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The "white knight" who rode in to rescue the Orange County Register three years ago has resigned all executive duties. Where did Aaron Kushner go wrong? What's in store for readers of the Register, the Riverside Press Enterprise — and the LA Times, which reportedly wants to buy UT San Diego, even though Times' profits are down by 54%? We'll look at print journalism's local future.

Also, Walt Disney's dream come true. "The Happiest Place on Earth" is on the way to making Tomorrowland real — thanks to wrist band technology.

Photo: Eric Spitz, left, and Aaron Kushner stepped down from the Orange County Register's top leadership positions on Tuesday  (Leonard Ortiz/OC Register)

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Andrea Brody

More Turmoil in Local News 16 MIN, 45 SEC

This week, Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz — co-owners of Freedom Communications — both resigned all their executive duties at Freedom and its subsidiary, the Orange County Register.  Kushner was seen, "just a couple of years ago, as the white knight who might save all of newspapering from digital doom." That's according to Kevin Roderick of the online site LA Observed.com and a contributor to KCRW.  The new man in charge at Freedom is Rich Mirman, former casino marketing executive, who's been running the Register's day-to-day operations since October.

Guests:
Kevin Roderick, LA Observed (@laobserved)
Richard Mirman, Freedom Communications (@freedomcomm)
Gabriel Kahn, University of Southern California (@gabekahn)

Disney's $1 Billion Investment in Big Data 10 MIN, 15 SEC

Disney World in Orlando is now "one big organism"…where "the most consequential piece of design in a decade" means no gates, fewer lines and food at the touch of a button — a blissful, controlled experience that visitors don't have to think about. Disneyland in Anaheim may be next. Cliff Kuang spent two years getting the story for Wired magazine.

Guests:
Cliff Kuang, Wired magazine (@cliffkuang)

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Disney World on the MagicBand or Card

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