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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 End Of California?
Timothy Egan, The New York Times Op-Ed | The End If California? | May 3, 2015

In the cities of changed California, brown is the new green...

The Black Artist Who Thinks Race Is Fake
Emily Shire, The Daily Beast | Race As Construct | May 3, 2015

Hank Willis Thomas believes race is a construct, and his latest exhibition, using a century of advertising featuring white women, illustrates his thesis at its most complex...

Inside The Final Days Of Vietnam
David Hume Kennerly, Politico | Vietnam War: Final Days | May 3, 2015

From Saigon to the White House, what I saw when America lost the war...

Across Nepal's Countryside, Desperate Journeys To Ruined Homes After Quake
Thomas Fuller, The New York Times | Desperate Journeys | April 29, 2015

Madhu Badu had been on the road for the better part of three days, trying to get back to his native village...

Bayocean: The American City That Disappeared Because Man Ignored Nature
Jason Wilson, The Guardian | Bayocean | April 28, 2015

The Oregon resort was established in 1906, but by 1960 the last house had fallen into the ocean, destroyed by meddling with the natural systems that allowed the town to exist...

Oliver Sacks Looks At His Life In "On the Move"
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times | Review: Oliver Sacks Memoir | April 28, 2015

"I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."...

The Forgotte Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid
Ben Cosgrove, The Daily Beast | Pearl Harbor Revenge | April 27, 2015

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5'4" Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back...

The Chauvet Cave's Hyperreal Wonders, Replicated
Alissa J. Rubin, The New York Times | Chauvet Cave II | April 26, 2015

After the retreat of Neanderthals across the European continent, modern humans made their way to this cave and began to create the first known works of pictorial art...

Aboriginal Australian Art Tells The Most Important Ancient Stories
Nina Caplan, Newsweek | Austalian Aboriginal Art | April 24, 2015

In 1770, a ship called The Endeavor made land in a lovely cove not yet called Botany Bay...

Tibet Couple's Wedding Photos Go Viral
CNN | Tibet Wedding Photos | April 24, 2015

A set of unconventional pre-wedding photos that depicts modern and traditional aspects of China has gone viral on social media...