The Show…

Poli-Sci-Fi Radio is a weekly (usually – we tend to go bi-weekly in the summer) live stream and podcast featuring Steve Benen and Bill Simmon talking about politics and science fiction. We define both terms somewhat broadly. For example, while the show does focus on the week’s big political stories, topics can also include free speech, the democratization of media, and technology issues as well. Likewise, we interpret “sci-fi” to mean any sort of genre fiction in pretty much any medium — books, movies, TV, comics, fan-fic, etc.

The show streams live on Sunday evenings from 4-6 pm eastern time from Burlington, Vermont. Listeners can tune into a live stream of the show by clicking here. PSFR is also available in podcast form from iTunes or your favorite RSS aggregator.

The Cast…

Steve Benen is a producer and political contributor to MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. His daily political insights can be found at Maddowblog. He is the former blogger at Prior to that, Steve published his own popular political blog, The Carpetbagger Report. Steve’s articles and op-eds have appeared in a variety of print publications, including Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, The Gadflyer, and Church & State. He’s also been a guest on several radio programs, including NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Air America Radio’s Sam Seder Show and The Rachel Maddow Show, and XM Radio’s POTUSĀ  ’08. In addition to The Carpetbagger Report, Steve is the former lead editor of’s Blog Report, and has been a contributor to Talking Points Memo, Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, The Guardian, Crooks & Liars, AlterNet, Political Wire, and Seven Days. Steve also makes occasional appearances on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and The Ed Show.

Bill Simmon is a filmmaker, writer and media educator in northern Vermont. Bill’s blog, Candleblog, was voted “Best Vermont Blog (non-political)” in 2005, 2007 and 2008 by the readers of Vermont’s popular alternative weekly paper, Seven Days. His short documentary about co-host Steve Benen, Digital Pamphleteer, was awarded the James Goldstone Award at the 2007 Vermont International Film Festival. Bill has won other awards for his films, but since this award is given in honor of the Vermonter that directed the second Star Trek pilot, Where No Man Has Gone Before, it is particularly relevant for him.

Poli-Sci-Fi Radio is engineered by the lovely and talented Emily Stoneking, a history student, knitter-of-odd-things, and super-crafter. Emily contributes to the show on mic number 3 and she moderates our live online chat during the broadcast. She is also married to PSFR co-host, Bill Simmon. Emily also posts the awesome things that the Internet is made of at her Tumblr blog.