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The "creative communities" of LA and Orange County are losing jobs. Employment in arts and entertainment dropped by 11% between 2007 and 2010, and there's a ripple effect on all those supporting artists and entertainers — directly and indirectly — from technicians, writers, hairdressers and caterers to all the people they do business with. Many people in Hollywood blame Internet piracy, and they've made it a hot issue on Capitol Hill. We've sampled KCRW listeners who work in the industry through Facebook and the Public Insight Network.  We hear from them and others. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is Newt Gingrich another flash in the pan?

Banner image: Nadine Wolf wears tape over her mouth as she joins a protest against proposed laws to curb Internet piracy. Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caitlin Shamberg
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Is Newt Gingrich Another Flash in the Pan? 26 MIN, 57 SEC

Is Newt Gingrich Another Flash in the Pan?It's only January, and already the race for the Republican presidential nomination feels like it's gone on forever and that it might never end. Newt Gingrich clobbered Mitt Romney Saturday in South Carolina, and it turns out that Romney didn't really win Iowa after all. The Florida primary is just nine days away, with candidates raising the rhetorical volume before tonight's 18th debate in Tampa. There are four candidates left (Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are the other two) and no real front-runner. We get the latest.

Guests:
Walter Shapiro, Yahoo News and Columbia Journalism Review (@waltershapiroPD)
James Antle, Daily Caller News Foundation (@jimantle)
Susan Estrich, University of Southern California
Susan MacManus, University of South Florida
Richard Florida, University of Toronto (@Richard_Florida)

Main Topic SOPA: Internet Piracy and Hollywood Economics 26 MIN, 3 SEC

Former US Senator Chris Dodd is now chair of the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA is sponsoring SOPA and PIPA, acronyms for measures in the Congress and Senate giving the Justice Department broad powers to battle Internet piracy. In reaction, Wikipedia shut down for a day and 10,000 lesser websites did, too. SOPA and PIPA are now off the table. We speak with Kim Masters, host of KCRW's The Business and editor-at-large for the Hollywood Reporter, then hear from rank and file Hollywood workers about how the Internet piracy legislation is impacting them.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)
Chip Bolcik, voice-over artist
Rolando Marin, web developer
Sam Huddy, aspiring screenwriter
Robert Kleinhenz, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

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