Dan Colman,

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch Vladimir Nabakov read the famous opening to “Lolita” in English and then in his original Russian? Or how about the current world’s greatest soccer player, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, playing soccer when he was 5 years old? Thelonious Monk playing Copenhagen in 1966? Video of Picasso painting through glass? I know — Jean-Luc Goddard filming the Rolling Stones playing “Sympathy for the Devil!” is the best site you may have never heard of, although it gets some 1.2 million visits per month. It is single-handedly making every television in my house useless, because I’m spending too much of my leisure time seeing, reading and hearing incredible moments in history I never thought I’d see. And the person I blame for that is with us right now — Dan Colman, founder of (Originally broadcast 3-10-12 on The John Batchelor Show)


Charles Duhigg, Author “The Power of Habit”

How many times, when your kid or your spouse or your friend, has done that one thing that really bothers you — have you said: “Why do you do that?” And, invariably, the answer back is: “I can’t help it.” Turns out, they’re half right. It’s not your kid or your spouse or your friend — it’s their habits. And the key is finding a way to break or change those habits. Charles Duhigg is author of an important new book: “The Power of Habit“. He argues: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. (Originally broadcast 3-10-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Alain de Botton, Author

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain’s latest book is titled Religion for Atheists and is published in the Netherlands, Italy, Korea, Turkey and Brazil in 2011 and in the UK, US and other territories in 2012. (Originally broadcast 3-10-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Anne Morriss, CEO GenePeeks & co-Author “Uncommon Service”

Ever wonder why, if so much of our economy is based on service, great service is still so rare? Or why, if your call is important to us, you still have to hold indefinitely for an operator? Or, if call centers are in business to judge and manage call volumes, they continually apologize because we’re experiencing higher than usual call volumes? So has my next guest. Anne Morriss is CEO of GenePeeks, a genetic information company, and co-author of “Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business.” (Originally broadcast 4-21-13 on The John Batchelor Show)