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.


Simple Machine Announces Micro-Festival Grants

We’ve been keeping up with Simple Machine, the independent film curation tool for festival and art house programmers, since running across their booth at South By Southwest last year.



Transmedia Beat: Bernie Su’s “Emma Approved” Monetization Secrets

Disclosure: I’m one of the organizers of Transmedia LA, so take any excessive positivity with a grain of salt.


First Ever Crappy Awards Target SF’s Tech Industry

Inspired by the sly tradition of the Razzie Awards, which commemorate the worst of Hollywood, San Francisco fair housing advocates are kicking off “The Crappy Awards” tonight in the city’s art’s district.


Image Disruptor: Flag Looks To Upend Photo Printing Through The Magic of Free

Flag, a photo printing start-up that is holding a barnstorming 14-day Kickstarter campaign right now, turned up on my radar this week thanks to John Gruber’s Daring Fireball.

Image: Shepard Fairey for "A Total Disruption"

Taking “A Total Disruption” Open Source

Sundance winning documentarian Ondi Timoner isn’t in the habit of doing things in half-measures.