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.

The Straight Interracial Couple Who Paved The Way For Gay Marriage
Peter Wallenstein, The Daily Beast | The SC Ruling On Interracial Marriage | June 29, 2015

The court's ruling in Loving v. Virginia -- and the states' reactions to it -- serve as a good history lesson for what may lie ahead for gay marriage...

"They're Trying To Be King Of The Mormons"
Matt Canham and Thomas Burr, Politico | Romney And Huntsman | June 29, 2015

Inside the epic presidential rivalry that tore the Romney and Huntsman clans apart...

How The Grateful Dead Became Immortal
Ed McClanahan, The Daily Beast | How The Dead Became Immortal | June 27, 2015

Over the Fourht of July weekend, the Grateful Dead culminate 50 years of performing with a series of final concerts. Here's a great portrait of the band in its heyday...

Black Earth: The Holocaust As History And Warning
Timothy Snyder, Shelf Awareness | The Holocaust As History And Warning | June 24, 2015

All history is contemporary history...

Eric Foner On The Past And Present Of White Supremacy
Elias Isquith, Salon | Eric Foner On White Supremacy | June 24, 2015

South Carolina is hardly alone in refusing to confront the burdens of history, celebrated historian tells Salon...

Adjunct Crisis
Lee Hall, The Guardian | Adjunct Crisis | June 23, 2015

I am an adjunct professor who teaches five classes. I earn less than a pet-sitter...

Identification, Please
Helen Macdonald, The New York Times Magazine | On Nature: Identification, Please | June 22, 2015

I grew up in a house full of natural-history field guides...

International Yoga Day Finally Arrives In India, Amid Cheers And Skepticism
Nida Najar, The New York Times | International Yoga Day | June 22, 2015

It was the culmination of a holiday hyped for weeks by the government...

The Stacks: A Son Finds His Father On Guadalcanal
Peter Richmond, The Daily Beast | Remembering Guadalcanal | June 22, 2015

Peter Richmond lost his father when he was seven. Years later, on a trip to Guadalcanal to research his dad's World War II experience, the son encountered old horrors but found a hero...

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Honors Hunter And Garcia, Tuneful Wizards Of The Grateful Dead
Dennis McNally, The Daily Beast | Hunter And Garcia, Songwriters | June 18, 2015

On Thursday night the Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia...