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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.

Have We Got A Story For You: 18 Years Of Storytelling At The Moth
Stav Ziv, Newsweek | Celebrating The Moth | July 8, 2015

For 18 years now, the Moth, a nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, has brought the world "true stories told live"

The Case For Eating Small Fish
John Donohue, The New Yorker | Eating Small Fish | July 8, 2015

From the beginning of time, through the artist Bruegel's day, and until relatively recently, little fish had only big fish to fear...

Trump's Golf Course, A Lesson In Inequality
Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times | Trump's Golf Course | July 6, 2015

A lush and extravagant municipal golf course bearing his name -- Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point -- opened this spring

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...