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.

Why L.L. Bean's Boots Keep Selling Out
Bourree Lam, The Atlantic | The Boots Of L.L. Bean | October 20, 2015

Something happened in 2011...

Pond Scum
Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker | Thoreau's Myopia | October 19, 2015

Henry David Thoreau's moral myopia...

The Most Mysterious Star In Our Galaxy
Ross Anderson, The Atlantic | Most Mysterious Star In Our Galaxy | October 17, 2015

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star...

Exxon's Climate Lie
Bill McKibben, The Guardian | Exxon's Climate Lie | October 16, 2015

How they knew about climate change decades ago but chose to help kill our planet...

The Single Most Important Question On Any College Campus Tour
Rebecca Schuman, Slate | The Most Important College Question | October 14, 2015

"What percentage of the courses here are taught by tenure-line faculty members?"...

This Incredible Archive Lets You See Depression-Era Photos Of Your County
Lauren Smith, Town and Country | 170,000 Photos | October 14, 2015

Thanks to a massive project at Yale, our view of the period is much sharper...

Buying Power
Nicholas Confessore, Sarah Cohen, and Karen Yourish | The Families Funding The Election | October 12, 2015

Just 158 Families Have provided nearly half of the early money for efforts to capture the White House...

Fiery Joanna And The Siege Of Hennebont
Medievalists.net | Fiery Joanna And The Siege Of Hennebont | October 12, 2015

One of the most fascinating stories from the 14th century...

How The Grateful Dead Helped Me Understand The Mets
David Vecsey, The New York Times Magazine | The Dead & The Mets | October 12, 2015

Getting on the bus has helped me to better understand my life as a Mets fan...

It Took My Two Hours To Get My Hands On An AK-47
Eric Rodriguez, The Guardian | It Took Me Two Hours | October 10, 2015

I wondered if people planning mass shootings found it just as easy to get their hands on illegal weapons on the black market...