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.

Today's No-Risk Kids Don't Get The '60s
Richard Goldstein, The Daily Beast | No-Risk Kids And the '60s | May 13, 2015

The Village voice's first rock critic finds that when he talks to kids today, they're entranced by the freewheeling 60s counterculture, but they hold it at arm's length...

Recycled Drinking Water: Getting Past The Yuck Factor
John Schwartz, The New York Times | Recycled Drinking Water | May 11, 2015

Enticing people to drink recycled water...requires getting past what experts call the 'yuck' factor...

The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden
Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books | The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden | May 11, 2015

The White House's story might have been written by Lewis Carroll...

Caroll Spinney, Big Bird's Heart and Soul (and Body)
Jenna Marotta, The New York Times Magazine | The Caroll Spinney Story | May 11, 2015

...It was around that time that he met Henson, who enlisted him to play two of the most central -- and different -- characters on "Sesame Street" : the pollyanna-ish Big Bird and bellyaching Oscar the Grouch, roles that Spinney has had for 46 years...

The G.O.P.'s War On Science Gets Worse
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker | GOP's War On Science | May 7, 2015

Last week, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, headed by Republican Lamar Smith, approved a bill that would slash at least three hundred million dollars from NASA's earth-science budget...

Laura Bennett, Slate | Kim Kardashian's Masterpiece | May 7, 2015

Kim Kardashian just wants to be seen. This 445-page book of selfies might be her masterpiece...

The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much
Paul F. Campos, The New York Times | The Cost Of College | May 5, 2015

Once upon a time in America, baby boomers paid for college with the money they made from their summer jobs...

'Wounded Warrior' Charity Unleashes Hell -- On Other Veteran Groups
Tim Mak, The Daily Beast | Wounded Warrior Project | May 5, 2015

What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully?...

The End Of California?
Timothy Egan, The New York Times Op-Ed | The End If California? | May 3, 2015

In the cities of changed California, brown is the new green...

The Black Artist Who Thinks Race Is Fake
Emily Shire, The Daily Beast | Race As Construct | May 3, 2015

Hank Willis Thomas believes race is a construct, and his latest exhibition, using a century of advertising featuring white women, illustrates his thesis at its most complex...