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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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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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Stuart Zechman anf Jay Ackroyd discuss the present and future of liberalism in a centrist America.

Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones, and Jay Ackroyd discuss her new book For Us Surrender is Out of the Question: A Story From Burma's Never-Ending War

Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle talks with Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, "Last, but not least, there are the Ig Nobel awards. These come with little cash, but much... more

On the first Tuesday of every month, Spocko and Mike Stark talk about today's media and political environment, effective activism, organizing strategies and the power of the 99%. Follow @spockosbrain @mike_stark Listen live and later on... more

Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider competing economic theories and economic recovery. Macro economics, meaning job creation, insane austerity policies and the role of government.

Eve Gittelson (aka nyceve) reviews the year in health care policy.

Digby and Stuart Zechman join recovering journalist and class warrior Susie Madrak to explore the impact of current events on the daily lives of working class people. Wide ranging 2 hr conversation, including voting strategies for thinking... more

This week in liberalism. Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd discuss Politifact's Lies of the Year--the partisan counter-claims of Republicans and Democrats over the last three years that they are each committed to the destruction of Medicare... more

CW Anderson, an ethnographer who studies the news, and how changes in technology, culture and economics are shaping journalism, will join us to discuss the concept of Hacking Journalism. You can find Chris at... more

Tom Levenson Professor of Science Writing at MIT and front pager at the Balloon Juice blog welcomes filmmaker and science writer Tim Ferris. Tim Is best known for his work in cosmology, including The Red Limit, Coming of Age in... more
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