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.

Documenting Los Angeles's Near-Invisible Workers
Katharine Schwab, The Atlantic | LA's Near-Invisible Workers | April 30, 2016

The artist Ramiro Gomez revises images of the city's most luxurious domestic settings by inserting the housekeepers, gardeners, and caregivers who maintain them...

The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen
Dan Charles, NPR | Wendell Berry: "The Seer" | April 29, 2016

When Laura Dunn decided to make a film about America's foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, she ran into one significant complication...

Trump At War
Andy Kroll, The Huffington Post | Trump At War | April 26, 2016

How the military is preparing for the possibility of a very different kind of Commander in Chief...

ISIS Targeted By Cyberattacks In A New U.S. Line Of Combat
David E. Sanger, The New York Times | A New Line Of U.S. Combat | April 25, 2016

The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State...

Prince And The Competition
Jody Rosen, The New York Times Magazine | Prince And The Competition | April 24, 2016

Antagonism has always been one of music's animating forces...

All The Sad, Broke, Literary Men
Helaine Olen, The Atlantic | All The Sad, Broke, Literary Men | April 24, 2016

A buzzy Atlantic essay details the dire financial straits of a journalist living in the Hamptons...

Inside The Country's Most Controversial Company
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones | Inside Monsanto | April 20, 2016

What I learned during my five-hour tour of Monsanto's headquarters...

Embrace Everything
Alex Ross, The New Yorker | The Big Ears Festival | April 20, 2016

The Big Ears Festival, in Knoxville...

Iceland's Water Cure
Dan Kois, The New York Times Magazine | Iceland's Water Cure | April 20, 2016

Can the secret to the country's happiness be found in its communal pools?

Still More Primary Phenomena
Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World | This Modern World: Still More Primary Phenomena | April 18, 2016

An ongoing series that won't be over any time soon...