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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.

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...

The Bizarre, Unsolved Mystery of "My Immortal," The World's Worst Fanfiction Story
Abraham Riesman, Browbeat | Worst Fanfiction Ever | March 15, 2015

This means there are people creating fanfiction about fanfiction inspired by fanfiction that may or may not have been a parody of fanfiction. It's a strange world...

Everything You Need To Know About Common Core
Diane Ravitch, via Valerie Strauss,The Washington Post | Ravitch On Common Core | March 12, 2015

Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards...

What Happened To America's First Muslims?
Peter Manseau, The Huffington Post Blog | America's First Muslims | March 10, 2015

When President Obama noted last month that "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding," he was greeted with incredulous outrage...

Robert Hunter On Grateful Dead's Early Days, Wild Tours, 'Sacred' Songs
David Browne, Rolling Stone | Robert Hunter On Songwriting | March 10, 2015

"I thought there was a possible holy perspective to the Grateful Dead, that what we were doing was almost sacred."...

The Month That Killed The Middle Class: How October 1973 Slammed America
Edward McClelland, Salon | How October 1973 Slammed America | March 10, 2015

From the Arab oil embargo to the auto workers strike, one month more than 40 years ago changed this nation forever...

Heavyweight: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Moved The Supreme Court
Jeffrey Tobin, The New Yorker | Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Heavyweight | March 9, 2015

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns eighty this month, and she can project the daunting stillness of a seated monarch...

(Actually) True War Stories At NBC News
Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine | True War Stories At NBC | March 8, 2015

On a snowy evening in December, Brian Williams and his wife, Jane, met with a small group of NBC executives for a celebratory dinner...

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres
Jonathan Corum, The New York Times | Orbiting Ceres | March 8, 2015

The Dawn probe has arrived at Ceres, a Texas-size ball of ice and rock...