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Virtually Speaking: Cliff Schecter, Charles Pierce, NYCeve, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

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Schedule for Sunday, Sept 11 through Thursday Sept 15. With help from your commentary and questions, we talk with  some of your favorite writers: political analysts, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. Virtually Speaking is public affairs, progressive voices, current events. 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. See IRC below to participate. I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Miss it the first time? Read the intro to Virtually Speaking.

Miss Jay talking with Republican party activist Rob Roper about his Maine Republican roots and the party of, then, Senator Bill Cohen and Congresswoman Olympia Snowe, a very different party than the party of Paul LePage? Jay and Rob jump into a search for common understanding and the balance between partisanship and governance. Beginning Saturday, listen here.

Sunday, Sept 11 | Cliff Schecter and Jay Ackroyd discuss – 9/11 and its Great Transformations – Cliff’s column posted to Aljazeera English about the effect of 9/11/2001 on America’s governance. Listen live and later on BTR Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Will Bunch, Charles Pierce, NYMary, Steve Simels, Ilona Meagher, Susie Madrak

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Live on BlogTalkRadio: Tuesday April 26 thru Thursday April 28

Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News, Charles Pierce of the Boston Globe and PowerPop’s Steve Simels and NYMary (aka Eschaton’s Molly Ivers) take on Susie Madrak and her big book of music trivia and each other…  Listen here to Virtually Speaking Susie beginning 6pm pacific|9pm eastern, Tuesday, April 26.

• Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd on VS A-Z: This week in liberalism the topic is … tba. | Listen here Thursday April 28 @ 5pm pacific | 8pm eastern. Beginning 8pm eastern,  Listen here Beginning midnight April 29, listen here.

• Ilona Meagher (Stressing Fitness) on Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd. Listen here beginning Thursday, April 27 @ 9pm eastern/6pm pacific.

And in future weeks: digby & Joan McCarter, Dan Ellsberg and Glenn Greenwald, Olivier Knox.

Scroll down for additional show notes.

We have Internet Relay Chat (IRC) which means you can be part of the virtual studio audience (aka chat room), sharing comments and questions while listening to Virtually Speaking live on BlogTalkRadio. Logs are shared with the show hosts and guests.

  1. Connect to or
  2. Enter #vspeak into the channel field.
  3. NOTE: ‘Relay Rinq’ is not a person but a bridge to IRC chat.
  4. Type into the text field along the bottom of the screen.
  5. Begin your question with ‘QUESTION’ so it’s easy for the host (and me) to spot.

Show notes (I’ll add these as I get them or as they occur to me.):

Can’t bear to watch the Sunday morning talking heads that inspired VS Sundays? Let Culture of Truth boil them down for you with the Bobblespeak Translations. Warning: Before reading, swallow and put down the hot tea/coffee/cocoa.

Virtually Speaking: Kevin Wood, Lindsay Stewart, Marcy Wheeler, Eve Gittelson, Will Bunch, Charles Pierce, CW Anderson, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

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Sunday, March 6 to Thursday, March 10. We’re trying something new: double headers on Sundays and Thursdays, Virtually Speaking Susie on Mondays.  This could be good news or bad for listeners to the live programs. How’s your attention span? Do you want to listen live to some of your favorite liberal pundits/ educators/scientists talking about the SCOTUS, Congress, Pluto, security, health care etc. Or do you prefer to listen on demand or download a podcast and take it with you to the gym or the parkway?

Back-to-back programming involves some schedule juggling with the Blog Talk Radio archive. As soon as we complete a two hour block of programming, we have to split it into two – and assign a new url to one block so that each one hour block is searchable. It’ll cause a delay of three to six hours before one of the blocks is available in the BTR archive. Believe it or not, this actually solves a number of problems. Once we have the second url, I’ll add it to the right spot in this post. So we’ll see how it works out….


Canadian journalist Kevin Wood talks with bloggers, academics and other commentators, bringing a distinctively Northern progressive perspective and more than a little snark to North American and global politics among other topics.

This Sunday, March 6: multi-media artist Lindsay Stewart who blogs occasionally at Galloping Beaver, joins Kevin to tease out stories underlying the upcoming (Canadian) federal budget rounds, the likelihood of an election and the current government’s track record on copyright law. Listen live here at 8pm eastern|5pm pacific. Listen later here.

Sunday @ 9pm eastern|6pm pacific •VIRTUALLY SPEAKING SUNDAYS |

Our counterpoint to the Sunday Morning talking heads. I warm up with Culture of Truth’s Bobblespeak Translations, being careful not to laugh directly into my morning coffee. Two writers from the VSS media panel discuss developments of the week, often highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts.

This Sunday, March 6 - Marcy Wheeler and Eve Gittelson, aka nyceve talk about the politics of health care reform and the state of the health insurance industry. Listen here at or after 9pm eastern |6pm pacific, Sunday March 6.

Mondays @ 11pm eastern | 8pm pacific| •VIRTUALLY SPEAKING SUSIE | Journalist and class warrior Susie Madrak explores the serious concerns and lighter-hearted fancies of a host of guests, always with an eye and ear for the daily lives of working class people.

This Monday, March 7 - Susie host two journalists who share a passion for music – Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News and Charles Pierce of the Boston Globe.  They compare notes on the ten CDs each would want  if they were stranded on a desert island. Be sure to call in with your top 10 desert island discs!. Listen at or after 8pm pacific. Monday March 7.

Thursdays @ 8:00 pm eastern | 5:00pm pacific • VIRTUALLY SPEAKING A to Z |
Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman explore movement liberalism (as opposed to 3rd Way or centrist liberalism) in both an historical and current context; expressing liberal values. Sometimes with recorded and live voices of members of the VSS media panel, citizen activists and electeds. These guys get pretty exercised and it’s always interesting. If you’ve been getting the idea that ‘centrism is an ideology,’ likely you have Stuart to thank for the insight.

This Thursday, March 10 Listen LIVE at 8:00 pm eastern | 5:00pm pacific. Links to come.

Thursdays @ 6pm pacific | 9pm eastern •VIRTUALLY SPEAKING with JAY ACKROYD – IT pro and economist-by-training Jay Ackroyd chats with opinion makers and authors in media, politics, science, academia, foreign affairs, etc. From PZ Myers to Dahlia Lithwick, from Jay Rosen to Juan Cole to Lenore Skenazy, Jay has a remarkable ability to engage in meaningful conversation with an extensive network of well informed, articulate folks whose voices should reach far and wide.

This Thursday, March 10 – CW Anderson comes by to talk about the recent firing of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, and what it means for politics and the future of journalism. Then the impact of wikileaks and other aspects of journalistic anthropology. Listen at or after 6pm pacific |8pm eastern.

Ok, got all that? Two Thursday program, two Sunday programs, one on Monday. Fortunately, they are all archived at BlogTalkRadio. You can download from BTR, subscribe free through iTunes or listen on the web, when it’s convenient. Also, there’s a calendar. As Susie says: ‘bookmark it.