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

Published on: Dec 23, 2020fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round

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 with this new strain of COVID that’s been found in the UK? 

  • Then: Why did Russia hack the United States again? And what information did they get? 

  • Next: What’s in the new stimulus package? 

  • And: What’s happening to our alcohol consumption during COVID? And how do we know if it’s a problem? 

  • Also: Why am I seeing headlines about a “galactic federation”? 

  • Finally: Are robots really coming for our jobs?

PS: You can find the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Website, Rethinking Drinking, here. And here is the NIAAA’s Treatment Navigator. 

On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Dr. Amber D’Souza, infectious disease epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins University

  • Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

  • Garrett Kenyon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Yijing Watkins, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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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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