Pokémon Fever: 'Augmented Reality' Game Sweeps the Nation

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The Pokemon official site shown through a Japanese internet website announcing the latest information for "Pokémon GO." (Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

Pokémon Go, a newly released game for smartphones using GPS, is so popular that it has already topped Twitter's number of daily active users. This free game is being downloaded so much that it's overloading servers and is showing up in such unlikely places as the front lines of the battle against ISIS and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, sparking controversy over where it is -- and is not -- appropriate to chase Pikachu, the game's cute yellow cartoon creature. We look at the revival of this cultural franchise from a simple card game to the promise of so-called "augmented reality" -- and the upcoming "Pokémon Go Crawl" being organized next week in San Francisco.

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Guests:

Allegra Frank, reporter, Polygon

Laura Sydell, digital culture correspondent, NPR

Nick Wingfield, reporter, New York Times

Sara Witsch, organizer, Pokemon Go Crawl

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