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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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Jacob Lief is the founder of the Ubuntu Education Fund: Ubuntu Education Fund is a non-profit organization that 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. We discuss his book: I Am Because You Are
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Stuart and Jay talked through the O speech: who would or would not have been happy about it and why. No call-ins: recorded Thursday, September 8th, 2011.

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 - 8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| This week in liberalism: an ongoing discussion based on the conflict between movement liberals--liberals committed to the principles of Adam Smith... more

Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, steps in to discuss the truth and validity of Medicare and Social Security with Susie Madrak. http://strengthensocialsecurity.org/social-security-works-0

It's September 11, 2011. Since we can't avoid it,we might as well embrace it. This Sunday Cliff and Jay discuss - 9/11 and its great transformations - Cliff's column posted to Aljazeera English about the effect 9/11 has had on America's... more

Jay talks with Rob Roper about his Maine Republican roots and the party of, then, Senator Bill Cohen and Congresswoman Olympia Snowe, a very different party than the party of Paul LePage. Jay and Rob will use that as a jumping off... more

Jeff Sharlet, Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth, the college's first professor of creative nonfiction, and a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine and Rolling Stone. Jeff' writes about American religious sub-cultures.... more

Alan Boyle talks with Rand Simberg As MSNBC.com's science editor, Alan runs a virtual curiosity shop of the physical sciences and space exploration, paleontology, archaeology and other ologies that strike his fancy. He is the author of "The... more

Hr 1 - Recovering journalist Susie Madrak talks with Investigative journalist Russ Baker of WhoWhatWhy.com. Follow him and the team @whowhatwhy. In his newest book, Family of Secrets - The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible... more

Stuart and Jay discuss the role that anti-trust laws play in the preservation of market competition, and therefore capitalism, in liberal American society. In particular, they discuss the Verizon/ATT wireless duopoly, in the context of the... more
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