A conversation with Stephen Witt

My conversation with critically-acclaimed author and journalist Stephen Witt, whose book “How Music Got Free” is a brilliant narrative history of music piracy and a true story about the scientists, smugglers, and corporate suits that you never imagined were behind the scenes changing the industry as we know it.

We discussed the three most important figures who altered music forever; Karlheinz Brandenburg (altruistic scientist), Dell Glover (anarchic smuggler), and Doug Morris (greedy capitalist), what inspired Stephen to devote his life to researching and writing about the truth behind mainstream perceptions of security and privacy, his impressions of Tower Records and the end of old school retailing, why his lack of sentimentality for album nostalgia and classic rock bands shouldn’t be mistaken for as weakness, the insidious nature of Apple and Google when it comes to meta-data collection and how it’s influencing a new generation of music lovers, and his candid thoughts on the human condition when it comes to new ideas constructed on the backs of failing industries.

Be sure to follow Stephen (@stephenwitt) on social media and visit his website (stephenwittbooks.com) to order your copy of “How Music Got Free: The end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy” available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, Indiebound, and iBooks.

Ari Shapiro on Sportsnet 650 (Vancouver) with Mira Laurence (03-04-19)

My latest guest appearance on Sportsnet 650 Vancouver (03-04-19) with glorious host Mira Laurence (@laurence_mira).

We discussed John Tavares and the delicate emotional sensibilities of their respective fanbases, the inevitably predictable fate of Mitch Marner, how injuries to Jake Gardiner and Travis Dermott will impact Toronto’s playoff fortunes this year, Vlad Guerrero Jr. under the scrutiny of spring training weight punditry, and various pre-season baseball musings about labour relations and corporate smugness.

Shapiro’s Daily Rant: John Tavares and Fan Tribalism

Saturday’s rant on the return of John Tavares to Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, February 28th, 2019; the first time since leaving the New York Islanders to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Subscribe to arishapiro.ca to receive my daily audio and video rants across all platforms covering a wide variety of reasonably compelling human issues and worthwhile narratives. And don’t forget the ketchup.

Prospects Live presents: Crashing The Pressbox – Episode 4

Prospects Live presents “Crashing The Pressbox – Episode 4”

Here’s my latest appearance on the critically-acclaimed baseball podcast “Crashing The Pressbox” with splendid host Jason Woodell (@Jasonatthegame). We discuss the Toronto Blue Jays and their talent base, our shared thoughts on podcasting philosophies, why the sport of baseball has reached an existential crisis for the ages, and a blistering rapid-fire round of questions that I inexplicably took half an hour to answer.

It’s been called a living library of minor league baseball and is regarded as one of the best resources for farm team enthusiasts and sabermetric purists. Featuring prospect lists, compelling podcasts, in-depth graph studies, progressive field reports, and comprehensive scouting portfolios – Prospects Live is an experience that simply cannot be missed.

Be sure to visit ProspectsLive.com and check them out on social media (@ProspectsLive). It’s the best thing you’ll likely do this entire year.

Ari Shapiro on Sportsnet 650 (Vancouver) with Mira Laurence (02-16-19)

My latest guest appearance on Sportsnet 650 Vancouver (02-16-19) with Mira Laurence (@laurence_mira).

We talked about the indomitable will of the Vancouver Canucks and how they’ve brought a new culture to the city, the fallout from the Auston Matthews contract, how the Maple Leafs depth chart changes with the unfortunate injury to Andreas Johnsson, the start of baseball spring training and the Blue Jays astonishing lack of depth, if newly minted skipper Charlie Montoyo can become a bigger fan favourite than John Gibbons, and the daunting front office rationalization behind delaying Vlad Guerrero’s ascent to inevitable stardom.

A conversation with Tom Harrington

My conversation with nine-time Gemini nominee and Canadian journalist Tom Harrington, whose work as the host of The World This Hour on CBC Radio and with The National has made him a television and radio staple with households across the country.

We talked about his storied career which began in 1981, nostalgic experiences from Calgary-Montreal-Toronto, how the changing nature of broadcast journalism forced him to adapt, his thoughts on social media and the polarization of thoughts in politics and sport, if the growing threat of disinformation and populism has changed the way he reports the news, and his refreshingly honest thoughts on the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and Raptors.

Be sure to check out Tom (@cbctom) on social media and especially at cbcnews.ca where you can watch, listen, and enjoy this acclaimed professional in action.

A conversation with Scott Cullen

My conversation with writer and fantasy expert Scott Cullen, whose prolific work as a contributor at The Athletic and correspondent with the National Hockey League is admired by legions of fans and followers across North America.

We discussed his earliest days in the business and how he crafted his identity and brand through sheer diligence and hard work, the reckoning of sports journalism and how the seismic nature of the business forced him to adjust every step of the way, his candid thoughts the Maple Leafs and the omnipresent divisional threat that is Tampa Bay Lightning, his brutally honest take on the state of the Raptors and if Gasol is enough to vault them into the NBA finals, and his stone cold interpretation of the rebuilding mandate behind the Blue Jays and the non-competitive nature of modern day free agency in baseball.

Be sure to check out Scott (@ByScottCullen) on social media and enjoy his fantasy prognostications for the NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA.

Ari Shapiro on FM 105.9 The Region (Vaughan) with Jim Lang (02-16-2019)

My latest guest appearance on FM 105.9 The Region (Vaughan) with the always classy Jim Lang.

We talked about the departure of John Gibbons and the potential influence of rookie skipper Charlie Montoyo, on the issue of having one hundred free agents still looking for employment, how Mark Shapiro will need to be a skillful politician in 2019, the Blue Jays depth chart and their dire need for legitimate major league starting pitching, when the mercurial Vlad Guerrero Jr. will see the light of major league day, if Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez can right their respective ships, and the quagmire that has become Bryce Harper.

Check out Jim (@JimLangSports) on social media and be sure to follow his morning show on FM 105.9 The Region (@1059TheRegion).

A conversation with Bif Naked

My conversation with writer, humanitarian, actress, and Canadian rock star icon Bif Naked, whose music and philosophy has made her into a profound source of inspiration for millions of fans. With classic hits like Spaceman, I Love Myself Today, and Daddy’s Getting Married, many fans of Bif (aka Beth Allen) will find her an engaging conversationalist who has no shortage of words to describe her indomitable view of the changing world around us.

We talked about her extraordinary powers of self-awareness which never allowed the media to dictate her image, breaking on the scene after the arrival of the Seattle grunge sound, the things in life that inspire her every day and night, her passion for human rights and social justice, why being an animal lover is a defining trait that continues to nourish her life, how a childhood filled with parental expectations molded her into a soul fighter, her love of baseball and the Blue Jays, and the existential feeling behind moving from Vancouver to Toronto after nearly three decades.

Be sure to check out Bif Naked (@bifnaked) on social media and visit her website at bifnaked.com. Her latest book is “I, Bificus – Song & Stories Tour” which looks back at her entire career and 10-album repertoire that will only further your understanding of why she’s been called the Princess of Punk, the Rock Goddess, and the Legend.

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