The John Batchelor Show

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Air Date: 
March 20, 2013



Co-hosts: Gordon Chang,, and David Livingston, The Space Show

Hour One

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 1, Block A: Walter Lohman, Director of Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, on North Korea and missile defense.

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 1, Block B: Alan Tonelson, Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation;  on Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's trip to Beijing.

Wednesday  13 March  2013 / Hour 1, Block C: . : David Livingston, Space Show; Ralph E. Milliken, Brown University.    Nasa engineers have overcome a computer glitch that shut down the space agency's car-sized Mars rover, Curiosity, earlier this week.The $2.5bn rover went into a precautionary "safe mode" on Sunday, when a command file failed a check by protective software on board the mobile science laboratory.Richard Cook, at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the fix was "a very straightforward matter to deal with" and was resolved by deleting the offending file. He said engineers knew how to prevent the glitch from happening again.

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 1, Block D:  Gordon Chang and John Batchelor African Forest Elephant Population Plummeting.

Hour Two

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 2, Block A:  .Sarah Cook, senior research analyst at Freedom House, on this:

Wednesday  13 March  2013 / Hour 2, Block B:  . Fraser Howie, author of Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China's Extraordinary Rise.


Wednesday  13 March  2013 / Hour 2, Block C:  .Tokyo's enthusiasm for trade negotiations may be fueled by natural gas.  By JOSEPH STERNBERG  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Friday that his country wants to join negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. For some clues to the significance of the move, it helps to look past the two most distracting elements of this story to some trends that lie beneath.

Wednesday  13 March  2013 / Hour 2, Block D: Reza Kahlili in re a new Fordow.

Hour Three

Wednesday  13 March  2013 / Hour 3, Block A:  Peter Berkowitz, Hoover:  Mr. Obama was almost immediately driven across the tarmac to inspect a battery of the Iron Dome air-defense system, a squat, mobile, desert-colored weapon pointed skyward. The system, built by Israeli companies but largely financed by the United States, is credited with intercepting more than 400 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli cities and towns.  His inspection was the first in a series of carefully choreographed stops designed to convey a single message: the president cares about the Israeli people and will do whatever is necessary to protect them from Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and other enemies.  Mr. Obama, officials said, has not come bearing a bold, or even modest, proposal to revive long-stalled talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. His reference on Wednesday to the divide was cursory

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 3, Block B:  . Ten Years Ago, an Honorable War Began With Wide Support by Fouad Ajami  Wall Street Journal

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 3, Block C:  .Ken Croswell, Scientific American, Our thinking about these two neighbor galaxies--the brightest of the many that orbit the Milky Way--has done a complete 180 in the last seven years.  See .

Wednesday  13 March  2013 / Hour 3, Block D: A Risk for Films That Move at a Zombie’s Pace By MICHAEL CIEPLY “World War Z,” a zombie film to be released in June, is an example of the genre movie that is often delayed for years — with no real ill effect — before coming to the screen.

Hour Four

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 4, Block A:  Journalism Professor Sues Columbia, Claiming Misuse of Endowment Funds  By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY  Sylvia Nasar, a professor and the author of “A Beautiful Mind,” said the university had mishandled money received from the Knight Foundation. 

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 4, Block B:  Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns  By MATTHEW L. WALD  Companies, universities and lawmakers in the United States are preparing for a world in which remote-controlled planes will be ubiquitous in civilian air space.

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 4, Block C:  . Eric Trager, Washington Institute,  POLICYWATCH 2049  Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Set to Prevail Despite Policy Failures.

Wednesday  13 March 2013 / Hour 4, Block D:  Can Rand Paul Bring the Tea Party Along on Immigration? (Full story here: Humberto Sanchez reports: Sen. Rand Paul’s support for comprehensive immigration changes and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants could go a long way toward helping get a bill into law, overhauladvocates and his fellow Republicans believe. It’s “a signal to the tea party and libertarian right that immigration reform is OK,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of left-leaning immigration advocacy group America’s Voice.  The Kentucky tea party favorite announced his support in a speech Tuesday to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and he called on fellow Republicans to embrace immigration revisions. He also told reportersthat he was receptive to allowing undocumented immigrants to eventually apply for citizenship, but he declined to use what has become a loaded phrase in conservative circles: a path to citizenship.  “Immigration reform will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation,” Paul said.

Hour 1: Shaolin, Babylon AD 

Hour 2: Shaolin, Crysis 
Hour 3: Crysis 
Hour 4: Frost/Nixon, Battleship, The Expendables