Today in Public Media

on Friday, Jul. 15th

Layoffs in Minnesota and Chicago; LA Sheriff reaches out to Muslims; Death in Arizona.

From MPR in St. Paul: Shutdown Forces Mental Health Crisis Programs To Cut Services

Mental health providers say they’re still trying to correct an “oversight” that has left them without funding for crisis services for people with severe mental illness.

Prior to the shutdown, a judge ruled that basic care and medical services would continue to receive funding. But 135 state mental health workers were among those laid off when the government shut down July 1.

From WBEZ in Chicago:Emmanuel To Lay Off 625 City Workers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday he’s laying off up to 625 city workers, after labor leaders blew a Friday deadline to come up with a list of cost-saving measures in order to avoid pink slips.

From WNPR in Hartford: Training Program Helps Low-Income Parents Help Kids

The two week federally funded program teaches low income parents how to better support their child’s academics.  Parents also learn how to navigate school bureaucracies, so youngsters get the help they’re entitled to.

From Fronteras: LA Sheriff Reaches Out To Muslims As Feds Increase Surveillance

“Someone has to stick their neck out to defend Muslims,” said (Lee) Baca. “We wanted to get ahead of the predictable problems that all counties face in America and that is, work closely with the immigrant public, which is a very big part of L.A.”

From the Sundance Institute: Kickstart Death In Arizona

When I finally realized that I had lost her, I escaped to the desert of rural Arizona, where I would attempt in solitude to liberate myself from her. For the next months I battled my inner demons and the daily devastations of waking up without her. It was then that I picked up a camera and started shooting this process.

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Bright, Bold Future: Magic Leap Has Hired The Godfather of The Metaverse

There’s a rapturous term thrown around by VR enthusiasts: “The Metaverse.” It is a term that comes from the seminal Neal Stephenson science fiction novel Snow Crash, where it described a kind of embodied virtual reality.

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In the looming battle of AR and VR the prize is your mind.

Let’s talk about augmented reality versus virtual reality shall we?

Corey McCall with the video game controller that measures the level of excitement in the player. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

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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