Like the Sea We Rise: Police Accountability and Protecting the Planet

Published on: Apr 22, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round


  • 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 Police Accountability  about how this historic trial could impact law enforcement trials in the future. 

  • ICYMI: We’ve got the latest news about fake vaccines, global travel warnings and a sleep study you may have texted to your parents in a panic.

  • Next: The U.S. just set some big climate goals. We’ll break down what those promises actually mean. (Here’s the Daily Skimm’s big Earth Day newsletter)

  • Later: So much for dolphins in the Venice canals. A year into the pandemic, global emissions are rising again. But there are some silver linings. We’ll talk to a climate reporter about the growing environmental justice movement and how we can make a difference. 

  • Finally: We’ve got a viewer’s guide on Sunday’s Academy Awards and what to binge at the last minute. (P.S. Our team's favorite films last year were Promising Young Woman, First Cow, Bacurau, Greyhound and Emma)

On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Sharon Fairley, professor, University of Chicago Law School, and creator of Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability

  • Helen Mountford, vice president for climate and economics, World Resources Institute 

  • Kendra Pierre-Louis, senior reporter and producer, “How to Save a Planet

  • Nicole Sperling, media and entertainment reporter, The New York Times


Skimm'd by Alex Carr and Luke Vargas. With additional support from Ciara Long and Peter Bonaventure. Our head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.


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