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.

Reading Ginsberg Poem In Class Was No Mistake
David Freedlander, The Hartford Courant | Fired For Ginsberg Poem | June 8, 2015

Defenders of Connecticut teacher David Olio say one mistake shouldn't have cost him his job...

Language Mystery Redux
James Fallows | Language Mystery | June 8, 2015

Who was the last American to speak this way?...

Life And Death In Brownback's Kansas
Kai Wright, The Nation | Life And Death In Brownback's Kansas | June 6, 2015

Twenty-one states have refused to expand Medicaid, leaving millions of sick Americans without decent healthcare...

A Hunter S. Thompson Museum Is Planned For His Owl Farm Near Aspen
Katie Shapiro, The Cannabist via The Daily Beast | Hunter S. Thompson Museum Planned | June 3, 2015

"I'm working to make it a museum," Anita Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson's widow, told us in Owl Farm's kitchen. "That's why these rooms have remained the way Hunter left them."...

Inside Brian Wilson's Room
Peter Gilstrap, Salon | Brian Wilson: Love and Mercy | June 3, 2015

The famed Beach Boy opens up about mental illness, medication, manipulation and the movie about his life...

Grateful Dead Archivist Details Massive, New 80-Disc Box Set
David Fricke, Rolling Stone | Dead Go Big For 50th | June 3, 2015

The new compilation featuring 30 unreleased shows...


Killing The Colorado
Abraham Lustgarten and Naveena Sadasivan, Photographs by Jake Stangel | Killing The Colorado | June 2, 2015

How federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the West...

Secrets Of Charles Darwin's Breakthrough
Susan Wise Bauer, Salon | Secrets Of Darwin's Breakthrough | May 31, 2015

The real story of how we got to evolution...

Bernie Sanders' 'Radical' Ideas Entered The Political Mainstream
Ben Schreckinger, Politico | The Sanders Effect | May 31, 2015

On March 4, 1981, red dawn broke over the Green Mountains...

Were You There?
Vanessa Wamsley, Slate | I Was A Creationist Student | May 29, 2015

As a creationist kid, I was determined not to learn about evolution...