Eric Klinenberg, NYU Sociologist & Author of “Going Solo”

You know how you’ve often thought — and, admit it, sometimes said — that you need some time alone? Turns out, you’re not alone. And a lot of people are acting on that notion — and they’re pretty happy about it. It has been called the biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom, and the numbers tell the story: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone. People who live alone make up 28 percent of all U.S. households, which makes them more common than any other domestic unit, including the nuclear family. Why might this lifestyle lead to personal happiness? Helping us understand is Eric Klinenberg, New York University Sociologist and author of “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.”  (Originally broadcast 4-14-12 on The John Batchelor Show)


James Fallows, The Atlantic

After what feels like years of watching China’s rise, new questions about how sustainable their growth is are creeping up. Manufacturing conditions. Political instability in the face of pending leadership change. Environmental issues. Internet freedom and more — factors seem to be piling and weighing against this global leader. Which way will things go? Few people on this planet are more qualified to offer analysis than James Fallows, National Correspondent of The Atlantic. Former Presidential speechwriter, National Book Award winner, longtime award-winning journalist, he lived and reported from China for much of the last six years. His new book, out in May, is “China Airborne.” (Originally broadcast 4-14-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Taegan Goddard, Publisher, Political Wire

The US Presidential Election finally turned to the inevitable this week, as Rick Santorum pulled out of the race to be the Republican nominee and Mitt Romney became, essentially, the sole survivor. So what are the next trends? What are the issues that will lead us to our next President? Here to explain it all, Taegan Goddard, Founder and Publisher of Political Wire, the must read for anyone who wants to know what is happening in the political world and newly named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 140 Twitter feeds @politicalwire. Taegan, congratulations and thanks for joining us. (Originally broadcast 4-14-12 on The John Batchelor Show)


Valerie Block, Deputy Managing Editor, NY Crain’s Business

Restauranteur David Bouley was one. And Candy entrepreneur Dylan Lauren. And Rachel Maddow. Amare Stoudemire. What do they all have in common. They have all been named to Crains New York’s 40 Under 40 — many before any us had heard of them. They are all pioneers in their fields, succeeding in their 20s and 30s the way many hope to do over their entire careers. The list is equal parts inspiring — I can do that — and humbling: I haven’t done enough yet! Here to make me feel even worse about myself is the person who oversaw this year’s list, Crains New York’s Deputy Managing Editor Valerie Block. (Originally broadcast 12-16-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Guy Lagache, VP & Journalist, French Television “Direct 8”

By now you surely know that one of the world’s great democracies is in the middle of a Presidential election race where the main issues have been a leading contender’s extra-marital affairs, record unemployment, destabilizing economic threats from within the Euro Zone, and the rise of Islamic violence that threatens domestic security. What you might not know is the voting for this race occurs not this November, but next Saturday. That’s because the country is France. And if you think the issues and the scandals here are crazy, you forget what’s been going on over there. One person who knows full well what’s going on over there is Guy Lagache, the leading French journalist, longtime host of their most popular news shows called Capital, and now Vice President of Programs and News at Direct 8. Guy joins us now from the City of Light. Guy, thanks for staying up with us. (Originally broadcast 4-12-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Charles Pellegrino, Author & Scientist on the Titanic

It was just about now, exactly 100 years ago on that terrible day, April 14, 1912, and at that terrible time when the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. Just 2 hours and 40 minutes later, the boat had sunk. Since then, the legend and the glamour and the tragedy has captured our imaginations, where even today, we cannot forget. The tragedy has certainly caught the imagination of Charlie Pellegrino, a scientist and author who has written extensively about the Titanic — Most recently in “Farewell, Titanic.” (Originally broadcast 4-14-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs

Just one year ago, all eyes were on the Middle East — in particular, Egypt — as the Arab Spring sprung. One year later, the region sits in as much turmoil as ever. Syria. Iran. And in at the end of May, in Egypt, we’ll get our first answers to the question of what democracy may look like in the region. That’s when the first Presidential elections will be held since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. And unlike the visions of student-led democracy that many thought might occur, we seem to be facing a battle among the Islamists — and just where on that scale Egypt may fall. What can we expect? Here to talk to us about that — as well as the role of energy in shaping democracies — is Timothy Mitchell, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University and Author: “Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil.” (Originally broadcast 4-14-12 on The John Batchelor Show)