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Culture of Truth for VS Sundays: Orthrodoxy

By: California Sherry Sunday January 13, 2013 11:58 pm

Tonight on Virtually Speaking Sundays, political & social analysts digby and Marcy Wheeler consider Aaron Swartz, DOJ, WikiLeaks and PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records); Colin Powell, John Brennan and the CIA, Chuck Hagel and DoD. Jay Ackroyd moderated. They were outstanding! Follow @digby56 @emptywheel @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd  Listen here.

The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler and Stuart Zechman.

Each Sunday, political satirist Culture of Truth tracks the Sunday Morning ‘News’ Shows, particularly Meet the Press. In The Bobblespeak Translations he gives us a laugh-out-loud, perceptive rundown, capturing “What They’re Really Saying When They’re Saying What They’re Saying.” Then, for Virtually Speaking Sundays, CoT crafts a short audio commentary, read aloud by one of several readers and capturing the most most ridiculous moment from Meet the Press. We run them as a bottom-of-the-hour segment during our Sunday shows and then at midnight eastern, I post them as stand-alone audio.

Based on this morning’s Bobblespeak Translation – read the whole post here – tonight’s most ridiculous moment is called “Orthodoxy.” Listen to it here.

I’m Culture of Truth,

The Sunday talk shows began on a humorous note, as George Stephanopoulos played a clip from the movie “Lincoln” showing brave statesmen voting for the 13th Amendment, and said the film quote “shows Congressman Clay Hawkins and others breaking with their party to oppose slavery, inspiration perhaps for our next guests, the new chairs of the No Labels movement, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.” unquote

After this unintentionally hilarious introduction, the two No Labels gentlemen of course refused to take a position on anything, except to assure viewers concerned about gun violence that both men quote “have been shooting since we were 5 or 6 years old,” unquote, and that Manchin will introduce a bill with conservative John McCain and liberal Joe Lieberman to put together a commission on mass violence, but that he can also quote “guarantee you there will not be an encroachment on your Second Amendment rights” unquote.

On Meet The Press, Mike Murphy said he was quote “puzzled” by the fact that President Obama’s pick to be Secretary of Defense has been called contentious, and also puzzled that there will also be a fight over Jack Lew, who he admitted is “totally qualified to be treasury secretary” unquote. Mike Murphy and Haley Barbour and Andrea Mitchell all pronounced themselves very confused and troubled as to why the President is nominating people he agrees with and not more conservative Republicans.

Colin Powell assured David Gregory that he is still a Republican, but observed quote that “There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Party,” unquote.

Gregory expressed fear that with possible spending cuts, quote “we’re on the brink of creating a hollow force.” and asked “Would a Secretary of Defense Hagel preside over the hollowing out of the Defense Department?”

Powell reminded him that people worried about defense spending cuts quote “are the same people who are saying we have got to cut spending,” unquote

Powell blamed the invasion of Iraq on the CIA, saying quote “We subsequently found out that a lot of that information was not accurate and that is very unfortunate but that’s the way it unfolded,” but then a minute later said the war quote “was the correct thing to do and it was well supported by the intelligence.” unquote

But the most troubling moment came in a a discussion of torture. Gregory asked, quote “To the extent that enhanced interrogation techniques played some role in tracking down the courier which led to bin Laden, and I choose my words carefully, do the ends justify the means?” unquote

Powell argued that the military never committed waterboarding or other acts known to be torture, and said quote “we can’t be a nation that is lawless. We cannot be a nation that simply ignores our obligations to ourselves, our obligations to our constitution, our obligations to our own moral standing in the world.” unquote

Without missing a beat, as if he did not hear a single word Powell said, Gregory responded quote: “But the ends justify the means if you get bin Laden in the end?”

David Gregory usually invites classic centrist guests who will agree with his centrist Beltway views, but even if he has a guest who disagrees with this worldview, he either doesn’t hear it, or his brain simply cannot process any deviation from orthodoxy, especially one as fundamental as the idea that the ends justify the means. And that’s the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.

 

Culture of Truth: Satirical Commentary for Virtually Speaking Sundays

By: California Sherry Sunday January 6, 2013 4:33 pm

Each Sunday, political satirist Culture of Truth tracks the Sunday Morning ‘News’ Shows, particularly Meet the Press. In The Bobblespeak Translations he gives us a laugh-out-loud, perceptive rundown, capturing “What They’re Really Saying When They’re Saying What They’re Saying.” Then, for Virtually Speaking Sundays, CoT crafts a short audio commentary, read aloud by one of several readers and capturing the most most ridiculous moment from Meet the Press. We run them as a bottom-of-the-hour segment during our Sunday shows and then at midnight eastern, I post them as stand-alone audio.

Based on this morning’s Bobblespeak Translation – read it here – tonight’s most ridiculous moment is called “B-S:”  (Listen to it here.)

Today on Meet The Press, David Gregory actually got to meet his idols, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. Gregory watchers were expecting a scene reminiscent of the fan reaction to the Beatles performance at the Ed Sullivan theater, but while Gregory was was clearly excited, he did manage to restrain himself from screaming when they appeared via remote locations. But first, Gregory introduced Senator Mitch McConnell by cryptically informing him quote “As you know, I spent the holidays in Kentucky, in your home state” unquote.

McConnell complained that we have a debt crisis, which threatens to America into Greece, so quote “We were able to get permanent tax relief for 99% of American taxpayers and therefore quote “We’ve resolved the tax issue now. It’s over. It’s behind us.” unquote

McConnell threatened to default on the country’s debts in order to force the President to agree to spending cuts. “It’s a shame” McConnell said, “that we have to use whatever leverage we have in Congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem confronting our future. And that’s our excessive spending.” unquote

But of course McConnell is really still trying to achieve the old Republican dream from 1930s, finally admitting that by spending cuts he means raising the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security, and means-testing Medicare.

Gregory introduced Simpson and Bowles by comparing the national debt to a family with a large credit card balance, and describing his guests as quote: “two of the nation’s leading voices on fiscal responsibility,” unquote

Bowles got the ball rolling by first announcing quote: “We have got to reform the tax code to make it more globally competitive. We have got to reduce this entitlement spending, particularly as it relates to healthcare.” unquote

Gregory impressed his heroes by bragging that he had asked the President quote “specifically about what he would do on Medicare” and the President defended the value of social programs to seniors and students, prompting Gregory to ask Bowles quote: “what would you specifically call on the president to do on Medicare that he’s been unwilling to do heretofore?”

Bowles responded that we need simplify the tax code, broaden the base, and quote “reduce healthcare spending on Medicare by about $500 to $600 billion over the next 10 years. You’re going to have to do it in some of the ways that Mitch McConnell talked about.” unquote

On Social Security, Alan Simpson said quote “For god’s sake, there were 16 people paying into that and one taking out when I was a freshman at the University of Wyoming. Now there are three people paying into that baby and one taking out and the life expectancy is 78 instead of 60. What the hell? Who’s kidding who.” unquote

So David Gregory finally got his dream guests, who like all people deeply concerned about the debt – which is of course much more important than unemployment – are deeply eager to lower corporate taxes, broaden the tax base, raise the retirement age, and mean-test Medicare. Because they are fiscal conservatives. And that’s the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.

On Virtually Speaking Sundays tonight, political & social analysts Joan McCarter and Cliff Schecter discussed guns and public safety, Social Security and the Presidential Legacy.  Listen here. Follow @JoanMcCarter @CliffSchecter @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd

The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler and Stuart Zechman.

Virtually Speaking: Sunday through Thursday

By: California Sherry Friday April 13, 2012 2:56 pm

Talk, unscripted and well worth a listen. From What Digby Says: Wuss, in which digby deplores the return of cowboy machismo to US foreign policy, and how pundits and public officials adopt language and support tactics that are not in the nation’s foreign policy interests–nor, for that matter, the world’s best interest. More here from our growing body of scripted audio commentary.

Content update: April 9 | Virtually Speaking A-Z | Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman discuss intellectual property, border seizures of the laptops of American citizens and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s 2011 report (pdf) Plus the weekly What Digby Says. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen on BTR

 

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Sunday, April 15 through Thursday, April 19: Joan McCarter, digby, Avedon Carol, VastLeft, Culture of Truth, Tom Levenson, Glenn Carle, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider politics, policy and science in light of very current events, significant  trends and public affairs. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio (BTR). Syndicated too! Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking and Virtually Speaking Science from the iTunes store.)

Sunday, April 15 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific |Virtually Speaking Sundays |digby and Joan McCarter reflect on the week. Plus the weekly Most Ridiculous Moment from Culture of Truth. Follow @JoanMcCarter @digby56 @Bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, April 16 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman continue their conversation about the present and future of liberalism in a centrist America.. Plus the weekly What Digby Says. Recorded earlier in the day. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen on BTR

Tuesday, April 17 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays |Avedon Carol talks with Vast Left, who announces Grumble About Obama Day and discusses  why “Third Way Centrist” is neither a useful nor accurate frame.  Plus the latest from the Z Files. Follow @Avedon_Says @VastLeft   Listen live and later on BTR

Wednesday, April 18 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science |George Djorgovski: Professor of Astronomy; Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research at Caltech; Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics (MICA); a founder of the Virtual Observatory concept; and one-time Chair of the US Nat’l Virtual Observatory Science Definition Team. VS Science is hosted in Second Life by MICA. Follow @b0yle Listen

Thursday, April 19 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | In this 2 hr event, Jay visits with Glenn Carle, 23 year veteran of the Clandestine Services of the Central Intelligence Agency and author of The Interrogator, in which Glenn tells the story of one of the most secret and sensitive CIA interrogations during the US War on Terror. (Click through to the Carle video.) Follow @JayAckroyd. Listen live and later on BTR.

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Show Notes:

• Jay’s VS Video shorts including What Digby Said, Culture of Truth’s ‘Most Ridiculous Moments’ from the Sunday morning talk shows.

Virtually Speaking Sundays| Can’t bear to watch the Sunday morning talking heads that inspire VS Sundays? Let Culture of Truth boil them down for you with the Bobblespeak Translations.Warning: swallow and put down the hot tea/coffee/cocoa before reading.

The VS Sunday panel draws from Avedon CarolCliff SchecterCulture of TruthDavid DayendigbyJoan McCarterMarcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman and Susie Madrak. Every 5 weeks or so, one of our regular panelists invites a guest to join one of them.

Virtually Speaking: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

By: California Sherry Friday April 6, 2012 11:00 am

Talk, unscripted and well worth a listen. From the Z Files: Negotiation, in which Stuart Zechman describes the failure of organized labor to be an effective liberal force in US politics, and policy. More here from our growing body of scripted audio commentary.

A change in format: upcoming episodes are listed below following a short review of content from this week.

Monday, April 2 | Virtually Speaking A-Z | Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman discuss state lotteries as public finance and as part of American consumer culture. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Download from iTunes or listen here.

Tuesday, April 3 | Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | Spocko and Mike Stark talk about civil society, attitudes about gun violence and gun laws. Follow @spockosbrain @mike_stark Download from iTunes or listen here.

Wednesday, April 4 | Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC.com’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, director of marketing for Yuri’s Night 2012, about the annual world-wide celebration of spaceflight’s past and future.  Produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Read the pre-show interview at CosmicLog. Follow @b0yle @YurisNight #YurisNight Download from iTunes or listen here.

Thursday, April 5 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Jay Ackroyd talks with Kevin Gosztola, FDL’s Wikileaks expert about the background and context for understanding what is happening to Bradley Manning. Follow @kgosztola Download from iTunes or listen here.

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Sunday, April 8 through Thursday, April 12: Avedon Carol, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Susie Madrak, Culture of Truth, Tom Levenson, Naomi Oreskes, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider politics, policy and science in light of very current events, significant  trends and public affairs. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio (BTR). Syndicated too! Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking and Virtually Speaking Science from the iTunes store.)

Sunday, April 8 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific |Virtually Speaking Sundays |Avedon Carol and Jay Ackroyd reflect on the week. Plus the weekly Most Ridiculous Moment from Culture of Truth. Follow @Avedon_Says @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, April 9 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman discuss state lotteries as public finance and as part of American consumer culture. Plus the weekly What Digby Says. Recorded earlier in the day. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen on BTR [cont.]

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter, Culture of Truth, Spocko, Mike Stark, Alan Boyle, Kevin Gosztola, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

By: California Sherry Friday March 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Talk, unscripted and well worth a listen. But first, from the Z Files: Stuart Zechman considers “false equivalence” and the misleading practices of traditional media pundits who use it to mean something very different when commenting on actions of the Obama administration than the way they used it during the Bush administration. More here from our collection of audio commentary.

Sunday, April 1 through Thursday, April 5: Joan McCarter, Culture of Truth, Spocko, Mike Stark, Alan Boyle, Kevin Gosztola, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider politics, policy and science in light of very current events, timely trends and public affairs. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio (BTR). Syndicated too! Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking and Virtually Speaking Science from the iTunes store.)

Sunday, April 1 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific |Virtually Speaking Sundays |Joan McCarter – Senior Policy Editor at DailyKos - and Culture of Truth – author of the weekly Bobblespeak Translations, where he satirizes the Sunday Morning talking heads - discuss their most recent work. Plus this week’s Most Ridiculous Moment. Follow @JoanMcCarter @Bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, April 2 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman discuss state lotteries as public finance and as part of American consumer culture. Recorded earlier in the day. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen on BTR

Tuesday, April 3 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | Spocko and Mike Stark talk about today’s media environment, effective activism, organizing strategies and the power of the 99%. Follow @spockosbrain @mike_stark Listen live and later on BTR

Wednesday, April 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC.com’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with organizers of Yuri’s Night, which celebrates the past and future of spaceflight.  VS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Watch for the pre-show interview at CosmicLog. Follow @b0yle #YurisNight Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, April 5 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Jay Ackroyd talks with Kevin Gosztola, FDL’s Wikileaks expert and premiere blogger for all things Occupy. Follow @kgosztola Listen live and later on BTR

Virtually Speaking: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

By: California Sherry Monday March 19, 2012 11:58 am

Talk, unscripted and well worth a listen. We’re shuffling our schedule: the not-yet-completely-settled plan is to run no more that one program a night. But first, from our growing collection of audio commentary on Jay Ackroyd’s You-Tube page: David Cay Johnston, author of Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal – and Jay’s guest this coming Thursday – describes the lifestyle of bus drivers in Sweden. Jay’s point: “income fairness and equality is a good thing and a good goal.”

Sunday, March 25 through Thursday, March 29: Avedon Carol, Gloria Feldt, Dave Johnston, Mike Elk, Maryn McKenna, Tom Levenson, David Cay Johnston, Culture of Truth, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider politics, policy and science in light of very current events, timely trends and public affairs. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio (BTR). Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking and Virtually Speaking Science from the iTunes store.)

Sunday, Mar 25 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific |Virtually Speaking Sundays |Stuart Zechman and Avedon Carol discuss their most recent work and take some inspiration (?) from the Sunday morning talking heads. Plus this week’s Most Ridiculous Moment. Follow @Avedon_Says @Stuart_Zechman @Bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, Mar 26 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific | Re-webcast from the prior week (no call-ins): Gloria Feldt, author of No Excuses, joins Jay Ackroyd to discuss the war on women heating up during the Republican presidential campaign. Follow @GloriaFeldt @JayAckroyd  Listen on BTR.

Tuesday, Mar 27 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays |Dave Johnson maps the forest with investigative journalist and staff writer for In These Times, Mike Elk. They’ll talk about reporting on Labor. Plus the latest Z Files segment from Stuart Zechman. Follow@dcjohnson @MikeElk Listen now and later on BTR

Wednesday, March 28 | 5 pm eastern | 2 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | Tom Levenson talks with  Maryn McKenna: author of Superbug and Beating Back the Devil; Wired blogger; SciAm columnist; magazine writer on public health, global health, food policy. Follow @marynmck @TomLevenson @MRSA_blog. Listen live and later on BTR.

Thursday, March 29| Double Header –

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z| This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Culture of Truth discuss current evens from the perspective of movement liberalism.| Show notes here. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Recorded the prior week to accommodate scheduling. (no call-ins) Jay talks with David Cay Johnston discuss how the regulatory regime in finance is failing American citizens.. Follow @DavidCayJ @JayAckroyd Listen live and later on BTR.

Virtually Speaking: Gloria Feldt, Marcy Wheeler, Susie Madrak, Avedon Carol, Lambert Strether, Culture of Truth, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

By: California Sherry Friday March 16, 2012 12:58 pm

Big week coming up; talk worth listening to. But first, from our growing collection of audio commentary on Jay Ackroyd’s You-Tube page: The Z Files: Success, in which Stuart Zechman describes Rush Limbaugh’s facility for distraction and disinformation.

Schedule for Sunday, March 18 through Thursday, March 22. This week:  Gloria Feldt, Avedon Carol, Marcy Wheeler, Susie Madrak, Lambert Strether, Culture of Truth, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider science and politics in light of very current events and public affairs. VS amplifies – mainly – progressive voices: academics,  analysts, activists, media critics, scientists, technologists, historians, etc. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. Through the Second Life platform or IRC (see below). All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio. And syndicated, too! Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking from the iTunes store.) Miss the Intro?

Sunday, March 18 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Marcy Wheeler and Susie Madrak discuss developments of the week’s news cycles, drawing from their own writing and the Bobblespeak Translations. Plus CoT’s the ‘Most Ridiculous Moment’ from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @emptywheel @susiemadrak @bobblespeak. Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, March 20 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays |Avedon Carol and Lambert Strether recall CorrenteWire’s role in promoting dialogue about Modern Monetary Theory, convening a Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Counter-Conference, and the reaction of the left blogosphere. Follow @Avedon_Says @CorrenteWire. Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, March 22| Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Culture of Truth in a continuing conversation from the perspective of liberalism in a centrist America.| A-Z background, links, etc. here. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @Bobblespeak Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Gloria Feldt, author of No Excuses, joins Jay Ackroyd to discuss the war on women heating up during the Republican presidential campaign. Follow @HartFeldt @JayAckroyd  Listen live and later on BTR.

Virtually Speaking: David Dayen, digby, Avedon Carol, Susie Madrak, CoT, June Carbone, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd

By: California Sherry Friday March 9, 2012 12:43 pm

Update: Several An unprecedented number of very last minute scheduling changes (plus the You-Tube snag.) Dave Dayen in for Joan McCarter, Avedon Carol in for Ali Savino, and June Carbone in for Kevin Gosztola. (Pre-recorded as Jay is traveling.) Things should be back on track now. Links are – hopefully – all good.

Schedule for Sunday, March 11 through Thursday, March 15. This week: Joan McCarter David Dayen, digby, Ali Savino, Avedon Carol, Susie Madrak, Kevin Gosztola, June Carbone, Culture of Truth (CoT), Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio. Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking from the iTunes store.) Miss the Intro?

Sunday, March 11 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | digby and David Dayen compare their work of the past week to coverage from the corporate media’s Sunday morning talk shows. In a pre-recorded segment, Culture of Truth comments on the most ridiculous moment of this Sunday morning. Follow @DDayen @digby56 @bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, March 12, 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd from the prior Thursday. (Rerun for syndication purposes) In an exceptional conversation Jay talks with William K. Black, white-collar criminologist, former financial regulator and author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry” about the banksters, the bailout and fraud. The hour flew by. Follow @WilliamKBlack Read Bill here and here.  Listen here.

Tuesday, March 13 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | Susie Madrak goes on the record with democratic strategist Ali Savino. With a focus on the intersection of politics and the internet, Ali is designing the next generation of tools for campaigners and online organizers. Plus weekly commentary from Stuart Zechman’s Z File. Follow @alisavino @susiemadrak @Stuart_Zechman Listen live and later on BTR

(Tuesday line-up: Spocko and Mike Stark talk about advocacy and activism on the 1st Tuesday of the month; Susie Madrak and a guest consider the impact of current events on working and middle class people on the 2nd Tuesday; Avedon Carol and Lambert Strether dissect breaking news and crazy liberalism on the 3rd Tuesday; Dave Johnson maps the forest with a guest on the 4th Tuesday; and Jay Ackroyd and a guest shed light on current insanities of the political and economic kind, on the 5th Tuesday.)

Thursday, March 15| Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A to Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Culture of Truth (in for Jay Ackroyd) discuss the present and future of liberalism in a centrist America.| Follow @Stuart_Zechman @Bobblespeak Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Pre-recorded. Great hour. Jay talks with June Carbone, Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society at University of Missouri Kansas City. Professor Carbone writes extensively about legal issues surrounding marriage, divorce and family obligations, especially within the context of the recent revolutions in biotechnology. They talk about  Red Families v. Blue Families, co-authored with Naomi Cahn. Listen on BTR.