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 Overdue, Under-Told Story Of The Clitorus
Carina Kolodny and Amber Genuske, The Huffington Post | The Clitoris Story | May 19, 2015

In 1969, we put a man on the moon. In 1982, we invented the internet. In 1998, we discovered the full anatomy of the clitoris...

David Letterman Taught Us To Ward Off Celebrity Stupidity. But Stupidity Won.
Hank Stuever, The Washington Post | About Letterman | May 18, 2015

Letterman's most loyal viewers have to admit to ourselves that things have changed, that late-night TV, like most of TV, has changed (as it has every right to) and that humor itself has changed...

Scientists: Earth Endangered By New Strain Of Fact-Resistant Humans
Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker | Fact-Resistant Humans | May 18, 2015

Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life...

Brown's Arid California, Thanks Partly To His Father
Adam Nagourney, The New York Times | Brown's Arid California | May 18, 2015

When Edmund G. Brown Sr. was governor of California, people were moving in at a pace of 1,000 a day...

B.B. King, Defining Bluesman For Generations, Dies At 89
Tim Weiner, The New York Times | B.B. King Obituary | May 15, 2015

B.B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died on Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89...

Driving The San Joaquin Valley
Aaron Gilbreath | Driving The San Joaquin Valley | May 13, 2015

An afternoon with Starbucks customers in the armpit of California...

The GOP's Iraq War Amnesia
Peter Beinart, The Atlantic | The GOP's Iraq War Amnesia | May 13, 2015

If Republicans want to blame America's foreign-policy woes on Obama, they need a 2016 candidate untainted by the disastrous hawkishness of the past...

Today's No-Risk Kids Don't Get The '60s
Richard Goldstein, The Daily Beast | No-Risk Kids And the '60s | May 13, 2015

The Village voice's first rock critic finds that when he talks to kids today, they're entranced by the freewheeling 60s counterculture, but they hold it at arm's length...

Recycled Drinking Water: Getting Past The Yuck Factor
John Schwartz, The New York Times | Recycled Drinking Water | May 11, 2015

Enticing people to drink recycled water...requires getting past what experts call the 'yuck' factor...

The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden
Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books | The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden | May 11, 2015

The White House's story might have been written by Lewis Carroll...