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Informal & informed conversations about politics, policy, economics, media, science and more. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. 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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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... more

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... more

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... more

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.... more

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... more

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... more

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... more

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."

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... more
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