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  • In This Economy?!: Budgeting for Inflation
    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 give you the tools you need to navigate a rocky economic environment. Starting with: adjusting your budget for sky high prices.  In this first episode, we’re going line by line through your budget to save you money. So yes, we’re talking about cutting back on things like subscription services and late night Amazon purchases. But we’re also digging into how to save money on the essentials, what debts you need to pay off first, and more.  Also, if you need a budgeting template, theSkimm’s got you covered.  PS: head to Marcus.com for more insights that can help you live your best financial life. On this episode, you’ll hear from:  Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist, The Washington Post
    10/3/2022
    23:54
  • Disturbia: Workplace Surveillance, Putin's War, Hurricane Ian
    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 Alzheimer’s research, and WTF happened to the British Pound this week.  Then: After Ukraine made gains in the war this month, Putin is scrambling to figure out how to keep Russia in the game. We’ll Skimm three of Russia’s strategic pivots and how they could impact the outcome of the war…in 60-ish seconds.  Next: Ever feel like your boss is watching you through your webcam? Do you move your mouse to make it look like you’re doing work? Ya might want to keep it up. Because workplace surveillance has been on the rise since the pandemic started. Our expert told us why workplaces are watching their workers, how it actually backfires on employers, and what this means for the future of work. Finally: Hate to break it to you but…summer’s officially over. If cold weather and lack of sunshine has a habit of bringing your vibes down, you’re not alone. Seasonal affective disorder affects millions of Americans. We’ve got tips for your routine that could be key to fighting the winter blues. No happy lamps needed. On this episode, you’ll hear from:  Hilke Schellmann, assistant professor of journalism, New York University Dr. Kelly Rohan, professor of psychological science, University of Vermont PS: Feeling nervous about the economy lately? Don’t worry. We’re launching a miniseries to help you protect your finances and your mental health…in this economy. Catch it in your feed on Monday.  Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Email us your questions about what’s going on in the news right now  Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin with additional help from Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
    9/29/2022
    33:16
  • When September Ends: Adnan Syed, Immigration, the Queen’s Funeral
    First: We’re giving you the context on this week’s biggest headlines, including: another interest rate hike, storm damage in Puerto Rico, new anxiety screenings coming to a doctor's office near you, and growing protests in Iran. Then: Picture this: it’s 2014. You’re anxiously waiting for another episode of Serial to drop in your podcast feed. Fast forward to this week: a major development drops in the Adnan Syed case. We’ll skimm Syed’s case, why Serial put his case in the spotlight, and why it’s back in the news…in 60 seconds.  Next: After several governors sent migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, NYC, and DC, “immigration” and the “border” are being Google-searched more than “abortion” and “inflation”. We call up an expert to help cut through the noise about what’s really happening at the border, whether there’s actually a border “crisis”, and what the federal government is doing to help.  Finally: It was all pomp and circumstance at the Queen's funeral. But have royal funerals always been so fit for a queen? We talk to a reporter to learn how royal funerals have changed over time, get a vibe check on the UK, and what’s to come from the monarchy under King Charles.  On this episode, you’ll hear from:  Kristie De Peña, vice president of policy and director of immigration, The Niskanen Center Erin Vanderhoof, staff writer and co-host of Dynasty, Vanity Fair PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you. Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Email us your questions about what’s going on in the news right now  Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin with additional help from Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
    9/22/2022
    33:27
  • Price Tag: Congressional Trading, College Rankings, the Art of Mediocrity
    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 (sigh), Ukraine’s recent string of W’s, and the DL on the new updates for iMessage.  Then: After a scandal at Columbia University, the college went from #2 to #18 on the US News College Ranking List. But after learning just how the list comes up with its rankings, many are questioning how legit that list even is. We break down what caused Columbia’s fall from grace and the shady side of college-ranking culture…in 60 seconds.   Next: An investigation by The New York Times found that nearly one-fifth of Congress – or their family members – were trading stock in a way that could be considered a conflict, renewing convos around Congressional stock trading and whether it should be allowed. To hear both sides of the spicy debate, we talk to one of the reporters. PS: check out the Times investigation here.  Finally: Being mediocre at your hobbies is in. Chasing perfectionism is out. We talk to a WSJ columnist who investigated the art of being bad at something and how it actually makes your mental health and your life better. Huzzah for participation trophies.  On this episode, you’ll hear from:  Kate Kelly, domestic correspondent, The New York Times Rachel Feintzeig, columnist, The Wall Street Journal PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you. Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Email us your questions about what’s going on in the news right now  Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Will Livingston, and Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
    9/15/2022
    30:08
  • God Save the Queen: Remembering Elizabeth II, Europe’s Energy Crisis, PSL Season
    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 for Buckingham Palace.  Then: We’ve got the context on the biggest headlines of the week: the UN report on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, California heat waves, a controversial Texas healthcare ruling, and Apple’s latest announcement. Purple iPhone, anyone?   Next: Russia shut off its Nord Stream pipeline indefinitely and European countries are scrambling to figure out how to power their countries. We call an expert who helps explain how we got here, what solutions are on the table, and how this energy crisis could affect the US.  Also: If you’ve been wondering WTF a special master is, you’re not alone. We’ll Skimm a special master’s job description, why Team Trump requested one after the Mar-A-Lago raid, and why this judge’s decision was controversial…in 60 seconds.  Finally: Pumpkin spice latte season is here – but not if inflation can help it. This year, your Starbucks order of a PSL is clocking in at almost $6. Ouch. But lucky for us, it’s pretty easy to recreate the magic from your own kitchen. We call a food writer to tell us how to DIY PSL.  On this episode, you’ll hear from:  Matt Phillips, markets correspondent, Axios Becky Krystal, staff writer, Voraciously PS: Calling all Skimm This listeners. Have questions about the news, work, or life? Call and leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4381. We can’t wait to hear from you. Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Email us your questions about what’s going on in the news right now  Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts
    9/8/2022
    27:41

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