Today in Public Media: WNYC, KUOW, KSMU, WXPN

on Tuesday, Aug. 16th

From KSMU in Joplin: Salvation Army Says Record Number of Families Request Help

The figures are staggering: about 1,000 kids will use the Salvation Army’s back-to-school program this year, which is almost a 40% increase from just a year ago.

From WYNC in Manhattan: For Slice of Fame, Pizzerias Spar Over ‘Oldest’ Title

For years, a New York restaurant has claimed to be the oldest pizzeria in the country, but now a rival from Trenton, N.J., says it deserves the crown.

From KUOW in Seattle: City of Seattle Shuts Down Garage Sale for Iraqi

Seattle resident Rita Zawaideh moved here from Jordan more than a half century ago. Over the last few months, she’s been holding garage sales to benefit Iraqi refugees. The city told her to shut down after receiving an anonymous complaint from a neighbor.

From WXPN in Philadelphia: Work Drugs Cover Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”

Less than a month after releasing their new song “Catalina Wine Mixer” Philly’s Work Drugs have a new song, a cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.”

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These Game Controllers Will (One Day) Read Your Mind

A version of this story airs on NPR/WBUR’s Here & Now.

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Virtual Reality’s Future Hinges on Presence and Patience

There are two reoccurring themes in the reports out of this past weekend’s Oculus Connect developers conference in Hollywood.

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The Dumbest Case Against Games Journalists You’ll Ever Hear

WARNING: Contains Opinions.

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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.

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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.

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