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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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Policy economist Henry Aaron is arguably THE leading figure in analysis of American social insurance policies, working at the Brookings Institute since 1968. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the advisory committee of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the visiting committee of the Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the board of directors of Abt Associates and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He was a founding member, vice president, and chair of the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has been vice president and member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association and was president of the Association of Public Policy and Management. He and Jay will discuss the current and future states of social insurance policies in the United States.
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MSNBC's Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at Caltech. Sean studies the theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation, learning about fundamental physics by studying the structure and... more

Stuart Zechman joins recovering journalist, blogger and working class warrior Susie Madrak. They'll talk about what #OccupyWallStreet means for progressives.

digby & Joan McCarter discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts, drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations... more

Ongoing discussion centering on the nature, ideology and political realities of liberalism and conversely on the nature, ideology and political realities of Democratic centrism. No call-ins: recorded the previous Thursday.

Hr 1 Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman in an ongoing discussion centering on the nature, ideology and political realities of liberalism and conversely on the nature, ideology and political realities of Democratic centrism. Hr 2 Jay talks with Mike... more

Journalist, blogger and working class warrior Susie Madrak Susie Madrak looks inside the news with a fellow writer/activist/warrior; considering political events of the past week and how they touch ruin the lives of our fellow Americans. This... more

Sundays @ 6pm pacific | 9pm eastern •VIRTUALLY SPEAKING SUNDAYS: OUR MEDIA NOT THEIRS | Two writers from the excellent VSS media panel discuss developments of the week, often highlighting issues neglected or... more

Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman in an ongoing discussion centering on the nature, ideology and political realities of liberalism and conversely on the nature, ideology and political realities of Democratic centrism. No call-ins: recorded the... more

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay talks with cosmologist Lee Smolin about the nature of time. Best known for devising several different approaches to quantum gravity, in particular loop quantum gravity, Lee... more

Journalist, blogger and working class warrior Susie Madrak talks with political cartoonist and autobiographical graphic novelist Ted Rall.
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