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.

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Rent Video Straight From Social Media Via Gumroad

The people who brought the “Buy Now” button to Twitter are going all-in on film distribution.


Siegel's NOME meditation machine.

Hacking Consciousness: Silicon Valley’s Next Frontier

Is there something that lies beyond the quantified self movement?

Detail from the cover of Snow Crash.'

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.


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.