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.

150 Year Later, Schools Are Still A Battlefield For Interpreting Civil War
Emma Brown, The Washington Post | Schools As Civil War Battlefield | July 6, 2015

Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall...

Yoko Ono: "To be an artist you need courage"
Alex Needham, The Guardian | Yoko Ono On Art | July 6, 2015

At the age of 82, Ono has been all but vindicated...

Gary Snyder, 'Poet Laureate of Our Continent,' Lives In The Present
Sean Elder, Newsweek | Gary Snyder: This Present Moment | July 1, 2015

"I'm one of those people in whom the experiential and the intellectual is not clearly divided,"....

We Did What Scalia Said And "Asked The Nearest Hippie"
L.V. Anderson, Slate | Ask A Hippie | July 1, 2015

In the dissenting opinion of the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality, Justice Antonin Scalia memorably wrote...

White Supremicist Calls Charleston 'A Preview Of Coming Attractions'
Sam Thielman, The Guardian | The NW Front: Covington's Vision | July 1, 2015

Harold Covington's followers speculate if his work influenced Roof's actions...

The Straight Interracial Couple Who Paved The Way For Gay Marriage
Peter Wallenstein, The Daily Beast | The SC Ruling On Interracial Marriage | June 29, 2015

The court's ruling in Loving v. Virginia -- and the states' reactions to it -- serve as a good history lesson for what may lie ahead for gay marriage...

"They're Trying To Be King Of The Mormons"
Matt Canham and Thomas Burr, Politico | Romney And Huntsman | June 29, 2015

Inside the epic presidential rivalry that tore the Romney and Huntsman clans apart...

How The Grateful Dead Became Immortal
Ed McClanahan, The Daily Beast | How The Dead Became Immortal | June 27, 2015

Over the Fourht of July weekend, the Grateful Dead culminate 50 years of performing with a series of final concerts. Here's a great portrait of the band in its heyday...

Black Earth: The Holocaust As History And Warning
Timothy Snyder, Shelf Awareness | The Holocaust As History And Warning | June 24, 2015

All history is contemporary history...

Eric Foner On The Past And Present Of White Supremacy
Elias Isquith, Salon | Eric Foner On White Supremacy | June 24, 2015

South Carolina is hardly alone in refusing to confront the burdens of history, celebrated historian tells Salon...