Clara Shih, CEO, Hearsay

Facebook’s IPO missteps aside, there can be no argument that social media is a major — if not THE major — next step in human connection. More than a billion of us sign up to post comments and photos and stories about ourselves. But what about businesses? Is the social environment a place where businesses and other enterprises not only can play, but can win? If so, how? Joining us now, is one of the most important and thoughtful minds on the topic. Clara Shih is not just CEO of Hearsay Social. At 30, she has already been named one of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2011, one of Fast Company’s Most Influential People in Technology, and one of Businessweek’s Top Young Entrepreneurs of 2011. She also sits on Starbucks’ Board of Directors, and Clara joins us now. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)


Diane Brady, Senior Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek

The Queen’s 60 year jubilee in England is not the only major anniversary of an institution this week. This also marks the 50 year anniversary of Wal-Mart, and yesterday the retailer held its annual shareholders meeting. It’s not the smoothest of times for Wal-Mart. Bribery scandals in Mexico. Criticism around employee treatment. And now several state pension funds are voting to oust Chief Executive Officer Mike Duke and other directors. What’s next for Wal-Mart? Bloomberg Businessweek Senior Editor Diane Brady has been reporting the story, and she’s with us now. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

EJ Dionne, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Four years ago, no matter how you voted, there was a sense that, maybe, just possibly, we as a nation would be ready to come together. After a divisive 16 years — eight Clinton and eight Bush — and with a financial crisis serving as a collective call to arms, many hoped we would turn the corner. How long ago — and, frankly, how naive — that seems. From Occupy Wall St. to the Tea Party, our political divide seems as wide as ever. Do we have a way out or are we doomed to a nasty and divisive existence. Few people spend more time thinking about the state of our country than EJ Dionne, Senior Fellow Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, Washington Post columnist and Author, “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.” (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Harriet Worsley, Author, “100 Ideas That Changed Fashion”

Of the many topics I’m where I’m better off asking the questions rather than answering them, fashion has to top the list. No one is coming to me for fashion advice — or, in a serious way, an understanding of fashion’s role is shaping and reflecting society’s evolving values. But Harriet Worsley is. She is the author of “100 Ideas That Changed Fashion.” (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Joel Stein, Time Magazine, Author “Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity”

Many of us have children with a very clear goal for our offspring: We want to raise a mini-me someone who reminds us our childhood selves, participating in and engaging in the activities that made us who we are. Not Joel Stein. He is the proud father of a three-year-old boy who he’s hoping will be nothing like he was. Joel is the Time Magazine columnist, writer for hire, and author of “Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity.” (Originally broadcast 12-16-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Laura Stoll, New Economics Foundation

What causes well-being? What enables some people and societies and countries to prosper and others to fail? What does it mean to prosper — is it the same as being happy? Starting about 30 years ago — and picking up exponentially in the last decade — academics really began to research the question in new ways. Looking at the data and trying to draw conclusions. But while each set of conclusions may be interesting on their own, how can we — as societies — put them into action. How can they collectively influence our social policies — and should they? A research team from the New Economics Foundation in London has attacked this question. They have looked at research covering the last 30 years and beyond to begin, as they put it, “transferring the large and growing body of academic literature to policymakers” in a range of countries. The piece is called “Well-being evidence for policy: A review,” and joining us now from London, co-author Laura Stoll. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Dr. Paul Piff, UC Berkeley, Social Psychologist

From Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” to Eddie Murphy’s “Trading Places” to today’s hidden camera TV shows that put unsuspecting people in morally-challenging situations and ask: “What would you do?”, questions about ethical behavior among the social classes has always been the stuff of literature, movies and TV. Now, it’s the stuff of science. A group of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley [and the University of Toronto] have pulled together data from seven separate studies to look at which social class has a higher probability of ethical behavior. And the results may surprise you. Dr. Paul Piff, Social Psychologist at UC Berkeley, and co-author of “Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior” joins us now. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Rosie Gray, Buzzfeed

Rosie Gray of Buzzfeed discusses the Presidential Campaign and Wisconsin Gubernatorial recall vote. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)