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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On today’s show, we’ll find out how digital technology has transformed three once-profitable industries—newspapers, music, and film—and whether they’ll be able to recover. Then, Caldecott Medal-winning Chris Van Allsburg discusses his career as an author and illustrator. Plus, singer-songwriter-producer Butch Walker discusses the good and the bad of the music industry.

Digital Technology and Business

Business journalist Robert Levine looks at how the move to digital technology by the newspaper, music, and film industries has led to a significant drop in profits. In Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back, he examines how the idea that, on the Internet, “information wants to be free” has shaped the online business model and is now driving the media companies on whom the digital industry feeds out of business.

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Author and Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg

Writer and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg discusses creating the beloved childrens books The Polar Express, Jumanji, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, the Sweetest Fig, and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, among others. His latest books are Queen of the Falls and The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, an inspired collection of short stories by a cast of best-selling storytellers, based on the illustrations in his The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

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Butch Walker's Music Lessons

Singer-songwriter and producer Butch Walker talks about his experiences in the music business—from the greed, booze, and drugs to the infighting, swindles, and unfulfilled promises. In Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt, he documents his own rise to the middle of the charts and describes the delicate balance between success and selling out.

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Guest Picks: Chris Van Allsburg

Childrens book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg spoke to Leonard recently and he revealed what his favorite comfort food is.

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Guest Picks: Butch Walker

Singer-songwriter and producer Butch Walker was on the Lopate Show to discuss the good and the bad of life in the music industry and he told us what he's listening to these days.

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