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.

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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.