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.

All The Sad, Broke, Literary Men
Helaine Olen, The Atlantic | All The Sad, Broke, Literary Men | April 24, 2016

A buzzy Atlantic essay details the dire financial straits of a journalist living in the Hamptons...

Inside The Country's Most Controversial Company
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones | Inside Monsanto | April 20, 2016

What I learned during my five-hour tour of Monsanto's headquarters...

Embrace Everything
Alex Ross, The New Yorker | The Big Ears Festival | April 20, 2016

The Big Ears Festival, in Knoxville...

Iceland's Water Cure
Dan Kois, The New York Times Magazine | Iceland's Water Cure | April 20, 2016

Can the secret to the country's happiness be found in its communal pools?

Still More Primary Phenomena
Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World | This Modern World: Still More Primary Phenomena | April 18, 2016

An ongoing series that won't be over any time soon...


In Living Color
Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker | About 'Blackish' | April 18, 2016

With "black-ish," Kenya Barris rethinks the family sitcom...

The Chandler Boys
Adam Serwer, Buzzfeed News | Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth | April 18, 2016

The secret history of the photo at the center of the Black Confederate myth...

The Real Story Behind HBO's "Confirmation"
NPR Staff | The Story Behind "Confirmation" | April 16, 2016

From the reporter who broke the story...

Gardens Don't Tend Themselves
Susan Stamberg, Morning Edition, NPR | Ramiro Gomez's Invisible LA | April 12, 2016

Portraits of the people behind LA's luxury...

Herb Caen Taught Us How To Tweet
Ted Gioia, The Daily Beast | Herb Caen: The Godfather Of Tweeting | April 11, 2016

Herb Caen, a journalist who mastered social networking before it had a name...