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Schedule for Sunday, Sept 11 through Thursday Sept 15. With commentary and questions, courtesy of a digitally present studio audience - details below - we talk with some of your favorite writers: political analysts, media   critics, technologists, historians, etc.  Virtually Speaking is public affairs, progressive voices, current  events.  All programs webcast, then archived at BlogTalkRadio. Subscribe free from iTunes. I mean to post weekly, so  you can go  back to  previous posts.  Miss it the first time? Read an intro to Virtually Speaking here.

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.

Update for Tuesday, Sept 13 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie |  Susie Madrak talks with a fellow journalist Charles Pierce, newly minted as lead writer of Esquire's The Politics Blog. He and Susie celebrate his good fortune with a discussion of his new beat. Look out America, indeed.| Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Sept 15 | Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| This week in liberalism: an ongoing discussion based on the conflict    between   movement liberals--liberals  committed  to the principles of    Adam Smith   and FDR--and the centrist  elites who  run the Democratic    party.  Jay and Stuart consider the nature,  ideology and political      realities of liberalism and conversely, the  nature, ideology and      political realities of Democratic centrism. This week, they'll pick up  where they left off... what we can look forward to in the next year of  the Obama Administration.   Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay compares notes on health care reform with Stuart and Eve Gittelson (akaNYCeve) reporting live from the land of 'Murder by Spreadsheet.' Listen live and later on BTR.

Tweet along with us: @cliffschecter @nyceve1 @stuart_zechman @jayackroyd @SusieMadrak @sherry_reson

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' Virtually Speaking Sundays|  Can't bear to watch the Sunday morning talking heads that inspire/require 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.

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