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.]

Tuesday, April 10 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays |Dave Johnson talks with Joshua Holland, editor and senior writer at AlterNet and author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy: And Everything else the Right Doesn’t Want You to Know About Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America Plus the latest from the Z Files. Follow @dcjohnson @joshuahol   Listen live and later on BTR

Wednesday, April 11 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science |From the VS Science archives, recorded 10/19/2011 and produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Tom Levenson talks with science historian Naomi Oreskes, author of “Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming,” about Big Tobacco, climate science, the establishment of scientific consensus and the role and character of scientific dissent. Tom’s programming note here. Follow @TomLevenson Listen.

Thursday, April 12 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Jay Ackroyd talks with Kendra Pierre-Louis about Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet “If only we could buy our way (or recycle our way!) out of our environmental troubles. But as this slim and powerful book makes clear, what we need even more than clean cars are clean politics and economics that let us make sensible structural choices”—Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet 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.