I’m excited for NPR’s new podcast, Up First

For a variety of reasons, I usually miss Morning Edition. Particularly since I no longer commute, I have difficulty finding time to listen to the entire two-hour show. On Wednesday, NPR introduces a podcast that might help.

Up First will be a ten-minute recap of the day’s top stories, released weekdays at 6am, and hosted by the same three who bring us Morning Edition. I’m very excited about its potential to fill a gap in my morning updates.


Washingtonian: The Strange, Spectacular Con of Bobby Charles Thompson

Donors all over America opened their wallets for his United States Navy Veterans Association. Politicians all over Washington posed for grip-and-grins with him. But not only was he not a legitimate fundraiser for military families—he wasn’t even Bobby Charles Thompson. A look inside the hunt to catch one of the country’s biggest con men.


The Globe and Mail: The graffiti kids: How an act of teenage rebellion sparked the Syrian war

It started as simple teenage rebellion but ended up tearing Syria apart, setting in motion events that continue to rock the Middle East — and the world. The boys behind the graffiti would become unlikely revolutionaries and reluctant refugees. Not all of them would survive the upheaval they helped unleash.