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.

One Day In The Life Of Battered Puerto Rico
Frances Robles, Luis Ferré-Sadurni, Ricahrd Fausset and Ivelisse Rivera, The New York Times | One Day In The Life | October 1, 2017

After Hurrican Maria...

Philly Company Digitizes 25,000 Old Records And They're Free To Download
Peter Crimmins, Newsworks | The Great 78 Project | September 30, 2017

Twenty-five thousand songs recorded onto 78 RPM discs in the early 20th century...

Elon Musk Unveils Ambitious Plan To Build A City On Mars
Ed Mazza, The Huffington Post | To Build A City On Mars | September 30, 2017

First flights to Mars are scheduled to begin in just five years...

Corporations Have Rights. Why Shouldn't Rives?
Julie Turkewitz, The New York Times | Colorado River Lawsuit | September 28, 2017

Asking a judge to recognize the Colorado River as a person...

Hugh Hefter, Who Built Playboy Empire And Embodied It, Dies At 91
Laura Mansnerus, The New York Times | Hefner Obit | September 28, 2017

Hefner the man and Playboy the brand were inseparable...

The Madness Of Donald Trump
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone | Trump's Madness | September 27, 2017

He's a perfect representation of who, as a country, we are and always have been...

The Abbie Hoffman Of The Right: Donald Trump
David Brooks, The New York Times Opinion | Trump & Hoffman | September 26, 2017

He was elected to be a cultural president...

Before 'The Iliad,' Did Homer Write The World's First Comedy?
Allison McNearney, The Daily Beast | Homer's First Work | September 25, 2017

Homer's very first work -- if Homer actually existed -- is named Margites...

Tim O'Brien On What We Can All Learn From Ken Burns' "The Vietnam War"
Elliot Ackerman, The Daily Beast | Tim O'Brien on "The Vietnam War" | September 24, 2017

How relevant the Vietnam War is today...

Gene Simmons Interview
Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast | Gene Simmons' Vault | September 24, 2017

Why he loves America more than you do...