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In today’s world, context is clarity. "Skimm This" breaks down the most important stories of the day and explains why they matter. All in 10 minutes. Every Monday through Friday. All at 5PM.

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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 inquiry, and the possible fallout of his testimony. Meanwhile, Iranians have been protesting a hike in gas prices, and the government responded by shutting off the Internet. We’ll explain the conditions that led to these now-deadly protests. Also on today’s show: what to know heading into tonight’s Democratic primary debate, and the new Grammy nominees.
Lawmakers sat for a LONG time today during marathon impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill. Today we finally heard from officials who listened in on President Trump’s now-infamous phone call with the leader of Ukraine. We’ll get into the latest impeachment revelations and how Republicans tried to question the credibility of today’s witnesses. Also on today’s show: why scammers are hungry for gift cards, and why “OK boomer” may be falling out of fashion.
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, and why some in the military are saying this is a bad idea. Meanwhile, student protesters in Hong Kong are starting the week off with a bang. We’ll explain how young people are leading the pro-democracy movement: on campus. Also on today’s show: confusion over a potential e-cigarette ban, and we say ‘bye-bye’ to a national treasure.
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in the ongoing impeachment hearings today. She described how her anti-corruption efforts earned her powerful enemies in Ukraine, and led to a smear campaign against her inside the Trump Administration. We’ll explain how Yovanovitch’s testimony today also got under Trump’s skin. Meanwhile, Chanel Miller stopped by Skimm HQ this week and shared a powerful message for other survivors of sexual assault. Also on today’s show: why the most interesting thing about a fancy new Starbucks isn’t the coffee.
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 are so concerned about the US’s relationship with Ukraine. Also on today’s show: Google tries to get ahold of your cache, and how wild cows are much better swimmers than we thought.
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 second phone call with Ukraine could strengthen their impeachment push. Meanwhile, privacy activists are cheering a new court ruling that could have an impact on international travel. Also on today’s show: climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail back to Europe, and a shipwreck stuffed with liquor.
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 administration’s case for getting rid of it, and how hundreds of thousands of immigrants could be affected. Meanwhile, Bolivia’s president has fled the country. We’ll connect the dots between his controversial election, and the protests that pushed him to accept political asylum in Mexico. Also on today’s show: what to expect when you’re expecting the first public impeachment hearing, and really cold weather.
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 five months of demonstrations, protesters and the government don’t look anywhere close to making nice. We’ll explain what continued unrest means for the city and its long-storied reputation. Meanwhile, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is thinking about getting into the 2020 presidential race. We’ll break down why Bloomberg’s path to 2020 could start in Alabama. Also on today’s show: new concussion research on female soccer players, and why the impeachment inquiry is starting to literally stink.
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 governor's race in Kentucky is over. Except: not really. The current governor is challenging the results of Tuesday’s vote — and asking for a ‘recanvass.’ We’ll explain what that means. Also on today’s show: how the housing market might affect your wallet, and another reason why there are #NoExcuses not to vote.
The outlines of a power struggle between US diplomats and President Trump’s personal attorney are emerging out of transcripts from the House impeachment investigation. We’ll connect the dots on why Rudy Giuliani’s ‘shadow diplomacy’ upset diplomats and caused some to ask the State Department for help that they didn’t end up receiving. Meanwhile, the murder of nine American citizens in Mexico this week is putting the Mexican government in the hot seat over its inability to put an end to cartel violence. And finally, we’ll break down ranked-choice voting and how an alternate way of picking candidates could improve American elections.
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Comments (21)

Kevin Penn

the hosts and writing are so bad and cringey. I used to power through everyday to get the news but I just can't stand the terrible "jokes" any longer

Nov 18th
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William Beshlian

Turkey and the Senate can go F--- themselves...

Nov 18th
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Jason

Please #LEARNMMT

Aug 21st
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mari arana

This episode made me tear up. So incredible!

Jul 19th
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Kristen H

does anyone else's audio cut off in the middle of the area 51 section of the podcast right at the end?

Jul 19th
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William Beshlian

Sounds like Google and Amazon are testing the waters on pulling support from the politics of the left and right. The government went after Microsoft because Bill Gates gave his windfall profits to his wife for their education foundation not Bill Clinton for his re-election campaign...

Jun 3rd
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William Beshlian

I like the format. I get the news I don't get from the MSM podcasts.

May 23rd
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Heather Morrison

love the format. More than just a blip on a news channel. I like your more in depth details and explanation of the news.

May 17th
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Dana Pellegrino

In another episode from this week the issue of overpopulation was brought up as a problem, and in this episode they're stating that birth rates dropping is a problem. That doesn't add up. I would also think that teen pregnancy rates dropping would be a good thing.

May 16th
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Juel Galboso

good job on this

May 5th
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mari arana

Would have loved it if you had answered the "will there be a threat from polar bears?" and not just left it like that.

Apr 9th
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Ali Alsoudani

DAY

Apr 7th
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Ali Alsoudani

YES

Apr 2nd
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Katherine Bonds

Love this show! Helps to give me fast information on my way home from work!

Mar 23rd
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Salaheddin Alkhawaja

everything(I kj,x CC u

Mar 23rd
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Chloe Cabacungan

https://www.wired.com/story/gene-mutation-cure-hiv-london-patient/

Mar 12th
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Alan Demertine

sincerely, your account on Venezuela is shallow to the point it is misleading, and thus problematic. it is better not to tackle the issue at all rather than give this type of information, given the seriousness of the situation. be careful, unless it is purposeful, then you should be ashamed.

Mar 7th
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Diana Christina High

So glad you have a podcast now!

Mar 5th
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Ken Mann

Congrats on an AWESOME debut this evening. 10 stars out of 5! I'm sure your future podcasts will be equally wonderful, objective, and impartially presented. Keep up the great work. We get more than enough #fakenews from #trumpet, aka the #Lyin'king or the #Lyinking. Admittedly, I do agree with him occasionally, perhaps 15% of the time. But it's rare that someone is ALWAYS wrong. Best, Ken Mann

Mar 5th
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