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.

How Killing Elephants Finances Terror In Africa
Bryan Christy, National Geographic | Killing Elephants Finances Terror | August 17, 2015

Armed groups help fund operations by smuggling elephant ivory...

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas In A Bruising Workplace
Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld | Inside Amazon | August 16, 2015

The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions...

Selling Out The Newspaper Comic Strip
Luke Epplin, The Los Angeles Review of Books | Schulz And Watterson | August 16, 2015

Watterson was every bit Schulz's artistic heir, but he had little interest in inheriting the fertile commercial landscape that Schulz had so carefully cultivated

ISIS Enshrines A Theology Of Rape
Rukmini Callimachi, The New York Times | ISIS: A Theology Of Rape | August 14, 2015

Claiming the Quran's support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery...

Tinder And The Dawn Of The "Dating Apocalypse"
Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair | Dating Apocalypse | August 12, 2015

As romance gets swiped from the screen, some twentysomethings aren't liking what they see...

Dr. Dre's Compton
Chris Gayomali, GQ | Dr. Dre's Compton: Dad Rap | August 11, 2015

One of the first great Dad Rap records...

The Universe Is Slowly Dying
Ben Brumfield, CNN | Study: Universe Slowly Dying | August 11, 2015

Goodbye, universe.You came in with the biggest bang ever, but now you're on your way out with a drooping fizzle....

Donald Trump, American Demagogue
Jack Shafer, Politico | Donald Trump: American Demagogue | August 11, 2015

The press can't get Trump right because they have so little experience reporting on demagogues...

Jon Stewart Cements His Legacy in 'Daily Show' Finale
Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times | Jon Stewart's Legacy | August 10, 2015

"If you smell something, say something," he said...

Nagasaki: The Last Bomb
Alex Wellerstein, The New Yorker | Nagasaki: The Last Bomb | August 10, 2015

Even if Hiroshima remains preeminent in our historical memory...Nagasaki may be of greater consequence in the long run...