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Talk worth listening to. But first, from the top of Jay Ackroyd’s VS video collection: Extremists. In this week's edition of The Z FIles, Stuart Zechman reminds us that crazy Republicans are nothing new. Nor are centrist Democratic policy  positions. From this past VS Tuesdays with Dave Johnson and Natasha Chart. Listen to the whole episode.

Schedule for Sunday, March 4 through Thursday, March 8. This week: Avedon Carol, Culture of Truth, Alan Boyle, Dave Beaty, William K. Black, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider politics and culture in light of very current events and public affairs. Particulars below.

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, March 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Avedon Carol and  Culture of Truth compare their observations from 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 from this Sunday morning. Follow @avedon_says @bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR

Monday, March 5, 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd from the prior Thursday. (Rerun for syndication purposes) Jay talks with filmmakers Frances CauseyandDon Goldmacher about Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? the night before it opens at The Quad Cinema in NYC for a week long  run, against the backdrop of a growing worldwide populist democratic  movement. Follow @HeistDoc @FCausey @donnyg1941 @JayAckroyd Listen

Tuesday, March 6 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | Spocko and Mike Stark talk about advocacy   and activism Follow @spockosbrain @Mike_Stark 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 on the occassional 5th Tuesday, Jay Ackroyd and a guest shed light on current insanities of the political and economic kind.

Wednesday, March 7 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | Who is John Carter and what have we learned about Mars in the past century? MSNBC’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with JPL Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration  Directorate Dave Beaty.   VS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA. Follow @b0yle Watch for the pre-show interview at CosmicLog. Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, March 8| 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 | William K. Black, white-collar criminologist, former financial regulator and author of "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One" talks with Jay about the banksters. Follow @WilliamKBlack Read Bill here and here.  Listen live and later on BTR.<!--more-->

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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 you watch the Sunday morning talking heads that inspire VS Sundays? Culture of Truth boils them down with the Bobblespeak Translations.

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.

Originally posted to CalifSherry on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 09:09 AM PST.

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