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Informal & informed conversations about politics, policy, economics, media, science and more. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. Tuesdays, Jay Ackroyd talks public affairs, mostly with authors, mostly about progressive issues

Virtually Speaking Jay Ackroyd

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Informal & informed conversations about politics, policy, economics, media, science and more. Sundays feature a panel of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere. Tuesdays, Jay Ackroyd talks public affairs, mostly with authors, mostly about progressive issues

    Gaius Publius and Economist Stephanie Kelton: Five Questions

    Gaius Publius and Economist Stephanie Kelton: Five Questions

    While attending the 2014 Netroots Nation conference, Gaius Publius — contributing writer at AmericaBlog and member of the Virtually Speaking Sunday media panel — conducted three interviews under the heading "Five Questions."


    This year he spoke with House Democrat Keith Ellison; economist Dr. Stephanie Kelton of the MMT school of economics; and Democratic strategist Robert Cruickshank.


    In this podcast, Gaius talks with Dr. Kelton about:

    · Her view of the so-called "budget for burnable carbon" and the looming climate crisis.
    · How to guarantee a minimum wage without a passing minimum-wage law (this answer is striking).
    · How seeing the film "Roger and Me" changed Kelton's approach to economics.


    Gauis first published this series of conversations at AmericaBlog.  He provides a

    fast look at how MMT views money, and what that means for progressive politics.Ste

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    • 34 min
    Gaius Publius and Rep. Keith Ellison: Five Questions

    Gaius Publius and Rep. Keith Ellison: Five Questions

    While attending the 2014 Netroots Nation conference, Gaius Publius — contributing writer at AmericaBlog and member of the Virtually Speaking Sunday media panel — conducted three interviews under the heading "Five Questions."

    This year he spoke with House Democrat Keith Ellison, co-leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; economist Dr. Stephanie Kelton of the MMT school of economics; and Democratic strategist and activist Robert Cruickshank.


    In this podcast, Gaius talks with Rep. Ellison about —

    • Ellisons's view of the so-called "budget for burnable carbon" and the looming climate crisis

    • How progressives can "win" if Clinton is the nominee in 2016

    • What his Muslim faith means to Ellison, a former Catholic


    Gauis first published this series of conversations at AmericaBlog.

     

    • 20 min
    Rick Perlstein: The Invisible Bridge

    Rick Perlstein: The Invisible Bridge

    Historian Rick Perlstein returns to Virtually Speaking to discuss his new book, The Invisible Bridge.  Blogger extraordinaire Digby joins us as guest interviewer.  RIck has described Digby this way:

    My other favorite political writer, Heather Parton, blogs under the name “Digby.” Daily for over 10 years she’s been unleashing a fire hose of brilliance on the fecklessness of the Democrats, the craziness of the Republicans and especially the way that what we now call the “culture wars” has been seared into our national DNA at least since the Civil War. In the acknowledgments to “Nixonland,” I called her the other half of my brain.

    We're delighted to have them both here tonight.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Rick Perlstein: Nixonland

    Rick Perlstein: Nixonland

    This is a rerun of Jay Ackroyd's interview with Rick Perlstein, about his monumental tour de force, Nixonland. Rick is one of the nation's leading popular historians, and, until now, the capstone of his career.  He has actually exceeded himself in his latest book, The Invisible Bridge. He will be discussing that book with Digby as our guest host on August 28. 

    • 1 hr
    Richard Eskow: Insiders vs Outsiders

    Richard Eskow: Insiders vs Outsiders

    Richard (RJ) Eskow has a rich history of engagement with public policy making, in the Eastern Europe transition to market economies, in addition to extensive technical work in health care and finance in the US. He recounts his experience being on the inside of policy discussions. This conversation provides an interesting contrast to Joe Sudbay's talk with Gaius Publius, on tactics conducted for an outside game.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Marcy Wheeler • Intelligence in Domestic and Foreign policy

    Marcy Wheeler • Intelligence in Domestic and Foreign policy

    The role of intelligence in U.S. domestic and foreign policy, a conversation beween investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler and Jay Ackroyd. One of a series of conversations about surveilllance, national security, NSA, CIA, and Congressional oversight.

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Buddy_McCue ,

I never miss an episode.

I listen to it while driving to work on Monday morning.

As others have noted, the production value isn’t great, but the content is well worth the small amount of patience required.

Way of Cats ,

As big as the world, but more organized.

Cutting edge guests and lively discussions on all kinds of topics. A favorite!

Drshow.org ,

Great Content, Atrocious Audio

I generally enjoy the podcast; most of the discussions are interesting and enlightening. But the audio...it sounds like they record everything to a .wav file using a microphone wrapped in a paper bag.