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.

Our Bodies, Ourselves
Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker | Our Bodies, Ourselves | November 25, 2015

A funeral director wants to bring death back home...

Raised By A Secret Suffragette
India Sturgis, The Telegraph | "I was raised by a secret Suffragette" | November 24, 2015

The 91 yellowed sheets were the unpublished memoir of his aunt, Gladys Mary Hazel...

Saudi Arabia, An ISIS That Has It Made
Kamel Daoud, New York Times Op Ed | Black Daesh, White Daesh | November 21, 2015

The West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Toons | November 20, 2015

Picked fresh off the Toonosphere...

An American Legacy; The Mayflower's Descendants Today
Lillian Ann Slugocki, The Daily Beast | The Mayflower's Descendants | November 19, 2015

The people aboard the Mayflower and their descendants today...

Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This Is The History We Need To Understand Paris, ISIS
Patrick L. Smith, Salon | The History We Need | November 19, 2015

Scars of our meddling are key to the Middle East...

Drink To Your Health: Study Links Daily Coffee Habit To Longevity
Allison Aubrey, NPR | Java & Longevity | November 19, 2015

A new study finds those cups of joe may help boost longevity...

ISIS Targeted Muslims In Paris
Eriz Zaleski and Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast | ISIS Targeted Muslims In Paris | November 16, 2015

The so-called caliphate has a special hatred for 'apostate' Muslims who adopt Western ways -- and declared them special targets of the Paris attacks...

A Muslim Response To Isis And The Atlantic
Daniel Haqiqatjou and Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Mulslim Matters | A Muslim Response To Isis And The Atlantic | November 15, 2015

Wood's essay is deeply flawed and alarmingly tone-deaf -- dangerously so...

What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood, The Atlantic | What ISIS Really Wants | November 15, 2015

It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here's what that means for its strategy -- and for how to stop it...