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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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Ten years after the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE opened up the age of private-sector spaceflight, two XPRIZE pioneers reflect on the past decade and look ahead to the future of innovation prizes. Tune in to hear from Robert Weiss, a Hollywood producer (?The Blues Brothers,? ?The Naked Gun?) who is vice chairman and president of X Prize; and energy and space expert, Gregg Maryniak, who helped get the Ansari XPRIZE off the ground. Alan writes about it here. Follow @XPRIZE @B0yle
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Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent for TIME Magazine is also a regular contributor to Washington Week. We will be discussing health care reform and Congressional deadlock.

Gloria is a former head of Planned Parenthood for America and author of several books. Lynn is a novelist, essayist and comedian. Shelby is an author, and the director of The Education of Shelby Knox.

Our media, not theirs: Developments of the week are discussed. The Gasbag atrocities are documented. And any news stories that arise during the Sunday shows may be discussed.

Mid-east Expert Dr. Juan Cole returns to talk about his latest book: Engaging the Muslim World. Juan R. I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put... more

digby can only be characterized as the most respected progressive blogger. mcjoan (Joan McCarter) writes for the front page of DailyKos on legislative and health care issues. She also moderated the YearlyKos Presidential forum in 2007.

Mason will discuss Marijuana is Safer, the book he coauthored. We will talk about the reasons marijuana was made illegal, why it still is, and how we can try to change that.

Josh is President/CEO of Rhiza Labs We will discuss swine flu, crowd sourcing, data summarization and the role of innovation.

Marcy (emptywheel) is an indefatigable journalist and researcher, scooping the MSM repeatedly. Cliff is a political consultant, former MSNBC commentator and author of The Real McCain. As always we will discuss the news of the week... more

Olivier is Congressional Correspondent for the AFP. David Waldman (KagroX) is an expert on legislative issues on Capitol Hill. He blogs on the front page of DailyKos and at Congress Matters We will be talking about legislative... more

clammy and Chris are highly respected Daily Kos diarists. As always, the discussion will be about the policy and politics of the previous week, and what is coming up in the next.
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