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Informal & informed conversations about politics, policy, economics, media, science and more. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. Tuesdays, Jay Ackroyd talks public affairs, mostly with authors, mostly about progressive issues
Marcy Wheeler: Fake News is Nothing New
There is no fact/fiction lobe, no area in the cerebral cortex that holds true facts. We're not wired for truth---but we are deeply wired for stories. In fact, compelling stories trump true facts as often as not, and our world view is defined by the fake world of 24 or suitcase nukes than they are by cold reality. We're been looking for this program for a decade, someone who can talk clearly about the nuance of narrative, the power of stories and the resilience of myth. Tried twice before, and didn't get it. But tonight America's leading investigative journalist draws on her academic training and over a decade deep in the weeds of natiional security, intelligence and politic to talk about truth. The discussion draws heavily from Marcy's post On "Fake News"
2/8/2017 2:00:00 AM
Richard Mayhew: Health Care Policy Prognosis
Richard, a health policy wonk's wonk, joins us to discuss some gory details of the GOP HCR process. RIchard has spent most of his career in the health insurance industry managiing rate structures, For several years now he has shared his...
2/15/2017 2:00:00 AM
Ian Welsh: Dark Ages
Ian Welsh has been blogging since 2003. He was the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President...
1/13/2017 2:00:00 AM
Arthur Lupia: Uninformed
Research polls, media interviews, and everyday conversations reveal an unsettling truth: citizens, while well-meaning and even passionate about current affairs, appear to know very little about politics. Hundreds of surveys document...
11/20/2016 9:00:00 PM
Democracy's Missing Arsenal: Bloodshed Universal-Slavery Triumphant
This is the world of Democracy's Missing Arsenal, an alternate history thought experiment that chronicles world events in the century following a Confederate victory in the Civil War. In Volume One--A Nation Sundered-A World...
10/16/2016 3:00:00 PM
Thomas Levenson: The Hunt for Vulcan
Thomas Levenson is a professor at MIT and head of its science writing program. He is the author of several books, including Einstein in Berlin and Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist....
10/7/2016 1:00:00 AM
Catherine Fletcher: The Black Prince of Florence
Born to a dark-skinned maid, fatherhood acknowledged by Lorenzo II de Medici, Alessandro de' Medici rose to the Dukedom of Florence. Catherine Fletcher discusses the world of Renaissance Florence, the Holy Roman Empire ruled by...
9/30/2016 1:00:00 AM
Cathy O'Neil On Weapons of Math Destruction
We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by...
9/23/2016 1:00:00 AM
Gaius Publius: Two Intertwined Crises--Climate Change and Wealth Inequality
Gaius Publius writes about a variety of issues at Digby's Hullaballoo and Howie Klein's Down with Tyranny.among other places. You can find his work summarized on his tumblr page. He explores the political and scientific issues...
9/16/2016 1:00:00 AM
Virtually Speaking with Richard Eskow
Richard Eskow is a freelance writer, Senior Fellow with Campaign for America's Fujture. Host of the Zero Hour at We Act Radio; former Wall Street executive and advisor to US State Department, World Bank, foundations and private...
9/2/2016 1:00:00 AM
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