The John Batchelor Show

Monday 8 October 2012

Air Date: 
October 08, 2012


 Picture, above: Cristoforo Columbo presenting his plan to Queen Isabella: lithography 1892, by Vaclav Brozick.)


Monday 905P Eastern Time:    Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen; 1 of 2  Hawaii, Alaska, South Dakota are the three states that do not recognize Columbus Day at all, though Hawaii and South Dakota mark the day with an alternative holiday or observance. Hawaii celebrates Discoverers' Day, which commemorates the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii on the same date, the second Monday of October,[14][15] though the name change has not ended protest related to the observance of Columbus' discovery.[16] The state government does not treat either Columbus Day or Discoverers' Day as a legal holiday;[17] state, city and county government offices and schools are open for business. South Dakota celebrates the day as an official state holiday known as "Native American Day" rather than Columbus Day.[18] Iowa and Nevada do not celebrate Columbus Day as an official holiday; however, the governor is "authorized and requested" by statute to proclaim the day each year.[19][20] In Nevada, this probably has less to do with any objection to the celebration of the day than the fact that it is relatively close to Nevada Day, and schools and banks can only be closed for so many days.  Several other states have removed Columbus Day as a paid holiday for government workers while still maintaining it either as a day of recognition or a legal holiday for other purposes. These include California and Texas.

Monday 920P Eastern Time:   Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen; 2 of 2 In 2007, Dane County, Wisconsin, Supervisor Ashok Kumar replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day.[25] The city of Berkeley, California has replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day since 1992,[26] a move which has been replicated by several other localities.[22] Two other California cities, Sebastopol and Santa Cruz, now celebrate Indigenous People's Day.[22] South Dakota renamed the holiday "Native American Day".[27] Various tribal governments in Oklahoma designate the day "Native American Day", or name the day after their own tribe.[28] The Navajo Nation replaced Columbus Day with Navajo Nation Sovereignty Day, which is observed on April 4.


Monday 935P Eastern Time:   Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean by Alex Von Tunzelmann; 1 of 2.  “This brilliantly written, dramatic, and at times controversial account of empire in India is almost impossible to put down. With it, von Tunzelmann has proven herself a force with which to be reckoned, both as a writer and as an historian."—Caroline Elkins, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya  "A brilliantly vivid page-turner that captures the backstage dramas raging on the eve of India's independence."—Tina Brown

Monday 950P Eastern Time:    Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean by Alex Von Tunzelmann; 2 of 2


Monday 1005P (705P Pacific):  Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World by Larrie D. Ferreiro; 1 of 4 Kim MacQuarrie, author of The Last Days of the Incas  “The story of the race to determine the shape of the Earth is one of history’s most engaging yet least-known stories. In Measure of the Earth, Larrie Ferreiro takes us inside the scientific expedition that set off from France to South America in the 18th century to discover the answer. Ferreiro not only brings to life the band of characters that embarked on this journey, with all of their intrigues and rivalries, but he also details the huge stakes involved. Whichever county discovered the Earth’s correct shape would take a giant leap forwards in enhancing their military and economic power.  A fascinating account of scientific inquiry thoroughly enmeshed in the race for power and empire.”

Monday 1020P (720P Pacific):  Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World by Larrie D. Ferreiro; 2 of 4

Monday 1035P (735P Pacific):  Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World by Larrie D. Ferreiro; 3 of 4 James Horn, author of A Kingdom Strange and A Land as God Made It  “In Measure of the Earth, Larrie Ferreiro tells the dramatic story of the first international scientific expedition to South America to establish the precise dimensions of the globe.  The French scientists who led the expedition to the Andes overcame incredible adversities traversing the jungles and highlands of equatorial Peru, surviving near mutiny, attacks by local inhabitants, war, siege, and the skepticism of fellow academicians in their homeland to complete their mission and achieve lasting fame.  Beautifully written, Ferreiro’s book provides an authoritative and gripping account of one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the Enlightenment.”

Monday 1050P (750P Pacific):  Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World by Larrie D. Ferreiro; 4 of 4

Monday 1105P (805P Pacific):   Guantánamo: An American History by Jonathan M. Hansen; 1 of 4 In this brilliant blend of social and political history, Jonathan M. Hansen puts a small but critically important corner of the American empire under the microscope. What he reveals may not be pretty, but it’s powerfully instructive and endlessly fascinating.” —Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

Monday 1120P (820P Pacific):  Guantánamo: An American History by Jonathan M. Hansen; 2 of 4 “With wit and verve, Jonathan M. Hansen illuminates the long, strange, compelling, and troubling story of Guantánamo. A vivid and thoughtful writer, Hansen employs Guantánamo as a prism to reveal the tangled construction of an overseas American empire.” —Alan Taylor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Monday 1135P (835P Pacific):   Guantánamo: An American History by Jonathan M. Hansen; 3 of 4 “Most accounts of the United States in Cuba paint heroes and villains in black and white according to the author’s political perspective. With exquisite craftsmanship, Jonathan M. Hansen paints in all the subtle shades of gray required to illuminate the tangled history of this highly charged symbol of American power. This fascinating book is the one to read if you want to understand what lies beneath the current controversies surrounding Guantánamo.” —James T. Kloppenberg, Chair of the History Department and Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University

Monday 1150P (850P Pacific):  Guantánamo: An American History by Jonathan M. Hansen; 4 of 4


Monday/Tues 1205A (905 Pacific):  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago; 1 of 2.  “Santiago brings passion, color, and historical detail to this Puerto Rican Gone with the Wind, featuring a hard-as-nails heroine more devoted to her plantation than to any of the men in her life. . . . The richness of [Santiago’s] imagination and the lushness of her language will serve saga enthusiasts well.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An enthralling epic that not only illuminates the life of one extraordinary woman, but of the great sweep of Puerto Rican history. . . . Conquistadora will seduce readers heart and soul.” —Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban 

“The multitalented author of When I Was Puerto Rican offers a big, bold novel about life on a Caribbean sugar plantation in the mid-19th century. . . . With drama, adventure, and even a bit of magical realism, Conquistadora may remind readers of Isabel Allende’s novels of Latin America.” —Library Journal

Monday/Tues 1220A (920 Pacific):   Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago; 2 of 2 

Monday/Tues 1235A (935P Pacific): Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen; 1 of 2.  "Once you have read this superb acount of Columbus' four voyages, you will never be content with the cliche about the Italian-born explorer's sailing the ocean blue in 1492. Author of many prize-winning popular history books on topics as diverse as Marco Polo and Al Capone. Laurence Bergreen is a New York-based scholar whose portrayal of the life and times of Christopher Columbus is a tour de force."(Winnipeg Free Press )

"In this scrupulously fair and often thrilling account of his four vorages to the "New World," Bergreen reveals Columbus as brilliant, brave, adventurous, and deeply flawed . . . A superb reexamination of the character and career of a still controversial historical agent."(Booklist )

Monday/Tues 1250A  (950P Pacific): Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen; 2 of 2.  "Laurence Bergreen's new book, refreshingly, is fluid in style in its style and comprehensive in its research. Richly illustrated and enhanced with maps that are as legible as they are relevant. Columbus: The Four Voyages is complex in its themes, intriguing in its substance and sparkling with suprises." (The Washington Times )


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Music (using New York City broadcast times)  

9:00 hour:    Avatar.

10:00 hour:   Appaloosa.

11:00 hour:    Atonement.

midnight hour:  All the King's Men.