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Nicholas Young

Perspectives on family, disability, technology, and media.


Co-created in 2013 by Joshua Wentz and Nicholas Young, Dispatch touches almost every aspect of the modern artist’s career. Wentz, a label-owner and musician, brings a unique perspective from Chicago’s underground.

Unnecessary Rules

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This week on Dispatch, Joshua and Nicholas highlight how unnecessary boundaries, often erected by well-meaning-but generally-misinformed individuals can deter new, passionate artists from pursuing a specific, chosen path. That’s a mouth full, we know, but trust us — this is a great listen.

We start in the world of art, where sometimes, women in the arts don’t feel empowered as they should. On Chick Habit #10, Danielle Sines of Chicago-band Impulsive Hearts notes that some booking agents have asked her to adjust her band’s lineup to fit within their own, gender-balanced worldview. We ask, is this perspective right, or does it represent a warped sense of purpose?

Next, our old friends Half Acre have renamed a specific beer three times. Thankfully, they’ve been respectful to all parties involved, but at the heart of it all, a trademark dispute that might have been misinformed.

And finally, the world of software development is full of people who know how your job is done… despite never having touched a single line of code. Are they right? Do you need heavy math chops before entering the workforce? We answer with the help of our friends at JavaScript Jabber.

All this is coming up on episode one-hundred-eighteen of Dispatch.