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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Todd VanDerWerff (The AV Club, Los Angeles Times)

On the debut episode of Critic Proof, Alyssa and Todd recount their experience at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. They preview the upcoming TV season, listing the best and worst new shows. Why is it so hard to make a good sitcom? Or a good network drama, for that matter? The two compare the business models of Hulu and Netflix as they compete to bring movies and TV to the Internet. Finally, they discuss why Breaking Bad fans are so critical of Skyler White, while her meth-dealing husband gets a pass (includes spoilers).

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Recorded:Aug 17    Posted:Aug 19, 2012
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Critic Proof | Aug 19, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Todd VanDerWerff

The Glenn Show

The end of the Confederate flag

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter reflect on how the Charleston church massacre led to the demise of a symbol of the Old South.

The future of conservative healthcare reform

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Rational Actors

The rich: Are they jerks?

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Timothy Lee, who recently debated the question in Vox, argues in the negative.

The DMZ

Bringing “liberal” back

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate voters are moving left. Plus: Will conservatives turn on John Roberts?

Drezburt

The big mistake we made about China in the ’90s

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner discuss what many in the West didn’t understand about China’s economic rise. Plus: It’s a miracle! Trade promotion authority is revived

Is the “skills gap” rubbish?

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Timothy Noah and Peter Cappelli discuss whether employers are actually unable to hire appropriately skilled workers. Plus: You’re fired! Please train your replacement.

The Wright Show

White privilege and the moral imagination

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Robert Wright and Conor Friedersdorf discuss how empathy can better promote racial understanding. Plus: Should the government be able to scan your brain?

We don’t know whether stop-and-frisk worked

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Harry Siegel explains why it’s impossible to measure the effect of the controversial police tactic. Plus: Lies, damned lies, and NYC crime statistics.

Woodruff & Strauss

Hillary’s ambiguity on free trade

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Betsy Woodruff and Luke Brinker discuss how a President Hillary Clinton would approach the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Plus: How do you solve a problem like The Donald?