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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.

Samuel Charters, Foundational Scholar Of The Blues, Dies At 85
Larry Rohter, The New York Times | Samuel Charters, RIP | March 23, 2015

When Mr. Charters' first book, "The Country Blues," was published at the tail end of the 1950s, the rural Southern blues of the pre-World War II period was a largely ignored genre...

Sweet Briar College Is Closing. Who's Next?
Steve Cohen, The Daily Beast | Liberal Arts College Closing | March 23, 2015

The venerable all-women's college announced it's shuttering after this year's graduation. Why it won't be the last liberal arts college to close shop...

Meet The Martha Stewart Of Weed
Abby Haglage, The Daily Beast | Weed's Martha Stewart | March 21, 2015

From 'baked' goods to decorating tips, Cheri Sicard's new handbook is marketing marijuana for the modern girl...

These Star Ballerinas Are Retiring -- Graceful, And Grateful, To The Last Dance
Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post | Three Star Ballerinas | March 21, 2015

They are all poised for graceful exits; in the interviews below you’ll see that these extraordinary women are outspoken yet at peace with the close of their dancing careers...

A Luxury Liner Docks, And The Countdown's On
Jad Mouawad, The New York Times | A Luxury Liner Docks | March 21, 2015

Iinstead of turning over a few hundred airline passengers, this ship offloads 6,000 people, takes on new supplies and welcomes 6,000 more travelers — all in under 12 hours...

Portrait Of The Nation As A Young Army
Deni Bechard | Afghanistan's Army | March 20, 2015

The varied faces on Afghanistan's front line...

How Does A Pixar Film Get Made?
Craig Good, Quora via Slate | How Pixar Makes A Film | March 18, 2015

How does a Pixar film get made?...

17 Words Invented By James Joyce
Paul Anthony Jones, HuffingtonPost Blog | Seventeen Words | March 17, 2015

What better way to mark St. Patrick's Day on March 17 than by celebrating one of Ireland's greatest writers...

Where Do Your Parents Buy Their Weed?
Bill Bradley, VanityFair.com | Parental Weed | March 16, 2015

The stigma that has long hung over marijuana in this country is slowly being Febrezed away...

Broken Ruins, Ruined Societies: It's Not Just ISIS Destroying History
Ann Marlowe, The Daily Beast | Destroying History | March 16, 2015

Widespread apathy in the Muslim world about the destruction of antiquities, including those central to the history of Islam and the Bible, threatens our global heritage...