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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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Professor Cat Warren joins us to discuss her book, What the Dog Knows. She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo's unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced her to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers. Training and searching with Solo was the beginning of Warren's odyssey into the world of working dogs: cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs—even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than 200 feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs' abilities may seem magical or mysterious, but Warren shows the multifaceted science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie the amazing abilities of dogs who work with their noses.
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Greece: policy dictated by the European Central Bank rather than elected governments. Commentary from David Dayen, digby & Jay Ackroyd. Political satire from Culture of Truth. More Reading The end of Europe as we know... more

Henry Jacob Aaron is an American policy analyst and economist. He is the Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he has been employed since 1968, author and co... 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

Legacy racism. Guns, statutes, and other artifact of our political, and social systems need to go, Fasttracking secret trade agreements. Commentary from Andrew Jerrell Jones, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. Political satire from... more

Historian David Sehat discusses his book The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible in which he describes how liberals, conservatives, secessionists, unionists, civil rights leaders, radicals, 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

Finding common ground, seeing change. Sara Robinson and Susie Madrak (Mng Ed. Crooks and Liars) compare notes. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd hosts. The 2015 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones,... more

Tensor networks, quantum information, emergent space-time, black hole firewalls, cyber security. Jennifer talks with Shaun Maguire, a mathematical physicist with expertise in control theory, statistics and quantum computing. PhD student... more

Jay Ackroyd talks with Erik Loomis, professor history at University of Rhode Island, discusses his new book Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe Erik posts at the Lawyers Guns and... more
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