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.

An American Legacy; The Mayflower's Descendants Today
Lillian Ann Slugocki, The Daily Beast | The Mayflower's Descendants | November 19, 2015

The people aboard the Mayflower and their descendants today...

Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This Is The History We Need To Understand Paris, ISIS
Patrick L. Smith, Salon | The History We Need | November 19, 2015

Scars of our meddling are key to the Middle East...

Drink To Your Health: Study Links Daily Coffee Habit To Longevity
Allison Aubrey, NPR | Java & Longevity | November 19, 2015

A new study finds those cups of joe may help boost longevity...

ISIS Targeted Muslims In Paris
Eriz Zaleski and Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast | ISIS Targeted Muslims In Paris | November 16, 2015

The so-called caliphate has a special hatred for 'apostate' Muslims who adopt Western ways -- and declared them special targets of the Paris attacks...

A Muslim Response To Isis And The Atlantic
Daniel Haqiqatjou and Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Mulslim Matters | A Muslim Response To Isis And The Atlantic | November 15, 2015

Wood's essay is deeply flawed and alarmingly tone-deaf -- dangerously so...

What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood, The Atlantic | What ISIS Really Wants | November 15, 2015

It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here's what that means for its strategy -- and for how to stop it...

Blame It On The Baby Boomers
Sarah L. Kaufman | Blame Everything On The Boomers | November 15, 2015

We have created a culture of coarseness, bad behavior and disgust. It's the fault of one generation...

Comic Artist Repurposes iTunes' Terms And Conditions Into Graphic Novel
Sam Thielman, The Guardian | Sikoryak's iTune Graphic Novel | November 12, 2015

To warn people of Apple's in-app purchase policy and more...

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...