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.

You're Wrong About Common Core Math
James Goodman, Salon | Sorry Parents, But It Makes More Sense Than You Think | November 30, 2015

It actually teaches a real skill...

A Dream Of Secular Utopia In ISIS' Backyard
Michelle Goldberg, Slate | A Dream Of Secular Utopia | November 28, 2015

A radical experiment in democracy is happening in northern Syria...

Adele Goes Viral, No Selfies Or Tweets Needed
Ben Sisario, The New York Times | Adele Goes Viral | November 28, 2015

There is no one in music quite like Adele...

Sleeping Ban Unconstitutional
Emily Badger, The Washington Post | On Sleeping Outside | November 25, 2015

It's unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside, the federal government says...

Our Bodies, Ourselves
Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker | Our Bodies, Ourselves | November 25, 2015

A funeral director wants to bring death back home...

Raised By A Secret Suffragette
India Sturgis, The Telegraph | "I was raised by a secret Suffragette" | November 24, 2015

The 91 yellowed sheets were the unpublished memoir of his aunt, Gladys Mary Hazel...

Saudi Arabia, An ISIS That Has It Made
Kamel Daoud, New York Times Op Ed | Black Daesh, White Daesh | November 21, 2015

The West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Toons | November 20, 2015

Picked fresh off the Toonosphere...

An American Legacy; The Mayflower's Descendants Today
Lillian Ann Slugocki, The Daily Beast | The Mayflower's Descendants | November 19, 2015

The people aboard the Mayflower and their descendants today...

Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This Is The History We Need To Understand Paris, ISIS
Patrick L. Smith, Salon | The History We Need | November 19, 2015

Scars of our meddling are key to the Middle East...