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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

Culturally Determined

What Trump means for the “privilege wars”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Phoebe Maltz Bovy, author of the new book The Perils of “Privilege”, on how the president changed the discussion about political correctness.

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Keeping kids from committing violent crime

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Harold Pollack explains his research on programs that actually work. Plus: Medicaid the Republican way.

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The hermit’s mind

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Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing, explains how two years alone in the woods changed the way he sees the world.

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Erasing war memories

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Robert Wright and philosopher Matthew Liao raise ethical questions about using biotech to make better soldiers. Plus: Get cat vision, save the planet.

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The DMZ

Will Trump go big and then go home?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on whether the president has promised too much. Plus: Trump to House: Be afraid.

The Glenn Show

The electorate has spoken

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Ann Althouse says the Resistance is resisting democracy, not just Trump.

The Wright Show

How do you say “quid pro quo” in Russian?

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Robert Wright and journalist Marcy Wheeler on possible Trump administration corruption. Plus: What Comey revealed about the Trump-Russia investigation.

MeaningofLife.tv

The errors of Daniel Dennett

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Massimo Pigliucci critiques the philosopher’s views on consciousness.

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The Wright Show

You’re what’s wrong with Twitter

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Emily Parker reflects on what running a “troll-free” site taught her about how human nature hinders civil discourse online.

The Glenn Show

Carrot or stick?

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Economists Glenn Loury and Robert Cherry on the debate over how social programs should shape behavior. Plus: Who needs college?