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.

(Actually) True War Stories At NBC News
Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine | True War Stories At NBC | March 8, 2015

On a snowy evening in December, Brian Williams and his wife, Jane, met with a small group of NBC executives for a celebratory dinner...

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres
Jonathan Corum, The New York Times | Orbiting Ceres | March 8, 2015

The Dawn probe has arrived at Ceres, a Texas-size ball of ice and rock...

Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Me. I Didn't Tell Because I Didn't Want To Let Black America Down
Jewel Allison, The Washington Post | I Let Race Trump Rape | March 7, 2015

I let race trump rape...

I Was A Professor At Four Universities. I Still Couldn't Make Ends Meet
Tanya Paperny, The Washington Post | The Adjunct Life | March 6, 2015

Last week was the first ever National Adjunct Walkout Day, a grassroots protest to push for fair pay and better working conditions...

Last Known Ebola Patient In Liberia Is Discharged
Norimitsu Onishi, The New York Times | Last Ebola Patient In Liberia | March 6, 2015

Liberia's last Ebola patient was discharged on Thursday after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country...

Inside The Psychedelic Mind Of Björk
Lizzie Crocker, The Daily Beast | Björk Retrospective | March 5, 2015

The most talked about MoMA show for years offers a glimpse of the Icelandic singer's magical world...

The Semi-Retirement Myth
Helaine Olen, Slate | Boomer Retirement | March 4, 2015

Don't buy the tales of meaningful work into your 70s. Your retirement is inevitable -- and bleaker than the last generation's...

How Bees Revealed A Pot Farm Beneath The Maraschino Cherries
Michael Daly, The Daily Beast | How Bees Revealed A Pot Farm | March 3, 2015

Red-hued bees led authorities to discover New York City's biggest-ever marijuana farm in the basement of a cherry factory -- triggering the owner's suicide...

'The Best Employee We Ever Had' : Mohammed Emwazi's Former Boss In Kuwait
Martin Chulov, The Guardian | Jihadi John | March 2, 2015

Mohammed Emwazi, the Briton identified as an Islamic State executioner, was once a star salesman for a Kuwaiti IT company...

Elliot Ackerman Nails Afghanistan's Endless War
Nathan S. Webster, The Daily Beast | Green On Blue | March 2, 2015

Most of the fiction and nonfiction inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concentrates on U.S. protagonists. Elliot Ackerman takes a far more illuminating approach...