We're launching a new occasional feature on Open Salon that we're calling Open Chats -- short, 5-minute or so interviews with Open Salon contributors -- and we're thrilled to kick it off with the site's very own Interplanet Janet, the great Saturn Smith. Aside from the occasional email, I only knew Saturn from her blog, and had no idea what the actual person would be like. All I knew is that I'd grown reliant on her sharp and timely analysis of all things political, with the occasional foray into economics. I was thrilled to make her pixellated acquaintance, as am sure you will be, too.
(As for the Open Chats -- we'll do these every couple of weeks. It's a cool and easy way to create a video [we just used Skype, recorded it with Call Recorder, and edited in iMovie -- though I'm sure there are myriad ways of doing this]. The quality is so-so [sorry, Saturn!] but we'll learn as we go on. And I hope those of you interested will try this at home -- and let us know what works for you.)