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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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Gaius Publius Interviews Alan Grayson: How To Be Effective In a Republican Congress Alan Grayson is a three-term Democratic congressman from Florida, having just been re-elected in 2012. Grayson is easily the most effective Democrat in Congress, progressive or otherwise, having passed 33 pieces of legislation in the previous House session alone. In this pre-recorded conversation with Gaius Publius, he reveals how he "cracked the nut" that allows him to get progressive legislation passed. Part of his secret — his goal is to be a person who "gets things done for the progressive movement," not a person who introduces bills and "then does nothing" with them. In the last two weeks of the last Congress alone, for example, he passed 15 progressive amendments. Grayson discusses what he learned in his one term away from Congress (he lost re-election in 2010); how he deals with Democratic leaders when those leaders want the wrong thing; what he thinks of the current global climate situation; and touches on issues like TPP and prosecution of elected and appointed officials for torture. Grayson on Twitter: @AlanGrayson. Gaius on Twitter: @Gaius_Publius. Keep up with Grayson's writing at AlanGraysonEmails.tumblr.com.
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Political satirist Culture of Truth creates this ridiculous moment from the Nov 23 Bobblespeak Translations.

Bengazi, Obamnesty (Immigration). Dems going forward. Political satirist Culture of Truth on the Sunday morning talk shows. Gaius Publius, Marcy Wheeler Jay Ackroyd moderates. Links John Cassidy summarizes Obama's immigration... more

Every week Culture of Truth provides satirical commentary on the Sunday Morning Talk shows--a segment called The Most Ridiculous Thing That Happened This Sunday. This week's episode is called "Delivery."

Digby, David Dayen and Jay Ackroyd discuss the Supreme Court decision to revisit the constitutionality (!) of the PPACA exchanges; speculate on a GOP with control of the legislature, but no chance of overriding a veto; and celebrate (!)... more

Election post-mortem, did candidates "distancing" themselves from Obama and core Democratic policies help them get votes or drive away base Dems? Disarray in the GOP? Robert Reich's statement – on Facebook! –... more

It looks like a GOP Senate and House. what does that mean? Commentary from Andrew Jerrell Jones. Cliff Schecter, Jay Ackroyd. The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen,... more

Marcy Wheeler, one of America's premiere investigative journalists focusing on civil liberties, the military/intelligence and other national security issues is the author of the definitive book on the Scooter Libby trial: Anatomy of Deceipt. On... more

While attending the 2014 Netroots Nation conference, Gaius Publius — contributing writer at AmericaBlog and member of the Virtually Speaking Sunday media panel — conducted three interviews under the heading "Five... more

Senate races up in the air? Governors' races, too! The latest from David's Bankster beat. Commentary from Joan McCarter and David Dayen. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @joanmccarter @ddayen @JayAckroyd The 2014 Virtually... more

Guest host Gaius Publius discusses climate change with Dr. Michael Mann. Gaius has written extensively on climate issues at AmericaBlog and Naked Capitalism. Gaius' write-up of Dr. Mann's Scientific American article, discussed in the... more
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