Talk worth listening to. But first, from Jay’s VS video collection: In Pain Culture of Truth (@bobblespeak) comments on the Village (DC-based media) obsession with inflicting pain onto 99% of US citizens. Aired VS Sunday 1/8/2011 featuring Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) and GottaLaff @GottaLaff).

Schedule for Sunday, Jan 22 through Thursday, Jan 26. This week: Joan McCarter, Dave Johnson, Barry Kendall, Alan Lightman, Tom Levenson, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider politics in light of very current events and public affairs. VS amplifies – mainly – progressive voices: political analysts, activists, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. 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, Jan 22 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Joan McCarter – Senior Policy Editor for Daily Kos – joins Jay to 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 CoT’s the ‘Most Ridiculous Moment’ from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @JoanMcCarter @bobblespeak. Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Jan 24 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays |Dave Johnson (Seeing the Forest, Campaign for America’s Future) hosts Progressive Ideas Network ED Barry Kendall, recently returned from DC , having organized a second meeting with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We’ll learn more ….
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Wednesday, Jan 25 | 5 pm eastern | 2 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MIT’s Tom Levenson talks with Alan Lightman – novelist, essayist, physicist and  Adjunct Professor of Humanities at MIT – about the just released Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation (as told by God).  Listen live and later on BTR.

Thursday, Jan 26| Double Header

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

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Olivier Knox -  back briefly from presidential primary campaigns – covers Congress and politics for Agence France-Presse, the world’s oldest and third-largest news agency. He updates us on the GOP and Nibbles. Catch our latest ‘What Digby Said’ vid at the bottom of the hour. Follow @OKnox @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 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.