The John Batchelor Show

Friday 13 August 2021

Air Date: 
August 13, 2021



9-915    Jeff Bliss #PacificWatch  #@JCBliss
Dixie Fire now more than half a million acres in size — The Dixie Fire has burned through more than 500,000 acres in Northern California, making it the second-largest wildfire in the state’s history and among its most destructive. San Francisco Chronicle
915-930 Dan Henninger    @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion 

The Biden Administration majority failure to lead pandemic, Afghanistan, climate, border.
It’s possible that, on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban that once protected Osama bin Laden could again rule in Kabul. But it’s not too late to prevent that from happening.

930-1000   Bob Zimmerman,
1.  Small Sat Rising
The number of new smallsat rocket startups continues to grow – Behind The Black – Robert Zimmerman
2. Bennu, the Near-Earth Asteroid
OSIRIS-REx scientists refine Bennu’s future Earth impact possibilities – Behind The Black – Robert Zimmerma


10-1030    Gene Marks, Washington Post Small-Business columnist.  @genemarks
1.  Small Business Confidence decline
2.  What’s an ESOP?
1030-1100    Dr. Robert Evan Ellis, @REvanEllis, US Army War College: Latin America scholar in Strategic Studies Institute


1100-1115   Jeff McCausland, @mccauslj  @D6leadership, @USArmy; retired US Army Colonel & Dean of Academics at the US Army War College; @CBSradio natl security consultant

1115-1130   Scott Mayman @CBSNews

1130-1200    Lee Ohanian  @HooverInst @lee_ohanian 


12-100 AM 
Nicholas Thomas, author, Voyagers: The Settlement of the Pacific; @MAACambridge.
An award-winning scholar explores the sixty-thousand-year history of the Pacific islands in this dazzling, deeply researched account.
The islands of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia stretch across a huge expanse of ocean and encompass a multitude of different peoples. Starting with Captain James Cook, the earliest European explorers to visit the Pacific were astounded and perplexed to find populations thriving thousands of miles from continents. Who were these people? From where did they come? And how were they able to reach islands dispersed over such vast tracts of ocean?
In Voyagers, the distinguished anthropologist Nicholas Thomas charts the course of the seaborne migrations that populated the islands between Asia and the Americas from late prehistory onward. Drawing on the latest research, including insights gained from genetics, linguistics, and archaeology, Thomas provides a dazzling account of these long-distance migrations, the seagoing technologies that enabled them, and the societies they left in their wake.