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.

"Why Were We Untouchables?"
Isaac Chotiner, Slate | Ants Among Elephants | August 30, 2017

An Indian author's quest to understand her country's caste system...

Hate Firsthand
Frank Somerville, SF Gate | Hate Firsthand | August 29, 2017

KTVU anchor: "I experienced hate firsthand" at Berkeley rally...

Fascism, American Style
Paul Krugman, The New York Times Op-Ed | Fascism, American Style | August 29, 2017

Read the report, and prepare to be horrified...

The Invisible Forces That Make Writing Work
Roger Rosenblatt, The New York Times Book Review | The Invisible Forces | August 29, 2017

We cannot see most of the things that rule our lives...

Monarch Mystery
Besame, Daily Kos | Monarch Mystery | August 28, 2017

Summer populations high, winter pops low. Where do they go?...

The Boston Rally Exposed The Left's Intolerance Of Free Speech
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine | The Left's Intolerance Of Free Speech | August 26, 2017

Here's a question...

My Last Conversation With My Dad
Robin Wright, The New Yorker | Conversation With My Dad | August 26, 2017

I was his firstborn; I became his mission...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico, edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | August 26, 2017

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, plucked fresh off the Toonosphere...

Mathematical Secrets Of Ancient Tablet Unlocked After Nearly A Century Of Study
Maev Kennedy, The Guardian | Babylonian Trig Table | August 24, 2017

A trigonometric table more accurate than any today...

Carl Icahn's Failed Raid On Washington
Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker | Icahn's Raid | August 24, 2017

Trump's richest adviser...