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.

A Luxury Liner Docks, And The Countdown's On
Jad Mouawad, The New York Times | A Luxury Liner Docks | March 21, 2015

Iinstead of turning over a few hundred airline passengers, this ship offloads 6,000 people, takes on new supplies and welcomes 6,000 more travelers — all in under 12 hours...

Portrait Of The Nation As A Young Army
Deni Bechard | Afghanistan's Army | March 20, 2015

The varied faces on Afghanistan's front line...

How Does A Pixar Film Get Made?
Craig Good, Quora via Slate | How Pixar Makes A Film | March 18, 2015

How does a Pixar film get made?...

17 Words Invented By James Joyce
Paul Anthony Jones, HuffingtonPost Blog | Seventeen Words | March 17, 2015

What better way to mark St. Patrick's Day on March 17 than by celebrating one of Ireland's greatest writers...

Where Do Your Parents Buy Their Weed?
Bill Bradley, VanityFair.com | Parental Weed | March 16, 2015

The stigma that has long hung over marijuana in this country is slowly being Febrezed away...

Broken Ruins, Ruined Societies: It's Not Just ISIS Destroying History
Ann Marlowe, The Daily Beast | Destroying History | March 16, 2015

Widespread apathy in the Muslim world about the destruction of antiquities, including those central to the history of Islam and the Bible, threatens our global heritage...

The Bizarre, Unsolved Mystery of "My Immortal," The World's Worst Fanfiction Story
Abraham Riesman, Browbeat | Worst Fanfiction Ever | March 15, 2015

This means there are people creating fanfiction about fanfiction inspired by fanfiction that may or may not have been a parody of fanfiction. It's a strange world...

Everything You Need To Know About Common Core
Diane Ravitch, via Valerie Strauss,The Washington Post | Ravitch On Common Core | March 12, 2015

Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards...

What Happened To America's First Muslims?
Peter Manseau, The Huffington Post Blog | America's First Muslims | March 10, 2015

When President Obama noted last month that "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding," he was greeted with incredulous outrage...

Robert Hunter On Grateful Dead's Early Days, Wild Tours, 'Sacred' Songs
David Browne, Rolling Stone | Robert Hunter On Songwriting | March 10, 2015

"I thought there was a possible holy perspective to the Grateful Dead, that what we were doing was almost sacred."...