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The lineup and interviews for the October 13, 2013 John Batchelor Show, for which I was the guest host:

9:00  Michael Astrue, former Administrator, Social Security Administration
Mr. Astrue writes in The Weekly Standard the Obama Administration knew was a dud months ago, but was not honest with Congress about the failures.
Michael Astrue on The John Batchelor Show

9:15  Mat Burrows, director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
Mr. Burrows discussed the implications of the government shutdown on the intelligence community.
Mat Burrows on The John Batchelor Show

9:30  Jim McTague, Washington Editor, Barron’s
Jim writes in Barron’s that you’ll be able to tell when, and how, Congress will strike a shutdown deal by who does – and says – what.
Jim McTague on The John Batchelor Show

9:45  Gordon Chang,
Another round of consolidating power and eliminating dissent is under way in China.  Gordon explains why journalists – and power users of China’s Twitter twin Weibo – are paying the price.
Gordon Chang on The John Batchelor Show

10:00  David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call
The Federal government shutdown continues into a third week.  David Hawkings explains what’s next and what each of the players in the negotiations really wants.
David Hawkings on The John Batchelor Show

10:15  Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow in the Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Al Shabaab attack in Nairobi called new attention to the franchises of Al Qaeda that work throughout the African continent.  Mr. Downie explains the franchises, how they connect together, and which countries are at risk of becoming the next targets.
Richard Downie on The John Batchelor Show

10:30  Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
When the shutdown ends, the Pentagon still has difficult choices.  Todd writes in Foreign Affairs that the Defense Department has a timing problem, and two types of risk from which to choose – or from which to find a balance.
Todd Harrison on The John Batchelor Show

10:45  Kevin Hassett, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
As Congress chases a solution to the second debt-limit crisis in three years, Congress’s Joint Economic Committee is asking experts about the debt limit and default.  In his testimony to the committee, and in our conversation, Mr. Hassett suggests we can learn from how other countries handle borrowing and debt.
Kevin Hassett on The John Batchelor Show

11:00  James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi goes on trial November 4th, and the United States is holding back aid to Egypt starting this week.  Mr. Phillips explained why the timing for the aid withdrawal is bad, and the trial may not mean much.
Jim Phillips on The John Batchelor Show

11:15  Keith Fitz-Gerald, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Map Report; Chairman, Fitz-Gerald Group
Twitter’s Initial Public Offering is coming.  The hype machine is starting.  But Keith explains why he isn’t buying the hype – or the stock.
Keith Fitz-Gerald on The John Batchelor Show

11:30  Gordon Adams, distinguished fellow, Stimson Center; professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy program at the School of International Service, American University
America’s position as a global leader is in jeopardy because of our series of budget crises.  Gordon is just back from a defense conference in Bahrain, and explains why our friends and foes are shaking their heads at us.
Gordon Adams on The John Batchelor Show

11:45  Jason Miller, Executive Editor, and Jared Serbu, DoD reporter, Federal News Radio
Most estimates of the number of Federal employees still on the job during the government shutdown start at 55% and go higher.  Some agencies are already calling employees back, while other agencies are just now preparing to lay people off, and contractors are trying to figure out what to do.  My colleagues explain why the government shutdown is not all it would seem to be.
Jason Miller & Jared Serbu on The John Batchelor Show

12:00am  Bill Eggers, Research Director, Public Sector Industry, Deloitte; co-author of “The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems
Governments no longer have the resources to tackle the most challenging societal problems alone.  The good news is, the convergence of technology, philosophy, generational change, and social action is driving results government alone could never achieve.  Bill and his co-author Paul Macmillan detail how solutions are coming through creating vibrant markets for services, and how governments can facilitate citizen service without having to do it all by themselves.

Part 1:
Bill Eggers part 1 on The John Batchelor Show

Part 2:
Bill Eggers part 2 on The John Batchelor Show