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.

What's It Like For Women Soldiers In Ranger Training? A Glimpse Inside.
Anna Muirine, The Christian Science Monitor | Women In Ranger Training | February 25, 2015

The Army is opening its elite Ranger School to women, and six women have now qualified...

How Stephen Hawking, Diagnosed With ALS Decades Ago, Is Still Alive
Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post | Stephen Hawking's Longevity | February 24, 2015

Hawking shouldn't be able to do the things he now does...

The New Ganjapreneurs: Welcome to Oregon's Hip Marijuana Dispensaries
Jason Wilson, The Guardian | Oregon's Hip Dispensaries | February 24, 2015

In keeping with the rest of the city's 'artisanal' economy, a new dispensary in Portland is not just selling pot -- it's selling an experience...

A Game Of Monopoly With The Woman Who Wrote The Book On It
Betsy Morais, The New Yorker | Playing Monopoly | February 24, 2015

Playing Monopoly—which so often begins with cheerful ambition and devolves, after weary hours, into a sighing slog toward a lonely end—seems not entirely unlike writing a book...

Inside The Islamic State 'Capital': No End In Sight To Its Grim Rule
Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, The Guardian | Inside The Islamic State 'Capital' | February 23, 2015

U.S. air strikes have damaged morale in Raqqa, Syria, but a local anti-ISIS activist says no one is expecting the group to be driven out...

Plants Talk To Each Other Using An Internet Of Fungus
Nic Fleming, BBC | Internet Of Fungus | February 23, 2015

Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It's made of fungi...

How To Make It In Conservative America (If You Aren't White)
Jeet Heer, The New Republic | Dinesh D'Souza's Racism | February 21, 2015

Dinesh D'Souza's racism and the shame of immigrant self-hatred...

FBI Investigates Claim Suspects In 1946 Georgia Mass Lynching May Be Alive
Jon Swaine, The Guardian | The Moore's Ford Bridge Lynchings | February 21, 2015

Federal authorities look into notorious Moore's Ford Bridge deaths of four African Americans which have long been linked to the Ku Klux Klan...

"Out Of My Mouth Comes Unimpeachable Manly Truth"
Gary Shteyngart, The New York Times | A Week Of Russian TV | February 21, 2015

What I learned from watching a week of Russian TV...

My Own Life
Oliver Sacks, The New York Times Op Ed | Oliver Sacks' Life | February 19, 2015

A few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver...