Schedule below for Tues, Jan 3 through Sunday, Jan 8: Mike Stark, Spocko, Marc Abrahams, Alan Boyle, Mac McClelland, Gotta Laff, Cliff Schecter, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. With help from listener commentary and questions, we talk through foundational policy matters and very current events: public affairs with political analysts, activists, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. We amplify – mainly – progressive voices. 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.) I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Miss the Intro?
As it amplifies more progressive voices, we – and our listeners – love the flexible rotating panel concept. So, beginning this week, Virtually Speaking Susie morphs into Virtually Speaking Tuesdays. 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 Correntewire‘s 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.
Tuesday, Jan 3 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | | This week, 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, Jan 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about the scientific findings from the past year that made us laugh … and then made us think.VS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Follow @b0yle @MarcAbrahams @ImprobResearch Watch the 2011 Ig Nobels Listen live and later on BTR
Thursday, Jan 5 | Double Header
8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| continue to explore the truth and lies, clarity and obfuscation, that characterizes our political and media environment. Follow @bobblespeak @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.
9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd |Jay discusses human rights with Mac McClelland, author of For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question an “intimate account of McClelland’s time among Burmese rebels.” Follow @MacMcClelland Listen live and later on BTR.
Sunday, Jan 8 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Cliff Schecter and special guest Gotta Laff discuss developments of the week, highlighting what’s been neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts, drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations. Featuring Culture of Truth on the Most Ridiculous Thing from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @GottaLaff @CliffSchecter @bobblespeak. Listen live and later on BTR
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1. Connect to http://webchat.freenode.net/
2. Create a log-in name
3. Enter #vspeak into the channel field.
4. NOTE: ‘Relay Rinq’ is not a person but a bridge to IRC chat.
5. Type into the text field along the bottom of the screen.
6. Begin your question with ‘QUESTION’ so it’s easy to spot.
• 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 Carol, Cliff Schecter, Culture of Truth, David Dayen, digby, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman and Susie Madrak. From time to time, the make-up of the panel shifts. Also, every 5 weeks or so, one of our regular panelists invites a guest to join them.
Virtually Speaking is both a labor of love and an act of political imagination. We couldn’t do it without our guests, our hosts, our ‘studio’ audience’ or our crew.