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.

El Niño Explained
Jonah Bromwich, The New York Times | El Nino Explained | December 17, 2015

What causes El Niño?...

200-Year-Old Giant Salamander Found In Chinese Cave
Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post | 200-Year-Old Giant Salamander | December 16, 2015

The critically endangered animal is said to weigh more than 100 pounds...

The Week In Editorial Cartoons
edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Politics | December 14, 2015

The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics...

The Top Books Of 2015
Michiko Kakutani, Dwight Garner and Janet Maslin, The New York Times | Top Books of 2015 | December 10, 2015

Books that stood out from the crowd...

Spike Lee's Necessary, Overwhelming "Chi-Raq"
Richard Brody, The New Yorker | Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" | December 10, 2015

What can popular art be in a time of crisis?...

What Trump And ISIS Have In Common
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Time | Trump And ISIS | December 10, 2015

The 2016 candidate has more in common with the terrorist gropu than he does with America...

ISIS' Motives
Joshua Holland, The Nation | ISIS' Motives | December 4, 2015

Here's what a man who studied every suicide attack in the world says about ISIS' motives...

How Scientists Know Climate Change Is Happening
Mark Maslin, Huffpost Science | How Scientists Know | December 2, 2015

The evidence for climate change is unequivocal...

The Terrorists Among Us
William Saletan, Slate | The Terrorists Among Us | November 30, 2015

The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina...

You're Wrong About Common Core Math
James Goodman, Salon | Sorry Parents, But It Makes More Sense Than You Think | November 30, 2015

It actually teaches a real skill...