Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Brand Of Weed
James Joiner, The Daily Beast | Willie's Reserve | March 26, 2015

There will be branded bongs and stores, too, as Willie gets out ahead of big industry in states where pot is legal...

A Woman's Place Is On The $20
Gail Collins, The New York Times Opinion | A Woman's Place Is On the $20 | March 25, 2015

You may have heard that there's a movement afoot to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Finally, we've got a current event that's not depressing...

Rape Culture Troll Threatens Reed College
Mary Emily O'Hara, The Daily Beast | Crisis At Reed College | March 25, 2015

Jeremiah True got kicked out of class for ranting about rape culture and now he's threatening to 'rain hell' down on Oregon's Reed College...

The Scene Of The Crime
Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker | Return To My Lai | March 23, 2015

A reporter's journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past...

Samuel Charters, Foundational Scholar Of The Blues, Dies At 85
Larry Rohter, The New York Times | Samuel Charters, RIP | March 23, 2015

When Mr. Charters' first book, "The Country Blues," was published at the tail end of the 1950s, the rural Southern blues of the pre-World War II period was a largely ignored genre...

Sweet Briar College Is Closing. Who's Next?
Steve Cohen, The Daily Beast | Liberal Arts College Closing | March 23, 2015

The venerable all-women's college announced it's shuttering after this year's graduation. Why it won't be the last liberal arts college to close shop...

Meet The Martha Stewart Of Weed
Abby Haglage, The Daily Beast | Weed's Martha Stewart | March 21, 2015

From 'baked' goods to decorating tips, Cheri Sicard's new handbook is marketing marijuana for the modern girl...

These Star Ballerinas Are Retiring -- Graceful, And Grateful, To The Last Dance
Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post | Three Star Ballerinas | March 21, 2015

They are all poised for graceful exits; in the interviews below you’ll see that these extraordinary women are outspoken yet at peace with the close of their dancing careers...

A Luxury Liner Docks, And The Countdown's On
Jad Mouawad, The New York Times | A Luxury Liner Docks | March 21, 2015

Iinstead of turning over a few hundred airline passengers, this ship offloads 6,000 people, takes on new supplies and welcomes 6,000 more travelers — all in under 12 hours...

Portrait Of The Nation As A Young Army
Deni Bechard | Afghanistan's Army | March 20, 2015

The varied faces on Afghanistan's front line...