• Left to right: John Slattery, Jon Hamm, and Vincent Kartheiser in Mad Men

Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That the Taliban may not be so ready for peace talks, after all? Tony Adler

• Matt Taibibi on how corruption inside the ratings agencies played a critical role in the financial crisis? Tal Rosenberg

• Politico about the “lovefest” hearings on Penny Pritzker? (The nominee for commerce secretary, soon to get senate approval, “has understated her income by tens of millions of dollars, clashed openly with organized labor, benefited from offshore tax havens and invested in financial instruments that helped precipitate the 2008 financial meltdown. And senators from both parties seem just fine with that.”) Steve Bogira

• That researchers have once again opened their minds to the study of psychedelic drugs? Mick Dumke

• About how cocktails get their names? Aimee Levitt

• About popular foods we eat in the U.S. that are banned in other countries? Tal Rosenberg

• About Mad Men‘s head of research, who has one of the coolest jobs in the world? Aimee Levitt