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Live & lively. Informal & informed conversations about politics, policy, economics, media, science and more. 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. , presented simultaneously through the 3-D Second Life communications platform.

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Policy economist Henry Aaron is arguably THE leading figure in analysis of American social insurance policies, working at the Brookings Institute since 1968. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the advisory committee of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the visiting committee of the Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the board of directors of Abt Associates and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He was a founding member, vice president, and chair of the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has been vice president and member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association and was president of the Association of Public Policy and Management. He and Jay will discuss the current and future states of social insurance policies in the United States.
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Jay talks with Jacob Lief, co-founder of the Ubuntu Education Fund and author of I Am Because You Are Ubuntu Education Fund provides world-class health and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Port Elizabeth,... more

Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, Culture of Truth creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays where two... more

Developments in the Freedom Act; differential media treatment of Waco vs Baltimore; the latest from the republican klown car. Commentary from digby, Andrew Jerrell Jones and Jay Ackroyd. Plus another ridiculous moment from... more

Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on Meet the Press and/or This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, Culture of Truth creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking... more

Macro economist Dean Baker and Jay Ackroyd discuss the role public sector unions have played in the labor movement, wage rates, pensions and economic growth and income equality Baker is an American macroeconomist and... more

Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on Meet the Press and/or This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, Culture of Truth creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking... more

USA Freedom Act: passed by relative landslide this week in GOP House, awaiting Senate action, reportedly ends direct state bulk collection of phone records revealed (again) by Snowden, forces telecoms into bulk collection role Second... more

Elke Zuern, Alice Stone Ilchman Chair in Comparative and Intern'l Studies at Sarah Lawrence College discusses her book: The Politics of Necessity Community Organizing and Democracy in South Africa and current politics and... more

US progressive perspective on the UK elections and the austerity myth. Ramped up right-wing rhetoric over the upcoming SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage. Commentary from Sara Robinson and Jay Ackroyd. Political satire from Culture... more
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