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.

ISIS Targeted By Cyberattacks In A New U.S. Line Of Combat
David E. Sanger, The New York Times | A New Line Of U.S. Combat | April 25, 2016

The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State...

Prince And The Competition
Jody Rosen, The New York Times Magazine | Prince And The Competition | April 24, 2016

Antagonism has always been one of music's animating forces...

All The Sad, Broke, Literary Men
Helaine Olen, The Atlantic | All The Sad, Broke, Literary Men | April 24, 2016

A buzzy Atlantic essay details the dire financial straits of a journalist living in the Hamptons...

Inside The Country's Most Controversial Company
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones | Inside Monsanto | April 20, 2016

What I learned during my five-hour tour of Monsanto's headquarters...

Embrace Everything
Alex Ross, The New Yorker | The Big Ears Festival | April 20, 2016

The Big Ears Festival, in Knoxville...

Iceland's Water Cure
Dan Kois, The New York Times Magazine | Iceland's Water Cure | April 20, 2016

Can the secret to the country's happiness be found in its communal pools?

Still More Primary Phenomena
Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World | This Modern World: Still More Primary Phenomena | April 18, 2016

An ongoing series that won't be over any time soon...


In Living Color
Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker | About 'Blackish' | April 18, 2016

With "black-ish," Kenya Barris rethinks the family sitcom...

The Chandler Boys
Adam Serwer, Buzzfeed News | Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth | April 18, 2016

The secret history of the photo at the center of the Black Confederate myth...

The Real Story Behind HBO's "Confirmation"
NPR Staff | The Story Behind "Confirmation" | April 16, 2016

From the reporter who broke the story...