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Jay Ackroyd

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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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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, South Africa. Ubuntu's mission is simple, all-encompassing, yet radical: to help raise township children by providing what all children deserve—everything. Follow @Ubuntujakes @JayAckroyd
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Bankrupt American public policy: TransPacific Partnership (TPP); the Republican budget; Iran treaty. Clinton and the dominance of centrist policy and rhetoric in the Dem party. Commentary from Dave Johnson, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd.... more

What's up at Virgin Galactic? Five months after the tragic loss of SpaceShipTwo and one of its pilots, the company is building a new SpaceShipTwo – and moving ahead with a project called Launcher One to put small satellites in orbit.... more

Political satire from Culture of Truth, who notes the most ridiculous moments of the Sunday morning political talk shows. Read his Bobblespeak Translations for March 29. Digby and Joan McCarter responded on VS Sundays. Listen here.

Digby and Joan McCarter discuss the bind centrist Democrats, like Chris Van Hollen, have put themselves in by putting themselves on record in opposition to Social Security, how this helps Donna Edwards, and how we can help... more

Nancy Altman discusses present day social insurance policy in the context of her new book Social Security Works! coauthored with Eric Kingson. From the Silent Generation to Baby Boomers, from Generation X to Millennials and Generation... more

Obama declaring he should have closed Gitmo on day one; Israel; Republican presidential candidates. Commentary from Susie Madrak (Managing Editor, Crooks and Liars) & Michael Brooks (contributor and producer for The Majority... more

Political satire from Culture of Truth, who notes the most ridiculous moments of the Sunday morning political talk shows. Read his Bobblespeak Translations for March 15. RJ Eskow and Andrew Jerrell Jones responded on VS... more

Tonight we talk about the Ferguson Report and the persistence of institutional vestiges of Jim Crow--and its manifestation in Oklahoma. Iran negotiations and Bibi's visit and the Republican modern Know Nothings' grasp of "foreign policy."... more

What questions are scientists asking about the existence of intelligent extraterrestial life? Alan Boyle taks with Seth Shostak – Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI – and Don Lincoln... more

Political satire from Culture of Truth, who notes the most ridiculous moments of the Sunday morning political talk shows. Read his Bobblespeak Translations for March 8. Gaius Publius and Marcy Wheeler responded on VS Sundays. Listen... more
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