Today in Public Media

on Tuesday, Aug. 2nd

DEA collusion with Mexican drug cartel?;  Edwidge Danticat’s Letter to Miami; GPS-Like Device for Space.

From Fronteras: Did The DEA Work With Mexico’s Sinaloa Drug Cartel?

An accused Mexican drug lord extradited to the United States has filed a motion in federal court alleging he worked with U.S. law enforcement. He claims federal agents had been working with a second cartel member and granted him immunity.

From KUOW in SeattleJAMA Study Finds Common VA Treatment for PTSD Ineffective

The off–label use of risperidone is frequently prescribed by Veterans Administration doctors for their patients who don’t show improvement with antidepressants.

From Under the Sun in Miami: Edwidge Danticat’s Letter to Miami

Although others might have praised Miami’s weather, golden beaches and word-class hotels, Danticat focused her letter on a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed. His mother is in jail and his father was deported to Haiti after being acquitted of a crime.

From KPCC in Los Angeles: Crowd Packs Fullerton Council Meeting Over Homeless Death After Police Altercation

The parents of a homeless man have demanded the release of a 911 tape and possible surveillance video from a California city, hoping the material will shed more light on what led to a physical altercation last month between police officers and their son, who later died.

From WOSU in Columbus: OSU Researchers Create GPS-Like Device For Space

The system is designed to safely guide astronauts and aid disaster relief workers.


The Good And Bad Memes In #Ferguson Race Conversations

A friend of mine launched a depressing conversation recently, and asked me how much I think he is worth.



Amazon Joins Mobile Payment Game, But Have They Lost The Magic Touch?

Once upon a time it seemed that Amazon could have been destined to be that rare company that could do no wrong.


Augmented Reality: German Firm Shows Off Touch Based UI

We seem to be on a collision course with wearable computing.


Will VR’s Killer App Make You Sick?

Polygon’s Ben Kuchera has a close-in look at the design philosophy going into Eve: Valkyrie, the “killer app” for virtual reality systems.

Image: Rachel I. Berman (Alice); Publicity image by Darial Sneed for Then She Fell.

Immersive Cinema And The Age of Voxelpunk

In the wake of the Facebook acquisition of Oculus VR the issue of the future of virtual reality beyond games has stepped into the media spotlight.