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.

Separated At Birth
Nisid Hajari, Slate | Midnight's Furies | June 9, 2015

How a few days in 1947 turned India and Pakistan into sworn enemies...

Is Reading The New Therapy?
Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker | Bibliotherapy | June 9, 2015

Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist...

Reading Ginsberg Poem In Class Was No Mistake
David Freedlander, The Hartford Courant | Fired For Ginsberg Poem | June 8, 2015

Defenders of Connecticut teacher David Olio say one mistake shouldn't have cost him his job...

Language Mystery Redux
James Fallows | Language Mystery | June 8, 2015

Who was the last American to speak this way?...

Life And Death In Brownback's Kansas
Kai Wright, The Nation | Life And Death In Brownback's Kansas | June 6, 2015

Twenty-one states have refused to expand Medicaid, leaving millions of sick Americans without decent healthcare...

A Hunter S. Thompson Museum Is Planned For His Owl Farm Near Aspen
Katie Shapiro, The Cannabist via The Daily Beast | Hunter S. Thompson Museum Planned | June 3, 2015

"I'm working to make it a museum," Anita Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson's widow, told us in Owl Farm's kitchen. "That's why these rooms have remained the way Hunter left them."...

Inside Brian Wilson's Room
Peter Gilstrap, Salon | Brian Wilson: Love and Mercy | June 3, 2015

The famed Beach Boy opens up about mental illness, medication, manipulation and the movie about his life...

Grateful Dead Archivist Details Massive, New 80-Disc Box Set
David Fricke, Rolling Stone | Dead Go Big For 50th | June 3, 2015

The new compilation featuring 30 unreleased shows...


Killing The Colorado
Abraham Lustgarten and Naveena Sadasivan, Photographs by Jake Stangel | Killing The Colorado | June 2, 2015

How federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the West...

Secrets Of Charles Darwin's Breakthrough
Susan Wise Bauer, Salon | Secrets Of Darwin's Breakthrough | May 31, 2015

The real story of how we got to evolution...