Joe Nye, Former US Asst. Sec. of Defense

From potential bank runs in Spain to full revolt in Greece. From new leadership in France to new tensions in Germany. From fallout in Ireland to fallout in England, there’s no doubt that Europe and the European Union is unstable at best. The tensions can be felt in economic policy and employment — the questions of austerity vs. investment — and in cross-border relations. They also can be felt here in the US, where much of our own economic uncertainty comes from European fears. What comes next — And might this journey just get worse before things get better? Here to help us understand, Joseph Nye, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs & Chair of the National Intelligence Council on the European Union — now professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His latest book is “The Future of Power.” (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)


Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School

If the calendar says June, it means only one thing for my next guest: The end of the US Supreme Court term. The session end always brings a flurry of important decisions, and this year will be no different. The future of health care in our country. Immigration. And all in the middle of a presidential race. What should we expect? Yale Law School’s Linda Greenhouse won a Pulitzer Prize covering the Court for the New York Times, and she’s also the author of new book, “The US Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction.” (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Enrico Moretti, Economics Professor & Fulbright Fellow, UC Berkeley

New US employment numbers were released yesterday, and as you surely know by now, they brought bad news. This happened, as did this… And you could almost hear the collective frustration at the thought that things might not be getting better. Getting a job is hard, but how much of it has to do not with what you do for a living, but where you do it? What if the three most important parts of employment were location, location, location? Enrico Moretti is a UC Berkeley economist, Fulbright Fellow and author of the new and important book “The Geography of Jobs.” (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Juliette Kayyem, Former Asst. Sec., Dept. of Homeland Security on the Middle East

It would be hard to find a more troubled part of the world right now than the Middle East. In Syria, terrible massacres, including last week’s killings in Houlu, are leaving scores of children and other civilians dead — the total by some counts has now reached thousands. And while many nations have expelled Syrian diplomats, the collective willingness to take real action just isn’t there — Just yesterday, Russia President Vladimir Putin rejected calls for outside intervention in Syria. Meanwhile, in 14 days, Egypt will choose its first president since Hosni Mubarak left power. The campaign — between a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood and a former Mubarak official — risks violence. Where is this region headed? What can outside countries, including the US, do? Here to help us understand, Juliette Kayyem, Boston Globe National Security columnist & Former Asst Secy, Dept. of Homeland Security. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)