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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.

The Hazards of Gambling

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What risks are acceptable? Opening a business and pursuing your own destiny is certainly fraught with danger, but how do you divide risks that are worth taking from the ones you should avoid?

For one, it’s difficult to skirt the law where matters of intellectual property are involved. In this episode, Joshua and Nicholas examine the case of several Chicago bars who were recently sued by ASCAP for infringing copyrights of songwriters.

How could these establishments have avoided the hefty fines? For one, they could’ve kept it quiet. Second, they should’ve been using Mixdown, a project that Nicholas has been working on in his off time from Producer duties at The Machine.

All in all, this is a great conversation and not to be missed. Plus, a special thanks to Larissa and Chuck, our donors of the month, who contributed to help keep us on the air. You can donate too, and hear your name on the radio, so if this entices you — have at it! And, remember, there’s only 7 days until our big episode 100. Get in your comments at 1 (844) 4-MACHINE.