Sandra Bloodworth, Director, MTA Arts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Carnegie Hall. MOMA. We all know the world-class list of places to appreciate art or music in New York. But what if you learned that some of the city’s greatest works weren’t hanging on walls in front of your eyes, but instead were some 1,000 yards under your feet in the 1 line. That’s right, the subway. And the trains. And buses. They’re all run not by the Met, but by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the MTA. It displays an art and music collection so impressive, that when it released its app in March — that’s right, the MTA has an app where you can view all the works right on your phone — the NY Times Art Critic called it the most underrated art museum in NY. Sandra Bloodworth oversees it all as Director, MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design — the master curator of the MTA. And she joins us now. (Originally broadcast 6-30-12 on The John Batchelor Show)


Liz Heron, Wall St. Journal, Director of Social Media & Engagement

If you thought this year’s political conventions were meant to highlight the political parties — introduce their platforms, candidates, rising stars — you’re forgiven for being greatly mistaken. Most times it felt like both conventions were put on — at a cost of some $150MM — as a coming out party for social media. Watching a speech without also following on Twitter? You must be stuck in 1960. Haven’t liked a candidate’s Facebook page? That’s very 1980 of you. Didn’t follow the Presidents “AMA” — that’s “ask me anything” for the un-indoctrinated? This isn’t 1992 people! But if you want to know how social impacted the Conventions and how it’s changing journalism as we know, my next guest is one of the leading forces of that change. Liz Heron is Director of Social Media and Engagement at The Wall Street Journal, which she joined from the NY Times about six months ago. I’ve been trying to get her as a guest ever since, and she finally broke down. (Originally broadcast 9-8-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Marc Goldwein, Sr. Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Budget

Marc Goldwein is Sr. Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Budget and a member of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (The Fiscal Commission), which delivered the Simpson-Bowles report.  (Originally broadcast 9-8-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Henry Brady, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Public Policy, on Conventions

One of the big questions that came out of our national political conventions was not so much “what?” — as in “what do the candidates have to say” — as “why? — as in, “please remind me why these things exist? To many, conventions are a relic, a piece of times gone by that hang out intw attic, only to get dusted off every four years for the family reunion. Should they be reconfigured? Do they matter? Why do people keep going — and why do some of us keep watching? Henry Brady is Dean of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a historian of our political conventions. If anyone can answer the “Why?”, Dean Brady is that fellow.  (Originally broadcast 9-8-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Andrew Blum, Author “Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet”

After you hit send on an email or search on Google or click a hyperlink on a site via Internet Explorer, what happens? I don’t mean what happens like — the email sends or the search searches or the hyperlink links. I mean how does the email send? How does Google search a gazillion places for millions of results in nanoseconds. I mean how does the Internet work? What’s it made of? Is Cyberspace a place? I have no doubt that if Lewis and Clark were alive today, this is the land they would try to discover. This is the unmarked territory, our manifest destiny, but who can map it? Andrew Blum can. A journalist who writes about architecture, technology and infrastructure, Blum is now the author of “Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet” and he joins us now. (Originally broadcast 9-8-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Dr. Brian Wansink, Cornell University

You may be going through life thinking you are what you eat. But, it turns out, you may be more WHERE you eat. Even with a fast food, your calorie intake — and enjoyment — may result less from choosing chicken nuggets over burgers than Mozart over Metallica. A fascinating new Cornell study has show that ambience — lighting, music and color choice — instead of making you more relaxed and willing to kick back and eat more, may make you more relaxed and willing to eat less! why does this happen — and what might it mean for our super-size calorie debates? Dr. Brian Wansink is a Professor of Consumer Behavior at Cornell University, where he directs the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. He studies food psychology and behavior change, and he co-authored the study: “Fast Food Restaurant Lighting and Music can Reduce your Calorie Intake and Increase Satisfaction.” (Originally broadcast 9-8-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Elizabeth Cline, Author, “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion”

If you’re like most of us, you have more shirts, pants, dresses, suits, shoes, ties, belts than you could possibly wear — and than you do wear. And while you don’t want — and won’t get — fashion advice from me, you may want to know that the fact you own all those clothes is not exactly your own fault. From cheap labor to cheap materials, from outlets to TJ Max, the result of the evolution in how clothes are made and sold sits in your closet. Another result comes from Elizabeth Cline, author of “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.” (Originally broadcast 9-8-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Steve Kornacki, MSNBC &

While a declining number of us may be watching our national political conventions on television, an increasing number of journalists are attending in person. By some estimates, some 15,000 journalists descended on Charlotte this week to witness Democrats denominate President Obama to be their candidate. One of them was Steve Kornacki, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle. Steve joins us now to tell us what he saw, what he learned, and perhaps most importantly, where the heck do 15,000 journalists sleep? (Originally broadcast 9-8-12 on The John Batchelor Show)