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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Augmented Reality: German Firm Shows Off Touch Based UI

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

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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.

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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.

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Tribeca’s Storyscapes Returns For An Epic Second Year

The Tribeca Film Festival leapt into the vanguard of transmedia art last year with the inaugural edition of Storyscapes, an event led by TriBeCa’s Director of Digital Initiatives Ingrid Kopp.

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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.

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