Talk worth listening to. But first, from the top of Jay Ackroyd’s VS video collection: Extremists. In this week’s edition of The Z FIles, Stuart Zechman reminds us that crazy Republicans are nothing new. Nor are centrist Democratic policy positions. Featured on VS Tuesdays with Dave Johnson and Natasha Chart. Listen to the whole episode.

Schedule for Sunday, March 4 through Thursday, March 8. This week: Avedon Carol, Culture of Truth, Alan Boyle, Dave Beaty, William K. Black, 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, March 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Avedon Carol and Culture of Truth compare their observations from 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 from this Sunday morning. Follow @avedon_says @bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, March 5, 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd from the prior Thursday. (Rerun for syndication purposes) Jay talks with filmmakers Frances Causey and Don Goldmacher about Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? the night before it opens at The Quad Cinema in NYC for a week long run, against the backdrop of a growing worldwide populist democratic movement. Follow @HeistDoc @FCausey @donnyg1941 @JayAckroyd Listen

Tuesday, March 6 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | Spocko and Mike Stark talk about advocacy and activism Follow @spockosbrain @Mike_Stark 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.)

Wednesday, March 7 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | Who is John Carter and what have we learned about Mars in the past century? MSNBC’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with JPL Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration Directorate Dave BeatyVS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA. Follow @b0yle Watch for the pre-show interview at CosmicLog. Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, March 8| 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 | William K. Black, white-collar criminologist, former financial regulator and author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One” talks with Jay about the banksters. Follow @WilliamKBlack Read Bill here and hereListen 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.