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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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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