Despite the recession, subscription massive multi-player online games (MMOG’s) are booming. According to one estimate, membership of virtual worlds grew by 39% in the second quarter of 2009 to approximately 579 million. While newspapers and websites like Facebook and Twitter search for ways to make money, games such as World of Warcraft, Entropia Universe, Club Penguin and Second Life are turning nice profits. Who are the players lurking behind the avatars? What can gaming teach us about normal life? Guest host Jon Beaupre peers into the virtual world and asks listeners about the games people play.
Rupert Murdoch says Google and news aggregators are stealing content and newspapers shouldn’t take it anymore. He’s now calling on major news publishers to create a consortium and charge for digital content. Is this the call to arms that newspapers need in order to survive? Or a losing battle against free Internet content? Guest host Jon Beaupre explores the winding road to making content profitable again.
Failed levees and water pumps were just some factors behind the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. Yet, nearly four years later, many of those water pumps would not work in another major storm. Guest host Jon Beaupre talks to KPCC's environmental reporter Molly Peterson about the condition of New Orleans as the city approaches the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate CIA operatives who allegedly choked detainees and threatened them with gunshots and power drills. Agents and contractors who used harsh interrogation techniques approved under the Bush administration could now face criminal prosecution. Are we seeing accountability, at last? A blow to counterterrorism? Or, mere scapegoating? Jon Beaupré opens the phones to listeners.