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Jay Ackroyd

Virtually Speaking


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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

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Recorded earlier today. Tom Levenson - filmmaker and Prof of Science Writing at MIT - hosts Emily Anthes. author of Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts. They'll discuss animals and biotechnology. In her... more

Jennifer Ouellette hosts theoretical astrophysicist Janna Levin. They chat about the latest on black holes, the sounds of the early universe, Alan Turing and Kurt Godel, how writing fiction is different from nonfiction science writing, her unusual... more

Two writers from our media panel discuss developments of the week, countering the narratives of the traditional media, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented or otherwise messed with on the Sunday morning broadcasts.... more

Jay Ackroyd hosts American evolutionary biologist and sociobiologist Robert L. Trivers, Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Trivers stopped by to discuss issues he explores in his new book The Folly of... more

Bruce Schneier returns to talk about his new book, Liars and Outliers. He and host Jay Ackroyd discuss the nature of trust and its relationship to a well functioning and stable society. Two yrs ago, Schneier spoke with James... more

Host Tom Levenson - filmmaker, author and professor of science writing at MIT - talks with print and radio journalist Cynthia Graber. She writes about science, food, culture, international development and the environment. They talk... more

Political writers Joan McCarter and digby, and investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler talk about drones and the US government's argument for murdering Americans overseas if they (the CIA) are acting in an official capacity. Then... more

Stephanie Kelton discusses Modern Monetary Theory with Jay Ackroyd. They begin with the platinum coin and the nature of fiat currency. A Professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, she blogs at New Economic... more

Drawing from The Bobblespeak Translations, each week, political satirist Culture of Truth presents 'the most ridiculous moment' from Meet the Press. Read today's full transcript here:... more

Richard (RJ) Eskow reads his Jan 14, 2013 essay: Aaron Swartz Was Gifted and Brave. Too Bad He Wasn't 'Too Big to Fail.' Read the text, and find the links,... more
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