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Culture of Truth: Satirical Commentary for Virtually Speaking Sundays

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Each Sunday, political satirist Culture of Truth tracks the Sunday Morning ‘News’ Shows, particularly Meet the Press. In The Bobblespeak Translations he gives us a laugh-out-loud, perceptive rundown, capturing “What They’re Really Saying When They’re Saying What They’re Saying.” Then, for Virtually Speaking Sundays, CoT crafts a short audio commentary, read aloud by one of several readers and capturing the most most ridiculous moment from Meet the Press. We run them as a bottom-of-the-hour segment during our Sunday shows and then at midnight eastern, I post them as stand-alone audio.

Based on this morning’s Bobblespeak Translation – read it here – tonight’s most ridiculous moment is called “B-S:”  (Listen to it here.)

Today on Meet The Press, David Gregory actually got to meet his idols, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. Gregory watchers were expecting a scene reminiscent of the fan reaction to the Beatles performance at the Ed Sullivan theater, but while Gregory was was clearly excited, he did manage to restrain himself from screaming when they appeared via remote locations. But first, Gregory introduced Senator Mitch McConnell by cryptically informing him quote “As you know, I spent the holidays in Kentucky, in your home state” unquote.

McConnell complained that we have a debt crisis, which threatens to America into Greece, so quote “We were able to get permanent tax relief for 99% of American taxpayers and therefore quote “We’ve resolved the tax issue now. It’s over. It’s behind us.” unquote

McConnell threatened to default on the country’s debts in order to force the President to agree to spending cuts. “It’s a shame” McConnell said, “that we have to use whatever leverage we have in Congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem confronting our future. And that’s our excessive spending.” unquote

But of course McConnell is really still trying to achieve the old Republican dream from 1930s, finally admitting that by spending cuts he means raising the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security, and means-testing Medicare.

Gregory introduced Simpson and Bowles by comparing the national debt to a family with a large credit card balance, and describing his guests as quote: “two of the nation’s leading voices on fiscal responsibility,” unquote

Bowles got the ball rolling by first announcing quote: “We have got to reform the tax code to make it more globally competitive. We have got to reduce this entitlement spending, particularly as it relates to healthcare.” unquote

Gregory impressed his heroes by bragging that he had asked the President quote “specifically about what he would do on Medicare” and the President defended the value of social programs to seniors and students, prompting Gregory to ask Bowles quote: “what would you specifically call on the president to do on Medicare that he’s been unwilling to do heretofore?”

Bowles responded that we need simplify the tax code, broaden the base, and quote “reduce healthcare spending on Medicare by about $500 to $600 billion over the next 10 years. You’re going to have to do it in some of the ways that Mitch McConnell talked about.” unquote

On Social Security, Alan Simpson said quote “For god’s sake, there were 16 people paying into that and one taking out when I was a freshman at the University of Wyoming. Now there are three people paying into that baby and one taking out and the life expectancy is 78 instead of 60. What the hell? Who’s kidding who.” unquote

So David Gregory finally got his dream guests, who like all people deeply concerned about the debt – which is of course much more important than unemployment – are deeply eager to lower corporate taxes, broaden the tax base, raise the retirement age, and mean-test Medicare. Because they are fiscal conservatives. And that’s the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.

On Virtually Speaking Sundays tonight, political & social analysts Joan McCarter and Cliff Schecter discussed guns and public safety, Social Security and the Presidential Legacy.  Listen here. Follow @JoanMcCarter @CliffSchecter @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd

The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler and Stuart Zechman.

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter, Culture of Truth, Spocko, Mike Stark, Alan Boyle, Kevin Gosztola, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

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Talk, unscripted and well worth a listen. But first, from the Z Files: Stuart Zechman considers “false equivalence” and the misleading practices of traditional media pundits who use it to mean something very different when commenting on actions of the Obama administration than the way they used it during the Bush administration. More here from our collection of audio commentary.

Sunday, April 1 through Thursday, April 5: Joan McCarter, Culture of Truth, Spocko, Mike Stark, Alan Boyle, Kevin Gosztola, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider politics, policy and science in light of very current events, timely 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 1 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific |Virtually Speaking Sundays |Joan McCarter – Senior Policy Editor at DailyKos - and Culture of Truth – author of the weekly Bobblespeak Translations, where he satirizes the Sunday Morning talking heads - discuss their most recent work. Plus this week’s Most Ridiculous Moment. Follow @JoanMcCarter @Bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, April 2 | 9 pm eastern | 6 am pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman discuss state lotteries as public finance and as part of American consumer culture. Recorded earlier in the day. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen on BTR

Tuesday, April 3 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | Spocko and Mike Stark talk about today’s media environment, effective activism, organizing strategies and the power of the 99%. Follow @spockosbrain @mike_stark Listen live and later on BTR

Wednesday, April 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC.com’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with organizers of Yuri’s Night, which celebrates the past and future of spaceflight.  VS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Watch for the pre-show interview at CosmicLog. Follow @b0yle #YurisNight Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, April 5 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Jay Ackroyd talks with Kevin Gosztola, FDL’s Wikileaks expert and premiere blogger for all things Occupy. Follow @kgosztola Listen live and later on BTR Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: David Dayen, digby, Avedon Carol, Susie Madrak, CoT, June Carbone, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd

12:43 pm in Media by California Sherry

Update: Several An unprecedented number of very last minute scheduling changes (plus the You-Tube snag.) Dave Dayen in for Joan McCarter, Avedon Carol in for Ali Savino, and June Carbone in for Kevin Gosztola. (Pre-recorded as Jay is traveling.) Things should be back on track now. Links are – hopefully – all good.

Schedule for Sunday, March 11 through Thursday, March 15. This week: Joan McCarter David Dayen, digby, Ali Savino, Avedon Carol, Susie Madrak, Kevin Gosztola, June Carbone, Culture of Truth (CoT), Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. 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 11 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | digby and David Dayen compare their work of 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 of this Sunday morning. Follow @DDayen @digby56 @bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, March 12, 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd from the prior Thursday. (Rerun for syndication purposes) In an exceptional conversation Jay talks with William K. Black, white-collar criminologist, former financial regulator and author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry” about the banksters, the bailout and fraud. The hour flew by. Follow @WilliamKBlack Read Bill here and here.  Listen here.

Tuesday, March 13 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | Susie Madrak goes on the record with democratic strategist Ali Savino. With a focus on the intersection of politics and the internet, Ali is designing the next generation of tools for campaigners and online organizers. Plus weekly commentary from Stuart Zechman’s Z File. Follow @alisavino @susiemadrak @Stuart_Zechman 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.)

Thursday, March 15| Double Header

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

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Pre-recorded. Great hour. Jay talks with June Carbone, Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society at University of Missouri Kansas City. Professor Carbone writes extensively about legal issues surrounding marriage, divorce and family obligations, especially within the context of the recent revolutions in biotechnology. They talk about  Red Families v. Blue Families, co-authored with Naomi Cahn. Listen on BTR. Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter, Avedon Carol, Aaron Bady, Lambert Strether, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

10:37 am in Media by California Sherry

Talk worth listening to. But first, a little something from our growing VS video collection. Consider  Accountability from the Z Files, in which Stuart Zechman addresses movement liberals, posing questions about the foreclosure fraud settlement, immunity for banks and holding the President and the elites accountable for the damage they have done to the United States.  Original broadcast: Virtually Speaking Tuesdays with Susie Madrak, David Dayen and Stuart Zechman. Avedon Carol provides the text.

Schedule for Sunday, Feb 19 through Thursday, Feb 25 with  Aaron Bady, Avedon Carol, Joan McCarter, Lambert Strether, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. They consider politics, policy and science in light of very current events, timely 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). Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking from the iTunes store.)

Sunday, Feb 19 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Sundays |Joan McCarter talks with Stuart Zechman, taking their inspiration from the Sunday morning talking heads. Plus this week’s Most Ridiculous Moment. Follow @JoanMcCarter @stuart_zechman @Bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Feb 21 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | As it is the 3rd Tuesday, Avedon Carol and Correntewire‘s Lambert Strether dissect breaking news and crazy liberalism. Plus The Z Files. Follow @Avedon_Says @CorrenteWire   Listen live and later on BTR

Note the 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 Correntewire‘s 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.

Thursday, Feb 23| Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd discuss current evens from the perspective of movement liberalism.| Plus What Digby Said. And post-show notes. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd |Jay talks with Zunguzungu’s Aaron Bady about David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Follow @zunguzungu @JayAckroyd Listen live and later on BTR. Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter, Dave Johnson, Barry Kendall, Alan Lightman, Tom Levenson, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

10:46 am in Media by California Sherry

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 ….
Follow @DCJohnson Listen live and later on BTR

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. Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, Dave Waldman, Avedon Carol, Jay Ackroyd

12:29 am in Uncategorized by California Sherry

99%owsSchedule for Sunday, Nov 20 through Sunday Nov 27. With help from listener 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. (Search Virtually Speaking from the iTunes store.) I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Miss it the first time? Intro to Virtually Speaking here.

Sunday, Nov 20 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |McJoan is back with emptywheel.  Joan McCarter and Marcy Wheeler discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts,  drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations. Worth tuning in for Culture of Truth on the Most Outrageous Moment from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @JoanMcCarter @emptywheel @bobblespeak. Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Nov 22 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie | Marcy Wheeler and Dave Waldman step in for Susie Madrak.  Follow @emptywheel @KagroX @Susie Madrak| Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Nov 24 | Dark for Thanksgiving. Jay has been creating videos to go with digby and Culture of Truth’s clips for VS. Enjoy.

Sunday, Nov 27 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Avedon Carol and Jay Ackroyd discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts,  drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations. Worth tuning in for Culture of Truth on the Most Outrageous Moment from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @Avedon_Says @JayAckroyd @bobblespeak. Listen live and later on BTR Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: digby, Joan McCarter, Alan Boyle, Sean Carroll, Matt Stoller, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

11:27 pm in Uncategorized by California Sherry

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Schedule for Sunday, Oct 2 through Thursday Oct 6. With help from listener 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.

Sunday, Oct 2 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | digby, Joan McCarter discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts,  drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations Informative, thoughtful and passionate. Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Oct 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie | Stuart Zechman joins recovering journalist, blogger and working class warrior Susie Madrak. The topic is #OccupyWallStreet and what it means for progressives. | Listen live and later on BTR Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter, Cliff Schecter, RJ Eskow, Dave Ropeik, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

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Schedule for Sunday Aug 14 through Thursday August 18. We talk with – and you comment upon and pose questions for -  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 the intro? Read about Virtually Speaking.

Sunday, Aug 14 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking Sundays | “Our Media Not Theirs” | Joan McCarter and Cliff Schecter consider developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts of traditional media. Joan is the highly regarded Senior Policy Editor and regular contributor to Daily Kos. Cliff is a campaign strategist, political commentator and principal at Libertas LLC, a full spectrum political and corporate communications company. | Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Aug 16 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie |  Susie Madrak visits with Richard (RJ) Eskow, former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. Richard worked for AIG and other insurance, risk management, and financial organizations and consulted – public policy and finance/economics – in the US and over 20 countries. RJ writes at A Night Light, Huffington Post and OurFuture.org. Follow him @rjeskow. | Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Aug 18 | 8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| This week in liberalism: a continuing conversation. Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

Thursday, Aug 18 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay talks with author, teacher, journalist David Ropeik about how we perceive risk, the challenges of communicating risk and overall risk management… and his new book: How Risky Is It, Really: Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts. Listen live and later on BTR.

Tweet along with our guests and hosts: @JoanMcCarter @cliffschecter @rjeskow @dropeik @stuart_zechman @jayackroyd @SusieMadrak @sherry_reson

Be part of the conversation. Ask questions, chat live with other listeners:
Internet Relay Chat
(IRC) allows you to 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.

Use IRC:

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

Show Notes: Listen better, listen smarter with some specific and general information.

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 CarolChicago DykeCliff SchecterCS Kendrick,  Culture of TruthDavid DayendigbyEve Gittleson,  Joan McCarterMarcy 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.

Virtually Speaking: Scott Tribe, digby, Joan McCarter, David Swanson, Olivier Knox

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Live – and archived – on BlogTalkRadio: Sunday May 1 thru Friday May 6

Scott Tribe joins host Kevin Wood on Virtually Speaking Sundays, the Maple Syrup Edition. Election watch, Canada; from a Liberal Party POV. Scott is the current site admin for Progressive Bloggers, the centre-left blogging aggregate in Canada. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, he blogs here.  Sunday May 1. Listen here beginning 5pm pacific|8pm eastern. Archived here beginning midnight.

Digby and Joan McCarter (DailyKos’s Senior Policy Editor) together on Virtually Speaking Sundays. What did the Sunday morning talking heads cover, distort or ignore? Consider us a counterpoint. Listen here beginning 6pm pacific|9pm eastern, Sunday, May 1.

David Swansonantiwar activist, blogger and the author of War Is A Lie – recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan – on Virtually Speaking Susie with Susie Madrak. Listen here beginning 6pm pacific|9pm eastern, Tuesday, May 3.

• Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd on VS A-Z: This week in liberalism: the coverage of the killing of bin Ladin. | Listen here Thursday May 5 @ 5pm pacific | 8pm eastern. Beginning 8pm eastern,  Listen here Beginning midnight May6, archived here.

Olivier Knox on Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd. Conflicts in the Republican caucus; international concern – or its lack – regarding US debt service. Listen here beginning Thursday, May 5 @ 9pm eastern/6pm pacific.

Coming to VS in future weeks: Dahlia Lithwick, Gabirella Coleman, Dan Ellsberg and Glenn Greenwald.

Scroll down for additional show notes.

We have Internet Relay Chat (IRC) so 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 http://webchat.freenode.net/
  2. Create a log-in name
  3. Enter #vspeak into the channel field.
  4. NOTE: ‘Relay Rinq’ is not a person but a bridge to IRC chat.
  5. Type into the text field along the bottom of the screen.
  6. 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 inspire 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.

Most weeks, the VS Sunday panel draws from Avedon Carol, Chicago Dyke, Cliff Schecter, CS KendrickCulture of Truth, David Dayen, digby, Eve GittlesonJoan 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.