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

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 |’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


With Internet Relay Chat (IRC), be part of the conversation: ask questions, chat live with other listeners. IRC Channel is #VSpeak. Or

1. Connect to
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 to spot.

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.


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California Sherry

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