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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.

Stephen Hawking, Who Examined The Universe And Explained Black Holes, Dies At 76
Dennis Overbye, The New York Times | Stephen Hawking, R.I.P. | March 14, 2018

His quest to answer the big question: "Where did the universe come from?'...

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Pst, We Must Acknowledge It
Susan Goldberg, Editor in Chief, National Geographic | Acknowledging Racism | March 13, 2018

We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color...

A Reporter Rolled Her Eyes, And China's Internet Broke
Paul Mozur, The New York Times | China Eye-Roll | March 13, 2018

A rare puncturing of the artifice...

Debunking A Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too
Liam Stack, The New York Times | Debunking Irish Slave Myth | March 13, 2018

Memes that falsely claim Irish people were slaves in colonial America...

The Man Who Knew Too Little
Sam Dolnick, The New York Times | The Blockade | March 11, 2018

The most ignorant man in America...

Wrath-Bearing Tree: New Poetry By Lynn Houston
Lynn Houston, Wrath-Bearing Tree | Wrath-Bearing Tree | March 10, 2018

How people change, viewed through the lens of a deployment...

What Happened In Moscow: The Inside Story Of How Trump's Obsession With Putin Began
David Corn and Michael Isikoff, Mother Jones | Excerpt: Russian Roulette | March 10, 2018

His 2013 visit paved the way for a scandal that shook the world...

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here's What I Learned.
Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times | An Old Way To Get The News | March 8, 2018

It has been life changing...

Teaching William Zinsser To Write Poetry
Diana Goetsch, The New Yorker | William Zinsser & Poetry | March 8, 2018

There was just one catch: Bill was blind...

Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Dead At 92
Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone | Tower Records Founder | March 6, 2018

Grew the beloved retail chain from one Sacramento location to over 200 stores worldwide...