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.

Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
Jonathan Foreman, The Daily Beast | Roses Of Afghanistan | December 9, 2014

It took more than a dozen years for the Afghan and NATO forces to really understand each other, but all that will soon be history...

Curiosity Rover's Quest For Clues On Mars
Kenneth Chang, The New York TImes | Rover's Quest | December 9, 2014

More than 3.5 billion years ago, a meteor slammed into Mars near its equator, carving a 96-mile depression now known as Gale Crater...

'Adventure Time' : The Trippiest Show On Television
Neil Strauss, Rolling Stone | The Trippiest Show On Television | December 8, 2014

People come to Los Angeles so they can have an experience like Pendleton Ward's: Two years after arriving, he was about to move into his car. Three years after that, he had one of the biggest cult hits on television: a rapturously surreal post-apocalyptic animated saga that has since spawned a merchandising empire, 14 million weekly viewers, a 17 million-strong Facebook following and virtually unanimous acclaim...

A Note To Our Readers
Rolling Stone | Rolling Stone Apology | December 7, 2014

Last month, Rolling Stone published a story entitled A Rape on Campus...We published the article with the firm belief that it was accurte...

When Mary Martin Was The Boy Who Wouldn'g Grow Up
Ben Yagoda, Longreads | Mary Martin's 'Pan' | December 7, 2014

In the 1950s, a musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan' starring Mary Martin became a sensation, attracting the fourth biggest audience of all time for a scripted TV show when a live production was broadcast on NBC...

Joby Ogwyn: The Man Who Fell To Earth
Daniel Duane, Men's Journal | Joby Ogwyn: The Man Who Fell To Earth | December 7, 2014

Wingsuit pilot Joby Ogwyn has climbed -- and flown off -- the highest peaks on the planet. But after the tragic deaths of several of his friends and a Mount Everest avalanche that killed most of his crew, is the world's greatest daredevil losing his nerve?...

Darrin Bell Interview
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Darrin Bell Interview | December 6, 2014

When he draws cartoons about such tragic incidents, he remembers “the talk” he once had with his mother — and anticipates “the talk” he will one day need to have with his own son...

Implosion Of A Washington Institution
Dylan Byers, Politico | The New Republic Implodes | December 5, 2014

On Thursday, the venerable Washington institution announced it is shifting its headquarters to New York, amid a shakeup that saw the resignation of its highest editors and promised to redefine the identity of a century-old institution that once served as liberalism’s leading voice...

Riding Along With The Hells Angels Of Norway
Jordan G. Teicher | Hells Angels Of Norway | December 5, 2014

The Hells Angels may have loomed large in 1960s American culture, but they're alive and well in Norway...

James Watson Throws A Fit
Laura Helmuth, Slate | Shunning Mr. Watson | December 3, 2014

The disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize...