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Virtually Speaking. Real-time conversations. Amplifying progressive thought & voices. Policy, politics, public affairs & science. Lively, informed & informal. Informed & informal. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. Wednesdays dedicated to science, authors and practitioners with hosts Alan Boyle, Tom Levenson and Jennifer Ouelette. Thursdays, Jay Ackroyd talks public affairs, mostly with authors, mostly about progressive issues.

Virtually Speaking. Real-time conversations. Amplifying progressive thought & voices. Policy, politics, public affairs & science. Lively, informed & informal. Informed & informal. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. Wednesdays dedicated to science, authors and practitioners with hosts Alan Boyle, Tom Levenson and Jennifer Ouelette. Thursdays, Jay Ackroyd talks public affairs, mostly with authors, mostly about progressive issues.
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Virtually Speaking. Real-time conversations. Amplifying progressive thought & voices. Policy, politics, public affairs & science. Lively, informed & informal. Informed & informal. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. Wednesdays dedicated to science, authors and practitioners with hosts Alan Boyle, Tom Levenson and Jennifer Ouelette. Thursdays, Jay Ackroyd talks public affairs, mostly with authors, mostly about progressive issues.

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Episodes

Richard Mayhew: Health Care Policy Prognosis

2/15/2017
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Richard, a health policy wonk's wonk, joins us to discuss some gory details of the GOP HCR process. RIchard has spent most of his career in the health insurance industry managiing rate structures, For several years now he has shared his knowledge of health care policy and elements of the PPACA with readers of the Balloon Juice blog. And in January he tossed aside his super hero grab to reveal himself as David Anderson, Research Associate at Duke's Margolis Center for Health Policy

Duration:01:01:27

Marcy Wheeler: Fake News is Nothing New

2/8/2017
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There is no fact/fiction lobe, no area in the cerebral cortex that holds true facts. We're not wired for truth---but we are deeply wired for stories. In fact, compelling stories trump true facts as often as not, and our world view is defined by the fake world of 24 or suitcase nukes than they are by cold reality. We're been looking for this program for a decade, someone who can talk clearly about the nuance of narrative, the power of stories and the resilience of myth. Tried twice before,...

Duration:01:01:39

Ian Welsh: Dark Ages

1/13/2017
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Ian Welsh has been blogging since 2003. He was the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews) He is an editor, writer and social media consultant who currently lives in Toronto. In this episode we discuss Ian''s review of Jane Jacobs' Dark Age Ahead. Note: Some profanity. With good reason.

Duration:01:09:55

Arthur Lupia: Uninformed

11/20/2016
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Research polls, media interviews, and everyday conversations reveal an unsettling truth: citizens, while well-meaning and even passionate about current affairs, appear to know very little about politics. Hundreds of surveys document vast numbers of citizens answering even basic questions about government incorrectly. Given this unfortunate state of affairs, it is not surprising that more knowledgeable people often deride the public for its ignorance. Some experts even think that less...

Duration:01:00:27

Democracy's Missing Arsenal: Bloodshed Universal-Slavery Triumphant

10/16/2016
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This is the world of Democracy's Missing Arsenal, an alternate history thought experiment that chronicles world events in the century following a Confederate victory in the Civil War. In Volume One--A Nation Sundered-A World Engulfed--authors Michael King and John Bredehoft described how the success of Robert E. Lee's September 1862 invasion of the North and the aftermath. Volume Two--Bloodshed Universal-Slavery Triumphant--King and Bredehoft chronicle an alternate "Great War of 1914-1918"...

Duration:00:45:42

Thomas Levenson: The Hunt for Vulcan

10/7/2016
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Thomas Levenson is a professor at MIT and head of its science writing program. He is the author of several books, including Einstein in Berlin and Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist. About The Hunt for Vulcan, can't top AMNH Director Neil deGrasse Tyson “Levenson tells us where Vulcan came from, how it vanished, and why its spirit lurks today. Along the way, we learn more than a bit of just how science works—when it succeeds as well...

Duration:00:56:17

Catherine Fletcher: The Black Prince of Florence

9/30/2016
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Born to a dark-skinned maid, fatherhood acknowledged by Lorenzo II de Medici, Alessandro de' Medici rose to the Dukedom of Florence. Catherine Fletcher discusses the world of Renaissance Florence, the Holy Roman Empire ruled by Charles V and Papal Rome ruled by the de' Medici Pontiff Clement the 7th in the context of her book The Black Prince of Florence

Duration:00:47:54

Cathy O'Neil On Weapons of Math Destruction

9/23/2016
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We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as mathemetician and former quant Cathy O’Neil reveals in Weapons of Math Destruction, the opposite is true. The models being used today...

Duration:00:58:57

Gaius Publius: Two Intertwined Crises--Climate Change and Wealth Inequality

9/16/2016
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Gaius Publius writes about a variety of issues at Digby's Hullaballoo and Howie Klein's Down with Tyranny.among other places. You can find his work summarized on his tumblr page. He explores the political and scientific issues surrounding climate change and the interrelationship of climate change, wealth inequality and neo liberal policy. The time window is closing rapidly. Will we be able to mobilize the effort needed? Background reading: Becky Bond rule. Progressive Clinton supporters: You...

Duration:00:58:44

Virtually Speaking with Richard Eskow

9/2/2016
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Richard Eskow is a freelance writer, Senior Fellow with Campaign for America's Fujture. Host of the Zero Hour at We Act Radio; former Wall Street executive and advisor to US State Department, World Bank, foundations and private corporations on social policy, particularly in Central and Eastern European countries re healthcare, social welfare, and technology during their emergence from Communism. Adviser to the Sanders campaign, he discusses elements of that insurgent movement, and how the...

Duration:00:58:45

Culture Of Truth: Sacrifice

8/2/2016
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Culture of Truth provides his weekly Most Ridiculous Thing That Happened This Sunday, identifying the unintentional hilarity of the morning gasbag "interviews." Ths week's episode is called "Sacrifice."

Duration:00:09:09

Fran Hawthorne: Ethical Chic

6/13/2016
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In Ethical Chic, award-winning author Fran Hawthorne uses her business-investigative skills to analyze six favorites: Apple, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, American Apparel, Timberland, and Tom’s of Maine. She and Jay discuss the complex questions that face people who want to consume both fashionably and responsibly. Fran is a prize-winning author and journalist with over 20 years of experience specializing in health care, retirement issues, and the nexus between business and public policy. She...

Duration:01:02:10

David Dayen: Chain of Title

6/3/2016
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Crack investigative reporter David Dayen has been on the mortgage fraud beat from the late oughts. His book, Chain of Title, recounts the experience of three citizens who pursued their foreclosure cases through the obfuscation and lies that the banks introduced into the American cadastral system. In the process of circumventing the centuries-old system of real estate ownership and transfer of ownership.

Duration:01:03:13

Culture of Truth: Teflon

5/30/2016
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Culture of Truth provides his weekly Most Ridiculous Thing That Happened This Sunday, identifying the unintentional hilarity of the morning gasbag "interviews." Ths week's episode is called "Teflon."

Duration:00:08:43

Virtually Speaking with Bill Black: The Decline and Fall of Economics

5/27/2016
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William Black,Professor of Economics & Law at the University of Missouri Kansas City is an American lawyer, academic, author, and a former bank regulator. Black's expertise is in white-collar crime, public finance, regulation, and other topics in law and economic. He's the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One We discuss Bill's recent Naked Capitalism post, Mankiw’s Mythical Ten Commandments of Theoclassical Economics, where the Economists's Emperor's Neo Classical Clothes are...

Duration:01:03:54

Marcy Wheeler and Avedon Carol: Virtually Speaking Sundays

5/16/2016
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Marcy Wheeler is one of the country's most effective investigative journalists working on civil liberties and domestic surveillance, blogging at Empty Wheel and tweeting @emptywheel. Avedon Carol is anAmerican ex-pat living in London writes about American politics, captured media, captured gov't, censorship and health care. She hosts the Sideshow the best blog curation on the internet. Follow @Avedon_Says We discuss the policy direction we can expect from a Clinton administration.

Duration:01:04:01

Fed Power: How Finance Wins

5/13/2016
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Lawrence R. Jacobs is Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs, the University of Minnesota, and co-author of both Health Care Reform and American Politics (Oxford) and Class War? (Chicago). The US Federal Reserve is one of the most powerful institutions in the world, unfettered by institutional or political checks. Captive to the finance industry, it has become a source of inequality and financial uncertainty. Professor Jacobs describe...

Duration:01:00:38

Sara Robinson and Culture of Truth Virtually Speaking Sundays

5/9/2016
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Sara Robinson is a Seattle-based futurist and veteran blogger on culture, politics, and religion. She's a consulting futurist and on the national board of NARAL. Find her recently launched blog — Future Imperfect — at sararobinson.net Culture of Truth is a political satirist, posting his weekly Bobblespeak Translations for those who have missed the Sunday Morning Talk Shows. @bobblespeak Moonshinepatriot.blogspot.com Tonight is Trump Night at VSS.

Duration:01:01:10

Michael Brooks Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd

5/6/2016
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Michael Brooks is a contributing host for the four time award winning independent political talk show, The Majority Report. He appears regularly as a political and cultural analyst on outlets including Huffpost Live, SirusXM, AlJazeera English, CCTV and France 24. His writing has appeared in Al Monitor, Al Jazeera, snd the Washington Post. Michael also partners with Philip Mackenzie at 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast Michael and Jay discuss the presumptive Presidential nominees, and the disruption...

Duration:00:59:45

Gaius Publius Virtually Speaking Sundays

5/1/2016
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Gaius Publius — Professional writer of stories, poems, and books on education & technology. Currently writes for Digby's Hullaballoo, Down with Tyranny, Crooks and Liars and Naked Capitalism Follow @Gaius_Publius and his tumblr page, GaiusPublius See A Look Ahead: Coming to the Philadelphia Crossroads and The Rebellion Won't Go Away

Duration:00:56:46