heading to Wall Street tomorrow to make its debut on the stock exchange. But the ride-sharing company has seen a lot of backlash lately. Meanwhile, Pope Francis issued a new law that requires officials in the …

Preventative Measures: Maternal Health, Executive Privilege, Bowerbird Project

May 8th, 2019


There’s a mom crisis in the US. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that about 700 women die every year in the US …

Tensions Rising: Iran, Contempt of Congress, Magic Mushrooms

May 7th, 2019


The Trump admin has announced they’re sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf - saying Iran has threatened US …

One In A Million: Biodiversity In Danger, Chinese Tariffs, and the Royal Baby

May 6th, 2019


A UN report is warning that one species - us - is threatening a million other species with extinction. Today, we’ll explain why biodiversity matters for humanity and how we can mitigate the damage. Meanwhile: the US and …

Reining It In: Sanctuary Cities, Spread of HIV, Kentucky Derby Horses

May 3rd, 2019


Florida’s governor is set to sign a bill telling counties and towns they can’t offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. We’ll explain ‘sanctuary cities’ -- and how Florida’s soon-to-be law lines up with the rest of …

Putting Up A Fight: Venezuela, Assange Extradition, and Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 2nd, 2019


 Venezuela still doesn’t know who’s in charge. We’ll talk about why the US was predicting a peaceful transition of power - and why now they’re …

Star Players: AG Bill Barr, Caster Semenya, and Lucy Liu

May 1st, 2019


Democrats on Capitol Hill had a lot of questions about the attorney general’s pen pal - Robert Mueller. South African elite runner Caster Semenya has …

Update Available: Infrastructure, Venezuelan Protests, and Burkinis

April 30th, 2019


Infrastructure across the US needs a reboot. President Trump met with top Democrats to try to figure out how to make – and pay for – the fixes. In Venezuela, two people are still calling themselves prez. The US says it …

Paying For It?: US Ransom Policies, Boeing, and Fake Meat

April 29th, 2019


The White House confirmed that North Korea sent them a bill for American prisoner Otto Warmbier – to the tune of $2 million. But the White House says: they didn't actually pay it. Why hostage ransoms are so …

Trade Ya: China’s Belt And Road Initiative, Gun Laws, Seaweed Bottles

April 26th, 2019


Top officials from around the world met in China today to hear more about their Belt and Road Initiative — a reboot of the Silk Road to improve global trade routes. Here in the US: President Trump was also talking to …

I’m Heeeere: Joe Biden, Kim Jong-un, The Kids

April 25th, 2019


Former VP Joe Biden is (finally) in. He announced today he’s running for president in 2020 - as the 20th candidate to join the race. So who – and what – is he up against? In Russia, NK leader Kim Jong Un and Russian …

Accounting, Please: Boy Scouts, Big Pharma, Avengers

April 24th, 2019


Thousands of Boy Scouts leaders and volunteers have been accused of sexually abusing children - in cases that go back decades. Lawyers are now just …

Will They or Won’t They: Impeachment and Citizenship on the Census

April 23rd, 2019


Democrats and progressives have been talking about whether to impeach President Trump since he was elected. And even though the Mueller Report didn’t …

Shut It Down: Social Media in Sri Lanka, Border Vigilantes, Plastic Straws

April 22nd, 2019


After massive terror attacks in Sri Lanka killed nearly 300 people on Sunday, the gov there has blocked Facebook and other social media sites. Their …

Talking About Troubles: Violence in Northern Ireland, 4/20, and Dancing Bans

April 19th, 2019


A young journalist was killed last night during a riot in Northern Ireland. Her death is highlighting tensions along the Irish border. And it comes …

Reports and Rapport: Mueller, US & NK, Facebook

April 18th, 2019


The Mueller report is here. It’s long. It’s complicated. And some of it’s still secret. We’ve Skimm’d what we know so far, and we’ll tell you what to expect next. Meanwhile, North Korea is getting all fired up again. …

Alarm Bells: Asylum Seekers, Red Flag Laws, TSA Hair Pat-Downs

April 17th, 2019


The Justice Department is changing policies for asylum seekers waiting for immigration hearings. We’ll explain why fleeing persecution in one …

Outbreaks and Breakouts: Measles, GOP Contenders, Climate Change Arrests

April 16th, 2019


The measles virus is still spreading, and tight-knit communities are more vulnerable than others. We’ll explain why -- and tell you what’s being done …

Notre Dame Fire, Campaign Cash, and FUCT

April 15th, 2019


The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames today -- we’ll tell you what we know so far. In the US: 2020 presidential candidates are showing …

Levelling the Playing Field: Reparations, 5G, Game of Thrones

April 12th, 2019


Georgetown students want to help make amends for history. They voted to add a little extra to their tuition to pay reparations to the descendants of Georgetown’s former slaves. President Trump is also trying to help …

"So Long, Farewell: Julian Assange, Sudan’s President, and Nipsey Hussle"

April 11th, 2019


There were a couple of big arrests today in London and Sudan. And both men could be leaving on a jet plane to face charges. The U.S. wants Wikileaks …

In the Pipeline: Oil, Gas, and Taxes

April 10th, 2019


President Trump flew to Texas today to visit the heart of the oil and gas industry, and he signed two controversial executive orders while he was there. They’re meant to make it easier to build oil and gas pipelines - …

The Middle Men: Drug Prices and the (No Spoilers) Mueller Report

April 9th, 2019


Crazy high drug prices have gotten bipartisan attention lately. Back in February, drug companies pointed fingers at Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Today, …

In or Out: The Israeli Elections and the West Bank, Cabinet Shakeups and the Border and NCAA Finals

April 8th, 2019


Israel is getting ready to head to the polls, and Prime Minister Netanyahu is giving voters one more thing to think about: the West Bank. The region …

It’s Complicated: Saudis and the US, Ecuador and Julian Assange, Cats

April 5th, 2019


Tensions between Saudi Arabia and the US are heating up. Congress voted to end US military support for the kingdom’s proxy war in Yemen after the Saudi-American journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated last year. …

Why Dems Are So Obsessed with President Trump’s Tax Returns

April 4th, 2019


President Trump has gotten a lot of heat for keeping his tax returns under lock and key. Now, Dems are cutting out the middle man and asking the IRS to show them the receipts. But why are the president’s tax returns …

Sharia Law in Brunei and NATO’s 70th

April 3rd, 2019


Human rights groups all over the world are calling out Brunei for harsh new laws. People caught participating in gay sex could now be stoned to …

Facebook vs. Fake News

April 2nd, 2019


 India is headed to the polls soon. Social media there has turned into a mess of fake news. Sounds familiar. Facebook is trying to avoid a repeat of …

Cutting Aid and Clearing Officials

April 1st, 2019


The Trump Administration is thinking about cutting aid to a few Central American countries. It’s pointing to the border crisis. But how are the two related, again? In other DC news, today we found out that the White …

No Deal Brexit. But We Have Lyft-off.

March 29th, 2019


Third time’s the charm. Except when it comes to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to get a Brexit deal approved. Bollocks. Parliament voted …

Hustling for Healthcare and Decoding 5G: Medicaid Work Requirements and Huawei

March 28th, 2019


A DC judge struck down laws in Arkansas and Kentucky that would require Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for getting free or low-cost …

The Border Wall Budget and Theresa May’s (Br)exit Strategy

March 27th, 2019


The Pentagon is checking its account - and making bank transfers - to figure out how it’s going to pay for President Trump’s border wall. Not everyone is happy with their fix. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa …

Nevermind: Trump Admin to the ACA, Chicago Prosecutors to Jussie Smollett, NASA to its All-Female Spacewalk

March 26th, 2019


The Trump Administration wants to take down the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. Spoiler: this won’t be the last time you’ll hear about healthcare. …

Robert Mueller’s Day Off (And What it Means for Everyone Else)

March 25th, 2019


Mueller…? Mueller…? After two years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally turned in his report to the DOJ. And probably had a great weekend … while Attorney General William Barr got down to speed-reading. Today, we’re …

Disputed Territories: The Golan Heights and Abortion Rights

March 22nd, 2019


President Trump tweeted earlier this week that the US should recognize that Israel’s the boss of a disputed area called the Golan Heights. Making the …

Free Speech on College Campuses, NZ Gun Reform, and Balls

March 21st, 2019


President Trump just signed an executive order requiring colleges to support free speech. Which has a lot to do with conservative groups on campus. …

Anti-Trusting Tech

March 20th, 2019


The European Union wants big tech companies to play nice with the competition. They don’t think Google’s doing that. So the EU hit Google with a 1.5 billion-euro fine. And that’s not the only antitrust story you’re …

Friends in Brazil and Floods in the Midwest

March 19th, 2019


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and US President Trump caught up in the Oval Office today. They’re big fans. Of each other. Which is kind of a big …

Why Voting Districts Look Like Abstract Art, French Yellow Vests and Ballsy Women

March 18th, 2019


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 …

White Nationalism and the Internet

March 15th, 2019


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 …

‘20 Questions: Citizenship and Beto O’Rourke

March 14th, 2019


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 …

Behind Bars: The CA Death Sentence and Paul Manafort

March 13th, 2019


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 …

How Rude: Brexit’s Backstop and How “Aunt Becky” Got Her Kid Into College

March 12th, 2019


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 …

Just Won’t Budget

March 11th, 2019


 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 …

Do Not Pass Go: How Judges Hand Down Prison Sentences

March 8th, 2019


Paul Manafort got muuuch less prison time than prosecutors recommended on Thursday. Which got everyone talking. So today we’re breaking down …

Introducing: Skimm This

March 8th, 2019


The news is constantly changing, and in today's world, context is clarity. Skimm This is here to help.

How the Military Handles Sexual Assault

March 7th, 2019


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 …

The Border Crisis: A Family Matter

March 6th, 2019


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 …

Measles and Mardis Gras

March 5th, 2019


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 …

A Tale of Two Presidents: Venezuela’s Political Crisis

March 4th, 2019


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 …

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