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Virtually Speaking: Avedon Carol, Sam Seder, Seth Mnookin, Tom Levenson, Aaron Bady, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd


Schedule for Sat, Nov 12 – Thurs, Nov 17. We talk with –mostly–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. I post weekly, so you can go to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Intro to VS here.

Saturday Special, Nov 12 | 6 pm eastern | 3 pm pacific |

Virtually Speaking shares virtual space (think digital resources) with Peace Train Charitable Trust. While this interview is not a VS program, I thought readers might like to tune in. Peace Train Charitable Trust promotes peace by engaging small groups of people -mostly in the US – to make micro grants to small groups of people — mostly in the global south — engaged in economic development projects. In the first of what promises to be a monthly event,  Peace Train‘s Steve Mahaley talks with Sandra Bérard about a small rural Cambodian community and the life changing transformation underway through the efforts of the Rural Economic Development Agency (READA).

The READA team of 15 works with the poorest villages of Cambodia, developing and implementing sustainable plans to raise their standard of living. Learn more here. READA receives micro grants from Peace Train. You can help. Listen live and later on BTR.

Sunday, Nov 13 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Avedon Carol and Sam Seder 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. Follow them @avedon_says @samseder @bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Nov 15 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie | In tonight’s rebroadcast Dave Johnson, of Seeing the Forest and Campaign for America’s Future, talks with Susie Madrak about the Democratic leadership in Congress and the likely outcomes of the Super Committee on the deficit.  Follow @dcjohnson @SusieMadrak Listen live and later on BTR

Wednesday, Nov 16 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | Tom Levenson Science documentary filmmaker and Director of MIT’s Graduate program in writing and humanistic studies — hosts VS Science on the third Wednesday of the month to discuss history of science, economics, and some climate science.

This week Tom talks with Seth Mnookin — author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear — about bad science, science and civic conversation, and whether new media will allow us to root out the former and enhance the latter. VS Science is hosted by the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Follow @SethMnookin @TomLevenson Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Nov 17 | Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| continue the search for deeper understanding and meaningful expressions of Movement liberalism. Follow @Stuart_Zechman Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay talks with Zunguzungu’s Aaron Bady who has been deeply involved with Occupy Oakland. Aaron joins us to discuss recent developments, and also to place the Occupy movement into a sociological context. His blog is a go-to resource for all Occupy Oakland news and analysis.  Follow @zunguzungu @JayAckroyd Listen live and later on BTR.

With Internet Relay Chat (IRC), be part of the conversation: ask questions, chat live with other listeners. Channel is #VSpeak. Don’t have your own?

1. Connect to
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5. Type into the text field along the bottom of the screen.
6. Begin your question with ‘QUESTION’ so it’s easy to spot.

Show Notes:

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.

Virtually Speaking is both a labor of love and an act of political imagination. We couldn’t do it without our guests, our hosts, our ‘studio’ audience’ or our crew. Special thanks to Designer Mark MacKay for weekly and special graphic displays.

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California Sherry

California Sherry

Co-Producer, Virtually Speaking
Progressive, autodidact, sometime activist