PUBLISHED AUG 16, 2019

Skimm This: North Korea, Greenland, Superdeep Diamonds

It’s August 16th. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • North Korea launched a sixth missile test today and broke off peace talks with South Korea. We’ll consider why North Korea is firing these missiles now and what they could mean for diplomatic talks going forward.

  • Greenland was forced to tell Donald Trump ‘we’re not for sale’ today after he reportedly expressed interest in buying the island. We’ll explain the other reasons Greenland really should be in the headlines. 

  • A recent Senate intelligence probe found that Russia targeted election infrastructure in all 50 states in 2016. Now, state officials are asking the federal government for money to make improvements.  

  • Four-billion-year-old diamonds from deep under the earth’s surface may hold clues to what the planet looked like right after it first formed. 



theSkimm: Today North Korea called off peace talks with South Korea and launched its sixth missile test in a month. We’ll examine when and why diplomatic talks turned sour. Then: President Trump has reportedly been floating his most ambitious real estate purchase to date… all of Greenland. It’s put the island in the headlines, but we’ll tell you why we should actually be talking about Greenland. Also on today’s show: state officials are freaking out over election infrastructure, and super-deep diamonds could hold the clues to what Earth looked like billions of years ago.

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