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.

America Dumbs Down
Jonathon Gatehouse, Macleans | America Dumbs Down | November 11, 2015

The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking...

President Obama & Marilynne Robinson
The New York Review of Books | President Obama & Marilynne Robinson | November 10, 2015

A conversation in Iowa...

The Crispr Quandary
Jennifer Kahn, The New York Times Magazine | The Crispr Quandary | November 9, 2015

A new gene-editing tool might create an ethical morass -- or it might make revising nature seem natural...

This Amazing Machine Lets You 'Paint' Mozart's Music
Nick Romeo, The Daily Beast | Painting Music | November 9, 2015

A composer has figured out how to translate Mozart and bach into moving artworks...

Irish Women Forced To Travel For Abortions
Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian | Irish Women Forced To Travel For Abortions | November 5, 2015

Every year, thousands of women come from Ireland to England for abortions...These are their stories...

National Geographic Society Sets Biggest Layoff In Its History
Donald R. Winslow, NPPA | National Geographic Layoffs | November 3, 2015

The National Geographic Society of Washington will lay off about 180 of its 2,000 employees...

Cholera Is Coming
Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy | Cholera Is Coming | November 2, 2015

An outbreak of the disease is sweeping across Iraq. But El Nino, climate change, and Middle Eastern instability could make the crisis much bigger...

The Unmaking Of America
Eric Herschthal, Slate Book Review | The Unmaking Of America | November 2, 2015

A new history asks: Has all the progress of the past 100 years come undone?...

How Author Photos Change The Way We Read
Dustin Illingworth, Lithub | Reading Author Photos | November 1, 2015

On making eye contact with iconic writers...

The Real Story Of The Secret Space Station
David Axe, The Daily Beast | Secret Space Station | October 31, 2015

At the height of the Cold War and the Space Race, the Pentagon began a risky plan to put spies in orbit...