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.

Diagnosing Donald Trump, And His Voters
Masha Gessen, The New Yorker | Diagnosing Trump | October 6, 2017

In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, mental-health experts unpack the mortal danger of the President's mind...

Kaepernick's Message Is Getting Lost -- Along With The Facts On Race And Police Violence
Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Intelligencer | Kaepernick's Message | October 5, 2017

We've lost sight of why Kaepernick and others have been kneeling...

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins The Nobel Prize In Literature 2017
Alison Flood, The Guardian | Nobel Prize For Ishiguro | October 5, 2017

Praised by the Swedish Academy for his "novels of great emotional force"...

Inside North Korea, And Feeling The Drums Of War
Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times | Inside North Korea | October 5, 2017

The same sense of foreboding that I felt after leaving Saddam's Iraq in 2002...

The Unstoppable Rise of Jesse Watters, 'Golden Boy' of Trump's Favorite Network
Maxwell Strachan, The Huffington post | Jesse Watters Profile | October 4, 2017

Bill O'Reilly's protege...

After Las Vegas Shooting, Fake News Regains Its Megaphone
Kevin Roose, The New York Times | Fake News News | October 3, 2017

False revelations spread by Google and Facebook...

Free Falling With Tom Petty
Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker | Appreciating Petty | October 3, 2017

I'm fairly certain Petty knew how it felt to be us...

The Storyteller
Janet Malcolm, The New Yorker | Rachel Maddow Profile | October 2, 2017

Rachel Maddow: Trump's TV nemesis...


Through The Lens Of The Obama Years, Ta-Nehisi Coates Reckons With Race, Identiy And Trump
Jennifer Senior, The New York Times | Te-Nehisi Coates Book | October 2, 2017

America couldn't have a black president without boomeranging back to its ugliest self...

Restoring Those Old Liner Notes In Music's Digital Era
Ben Sisario, The New York Times | Digital Liner Notes | October 2, 2017

What happened to liner notes?...