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.

The Semi-Retirement Myth
Helaine Olen, Slate | Boomer Retirement | March 4, 2015

Don't buy the tales of meaningful work into your 70s. Your retirement is inevitable -- and bleaker than the last generation's...

How Bees Revealed A Pot Farm Beneath The Maraschino Cherries
Michael Daly, The Daily Beast | How Bees Revealed A Pot Farm | March 3, 2015

Red-hued bees led authorities to discover New York City's biggest-ever marijuana farm in the basement of a cherry factory -- triggering the owner's suicide...

'The Best Employee We Ever Had' : Mohammed Emwazi's Former Boss In Kuwait
Martin Chulov, The Guardian | Jihadi John | March 2, 2015

Mohammed Emwazi, the Briton identified as an Islamic State executioner, was once a star salesman for a Kuwaiti IT company...

Elliot Ackerman Nails Afghanistan's Endless War
Nathan S. Webster, The Daily Beast | Green On Blue | March 2, 2015

Most of the fiction and nonfiction inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concentrates on U.S. protagonists. Elliot Ackerman takes a far more illuminating approach...

The Girl Who Gets Gifts From Birds
Katy Sewall, BBC Magazine | Crow Gifts | March 1, 2015

Lot of people love the birds in their gardens, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl from Seattle is luckier than most. She fees the crows in her garden -- and they bring her gifts in return...

Welcome To SubTropolis: The Massive Business Complex Buried Under Kansas City
Patrick Clark, BloombergBusiness | Welcome to SubTropolis | February 27, 2015

More than 1,000 people spend their workdays in SubTropolis, an industrial park housed in an excavated mine the size of 140 football fields...

Mary Norris, The New Yorker | Holy Writ | February 26, 2015

I didn't set out to be a comma queen...

My Saga, Part 1
Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New York Times | My Saga | February 25, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgaard travels through America...

What's It Like For Women Soldiers In Ranger Training? A Glimpse Inside.
Anna Muirine, The Christian Science Monitor | Women In Ranger Training | February 25, 2015

The Army is opening its elite Ranger School to women, and six women have now qualified...

How Stephen Hawking, Diagnosed With ALS Decades Ago, Is Still Alive
Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post | Stephen Hawking's Longevity | February 24, 2015

Hawking shouldn't be able to do the things he now does...