2020's Big Breakthroughs

Published on: Dec 30, 2020fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round

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 at the major developments that happened this year in medicine, foreign policy, and entertainment. 

  • First up: It turns out COVID vaccines are not just a turning point for ending the pandemic, but also for fighting things like cancer and heart disease. We’ll break down this year’s medical breakthroughs. 

  • Then: 2020 has been the year of global protests. Specifically, female-led global protests. We’ll explain the positive changes happening in Belarus, Sudan, and Poland, and why they could be a good sign for the future.  

  • Finally: Anyone else miss going to the movies? We sure do. And so does the entertainment industry. We’ll tell you how they’ve pivoted because of the pandemic. And why videogames are making a major comeback. 


On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief medical correspondent, author, "The New Normal"

  • Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, author, “The Education of an Idealist

  • Giovanni Colantonio, video game reporter 

  • Rebecca Rubin, film and media reporter, “Variety” 

  • Skimm HQ’ers Hadley, Sam N., Maria M., Lindsay, and co-founder Carly Zakin


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Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Justine Davie, and Luke Vargas. With additional support from Peter Bonaventure and Ciara Long.


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